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The current paradigm governing Israel’s strategic relations is flawed. Perhaps it is due to millennia of suffering that Jews, and by extension the Jewish state, are compelled to adopt a position of weakness vis-à-vis the external world; however, the fact remains: Israel is strong.
The Palestinians, on the other hand, are weak. Nonetheless, they have had ample opportunity to see the creation of “Palestine,” yet time and again they rejected generous offers tabled to them by Israeli leaders, notably by Ehud Barack in 2000 and subsequently by Ehud Olmert in 2008.
The question arises: at what point is enough actually enough?
The answer is now.
The “peace process” is a political charade, the effects of which are deadly: Israel continues to pay a steep price in the blood of its innocents, as evidenced by the recent murderous attacks along Israel’s border, which began when terrorists opened fire at an Egged bus traveling near Eilat, and ended with at least 5 dead and 25 wounded. Notwithstanding the tragic loss of life, the result of Israel’s continued acquiescence to the irrational demands of the “international community” is that a country that is superior to its adversary in virtually every way is made to reduce itself to the level of dysfunctional entities, in particular the Palestinian Authority.
In other words, Israel is made weak. The irony—and tragedy—is that a feeble Israel cannot make peace; peace can only be made in strength.
In their autobiography of former Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin, “From Freedom Fighter to Statesman,” authors Gertrude Hirschler and Lester S. Eckman confirm this truth by describing the events leading up to the signing of the historic 1979 peace agreement between Egypt and Israel:
On Wednesday, November 9, 1977, Egypt’s president Anwar el-Sadat made an announcement to his parliament, the People’s Assembly, which was received by…the rest of the world first with disbelief and then amazement.… [Sadat] told his people that he was ready ‘to go to the ends of the world’ in search of peace. “Israel will be astonished when it hears me saying…that I am ready to go to their house, to the Knesset itself, and to talk to them.”
To accentuate the enormity of Sadat’s statement, the authors then remind us that only “four years earlier, [in the prelude to the 1973 Yom Kippur War], Sadat told his nation that he was willing to commit a million Egyptian lives to war against Israel.”
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