Creating Peace Through Strength


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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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  • Supreme_Galooty

    When the Strategic Air Command operated at Fairchild Air Force Base near Spokane, the sign over their gate read, "Peace Is Our Profession." The men and women who fought the war and waged the peace after WWII were grown-ups who understood the concept of Peace Through Strength. Had the September 11th attacks occured on their watch, Saudi Arabia would be under military tribunal government, Mecca would be demolished, and their oil fields would be pumping AMERICAN oil.

    Our country – for the past many years – has been overwhelmed by quislings, milquetoast effeminate cowards who cannot conceive of peace except in the most idealistic of fantasies. With friends and neighbors such as these, one needs no enemies.

  • Clare

    … 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:

    This is music to my ears. This "peace process" has timed out; the "pals" should be given no further recognition. All done.

  • James Hovland

    You’re missing one very important piece of the puzzle. When strength is used to impose or enforce injustice, it does not create peace, it creates terrorism.

    Remember 911?

    There is a point when strength isn’t enough and security eventually becomes a prison that requires giving up you rights and freedoms. I imagine a body scan a cavity search at the airport before a long flights is what it’s going to take for some people to understand this. Others might take in information a little easier. When a would-be terrorist can walk into any gun store in America and arm himself for an attack, your choices are limited. Give up the freedom or ease of buying a gun, or simply stop making enemies and supporting injustice. The choice seems simple to me.

  • James Hovland

    Galooty don’t be so naive.

    Just like Iraq, WWII required an intensive propaganda campaign at home and abroad in order to take America to war.

    Besides we already had favorable trade agreements with Saudi Arabia. You seem more in tune with the propaganda than any real foreign policy at play. The chest beating is just a show. War is about for-profit capitalism.

    I don’t suppose you’ve tried to put a price tag on Shock and Awe yet have you? I’m sure someone had a good Christmas at the tax payers expense.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    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.

    I agree with the writer that the peace process is fake. It is a deceptive ploy used by the Islamic world to weaken Israel and to dupe useful idiots, i.e., the EU and the US State Department. However, there is no peace possible between the Islamic world and Israel, since as long as there remains unbelievers somewhere in the world, there will be jihad waged against them to force them to submit to the authority Islam.

    I also agree very much with the concept of peace through strength. It would not stop the Islamic world from eternally wanting to destroy Israel and all other unbeliever countries that haven't been forced to submit to Allah, per the dictates of Islam, but it would force them to refrain from attacking Israel and other unbeliever countries because they are too weak, resulting in peace through strength nonetheless.

    In any event, with respect to the so-called peace between Egypt and Israel, it was a peace between Sadat and Israel. It never was a peace between the Islamic world and the infidel state of Israel, as Sadat was executed for his blasphemy and apostasy per the dictates of Islam.

    Subsequently it became a peace between Mubarak and Israel, but as has become obvious now that Mubarak has been overthrown, it was not a peace that was supported by the masses of Egyptian people, but a peace maintained nonetheless only because Egypt and the Islamic world were too weak to defeat Israel. In other words, it was really peace through strength that was responsible for the maintenance of peace.

    Indeed, if Egypt and the Islamic world ever perceived they had gained the upper hand, they would not hesitate one second to attempt to destroy Israel. Thus, the only kind of peace that can be maintained between Israel and the Islamic world and between the Islamic world and the non-Islamic world is peace through strength.

    In other words, the non-Islamic world should do everything in its power to stop Iran from getting nukes at all cost and also to destroy Pakistan's nuclear weapons arsenal. At the same time, the non-Islamic world should ban and reverse all Islamic immigration and isolate the Islamic world. Finally, the non-Islamic world should also seize the Mid East oilfields and the Islamic world's massive oil wealth to prevent them from using those resources to wage jihad perpetually against the non-Islamic world. Indeed, we have a legitimate self-defensive right to do all those things.