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The video below illustrates graphically what the concept “defensible borders” means in the context of Israel’s need to defend itself against Arab aggression.
It is universally recognized that all countries have the right to defend themselves against aggression. The first responsibility of any government is to protect its citizenry and its territory; so maintaining defensible borders in the face of belligerent neighbors is a basic necessity for the continued existence of any state under threat of aggression. In addition to this common-sense right of self-defense, Israel’s right to such borders was specifically enshrined in the 1967 UN Security Council Resolution 242, following Israel’s victory in the 1967 war. Due to the refusal of the vanquished Arab states to make peace with Israel after the 6-Day War, and their vociferous commitment to maintaining hostilities until Israel’s utter destruction, the authors of the resolution, and those who voted in its favor, understood clearly that Israel was and would continue to be under threat of Arab aggression well into the future. Thus they wrote into Resolution 242 the language that specifies defensible borders as a sine qua non for Israel in any future peace settlement.
President Obama seems to have forgotten this. He proposes that Israel begin its negotiations with the Palestinian Authority (PA) having already agreed in advance that final borders will approximate the indefensible 1949 Armistice lines, erroneously referred to as the “1967 borders.” It is important to recall that these lines were merely cease-fire lines drawn by the UN in 1949 between the opposing Arab and Israeli forces after the Arab armies conceded defeat. These lines were not borders, were never intended to be borders, and were never recognized as borders by any political entity. They have no political, historical or geographic valence. Thus any reference to them as “borders” is erroneous and misleading. These lines leave Israel a mere 9 miles wide at its most populous area, to be all too easily cut in half by a force invading from the east.
Obama’s proposal is the equivalent of a suicide note for Israel precisely because the 1949 Armistice lines are not defensible, the threat of Arab aggression and invasion is dire, continuous and imminent, and the unabashedly ballyhooed goal of that aggression is the annihilation of Israel and the genocide of its Jews.
Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and the Palestinian Authority are still in a declared but inactive state of war against Israel, have added their voices to the call from Iran for Israel’s destruction, and have aided and abetted the terrorist armies that actively engage in terror attacks against Israel. Hamas, Hezb’Allah, Islamic Jihad, the PFLP, the PFLP-GC, the DFLP, Hizb-ut-Tahrir, Ansar al-Islam, el-Qaeda and more than a dozen other Muslim terrorist organizations are actively engaged in collaborative terrorist hostilities against Israel and have as their frequently avowed goal the destruction of the Jewish state and the annihilation of its Jews.
As the “Arab Spring” slouches toward Jerusalem, we are witness to the gradually emerging power of Islamic fundamentalist forces, rather than secular democracies, in the power vacuum created by the revolutions and upheavals throughout the Arab world: Iran at work in Bahrain and Yemen, Hezb’Allah in Lebanon, and the Muslim Brotherhood in Syria, Jordan and Egypt. Thus not only is Israel under immediate threat of terrorist attacks, but it must also plan for the possibility of a higher intensity conflict in the near future, even with Egypt and Jordan with which Israel currently has peace treaties. Both the Muslim Brotherhood and Hezb’Allah have unabashedly declared their intent to resume hostilities with Israel once they are in power.
Hezb’Allah has already stock-piled tens of thousands of missiles and rockets for future deployment against Israel. Iran has made no secret of its intention to “wipe Israel off the face of the map” as soon as it has the nuclear capacity to do so. Tragically, but undeniably, Israel needs to be prepared to defend itself simultaneously against terrorism from the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, against armed invasions on four fronts (Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and Egypt), and against nuclear ICBM attacks from even farther afield.
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