The Reign of the Fantasists

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Originally published in The Jerusalem Post. 

Defense Minister Ehud Barak has done it again. Speaking on Wednesday at the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv, Barak warned that if Israel can’t cut a deal with the Palestinians soon, it should consider surrendering Judea and Samaria in exchange for nothing.

Even the diehard leftists in the media had a hard time swallowing his words. After all, when Barak was premier, he oversaw Israel’s unilateral surrender of south Lebanon in 2000. Barak promised that by giving Hezbollah south Lebanon, Israel would force the Iranian proxy army to disarm and behave like a Western political party.

Whoopsie.

Then of course, there is the Gaza precedent.

Ignoring the lesson of Lebanon, Barak’s successor Ariel Sharon reenacted his unilateral surrender policy in Gaza in 2005. Like Barak, Sharon promised that once Gaza was cleared of all Jewish presence, it would magically transform itself into a Middle Eastern version of Singapore.

Whoopsie.

Both Barak and Sharon promised that their unilateral surrender policies would do more than merely transform Hezbollah and Hamas into liberal democrats. They said that by cutting and running, Israel would earn the love of the international community, and winning the love of the likes of Washington and Brussels, they said, was the most urgent item on Israel’s agenda.

Apparently Barak was referring to the same imperative when on Wednesday he said that Israel needs to act fast because, “We are on borrowed time. We will reach a wall, and we’ll pay the price.”

So yes, Hezbollah has taken over not just south Lebanon, but all of Lebanon. And true, there is no one in the Palestinian Authority today who is willing to accept the continued existence of Israel in any borders. But that just means we need the West to love us even more. And the only way to get the West to love us is by imperiling our very existence by handing our heartland over to people who wish to destroy our country.

Given the high value Barak and his comrades place on winning the love of the West, it is worth considering what motivates the West – or more to the point, the US, which leads the Western world.

Unfortunately, the situation is not pretty. US President Barack Obama’s policies are just as irrational as the ones that Barak is urging Israel to implement in order to win Obama’s support. And Obama’s rationales for adopting these policies are just as divorced from reality as Barak’s are.

The place where this irrationality is displayed most prominently today is in Obama’s policy regarding Iran. As Michael Singh rightly noted on Wednesday in the New York Daily News, under Obama, US policy towards Iran is based on the view “that at the root of the Iran nuclear crisis is US-Iran conflict, and that the root cause of that conflict is mistrust.”

THIS VIEW is pure fantasy. No Iranian leader has ever given the US any reason to believe that this is the case. To the contrary, every Iranian leader since the 1979 Islamic Revolution has made clear that the regime is dedicated to the destruction of the US and Israel.

The Iranians do not wish to destroy the US and Israel because they distrust them. The likes of Ayatollah Khomeini, Ayatollah Khamenei, President Ahmadinejad and all of their comrades wish to destroy Israel and the US because they hate us. They hate us because as they see it, both nations represent forces that are antithetical to their revolution’s goal of Islamic world domination.

Rather than accept this fundamental, but unpleasant truth, Obama and his advisors base their policy of engaging Iran on fairy tales about nonexistent fatwas that purportedly ruled out the development of nuclear weapons. As Vice Premier Moshe Ya’alon put it delicately this week, the Iranians are “laughing all the way to a bomb.”

Ya’alon explained, “During talks with world powers, the Iranians have managed to enrich 750 kilograms of uranium to 3.5 percent, and 36 kilograms of uranium to 20 percent.”

And while the Iranians were enriching all that uranium, according to satellite imagery published on Wednesday by the Institute for Science and International Affairs, they were destroying buildings at the Parchin nuclear site.

The buildings in question were suspected of being used to conduct high explosive tests pertinent to the development of nuclear weapons.

And yet, despite Iran’s obvious bad faith, and despite the fact that the much-touted sanctions against Iran have done nothing to slow the pace of its sprint to the nuclear finish line, the Obama administration insists on clinging to the fantasy that it can convince the Iranians that they can trust the US and therefore convince them to give up their nuclear weapons program.

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  • elihu

    Just maybe YHWH has an opinion on this:

    "The land, moreover, shall not be sold permanently, for the land is Mine; for you are but aliens and sojourners with Me" (Lev. 25.23.).
    AND:
    "I will gather all the nations
    And bring them down to the valley of Jehoshaphat.
    Then I will enter into judgment with them there
    On behalf of My people and My inheritance, Israel,
    Whom they have scattered among the nations;
    And they have divided up My land" (Joel 3.2.).

    Shalom!

  • oldtimer

    Surrender nothing!

  • WilliamJamesWard

    The give and take between Israel and the pseudo-Palestinians is Israel gives, pseudopods take. It is
    appropriate for the word irrational to be used by Caroline Glick in describing what Barak and Obama
    propose but what Sharon did was to turn Gaza into a firing platform for the evil ones. Lunatic is a
    word the PC crowd want removed from use but lunacy is rampant in and around Israel, it will take
    Divine intervention to straighten the mess out………..It is great to read Caroline Glick at FPM.
    William

  • Linda Rivera

    It's so confusing. Which Islamic country is Barak the Defense Minister for? Saudi Arabia, Iran, Pakistan?

  • Linda Rivera

    Every nation has always had its traitors. The Free World is in a great deal of trouble when a significant number of their leaders are TRAITORS.

  • tom4you

    but what Sharon did was to turn Gaza into a firing platform for the evil ones.

    God took Sharon from the Earth for what he did….

  • Hank Rearden

    Since 1948, something important has happened – Islam has awakened from a 300 years' sleep. The victory in Afghanistan has given it renewed impetus. Islam grinds down any society that embraces it or is conquered by it because it does not believe there is such a thing as "truth." Since everything is ruled by the will of Allah, the sun can rise in the east today, but may rise in the west tomorrow. As Islam got greater and greater control over the societies it ruled, it gradually crushed the life out of the remnants of the ancient civilizations that provided the learning of its early centuries. Since 1200, what has Islam contributed? Nothing except poverty and backwardness.

    Now the Jews are up against this new militancy. Until its neighbors adjust to its existence, Israel has nothing to negotiate because no agreement will be kept. For now it has to withstand the timeless enmity of Islam for Judaism and wait for better times, the wait probably being measure in centuries.

    Israel's best strategy is to suspend "peace negotiations" which are neither negotiations nor about peace. Just BE. And by BEING force acceptance of its existence. Encourage economic development among the Palestinians when the opportunity presents itself and keep silent on all other issues. Are there open negotiations between Poland and Germany about Germany's eastern border? Are there open negotiations between Poland and Russia about Poland's eastern border? Is the U.S. pursuing "54 40 or fight" against Canada? Among all the countries in the world, why should Israel's borders be uniquely considered as subject to negotiation? They are what they are. Live with it. And people will learn to do just that. But by participating in negotiations, Israel tells its enemies that the war is not over and by implication that further terrorism by them will alter the outcome.