Why Israel Must Act


Israeli leaders, by and large, appear not to have understood, in their dealings with the “international community,” that they are damned if they do, damned if they don’t. Those of us who are often critical of the failure of the nation’s leadership caste to act decisively in perilous situations, whether diplomatic or military, recognize the multitude of factors and pressures among which it must navigate. It must maintain its alliance with its American ally and also manage to keep European markets open to its exports.

Nevertheless, the cost of its political and economic prudence may be higher than the advantages it seeks to gain. There are times when prudence can scarcely be distinguished from timorousness. Why, for example, does Israel persist in supplying its sworn, genocidal enemy Hamas with electricity and allow the transfer of enormous quantities of goods and materials through the checkpoints, thus empowering an adversary that has launched over 8,000 rockets at civilian centers since the withdrawal from Gaza? Such counter-productive largesse has deterred neither the terrorist enclave from continuing to attack the Jewish state nor the “international community” from continuing to condemn it.

Similarly, in the wake of the P.A. seeking national status in violation of the Oslo Accords by appealing directly to the United Nations rather than pursuing the negotiation route, why has Israel not abrogated the Accords and subsequently implemented an independent policy of annexation of those areas of the so-called “West Bank” over which it has juridical authority? More to the point, why in its various wars against Hezbollah in 2006 and Hamas in 2008-2009 and 2012, has it not extended its campaign and delivered a crushing blow against its enemies, settling not for stalemate but for victory?

In every case, it has been denounced and vilified despite its lack of fortitude while permitting the terrorist cadres to re-arm and grow ever more menacing and intransigent. Would any other country in the world with a military edge and fighting for its very survival have courted what amounts to de facto defeat with such exemplary devotion?

In an article for The Jerusalem Post, co-founder of the Jewish National Initiative Ariel Harkham points out that Israel has embraced a siege mentality, concentrating mainly on “passive defense” rather than a strategy of determined offence that would “incite fear in and wreak havoc against Hamas and Hezbollah.” Even the successful Iron Dome anti-missile technology focuses on deterrence instead of surgically removing the threat under which the country perpetually suffers.

There is another respect in which deterrence may not be ultimately viable: expense. Iron Dome scored an 85% success rate in neutralizing incoming missiles, but at a cost of $50,000 per interception, altogether between $25-30 million during the recent hostilities. The terrorist intention is thus double-pronged, namely, to harm and terrify Israeli civilians and to severely impact the Israeli economy. The IDF estimates that 200,000 missiles are currently aimed at Israel. Should these be launched, and every one intercepted, Israel would be bankrupted. Of course, this is not likely to happen, but it is clear that Israel cannot afford to maintain a defensive posture indefinitely. It must act, as it did in the 1967 war, to eliminate those forces that impinge on its ability to survive and prosper—and thus place itself in a better position to confront new threats that will inevitably arise.

But in order to do so, the governing class must realize the eternal paradox of Israeli existence in a hypocritical and inimical world: damned if it does, damned if it doesn’t. When conciliation is fruitless or contra-indicated, it is always preferable to be damned for strength than for weakness.

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  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

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  • crackerjack

    Netanjahu and his ship of fools are heading for disaster. Instigating a major diplomatic standoff with the West concerning settlements may well turn out to be his biggest missjudgement and the end of his political career. The West wants Bibi out of office and he's handed them the opportunity on a silver platter.

    The Europeans have already made it compleatly clear that they are ready to go into "sanction mode" should Netanjahu not back down, starting with an end to Israel's duty free access to the EU markets, ammounting to 33% of Israel's exports. The Europeans can get along fine without Israel, but without the Europeans, Israeli standard of living will be on a sharp downturn. A recall of ambasadors and a freeze on weapon import and export are also on the table.

    The US administration, in the wake of Netanjahus embarrassing interventions against Obamas reelection and his "Jewish vote" threat, has had enough of slaps in the face from Israel and is leaning back and letting Netanjahu diplomatically dissmantle himself step by step.

    The West will certainly not back down in this issue, leaving Netanjahu with the option of retracting or pushing his narrative of "standing firm" and " we against the world" to the limit and leading Israel into total isolation, should he be reelected.

    • Mary Sue

      Dude, Obama's been doing ALL the slapping.

      Now is that any way to speak of the ONLY country that grants most favored GAY RIGHTS in the Middle East?

    • Stern

      There is no "j" in Hebrew. At least have the courtesy to spell the man's name correctly, even as you display a complete lack of courtesy in every other respect.

    • NAHALKIDES

      Yes, those pushy Jews, preparing to build more residences in their capital city. I don't know why the rest of the world is so tolerant.

      • crackerjack

        Its not "Their" capital city. Not one nation on the globe recognizes this claim. Living a lie and repeating in does not make it the truth. The same goes for West-Jordan, which is neither dissputed nor "Judea" or "Samaria".

        • Stern

          Actually, you're wrong. The US has a law calling for its embassy to moved to Jerusalem, but successive presidents have chosen not to implement it.
          Secondly, every country in the world has the right to decide where its capital will be situated – and Israel decided in 1948 that Jerusalem would be the capital. You have no say in the matter.
          As for claiming that "West-Jordan" (whatever the heck that is) is not disputed, well, that just shows your complete lack of comprehension. Even without taking sides, it's obvious. Israel holds the land. The Palestinians want the land. Seems to me like a dispute.

        • reader

          "The same goes for West-Jordan"

          Just don't mention this to any of the Jordanian brass, genius. They've already adamantly refused to even consider reannexing the West Bank. What a joke.

        • ziontruth

          "Its not 'Their' capital city."

          This is not for you to determine, imperialist busybody.

          "Not one nation on the globe recognizes this claim."

          We do not require any other nation's recognition.

          "…West-Jordan, which is neither dissputed nor 'Judea' or 'Samaria'."

          Living a lie and repeating in does not make it the truth, did you not just say? All the repetition in the world isn't going to turn the Arab squatters on the Land of Israel into its rightful inhabitants, nor erase the original names of these territories from memory.

          And again, this is none of your business. You have no right to an opinion on the issue.

        • Lan Astaslem

          look at a map of the mideast you jerk! The arabs have masses and masses of land the beloved palis can go to – oh yeah, nobody wants them. All the arab countries kick them out, why should the Jews have to have these violent parasites living on any part of Israel?

          • DISGUSTED

            GET THE HELL OUT OF LAND THAT DOES NOT BELONG TO YOU AND YOU WILL HAVE PEACE PLAIN SIMPLE COMMON SENCE YOU GUYS ARE WORST THAT THE FORMER APATHIED GOVT. OF THE BOTHA. REGIME.IS PEACE SUCH A BAD THING THAT POLITICIANS KEEP PUTTING UP CONTINUOUS OBSTACLES WHAT A BUNCH OF CRIMINALS.

        • Mary Sue

          the correctness of the claim is not dependent on consensus by anti-semitic nations, cracksmoker.

    • ziontruth

      You're pushing yourself onto a matter that is no concern of yours. I advise you to pay more attentions to the problems you face at home in your European Union, not least of which is the general loss of freedom, national, social and economic, resulting from the treasonous policies of immigration (turning ethnostates into propositional free-for-alls), Islamization and socialism.

      Poking your nose in the Jewish nation's affairs won't get you out of the mud, sorry.

      • DISGUSTED

        TALKING ABOUT POKING NOSE WHERE IT DOES NOT BELONG WHO HAS THE LONGEST AND MOST INTRUSIVE NOSE IN AMERICAN POLITICS TODAY.WOULD YOU LIKE ME TO AMSWER FOR YOU?

  • http://twitter.com/USnavy1967 @USnavy1967

    It seems that everyone and every nation is telling Israel what it should or should not do. In a single state in the United States was constantly bombarded by missiles, that state would gather up all of its military might and strike back; Israel should do the same. The politics of running a country is somewhat different, one has to think of its citizens, its economy, its friends, etc. But, Israel has always been independent of outside force to make its decisions. I would like to see Israel first recall all of its ambassadors, close all embassies over sea's, activate all of its military, seal off israel, no one in, no one out. All Muslims/Arabs must leave Israel, if not, forces to leave. After all of this is accomplished, strike Hamas/Hezbollah and any other enemy of Israel, strike first and hard, and if necessary strike again. One thing Israel has is an IDF above and beyond any other. The people are willing and able to defend their country(more then can be said of the US). So, God bless and strike the head of the snake, first and fast.

    • DISGUSTED

      IT IS PEOPLE LIKE YOU WITH ATTITUDE LIKE YOURS THAT HAVE THIS WORLD THE WAY IT IS TODAY,GO AND LOOK FOR A LONELY PLACE TO EXPIRE.

  • EthanP

    Lets not be too hard on Bibi or Israel. When you are so completely dependent upon one nation, the USA, for her military power, that means you have to do what they tell you. US pressure has been brought to bare in most of Israel's military campaigns. And if you have any doubts: Iron Dome, Davids Sling, and Arrow are all paid for with US$. Every F-15 and F-16 uses engines imported fron the USA. And the "bunker busters" Israel may use on Irans nuclear facilities are made in the USA.

    And sorry @USnavy1967, thats crazy talk.

  • Bert

    There is moral rot in almost all of the Jewish leaders. They refuse to tell the full truth in their own behalf preferring to appease their way to survival. The Arabs will not allow any wiggle room for Jewish appeasers and neither will the other countries. Jewish leaders are also in direct violation of the teaching of the Jewish religion which forbids the division of the land and of Jerusalem. Israeli leaders are too craven to insist on allowing Jews to worship on the Temple Mount and they even prevent Jews from freely doing so under threat of arrest.
    A book, The Legal Rights of the Jewish People to the Land of Israel by Salomon Benzimra, is a meticulous work of scholarship that would demolish all the arguments of the Arabs and others to one square inch of Israel. The entire Jewish leadership in the U.S. and Israel is so debased that they all ignore this opportunity to answer all their critics.

  • JacksonPearson

    Why Israel must act is a no brainer….
    History teaches what conquering Islamic Turks did to the Serbs, e.g.;
    A MONUMENT TO MUSLIM "TOLERANCE"
    Chela kula or a wall of Skulls….: http://www.srpska-mreza.com/History/pre-wwOne/Che
    and;
    What Islam's barbarians did to the Hindus in India was even worse.

  • Ghostwriter

    Another inane post from crackerjack,Slugmotion's pal and all-around Jew hater.

  • armyguy1

    Remember progressive FDR? he sent ships of jews back to germany knowing they would die not to mention trying to avoid helping britain who was sounding alarm bells about what was to come. Hitler the socialist actually took many of his ideas from the american progressives & had praised FDR more than once. We have another FDR progressive president in obama & he will wait until israel is hit with a nuke or massive attack then he will discuss what to do with the UN & then we might see some help make it to israel.

  • NuritG

    Israel must adopt a new paradigm and new thought process. Israel must go on the attack not remain on the defense. What Israel has done thus far simply does not work for her.

  • johnnywoods

    I cannot understand why Israel continues to sulppy electricty to the monsters who are trying to destoy them much less allowing supplies to be shipped to the these beasts.