The Noose Around Israel’s Neck

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


Israel is being hanged on a public gallows erected on the grounds of the United Nations with yards of rope gleefully supplied by the Muslim world. But the hangmen are mostly Westerners who still think that the Muslim lynch mob at their doorstep can be pacified with the death of a single victim.

There are three things you can do when you are about to be hanged. You can walk proudly, recite a glorious line or two to embed your martyrdom in historical memory, and then allow yourself to be hanged. Jews have an extensive body of experience with that brand of martyrdom.

Alternatively you can plead your case all the way to the gallows, arguing that a mistake has been made, that your case has been improperly reviewed, begging for someone to listen and do something. This way also ends in a hanging. But it’s the hanging of a slave without even a shred of dignity attached to it. A man that dies pleading with his murderers, and puts his fate in the honesty of the liars and hypocrites whose own crimes makes the worst of his look like virtues, is a craven fool.

Because there is really only one thing you can do when the noose is being placed around your neck. Resist. A noose works by tightening around your neck and cutting off your air or breaking your neck. If you resist the tightening of the noose, you may actually survive. On the other hand if you follow through all the procedures, if you allow your hands to be tied behind your back, and the noose to be fastened around your neck while trusting in the system to do right by you– your death is inevitable.

For seventeen years Israel has been walking toward the gallows. Its leaders have led it there by the nose ring of international assurances. Its people have been led there by refusing to see what is waiting ahead for them, even while the blood was being cleaned off the streets. Every attempt to reach a peaceful solution, every concession and show of good faith, has only tightened the bonds around its hands and the noose around its neck.

That is because every concession Israel has made, has further restricted not only its ability to defend itself, but even its ability to do basic things such as build residential housing in the capital of its own nation. Every gesture and agreement Israel has signed has bound it to ever more restrictive terms. And none of them have brought any peace. All they have ever done is set the bar higher for the next round of concessions demanded by the enemy and its aiders and abettors in the next phase of negotiations.

This is not a peace process, and it has never been one. It is a public lynching. It is the lynching of a country whose only real crime is that its existence offends the religious fanaticism and prejudices of a billion Muslims, who control much of the world’s oil, and whose followers are willing to riot and kill in the streets of nearly every major city in the world at the slightest offense.

The lynching began as a trial where the murderer wore a fine suit and his victim sat in an orange jumpsuit in the dock. Every day during the trial, the murderer would be allowed to leave the courtroom to kill again. And every afternoon he would return to the courtroom with bloody hands that the judge and jurors would pretend not to see. And if the victim dared to call attention to those bloody hands, he would be silenced and told that those murders too were his fault. Hadn’t he after all provoked the murderer into committing them?

Now the trial is coming to a close. The farce that the proceedings ever had anything to do with peace is unraveling. And we can thank Hamas and Obama for that. The endgame is all too clear. The undoing of that “mistake” which allowed the oldest and most persecuted minority in the Middle East to briefly reclaim their homeland from the tyranny of Muslim Caliphs and Sultans. To serve as a homeland for their persecuted brethren from the east and the west. From the south and the north. That mistake.

Every time Israel tries to be accommodating, it instead takes a step closer to the gallows. It allows the noose to be tightened around its neck. And every time that happens, it has to fight harder for air. Eventually if things keep going this way, there will be no air at all. Only a sad forlorn figure swinging in the hot eastern wind from the desert. And cries of Ibtach al Yahood among the rubble of cities and gardens of Jerusalem, Haifa, Tel Aviv and Ariel.

Israel cannot survive by accommodating a lynch mob. Only by having the courage to defy it. When the international community at the behest of the Muslim lynch mob dictates the parameters of Israel’s survival, it must expand those parameters by pushing through them to the other side. If they want to recognize terrorists, then kill those terrorists. If they want to unilaterally create a Palestinian state, then annex those territories. Accommodation is a noose. Defiance is the air of freedom. Every time Israel retreats, it is condemned for it. When it advances, it is condemned for it also, but its freedom of action expands.

The world will always condemn Israel regardless of its intentions. But like any form of name-calling, those condemnations only gain power when Israel allows its actions to be dictated by them. Israel is not condemned because of what Israel does. It is condemned because of a diseased pattern of Islamic bigotry, left wing radicalism and international dhimmism converging in one place. This is a pattern of hate that cannot be undone. It can only be ignored.

When you listen to the threats and taunts of those who hate you, you give them power over yourself. If you try to accommodate your behavior to gain their favor, their outpouring of hate for you will only grow. For it is not your behavior they hate, it is you. By showing weakness, you invite attack. By giving your enemies power over you, all that you accomplish is to drive them into a feeding frenzy at your vulnerability. If you go on this way, you will either be a slave or a corpse. A slave if they have any use for you alive. A corpse if they don’t. Either way you have put your head into the noose they made for you.

Israel cannot go on this way. No country could for long. Yet it does, marching on toward the gallows, protesting that there has been a terrible mistake here. But there is no mistake here. None at all. The executioners nod sympathetically and promise to look into it, as they bind his hands behind his back. It’s a farce and everyone except the dumbest among the lynch mob, and the condemned knows it.

But like the condemned man refusing a blindfold in the anecdote who’s scheduled to be executed, Israel keeps being warned not to make trouble. Go quietly. Breathe deeply. Soon it will all be over. What will the world say, if Israel resists? Exactly what the world says now.  The troublemakers that are the cause of all the troubles of the otherwise peaceful nations of the Middle East. The worm in the lovely healthy apple otherwise covered with Muslim tyrannies.

Every threat that has been made has come about when Israel made concessions, not because it refused to. Every time Israel has chosen the high road, its enemies have ambushed it from the low road. It’s past time to wake up and start learning some lessons. The noose is drawn. And the nation is gasping for air. That breath of air was Jerusalem. The next one will be the Galilee. And then what? How many more breaths are left after that?

Before Oslo, Israel was threatened with terror if it did not comply. It complied and the terror increased manifold. And if did not negotiate further, it was threatened with international isolation. It negotiated. It gave. And it was isolated anyway. It was threatened with boycotts, and it gave, and the boycotts came anyway. Now they threaten the unilateral recognition of a Palestinian state. Followed by a One State Solution. Followed by international intervention. Noose, gallows and all. And does anyone think that all these will not come about anyway if Israel gives Abbas and his terrorist cronies their own official state with a capital in Jerusalem?

No compromise has worked until now. Which means no compromise will work. A process in which one side repeatedly compromises and the other side repeatedly threatens and takes, is not a process, but a holdup. If a man threatens you with a gun, then you might think that you can buy him off. Until he returns again and again. And then it is no longer a threat, it is a process. Israel is in that process, or rather it is being processed. At the end of the process is death. If you pay attention only to the gun, and not the pattern of threats, you may keep giving in, until you have given up your home, your wife and your children, and you have nothing left but your life. And then you will lose that as well. That is the nature of the process. To survive, you must not see the gun alone, but the process it is part of.

When Israel withdrew from Gaza, allowed Hamas to control it, and did nothing but prevent Hamas from having outside access, the world howled as if Israel had filled the country with graves from end to end, as Sudan or Iran or some of the other members and former members of the UN Human Rights Commission have. That is not justice. That is a lynch mob. And what does Netanyahu do in response? Like nearly every Israeli government before him, he backs off. Because given that tidbit the lynch mob will be appeased. It will, won’t it. Won’t it?

We are no longer talking about negotiations. Or any serious discussion of a state. We are talking about the world rising up in one voice to defend the rights of a genocidal organization whose charter includes the words; “The Day of Judgment will not come about until Muslims fight the Jews (killing the Jews), when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say O Muslims, O Abdullah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.” The pretense is over and done with. This is not about anything resembling peace. This is about death. This is a lynch mob. Some come willingly. Others think that they have no choice. That a single murder will buy them the tolerance of the Dar Al Islam.

This is what a noose looks like. These are the gallows. As its hands are bound, Israel loses the ability to defend itself. As the noose tightens, Israel dies. Only by resisting the noose, can it survive. Only by fighting to free its hands, can it resist. The way of surrender is the way of death. And after Israel dies, its own hangmen will be next. Because the lynch mob has only begun. Its appetite is whetted by death. Its hunger will only be sharpened by blood, not sated by it. And it will cover the world in blood, if it is not stopped. But now the noose draws tight. Only a little more air is left. What will Israel do with that air? Appeal for justice, or fight with all its strength to rip the noose away. For now the choice is still hers. When the noose has done it work, it no longer will be.

  • linasophia

    Why only "17 years Israel has been walking towards the gallows?" Since the inception of the State in '48 the International, and Muslim world have been holding the noose at the ready for whatever meager and twisted logic is handy. After the Independence War, the Sinai '57 (which Israel gave BACK!) The '67 Six Day war the The Yom Kippour war, what kind of balagan is next for the State! Appeasement, Co-Exist, and still the howling demands by the UN and the West so their precious oil is not cut off. I've just read your post on Scheer and Stone, calling Truman a war criminal. The left lavishes praise on FDR due to his entitlement programs, and wholeheartedly applaud his great dream of the UN but upon his death when Truman furthered his support of the UN and voted for the creation of the State of Israel he's now conveniently a war criminal. They probably also place that label because of his decision to drop the bomb. Irregardless of the refusal of the Japanese to surrender and the estimated loss of at least a million lives to due a land evasion. On Obama's scorched earth policy, just watch him try to extend the Arab riots to Jordan as they are not anti-Israel/Islamist enough to suit his purpose. Thank you for being a standard bearer.

  • Lawrence

    To the point and calling it as it is, as one expects from Greenfield. There is something that could be added here though and that is this – the lack of uncommon sense and intelligence among Jewry in Israel and especially the Diaspora, the pervasive self-loathing, the willful lack of knowledge about the history of Islam, its persecution of Jewry and Muslims themselves, the failure to get the Western psyche and the persistent anti-Semitism there, and how it translates for Israel.

    Frightening times indeed.

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    The best defense is an offense. And it is WAY past time for Israel's leadership to cease and desist, pretending that the facade of the peace/death process is anything but a nightmare! The UN gambit is a blessing in disguise, for if our leaders have any brain matter left – sense of honor too – they will finally throw the yoke of the Oslo Peace/Death Accords off our neck! And it is not as if their isn't a legal basis for this. For heavens sake, by going to the UN the PA/Fatah junta have abrogated one of its core tenets!

    It remains to be seen, whether or not Israel's leadership is up to the task, to finally stand up as statesmen and state – Enough. Maspik. NO MORE OSLO!!

    It bears repeating – until the cows come home – Israel's failure of leadership has been an out-sized disaster -http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/06/30/israels-failure-of-leadership-its-lack-of-statesmen-commentary-by-adina-kutnicki/ and its ship of fools are enough to make any Zionist cringe – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/07/15/israels-ship-

    And while we know that Israel's haters – leftists and their Islamist counterparts – will do everything in their power to destroy us, they would have a much harder time if our leadership wasn't as supine.

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel – http://www.adinakutnicki.com/about

  • M Mir

    Israel can no longer win militarily against what surrounds it. It is evident in the fact that now even the least powerful member of resistance can put the equivalent of a 500lb MK82 bomb into your buildings and infrastructure with some difficulty today. In the next war you will experience more fully what the Palestinians have to deal with when you drop 3000 500lb bombs onto their heads. In this last war, I saw a true breakthrough in that buildings in Israel look remarkably similar after being hit a Fajr-5 rocket to what buildings in Gaza look like after being hit by USG supplied JDAM.

    You think your missile defense was a success against an enemy that still had to duck and hide in between popping up to fire 4 or 5 missiles? In the next round, when they have assembled another piece called air defense, they will be able to calmly rain down dozens of heavy rockets onto you with accuracy. That means your tin dome won't be able to ignore 90% of the incoming. Instead it will have to go after 90% of them at $40-$50K a pop. You'll run out of tin dome interceptors within 2 days.

    Hamas is equal to Hezbollah from 20 years ago and catching up quick. Afterall, they're being trained and armed by the very people who have beaten the "vaunted" IDF twice in the last 12 years. You are still in denial that Hezbollah today can demolish most of northern Israel infrastructure, but your leaders are not. And soon the Palestinians will present the same wall of spears as the north.

    Israel is essentially finished. After the next round, I reckon half of you will leave for your other country of origin for some peace and quiet.

    • Bartemais

      The world system is heading for a confrontation, not with Israel but the God of Israel. Step by step they are unwittingly heading for Armageddon. The spiritual blindness of the world and their controversy with the God who actually has sovereignty over the land of Israel, will lead to the judgment of the nations of the world. The Islamic nations, haters of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, will have a bitter end. Repentant individuals will be saved in the midst of it all, but what a tale of man's folly and rebellion will be told.

    • Lillith66

      We'll see!

    • Lillith66

      I wouldn't pop the cork on the non-alcoholic champagne just yet sunshine!

  • riverboatbill

    To accept defeat is to earn it.

  • kateluice

    Israel has been selling nukes since the 70's, even to their enemies. Israel takes as much as 100 billion in aid from the US a year. And they still cry.

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