The Only Way for Israel to Win is By Giving Up

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.


The media specialize in two things, reporting on sex scandals and promoting irrational memes. “War never solves anything” is an article of faith on the left and it is invariably applied to anything and everything, except for some mysterious reason, WW2, where war apparently did solve some things.

At The Atlantic, Jeffrey Goldberg bemoans Israel’s lack of strategic thinking. “There is no way out of this militarily,” Goldberg insists, with the peculiar fixed notion on the left that military solutions only work for terrorists, not the people fighting them. No, bombing Hamas will do no good. But Jeffrey Goldberg knows what will.

“How do you marginalize Hamas, which seeks the destruction of Jews and the Jewish state, and empower the more moderate forces that govern the West Bank?… Here’s one idea: Give Palestinians hope that Israel is serious about the two-state solution. And how do you do that? By reversing the settlement project on the West Bank.”

Statements like these should come with their own laugh track, but feel free to splice one in from your favorite sitcom. A long braying laugh of ridicule.

Hamas is in charge of Gaza, because Israel left Gaza and tore apart its towns and villages there and forced out all Jewish residents in what might legally be considered ethnic cleansing, but what Jeffrey Goldberg praises as “reversing a settlement project.”

The reason that rockets are being fired at Jerusalem and Tel Aviv is because Israel listened to people like Goldberg in the first place. And with that done, Jeffrey Goldberg proposes more of the same. Hair of the Hamas dog that bit you.

All of Israel’s previous withdrawals have failed to work, but if Israel ethnically cleanses Jews some more, it’s bound to marginalize Hamas.

It is not unreasonable for Palestinians to doubt the sincerity of Netanyahu on the subject of the two-state solution, when settlements grow ever-thicker.

But why then were they not convinced by the sincerity of Rabin, Peres, Netanyahu I, Barak, Sharon, Olmert and Netanyahu II? Is there any PM from the left or the right whose policies convinced the Palestinian Muslims, who forever need convincing, of his sincerity long enough to stop the violence? And after all this time, all the lies and terrorism, is it really Israel that needs to convince the terrorists or the terrorists who need to convince Israel of their sincerity?

The idea of a two-state solution will die if Israel continues to treat the West Bank as a suburb of Jerusalem and Kfar Sava, and not as the future location of the state of Palestine.

The two-state solution is already dead. There are two Palestinian states already. Perhaps Hamas and Fatah could take a whack at convincing each other of their sincerity.

There is no legitimately elected Palestinian government. There is no serious faith on the Israeli side that this time around in the twenty year cycle of peace negotiations and terror… that anything will change.

Media meme-spreads like Jeffrey Goldberg harp on the ethnic cleansing of the Jews of the West Bank as the magic solution to all these problems.

Will the Palestinian Authority clean up its act, hold legitimate elections and end its support for terrorism if Jews are not allowed to build homes in Ariel?

Settlement freezes have been applied without any such magic results.

With Hamas suddenly be forced out by the same Fatah militias who fled their fighters in Gaza if Jews are put on trucks and expelled into caravans? In Gaza, the results were the exact opposite.

Hamas has the Koran and the media has the settlements as the solution to all problems.

  • Looking4Sanity

    That is the defining characteristic of hypocrisy. It is completely undetectable by the persons afflicted with it.

  • Lady_Dr

    The simple fact is that – nothing the left pushes ever works. But they never consider that – actually reality never seems to matter to them.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "The simple fact is that – nothing the left pushes ever works. But they never consider that – actually reality never seems to matter to them."

      Some are even proud of this, because they claim to be "visualizing" their future. Reality won't stop their fantasies. If it did, they'd reject liberalism. It's that simple.

  • Donald DaCosta

    The west refuses to acknowledge what is in their face, obvious to anyone with a modicum of common sense, a bit of curiosity and a willingness to consider why the reality flies in the face of their precious and stubbornly held convictions. Of course it may have a bit to do with the "bully" mentality. Siding with the fanatical bastard that might slit your throat is a lot safer than being critical of a civilized Israel.

  • PaulRevereNow

    They also "reversed a settlement project" in Gush Etzion, when Sharon was PM, and that didn't work, either. I'm not terribly familiar with Jeffrey Goldberg's writing, but I'd bet any amount of money, that he thinks Obama is a strong supporter of Israel.

  • Mary Sue

    It's crazy how ignorant people like that Goldberg guy are. There really is no excuse for it, it's lazy journalism combined with a deeply flawed yet deeply held belief: that the Palestinians can be bought off with land.

  • Ghostwriter

    I heard from someone in Israel that the Palestinians set up special places in their houses to launch rockets at Israel. It may make it very dangerous for the Israelis to try to put an end to this sort of thing.