Questions and Answers on the Eve of Obama’s Visit to Israel


Q: With Obama about to visit the country, should Israel agree to attend new negotiation sessions with the Palestinian Authority?

A: No. Nothing positive can come out of it. For twenty years Israel has been attending “talks” with the Palestinians and these have achieved absolutely nothing other than Israeli capitulation. In each round of talks Israel has given away more and more assets and made an ever-growing number of concessions, getting nothing in return.

Q: Why give up hope that the Palestinians will agree to some sort of deal?

A: Because they have yet to comply with a single punctuation mark in any of the agreements they have already signed.

Q: So what should Israel offer the Palestinians?

A: Nothing at all.

Q: Nothing?

A: Israel should make demands instead of making offers of concessions. It should make no new offers of anything until long lists of its own demands are fully met.

Q: But how then can Israel achieve peace with the Palestinians?

A: It can’t. Making endless concessions has no more chance of achieving peace than offering nothing. In other words, since the Palestinians are uninterested in peace, no offer of any sort will produce peace, and therefore they should be offered nothing at all.

Q: What is the best way to pursue a solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict?

A: By abandoning all attempts to pursue a solution. The pursuit of “solutions” has been the root of all evil in the Middle East these past two decades. Israel should stop looking for solutions and instead pursue military victory.

Q: Do you seriously want Israel to send troops back into Gaza after the redeployment by Sharon and the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza?

A: Yes, of course. It was obvious at the time of the Israeli unilateral withdrawal that military reoccupation of Gaza was only a matter of time, inevitable and necessary. The sooner it is done, the better.

Q: Doesn’t Israeli occupation cause terrorism?

A: No, removal of Israeli occupation causes terrorism.

Q: What should Israel offer Syria?

A: The right to retain Damascus and other Syrian territory east of the Golan Heights in exchange for Syria’s abandoning its demands for the “return” of the Golan Heights.

Q: Do you seriously expect Syria to agree to that?

A: No.

Q: How should Israel deal with terrorism?

A: First and foremost, by recognizing that there is no NON-MILITARY solution to the problems of terrorism.

Q: What should Israel do with terrorists?

A: Summarily execute them without trial whenever they are captured while engaged in violence.  Capital punishment should be instituted for all other terrorists.

Q: How should Israel deal with the Hamas and Islamic Jihad?

A: By killing as many of their members as it can.

Q: What is the best strategy Israel can adopt with regard to the Gaza Strip and the West Bank?

A: R&D, or Reoccupation and De-nazification.

Q: How should Israel deal with the Qassam rockets?

A: By R&D, or Reoccupation and De-nazification. There is no way the Qassams will be halted through “talks.” They can only be halted by Israel’s reestablishment of complete military control over the Gaza Strip.

Q: Should Israel return Jewish settlers to Gush Katif in Gaza?

A: Yes, of course.

Q: What should Israel do about settlements on the West Bank?

A: Build more of them. It’s the best way to take Palestinian statehood off the table once and for all. In any future deal based on “limited autonomy” – which was of course the original concept Israel accepted at Camp David – “settlements” will represent no impediment at all to implementation.

Q: How should Israel deal with Hezb’Allah?

A: By helping to resolve the parking congestion problems in the towns and villages of southern Lebanon that are strongholds of Hezb’Allah and loyal to it. That is, by constructing large new parking lots there.

Q: How should Israel deal with domestic Arab radicals?

A: Israeli Arabs openly identifying with the enemies of Israel or endorsing terrorism should be stripped of their Israeli citizenship and deported. All Arabs sitting in the parliament, working as senior civil servants or as judges must be required to take an oath of allegiance, on a sacred book of their religion, to Israel as a Zionist state.  The extended families of any Arabs involved in terrorism or anti-Jewish violence should be deported and their property seized.

Q: What about the Temple Mount?

A: The PLO must be completely stripped of control over it.

Q.  How can “hope for peace” be created in the Middle East?

A:  By eliminating all hopes among the Arabs that they will destroy Israel.

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  • objectivefactsmatter

    Well I don't remember answering these questions but they recorded my views accurately.

  • Michael Dar

    Splendid piece! That resumes it all..right on the spot.. exactly my line of thinking. Perfect no nonsense approach..powerful..thank you!

  • Capt_Z1

    Israel should have started thisexact process many years ago.

  • Choi

    PLAUT GETS IT!

  • Claire

    MAY G_D GRANT ISRAEL THE COURAGE TO ENACT THIS WISDOM.

  • yossibarnegev

    WOW! Mr. Plaut plus the 5 comments above me – 100% agreement! Count me in! Now if only some of this practical wisdom will rub off on those in Israel's leadership!

  • John Reese

    The ideas expressed are correct but they are a pipe dream. Israel hasn't got the chutzpah for this. It has been weakened and demoralized by the West for the past 30 years. The only thing that might rouse it to patriotism would be a miltary shock, as in the Yom Kippur attack of 1973. But the Arabs are not stupid enough to repeat that mistake. Time and a psychological grinding down of Israel will attain their goals for them. In 50 years Israel will be gone, it's people scattered to the diaspora.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "In 50 years Israel will be gone, it's people scattered to the diaspora."

      They've said that continuously for well over 50 years. You're just as wrong.

      • ziontruth

        "Israel hasn't got the chutzpah for this."

        The trouble is our leaders only. The Israeli Jewish populace has no problem here.

        "In 50 years Israel will be gone, it's people scattered to the diaspora."

        No, not even should Israel be defeated. The Jewish people no longer has the energy for living in the diaspora, not even for a short stay of 70 years like in Babylon. The Land of Israel will be the Jewish nation's final resting place for good or bad. Either the Jews overcome all of their enemies, or the curtain is drawn down over this saga, the enemies of the Jews going down in nuclear flames as a final act of retribution.

        Everyone needs to be praying for HaShem's deliverance of the Jews and their nation-state. Even unbelievers need to pray for it. Pray that the only victims will be the armies of Israel's enemies.

  • Ghostwriter

    I think Israel is far tougher than it's critics give it credit for. It'll take care of itself. Also,it's a loyal ally of the United States,another reason WHY it's hated by freedom hating Muslims.

  • twotwo

    An AMAZING article, Mr. Plaut gets it!
    You can NOT negotiate with terrorists, they will lie, procrastinate, cause mayhem, death and destruction. When the terrorists own losses are deemed intolerable, when their own destruction seems certain, they will call a halt to aggressions and ask to negotiate.
    These tactics are used to re-coup, re-arm and grow stronger for the next fight.
    This is the Islamic principle of "hudna." Hudna is an Arabic term meaning a temporary "truce" or "armistice" as well as "calm" or "quiet" (Wikipedia). http://honestreporting.com/hudna-with-hamas/ http://www.meforum.org/1925/tactical-hudna-and-is
    Islam's ONLY goal is the destruction of Israel and the extermination of every Jew on the planet.
    You can't "negotiate" with those who are determined to kill you.

  • Lady_Dr

    I sure wish/hope Steve Plaut was in leadership in Israel. He understands – but then he teach at Haifa University which is infested with Arabs so he knows exactly what they are like

  • Ittamar bkk

    At last some common sense. The solution is land for israel and security for Israel. Peace? Peace with Arabs?! Its an oxymoron. Security is the only thing Israel can attain. Throw out Arab traitors. Seek and destroy enemy combatants. Give them something to loose.
    Ling live Rabbi Meir Kahane.

  • Mary Ann

    THAT’S IT!

  • Silverio Facundo

    The solutions are so simple and straight-forward that in today's upside-down world they are all too difficult to see out there in plain sight. This interview lays it out as simple as it should be. Jews/Israelis should set their minds to the fact that there already is an arab/muslim nation in "Palestine". It's called Jordan and its government is presently usurped by a patsy from the Saudis. The only negotiations Israel should be embarking upon should be whether the deportation of each and every arab living to the west of the Jordan should be by force or thru reparations.

    The world has seen these massive relocations as results of wars endlessly throughout history. Only in the 20-th century the estimates of people relocated as results of acts of war vary from 20 to 100 million depending on who's keeping the tally. The Arab-Israeli wars should be no different. Arabs relocated between 750,000 and 1 million Jews from every country in the arab/muslim world from Morocco to Iran. Jews relocated some 600,000 muslims from Israel but left the job undone. The remaining today's 2.5-3 million muslims left should be relocated to lands more suitable for them, such as France, England or Jordan.

    And why so? Under what legal framework? Only because Israel right now holds the upper hand. Only because if the sides were turned, Jews wouldn't be presented with the option of relocating. There should not be any arguments on the legal basis and no one should care either. Start mixing the lawyers in and the only outcome is a complete mess, what lawyers know how to do best. Only because what's good for the goose is good for the gander. Only because if Germans and Poles and Czechs and Hindus and Pakistanis and Greeks and Turks and Chinese and Nepalese and Japanese and Koreans can do it, as well as Algerians, Tunisians, Moroccans, Egyptians, Yemenis or Iraqis, so Israelis can. There's your legal basis. And the moral one too.

    Muslims have never concealed their ultimate wish which is to completely obliterate Israel from the face of the Earth. Most of them don't even stop there but extend their hatred to obliterate all Jews from the face of the planet. Westerners, in a combination of pathetic paternalism and plain old Jewish hatred, water-down those apocaliptic views trying to delude themselves: "well arabs don't really mean kill-kill, they just want to slightly kill a few of them, after all it's their right", or "poor tribesemen, they're so backwards they are too stupid to understand what they're saying".

    So it's only in the west's delusion that the arab's contorted and apocaliptic views as to the fate of the Jews gets diluted. They have dreamed of "pushing all Jews to the sea" since 1948 and even before that. No amount of negotiations will ever change their dream. Thay haven't been able to achieve it not because of negotiations but because they lack the means, and tried they've tried, time and again. The "Palestinian" rhetoric is only the newest weapon in their arsenal. They've never meant the silly "two states for two people" notion and the'll never mean it. Their success has been in convincing others, starting with the Israelis themselves, that they actually believe in that crap.

    But Obama is too thick and too pompous and too self-immersed in himself to understand any of this. That's if we're naive enough to convince ourselves that he has no muslim agenda in his tricky toolbox.

  • melvin1z

    The vast majority of the world’s population hates Israel; most would support a Jihad and its extermination, Israel is forced to play mister nice guy in order to pacify the anger, but unfortunately the winds of hatred are blowing in gale force.

  • cristu

    Perfect lucidity

  • bear

    Peace comes only when Israel wins! No half wars destroy the enemy or it encourages them that can win.
    That is what Oslo meant to the Arabs that Israel was showing weakness by letting Arafat, Abbas and his terror buddies back into the West Bank. Israel is still regretting this 20 years later.