Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Brief Notes: Stasis
In the long Arab war against the Jews of the Middle East we seem to have come to a moment of stasis.
While much of the rest of the Middle East is in flux... as Arabs run around rioting and killing one another... the Arab-Israel conflict is not. By ruining whatever potential there may have been in the possibilities of a negotiated settlement, the Obama administration has brought us to a moment of moderated status quo.
It is difficult to know just what to make of this political moment. For many years prior to Barack Obama's ham-handed demolition of the "peace process" many of us still held out some hope for a negotiated settlement. Oslo may have been limping along, but it was limping. Now it is dead.
So where does that leave us?
One thing that I can say, for certain, is that progressive-left Jewry is generally clueless. They still seem to hold out some vague, usually unspoken, hope concerning a negotiated peace, which is the most generous reason that I can think of as to why they have so much hostility toward their fellow Jews in Judea. But if there is one thing that I have learned over the years it is that Arab-Muslim intransigence is not going to end any time soon.
My suggestion has been that Israel, therefore, take matters into its own hands and declare its final borders, despite the results of the Gaza withdrawal, leaving room for whatever Palestinian terrorist-criminal entity that they create for themselves. Much of the Jewish right, in contrast, wants to annex Judea and Samaria, despite the demographic challenges of such a position.
What the Jewish left wants to do remains a mystery. End the "occupation"? Sure, but what does that mean, exactly?
In the mean time, we remain in stasis. And, I have to say, stasis is certainly far better than a third terror war against the Jews in that part of the world. Stasis won't last and it shouldn't, but for the moment that seems to be where we are.