Sometime toward the middle-end of last year I put together a very brief outline of where I suspected things were headed and published it under the title "The Non-Peace Process."
It turns out that my predictions were fairly spot-on, but I do not believe one needs to be either a genius or a psychic to have seen this coming:
1) The US and the EU demand negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.
2) The parties agree to talk and then the PA, the US, and the EU demand various concessions from Israel for the great privilege of sitting down with the PA's foremost undertaker.
3) Israel fails to meet all the concessions, thus causing the PA to flee negotiations, which they never had any intention of concluding to begin with.
4) The PA and the EU and the Obama administration place the blame for failure at Jewish feet.
5) The EU and various European countries announce additional sanctions, thereby essentially joining the anti-Semitic anti-Zionist BDS movement.
6) Arabs seek to murder Jews.We have now reached stage six.
This morning I read in Y-Net:
More than a dozen rockets fired from Gaza Strip slammed into Israel early Monday morning, following violent days in the south which have seen a rocket hit an Israeli factory and IDF retaliatory attacks kill at least one.What is the point of a "peace process" that always leads to war?
The attacks marked more than two weeks of increasing rocket fire from Gaza since the beginning of Operation Brother's Keeper in the West Bank, to find and bring back to safety the three missing Israeli teens – Eyal Yifrach, Gil-Ad Shaer and Naftali Frenkel.
I suppose that should be among the very first questions that we ask ourselves.
By going along with the non-peace process, just what are we hoping to accomplish? Peace? Surely at this late date no one who is paying any attention can possibly believe that. I cannot believe for one moment that even John Kerry thinks that a reasonable outcome of the peace process will be peace.
Naturally, as predicted above, Obama and the EU blame the failure of talks on the Jews, but they always blame pretty much everything that goes on in the area on the Jews, so what difference does it make? I think that Netanyahu should it make it clear that from this point forward, in regards the relationship between Israel and the local Arabs, that Israel is going to act unilaterally and declare its final borders.
I am fully aware that many consider this to be Ariel Sharon's mistake in his pull-out from Gaza, but I honestly do not see where Israel has the slightest choice. Negotiations have not worked and the reason that negotiations have not worked is because the Arab majority in the Middle East has no real incentive to make peace with the Jewish minority. That's what the local Arabs are for, to represent the front lines in the ongoing war against Jewish self-determination and self-defense, and that's why they invented a new ethnicity, the "Palestinians," which they can use in their never-ending fight against the Jews.
It has been over two weeks since the kidnapping and we have heard nothing from the kidnappers which leads me to the angering conclusion that Yifrach, Shaer, and Frenkel are dead.
The only question is what to do about this miserable situation. One thing that Israel should not do, in my opinion, is continue to legitimize the PLO and Fatah and the PA and Mahmoud Abbas. These represent the hostile dregs of the failed Oslo experiment and we should wash them off our feet as we would wash away dog feces from a shoe.
From the comments:
2. Don't Lose Focus
The main goal remains to find the teens and of course they will do their best to shift the IDF attention to something else. The best would be to crush them and then get back to the main subject.
TC (06.30.14)I basically agree with TC's sentiment. Hit them back hard, but find those kids, dead or alive.
5. Of course Israel will supply GazaThis is becoming more and more of a common frustration. Israel supplies the Gaza with vital services, such as water and electricity, yet progressive-left critics of Israel think that it is not doing nearly enough to aid and abet its enemies.
Of course the IAF will not be allowed to hit meaningful targets.
Ron, oc us (06.30.14)
It is truly a perfect scam wherein the traditionally abused minority - with a much diminished population over centuries - is turned into the immoral "bad guy" despite providing vital services to those who continue to seek to kill them.
From a propaganda stand-point it is sheer brilliance.
As a commenter wrote in these pages just yesterday:
Sorry, but no moral person can support IsraelThe fight today is less military than it is cognitive. Because the Jewish minority in the Middle East is such a small part of the overall world community the Arab powers know that if they can make enough of the world hate the Jewish State in the way that it has traditionally hated Jews, then they can erode Israel's ability to function and, then, its ability to exist.
They will not defeat Israel militarily unless Iran decides to go for an Apocalyptic scenario, which is a distinct possibility given Obama's compliance to the wishes of the ayatollahs.
6. Israel must destroy this terror entityUnfortunately, this is true. For as long as Hamas exists it will do whatever it can do to harass, kidnap, and kill the local Jews.
the islamist totalitarian terror group will continue to wage war against the jewish state for as long as it remains standing.
Again, this not a matter of hyperbole and it is not a matter of exaggeration, it is a matter of fact and should be acted upon in that fashion.
No justice, no peace.