Jewish World Review May 28, 2002 / 17 Sivan, 5762
http://www.NewsAndOpinion.com | Following an unrelenting string of murderous attacks on Israeli citizens condoned if not directly ordered by Yasser Arafat and his Palestinian Authority, Israel hit back. They surrounded Arafat and a bunch of his terrorists and held them captive -- for awhile, anyway. That was until the European Union, the Arab alliances, the so-called world human rights organizations, the United Nations, the media elite and numerous other left-leaning entities exerted so much pressure on the tiny democracy that they had to let Arafat and his terrorists go free.
In so doing, Israel went against its own self interests. They should have gone in there and arrested Arafat and his cronies and tried them for war crimes. But they didn't. They acquiesced. Result: Arabs continue to send suicidal imbeciles into crowded Israeli public places to kill and maim as many innocent civilians as possible.
Because of this same world pressure, Israel was forced to allow the terrorists and assassins who broke into the Church of the Nativity to walk out free and clear and take extended vacations in Cyprus. Again, Israel acted against its own self interests. They should have starved them out, then put them on trial for murder. They didn't. Result: Arabs continue to send suicidal imbeciles into crowded Israeli public places to kill and maim as many innocent civilians as possible.
Israel keeps bending, conceding, yielding, making concessions to "world opinion" even when those concessions clearly go against what would be in the beat interests of Israel and her people. Arafat makes no such concessions. Never has. Neither do the other Arabs. And anyway why should Arafat make concessions when "world opinion" always seems to favor his side? But Israel does continue to yield. Time and time again. Why?
There are several possible explanations: (1) One reason might be that Israel wants to exist so desperately that she believes the only way to do so is to somehow try to get world opinion on her side -- by giving in to prevailing public demands. (2) Being a democratic country based on ethical Judaic teachings compels them to take the moral high ground. (3) Then there is what some might call the innate liberalism of the Jewish people, i.e. their basic tendency towards fairness. An attempt to see things from all sides. After all, everyone has a point of view -- even your enemy. (4) Or perhaps Israel simply tends to ultimately act in accordance with the wishes of their only true ally and supporter, the United States.
At the same Whatever the reasons, the results are the same -- more and more suicide bombings, more and more dead Jews. No matter what the Israelis do or don't do, they will be hated and they will be attacked. They will be hated because they are Jewish. They will be attacked because the land that is called Israel is the land Arabs consider to be theirs and theirs alone. Period. Every time Israel caves in to world pressure, the Arab terrorists grow more confident. Every time Israel pulls back, Arafat wins. Every time Israel allows a terrorist to go free, more Jews will die.
For years the mantra has been, "land for peace" but it's never really been about that. "Dead Jews for peace" is more like it. Man, those Arabs sure do drive a hard bargain. Talk about tough negotiators!
Is backing down to terrorism in order to garner positive "world opinion" the way to go? By so doing, just which enemy does Israel think will suddenly be their friend? Will Islamic clerics in Saudi Arabia and Egypt have a change of heart? Will French anti-Semitism instantly disappear? Will the United Nations take on a decidedly pro-Jewish stance? Will college professors and the news media begin to see the light and embrace Israel?
How badly do we want to see peace in the Middle East? There's one sure way to get it.
Just keep killing
JWR contributor Greg Crosby, former creative head for Walt Disney publications, has written thousands of comics, hundreds of children's books, dozens of essays, and a letter to his congressman. A freelance writer in Southern California, you may contact him by clicking here.