"Politics is the art of the possible" Bismarck used to say. 150 years later, the image of Israel today as a major power, seems to be a direct consequence of a similar policy of its leader, Benjamin Netanyahu.
Twenty-five years after the Oslo Accords and a few days before Israeli elections- it is time our leaders learn from History. The end of the conflict will come only after we achieve a clear Israeli victory.
The international community predictably condemned President Trump’s recognition of Israel’s Golan Heights. Recognizing Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem and the Golan Heights, is simply recognizing reality.
Over the years, significant international pressure on Israel created an anomaly where ironically, the more Israel seeks peace and compromise with its unreformed enemy, the further peace is pushed into a distant future.
Because of the Iranian threat, the Gulf states understand: it is no longer possible to tie the progress of their relations with Israel to the progress of the dialogue between Israel and the Palestinians.
Europe for decades associated the US with “ruthless Capitalism”, yet criticizes the Trump administration for prioritizing security over profits, cynically preferring business with the Ayatollahs over the well-being of the Iranian people.
Israel has been reluctant to use massive force against terrorist enemies hiding in civilian urban areas like Gaza and it increasingly focuses more on fighting anti-Israel propaganda than defeating its adversaries in the battle field.
Sanctions against Iran have not rallied the Iranian people around their regime as critics have warned. Iranians are blaming their own regime for the harsh oppression and deteriorating living conditions.
The Israeli government would never tolerate a nonchalant, less than maximum deterrence approach by other governments to Jewish communities the world over. Citizens of Israel should expect the same from our government here.
Israeli tolerance made it possible for an Arab terrorist to murder Ari Fuld. The Arab murderer even stopped and ordered falafel at a local Israeli stand frequented by both Arabs and Jews before his attack. Jews who enter Arab villages are lynched.
Admitting Hamas is wrong means acknowledging Israel has been right, and an entire industry of ‘peace making’, the fodder that the current ‘narrative’ provides academia, journalists and a host NGOs would collapse, leaving thousands looking embarrassingly stupid.
Israeli concessions only lead to more Arab demands for further Israeli concessions. The self-appointed scaremongering industry warning of the “last chance for peace” undermines the prospects of genuine peace.