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August 10, 2005

Sorry, I'm Not Done With This Yet.

In about a week, the Israeli population will watch as their government supervises a mass eviction of fellow Jews from their homes in order to cede land to the Palestinians. This is land the Israelis captured while defending themselves against an invasion by their Islamic neighbors, an invasion that, had it succeeded, would have revisited the "Final Solution" strategy of the Nazis.

The Israelis who have fought for this turn of events are obviously either as lemmingly as our own U.S. liberals or simply dumb enough to believe that just because the Palestinians have lied to them or violated every single peace agreement  they've signed off on before, this time they mean it. Once they have Gaza, all violence will cease. Can you fucking believe that? No, let me say it with feeling: Can you Fucking believe that!!!!!!!?


The Knesset has approved what amounts to the construction of a giant terrorist armory and firebase at the expense of Israeli civilians' homes. I suppose we could call that "Enemy domain."


A column by Barry Rubin in the Jerusalem Post kicks butt.

The logic of the Middle East

It cannot be repeated often enough that Middle East politics are not like those of other places. It make sense once one understands the region?'s history, politics and institutions, but the region often defies the logic that semi-informed outsiders expect.


* There will be no decline in incitement or change in the public rhetoric of Palestinian officials speaking to their own people. Thus, of course, Israeli suspicions regarding their intentions will be reinforced.

* The Palestinian movement will continue to be oriented toward conquest and revenge rather than nation-state nationalism.

* No stable government with real control over the territory will be created in the Gaza Strip, and the Palestinian Authority will not even try too hard to do that. On the contrary, it will ignore the road map's provisions about stopping terrorism and disarming radical groups and simply keep insisting on getting a state right away...

What the hell do the Utopians in Israel believe they are accomplishing? We ought to send them every year's installment of "I'll hold the football, Charlie Brown, you come running up and kick it...."  


No, dammit, I'm still not done!


Here's an article in Haaretz about Netanyahu's say on the subject:

Netanyahu urges MKs to act to stop Gaza pullout
By Gideon Alon and Yossi Verter, Haaretz Correspondents, and Haaretz Service

In his first speech before the Knesset since resigning from the government Sunday to protest the disengagement, MK Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday launched a fierce attack against the government, urging lawmakers to join the struggle to thwart the disengagement plan.

"Only we in the Knesset are able to stop this evil," the former finance minister said. "Everything that the Knesset has decided, it is also capable of changing."

"I am calling on all those who grasp the danger: Gather strength and do the right thing. I don't know if the entire move can be stopped, but it still might be stopped in its initial stages," said Netanyahu.


Right, like that ever happens. The "Roadmap" is about to become a steaming piece of discarded rubble ignored by those who made it so.... 


Posted by Seth at August 10, 2005 02:54 PM


This is the catch-22. You make a peace treaty with a crook & he breaks it. If you defend you-self: the international community calls you an oppressor & the crook the victim. If you don't defend your-self: you die. Great choices aren't they?

Posted by: NYgirl at August 11, 2005 12:31 AM

Yes, Israel has been having to swim against a strong global political current ever since it became a state. Despite this, they've prevailed, but that was largely because their policy was "we don't negotiate with terrorists." They wouldn't allow the antisemitic bias of France and a few other countries with a vote in the U.N. to stand in the way of their survival.Now that this policy has changed, they have entered into the concessions giveaway: They keep giving, the Palestinians keep demanding more.The PA even boldly declares that the Gaza concession is only a first step, and these people are still willing to go through with this.This sends no message of peace to the Palestinians, it only tells them that their terrorism is working, and that will lead to accellerated terrorism, especially with a big firebase like the Gaza Strip to operate out of.

Posted by: Seth at August 11, 2005 03:24 AM

I agree with you Seth. Israel has always had to fight for everything it has. Now it could start to lose everything it gained...and open the doors to more horror and terror for the people.

Posted by: Raven at August 12, 2005 09:05 PM

I agree Raven & Seth, Israel is so close, but now they are backing off. I think they cracked under the pressure, but things are not going to get any better. They will have to learn the lesson that some people will hate them no matter what them do.

Posted by: NYgirl at August 12, 2005 10:49 PM

I just don't want Israel to go the way of Camelot, re Richard Harris' song in the film,"Don't let it be forgotthat once there was a spotfor one brief shining momentthat was known as..."

Posted by: Seth at August 13, 2005 01:42 AM

Seth, don't even think such a thing.

Posted by: NYgirl at August 14, 2005 12:49 AM

I hate having thoughts like that cross my mind, trust me, NYGirl, but looking at what's happening in Israel, I only see a negative outcome.I see Israel's government(this would NEVER have happened under Golda Meir!) giving in to terrorism. It's as simple as that.

Posted by: Seth at August 14, 2005 01:30 AM