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Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Israel's rude awakening

If only Olmert & Co. would listen to Caroline Glick....

It is painful to watch Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Defense Minister Amir Peretz and Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni try to contend with the terrible outcome of the Palestinian terror strike against the IDF on Sunday morning.

They use so many fancy and angry words. They sound so resolute. And yet, they have nothing useful to say. Two soldiers are dead, a third is now the prisoner of jihadist killers, seven are wounded, an IDF border post has been overrun, and a world view and a security doctrine have been blown to smithereens.

Olmert and his associates have four general messages. First, they tell us that Palestinian Authority Chairman and Fatah chief Mahmoud Abbas is responsible for bringing about Cpl. Gilad Shalit's release. Second, they say Hamas better watch out because they're gonna get it. Third, they say that Hamas won't get it until later. Finally, while stipulating that they will not negotiate with Hamas, Olmert and his associates are negotiating with Hamas.

None of these messages and none of the actions that attend to them have any chance of making Israel safer. They also hold little promise of bringing Cpl. Shalit home. Yet there is next to no possibility that Olmert or his associates will widen their options to include any relevant responses to Sunday's terror offensive. Doing so would involve an admission that what the Kadima and Labor parties have presented to the public as their world view is wrong.

That world view involves a denial of a basic, fundamental truth: When you empower terrorists, terrorists are empowered.

WE HAVE been in this situation before. Six years ago, in October 2000, on the eve of Yom Kippur then prime minister Ehud Barak gave Yasser Arafat an ultimatum. He was ordered to end all the violence he had fomented within 48 hours or face the consequences. When as the deadline passed Arafat continued the violence, Barak did nothing. He did nothing because he could do nothing. His entire government was based on the idea of making peace with Arafat by empowering him. When Arafat chose war, Barak had nothing to say.

The comparison of Olmert with Barak is not complimentary to Olmert and has to frighten the average Israeli. Until Barak's government was brought down (which was much easier to do then because Barak had been elected directly and replacing him did not require electing a new Knesset), the government and the IDF wandered around aimlessly while Israelis died. Even after Barak had been replaced by Ariel Sharon, it took time until Sharon finally did what had to be done. If we are going through another Barak-like era, it's time to batten down the hatches.

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1 Comments:

At 1:38 AM, Blogger Michael van der Galien said...

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I am 100% convinced that Israel - and the International Community for that matter - should make perfectly clear that Abbas is responsible. He is - or at least should be - the most powerful man in the Palestinian government. The fact that so many terrorist organizations are free to do whatever they like on Palestinian soil, is proof that Abbas is not doing anything against them. Abbas chooses to walk the double sided road: on the hand 'negotiating' with Israel and Palestinian 'moderates' (ahem) about a 'peace plan' (Caroline deals with that 'peace plan' as well for that matter) while on the other hand trying really hard to not irritate Hamas and other murderers too much.
By this, he has convicted himself.

 

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