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Friday, July 18, 2008

Israel won't hunt down Kuntar as long as Olmert's in power

A story in Thursday's New York Sun claims that Israel's security services have warned released mass murderer Samir al-Kuntar that he should 'sleep with one eye opened' (Hat Tip: Hot Air).
"Every terrorist who committed an act of terror against Israel, especially someone like Kantar, who killed a little child and two other people, is a target," an official said.

Another security official told the Yediot Aharonot newspaper: "Now that he is out of jail, we have no obligation towards Kantar, a loathsome murderer whose accounts will be settled in the end."
Those are empty threats - at least as long as the Olmert-Barak-Livni-Yishai government is in power.

The goal of the Olmert-Barak-Livni-Yishai government is to bring about the negotiated establishment of a 'Palestinian' state reichlet. That goal would be harmed be killing Kuntar because he is now a hero to the 'Palestinians.' While previous Israeli governments would have been indifferent to the political fallout from killing a Kuntar - because they realized that deterring terrorism is more important - Olmert is a gawky klutz when it comes to anything military. He doesn't have the you-know-what to have Kuntar killed - just like he didn't have it to finish what he started in Lebanon two summers ago (yes, he actually believed that he was going on a rescue mission to find Goldwasser and Regev and not to start a war - that's why things happened the way they did).

Just like he didn't go after Nasrallah on Wednesday night when everyone knew he would have the opportunity.

If Olmert is replaced by someone with more swagger (not Livni, who is as much of a pacifist as Olmert, but certainly Netanyahu, Barak or Mofaz), that would be a different story.

For those wondering how I could say that given that multiple Israeli governments went after the perpetrators of the Munich Olympic Massacre, please consider that:

1. Olmert is the only Prime Minister in the country's history who was not a high ranking officer in the military.

2. Most of the Munich perpetrators were killed off before the 1982 Peace for Galilee operation (now known as the First Lebanon War), after which Israel started negotiating for hostages rather than thinking of ingenious ways to try to release them.

3. Olmert is the only pacifist ever to lead this country.


At 9:27 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Consider that Ehud Olmert would not allow Samir Kuntar to be killed. You may consider him not only to be Israel's first pacifist but its first Jewish anti-Semite to serve as Prime Minister. What decent Jew would keep a Nazi alive? That says it all.

At 5:44 PM, Blogger J. Lichty said...

Olmert is not a pacifict or an antisemite. He is a narcissist. He cares not for the Jews, nor does he have distaste for the Jews. He cares about himself and to the extent Jews can help him, he will support pro-Jewish cauese, to the extent Jewishness hurts him -- it is the Jews in the country who want him out the most, he harms them.

All you need to know about Olmert is who can help Olmert and right now it is only the Arabs who are helping him.

I would agree that Olmert is the least patriotic of any israeli leader in history, as he has no allegience to his country. Shimon Peres is a pacifist but is also a patriot (albeit a foolish one). Olmert is no doubt the worst PM in history of Israel but it is not because he is a pacifist.


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