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“This is so good from the Jewish Press, I had to pass it along. As you are reading a second time through, try substituting “USA” for “Israel or Jewish”, and “Democrats or Leftists” for “Likud.” — JERRY


Some Lessons From The War With Hamas
By: Steven Plaut Published: September 4th, 2014

Nice fences do not stop missiles, rockets, and mortars.

Unless the Israeli military controls the ground on the other side of fences, those fences achieve nothing.

Complete removal of Israeli forces and Jewish settlers from an area merely signals Israeli weakness and invites escalated Arab terror and aggression.

Hamas (and Hizbullah and ISIS) cannot be defeated with air strikes. There is no effective alternative to ground invasion and ongoing military control of the ground retaken.

Goodwill gestures by Israel increase terror. They do not win Israel friends in the West but rather encourage outbursts of anti-Semitism.

Terror is caused not by Israeli settlements but by the removal of Israeli settlements.

Terror is caused not by Israeli military occupation but by the removal of Israeli military occupation.

The Likud is too cowardly to defeat Hamas.

The Israeli Left will oppose every conceivable act of Israeli self-defense.

Arab terrorists do not morph into statesmen.

It is impossible for two sovereign entities to exist between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea.

No matter how many concessions Israel makes, the world will always justify Arab terrorism because there will always be still one more capitulation Israel failed to make.

No matter how nice Israel is to its Arab citizens and no matter how many affirmative action programs it implements, Israel will always be accused of being an “apartheid regime.”

Israel is the only country in the Middle East that is not an apartheid regime.

The real enemy of Israel is not Arab fascism but Jewish leftism.

Israeli niceness and flexibility fan anti-Semitism.

Much of the world has no qualms about seeing Jewish civilians murdered by terrorists.

Many people around the world would not raise an eyebrow if Israeli Jews were shipped off to concentration camps in cattle cars – except perhaps to demand improved rail service.

Israel bashers do not care about dead Arab civilians, other than as a useful tool with which to bludgeon Israel.

Most Arabs will never accept an independent Israel within any set of borders, no matter how small. Hence reducing Israel’s territory does nothing but signal weakness and destructibility.

The vast majority of Israeli Arabs and nearly all Israeli Arab politicians support terrorism and wish to see Israel destroyed.

The only country on earth expected to respond to the murder of its civilians by turning the other cheek is Israel.

The only country on earth that has spent years trying to defeat aggression and terrorism by turning the other cheek is Israel. It failed.

Israeli leftists, rather than learn from the failures of their policies and “ideas,” will always complain that their policies have not been applied thoroughly enough.

No matter how Israel responds to aggression and terrorism, it will always be denounced as a “disproportionate” response. The only “proportionate” response is complete capitulation by Israel.

If an Israeli coughs in the general direction of Gaza, it’s considered a disproportionate war crime and an act of genocide.

Those who claim anti-Zionism is different and distinct from anti-Semitism tend, on close inspection, to be anti-Semites themselves.

The only people on earth whom the Left believes should be denied the right to self-determination and self-defense are the Jews.

The moral and legal responsibility for every Arab civilian killed or injured in Gaza rests squarely on the shoulders of the Arab terrorists and their Western amen choruses.

There is no moral or legal reason for Israel to refrain from attacking terrorists and murderers when they hide among civilians.

There are no non-military solutions to the problem of terrorism.

There are no significant differences between the anti-Israel agenda of the Palestinian Authority and the anti-Israel agenda of Hamas, Islamic Jihad, the Muslim Brotherhood, and ISIS.

One cannot buy off anti-Semites and Islamofascists with trade concessions and subsidies.

One cannot make peace by pretending that war does not exist.

The only way to stop terrorism is to kill terrorists.

No terrorist has ever murdered anyone after he was executed.

About the Author: Steven Plaut is a professor at the University of Haifa. He can be contacted at steveneplaut@yahoo.com.