Who is going to build our confidence?

Terror is on the decline they say, and yet it is reportedly on the rise.

Security cooperation with the Palestinians is stronger than ever they say, and yet terror attacks continue unabatedly, and with ever-increasing frequency. Edited to add: 2 soldiers were killed over Sukkot, and earlier this month a 9 year old girl was shot in her backyard, and retired Col. Sraya Ofer was murdered in his Jordan Valley home.  Then just this last week we have seen (not in any particular chronological order):

8 Israelis were hurt in a rock-throwing attack near Hebron

5 Israelis were hurt in a rock-throwing attack near Jerusalem

A makeshift grenade was thrown at a school bus; thank G-d no one was injured.

Haredi passenger shows pe’ot cut off by Palestinian knife-wielder

A Palestinian ran amok on an Israeli bus, charging the passengers with a knife and cutting off a Haredi man’s pe’ot (earlocks).  Thank G-d again no one was injured. There is a dramatic video at the link of the pandemonium on the bus when the Palestinian began his rampage.

Tractor rammed into an IDF vehicle by a Palestinian terrorist

An IDF soldier was injured when a Palestinian tried to ram his tractor into an army base. The Palestinian was shot dead.

Besides all these attacks (and more) which took place in the Biblical heartland of Judea and Samaria, there have been rockets and mortar fire shot into Israel from Gaza, as well as a roadside bomb on the border fence. Just because these attacks don’t make the headlines does not mean that life for the Israeli civilians living in the south is not severely disrupted.

In the light of all these attacks from our peace partners, what should be the logical next step from our responsible government? Why, it should be to build the confidence of our so-unconfident peace partner. And how would we go about doing such a philanthropic thing?  The answer should be obvious by now: by releasing 26 blood-soaked murderers as a confidence building measure.

Update: As soon as the government released the names of the 26 prisoners murderers to be released, the Palestinians greeted the good news by building up our confidence with a rocket salvo. At least this time the IDF has retaliated. Look out for “first-last reporting” (i.e. no mention of the rockets until Israel retaliates)  in the international press on this item.

I have asked before what kind of people are those peace partners of ours who, like a Moloch, demand a blood offering in the shape of the release of bloodthirsty killers?  With what kind of people are we negotiating our future and our lives, when they demand freedom for those low murderers?   What kind of sub-humans are these people who celebrate the murder of innocent civilians?

Whose confidence really needs building?  The Palestinians? Their confidence is sky-high! They know that they need do nothing, and Israeli will still live up to its ill-conceived promises to release prisoners (not political prisoners but killers and murderers and terrorists) for “peace”. They need only give the vaguest threat of renewing the intifada and Israel will scramble to release yet more killers – as if releasing those murderers into the community will help bring about a more peaceful society. The cognitive dissonance is dizzying.

Sarah Honig addresses this exact subject in a very incisive column this week, “Attracting a crowd of people“:

What matters is that the combination of the Palestinian Authority’s seeming negotiating stance with an implicit terrorist threat isn’t something which – by the light of our past experience and objective observation – can be reasonably ruled out. The latent underlying intimidation is interminably there.

Recent history has taught us – with alarming consistency – that the launching of any round of talks with the PA inevitably brings with it bloodshed. Prattle about peace in our region is consistently accentuated by slaughter. The quest for coexistence is accompanied by casualties.

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By way of prescribing opiates to dull the pain, the leaders who brought us Oslo sought to sooth our anxieties with assurances that the dismembered corpses and maimed civilians were “victims of peace.” Their reprehensible notion was that peace is a proverbial Moloch which needs to be repeatedly satiated with human sacrifice and that it is somehow commendable to offer up innocent lives for a popular cause.

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The upshot is that PA head honcho Mahmoud Abbas needn’t necessarily issue explicit orders for an orchestrated intifada as his predecessor Arafat did thirteen years ago. It’s quite enough for Abbas to somewhat reduce his police force’s anyhow inadequate anti-terrorist vigilance, while ramping up already virulent anti-Israel incitement in his official media, his school system and the mosques he controls.

In itself, this serves to issue an implied warning to Israel that outright hostilities remain a viable option should Israel not cave in to Abbas’s demands at the negotiating table, where his own representatives have so far shown zero predisposition to any hint of compromise.

Abbas may be weak and his very survival may depend on Israeli goodwill, but weakness can be bizarrely played as a strong hand. Abbas can unofficially sanction terror and his message therefore is that if the Israeli side relishes calm, it would be wise to pay up.

In fact it is Israel’s confidence that needs to be built up.  What confidence can we, as Israeli citizens, have in our government to look out for our needs, our concerns, even our lives, when they blithely chuck out every law of natural justice to release these murderers who had the benefit of a proper trial, and who have lived a life of relative luxury in an Israeli jail.

What confidence can we have in a peace partner like Abbas when all he does is seek to undermine us? Why should we build him up? And if he needs so much building up, perhaps he is not such a useful “peace partner” after all.  Why does he not provide us with confidence building measures for a change? And why are we not demanding such measures?

Sarah Honig goes on to explain the rationale behind the government’s actions:

Netanyahu cannot so much as make tough sounds. He cannot risk being blamed for a likely failure of the negotiations and is therefore likely to keep mum. He will furthermore have no choice but to keep freeing convicted terrorist murderers as “a goodwill gesture” to buy Abbas’s very participation in the talks.

Despite itself and against its own vital interests, Israel is forced to continue performing in a theater of the absurd. This too is further fallout from the Oslo fiasco. The most outstanding absurdity is that Israel – a democracy which craves peace and keeps forking out for it excessively – is the one required by the international community to keep proving its dedication to peace.

This isn’t a mere ethical farce but it exacts real cost in our long term ability to withstand pressure and safeguard the most elementary defense prerequisites for Israel’s citizenry. The need to prove our good intentions, while facing duplicitous and treacherous enemies, is corroding and debilitating.

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There’s no sympathy in foreign capitals for Israel’s demand that it be recognized as a Jewish state – according to the UN’s own 1947 Partition Resolution which the Arabs belligerently rejected. That Arab refusal to accept the legitimacy of Jewish statehood is the root cause of the conflict rather than the creation of another Arab Palestinian state. But Abbas seems to be getting away with the affectation that he had already recognized a characterless state called Israel.

Further legitimizing it as a Jewish state would mean that Abbas would be waiving “the right” to Arabize said state. For now, it’s okay by Abbas if the third Arab state in the original territory of the British Mandate (after Jordan and Palestine) is temporarily known as Israel. This doesn’t preclude overrunning it with millions of “repatriated Arab refugees.” The name will be changed later by a future Arab majority. No point to quibble about it prematurely.

And so we are trapped in a vicious cycle born out of a process that was supposed to liberate us from what is insincerely dubbed “the cycle of violence.”

Given that this is the case, it’s about time that Israel rewrote the rules of these endless negotiations which do nothing but weaken our position tactically, strategically, militarily and politically.

We, the citizenry, ought to be rampaging in the streets protesting this immoral unethical outrage, which is a kick in the teeth not only for the families of the victims of Palestinian terrorism, but for all Israeli citizens.

We need to demand a change in the ground rules of the talks with the Palestinians, but it seems our governemnt values world opinion more than the lives of its own citizens.

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10 Responses to Who is going to build our confidence?

  1. NormanF says:

    A country whose leaders see nothing wrong with release terrorists and murderers from prison is a country that has truly lost it way – a country cannot survive without a firm belief in justice

    And when this foundation has crumbled as rapidly as it has in reality, the country is literally living on quicksand. Those in Israel who hector the people about peace have themselves forgotten it is impossible in the absence of justice.

    As the immortal Hebrew Prophets taught us a few thousand years ago, two things are demanded of the Jew – to pursue justice and to walk humbly with one’s G-d. There exists a moral estrangement in Israel today from those noble ideals. And those who cry “peace, peace, peace” in reality portend exactly the opposite.

    All we can be of in the wake of Sunday’s Israeli government decision to again subvert justice is that in the end more Jews are certain to die. And for that evil that has been done, the Land will not know peace.

    • anneinpt says:

      My only quibble with your comment is this:

      A country whose leaders see nothing wrong with release terrorists and murderers from prison

      I think they definitely see plenty wrong with this move. It is quite obvious. But for some reason they feel morally-bound to fulfill the misconceived promises extorted from them at Oslo or at other negotiation scenarios. These promises never seem to have an escape clause whereby any act of terrorism from the Palestinians will negate any prisoner release. I don’t know why our leaders feel themselves so morally bound by these promises, whether to the Palestinians, the Americans or to the Europeans. None of them could give a damn about our welfare.

      Those in Israel who hector the people about peace have themselves forgotten it is impossible in the absence of justice.

      Bingo. Absolutely spot-on. And add: Those outside Israel too who hector us.

  2. Reality says:

    You are absolutely right. I wish you’d join our foreign office negotiating team,then perhaps our little piece of world wouldn’t look so screwy. In fact because Israel has to keep on giving “confidence building measures” its basically saying that we are usurpers & not entilted to anything -including if we’d give everything away up to the 1949 lines. Meanwhile Jews in the rest of the world are suffering because of our stance. (see what happened in Sydney ,Australia on Saturday). The unaffiliated Jews presume Israel is wrong because of our actions. As you say its time to say ENOUGH, & to bulid Israels’ citizenry’s confidence.And threats of a 3rd intifada? We survived(barely)2 others we’ll survive another. If the Europeans are slowly (extremely) slowly) are coming to the conclusion that they shouldn’t have to put up with Muslim violence, then surely we can do the same. Arab countries shoot & ask questions later. We should take a leaf out of their book.

    • anneinpt says:

      Very well said. I’m going to write about the antisemitic attacks abroad later on.

      I don’t think we need to take a leaf out of the Arabs’ book and shoot first and ask questions later. It’s enough if we take a leaf out of the Europeans handbook, and simply incarcerate and deport the terrorists.

  3. Remember: Tomer Hazan, Gavriel Kobi, Shraya Opher, the little girl injured in Psagot, and now for a month, the daily Arab rock ambushes on the road near the University in Jerusalem…Confidence? No way!

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