Devastating News from Israel

Gunfire and anti-tank missiles targeting civilians in Eilat – 5 reported dead, many wounded.

Haaretz

Jerusalem Post

When will it end? Will it ever end?

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  1. sheldan says:

    I wrote an article regarding the general prospect of Middle East peace a while ago:

    UNTIL MOSHIACH COMES

    My wife has used an expression that I think applies to the Middle East situation: “Until Moshiach comes.” She is referring to a situation that is not expected to be resolved in the near future. Of course, the origin refers to the future Messianic redemption, where there will be universal peace, especially with Israel restored to its position in its land and the hatreds in this world disappearing. Let’s hope that when Moshiach comes, the Israeli-Arab conflict will finally be resolved, or else when will we have peace?

    I was one of those who sincerely hoped that with the Egyptian-Israeli peace negotiations the Arabs were sincere in their desire to end their threats to “drive Israel into the sea.” I remember celebrating the Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty in 1979. I was hoping that Arafat meant what he said about abrogating the Palestinian charter which called for the destruction of Israel. I understood that some of the land captured in 1967 would have to be returned for the cause of peace in the Middle East.

    Now, it is 59 years after the founding of the State of Israel, and I am wondering what has been accomplished in that time. I now have great doubts that any of the Arabs are willing to give on ANY issue to Israel in order to get what they want. There are plenty of documents, beginning with the Camp David Accords of 1978, continuing with Oslo, Wye River, Oslo II, and the “Road Map,” which clearly delienated what eash side was obligated to in order to bring about peace. Israel fulfilled its obligations. The Arab side gave lip service to its obligations, but it seems that they are demanding that Israel must concede all of their demands (return to the pre-1967 borders, redivision of Jerusalem, the “right of return” of their refugees) in return for peace. Doesn’t Israel have requirements that must be fulfilled in these talks? What about secure and recognized borders? What about allowing every religious group free access to the Old City of Jerusalem? What about having a secure Jewish state (among 22 Arab states in the region)?

    We even withdrew from Gaza—and look what happened. Instead of taking advantage of a “Palestinian state,” terrorists in Gaza are shelling Sderot. Will that get the Palestinians closer to a state in the West Bank? Not likely—it is more probable that the Arabs will demand complete control of the West Bank, Gaza—AND Israel. When Arafat was offered 95% of the West Bank and some of the Old City in 2000, it wasn’t enough. It certainly won’t be enough for the Hamas terrorists in Gaza—and probably not for Fatah, either, since there is no real “moderate” on the Palestinian side.

    I believed that President Bush seemed to be a lot more realistic about Israel’s needs than any other president before him. I felt that this was one president who would not strongarm Israel as previous presidents had. Lately, I am concerned about this. And the rest of the world is not inclined to find an equitable solution to all the problems.

    I think that the Arab world has a different definition of peace than we do– to the rest of the world, “peace” is envisioned as diplomatic relations, trade, and the lack of war; to the Arab world, “peace” means truces (“hudnas”) that only hold until they feel that they can conquer their enemies (who were counting on real “peace”). How do we know whether the party we are negotiating with will hold up its end of the bargain years from now? Even in Egypt, the press regularly publishes anti-Semitism and the peace can best be described as a “cold peace.” Maybe it is time to state that “now is not the right time to negotiate peace”—even if everyone would like the problem to go away.

    It could be that the time will not be ripe for peace in the Middle East “until Moshiach comes.” In the meantime, we may have to be strong and not give in to tempting solutions that will not ensure Israel’s security.

    I apologize for the length of the article, but it does seem to express what I have been feeling for some time. And I have my doubts about the “Palestinian state” now. The bottom line: I don’t think my conclusion has changed.

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