Even though Israel’s new coalition government has yet to be formed,
international pressure is already starting to mount on the Jewish state to make
concessions to the Palestinians.
At a press conference last week with US
Vice President Joe Biden, French President Francois Hollande went out of his way
to stress that Europe will take steps to get Israel and the Palestinians back to
the negotiating table.
“Now that the elections in Israel are behind us,”
Hollande told reporters, “we shall make sure that both the United States and
Europe can support the revival of negotiations that can lead to a two-state
Meanwhile, both US President Barack Obama and newly-appointed
Secretary of State John Kerry are each reportedly planning to visit the region
next month in what will surely be more than just courtesy calls. Obama and Kerry
will undoubtedly be expecting Israel to make various “gestures” to the
Palestinians as a sign of “good faith” in order to get the talks going
And so, Israel will soon find itself confronting a renewed wave of
insistence that it prove its commitment to peace by giving in to various
What the international community, and even our
allies, have clearly lost sight of is the very nature of the struggle in which
Israel finds itself, one that pits us against a foe that is bent on our
Despite 20 years of Israeli concessions since the 1993 Oslo
accords, the Palestinians have utterly refused to forsake violence and
intimidation, nor have they shown a willingness to make even minimal compromises
in order to forge a final agreement.
Put simply, this is not a battle
over borders, but a clash of civilizations. It is an epic collision between good
and evil, truth and falsehood, right and wrong.
Indeed, this week
provides a stark and painful reminder of just what type of foe Israel is up
This coming Friday night marks the second anniversary on the
Hebrew calendar of one of the most brutal Palestinian terror attacks in the
region’s history. It was on the 6th of Adar two years ago that Amjad Awad and
Hakim Awad, from the village of Awarta, stormed the nearby Jewish community of
Itamar and proceeded to slaughter five members of the Fogel family in their home
on the Sabbath.
With chilling cruelty, the two perpetrators went from
room to room, mercilessly slashing the throats of Ruth and Udi Fogel and three
of their children: Yoav (11), Elad (4) and three-month-old
Subsequently, after their capture, the two terrorists expressed no
remorse for their actions, saying that had they known that two other children
had been sleeping in the Fogel home at the time, they would have murdered them
Many Palestinians reacted with sheer joy to news of the
massacre, handing out sweets in the streets of Rafah to passersby as though
their team had just won the World Cup. And a poll taken shortly afterwards found
that a whopping 32 percent of Palestinians said they supported this despicable
act of murder.
The slaughter in Itamar, like the myriad bus bombings,
rocket attacks and kidnapping of soldiers throughout the years, should serve as
obvious reminders of the degeneracy of our foes. It says a lot about Palestinian
society, and especially its leadership, that it countenanced such behavior and
continues to laud the perpetrators of such terror as heroes.
these are not people with whom a lasting agreement can be forged, however much
we or the international community might wish to believe otherwise.
therefore time to drop the delusion that has underpinned the peace process all
these years and admit the obvious: the Palestinians do not truly wish to live in
peace with Israel. They have had ample opportunity to do so, but have rejected
every offer, even the most generous, with nary a bit of compunction or
So when European or American leaders now push yet again for a
two-state solution and denounce Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria as
“illegitimate,” they are merely adding fuel to the fire.
After all, if
Jewish settlers are repeatedly labeled as “occupiers,” doesn’t that simply
provide justification for those who wish to attack them?
What the world fails to
grasp is that the key to peace lies not in removing Jews from their homes, but
rather in uprooting delusions of possible victory from the hearts of
Palestinians. As long as they continue to think that the Jewish presence in the
Middle East is temporary and that time and international backing is on their
side, our foes will press forward with their aggressive intentions, employing
violence and terror to achieve their goals.
This type of malevolence
cannot be negotiated with, nor can reason prevail over it. Confronted by such
enmity, Israel does not dare to empower it still further by yielding to its
demands. The evil we face must be opposed, not appeased.
If only the
world would at last open its eyes and see.