‘Interesting: There are about 1.5 billion Muslims in the world, 50-odd Muslim
countries, all of them with armies, lots of them with missiles that could hit
Israel, all of them hating Israel’s guts worse than ever – and not one of them
lifted a finger against us.
“Most interesting was Hizbullah. They’re
sitting right on top of us with over 40,000 rockets, they could have rained hell
on this country and become the heroes of the entire outraged Muslim world – and
they did nothing.
“For all their yelling and all their weapons, Hizbullah
didn’t lift a finger against Israel, neither did Syria, and neither did
“Why? Because they didn’t want to? Of course they wanted to. They
would have won such glory among Muslims everywhere.
The entire Muslim
world, including the most fanatical and apocalyptic-minded forces among
passed up the chance for glory in a jihad against the Zionists
because they were afraid; 1.5 billion Muslims, 50-odd Muslim countries
counting Hizbullah, and Israel’s military power deterred them all.
“So the question is this: Why is it, when the rest of the 1.5
billion Muslims are afraid to touch us, that these Palestinians won’t
their guns and rockets? Out of 1.5 billion Muslims, all of whom surely
by now, why is it that the only ones actually fighting us are the 3.5
Could it have something to do with the fact that of the 1.5
billion Muslims, the only ones being ruled over by Israel are those same
million Palestinians? While the Palestinians are by no means unique in
Israel, could the two things about them that are unique – that they
Israel, and that they’re ruled over by Israel – be connected?“
THE ABOVE is the
slightly-abridged start of the column I wrote on January 22, 2009, four
after Operation Cast Lead ended. A couple of things have changed since
Turkey is now on the list of powerful Muslim countries that hate us but
afraid to attack us, while the Palestinians in Gaza aren’t fighting like
used to; they’re still in the postwar stage of regrouping and
And what’s the extent of retaliation against Israel since its
unintentionally bloody raid on the Mavi Marmara on May 31? A few errant
from Gaza and two foiled infiltrations by Gazan guerrillas.
from the other 50-odd Muslim countries, there hasn’t been a single trace
violence. Not a bomb, not a bullet, not a rock.
If Israel’s deterrent
power over everyone but the Palestinians was plain after Operation Cast
it’s even more plain now after the raid on the Turkish ship.
Israel’s deterrent power over everyone but the Palestinians has been
since the war with Hizbullah in 2006. That’s the one time since the Six
that we’ve been attacked by someone whose land we weren’t occupying.
since the bashing the IDF gave Hizbullah and Lebanon, we’ve had four
quiet on the northern border.
We say we can’t lift the blockade of Gaza
and the occupation of the West Bank because if we do, the Palestinians
bring in weapons and attack us; after all, they hate us to death. So we
deny them the means to act on that hatred. This is our doctrine, and
percent logical – if we intend to keep them under our control, which,
our actions instead of our words, we do. As long as we’re ruling over
Palestinians, we’d better keep weapons out of their hands as best we can
because, like any subjugated nation, they will use those weapons against
And no matter how tightly we control them, they’ll always
find a way to attack, and we’ll always be at war with them, and this
will just go to hell faster and faster.
But look around. Look at all the
bombs and missiles that aren’t falling on us from Turkey, Iran, Syria,
and the 50 other Muslim countries that hate us, that will never accept
right to a state here and that are countless times stronger than the
Palestinians are or ever will be. There’s no sea, air or land blockade
other Muslim country; they’re all free to bring in all the weapons they
and they do, but they don’t dare use any of them against us.
as much as they all hate us, none of them live under our guns.
the Muslim world, people go where they want, they eat what they want and
don’t stop them. So it’s not worth it to them to act on their hatred;
too much to lose.
The one exception is the Palestinians.
been living under our guns for two generations. We tell them where they
can’t go, and in Gaza we even tell them what they can and can’t eat.
won’t let go of our grip on the Palestinians because we’re afraid
destroy us. But life in the Middle East teaches us that if we leave
alone, they’ll leave us alone – no matter how much they hate us or how
they can hurt us.
This is national security based on deterrence.
can have it with the Palestinians, too, and that’s no less true today
was after Operation Cast Lead.From January 22, 2009:
“I think that if we
lift the siege, deterrence can work in Gaza, even with Hamas. And if it
Gaza, and we can reach a deal in the West Bank – which, I know, won't be
all – then I think we can end the occupation there, too, and the
of Israel’s military will keep Ben-Gurion Airport and the rest of the
“We are incredibly strong. We are stronger than the rest of our
enemies put together. They are deathly afraid of us. This last
confrontation proved it as conclusively as it can be proved. If we stay
their faces, they will stay out of ours. We’ve done it with 1.5 billion
Muslims. There are only 3.5 million left, but first we’ve got to free
Correction: Somehow I wrote that the Second Lebanon War was the only time since 1967 that Israel was attacked by someone whose land we weren't occupying. A Talkbacker reminded me about the 1991 Iraqi Scuds on Israel; having lived in Tel Aviv at the time, I'm not sure how I could have forgotten them. L.D.