What is Netanyahu’s vision?

As an ardent supporter of Israel, watching Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu one sees many contradictions.

By RONN TOROSSIAN
August 31, 2014 20:59
2 minute read.
Benjamin Netanyahu and Moshe Ya'a'lon

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, right, confers with Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon.. (photo credit: HAIM ZACH/GPO)

 
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As an ardent supporter of Israel, watching Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu one sees many contradictions.

On the one hand, he is passionate about Israel’s security, and a so-called “right-winger,” the leader of the Likud party and the head of a nationalist government.

Yet, after weeks of fighting – and international condemnation – Hamas is still firing rockets at Israel.

Netanyahu has sent negotiators to Egypt, where negotiations take place with a team which included representatives of terrorist organizations.

And with countless ceasefires broken by the Palestinians, the war and attacks upon Israel continue. Scarily, there seems to be little vision – does he want to overthrow Hamas? Does he want to strengthen the Palestinian Authority? Retake Gaza? What is the plan? The clear plan comes from Hamas – which continues to relentlessly attack the State of Israel.

Hamas stays true to its charter.

Is the prime minister staying true to his electorate by condemning Israeli security cabinet members who simply want an end to terrorist attacks upon Israel? Last week, Channel 2 reported that Economy and Trade Minister Naftali Bennett was yelled at during the Cabinet meeting by the prime minister for speaking out against the Gaza operation.

Bennett was yelled at for demanding an end to negotiations with terrorist organizations in Cairo, and has previously attacked the idea of “calm for cash,” whereby the repeated cease-fires allow Hamas to rearm. Bennett’s statements, to the effect of, “This situation, in which we are biting our nails in nervous anticipation of a reply from a murderous terrorist organization, should be stopped,” are far from offensive and would be echoed from nearly all Israeli Jews across the political spectrum.

Similarly, Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman said, “I hope that now it’s clear to everyone that the policy of ‘quiet will be met by quiet’ means that Hamas is the initiator and the one deciding when, where and how it will fire on Israeli residents.” He noted, “It happened yesterday, it’s happening today, and it could happen on September 1 and also Rosh Hashana evening.”

It is not right-wing, extreme or inappropriate for government ministers to demand an end to terror and quiet for the peace of Israel.

Mr. Prime Minister, what is your vision? Security is not being achieved, as the rockets keep flying. There’s surely not peace.

What gives, Mr. Prime Minister? Surely, the people of Israel are not asking for too much to demand that Israel live without the constant fear of attacks. Jews worldwide understand you are under tremendous pressure – and count on you to protect the Jewish state.

Please, protect our people.

Channel your inner Ze’ev Jabotinsky, who wisely noted many years ago, “We were not created in order to teach morals and manners to our enemies. Let them learn these things for themselves before they establish relations with us. We want to hit back at anybody who harms us. Whoever does not repay a blow with a blow is also incapable of repaying a good deed in kind. Only something who can hate his enemies can be a faithful friend to those who love him.”

The people of Israel demand the crushing of Hamas. Let our people live.

The writer is an entrepreneur and author.

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