“JAFFA, Israel — Israel and Egypt have embarked on serious discussions about the deployment of an Arab force in the Gaza Strip consisting largely of Egyptian and some Saudi troops, senior defense officials told WND.” — from this news article
This opens up all kinds of possibilities. Not just in the Gaza Strip and the “West Bank” — where “West Bank” Arab Mahmoud No-One-Here-But-Us-Accountants Abbas has just returned from his trip to Lebanon. While there, he warmly greeted Samir Kuntar the child-killer. He may find that the idea of, say, Syrian and Jordanian troops (or what about some American-trained and American-weaponry-supplied Iraqi troops?) patrolling in Judea and Samaria (the “West Bank”) sounds good to him.
But why stop there, with the teeny-tiny land of Israel? Why not have Chinese troops stationed up and down the Mississippi River, with a series of Chinese airbases to go with those army bases, just to show that there are no hard feelings, and no suspicions. And since there are no hard feelings, and no suspicions, of Chinese intentions (or if you don’t quite like the idea of Chinese bases, why not a series of Russian ones?) in Washington, surely the Chinese will display exactly the same benevolent intentions toward us?
A wonderful idea. Everyone in the too-suspicious Western world should show that no one has anything to fear from it, and what better way than to allow hostile or potentially hostile forces to plant themselves smack in the middle of those Western countries?
An idea whose time has come. And Israel will lead the way. But who would have expected anything less from the innovative and imaginative statesmen who currently comprise the Olmert government, surely a government without equal in the history of Israel?
Olmert is very confused, and very mediocre. He somehow just can’t quite grasp, perhaps can’t allow himself to grasp, what he has a duty to know and to share with those whose lives depend on their government’s leaders understanding: the source, and therefore the nature, of Arab and Muslim hostility — murderous and mind-distorting hostility — to the state of Israel.
He does not make Israel’s case. He does not correct errors, in the minds of allies such as the United States, about the history, cause, and therefore likely duration — forever, but a manageable forever — of the conflict. He may have forgotten the history of the area. Or he may be one of those who, like Ms. Livni, so enjoys his own personal history as “the child of Revisionists who has become realistic by abandoning what parents and grandparents believed in.” In fact, though even Jabotinsky did not understand Islam, he did understand that “the Arabs” would never willingly accept the Jews, or acquiesce in the existence of a Jewish nation-state. Islam was simply too weak at the time, and for those who, like Jabotinsky, were preoccupied with defending Jews from Arab attack (starting in Jabotinsky’s case with the Jews of the Old City who were attacked in 1920) in Mandatory Palestine, or rescuing them from Europe (rescue efforts that in the 1930s became more frantic, and culminated, perhaps, in a speech by Jabotinsky given in Warsaw in 1938, when he warned the Jews that they should all get out, because otherwise they would all be killed), there was no time to study Islam.
The life-histories of Livni and Olmert are of interest to others only insofar as their psychic journeys, and their pride in their abandonment of what they regard as the “foolish certainties” of their parents and grandparents, have led them to confusion, and far greater distancing from realism, from understanding the nature and sources of the Jihad being waged against Israel. They are dangerous to the wellbeing of the state. For though their parents and grandparents may have been innocent of Islam, they at least had a solid sense of the legal, moral, and historic claims of the Jews to the Land of Israel — at the very least, to all of Western Palestine. And furthermore, they understood, even without having investigated Islam, that for some reason the Arabs would never accept a Jewish state, never accept Jews unless they continued in the role of permanently humiliated, degraded, and insecure dhimmis. And that, the Zionist pioneers were certainly unwilling — unable — to do.
Olmert must go. But so must Livni, and so must all those who presume to protect and instruct the people of Israel, but simply cannot figure out, cannot comprehend, what is going on. And will go on.