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We lose because we always fight the wrong battle

Reader comment on item: Israel's Strategic Incompetence in Gaza

Submitted by Ken Besig (Israel), Jan 11, 2009 at 12:21

The simple if unpleasant fact is that there is almost nothing apart from self defence that Israel can do bring a peaceful end to the bloody and insane Palestinian war to destroy Israel. Far too many pundits, observers, negotiators, Secretaries of State, European Quartets, et al, believe that there are only two alternatives to the Hamas rocket attacks on Southern Israel, i.e., the IDF reoccupying the Gaza enclave or Israeli tolerating further Gaza rocket attacks. Indeed, most Israeli leaders view the problem of Palestinian intransigence and violence against Israel in much the same way, with Israel either occupying the Territories, or letting the rabid Palestinian jihad persist and striking back with occasional harsh military reprisals.

There is a third alternative albeit a difficult one. This alternative requires maturity, honesty, courage, and morality on the part of the Palestinian leadership and the Palestinians. It also requires the same from the international community in it's demands from the Palestinians.

As a beginning the Palestinian leadership must repeatedly state clearly and publicly in Arabic and English that they and their people recognize and support Israel's legitimate right to exist in peace and security as a sovereign Jewish State for the Jewish People. This must be a fixed requirement of every meeting that takes place between Palestinians and Israels.

Then the Palestinians themselves must be educated to give up for all time their mad dream of destroying Israel and murdering all the Jews who live here.

This is all it takes to achieve a Middle East peace, no more peace conferences, no more special envoys, no more European quartet, no more UN, no more IDF Gaza sieges and blockades, and especially no more IDF reprisals and Kassam rockets. Certainly by now it must be entirely apparent to any rational person that nothing Israel can say, do, or offer will even blunt the Palestinian desire for our destruction much less eliminate it, only the Palestinians can accomplish that feat.

And the truly unique aspect of this alternative is that it has never been tried before!

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