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Israel's Hope For Peace Comes From Love for Israel

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Submitted by M. Tovey (United States), Jan 20, 2009 at 19:42

Israel finds herself challenged in a way few other countries can imagine, let alone endure. Surrounded by enemies ready to plunge their daggers of hatred coupled with the munitions of antagonistic wartime purveyors seeking Israel's demise for the sake of their own tortured ideas of peace in the Middle East, they (the Jewish people) have been promised no peace as long as Israel exists. And yet there is some idea that the Israeli government, by playing a game of tactics and strategic gamesmanship with this blood-sworn enemy, think that there is a solution to get things to a status-quo of abated violence. One cannot expect to use the word peace when Israel's enemies have said ‘no deal' to letting Israel survive.

When it comes down to it, Hamas (and other like-minded ideologists) used the ‘Palestinian' situation to their advantage in a couple of ways (there may be more, but these came to mind from an outsiders point of view). First, even when restraint is shown, the militants know that eventually, Israel must defend the security and integrity of their frontier. Even acknowledging that probability of a mistake in giving up Gaza (something that should never have been done, even as the Bush administration forced the ‘Road Map to Peace' on Sharon and Olmert – Israel cannot afford to give up one hectare), the pressure that sending rockets for death and harassment or kidnapping soldiers for barter of militant prisoners are minor compared to all out hostilities, and that appears to be in the wings.

Next, Hamas is fronting for others that have a plan for extinguishing the flame of hope for Israel, and are engaging a world in a sequence of events to demonize Israel for wanting to defend the Israeli nation's right to exist. How many times, for example, can the U.N. withstand being a shield for militant activity before enough casualties cause a demand for justice from Israel? The cries for such are already there.

There is no relief for the Jewish nation until the ideology of hatred against them is suppressed, nay, defeated. Is that an accomplishment to be dreamed about by Israeli's, let alone the world? In this solution, or another that may be offered by the next purveyor of Middle East solutions, we cannot expect that Israel is going to gain the respite they so fervently desire until hatred for the Israeli nation is eliminated from the rhetoric and ideology of those that would prefer to see Israel eliminated.

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