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Submitted by M. Tovey (United States), Apr 7, 2010 at 13:20

The tone of history is sometimes scored with the music for which the harmony must be in tune, or it is just noise. One might suspect that just as American Vice President Biden (in his inimitable style) tried to impose some form of Haig-style restriction upon Israel, in doing so he merely sang the same old tune that the world has been trying have Israel play as well. No matter the arrangement, it is a song that Israel has not wanted to sing, nor should sing, for it has a bad melody and no one can truly keep its time.

All simile aside, PM Begin did indeed have a moment, but as observed by a fellow reader, it was addressed to the wrong parties. Further, in this latest round of the American Administration attempt at foisting a peace solution that has no more chance than a snow cone on a hot Negev day of lasting, we see that the stakes are mounting still that has the peace process stretched to beyond any normal expectation of producing a result, so that at any moment, the overdue rupture will occur.

It is thought here in the modern context that PM Netanyahu does not desire for an all out rupture of the process, yet it is his government that has that pressure being applied. But think, who else but the Israeli nation is going to lose anything of lasting national value if the pressure is not abated?

The 'Palestinian' presence in the Middle East was not a national presence before World War 1; only after concessions to the Arab population in the region were made that a 'national' identity for the 'Palestinian' population was even a part of the demographics of the former Ottoman holdings. Yet PM Netanyahu is confronted, as were his predecessors, with trying to make 'living room' for the 'Palestinian' population, not merely of necessity, but for the political survival of his embattled nation. He knows though, as do those who truly understand that gravity of the requests (actually-demands) being made of Israel, that survival is exactly what is being threatened by such extreme requirements.

So, then, the foretold rupture is forthcoming, for the impatience of those who have demanded Israel give up her sovereignty over historical Israeli lands is worn to the thinness of transparency, that a hatred for things of Israel is no longer veiled and the intentions are exposed. What is Israel expected to do and what Israel will be forced to rely on for help in this situation can be explained in the sole source for Israel's strength. It may be an old tune, but the song of Almighty God's love for Israel in the Holy Bible (see Solomon's Song) is still the best praise for His help, and in the end it is the only tune that will be heard in Jerusalem.


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4Begin reaction to the America duplicity: [117 words]levy benjaminOct 7, 2010 21:57179068
1Begin also stood up to the settlers [149 words]CalebApr 23, 2010 23:32171625
Israel standing up to Washington [64 words]IsaacApr 21, 2010 17:46171542
Israel, stand up to Obama [264 words]Nelson D'SilvaApr 21, 2010 04:24171524
Mystery of Mysteries [68 words]CanaanApr 27, 2010 23:45171524
Obama true dislike for Israel [95 words]Isaac FlaksApr 14, 2010 11:14171312
The State of Israel [160 words]sandra JohnsonApr 16, 2010 14:37171312
Appeasement never works [165 words]Clifton ChadwickApr 13, 2010 07:53171271
Time to Stay Focused [168 words]Jay 1Apr 12, 2010 23:09171257
Begin was great, but Shamir even better. [32 words]R. S. DavisApr 12, 2010 13:09171229
1Stand Israel, stand up to Obama! [129 words]Tony JordanApr 11, 2010 15:21171193
You made me lonesome for both Reagan and Begin. [145 words]batya daganApr 10, 2010 00:59171143
Looking back at History [162 words]Debanjan BanerjeeApr 9, 2010 23:00171142
That's not a very accurate description [673 words]EstherApr 15, 2010 03:31171142
My reply to Esther [31 words]Debanjan BanerjeeApr 16, 2010 00:12171142
More reply to Esther [209 words]Debanjan BanerjeeApr 16, 2010 00:22171142
Our dear Deb and his masters the Arabs [110 words]dhimmi no moreApr 17, 2010 09:32171142
Indian Muslims and their arab Masters!! [194 words]JaladhiApr 19, 2010 16:49171142
My reply to DNM [167 words]Debanjan BanerjeeApr 20, 2010 03:46171142
Our dear Deb and Omar al-farooq and you need to stick to Urdu! [428 words]dhimmi no moreApr 21, 2010 07:07171142
My reply to DNM [503 words]Debanjan BanerjeeApr 23, 2010 00:48171142
The islamic comedy goes on and on and our dear Deb has no clue what the word extant really means [679 words]dhimmi no moreApr 24, 2010 06:44171142
My reply to DNM [57 words]Debanjan BanerjeeMay 2, 2010 08:18171142
Omar al-farooq and the islamic comedy [119 words]dhimmi no moreMay 4, 2010 06:30171142
WARNING TO AMERICA - [179 words]Gordon WeareApr 9, 2010 00:28171108
LEADERSHIP. I mean REAL leadership. [242 words]Gordon WeareApr 9, 2010 00:12171107
1No fear of Israeli nukes [53 words]PPSApr 9, 2010 00:05171106
Saudi's King Abdullah has won the heart and the mind of our President [298 words]BAApr 8, 2010 22:42171103
The Western media doesn't agree to publish such things [250 words]EstherApr 15, 2010 04:52171103
Well done Israel [18 words]Straight_Talk_LuigiApr 8, 2010 16:10171093
Israel Then - Israel Now - Nothing New Under the Sun [477 words]M. ToveyApr 7, 2010 13:20171062
What did Begin achieve ? [47 words]Lars Bjørn Helm NielsenApr 7, 2010 03:06171044
"Standing up to Washington" [269 words]Marian HenningsApr 19, 2010 19:30171044
Standing up to Washington - Ben-Gurion [167 words]YJ DraimanSep 3, 2017 18:25171044
Standing up to Washington threat - Ben-Gurion [951 words]YJ DraimanSep 3, 2017 18:45171044
"how the Mighty Have Fallen" [93 words]Chaya PassowApr 7, 2010 02:19171043
Israel needs leaders that are strong enough to stand up for Israel , always. April 2010 [51 words]Phil GreendApr 6, 2010 23:47171040
When once upon a time.... [235 words]Jay1Apr 6, 2010 21:52171037
Feelings for Israel [152 words]Quenten L Raney JrApr 6, 2010 20:30171034
Begin noble hero: Obama evil appeaser. [103 words]Ralph C. Whaley MDApr 6, 2010 20:02171030
Standing up to Washington [227 words]Carmen Waggoner, Ph.D.Apr 6, 2010 19:44171028
NETANYAHU VS. BEGIN [104 words]JACQUES HADIDAApr 6, 2010 18:20171023
Where is Menachem Begin when we need him (May his memory be blessed!) [142 words]FroikeApr 7, 2010 13:25171023
Israel (and its leaders) - then and now [268 words]Raymond in DCApr 7, 2010 21:12171023
No banana republic [66 words]Rebecca MouldsApr 6, 2010 18:06171022
Right words, wrong person [91 words]PaulApr 6, 2010 16:34171019
When Israel stood up to WA--when Israel was governed by heroic men, not wobbly grovelers. [293 words]SC4Z (Secular Christians for Zion)Apr 6, 2010 15:53171016
Courage in the Leaders [94 words]Clifton MobergApr 6, 2010 15:14171014
Then and Now [9 words]Herbert FriedmanApr 6, 2010 14:11171012
2Canaries in the Mine [457 words]Charles S. GilinskyApr 6, 2010 12:57171010
Thank You DR. Pipes [101 words]T & JApr 6, 2010 11:40171006
Will Bibi find inspiration in his forefathers [34 words]steven LApr 6, 2010 10:18171003
The USA govt (executive Branch) must understand how important Israel is as an Ally! [47 words]Benny ZeeApr 6, 2010 09:30171000
be a friend, not a patsy [109 words]Z. JohnsonApr 6, 2010 09:16170999
I agree! [36 words]Thomas FApr 6, 2010 08:37170997
Begin: a Mixed Bag [143 words]John W. McGinleyApr 6, 2010 07:46170996
Netanyahu was humiliated...by his own constituents. [64 words]CalebApr 26, 2010 11:08170996
President Obama is wrong [311 words]shimshon issakiApr 6, 2010 07:05170994
Interesting [26 words]NashApr 6, 2010 06:01170993
THE 11TH. COMMANDMENT. [314 words]IamJosephApr 6, 2010 03:03170987
Correct. The 2-state is really a 3-state [106 words]EstherApr 15, 2010 05:14170987
Israel set back on its heels [147 words]Abu NudnikApr 6, 2010 01:57170983
The 11th Commandment [11 words]SC4Z (Secular Christians for Zion)Apr 6, 2010 19:23170983

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