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Unreasonable Fear, the source that keeps bullies in business

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Submitted by Bruce Portnoy (United States), Jul 28, 2017 at 07:55

Before the Temple Mount was turned over to the control of the Muslim Waqf in 1967, the Arab population was fully prepared to provide to the victorious Israelis, lists of Jewish property that was illegally confiscated, and other offenses perpetrated. Instead and with amazement, the Arabs were greeted with a sampling of Jewish guilt. They were told that the hard fought for and costly in terms of Jewish lives lost, possession regained, could be shared. This sent the message that if the Jews truly valued their lands and lives, why would they so willingly give them up for some vague thought peace, especially one based upon weakness and not shared by the defeated Arab culture. This original sin was again complicated by again fear of vague threats and lack of faith in the correctness of preserving Jewish lives, employing a ubiquitous and proven security system employed even by Arab countries.

Maybe, G-d Forbid, the Arabs are on to something when they say Israelis are tired of the burden of hostile population oversight and the responsibilities that go with it, including exercising the concept of protecting Jewish lives first and foremost, damn the consequences.

We, Jews, have a historic tradition, baring some notable exceptions, of making wrong decisions because of lack of confidence in our abilities to discern right from wrong.

Bruce Portnoy, author the Geo-political novel, " First, the 'Saturday People', and then the..."


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Title Commenter Date Thread
1Palestinians are acquisitive and greedy [423 words]Dariush Afshar (From Sweden)Dec 4, 2017 14:37241471
4Palestinian-Jordanian citizenship to the Arabs, Israeli citizenship to the Jews. [364 words]MarkAug 10, 2017 15:34240450
Dual Citixenshipfor for Israeli Arabs and Jews [95 words]RobertDec 8, 2017 11:52240450
Contemplations While Still Waiting for the Other Shoe to Drop [78 words]M ToveyAug 10, 2017 15:30240449
Thanks to Netanyahu [11 words]Sohel BahjatAug 2, 2017 13:26240341
1Some "victory"! [37 words]Michael SAug 1, 2017 07:48240317
We thought IL had learned but it is not obvious! [13 words]stevenlJul 31, 2017 16:01240309
2Unreasonable Fear, the source that keeps bullies in business [234 words]Bruce PortnoyJul 28, 2017 07:55240274
2Arabs won again [85 words]
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Vadim AnshelevichJul 28, 2017 00:19240270
1Why is it a victory? [70 words]Abdel Rahman JamilJul 27, 2017 12:18240261
More Critical Analysis Needed of Israeli Weaknesses [207 words]DaveJul 27, 2017 08:57240256
Islam's mentality (temple mount) [128 words]
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Edmond RichterJul 27, 2017 05:13240254
2How about a campaign for Hagia Sophia? [150 words]PrashantJul 26, 2017 21:10240250
Islamic doctrine, international succor, and Israeli timidity.. [22 words]Wallace LiechtyJul 26, 2017 16:56240248
Can't access the rest of the Wall Street journal article [33 words]
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Anna SchifferJul 26, 2017 12:59240243
Thanks Mr. Prime Minister for your fortitude and courage. [205 words]J PfefferJul 26, 2017 10:25240241
No way to wipe out consequences [101 words]NuritGJul 26, 2017 08:57240240
OOOOOPS [113 words]
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RJul 26, 2017 08:15240239
1A Palestinian Victory at the Temple Mount. The day is coming when Jerusalem's Enemies are to Be Destroyed. [310 words]Anne-USAJul 26, 2017 07:45240237
"Why Israel Removed the Metal Detectors" [40 words]
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Paul FijmanJul 26, 2017 07:30240235
Even worse than you say .... [17 words]Dina GrossmanJul 26, 2017 04:42240234
I could not access the full article via the link provided .. but never mind. [137 words]Anne JulienneJul 26, 2017 02:42240232
1Big Win for Islam [118 words]Michael Hanni MorcosJul 26, 2017 00:51240228
This MUST be a warning to the West and the Muslim world. [23 words]stevenlJul 25, 2017 23:46240227
Whipped dog [159 words]jeromeJul 25, 2017 23:38240226

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