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What Price Victory - What Price Peace

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Submitted by M Tovey (United States), Jun 8, 2021 at 12:13

As Dr. Pipes has been contending for quite a considerable time now, Israel does not appear to be headed for peace soon; and victory is proposed as the only way such a season of calm could be achieved. Therein lays the conundrum; not everyone, indeed, very few, portray any modicum of activity that would lead to or possible achieve such an outcome: tragic to say the least. But in this modern time, what is portrayed as an enviable goal for a people that have endured generations and millennia of tragic circumstances and calamities few other have experienced, has been determined by powers of empire and their successorship such national security is not to be afforded the Jewish Nation; not now,nor ever.
As has been indicated in this forum, sometimes in eloquent narrative and sometimes in abject rejection of civil terms of common humanity, the Jewish Nation is subjected to these indignities for reason of Divine destiny and for the cause of bringing judgment to errant humanity for not seeking peace when called for.
The enmity between the Jewish Nation and neighboring humanity is historical, episodic and inevitable; as it is said: it is written. Are the Jewish people guiltless; by their own historical narrative, they are responsible to their HaShem; for obedience (or the lack thereof) to His commandments and seemingly general disregard (look as the disparaging engagement between the parties of the current government cannot make a determination of the rule of law-the Torah) for observing His statutes. They were told.
But how does that involve the nations today that appear intent on removing the Israeli presence and influences in the Middle East, indeed, in the world? Further, how is it they have not learned not to mess with Israel? What, besides an ancient motivation of questionable virtue, is it that compels such vitriol and enmity to the distraction of normal common humanity in desiring total annihilation?
The answer is actually spiritual; not religious as many would assert (for that is used in the negative connotation); the Hebrew Scriptures as written in the Tanakh specifies the collisions of destiny; but who's searching for that? Even Israelis are divided on that; how many think that returning to the Torah is going to bring them peace?
As Dr. Pipes notes: [Looking to the future, 82 percent agree that "There can be no appeasing Hamas; only by defeating it unequivocally can we bring this conflict to an end"; and the same percentage concurs more generally on the importance "for Israel to defeat its enemies," not just Palestinians. Likewise, 70 percent agree that "There can be no deals with terrorist organizations, only defeat. Israel must use all its military, diplomatic and economic means to crush Hamas' will to continue fighting."]
In essence, it appears hopeless, especially if they believe they will have to carry the load alone. It is this despair that the enemies of Israel count upon; that hatred of Israel has a greater world following than allowing the Jewish Nation State to continue. But here's a clue; one that has been promulgated before, but few are so confident. Another clue: watch the activities around the Temple Mount, a key factor stemming from the Eleven Days in May, a critical juncture. The down payment for peace had already been made. This is the payment period; and the people of Israel need to pay attention as the payment draws to a close. It is coming as a lump sum; who is really going to cover that cost since Israel already made the down payment? Again, there is a clue; and the forming government does not have it right.

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