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Reader comment on item: Israel's [Fatigue and Its] Moment of Truth
in response to reader comment: So far, violence was greater at previous appeasing govts.

Submitted by David (United States), Jan 3, 2023 at 19:00

I don't want to monopolize this site, but one cannot ignore the role played by the Biden administration from the second they took office, in igniting the Palestinian street. Even before taking office, Martin Indyk wrote columns urging KSA not to make peace with Israel. Then the administration began an initiative to hold Palestinian elections for the first time in some 15 years, which had to be aborted because they saw that Hamas was going to win. So they aborted the elections with the narrative that of course, the elections could not be held because there wouldn't be a vote in Jerusalem. PERFECT!

Even as we speak, the Biden administration is kowtowing to the threats from the worst elements in the Mideast, and this relates to another issue on which Dr. Pipes is correct: Jewish prayer in the Temple Mount. The visit of Israel's public security minister to the Mount this morning went without incident, despite Hamas threats. But oh no, this was not enough for the Biden WH, which had the gall to suggest that a visit by a Jewish Israeli government official to the Mount is "unacceptable."

I too pray for a reduction in violence. I do not want another round of war with Gaza, as I do not see the strategic purpose. But I quite like the way Dr. Pipes phrases his overall goal, which is a paradigm shift from the traditional Jewish mentality. I do not pray for "peace," I pray for VICTORY. And indeed, I don't want to see any civilian loss of life, ideally. This is why I think a restoration of deterrence is key. At the moment, Biden is doing much to impede Israel's ongoing efforts to do that, in dozens and dozens of different ways, including direct interference in the rules of engagement of the IDF, outrageous FBI investigations, an assignment of a 500 person unit to spy on Israel (I wonder how many Arabic speakers the Agency even has in total), ongoing musings about threatening the Abraham Accords. To all this I say, ENOUGH. It is, to borrow a phrase from the Biden administration this morning, unacceptable.


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