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There's only one way to convince Palestinians -- threat of eviction!

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Submitted by Dr RJP (United States), Apr 4, 2006 at 15:23

I usually agree with you, Daniel, point for point, and i do agree with the central premise that Israel needs to win the war that began in 1948. However, I have a few disagreements with the points you raised.

First of all, how much more can the Arab world hate Israel than it already does? How much more "outrage" can it show than it has already shown? How many more enemies can it have now that all Muslim groups have thrown their turbans into the "Let's wipe out Israel" ring?

I'm afraid that you've been suckered in by that same, old tune we hear time and time again from the Muslim world

It goes something like this:

"If Israel does ___ (fill in the blank), then it will create more outrage, more retaliation, more bloodshed, and fewer chances for peace."

When Israel is blamed for everything, there are no shortage of "outrages" that Arabs can identify. Only the ones they can manufacture and use to threaten Israel.

Remember how much flak Ariel Sharon got over his policy of destroying the homes in which the families of homicide bombers live?

Remember the cries of "Innocent Palestinians will suffer," and "This is unfair collective punishment," and "This will only lead to more bloodshed!"

Well, guess what? Just the opposite happened. His policy reduced homicide bombings exactly because would-be bombers quit being so self-centered when they had something tanglible to lose. Likewise, families stopped grooming their children to be shadids if they knew that they would lose their homes as a result.

The learn learned is this: Palestinians will only take collective responsibility for ending terrorism if they are given collective punishment for it. The only way to get them to respect the innocent lives of israelis is when only they can protect the innocent lives of their own -- not through further "resistance" but through "acceptance."

Palestinians will only support terrorism if they think that they are safe from real punishment. Israel has to make it clear that no Palestinians is safe as long as they support terrorism. Israel has to make it clear that, not only will Palestinians NOT get their own state if they support terrorism, but they will be evicted from where they reside now.

The message should be crystal-clear that Israel will do everything in its power to convince Palestinians that the ONLY way they can stay where they are in the future, is to make peace with Israel now. Israel must convince them that their precious militant groups will not be able to prevent their eviction, just as the families of homicide bombers who lost homes realized the same.

Basically, Israel needs to tell the world that it will make peace on its own terms since the world has been incapable of doing it on theirs without both sides paying dearly.

Israel's new "land-for-peace" plan will be as follows:

"Make peace with Israel, or lose your land"

And, the heck with the rest of the world who do not their lives and livelihood at stake here!
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