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The Jewish Israeli public voted for defeat

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Submitted by Kenneth S. Besig (Israel), Jun 30, 2006 at 02:22

The two main parties in the present Israeli government, Kadima, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's party, and Labor, Defence Minister Amir Peretz's party, both ran on, and incidentally won on, platforms which were based on Israeli retreat, Israeli appeasement, Israeli demoralization, and Israeli defeat.

These two parties command 48 seats out of 120 in the Israeli Knesset which means that close to half of Israeli Jewish voters have accepted the Palestinian victory and expressed a willingness to surrender and retreat.

Thus the American calls for Israeli restraint, compromise, and management are really unnecessary, since the present Israeli government has been and will continue to behave as much as possible in exactly that manner, the present Israeli Defence Forces incursion into the Gaza Strip nothwithstanding. Even now the Israeli government is begging for a compromise with the Palestinians.

The problem for Israel now, although Dr. Pipes did not spell it out exactly, is that the Palestinians are unwilling to accept the Israeli surrender and want to continue fighting to a final victory. Worse, the Palestinian enemy can really do so. The Palestinian Authority and it's various militias and terror groups are now well equipped with small arms, vast stores of ammunition, body armor, shaped road side charges, RPG's, and heavy and light assault weapons. Moreover, these groups have received the finest military training possible from American, European, and Arab military experts, and as a result have become even more sophisticated and disciplined in their fighting tactics.

Israel on the other hand, has fired or forced into retirement any senior military officer who either opposed or just expressed doubts about the efficacy of retreat in the face of the Palestinian enemy and the Israeli media continues to encourage Israeli defeat and support Israeli retreat.
Certainly the American government has some responsibility for this sorry state of affairs, but the fact remains that the Jewish Israeli public bears the lion's share of the blame.

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