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Israel's failed attempts to end war.

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Submitted by Moshe (Israel), Jul 18, 2006 at 11:57

In Israel there is an ongoing controversy between those who are aware of the environment in which we live, and have learnt the Arab mentality in the hard way, and the idealistic left who are convinced that this endless war with the Arab world can be stopped simply by giving back to the Arabs the territories liberated during the Six Days War in 1967.

The strong desire for peace, and the dream to see an end to all hostilities, which is common to all the Israelis, and the seemingly successful peace treaty with Egypt, gave a strong boost to this leftist message. Thus, a more powerful left was able to bring about in 1993 the catastrophe called The Oslo Accords, in the framework of which Israel recognized a notorious terror organization, the PLO, as a legitimate partner for settling the Palestinian issue. Since then, as Dr. Pipes is correctly pointing out in this article, Israel has embarked on a steady path of more and more concessions to the Arabs/Palestinians, and receiving in return more and more violence and bloodshed.

Less than one year after evacuating the Gaza strip, hoping that the Palestinians will react to this message of peace by starting to build a more peaceful environment, Israel is finding itself under steady unprovoked attacks by rocket barrages of its border settlements, on top of the routine suicide bombing attempts (sometimes "successful"). This was climaxed most recently with the terrorist attempt to blackmail Israel to release thousands of terrorists (who were actively involved in murderous activities targeting civilians), in exchange for an Israeli soldier who has been abducted in the framework of one of these unwarranted terrorist attacks. This crisis was seized as an opportunity by Hezbollah, the Lebanese (Iranian proxy) terror organization, to make things even worse.

After 6 years of relatively peaceful Northern border, a period during which this terror organization was beefed up by its sponsors (Syria and mainly Iran) with thousands of medium range missiles and other weaponry, in a surprise and unprovoked attack on Israel territory, Hezbollah also managed to abduct two Israeli soldiers and kill 8 others, with the declared objective to join the Palestinian terrorist blackmail campaign against Israel.

Given this situation, suddenly it became obvious to everybody, even to the leftist dreamers who are trying to stir Israel to even more one-sided territorial concessions, that their "appeasement" policy not only doesn't work, but makes things even worse. Presently the Israeli leadership is acting as if they have learned something new with regard to how Arabs are reacting to appeasing gestures. It is a very painful lesson. Presently all the Northern region of Israel, including Haifa, Zefat, Tiberias, and others are under constant heavy rocket bombing, all directed against the civil population.

The real question is indeed, when will it dawn on our leadership that there is no hope for a peaceful solution in our area. The best we can hope is to be stronger than our enemies, to convincingly demonstrate it to them, and keep them at bay.

We will have peace when the Messiah will come.

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