Published by The Freeman Center
The Maccabean Online
Political Analysis and Commentary
Crossroad for Israel
by David Basch
Freeman Center For Strategic Studies
April 17, 2011
"The idea that the Arabs will live in peace with an
Israel they think they can defeat is stupidity itself
and is strictly an Israeli idea, not the Arab..."
"It is Israeli strength that keeps the peace with Israel's
neighbors and that,... preserving or adding to this
Israeli strength is the vital ingredients of a viable plan
for Israel's security."
"PM Netanyahu must make clear in his address to the
US Congress that the downside of Israel's failure
to assert its right to undertake the policies to protect
itself is to repeat the fateful failure made by
Czechoslovakia to surrender its strategic territory to
[Furthermore] Mr. Netanyahu must make clear how not only
will further surrenders be fatal for Israel but for Western
interests as well,... involving unimaginable devastation,
with curtailment of oil supplies to the West the least
of the negative outcomes."
Reading the article on Charles Krauthammer's opinion concerning
Israel's blunders in recognizing and empowering the enemy fiction of a
"Palestinian people with national rights," it would seem that
Netanyahu's next move will determine whether those Israeli blunders
will stick and, hence, confirm Israel's inevitable slide into non
The reality is that the Arabs are determined to do nothing less than
to reverse the existence of Israel. This is not only the view of Arabs
living within the perimeter of Mandate of Palestine lands west of the
Jordan but of their allies in surrounding Arab and Muslim lands. The
supposed gesture of Saudi Arabia to accept an Israel that confines
itself to the 1947 armistice lines, which leaves Jerusalem on the arab
side, is as bogus as a three dollar bill. Such an Israel will not be
able to survive a continuation of Arab hostilities that will
Unless Israel finally learns that it is annihilation that the country
faces, it is difficult to see how this outcome can be avoided when
Israel acquiesces in the establishment of an irredentist Arab state
located cheek to cheek with Israel's population centers and which
gobbles up Israel's defensive perimeter. All those Israeli mental
midgets that imagined an Arab enemy satisfied with a simple partition
Israel's remaining Mandate lands have been delivering Israel into the
hands of the enemy. The idea that the Arabs will live in peace with an
Israel they think they can defeat is stupidity itself and
is strictly an Israeli idea, not the Arab.
When this reality sinks in, it will become evident to Israel that
something stronger is needed to safeguard Israel's future than a
flimsy dependence on Arab goodwill or the protection of the very
Western nations that participated in or acquiesced in the destruction
of European Jewry. Experience ever since has demonstrated that it is
Israeli strength that keeps the peace with Israel's neighbors and
that, in formulating plans for Israel's security and future, it is
preserving or adding to this Israeli strength that are the vital
ingredients of a viable plan for Israel's security.
While Krauthammer argues that the world will not allow Israel to
backtrack on agreements made -- this, despite Arab wholesale
violations of these agreements -- that is not an assumption that
Israel should acquiesce in. National suicide is not an international
obligation. When a nation finds it has unwittingly placed itself into
a fatal trap, it has the right to insist on the acceptance of changes
in policy. PM Netanyahu ought to tell that to the US Congress next
month. He should make an unambiguous pitch for the end of expectations
of Israel's territorial surrenders and strategic weakening, but rather
should announce Israel's right to strengthen itself in the face of the
realities of the implacable Arab enmity. Mr. Netanyahu must make clear
in his address to the US Congress that the downside of Israel's
failure to assert its right to undertake the policies to protect
itself is to repeat the fateful failure made by Czechoslovakia to
surrender its strategic territory to Hitler.
Mr. Netanyahu must make clear how not only will further surrenders be
fatal for Israel but for Western interests as well, grossly
self-defeating and leading to the worst of conflagrations in the
region, involving unimaginable devastation, with curtailment of oil
supplies to the West the least of the negative outcomes.
What then to do about irrepressible Arab demands for the critical step
of establishing a new Arab state on Israeli lands? Clearly, Israel
must backtrack on its erring policies and demand its rights under the
Mandate of Palestine, withdrawing all those Israeli surrenders made
for the peace that the Arabs have withheld. With that, Israel must
demand that Arab militarization in the territories must cease and be
cut back and that attacks on Israel will no longer be responded to tit
for tat but will involve far reaching reprisals and consequences.
What is more, the failure of the Arabs to cooperate in Israeli
attempts to create the conditions for the deterrence will be seen as
signs of their unwillingness to live in peace with Israel and further
Israeli license to take the appropriate steps it needs to take to
insure Israel's security.
Israel has past the point when it can continue down the road of
self-abnegation in return for continued Arab enmity. It has become
clear that a strengthened Israel will be a force for peace in the
region and the salvation for the lives of all people in the region.
The price of this may seem high, but the price of the alternative
will vastly dwarf this.
David Basch is an architect and city planner in New York as well as The Freeman Center's political philosopher. Basch is also an expert on Shakespeare and the author of the book, The Hidden Shakespeare, which proves through talmudic and other Jewish sources that Shakespeare was in fact Jewish.