Published by The Freeman Center
The Maccabean Online
Political Analysis and Commentary
800-Pound Gorilla in the Room
by David Basch
Freeman Center For Strategic Studies
10 June, 2011
"Unless Israel's people and government wake up immediately
to the Arab knife being brought ever closer to the Israeli
throat and develop effective tactics for Israel's survival
... through bringing the Arab war deep into enemy strongholds
and denying him the means and the strategic position to
defeat Israel, the dangerous possibilities of Israeli defeat
forever linger. But the needed Israeli action can only be
undertaken when Israel wakes up to the implacable nature of
the enemy, ..."
What supporter of Israel can have confidence in the Jewish State if
up to this date the country refuses to recognize the reality of the
800 pound gorilla in the room, that the Arab goal is to destroy
In that context, it is evident that the Arab enemy uses negotiations
only as a means to further that deadly goal. That enemy tactic has
worked splendidly for the Arabs, giving them a steady stream of step
by step Israeli surrenders without the Arabs themselves having to make
a single concession to Israel.
It is not reassuring to contemplate that Israel remains in a perpetual
strategic fog, unable to recognize the deadly aim of its Arab
adversary. Failing to recognize this, Israel continually rejects
decisive action against the enemy since it fears an angry Arab
reaction that will foreclose what is the delusional possibility of a
Thus, Israeli blindness leads Israel to strategic capitulations to
win over what is in reality an implacable enemy -- capitulations such
as recognizing the Arab residents of the Mandate of Palestine as a
"people" with historic national rights that also include Jerusalem,
making the enemy into "freedom fighters" as they attempt to steal the
lands set aside for the Jewish people as a homeland under the Mandate
In the meantime, given Israel's failures to attempt decisive,
knock-out blows against the Arab enemy, it enables the latter to
endlessly continue to plot, grow, and strengthen his military
position, while Israel remains flat-footed and frozen in inaction. Not
only does this prevent Israel from action to improve its own strategic
security position, but keeps Israel in a state of perpetual war
against an enemy it refuses to defeat.
The situation is an encouragement to the Arabs to feign peacemaking
and to experiment with various formulas to set back Israel. Thus, the
current beseiging of Israel's borders by allegedly unarmed civilians
is only the latest of the enemy's manipulations. The tactic gains
effectiveness from the past mindless Israeli concessions recognizing
the rights of this enemy to rob Israel of her lands.
Never has it occurred to Israel to aggressively pursue her national
rights against those that would threaten it, to initiate decisive
efforts that would remove from the enemy the capacity for effective
action against Israel. This Israeli failure of not firmly settling the
issue of the Arab war against Israel has encouraged third parties to
interfere in these Israel's affairs. This situation has progressed to
the point that now these third parties have overwhelmingly taken the
part of the Arab side that includes 57 Muslim countries. At this
point, these third parties are awarding the Arab usurpers strategic
stretches of Israel's lands that would endanger Israel. But who
can fail to anticipate that one day these third parties will
interfere to the point of annulling the state of Israel? The answer to
this question, of course, is that Israeli governments can fail in this
way, going down with the sinking Israeli ship of thinking Israel faces
an enemy that wants to live in peace.
What is particularly outrageous is that Israel continues to cooperate
with such anti-Israel forces. For example, although it is evident to
any clear eyed observer that Israel needs to keep the Jordan valley as
part of the permanent defenses of the land of Israel, Israel's
government only speaks of Israel's "long term control of these lands"
-- not acknowledging the "permanent control" that is needed given the
aims of the enemy. Another example is the wavering concerning the
strategic Golan, which simple minded Israeli leaders dangle before the
enemy as a possible concession as part of a "peace negotiation,"
planting the idea before the world that the Golan is really not part
of Israel and is up for grabs.
Israelis have already seen the evidence of the insanity of their
governments that have brought on dire consequences upon Israel that
have resulted from the bringing back of Arafat and his terrorist army
from the exile of their defeat on the basis of Arafat-Hitler's promise
to live in peace. Another example has been the government's surrender
of strategic Gaza that has opened up southern Israel to Arab attack.
In this case, instead of applying strategic tactics that would
encourage Arab enemy populations to emigrate from the land of Israel
-- the very tactics perpetually practiced by the Arab enemy -- Israel
invites the enemy's inroads and makes the enemy ever more at home as
the rightful owner of the land of Israel. Again, this only happens
because Israeli governments refuse to recognize the reality that the
enemy cannot be won to a willing peace without overwhelming
Sadly, to date, Israel's practice of defense can be summed up as the
practice of "heads, the Arabs win; tails, Israel loses."
Unless Israel's people and government wake up immediately to the Arab
knife being brought ever closer to the Israeli throat and develop
effective tactics for Israel's survival -- the kind that normal
rational people would do in defending their land -- through bringing
the Arab war deep into enemy strongholds and denying him the means and
the strategic position to defeat Israel, the dangerous possibilities
of Israeli defeat forever linger. But the needed Israeli action can
only be undertaken when Israel wakes up to the implacable nature of
the enemy, an enemy that can only accept desisting from jihad against
Israel as a result of its own decisive, ruinous defeat.
It is such decisive defeat that would give the enemy the Islamic
sanction to desist from its jihad -- a circumstance of dire,
unacceptable ruin that for Islam is the only religious sanction to
refrain from jihad.
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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.