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COHERENT POLICY TO SAVE ISRAEL
by David Basch

March 12, 2006

Sharon and Olmert\'s Kadima must be recognized as a party without
vision that believes in the fairy tale that Israel can trust
peace to 100 million Arabs that want to destroy her and can
afford to gut the natural perimenter defense that keeps the enemy
far off and prevents it from successfully mobilizing forces
against Israel. The Kadima policy smacks of an other worldly
insanity of an ideology that makes more sense on Mars than on
Earth.


"Contrary to what was alleged in the propaganda
column by Gershom Gorenberg in NY Times,
Israel does indeed have full claim to the lands
assigned to the Jewish people under the Mandate
of Palestine...."

"So successful was this element of a coherent
Israeli policy that included Jewish community building,
that the Arabs were stampeded to enter negotiations,..."

"The [coherent] policies that Israel must return to are
spelled out below and require an Israeli government that
believes in the rightness of the Israeli cause and
determined to bring Israel\'s people the future they are
entitled to and justly deserve...."
Jonathan Tobin, an editor at the Philadelphia Jewish Exponent,
recently (3.6.06) wrote the following in The Jerusalem Post:

"The American Jewish Left, like its Israeli counterparts,
was right that Israel couldn\'t afford to ignore the
demographic disaster that holding on to lands where
millions of Palestinians lived represented. The Right
never had a coherent answer to this challenge."

While Tobin is right that Israelis and the Jewish left were
correct in recognizing that the demographics of millions of
Palestinian Arabs could not be ignored in holding lands in which
these Arabs lived, he fails to recognize that the Israeli Right
and Sharon (that is, when Sharon acted in support of the Right)
were correct morally and tactically in pursuing the "settlement"
policy as an answer to this Arab demographic problem. What the
Right failed to do was to persist in this policy and to continue
to assert Jewish Rights and to press this to its logical
conclusion. Such a coherent policy would have called for Israel\'s
unapologetic control of these territories as a vital security
interest and as an affirmation of Jewish rights to these lands.

Contrary to what was alleged in the propaganda column by Gershom
Gorenberg in the NY Pravda Times (3.10.06), Israel does indeed
have full claim to the lands assigned to the Jewish people under
the Mandate of Palestine. While Gorenberg cites the contrary
opinions on this of leftist universalist academics and those paid
agents deliberately falsifying this issue, as well those of
outright flakes -- this is the same dismal combination of
demented opinion that led to the restoration of the defeated
Arafat and his army that resulted in the unprecedented
skyrocketing of terrorist strife in Israel -- Gorenberg provides
no facts to prove his case. All he can show is that the nations
of the world, most of whom enemies of Israel and supporters of
Israel\'s enemies, affirmed this doctrine, the way most of these
supported the view that Zionism is Racism -- an unequally false
docrine.

Gorenberg went on to allege that it was illegal for Israel not to
honor the international Geneva Conventions concerning
"occupation" on the basis of know nothing opinion, including
Leftist Israeli legal counselors. Yet he never considers that
officials in the know, like Eugene Rostow, Under Sectretary of
State under Lyndon Johnson, showed the inapplicability of the
Geneva Convention since Israel\'s territories ARE NOT in a foreign
country but are part and parcel of the of the lands of Mandate of
Palestine that similarly legitimate Jewish claims to the rest of
Israel. The fact is that Israel is the only nation that has
sovereign claims to these Mandate lands since the Arab residents
of those lands are just that, residents. They are without
national rights. That Israel\'s Leftist theorists later on
referred to those Arabs, many of whom of recent and diverse
national origins, as a "Palestinian people" ranks as another of
the utter falsehoods surrounding the issues involved.

Given the foregoing, the building of Jewish communities in
Israel\'s territories -- hardly lands occupied -- is part of a
coherent policy that enables Israel to deal with the vital
interests involved. With an Arab world dedicated to Israel\'s
destruction, these lands are vital to Israel, not least for
serving as defensive borders and for giving the nation strategic
depth in war, but also as an affirmation of Israel\'s historic
rights to all her lands -- rights that are denied by the would-be
Arab killer-usurpers to this day.

While originally it was envisioned by Leftist theorists that Jews
and Arabs could live amicably under arrangements that include
Israeli democracy and autonomy, the way it turned out was that
the Arab residents do not accept the legitimacy of Israel and
have been dedicated in thought and deed to Israel\'s destruction.
Hence despite Israel\'s rights under the Mandate of Palestine, the
entire Arab world claims that only the Arabs are the true owners
of the lands of Israel and, despite the international illegality
of their actions to attempt Israel\'s destruction, they have
been engaged to reverse the existence of Israel.

In pursuit of this illegal doctrine of Israel\'s destruction aimed
at a member of the United Nations, the Arabs, under the false
name of "national liberation" -- there is no "Palestinian nation"
to be liberated since it never existed and was not mentioned in
UN Resolution 242 as late as in 1967, which would have mentioned
it had it existed -- have ever since engaged in horrific
terrorist crimes against Israel and have gone so far as
instituting a program of education to teach Arab children to
become suicide murderers, pausing only to indulge in ruses of
negotiation with Israel so as to advance the deadly Arab aims.

Accordingly, in the face of the continuing, implacable Arab war
to destroy and replace Israel, the building of Jewish communities
in the territories is in fact part of a comprehensive answer to
this Arab challenge. Such communities affirm Israel\'s rights to
her lands and place Israeli civilians and soldiers in locations
in the territories that limit Arab aggression.

What is more, so successful was this element of a coherent
Israeli policy that included Jewish community building, that the
Arabs were stampeded to enter negotiations, promising peace in
return for Israel\'s turning over lands to Arab control in the
territories.

What went wrong was that an unscrupulous Leftist leadership in
Israel, seeing this Arab peace gambit as a means of discrediting
Right wing Israeli leadership and as a route to Leftist rule in
Israel, threw caution to the winds and, astonishingly, accepted
on the basis of an Arab handshake that the Arab jackal would
abandon its Islamic and nationalist war to overthrow Israel -- as
though jackals could abandon their blood lust for the lamb in
return for a pat on the head. Unfortunately, what is now the
Kadima Party, against reason, continues this treacherous policy
that weakens Israel as it empowers and stengthens the dedicated
enemies of Israel.

Thus the grievous error of Israeli policy is that the coherence
inherent in her community building program in the territories was
not persisted in, nor was it followed up by the military action
that would have aimed at the decisive defeat of the implacable
Arab enemy that resides within the lands of the Mandate. Note
that this is an Arab enemy that fully believes in and practices
the doctrines of attaining a military victory. A corresponding
Israeli policy of decisive victory over the Arab challenge is
morally and practically justified but has not been pursued by the
supreme egotist, Sharon, a would-be Messaiah, that in effect
ended his career by betraying his nation. Nor is there any hope
that a similarly deluded unelected Olmert would do so, lest it
justify the successful policies that he and Sharon had abandoned.

Israel has numerous reasons for returning to its former policy of
community building with, however, the addition of a more
determined military policy that would return the nation to the
control of her future that Israel enjoyed before the decades long
series of Leftist betrayals, albeit some of these betrayals made
by leaders elected by landslides on platforms opposite to the
Leftist approaches pursued. The policies that Israel must return
to are spelled out below and require an Israeli government that
believes in the rightness of the Israeli cause and determined to
bring Israel\'s people the future they are entitled to and justly
deserve. Israel will not get such a policy from Kadima, Labor, or
others on the Leftist fringe, but knowing what this coherent
policy consists anmd what it is based on may help Israelis turn
to the leadership they must have in order to give the nation a
new dignity and a future:

1. THE LANDS CONTESTED IN THE TERRITORIES BELONG TO ISRAEL, her
being the only sovereign nation with claims to these lands of the
Mandate of Palestine. As her own lands, Israel has the right to
defend them and herself using military tactics commensurate with
the illegal and extreme Arab challenge posed to her existence.
This is a defense that calls for far reaching geographic changes
in the enemy\'s disposition, changes designed to eliminate the
capacity or potential of that enemy to harm or destroy Israel.

2. THE ARAB ENEMY IS DEDICATED TO ISRAEL\'S DESTRUCTION AND REPLACEMENT BY ARABS, amply demonstrating this as a first
priority with a willingness to sacrifice enormous levels of life
and property to these ends. The enemy is continually amassing a
population horde external to the lands of the Mandate of what now
numbers from 3 to 5 million Arabs, all socialized to identify
themselves as "the true owners" of the lands of Israel and to
live and die even as suicide murders to those ends. The Arab
enemy demands that this horde be allowed entry to the centers of
Israel, a killer demand that would end the existence of Israel
and a clear demonstration of the Arab intent to destroy Israel.

3. IT IS UNDENIABLE THAT ISRAEL FACES NOT A MERE "MINORITY" OF ARABS
who are resident on her lands and are claimed to be
"refugees" from the Mandate lands, but faces an entire Arab world
numbering well over 100 million. These are united in the desire
to remove the State of Israel from the region. The Arabs
remaining within the natural borders set by the Mandate of
Palestine are united with the rest of the Arab world in this
endeavor and have an existing capacity and growing potential to
bring about the destruction of Israel. Already this population
approves of and contributes heavily to the terrorism of low
intensity warfare and outright military attack against Israel.

4. THE ARAB CHALLENGE ONLY INCREASES OVER TIME IN NUMBER AND CAPACITY owing to the natural Arab birth rate and the ability of
the Arabs to infuse the so called Arab "minority" population of
the Mandate with unlimited new numbers drawn from external
populations. The defense of Israel requires that this mortal
threat to Israel be eliminated in accordance with changes that
neutralize this condition by dispersing and removing it and
thereby preventing its getting ever worse -- changes that must be
imposed militarily since this would have the opposite impact on
what the Arabs intend for Israel. This drastic action is equal to
the dire challenge that has been posed by the Arab enemy that is
responsible for its necessity.

5. IN PURSUIT OF ISRAEL\'S DEFENSE AGAINST DETERMINED ENEMIES,
ILLUSORY "MAGINOT LINES" MUST NOT BE DEPENDED ON, the very kind
that failed at the beginning of World War II in France. The true
lines of defense are Israel\'s strategic territories -- defensibe
boundaries that Israel is entitled to under UN Resolution 242.
These must be made even more secure by the relocations of hostile
Arab populations that should be applied in part every time the
Arabs attack Israel and at every outrage their perpetrate. Thus,
the rocket attacks on Israel from Gaza must be responded to by
permanenly rolling back Arab controlled lands and populations
that make these populations unable to mount counter attacks
against Israel.

6. NOTHING SHOULD BE DONE TO GIVE AID AND COMFORT TO PRESERVE AND ENABLE A HOSTILE ARAB POPULATION TO CONTINUE ITS WAR against
Israel and this must be the rule though there may be individual
exceptions. These alleged exceptions must not be the lever to
prevent Israel from securing her goal of preserving the Jewish
State against the Arab world that desires Israel\'s elimination.
Remember, only 10% of populations are needed for a revolution and
the Arabs have many times that number dedicated to Israel\'s
destruction.

6. PEACE WILL COME TO THE LANDS OF THE MANDATE OF PALESTINE AS A
RESULT OF THE DECISIVE DEFEAT OF ARAB CAPACITY TO WAGE WAR
AGAINST ISRAEL. The inability of the Arabs to hold the
expectation that they will ever achieve victory over Israel must
be the ultimate measure of the adequacy of Israeli policy -- not
any external power\'s ridiculous conception of defense through
"promoting democracy" among populations that have placed Israel\'s
destruction well before such abstract goals are even
contemplated.

Sharon and Olmert\'s Kadima must be recognized as a party without
vision that believes in the fairy tale that Israel can trust
peace to 100 million Arabs that want to destroy her and can
afford to gut the natural perimenter defense that keeps the enemy
far off and prevents it from successfully mobilizing forces
against Israel. The Kadima policy smacks of an other worldly
insanity of an ideology that makes more sense on Mars than on
Earth.

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David Basch is a research associate of the Freeman Center For Stategic Studies and the world\'s leading authority on the Jewish roots of William Shakespeare.