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Obama Knows PA State Rockets Would Attack Tel Aviv
By Mark Langfan
28 October, 2014
There is no lack of brains or information behind the US demand that Israel create a Hamastan in Judea and Samaria.
In the context of Obama and Kerry putting intense and irrational pressure on Israel to withdraw from Judea and Samaria (the “WestBank”) and being humiliated by the publicly-announced rejection of his request for VIP meetings in Washington DC, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon just gave an interview in the Washington Post where this conversation took place:
Lally Weymouth (interviewer): "Will territorial concessions bring peace?"
Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon: "No, they would be another stage of the Palestinian conflict, as we experienced in Gaza. We disengaged from the Gaza Strip to address their territorial grievances. They went on attacking us. The conflict is about the existence of the Jewish state and not about the creation of the Palestinian one. Any territory that was delivered to them after Oslo became a safe haven for terrorists.
"Bearing that in mind, to conclude that after the [recent] military operationin Gaza this is a time for another withdrawal from Judea and Samaria [the West Bank] is irrational. If we withdraw now from Judea and Samaria, we might face another Hamastan.”
It seems as though Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon is asserting that world leaders such as Obama and Kerry, who clearly “conclude after the [recent] military operation in Gaza this is a time for another withdrawal from Judea and Samaria [the West Bank] - are irrational.”
Minister Ya’alon apparently thinks Obama and Kerry are “irrational” because any Israeli “West Bank” withdrawal will allow the establishment of a Hamas rocket state that will eradicate Israel’s main central population centers with short-range easily transportable and smuggled rockets. To Israel's Defense Minister, Israel’s enabling Hamas to easily destroy Tel Aviv “doesn’t make sense,” or is “irrational.”
Hence, Mnister Ya'alon is puzzled, and labels Obama’s 'West Bank'-retreat thinking as “irrational,” because he can’t understand why Obama' would want to enable Hamas to fire rockets into Tel Aviv from the "West Bank".
I also submit that Obama and Kerry are not the only “irrational” ones. I believe the entire Israeli leadership is irrational for their failure to see that Obama and Kerry want to enable Hamas to annihilate Israel.
After all, does Ya’alon really think Obama and Kerry don't understand that Palestinian 'West Bank' katyusha rockets can obliterate Tel Aviv? Can Ya’alon really think Obama and Kerry, with all the intelligence of the CIA and of the Pentagon, are so uninformed? Do you really need to be personally briefed by Ya’alon himself to know that Palestinians will try to annihilate Tel Aviv with 'West Bank' rockets?
Obama and Kerry have always understood full well that a 'West Bank' "demilitarized" Palestinian state would become a Palestinian terror rocket state.that will attempt to destroy Israel, And Obama and Kerry still want a 'West Bank state.
Therefore, Obama and Kerry are not "irrational," and certainly aren’t uninformed. Obama and Kerry simply want Israel eradicated. And, to Obama’s and Kerry’s “thinking,” a West Bank Hamastan rocket state is exactly the “rational” way to achieve it.
Obama and Kerry are not the main problem. The great problem is that the Israel leadership has failed to understand two facts: a) that a West Bank Hamastan will annihilate Tel Aviv, and b) Israel's destruction does not disturb Obama, Kerry and other European leaders .
It’s the Israeli leaders - Prime Minister Netanyahu, Tzipi Livni, and Yair Lapid - who, along with the Jews of the Tel Aviv Ghetto, are constantly singing the 2-State solution song who are, as Ya’alon now says, “irrational.” Hence, before Ya’alon critizes non-Israeli leaders as “irrational” for pushing a 2-state solution, he should attack his own Prime Minister, his own Israeli cabinet, and the citizens of Tel Aviv for “irrationally” advocating for a suicidal 2-state solution.
If Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon doesn’t first disabuse Israelis themselves, and Israel’s highest ranking leadership, of the “irrationality” of the 2-State solution, he can be sure to continue to receive the same humiliating reception he was just subjected to in Washington DC.