Flytilla: Prevent, arrest and deport (JERUSALEM POST OP-ED) By DANNY DANON 04/17/12)
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The unfortunate incident which took place in the Jordan Valley on
Saturday where an IDF officer was forced to fight off an anti-Israel
activist has proven once again that we are not dealing correctly with
this latest attack on the very legitimacy of our existence.
We witnessed this regrettable phenomenon again this week with the
ludicrous internal debate that has surrounded the “flytilla” attack
on Israel. Our society is busying itself with an absurd internal
debate that includes calls from the extreme Left to welcome these
anti-Israel activists and open a dialogue with them.
This is not only misguided, but actually endangers the foundations of
Attempts to explain the rationality behind the Zionist dream of
building a state in our historic homeland will simply not work with
those who are attempting infiltrate Israel’s borders only to attack
us from within.
It is time that we recognize the reality we are faced with. The State
of Israel is at war. This war is being fought on a completely
different battlefield than in the past, one in which the word de-
legitimization has replaced bullets and provocative actions such as
the flotilla have replaced tanks and fighter planes.
Nevertheless, we must not be confused by this new type of warfare.
Just as we did not hesitate to confront to violent acts perpetuated
by our enemies in the past, we cannot waver in our resolve against
this new threat.
Would we allow a suicide bomber into our country so that we could
attempt a “dialogue” with him? Of course not.
Here, too, we must not be naïve and bury our heads in the sand. While
the “delegitimization battle” may be sometimes confusing and seem
less dangerous then actual acts of war, the implications of
capitulation will be just as dire for Israel’s future as a military
loss would be.
TO COMBAT this new form of warfare we must be just as creative now as
we have been in the past on the traditional battlefield.
We must immediately implement a three-pronged approach to keeping
these terrorists out of Israel: prevent, arrest and deport.
Our diplomats and envoys abroad must work with our allies around the
world to ensure that these troublemakers never make it on a plane in
the first place, and our security and immigration officials here in
Israel should ensure that those who do get through are arrested and
then either jailed or deported.
During this past week Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his
ministers prepared well for the current onslaught and the results of
having a well thought-out policy are evident in the fact that
the “flytilla” we were warned so much about ended relatively quietly.
They should be commended for their vigilance.
Still, as we saw with the Jordan Valley incident these steps must be
further strengthened and stringently implemented.
The militant activist from Denmark who attacked the IDF officer
should have never been in a position to do so. He never should have
been allowed entry into Israel. Once he was allowed in, he should
have been arrested and tried at the first sign of illegal activity.
Even now, it is unacceptable that he is walking free in our country
after violently attacking an officer. He must be arrested and
The State of Israel must defend itself against anarchists and all
those who openly state that their only reason for entering the
country is to work from within to ensure its destruction. We have
seen what has happened in the past when we allow such activities to
go on unchecked. What began as “non-violent” protests against our
right to build a security fence to defend against suicide bombers has
turned in to weekly riots in places like Bil’in where rocks, concrete
blocks and firebombs are regularly hurled at our soldiers.
Theses so-called activists not only take part in these violent
attacks on our security forces, but also gather intelligence against
Israel and donate to organizations that bankroll terrorism against
While I am a fervent advocate of hasbara (public diplomacy) outreach –
I have personally spent countless hours, days and weeks traveling
around the world speaking out on behalf of our legitimate rights – we
must also know when the time for talk has ended. In dealing those who
openly call for the destruction of the Jewish state, it is a waste of
time to make “the case for Israel.” Instead, we must meet this
challenge as we have similar threats in the past, with creativity and
determination, to ensure that the interests of the State of Israel
and the Jewish people are safeguarded against those who seek to hurt
The writer is deputy speaker of the Knesset and chairman of the World
Likud. (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem Post 04/17/12)
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