Enhanced Israeli realism (ISRAEL HAYOM OP-ED) Yoram Ettinger 06/10/12)
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Recent findings by a June 12, 2012 Maagar Mochot poll, published by
Israel Hayom on Tuesday, reflect a shift in the Israeli state of
mind, from the euphoric days of the 1993 Oslo Accords up until the
recent eruption of the tectonic “Arab Street."
Palestinian terrorism has skyrocketed since Oslo: 250 Israelis were
murdered in the 19 years prior to Oslo, while over 2,000 Israelis
were murdered in the 19 years since Oslo.
Palestinian hate-education and incitement was prohibited under
Israeli control; Palestinian hate-education and incitement — which is
the most authentic reflection of one’s ideology — surged under the
The Palestinian Authority´s track record in the 19 years since Oslo
has been heavy on hate-education, incitement, terrorism, non-
compliance, corruption, repression of fellow Palestinians, support of
arch terrorists such as Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein, support
of anti-U.S. terrorists in Afghanistan and Iraq, and friendships with
Russia, China, North Korea, Iran and other enemies and rivals of the
U.S. and Western democracies.
The seismic “Arab Street” has exposed the endemic vulnerabilities
of “peace treaties” in the Middle East, highlighting the Arab Middle
East as the role model of intra-Arab violence, treachery,
unpredictably, instability, fragmentation, non-compliance and
violation of human liberties.
Israelis are becoming increasingly realistic and realizing that Arabs
cannot be expected to share a genuine peace with the “infidel” Jewish
state, as they have failed to live in peace with one another for at
least 1,400 years.
The Maagar Mochot poll found that:
1. 73% (compared with 64% last year) assume that the two-state
solution will not resolve the conflict with the Palestinians.
2. 64% of Israelis, residing in pre-1967 Israel, support expansion of
the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria. Only 15% (compared with
20% last year) wish to halt settlement construction.
3. Only 45% support partial or full Israeli withdrawal from Judea and
4. Merely 5% support a unilateral Israeli withdrawal.
5. 46% (compared with 38% last year) oppose the uprooting of
settlements in return for a peace treaty.
Realism has been the secret behind Jewish survival over the last
4,000 years. Enhanced realism is a prerequisite for the survival of
the Jewish state in the conflict-ridden Middle East.
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