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The Facts of Life (INN-ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS OPINION) Dovid Ben Chaim 12/09/02)Source: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/article.php3?id=1663 INN} ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS INN} ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS Articles-Index-TopPublishers-Index-Top
Israel is no longer a child. Israel is in her mid-50s. It’s time she grew up and learned the Facts of Life.

Fact: Land, guns, autonomy, authority: Everything we gave the Arabs they’ve used against us. Conclusion: Everything we give the Arabs will be used against us, as well.

Fact: An auto accident "started" Intifada I and a Jew visiting a Jewish shrine "started" the Oslo War. Conclusion: There will always be a Jewish "provocation", for it is simply the presence of Jews.

Fact: Every Arab attack has been preceded by a period of diplomacy and détente initiated by the US and the West. The Arabs use these quiet periods to re-group, re-arm and devise new anti-Jewish strategies. Conclusion: For the Arabs, "peace" and diplomacy are instruments of war. For the US and the EU, they’re an expedient, stop- gap measure carried out at our expense. The "road map" and the sudden emergence of "Palestinian dissidents and moderates" means the cycle is beginning again.

Fact: In every respect – economic disruption, lives lost, national morale, PR – the Oslo War has been much more costly than "the price" some warned Israel would pay if she did not placate world opinion and go along with the "peace process." Conclusion: The payoff for succumbing to our fears is much worse than the things we fear.

Fact: In every respect – economic disruption, lives lost, national morale, "PR" – the Oslo War has been much more costly to Israel than Intifada I, only twelve years earlier. Conclusion: The Arab war against the Jews is ongoing, escalating and, for the first time since the War of Independence, it has been successfully taken to the Jewish heartland of Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Netanya, Beit Shean, etc.

Fact: No Israeli government in the country’s history, Sharon’s included, has ever had the will or wisdom to consolidate the gains made after successfully defending itself against attacks meant to wipe her off the map. Jews win every war, but the Arabs lose none. Conclusion: Insanity is repeating the same behavior and anticipating a different result. Our real enemy is our own lack of determination, weakness of Jewish spirit and leaders who are brave on the battlefield, but cowardly at the conference table.

Fact: In spite of all the talk of "greater Israel," "Mideast superpower," "peace and security," "land for peace," Israel today is smaller, suffering more and in greater danger than at any time since its founding in 1948. Conclusion: We’re playing a zero-sum game. Israel must break this downward trend now or it will become even more painful to reverse in the future.

Fact: In history, as in physics, there is a point of no return, when events reach critical mass. That dynamic can work for or against us, depending on the grit of the Jewish people. Conclusion: Even the Pope now speaks of a "clash of civilizations." Israel and the Jewish people must harness the post-9/11 chain reaction, destroy everything we’ve given the "Palestinians" and make the "territories" sovereign Israeli land for all time. No ifs, ands, buts, negotiations, cease fires or treaties.

Fact: Both Masada and Auschwitz are history. This time around the Jews will not commit suicide nor will we allow our state to be turned into a concentration camp. We have better options – and a mighty army with an advanced arsenal. Conclusion: In the present era, G-d has given Arabs and other Jew-haters hard choices, too. Choose life. Otherwise, the gun you aim at us will destroy you instead. Our patience is about to end and our dullness will soon be lifted. (INN 12/09/02)

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