Sowing and Reaping, Take II
by Gerald A. Honigman
Many traditions have a version of this wisdom.
Paul, in his Epistle to the Galatians in the Christian New
Testament, said it beautifully. He began by saying "As ye
Israel's leaders have long been determined to rid the world
of one of its rare, positive stereotypes about Jews...that
they're smart. When will they learn?
How many times must Israel give up hundreds or thousands of
Arabs, many who have Jewish blood on their hands, either
directly or indirectly, for supposedly some grossly one-sided
Its leaders have, once again, given up hundreds more
rejectionist Arabs who either have, or helped others who have
(or wanted to have), murdered Jews.
The scenes of thousands of Egyptian and Syrian soldiers, in
previous wars, exchanged for a handful of Israelis is legendary.
Or zillions of live Arabs exchanged for a few dead Jews. Not
that Jews weren't captured...but most were simply slaughtered on
the spot. Syrians are especially famous for their butchery. But
this, at least, could perhaps be excused as proper treatment by
Israel following the Geneva Conventions even if Arabs indulged
How do you explain, however, time after time, massive
Israeli prisoner releases of known terrorist plotters and
disembowelers of Jewish babes and other innocents...Hamas,
Islamic Jihad, Arafat's own PLO murderers, & Co.?
And each time they come back to kill or assist in killing
more Jews. The recently arrested Islamic Jihadists are simply
the latest who will join these ranks.
Israel finally moved against Islamic Jihad, arresting over
fifty of its members, after putting up with repeated attacks and
new deaths in the latter part of June. And guess where many were
reported hiding? In the town recently turned over to Abbas' own
Gotta give Abbas credit. He promised terrorists protection
if elected, and he's keeping his word. For whatever reason...for
those who keep making excuses for the PA's refusal to take
action against its "extremists." But the result is always the
same: More dead Jews. Yet, again, he's honest. And Abbas and his
fellow Arafatians have repeatedly and openly stated that the
moment Israel ceases to cave in to all that they demand, they'll
unleash the bad cop half of their good cop/bad cop team. Abu
Mazen is an honest man.
So, is anyone listening?
As February 2005 began, the sweet-talking terrorist in a
suit, Holocaust denying Mahmoud Abbas, had already become the
darling of a deaf, dumb, and blind West. And, yes, he's good
buddies with the Yossi Beilen and Shimon Peres delusional-type
Abbas ran on a platform that was long his openly-stated
position: Israel would not be recognized as a Jewish State, for
the goal still remained its destruction...but by "other means."
He never promised anything butat mosta temporary
hudna ceasefire ("Peace of the Quraysh") in return for
Israel giving up (eventually) everything, including the kitchen sink. Forget
about real secure and recognized borders, promised by Resolution
242, instead of Israel's 1949, U.N.-imposed, 9-mile wide
armistice line existence, and so forth. All of Israel proper is
the ultimate prize...just check out the PA's maps, school books,
websites, and such.
Abbas is an honest man. And he now apparently has an
American administration which has reversed itself and backs him
up on all of this.
Faced with such realities, it's up to Israel's leaders to
determine what they will or won't allow to be shoved down their
nation's and people's throat.
Israel does not have to consent to becoming a sacrificial
lamb on the petroleum-greased altar of international hypocrisy
so that Arabs may obtain their 22nd state, and second, not
first, one in "Palestine."
One can learn from history and does not have to repeat its
mistakes...even if the price tag is painful.
Better painful than dead and ceasing to exist.
The fact is that, regardless of the immense pressure being
exerted on Israel right now by even its "friends," it's still up
to Israel itself to draw its own line in the sandthe way
other, less vulnerable nations do, often thousands of miles away
from home. Israel does not have to willingly consent to becoming
a reincarnated 1938 Czechoslovakia delivered to its enemies in a
updated, Munich-style "peace."
So, back to sowing...
Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice and her boss want to get
things moving again regarding so-called peace (of the grave)
negotiations and their roadmap to perdition. Abbas continues to
shoot out one demand after another for his hudna deal. Among his
earlier demands was the release of additional thousands of Arab
prisoners. Israel's offer to release nine hundrednow
completedwas called "insulting."
Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.
Fool me thrice...and I'm pretty pathetic.
So what shall we call Israel's leaders who do this time
after time after time after time?
The problem goes far beyond such immediate demands. It has
to do with the other half of Paul's Epistle to the Galatians:
"...so shall ye reap."
If Israel didn't have thousands of these killers and
would-be killers in its jails, it couldn't be blackmailed into
Or, if Israel at least put these real and potential
murderers, who openly take pride in their goal to kill Jews and
the Jewish State, on notice that they will be treated the same
way that all the Arab states treat their own murderers and
accomplices to murder, then we might be dealing with a different
reality by now.
Related to this, if, as many predict, a new intifada erupts
after Israel withdraws from Gaza, Israel better understand the
One-Ten Punch...What's that, you say? Look it up, along with Too
Predictable. They're two of my earlier articles about all of
this mess. You'll then see what needs to be done.
And Israel also better understand that it's time to tell
the world's hypocriteswho would have leveled Gaza long agoto
not preach what they themselves would never practice. Either do
that or pack up and move to New York or Miami.
Those fifty-two Islamic Jihadists need to be dead the next
time they're confronted. And not just fifty-two...as many as can
Israel's cold peace with Egypt and later Jordan didn't come
about because those Arabs came to "like" Jews. It came about
because those countries calculated the cost of
"victory"Israel's destructionfor themselves.
These days, the good cop/bad cop Arabs of the PA and Hamas aren't make those
calculations much any more. Their destruction in phases
strategy has been yielding nice dividends.
So, gloves off...
This is a continuing war for the survival of the Jew of the
Nations against an honest enemy who laughs at and mocks "nice
Jews." Nice guys really will finish last when confronted with an
enemy who rejects their very right to exist.
Appeasement will not bring salvation. America (rightly)
recently unleashed its air force against its enemies along the
Syrian-Iraqi border. Now, how far is that from 3,000 mile-wide,
super power America's own coastline?
Many Arafatians and such escaped King Hussein of Jordan's
wrath after their failed attempt to overthrow him in 1970 (and
take over the 80% of the original 1920 Palestine Mandate that
became "Jordan" for themselves) by fleeing into Israel or to the
disputed, non-apportioned territories of Judea and Samaria, the
"West Bank." Their honestly consistent thank you was to
continue to kill Jews.
And trying to please those alleged friends who'd rather cry
crocodile tears (a la the Holocaust) over "nice"but deadJews
rather than empathize with live ones is a ticket to nowhere as well.
America and other nations have a death penalty for those
who murder and plot the destruction of their own states. So
Hamas and Islamic Jihad-type folkswho especially like to
target unarmed Jews (the more innocent, the better, for greater
shock value)don't need to be taken and /or kept alive to crowd
Israeli jails, supported by Jewish taxpayers, either.
Why should armed terrorists, specializing in barbarity,
have to be taken alive only to be released to kill yet more Jews
another day? And for those who care, the Hebrew Bible itself, in
the revered Ten Commandments, does not saydespite earlier
misinterpretations (not uncommon elsewhere in the Hebrew Bible
as well)"Thou shall not kill." It says "Thou shall not
murder." There's a difference...
Along these lines, I have a one word description for those
infamous funeral processions for terrorists that we've all seen
where hundreds of fellow-murderers, accomplices, and supporters
fire their guns into the air and cry out, "death to the Jews!"
A few well placed bombslike America routinely uses
against its own enemieswill take them out in the numbers
necessary to help make up a bit for the Arabs' overall 300
million to 5 million numbers' advantage. Just ask those
jihadists along the Syrian-Iraqi border who recently got paid a
visit by America from above. Or the Taliban, and so forth. And
Israel must follow President Bush's own lead here. Those who
support terror should be treated just as the terrorists are. So
Israel should worry no more about "collateral damage" and such
than its much bigger and far less vulnerable American friend
does. If restaurants and busloads of Jewish civilians are seen
by Arabs as legitimate targets, then what are such gatherings of
the Jews' murderers and accomplices?
Why do Jews act like they have to prove how "liberal" they
are by worrying more about those who want nothing more than to
kill them and to destroy their sole, reborn state than about
their own children? Do they think that this wins them any
Brownie points on the world scene? Do they think that G_d wants
this? If not, then why? And please don't let me hear that it's
simply the "right thing to do." Surely we have learned something
since the days of walking onto cattle cars and Auschwitz.
Again, all Arab states certainly have death penalties...and
for far less compelling reasons. And any counterparts to a Hamas
ever found in Arab countriesdedicated to the destruction of
those Arab states themselveswould never make it alive to a
trial anyway. Think about Hafez al-Assad's "Hama Solution" in
Syria as just one example.
If known murderers, accomplices, and such were executed (as
they are in many places right here in America and elsewhere),
then they couldn't walk free when the Arabs demanded their next
predictable prisoner releases...like a particularly sickening
one not long ago when the Arabs bargained for the bones of dead
Jews in return for live comrades. The Arabs laughed long and
hard over that one. No doubt about it.
Israel needs to wise up before it's too late, regardless of
what anyone says. It's sliding down a slippery slope.
Time is running out.
As ye sow, so shall ye reap...
Gerald A. Honigman is a Florida educator who has done extensive
doctoral studies in Middle Eastern Affairs. He has created and
conducted counter-propaganda programs for college youth, has
lectured on numerous university campuses and other platforms,
and has publicly debated many anti-Israel spokesmen. His
articles and op-eds have been published in hundreds of
newspapers, magazines, academic journals and websites around the
Our special thanks to the author for submitting this article. A. G. S.