by Gerald A. Honigman
So, here we are, on the eve of Israel's unilateral
withdrawal from Gazaa move that will, undoubtedly, be
perceived by most Arabs as a victory in their destruction in
stages scenario for Israel. And what, may we ask, have been the
dominant Arab responses to this controversial move?
Well, for starters, we have the sweet-talking (but still
rejectionist) Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas and fellow Arafatian
camp which wants "quiet," at least for the time being, so
that diplomacy i.e. international pressurecan continue to turn
the screws on Israel, forcing it to forsake the promises of
Resolution 242 after the '67 War that it would, at long last, be
able to shed its 1949 U.N.-imposed, 9-mile wide armistice line
existence for secure and recognized borders. The first step in
the Arabs' decades' old destruction in stages scenario is to get
Israel back to its vulnerable '49 armistice lines so that it
could more easily be cut in half.
And then we have the more honest Hamas and Islamic Jihad
camp which openly states that it will never accept an Israel in
the neighborhood, regardless of its size, withdrawal from
disputed lands, and so forth. These folks have continued to
launch attacks, to Abbas' dismay (bad timing), despite Israel's
preparations to uproot thousands of Jews from strategically
important, non-Arab lands in Gaza and parts of the West Bank.
Gaza has been used as an invasion route into Israel since the
days of the Pharaohs.
Hamas and Islamic Jihadists have even been threatening to
resume full-scale violence (translate that to more blown up
buses, restaurants, and such) if Israel takes action to try to
stop them from killing Jews. A pretty good deal if you can get
it: Murder your enemies and demand that they let you do so at no
cost. Down right laughable, if asked of anyone else...but this
what the world expects Jews to have to put up with.
So, that brings me to my main thought...
How did Israel allow itself to get cornered this way?
I'm fully aware of the very real pressure from even its
"friends," but Jews didn't wait 2,000 years for the resurrection
of their state and their dignity to allow this to occur...no
matter who is turning the screws.
Even more sickening, how could Arab butchers of babes and
other innocentswhom Israel could fry en masse whenever it
chosebe allowed to even feel that they had the power to issue
such threats, demands, and such?
Some very bad mistakes have been made by Israeli policy
makersagain acknowledging outside pressurewhich have brought
us to this point.
Given this, let's take a look at a few suggestions. But
first, let's backtrack a bit to set the stage...
I remember one random bus bombing in particular. This one
happened a day before Israel was to be "brought to court" to
defend itself for building a fence designed to keep Arabs from
disemboweling its kids.
More recently, after the death of Arafat, on Mahmoud Abbas'
watch, a half dozen more Jews were slaughtered and others
severely wounded for helping Arabs find a way to feed their
families in Gaza.
All were incinerated and maimed innocents, whose only crime
was existence in a land where their ancestors have lived for
over three thousand years. And the murders were followed by the
usual hollow condemnations by the alleged "good half" of the
Arafatian / Hamas-Islamic Jihad good cop / bad cop team. Not
that Abbas, Qurei', & Co. really object, but it's "bad
publicity" for their cause. They too call for Israel's
destruction, but by "more acceptable" means.
So, even with the Egyptian ghoul (aka Arafat) out of the
picture, his legacy still works the strings. Yet that legacy
predated him as well. Arabs have long declared the region to be
"purely Arab patrimony," despite scores of millions of non-Arabs
living there. The latter consented to forced Arabization or were
I believe it was Martin Niemoller, a German theologian, who
wrote something like the following:
First they came for the Communists, and I did nothing. Then
they came for the Jews, and I remained silent. And by the time
they came for me, there was no one left to protest.
Coincidentally, a bit further back on August 19, 2003,
another Arab bought his ticket to "paradise" and its seventy or
so virgins by blowing Jews apart on yet another bus almost at
the same time that a colleague was doing likewise to United
Nations workers in Iraq.
Now, what was the lesson from Reverend Niemoller's remarks
This is the same U.N. that, at best, has seen a "moral
equivalence" between Jewish babes and grandmothers being
deliberately and wantonly slaughtered, and Israeli steps taken
to try to stop that slaughter.
Before the recent drop in violence due to the cease fire of
sorts (Arabs have still continued to launch rockets, mortars,
and attack Jews both in the territories and in Israel proper)
after Abbas' election, some of the latest Arab suicide bombers
claimed they did this to avenge Israel's killing of armed Hamas
fighters in Gaza.
Again, they expect to be able to murder Jews at no cost to
Given all the above, I've come to at least one firm
conclusion: Israel has become far too predictable.
The Old Warrior himself has been caving in to constant
pressure coming at him from all over, and especially from his
so-called friendsthe same ones who would have leveled the
source of these repeated atrocities had it been done to their
own peoples. Among many examples, recent events in Fallujah,
sites along the Syrian-Iraqi border, and in Afghanistan come to
Arabs, who refuse to dismantle their terrorist
infrastructures and who still do not accept the permanency of a
Jewish State, also demand that Israel stand by and do nothing
while Jews continue to get butchered. This is the "moderate"
Palestinian Arab leader's position as well as Hamas'. They can't
seem to figure out why Israel must have such things as a
security fence or real borders instead of armistice lines which
made it a miniscule rump state and constant temptation to those
aiming to destroy it.
As if the answer wasn't obvious. How many other nations
would tolerate such horror without exacting just and devastating
retribution? Again, think about the daisy cutter and
bunker-buster bombs and such America used against our own
enemies in Afghanistan and Iraq, as just a few recent examples.
A good part of the problem is, you see, that despite all
that the Arabs say, they know that the Jews will try their
best to just kill the rats in their dens. They'll go house to house,
endangering their own sons, and try to target the exact
murderers and plotters as best as possible. That's what had been
happening in Gaza and elsewhere, yet such operations only became
the Arabs' excuse for the next atrocities. And even the American
State Department spoke of these events in terms of an allegedly
morally equivalent cycle of violence.
The Geneva Conventions make perfectly clear that militants
are not permitted to use their own non-combatants as human
shields, that those non-combatants do not prevent an army from
pursuing terrorists, and that any harm occurring to the civilian
population as a consequence falls on the heads of the cowards
using their own people this way. But you'd never know this by
listening to the accounts in the press or given too often even
by the Foggy Folks.
Given all of the above, there is, again, only one
conclusion: Israel has indeed become too darned predictable.
Arabs know that their own wives and children will not be
deliberately targeted on buses, in restaurants, shopping
centers, in their homes, or wherever. Jews won't stop Arab cars
and murder mothers and children in cold blood.
So, what I will state next, I regret, but will say anyway.
By many predictions, a new intifada will break out after
Israel withdraws from Gaza and the four Samarian locals in order
to force a total withdrawal from all the disputed,
non-apportioned territories of the West Bank.
If this indeed occurs, it will be time, given the Arab
track record of rejectionism and barbarity, for them to reap
what they have sown. The time will have come for massive Israeli
Jews have bent over backwards to accommodate the birth of
the Arabs' 22nd statea likely terrorist one, at that, in their
very backyardand second, not first, Arab one in the original
April 25, 1920 borders of the Mandate of Palestine. Jordan was
created in 1922 on the lion's share, some 80% of the entire
territory. Arabs rejected the '47 partition plan which would
have added about half of the 20% leftfor a total of 90% of
The microscopic state of the Jews was reborn on less than
one fourth of one per cent of the region's territory...so the
conflict never was about land, but about anyone else besides
ArabsKurds, Berbers, Black African Sudanese, Jews, Copts, or
whoeversearching for their piece of the justice pie.
Given the persistent Arab rejection and barbarity, a new
game plan must finally be adopted.
It's long past due for Israel to do whatever is necessary
to protect its citizens as best as possible, regardless of how
much support and aid the U.S. may decide to suspend. And many a
red-blooded American citizen will convey the proper message to
the politicians if Foggy Bottom and other Arabists are allowed
to have their way with Israel over this.
Poll after poll among Arabs have shown that even if Israel
withdrew to its 9-mile wide existence imposed after the 1948
fighting (having been invaded by surrounding Arab countries
immediately upon its rebirth)something UN Resolution #242
expressly does not require it to doArabs would still reject
its right to exist. So who's kidding whom here? And Israel's
"friends" know this as well.
It's time for Arabs to know that Israel will tell the
hypocrites around the rest of the world (much of which has also
had plenty of Jewish blood on its hands) that it doesn't care
what they think and act to protect its own peopleas any other
nation wouldas best as it can.
And, forgive me, but it's also time for Israel to not worry
about being too precise in its targeting...for it's time that
Arabs fully understand that if they harbor and support
terrorists as heroes, they'll share in their fate. President
George W. Bush said almost those exact words regarding America's
own fight not long ago. By the way, not all of the casualties in
Iraq and Afghanistan, resulting from American air strikes and
such, have been enemy combatants...that's for sure.
When dealing with their own "problems"a la Assad's
"Hama Solution" in Syria (in which ten times more people were
killed in a month than Israel killed in over two years of intifada),
King Hussein's Black September in Jordan, Saddam's murder of
scores of thousands of Kurds over the decades in Iraq (5,000 in
one day just Halabja alone), the slaughter of Black Africans in
the Sudan, and so forthArabs have killed multitudes by poison
gas, bombs, and artillery from afar. And all without a peep out
of the United Nations. And no hearing before an international
court of justice, either.
It's time for Israel to make it clear that it will use its
own air force, tanks, and suchthe way America and others
haveto target the rats' dens instead of risking the lives of
its own nineteen-year-old infantrymen by futilely trying to do
the job as "morally correct" as possible. This has gained it
nothing among the world's hypocrites and cost it the lives of
more of its own soldiers instead.
Israel is fighting a war it didn't want. It has repeatedly
offered more than fair compromises to its enemies, certainly far
more than Arabs have ever offered to any of their own national
competitors. But nothing short of its own suicide will satisfy
most Arabs. Indeed, Abbas, himself, still calls for this,
demanding that Israel allow itself to be swamped by millions of
real and fudged Arab refugees.
Arabs don't worry about "ethical choices" when butchering
and disemboweling Jews. On the contrary, the more innocent the
victim, the more preferred he or she is for shock value as a
target. Arabs have videotaped themselves playing with heads and
other body parts of Jewish victims and have created museums
honoring their barbarity. If ever an enemy deserved its
comeuppance, it is Israel's.
Given these harsh realities, if Arabs cease to halt their
still continuing attacks on Jews, then it's time that they
receive massive doses of at least modified versions of their own
While I don't advocate stooping to their level by blowing
up Arab buses, restaurants, schools, and such, any building,
town, or whatever harboring murderers and their collaborators
must be recognized for what the Geneva Conventions say it is: A
fair military target...Like those that just got leveled by
America along the Syrian-Iraqi border and such.
Listen to Article #51/7:
"The presence of the civilian population shall not be used to
render certain points or areas immune from military operations,
in particular in attempts to shield military objectives from
"The parties to the conflict shall...avoid locating military
objectives within or near densely populated areas."
The rats' dens are typically set up in or adjacent to civilian
apartment buildings, hospitals, schools, etc., as America has
learned for itself in Iraq.
"The civilian population...shall not be the object of attack.
Acts of violence the primary purpose of which is to spread
terror among the civilian population are
prohibited...Indiscriminate attacks are prohibited."
Arabs typically target Israeli civilians.
And those famous funeral processions showing hundreds of
the dead butcher's colleagues firing weapons into the air? As
I've written elsewhere, it's time that Israel sees them for what
they are...one big, legitimate military target.
It's time for Israel to stop letting Arabs dictate how the
game will be played. If mothers and infants are fair game for
Arabs, then what are the murderers' collaborators for Israel?
Keep in mind that Mahmoud Abbas himself was recently carried on
the shoulders of the same folks who committed the latest
atrocities...and promised them protection from Israeli
retaliation to top it off. Among other things, he's
incorporating them into his own military.
When that next predictable Arab atrocity is committed
against Jews, it will be time for Israel to send the press
packing, tell the UN to drop dead, build the security fence as
quickly and as strongly as possible with an adequate buffer
regardless of what anybody says (permitted by U.N. #242)so it
doesn't have its absurd suicidal 9-mile wide existence
againand ask its friends in the United States to stop having
one set of standards for themselves and another one for Jews in
their sole, tiny state. When we thought we knew where Saddam was
dining, we bombed the restaurant to smithereens, innocent diners
present and all. Get the picture?
And the more unpredictable the Israeli response to Arab
barbarity, the better.
I wish it had not come to this.
I still wish that there will be another way. I hope
predictions about a new intifada will prove to be wrong.
But, if those predictions are correct, and volumes of Arabs
start dying relatively randomly (Arabs outnumber Jews 60 to
one...they know this...so do the math) as Jews have been doing,
perhaps they'll then be less likely to treat their own
terrorists as heroes. To date,legions of them normally parade
through the streets as soon as they hear of the latest
atrocities, their "victories."
While this approach may also not be the solution, Israel
has tried everything else (including insanely offering up 97% of
the disputed territories, half of Jerusalem, and the like)
except consenting to its own demise, and nothing else worked
Keep in mind that only after Egypt suffered immense
casualties and destruction, after decades of trying to destroy
Israel, did it make peaceas cold and questionable as that
peace is today. There probably is a lesson here for the good
cops and bad cops of the PA, Hamas, and Islamic Jihad-types as
well. But Israel, unfortunately, will have to be a much better
teacher than it has been up until now.
It's time for Israel to lose its predictability and for
Arabs to get a mega-taste of what they've been dishing out.
And it's time for Israel to draw its own lines in the sand
and let all knowregardless of the repercussionsthat justice
demands that it accept no less.
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
world. His official website is:
Our special thanks to the author for submitting this article. A. G. S.