So What's The Fuss All About?
by Gerald A. Honigman
In December 2005, I wrote that Hamas needed to be
on the slate for the recent Palestinian Arab elections.
In Time To Put Up Or Shut Up
emphasized that there was basically no difference between Abbas' Fatah and the
Hamas/Islamic Jihad crew. The former was simply more willing to sing a
tune more acceptable to a much too willingly gullible West to gain its support.
Blown buses bring bad press and such, so let's destroy Israel but by 'more
became the strategy...at least some times. What the
West--the American State Department included--likes to ignore is that
the terror and attempts at terror continued, and Fatah's own affiliates and
members were often the perpetrators.
The Fatah "good cops"--terrorists through and
through--now blame Hamas' victory in the polls on Israel. If Israel, after all,
didn't hold the Fatah-controlled Palestinian Authority responsible for the
continuing terror under its watch and simply allowed Jews to be maimed and
killed by Arabs with no retaliation, Fatah's Abbas, & Co. would be
I believe that Prime Minister Golda Meir, of
blessed memory, once said something to the effect that it's not what Gentiles
think but what the Jews will do that ultimately will determine Israel's fate.
She was right.
Nothing's changed for Israel of substance with
If anything, things are better off now than
Israel was slowly but surely being shrunk back to
its suicidal, 1949, U.N.-imposed, 9-mile wide, armistice line existence while
Fatah's well known destruction in phases scenario was playing out to
perfection with the help of even Israel's closest friends.
Indeed, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was
the latest leading the pack, squeezing Israel to forsake such things as even the
safety of its main airport while America itself claimed the right to act
thousands of miles away from home for its own national security
interests. The promise of 1967's U.N. Security Council Resolution 242 to
replace the absurd 1949 armistice lines with secure and recognized
borders was being sacrificed by those dedicated to the birth of the Arabs'
22nd state...regardless of what effects it would have on the sole,
microscopic state of the Jews.
My main argument in that earlier article mentioned
above was that with the Fatah wolf in sheep's clothing PA in power, terror by
Hamas and such could be blamed on the other guy, the "bad
But, with the people themselves being able to
choose in an election whom they wanted to call the shots (both figuratively and
literally), terror would gain--via the people themselves--an official address
that could not be denied afterwards.
Indeed, the Arab voters have now
willingly become the accomplices of the next atrocities.
So, the next bus, restaurant, shopping mall, or
whatever/whomever that gets blown up by Arabs from Arab-controlled territory
will have been victimized as a matter of the official policy of a
democratically-elected Hamas-run state which openly calls for the death of
Israel and the murder of its citizens.
What happens next is up to Israel.
What would any other country do under such
The United States' own Powell Doctrine calls for
the use of massive force against its enemies.
The time of Israel limiting its options to mere
targeted killings is fast drawing to a close.
Hamas must at last be held accountable as
it's never been before.
President Bush has said that those who harbor
terrorists will share in their fate.
Israel must get itself leaders who will know how to
draw the line and do so in a way in which Israel's security needs can be best
addressed--regardless of the pressures that will be brought to bear on it.
While Israel can be expected to give up still
more of the disputed territories for the sake of true peace (not a
hudna), a meaningful territorial compromise must be worked out. Again,
this was built into the final draft of Resolution 242 by its architects in the
aftermath of the 1967 Six Day War. A reading of Eugene Rostow, one of those
architects, is essential for this subject. Lately, Benjamin Netanyahu has
been saying the right things in this regard, but only time will tell.
Not only have the Arabs of would-be "Palestine"
(the second, not first, Arab state to be formed within the
original 1920 borders the Palestine Mandate--Jordan emerging on 80% of the
entire territory after 1922) harbored terrorists, they've repeatedly elected
them--starting with Arafat and his successor close associates dressed in
suits, Abbas, Qurei', and so forth. The PA/ PLO's Charter calling for
Israel's destruction was never really amended--despite all the claims otherwise.
Hamas and Fatah's goals remain one and the same.
And now the Arab Street has spoken, once
again, and brought an organization to power which is at least honest about its
murderous intentions towards both Jews and the Jew of the Nations. When
the next Jew is murdered, Arabs won't be able to claim any disconnection. Arab
voters decided on this course of action collectively themselves.
So, Israel is actually now left in a potentially
better position than it was before.
No reasonable nation can tell another that it
can't defend itself from murderous neighbors whose official policy is
the destruction of its state as well as its citizens.
While the double standard has been used repeatedly
against Israel before in these regards, it now becomes much harder to apply it
with these new circumstances.
While Abbas' official policy--despite the
whitewashing of the American State Department and others--was also the
destruction of a Jewish Israel, and his fellow "moderates"
repeatedly called all dealings with the Jews merely a Trojan Horse, he could
hide behind talk of a hudna (temporary ceasefire) and the
fašade constructed for him by others allowing him--with Condi and others
tightening the screws--to sweet talk unilateral concessions out of the Jews.
With Hamas now elected, the fašade is gone, the
curtains are lifted, and the Arabs must--at long last--be held
After the next act of barbarism occurs,
Israel must issue an ultimatum...the same way other countries would do.
When that ultimatum is predictably ignored and the
United Nations predictably does nothing--or blames the Jews themselves--Israel
must unleash massive retaliation...not the tit-for-tat variety.
Using expensive missiles and such to take out one
terrorist is not cost effective. Taking out fifty to a hundred at a time makes
the point much better. They have their rallying places. Israel needs to pay them
some visits when the time comes.
There is no talking with a neighbor which openly
admits that your death is its goal and acts accordingly. What would
America--3,000 miles wide--do with such a neighbor? Or anyone else?
The war that must be fought will be better fought
sooner rather than later. Later, Hamas' buddy, Iran, may have nukes.
As American bombers have targeted terror
strongholds in Iraq and Afghanistan, Hamasstan must get at least
this and more.
And when the Arab's launch their next revenge
attacks, Israel must strike back each time exponentially harder than
If peace ever comes between Arabs--who elected a
government dedicated to Israel's destruction--and Jews, it won't
be because of any "acceptance" on the part of the Arabs. The latter are
convinced that, despite the presence of scores of millions of non-Arabs in the
region, only Arabs have political rights in what they see as purely Arab
patrimony. Just ask the Copts, Kurds, Berbers, Black African Sudanese,
Assyrians, one half of Israel's Jews whose families fled the Dar ul-Islam,
and so forth if you have any doubts about this.
If peace ever comes, it will be because the
Arabs realized the terrible price their attempts at Israel's destruction caused
them. That's what brought the late president of Egypt, Anwar Sadat, to Jerusalem
three decades ago. I wish there was another way, but I seriously doubt it.
Taking out a like number of murderers for innocent
Jews slaughtered won't do the trick. There comes a time when the body of the
snake must be addressed along with its head.
Arab civilians who die in Israel's retaliation
will die because their elected Hamas heroes hide behind and among
them. Furthermore, those civilians will be virtual accomplices to the
terror masters themselves...i.e. not exactly "innocent," and not the same as the
Jewish kid coming home from school on the bus that gets blown apart.
As always, Israel must make clear its desire to be
a good neighbor. Countries around the world have benefited tremendously via
their association with Israel.
But Israel must also make unmistakably clear that
it will no longer allow Arabs to dictate how the game will be played. And it
must be willing to take a cut in American aid and such if it comes to that.
If Hamasstan does as is expected, Israel
must fight to win--despite demands from elsewhere that it still fight with one
hand virtually tied behind its back.
Israel won't make any new enemies that it doesn't
already have. But it will eliminate many others that already exist.
Only afterwards, when the dust settles (as in other wars
elsewhere), will there then be a chance for some kind of peace.
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.