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~Settlements and terror: mutually exclusive
October 7, 2009, 11:28 pm
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Throughout the past 16 years, beginning with that famous handshake between Yitzhak Rabin and Yassir Arafat, one thing has become evident: land for a peace is a total failure. Instead of land for peace, Israel has instead witnessed “land for terror.” We cannot continue with the Oslo process. Now, before the debate begins, I would like to use a few “facts” to illustrate my point.

As we all know, the original “two-state solution” was proposed through the “UN Parition Plan” of 1947. It is through this plan that we first witness the ability of the Jews to compromise; for the originial “Balfour Declaration of 1917” had stated that the Jewish State would consist of what is today considered Israel, as well as the land east of the Jordan River (Judea, Samaria and most of what is considered Jordan). Instead all land east of the Jordan River used to establish the Arab state of Jordan. As for western Israel, it was divided up while Jerusalem, the historical capital of the Jewish people, was to remain under international control. Of course, the Jews, thankful to have anything, accepted the plan, while the Arabs rejected it, stating they would only settle until “the Jews were driven into the sea.”

From 1948 all the way until 1967, the Gaza Strip and the West Bank (the name Jordan assigned to Judea and Samaria) remained under Arab control. While Gaza was ruled by Egypt and the West Bank by Jordan, there was not one Palestinian cry for independent statehood. However, after Israel rightfully won those lands in a fair fight (1967), the Palestinian


~Gaza Stimulus Package: When Will This End?

On February 10, 2009, the Israeli public made it abundantly clear that they are fed up with the status quo. Although most would like to see peace, they have grown tired of this past administration’s efforts to appease their enemies. Before I continue, I would like to make it clear that I am for peace. Having said that, I have come to the realization that territorial concessions and terror are mutually exclusive. Since the famous handshake between Yassir Arafat and Yitzak Rabin, instead of “Land for Peace” we have seen “Land for Terror.”

Perhaps the greatest example of why “Land for Peace” is a failed philosophy is Gaza. After the results of Sharon’s “Unilateral Disengagement,” I challenge anyone on this blog to argue why doing the same in Judea and Samaria would be effective. Before I discuss the security disasters that have resulted from the disengagement, I would like to make note of how inhumane our fellow Jews have been treated by the Israeli government. Many of the Gush Katif (region in Gaza) refugees are unemployed, homeless, and have experienced psychological damage. The government subsidized them to go on a “mission” and then evicted them from their homes.

Settlers aside, the disengagement has brought about a new age of terror. Since 2005, when Israel withdrew all settlers and security forces from every last inch of Gaza, thousands of rockets have been launched into southern Israel. While the media likes to make note of the fact that the rockets have caused few deaths, they ignore the fact that the Israelis cannot go to the mall. Residents of Beer Sheva have to worry about sending their kids to Kindergarden; the psychological damage that has resulted is disturbing.

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~Israel’s Civil War
January 14, 2009, 4:34 pm
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As I was taking part in my daily reading of the Jerusalem Post the other day, I came by a very troubling article titled “Habayit Hayehudi assails National Union for ‘desecrating religious Zionism.'” For those who are unaware, the National Union is a coalition of far-right wing knesset parties. The base of this political faction mainly involves West Bank and former Gaza settlers. This extremist movement gained ground after the withdrawal from Gaza in 2005. More gas was thrown on the fire when, most recently, settlers were removed from certain segments of the West Bank. As many read in the newspapers, that only resulted in attacks on IDF soldiers and Arab civilians. This movement’s up and coming stars are referred to as the “hilltop youth.”

In the article I was reading, MK Zevulun Orlev referred to the hilltop youth stating that “those who throw rocks at soldiers, and those who refuse IDF orders are not a part of religious Zionism.”

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~Where the Real War Is At: The Media
January 8, 2009, 6:42 am
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Throughout the past year, the world has witnessed many unnecessary, bloody incursions. The UN hardly opened an eye when the genocide in Darfur erupted. When peaceful, innocent Burmese Monks were being slaughtered, the world’s leaders were posing for the cameras. And most recently, everyone was enjoying the Olympics while China was conquering Tibet.

Apparently, those issues were unfortunate, yet unimportant. However, when we JEWS decide to defend ourselves, the rest of the world suddenly stands up and shouts “STOP.” When Israel retaliates to terrorists that shoot rockets at innocent women and children, there is suddenly a “humanitarian crises.” Funny, this is the most active the UN has ever been.

The riots that are occurring in the Arab world are to no surprise. Contrary to that, many Jews, myself especially, are quite disturbed by the anti-Israel rallies that are presently taking place throughout Europe, most notably in Britain, France, Greece, Spain, the Netherlands, and Turkey. As you watch youtube or the news, you will notice that the protesters consist of all Europeans, not just Arabs. The protests in Amsterdam are particularly alarming, for it was the Dutch that risked their lives hiding and protecting us during the Holocaust. The protests in London will have a profound impact, for they are being led by politicians and celebrities alike. As much as we hate to say it, anti-semitism is once again very well a part of Europe.

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~The Bibi Platform: Common Sense

Throughout this dreadful Olmert Administration, our ears have been tortured with the same, old rhetoric. This whole notion that we can simply trade “land for peace” has proven to be unproductive. The fundamental concept that politicians from all sides have ignored is economics. If a country goes to war, there is usually an economic justification. Hence, if we want the Palestinians to choose peace over terror, then there must be an economic incentive for them to do so.

While he may not be perfect, Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu has made it abundantly clear that he understands this principle. This was evident in a Jerusalem Post article the other week that stated “Bibi pledged to help the Palestinians ‘rapidly develop their economy’ if he wins the February elections.” Although Bibi’s policies regarding negotiations are much more hawkish and hardline than those of Livni or Barak, he has vowed to continue the peace process, and, in relation to this issue, he has stated that “economic development is not a substitute for political negotiations.”

When Bibi says that he will boost the Palestinian economy, can we trust him? Yes, the record speaks for itself. As Finance Minister, he enacted many free-market reforms which revived the Israeli economy. If he can do the same thing to the Palestinian economy, there would be no need for endless negotiations. Trends in history have shown that “men are usually more tolerant when their belly’s are full.”

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~Is Livni the next Golda Meir, or is Israel in for another disappointment?
September 18, 2008, 9:44 pm
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The first point to be made is one that people on both sides of the spectrum can agree with: Israel is in desperate need of new leadership (more so than the United States).

However, does Israel, like America, need “change,” or more of the same? Some on this blog would argue that the issue is not so black and white. They would say that although Livni is a member of Olmert’s disastrous Kadima Party, she is a promising, pragmatic leader that can unite Israel once and for all.

When people get excited about Livni, as I have on certain occasions, they are oblivious to the fact that she is not in touch with the majority of the country. She only won the nomination by 431 votes, and received around 20,000 votes, which is, according to the Jerusalem Post, only 1.1% of the general electorate. According to the New York Times, the Kadima Party is only made up of about 70,000 voters, and only half or so made it to the polls. All of these statistics mentioned above have caused Likud leaders (the right-wing party) to call for general elections. They argue that it is undemocratic for a small party like that to be determining the path Israel shall follow.

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