Israel promotes stability by stopping terrorism

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Arab Palestinian terrorists, who plan and train for meticulously murderous attacks on Jews, don’t seek political compromises; their goal is jihad, total elimination of Jews, and the State of Israel. They don’t even think about a “peace process;” they are committed to annihilation of their enemies.

By Ron Jager, Five Towns Jewish Times

on Thursday, October 14, 2010

Unfortunately, Obama Accepts Islamic Rage Against Non-Muslims

Israelis are frequently attacked on roads throughout Israel by rocks and firebombs, sometimes by snipers. Framing the recent attacks as politically motivated due to current talks with the Arab Palestinian Authority distorts the nature and meaning of Arab terrorism against Jews.
In response to the latest attack in which four Jews were executed by Arab Palestinian terrorists, President Obama went on to say, “The message should go out to Hamas and everybody else who is taking credit for these heinous crimes that this is not going to stop us from not only ensuring a secure Israel but also securing a longer-lasting peace in which people throughout the region can take a different course.”
One might have expected him to say, “Those who commit such murders, and those who support them, will be brought to justice and punished to the fullest extent of the law.”
Or, “These murders are the result of incitement and we will prevent all funding of incitement.”
Or, “We demand that the PA forces, especially those trained and supplied forces by the United States, will apprehend, arrest, and punish anyone who engages in terrorism.”
Or, “Unless the PA acts to eliminate terrorism and incitement there can be no progress in political, diplomatic or military cooperation. Actions speak louder than words.”
But he did not, and he won’t, because no matter what Arab Palestinian terrorists do, the Palestinian Authority knows that it has the support of President Obama, Europe, and the international community. It can get away with murder, and it does.

Terrorists Say What They Mean, Just Listen To Them
President Obama’s intentional misunderstanding of and his failure to act against Arab Palestinian terrorism is due to his and his administration’s mindset that views terrorism as a response to specific causes whether it be politically or ideologically motivated. In Israel’s case, it’s “the occupation,” which has become a brand-name legitimization for killing Jews and demonizing Israel.
The danger of associating terrorism to grievances and causes is that it rationalizes murder and justifies those who perpetrate it. Arab Palestinian terrorists, who plan and train for meticulously murderous attacks on Jews, don’t seek political compromises; their goal is jihad, total elimination of Jews, and the State of Israel. They don’t even think about a “peace process;” they are committed to annihilation of their enemies. They see themselves as “martyrs,” and are glorified by their communities and by the Palestinian Authority. Most major Arab Palestinian towns have pictures of “martyrs,” that is terrorists who have committed acts of murder against Jews, hung high on light poles throughout major streets and boulevards for all to see as role models.
This is what President Obama does not understand about the controversial Islamic Center near the site of “9/11.” It is not about a mosque, but about what comes along with it. It’s not about a building, or religious freedom; it’s about Islam and how it condones the use of terror against the West, it’s about the use of civilians as human shields in Iraq and Afghanistan by those claiming to represent Islam. It’s about how Islam is one of the three major religions in the world but is not held accountable for condoning and providing theological beliefs that empower Muslims throughout the world to participate in and support terror against Jews and other non-Muslims.
It is about what President Obama should be saying and what he could have said clearly and in no uncertain terms, but he did not. The American flag in his lapel is not just an ornament. You would think that he understands this, but evidently he does not.

Israel Guarantees Stability In The Middle East
The Obama Administration continues to project its weakness in the Middle East, as the region slips into a state of instability. The recent American retreat from Iraq, with the clear knowledge that this oil producing nation will be facing a maelstrom of ethnic violence supported and funded by Iran and Al Qaeda merely weakened the American administration further while boosting the anti-Western and Islamic axis comprising Iran, Hezbollah, Hamas, Syria, and Erdogan.
Despite the “greatest show on earth” in Washington recently, the Israeli-Arab Palestinian negotiations face a complete impasse and there is no real way of reaching a breakthrough due to President Abbas and his cronies who do not have a legal mandate to make any decisions.
As Iran’s nuclear program advances, the more scared Tehran becomes about being attacked, and this is the reason for the daily missile displays. However, this is the result of weakness rather than strength. Oddly, the leaders of Iran fail to understand that these daily missile displays merely serve to undermine their image.
Iran greatly concerns the Persian Gulf states, which continue to ignore Israel even though, potentially, Israel can be their most important ally. Old hatreds stand in the way of vital interests.
There are other reasons for the growing instability in the region. The international court already knows who murdered late Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri (senior Hezbollah men) and Nasrallah is under pressure to dismiss this grave charge. He resorts to harsh declarations against Israel and the U.S.
Turkey—a state which in the past stabilized the area yet now sweeps it, and itself, in radical directions—also adds spice to the brew of regional instability. Erdogan’s reforms against the army and the court threaten to further this country’s deterioration.
Two more destabilizing elements are Hamas, which is trapped in the Gaza Strip while seeking an outlet from the diplomatic chokehold it faces, and Syrian President Bashar Assad who continues to make radical statements against Israel.
Nevertheless, none of the sides has an interest in seeing a war. Iran knows that its army is weak and obsolete and would not be able to contend with the U.S., Western countries, and Israel. Hezbollah and Hamas already sustained IDF blows in recent years and they will not forget them so quickly. Meanwhile, Assad understands that his minority regime may not survive a war with Israel.
The Palestinian Arabs, too, will not be rushing to repeat their intifada experience, which ruined them, their economy, and their chances of getting a state. As always, intifadas are launched against Israel, yet end up harming the Palestinians themselves.
Had we been witnessing a powerful U.S. Administration involved in the region, as was the case with President George W. Bush, many of these destabilizing elements would have been curbed. Yet due to the current administration led by President Obama, who is perceived as abandoning his allies in the Middle East and tacitly supporting those regimes leading the anti-American and anti-West axis, Israel has been put in a position of providing the regional stability that is lacking in this part of the world.
Above all and without question, Israel and the I.D.F.’s superior power is the most important guarantee for Middle Eastern stability. The current-day I.D.F., after a period of an immense build-up process and demonstrated achievements, is the region’s most powerful army and its strength serves as a deterrent. This is even more conspicuous in the face of the American weakness in the region, and a weak American president. In the not so distant past, American power provided stability for Israel, yet today Israel grants stability to American interests in the Middle East.

Ron Jager, a 25-year veteran of the IDF, served as a field mental health officer. Prior to retiring in 2005, he served as the commander of the central psychiatric military clinic for reserve soldiers at Tel-Hashomer. Since retiring from active duty, he has been providing consultancy services to NGOs implementing psychological trauma and psychological education programs to communities in the North and South of Israel.

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