(October 28, 2020 / )Israel, as the source of Judaism, also represents the foundation and focal point of Western values. One often hears the phrase “Judeo-Christian values.” This means that the ethical, juridical, and freedom precepts so prized today by democracies were almost all originally postulated in founding Jewish traditions, teachings, and texts, and later embraced by Christianity.
Israel is often regarded as the eastern frontier of American and Western civilization. Some refer to it as the West’s aircraft carrier in the region. Yet, the Jewish state faces a continuous war for its very existence. The constellation of threats is mind-boggling, especially considering Israel’s tiny size.
The Jewish state faces a continuous war for its very existence.
The hostile forces seem insurmountable. Count them: the Iranian regime; the Palestinian Authority (PA); relentless cyberwarfare teams; Iranian forces in Syria and Iraq; Hezbollah, poised in southern Lebanon and southern Syria; Iraqi militias armed with missiles; Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad armed with rockets; Bedouins in the Negev, who do not recognize any state’s sovereignty; thousands of illegal African Muslim immigrants; nonstop threats to the country’s offshore gas and oil fields; and well-armed remnants of ISIS roaming the Sinai and the Jordanian border realm. Add to these a confederation of governmental and academic haters ensconced in the United Nations; the European Union; the recently-established International Criminal Court, with its disputed authority; and an acronymic soup of belligerent NGOs, all in league with hate-infused universities and media, eager to shore up any gaps in the encirclement. Israel’s daily survival and ability to thrive is surely one of the miracles in Jewish history. For Israel, simple survival is victory. Ironically, with all the annihilation threats against it, the coffee shops, beaches, and clubs of Israel host a populace that consistently tells survey questioners that they live in one of the happiest places on Earth.
Although challenged to fight on multiple fronts, Israel has been fighting for its survival every day since its rebirth in 1948. In fact, Jews have been fighting to survive every day since Abraham’s time, some 3,800 years ago, when Abraham declared polytheism to be a false narrative. His vision gave rise to the great Abrahamic religions—not only Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, but also later monotheistic variants. These evolved into the belief systems practiced by the Druze villagers that straddle the Israeli–Syrian border, by the Rastafarians of Jamaica, who identify with Ethiopian beliefs, the Persian followers of Babism, whose adherents gave rise to the Bahá’í faith, the Samaritans, who confine their belief system to a version of the Judaic Torah, the mainly Shia-like Shabbakists of Iraq, and even the insular Yazidis of Syria. The Sabians, who practice a gnostic form of Christianity and revile prophets such as Abraham, admit that their belief system has its roots in Abraham’s vision of one God.
Throughout its seventy-plus years of modern history, Israel has been greatly aided by population growth. Israel’s annual population growth is two to three percent, which is the highest rate in the West, compared to one percent in the US and an actual negative rate in Europe. Growing antisemitism in Europe, amplified by hostile international organizations, fuels increasing emigration from Europe to Israel.
Israel must defend its existence and oppose the establishment of a Palestinian state.
In the face of rising economic, cultural, and physical pressures from an increasingly irrational and self-destructive Europe and US, Israel must defend its existence and oppose the establishment of a Palestinian state. Maintaining one hundred percent control over Jerusalem, Judea, and Samaria—all of which historically and rightfully belong to Israel—is crucial to the survival of the Jewish State and the well-being of its Jewish, Muslim, and Christian citizens. At the same time, to the extent it can, Israel must maintain the status quo until a more suitable and internationally-supported alternative emerges.
If the PA survives the coming international political upheavals, it—or its recognized replacement—must substantially reinvent its governance and reshape its society. Importantly, the international community, which created the PA during the Oslo process, may soon admit that the interim quasi-governmental entity it created decades ago is long past its usefulness. The PA now stands as the greatest obstacle to peaceful progress.
The PA’s devotion to paying terrorists’ salaries, its obsession with indoctrinating its citizens, especially its formative youth, with hatred of Jews, and its refusal to enter serious negotiations with Israel disqualify it from further existence unless it can reform and redefine its entire modus operandi. Likely, it cannot. Therefore, the task of securing a viable future would fall to the PA’s replacement. Replacement leaders have long been waiting in the wings; we see them biding their time in Gulf state capitals. When the replacement leaders are installed, they will reeducate their population and construct the underpinnings of coexistence with Israel, thus enabling prosperity for all—Israelis and Palestinians.
Until a Palestinian governing entity can join the community of peace-loving nations, no territorial compromises should be considered. No progress with the PA will be possible until all worldwide terror organizations associated with political Islam are defeated, surrender or reform to join the peaceful civilized world. Such a notion is hardly unrealistic. Egypt, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Morocco are trying to go down the path of peace, and Saudi Arabia appears to be doing the same.
Nonetheless, Arab and Islamic opposition to rational efforts to foster peaceful relations between Israel and its neighbors is formidable. The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), consisting of 56 countries, the Arab League consisting of 22 countries, and the PA all work to protract the no-war, no-peace status quo. The OIC still seeks world domination, but all must accept the right of Israel to exist as the nation-state of the Jewish people, and the rights of Christians and Hindus to control their own destinies in their home countries. Meanwhile, the PA has perfected its own homegrown false narratives and imaginary history during the past fifty-five years to attempt to deny 3,800 years of Jewish legacy.
Quite simply, the UAE–Israeli treaty has neutralized the PA’s ability to veto peace.
The UAE recently created the first crack in the OIC’s intransigent bloc by pursuing a historic peace treaty with Israel. The UAE’s full, warm, enthusiastic, and strictly bilateral peace agreement, known as the Abraham Accords, proved that forward-thinking in the Arab world can unshackle its people from the past and allow them to race toward the future. For example, in July 2020, just prior to gathering the strength to make peace with Israel, the oil-rich UAE switched on its first civilian nuclear reactor.
Quite simply, the UAE–Israeli treaty has neutralized the PA’s ability to veto peace. The PA’s irrational, hysterical, and anti-factual protestations are now much harder to broadcast—and even harder to swallow.
Yet, standing atop a platform of historical fallacies, the PA still declares its intention to negate the indigenous rights of the Jews. The PA cleverly pretends to represent the rights of the indigenous Palestinian people, so-called refugees, even though the vast majority migrated from Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and Egypt only in the past 100 years to what would in 1948 become the modern state of Israel. Arab migrants streamed in, searching for work in the newly reestablished Jewish villages and towns that emerged in the twentieth century. The Arab migration process followed basic economics: people go where the jobs are. Although the term now in vogue is “Palestinians,” until 1964, when the Palestinian Liberation Organization was invented by the KGB and the Arab League, the universal term for that community in British Palestine was “Arabs.” The term Arab was used locally and externally for self-identification and global recognition. Arab was their endonym and exonym.
For generations, Palestinians were Jews dwelling in or resettling in their ancient land: Judea. History knows that after the Jewish expulsion, the Romans erased Judea (Land of the Jews) from their maps and replaced it with Syria Palaestina—“Syria of the Philistines,” which in turn became Palestine. The Romans were accustomed to erasing the names of those they vanquished. Centuries later, when the Ottomans occupied the area, they kept the Romanized name. Regardless of external names tacked onto ancient Jewish lands, the land remained Jewish—whether sovereign or occupied.
The UN has been complicit in the perpetration of the PA’s false narrative. Witness the UN’s numerous one-sided resolutions through UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency) and its mis-education programs, generally run by Hamas on behalf of the Muslim Brotherhood. No wonder that this population cannot break out of its turbulent, leaderless past to grasp the gold ring of peace.
Like the United States, Israel is fighting its own multifront war. The difference: Israel knows it.
The vibrancy and incessantly interactive dynamics of Israel’s multifront war carry profound implications for both Israel and the United States should the vaunted two-state solution be implemented. Despite its fleeting appeal, such a development would simultaneously explode into a guaranteed political-military suicide for Israel and America, and a guaranteed economic disaster for Arabs in eastern Jerusalem.
Analyze it. True, a two-state solution is a noble, remote goal that has benefitted from great advertising. But any current move toward a two-state solution is guaranteed to be a failure because the PA has never accepted a two-state solution without the “right of return,” which would instantly result in the demise of Israel and slide into a one-state solution.
Like the United States, Israel is fighting its own multifront war. The difference: Israel knows it.
Guaranteed political-military suicide for Israel means Israel would be forced to give up security control over the West Bank. Hamas (the nearest arm of Iran) would quickly fill the void, thereby surrounding Israel with terror forces and rockets.
Guaranteed political failure for the US means that the Roadmap for Peace in the Middle East process would be guaranteed to fail as well, because the PA and key neighboring states, such as Syria and Iran, have never accepted a two-state solution. Any sudden apparent support for such a plan would be reshaped as fast and unpredictably as all sand-shifting politics in the Mideast. In recent years, Israel’s “friendliest” neighbor—Egypt, has reinvented itself several times. This began with peace-evolved-but-assassinated president Anwar Sadat, who was succeeded by authoritarian-but-toppled Hosni Mubarak, followed by a junta led by General Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, which was succeeded by disputed election-victor Mohamed Morsi of the subversive Muslim Brotherhood, who was, in turn, removed in yet another coup, this one led by Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, another military man of moderate thought, who was subsequently elected to the presidency. This type of neck-wrenching political upheaval within a single generation does not justify even momentary confidence.
Guaranteed political demise for Fatah is assured by the two-state solution because the group—like many of its ilk in the Mideast—is an entrenched kleptocracy that enjoys little popular support. Fatah can and will be toppled whenever Hamas, with help from Iran, decides to do so. This was already done in Gaza and would be done again should Hamas be enabled in a unified state.
Economic disaster for Arabs in eastern Jerusalem is unavoidable because that population will immediately lose their Israeli-provided social security and health benefits. Moreover, it is unethical to force these Israeli residents to live under the PA’s rule of terror and systematic theft from its own population.
Perhaps the best possible outcome for all is a continuation of the unhappy status quo: autonomy for the Palestinian Arabs (as it now exists in limbo), with Judea and Samaria security remaining in Israeli hands, but with, one hopes, much-improved economic relations between the two parties.
Consequently, the US should focus on fostering economic cooperation between Israelis and the Palestinian Arabs without the formation of a formal state. Statehood in a sea of failed Arab states only assures the desperation that so unavoidably breeds terrorists. A quest for the loftier long-term goal can be reinstated when the political climate allows such thoughts to blossom. Until that better but far-off season, Jerusalem must remain united under Israeli control. The reasons are manifold.
Jerusalem has been the capital city of the Jewish people and no other people for 3,000 years, of both ancient Israel and modern Israel. Arab and Muslim caliphates have functioned in Medina, Damascus, Baghdad, and Cairo—but never in Jerusalem. Jews lived in Jerusalem for 1,700 years before the Arab conquests in the seventh century, and many centuries before the advent of either Christianity or Islam. Scholars often remind us that Jerusalem is mentioned 641 times in the Bible and zero times in the Quran. Jewish legal rights to Jerusalem (and even all of Judea and Samaria) were “irrevocably” recognized in the San Remo Conference of 1920 by unanimous agreement of the 51 members of the League of Nations, which also included approval by Faisal, the Arab leader democratically elected on behalf of the pan-Arab tribes. Moreover, for the past 150 years, the Jewish population in Jerusalem has constituted either a majority or a plurality.
Jews were ethnically cleansed from eastern Jerusalem when they were attacked by five Arab armies and other allied nationals in 1948. This was the second twentieth-century ethnic cleansing of Jews from their homeland by Muslims; the first was committed by the Turks, who expelled tens of thousands of Jews from Tel Aviv and Jaffa during WWI. Remember: in 1949, twenty-five percent of Jerusalem’s Jews fled when exposed to random sniper fire from the Arab Legion. Without the Israeli security control that exists today, Jerusalem would again descend into chaos, with rival militias battling each other as they now do in the Gaza Strip. This would make life intolerable to residents, pilgrims, and tourists alike, all of whom are currently assured access to their holy sites in Israel.
Israeli Arab residents in eastern Jerusalem enjoy social security and health insurance benefits valued at about $10,000 per annum. Removing such benefits and ceding this population to a tyrannical regime—whether the nameplate brandishes the logo of the PA, Hamas, or a new hybrid—is both unethical and immoral. It also violates the wishes of the majority of Arabs in eastern Jerusalem. Arabs in Jerusalem crave stability and access to services.
If Israel were to irrationally allow the establishment of a Palestinian Arab state, the PA would not protect the Christian population or religious sites, as witnessed by the PA’s persecution of Christian Arabs in Bethlehem. Nor would Jewish sites be protected, as seen daily and sometimes hourly at Joseph’s tomb in Nablus (Shechem), the synagogue in Jericho, or the all-important Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron. Between 1948 and 1967, fifty-nine Jewish religious sites were destroyed by the occupying Jordanians.
It gets worse. PA control over eastern Jerusalem would create a magnet for Sunni terror organizations (such as the Muslim Brotherhood, al-Qaeda, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, as well as Shiite-based terror organizations such as Hezbollah and Hamas). Such a magnet would create an increasingly more powerful threat until it just takes over—as occurred in Lebanon, Gaza, and now, Egypt. In fact, Jerusalem would become a focus of rivalry among these worldwide terror organizations. Hamas is again a formal partner of Fatah in the PA. Hamas has hosted al-Qaeda groups in Gaza since 2006. These increasing hostilities would inevitably guarantee yet another war, which would lead to more rapidly festering tensions worldwide between Jews, Muslims, and Christians.
Beyond forestalling the geopolitical and strategic threats, unified Israeli control of Jerusalem is equally crucial for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). The city secures the route needed during wartime to move soldiers and equipment to the eastern border along the Jordan River.
Just beyond Jerusalem, we see Judea and Samaria, the two territories Israel must also retain control over. In 1948, these two ancient provinces were nicknamed “the West Bank” after Jordan illegally invaded and occupied the lands. Yet, they have always remained rooted in Jewish identification and legacy. According to the Bible, these two lands were given to the Jews via Abraham some 38 centuries ago. But beyond the biblical text, history and present-day fact unalterably shows that these realms all have historically Jewish names. The very term “Jewish” derives from Judea, the southern kingdom of Israel. Samaria, or Shomron, which means “watchtower” in Hebrew, was named for the capital of the northern kingdom of Israel. The Bible records that Israelite King Omri purchased the land from the man known as Shemer. Shemer was named for Shem, Noah’s son, whose descendants gave rise to the “Shemites,” the ethnic name that evolved into “Semites.”
On the other hand, Arabs—who only in 1964 began calling themselves “Palestinians”—are largely newcomers. The Arabs have always eschewed modernity. The Jews have always embraced modernity.
The Arabs have always eschewed modernity. The Jews have always embraced modernity.
What’s in a name? All Gazans with the common last name of “al-Masri” trace their immediate lineage back to Egypt; al-Masri means “of Egypt.” On March 23, 2012, even the Hamas Minister of the Interior and National Security, Fathi Hamad, verified this. He said, “Who are the Palestinians? We have many families called al-Masri, whose roots are Egyptian! They may be from Alexandria, from Cairo, from Damietta, from the north, from Aswan, from Upper Egypt. We are Egyptians; we are Arabs. We are Muslims. We are part of you. Egyptians! Personally, half my family is Egyptian—and the other half are Saudis.” The term “Arab” connotes a descent from the Arabian Peninsula.
Continuing to examine the place names burned into history—Jerusalem, Shiloh, Beit El, Hebron, Kiryat Arba, Efrat, Shechem and some forty other towns, all were mentioned in the Five Books of Moses. None were mentioned in the Quran. The name Hebron derives from the Hebrew word “hevra,” that is loosely connoting a circle of friends or citizens.
Quite simply, Judea and Samaria represent the eastern border of Western civilization. Remembering that the name Samaria derives from the Hebrew term for watchtower, it is understood that when those twin territories fall, the rest of Israel beyond those lines falls next. When the eastern bulwark of Western civilization—Israel—falls, the final Islamist invasion of Europe follows. With Israel weakened or gone, Iran will be able attack or intimidate the Sunni countries in order to control their oil—and exert control over world oil prices. Iran’s Hezbollah agents will then be liberated to expand their narco-terrorism in Latin America and into the US.
With Jewish and Sunni enemies neutralized, Iran will expand its nuclear bomb and long-range missile capability, in turn, intimidating or destroying non-submissive Christians—first in Europe and then in the US. America’s 2020 election has weakened America and unhinged its doors. The country has been teetering on the verge of an armed civil war over culture, history, its past failures, and its own precarious future. A weakened political and civil leadership would substantially lessen its resolve. Many in the Middle East already contemplate such a scenario. A nuclear Iran will lead to a nuclear Saudi Arabia, followed by a nuclear Egypt and Turkey, followed by others.
Nuclear proliferation in the region would rapidly increase the chances of an eventual nuclear war or nuclear terrorism. Recall that the cataclysmic run-up to World War I—the still-inexplicable conflict that killed millions in so many countries—was mainly ignited by the assassination of an archduke in a carriage on a street in Serbia. Think of WWI, with its endlessly shifting alliances, competing armies, scorched earth, and dead multitudes—and now replace the primitive tanks and machine guns of that era with modern missiles and nuclear weapons.
A healthy and secure Israel is in America’s security and strategic interest for an array of proven reasons. In a world where Muslims are fiercely pitted against non-Muslims—in the Indian sub-continent, North America, Latin America, Europe and even the Philippines—Israel remains the only country where Jews, Christians and Muslims coexist peacefully. This fact is proven daily despite ceaseless and sensationalized headlines and professional agitators. Tens of thousands of Arabs from the West Bank line up daily for lucrative equal employment in Israel. The Jewish State’s citizenry is 20 percent Arab, and that community wields a pivotal 15 percent legislative bloc. In a region that abhors religious minorities and historically has proved its willingness to kill them mercilessly, only Israel guarantees complete freedom of religion.
Israeli ingenuity pumps a steady stream of medical, scientific, and military innovation into America—from cell phone technology to computer chips, to the hundreds of start-ups that gave the Jewish nation its hip moniker “start-up nation.” Go no further than the traffic-mapping cell phone app Waze, the chatting app WhatsApp, America’s drone fleet, and the explosive protective armor on Army tanks to see a fraction of what Israel provides to the American way of life. Intelligence and cyber research stand apart as a special gleaming sphere of US cooperation with Israel because a plethora of Israeli intel obliges Israel to interface minute-to-minute with their American counterparts. Joint projects in the works include missile defense shields of inestimable value. Two-thirds of the foreign aid we provide annually to Israel returns to the US, contributing to the vibrant American workforce and the resilient American economy. Israel has become a precious fountain of innovation which must be preserved for good.
Without Israel, America would find it impossible to perceive, confront, and do battle in its multifront war.