Turmoil in the Mideast: Wake-up Call for Israel


By Michael Gottlieb
January 31, 2011
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Recent events in Tunisia, Yemen, Jordan and Egypt clearly illustrate just how volatile, unpredictable and unforgiving the Middle East can be. Lebanon, for example, Israel's northern neighbor, has virtually fallen into Iran's orbit with very ominous implications. Jordan, to the east, is also dangerously veering towards Iran's magnetic pull. The fate of Egypt, Israel's southern and most powerful neighbor, has suddenly become uncertain as well. Israel is surrounded by Arab states in flux. In the Middle East, there are no guarantees, no certainty and no mercy. This will only make it harder for Israel to maintain the delicate balance she needs to keep things quiet and even-keeled. If these seismic shifts occurring around her prove not to be a just passing phase but a permanent reshuffling of the deck, Israel will need rethink her strategies and get on the defensive to hold her own and survive.

So why then are the various "peace groups" such as Peace Now and others trying to sabotage Israel's security at a time when she needs it most? By advocating for a "Two State Solution", these groups are pushing for Israel to give up control over her most valuable land assets, Judea and Samaria (a.k.a "West Bank"). If these groups get their way, Israel will be left with INDEFENSIBLE borders. It doesn't take too much of an imagination stretch to see that a new cataclysmic war would then follow.

Israel is an island of democracy, sanity and Judeo-Christian Western values in a sea of turmoil antithetical to the West and to peace. She has been correctly compared to the US's largest "battleship" floating in an enemy-infested sea of intolerance. The last thing Israel and the West need are to be blindsided by these "peace groups" whose real agenda is only to undermine Israel's security.

Repeat: Samaria (Shomron) is Israel's most critically important real estate asset. Without it, her borders are indefensible. For a good, graphic look at Samaria, log onto the SHOMRON CENTRAL blog here:

http://shomroncentral.blogspot.com/

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Michael Gottlieb

Mon, 01/31/2011 - 15:21

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Jonathan - your video link proves my point exactly.

For all you "Two State solution" supporters out there: view Jonathan Hoffman's video and see what the "man in the street" is saying. Unlike all the media spin which bombards us, he is speaking the truth. Understand that this is the sentiment not only in the street, but at the decision-making level as well. There is a volcano out there that is rumbling; Israel better find her self-preservation instincts and act accordingly or else.

To hold the high ground is to preserve one's self.


Joe Millis

Mon, 01/31/2011 - 16:53

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The "high ground" of Samaria, as you call it, Michael, will not preserve Israel if the neighbours start lobbing missiles. In fact, going back to the 1973 War, the IDF wasted manpower for two days evacuating the far fewer Israeli civilians from the Golan Heights. Push comes to shove, the settlers really are only pawns for successive Israeli governments.
Israel's only hope and future lies in the establishment of a Palestinian state on the West Bank, unless, of course, you want to rule over a disenfranchised non-Jewish majority, that is.
If you add the 3.5 million West Bank non-Jews and the Gaza Strip's 1.5 million non-Jews to Israel's 1.5 million non-Jews, you get 6.5 million, only 1.5 million of whom have any political or civilian rights. I think Israel's Jewish population is just shy of 6 million, so a non-Jewish majority is being ruled by a Jewish minority. Are you happy with that, Michael? What's your solution?


Yoni1

Mon, 01/31/2011 - 17:28

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Millis, which part of 'Israel is not in Gaza' are you struggling with?


Joe Millis

Mon, 01/31/2011 - 17:30

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Israel controls Gaza, its sea access and its airspace. So while it may not have boots on the ground there, it certainly controls it.


Yoni1

Mon, 01/31/2011 - 17:32

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Nonsense. It has its own 'freely elected' government.


Joe Millis

Mon, 01/31/2011 - 17:38

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So? Israel still controls most of the access to the Gaza Strip. It also controls what goes in or out. It's like if Denmark, for instance, which has a freely elected government, cannot decide what it can bring in or export without the explicit permission of Holland.


jose (not verified)

Mon, 01/31/2011 - 18:33

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It's like if Denmark, for instance, which has a freely elected government, cannot decide what it can bring in or export without the explicit permission of Holland.

So, would you claim Danes to be Dutch citizens, in this case?
No? So why these double standards?


Michael Gottlieb

Mon, 01/31/2011 - 18:37

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Rebuttal to Joe Millis (part 1):

As per your "...[the heights] will not preserve Israel if the neighbours start lobbing missiles", in fact the opposite is true. A Two-state solution, which I believe you advocate for, will force Israel to relinquish control of their Judean and Samarian land assets, which would be deadly for her. Your rationalization is that the high ground is less relevant in today’s age of ballistic missiles and sophisticated weaponry. I disagree. In fact, just the opposite is true. The more advanced and destructive the Arabs’ weapons become, the quicker Israel needs to mobilize. That can’t happen if the enemy, perched on the Samarian heights overlooking Israel's soft-underbelly-center, is disrupting Israel’s transportation network from the Samarian heights. Also, while missiles do destroy, it’s the tanks and troops that conquer and occupy. To defeat an enemy, there is still no substitute for a ground invasion, as was borne out by the 2002 Afghanistan and 2003 Iraq campaigns. Only Israel’s control of the Samarian heights will deter such an invasion.


Michael Gottlieb

Mon, 01/31/2011 - 18:50

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Rebuttal to Joe Millis (part 2):

You refer to what's called the "demographic scare", which is based on skewed figures self-servingly quoted by the Palestinians with the acquiescence of non-thinking and trusting others including the Israeli government. In fact, a study by the AIDRG (Google 'em) paints a differet picture altogher. Also, look at the following joint Jewish-Arab poll conducted by well known pollsters. Their findings confirm that the Palestinians can be financially incented to emigrate (no need for forcible transfer).

http://www.imra.org.il/story.php3?id=22996

Also, see these for a further explanation:

http://shomroncentral.blogspot.com/p/two-state-solution.html

and

http://shomroncentral.blogspot.com/p/west-bank-occupation-palestinian-pe...


Joe Millis

Mon, 01/31/2011 - 20:09

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Michael, I do believe in a two- state solution since it is the only option that allows israel any chance of survival as the homeland of the Jewish people. The alternative, a one-state solution, is just too horrible to contemplate and pretty much what Hamas wants.

If you believe the Palestinians can be bought out, all I can say is ashrei ha'maamin. It's a pipe dream. It ain't gonna happen. So what you are left with is Israel controlling the lives of more non-Jews than Jews. And that's a recipe for disaster.

As for the strategic importance of the northern west bank, Israel's holding on to the area has deterred nothing. I think I'm right in thinking that the yom kippur war broke out when Israel was in the territories.

Michael, the settlers are pawns (pretty much like the Palestinians). You are there only as bargaining chips. And just like Yamit and netzarim, you'll be sold when the price is right -- when both sides realise the folly of their ways and look their populations in the eyes and say the truth.


Joe Millis

Mon, 01/31/2011 - 20:15

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I didnt say that the Danes want to be dutch or vice versa. I was illustrating a point. It's like as if denmark's airspace a d sea access was controlled by the Dutch. Not that they want to be them or be in their country. It's as if they controlled their lives. Like israel does with gaza. Not totally analogous, but it's close enough.


Michael Gottlieb

Mon, 01/31/2011 - 22:20

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To Joe Millis' comment at 19:09:

How can anyone seriously believe that a 2 state solution is workable when it has failed repeatedly since the Partition Plan of Nov. 29, 1947. The Pals could have had a state 63 years ago, but, in the words of Abba Eban, they never missed an opportunity to miss an opportunity. So there is a long-standing precedent suggesting that a 2 state solution is not viable. Anyway, this conflict ISN'T about borders but about ANY Jewish presence in the Levant, which is precisely why they never agreed to split the baby in '47. If the Green Line is the issue here, then why was the PLO, whose raison d'etre is Israel's elimination, founded in 1964, three years BEFORE the '67 War? As much as you'll hate to read these words,this conflict is an "us or them" battle. They say so themselves. Note that the PLO logo/insignia is ALL of the land between the Med and Dead Sea - there's no room for Israel. Can't you at least admit just that?

Regarding a Pal buyout, why is that so far fetched? Has it ever been tried or seriously researched? I wouldn't be so quick to dismiss it, especially as there is no other alternative, barring Transfer, Kahane style.


jose (not verified)

Mon, 01/31/2011 - 22:51

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I didnt say that the Danes want to be dutch or vice versa.

Then you obviously didn't get your own point. The risk for a Jewish States is having an Arab majority, but this will obviously not happen if we are talking about non-citizens.
Israel will keep a comfortable Jewish majority and character. The 'Palestinians' will go to hell if that is what they want. They will elect their representant, have a large autonomy and maybe even a country when they dare negotiate its frontiers with Israel.
The rest is fantasy.


Yoni1

Mon, 01/31/2011 - 23:03

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"The Pals could have had a state 63 years ago, but, in the words of Abba Eban, they never missed an opportunity to miss an opportunity"

Hardly. Eban was far too educated and intelligent to swallow the fiction that there are 'Palestinians'.


jandrsimonson (not verified)

Tue, 02/01/2011 - 05:45

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How interesting. Nothing like a couple of good confessions and fantasies to start the day. Michael plans to pay the Arabic population to leave.JoseAnth is happy to let them stay in an apartheid state where they will be confined to a few dusty Bantustans a la apartheid South Africa.

They aren't going anywhere. And as for JoseAnths fantasy...

I have long been a two stater but have now woken up and smelt the roses. It isn't going to happen. So the Zionist dream of a Jewish state is dead. That is a big shame but people pay their money and make their choices.


Michael Gottlieb

Tue, 02/01/2011 - 07:41

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To Jandrsimonson:

So what's your point? You're basically saying that there are no more options left. All is lost. Game over. Nothing left but to pack up and move back to the shtetles in Europe, Russia and USA.

It's real easy to quit and walk away but very hard to fight and win. I'd rather fight for my G-d given rights to Eretz Yisrael. We are given no choice but to fight the good fight. If you want out, fine, we'll manage without you. The Nation of Israel didn't return to the Promised Land after a 1900 year absence just to cut and run from the enemy. Forget what Peace Now and J-Street say. The Land of Israel is our right and our destiny.


jandrsimonson (not verified)

Tue, 02/01/2011 - 07:58

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The Land of Israel is our right and our destiny.

Along with the 5.5 million Arabs that come with it.

You are just going to have to make the best of all living in one state, with full and equal civil and political rights now. Are you not ?


jose (not verified)

Tue, 02/01/2011 - 08:09

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JoseAnth is happy

Remember that there is no JoseAnth, simonsam? Remember that you suffer from paranoid delusions? Show it to us again!

to let them stay in an apartheid state where they will be confined to a few dusty Bantustans a la apartheid South Africa.

Remember that there is no apartheid state except in your antisemitic delusions and that 'Palestinians' have three to six times more land surface available to them than there is for Jews that are nearly as numerous.

I have long been a two stater but have now woken up and smelt the roses. It isn't going to happen. So the Zionist dream of a Jewish state is dead.

Please remember that denying the existence of a Jewish state, as wanted by UN, is itself antisemitic according the the EU working definition of antisemitism.


jose (not verified)

Tue, 02/01/2011 - 08:12

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You are just going to have to make the best of all living in one state, with full and equal civil and political rights now. Are you not ?

What are you talking about? This is already the case. It's called Israel, the only country in the area where all citizens have equal rights and freedom of religion.


Jonathan Hoffman

Tue, 02/01/2011 - 08:18

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Posted on Facebook by an Israeli: "Dear Egyptian rioters, please don't damage the pyramids. We will not rebuild. Thank you."


Yoni1

Tue, 02/01/2011 - 10:53

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Nothing like deranged screeching from the antisemitic Simonson to start the day. It proves yet again how dumb most antisemites are.


amber

Tue, 02/01/2011 - 19:28

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Michael Gottlieb, an excellent blog. Thank you.

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