The Israeli Dilemma


It is no secret that “Palestinian militant groups” want to drag Israel into an all-out war. Almost every single week of every month, rockets and mortar shells have been incessantly rained down on Israeli towns and cities adjacent to Gaza in southern Israel. Hamas terrorists have openly declared that they will destroy Israel and commit genocide against Jews.

 Who are the Palestinians?

The people who are called “Palestinians” are nothing but generic Arabs gathered from all over — or abandoned by — the Arab world. If they really have a legitimate ethnic identity that grants them the right to self-determination, why did they never try to become independent until the Arabs endured a devastating defeat in the Six Day War of 1967?

I hope people avoid the enticement to trace the modern day “Palestinians” to the Biblical Philistines; substituting etymology for history won’t work here.

Israel is a sovereign state, but is hardly safe. She is surrounded by nations and people who are bent on her destruction. It is tragic that she and her neighbors have not been able to find an equitable way of living side-by-side with mutual respect and in peace. I earnestly hope that ways may be found for a peaceful resolution to this destructive impasse.

The fact should be obvious to everyone who wants to know it. Unfortunately, Arab countries have never abandoned the dream of destroying Israel, even today. Time and again they have failed to achieve their malicious goal by military means, and have decided to fight Israel by proxy, and of course with the help of elements of the Islamic Republic of Iran. In order to achieve that goal, they established terrorist organizations and invented “the Palestinian people,” the Arabs of Gaza, Judea, and Samaria.

Here are the facts: Arabs who populate Gaza, Judea, and Samaria have much less claim to nationhood than that Indian tribe that successfully emerged in Connecticut with the purpose to start a tax-exempt casino. At least that Pequot tribe had a constructive goal to financially benefit them and their people. The so-called “Palestinians” have only one goal: the destruction of Israel.

The only way to achieve peace in Middle Eastern Arab countries is that they must recognize and accept their defeat in their war against Israel and, as the losing side should, pay Israel reparations for the more than 50 years of devastation they have visited upon it. The most appropriate form of such reparations would be the removal of their terrorist organizations from the land of Israel and to accept Israel’s ancient sovereignty over Gaza, Judea, and Samaria. 

Israel Has the Right to Self-defense

Self-defense is the right of every individual, group, or nation. The inveterately hostile and belligerent Hamas cannot expect Israel to refrain from retaliation when it lobs a barrage of rockets at Israeli populations. Hamas thrives on violence. And violence begets violence. Hamas is in a state of hostility even with its own kindred, the Palestinian Authority of the West Bank. It is time for Hamas to mend its ways, realize the futility of its strategy, and live in peace with others. It is long past time for the people in Gaza to demand that their leaders cease their exploitation and have them extend a hand of genuine peace for the betterment of all.

Decades of bloodletting by Hamas extremists have inflicted unnecessary and unacceptable suffering on all sides. Israel, justifiably, is compelled to do what it must to defend itself and its people. In stark contrast to Hamas, Israel’s response is measured and does not intentionally target innocent civilians. Those who support and fund Hamas in its belligerence have their own vested interests in mind, not those of the Palestinians. The Palestinian people need to realize the futility of their present hostility and demand that their leaders work for a peaceful solution.

UN Security Council Resolution 1377

In a series of signed agreements since Oslo, the Palestinian Authority (PA) has promised to protect and grant free access to all religious sites, but has systematically broken its promises.

“Palestinian political and religious leaders consistently use the media, schools, and the pulpit to disseminate false, slanderous and inflammatory propaganda that claims Jews have no historic roots in the Land of Israel. They deliberately destroy archaeological evidence, even on the Temple Mount, Judaism’s holiest site. Jewish religious sites in PA-controlled areas have also been ransacked and destroyed.”

Regarding the Land of Israel, there is nothing to negotiate. The Land of Israel belongs to the Jewish people. Likewise, for a unified Jerusalem, inclusive of the Temple Mount and the City of David. They belong to the Jewish people and no one else.

Time and again, Muslim religious leaders have compromised the purity of their faith by using fatwas –– Islamic religious rulings — as political instruments to sanction terrorism against Israel. Palestinian Arabs and their supporters fail even to respect the holiness of their own religion’s holy sites and objects.


As we watch, we pray for Israel and the Jewish people, and for their everlasting peace and prosperity. However, it really doesn’t make any difference whether you are pro-Israel or not. If another Holocaust looms, it leaves Israel with no alternative but to lash out without pause or restraint at those who wish to destroy the Jewish State.

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