From the Great Chas. Krauthammer – Article 1, Chapter 12 of his best seller, Things that Matter

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From the Great Chas. Krauthammer – Article 1, Chapter 12 of his best seller, Things that Matter




Originally in The Washington Post, June 4, 2010 (and nothing has changed)

The world is outraged at Israel’s blockade of Gaza. Turkey denounces its illegality, inhumanity, barbarity, etc. The usual UN suspects – Third World and European – join in. The Obama administration dithers. But as Leslie Gelb, former president of the Council on Foreign Affairs writes, the blockade is not just perfectly rational, it is perfectly legal.

Gaza under Hamas is a self-declared enemy of Israel – a declaration backed up by more than 4,000 rockets fired at Israeli territory. Yet, having pledged itself to unceasing belligerency, claims victimhood when Israel imposes a blockade to prevent from arming itself with still more rockets.

In World War II, with full international legality, the United States blockaded Germany and Japan. And during the October 1962 crisis, we blockaded (“quarantined”) Cuba. Arms-bearing ships headed to Cuba turned back because the Soviets knew the US Navy would either board them or sink them. Yet Israel is accused of international criminality for doing precisely what John Kennedy did: impose a naval blockade to prevent a hostile state from lethal weaponry

Oh, but weren’t the Gaza-bound ships on a mission of humanitarian relief? No. Otherwise they would have accepted Israel’s offer to bring their supplies to an Israeli port, be inspected for military materiel and have the rest trucked by Israel into Gaza — as every week 10,000 tons of food, medicine and other humanitarian supplies are sent by Israel to Gaza.

Why was the offer refused? Because, as organizer Greta Berlin admitted, the flotilla was not about humanitarian relief but breaking the blockade, i.e., ending Israel’s inspection regime, would mean unlimited shipping into Gaza and thus the unlimited arming of Hamas.

Israel has already twice intercepted ships laden with Iranian arms destined for Hezbollah and Gaza. What country would allow that? But even more important, why did Israel even have to blockade? Because blockade is Israel’s fallback as the world systematically de-legitimizes its traditional ways of defending itself — forward and active defense.

(1) Forward defense: As a small, densely populated country surrounded by hostile states, Israel had, for its first half-century, forward defense—fighting wars on enemy territory (such as the Sinai and Golan Heights) rather than its own.

Where possible (Sinai, for example), Israel has traded territory for peace. But where peace offers were refused, Israel retained the territory as a protective buffer zone. Thus Israel retained a small strip of southern Lebanon to protect the villages of northern Israel. And it took many losses in Gaza, rather than expose Israeli border to Palestinian terror attacks. It is for the same reason America wages a grinding war in Afghanistan: You fight them there, so you don’t have to fight them here.

But under overwhelming outside pressure, Israel gave it up. Israelis were told the occupations were not just illegal but at the root of the anti-Israel insurgencies and therefore withdrawal, by removing the cause, would bring peace.

Land for peace. Remember? Well, during the past decade, Israel gave the land — evacuating South Lebanon in 2000 and Gaza in 2005. What did it get? An intensification of belligerency, heavy militarization of the enemy side, multiple kidnappings, cross-border attacks from Gaza, years of unrelenting rocket attack.

(2) Active defense: Israel then had to switch to active defense — military action to disrupt, dismantle and defeat (to borrow President Obama’s description of our campaign against the Taliban and al Qaeda) the newly armed terrorist mini-states established in southern Lebanon and Gaza after Israel withdrew.The result? The Lebanon war of 2006 and Gaza operation of 2008-09. They were met with yet another avalanche of opprobrium and calumny by the same international community that had demanded the land-for-peace Israeli withdrawals in the first place.

Worse, the UN Goldstone report, which essentially criminalized Israel’s defensive operation in Gaza while whitewashing the casus celebri — the preceding and unprovoked Hamas rocket war — effectively de-legitimized any active Israeli defense against its self-declared terrorist enemies.

(3) Passive defense: Without forward or active defense, Israel is left with but the most passive and benign of all defenses — a blockade to simply prevent enemy rearmament. Yet, as we speak, this too is headed for international de-legitimation. Even the United States is now moving toward having it abolished.

But, if none of these are permissible, what’s left? Ah, but that’s the point. It’s the point understood by the blockade-busting flotilla of useful idiots and terror sympathizers, by the Turkish front organization that funded it, by the automatic anti-Israel Third World chorus at the United Nations, and by the supine Europeans who have had quite enough of the Jewish problem.

What’s left? Nothing. The whole point of this relentless international campaign is to deprive Israel of any legitimate form of self-defense. Why just last week, the Obama administration joined the jackals and reversed four decades of U.S. practice, by signing on to a consensus document that singles out Israel’s possession of nuclear weapons — thus de-legitimizing Israel’s very last line of defense: deterrence.

The world is tired of these troublesome Jews, 6 million hard by the Mediterranean, refusing every invitation to national suicide for which they are relentlessly demonized, ghettoized and constrained from defending themselves, even as the more committed anti-Zionists — Iranian in particular — openly prepare a more final solution.

The Washington Post, June 4, 2010

(And, here we are three and one half years later and Israel’s position is only worse with the same jackals, useful idiots, supine European Union, misdirected enemies John Kerry and Barack Obama yapping at Israel’s heels demanding more concessions that will indeed result in another Final Solution –  Exactly what they all have in mind, Hashem forbid!

Wake up Israel! Do not weaken yourself in any way and give succor to your dedicated, hate-filled enemies. And PM Netanyahu please finally conclude another Arab state two minutes away whose only goal is your destruction should have no place in your considerations.

If they want Israel to disappear let them lose their own lives in huge numbers in the attempt. No more Polish Ghetto, No more Holocaust, No more Willing Executioners without a whole lot of company on the other side. Let them be fully awakened to the reality that Jewish blood is no longer cheap.)

Jerome S. Kaufman, Editor Israel Commentary,

II The real truth about Palestine and Jesus Christ

By Member of Knesset Danny Ayalon



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