It is the peace of the grave that Olmert/Peres embrace
Before the "peace process" terror attacks against Israelis were rare and
severely punished. Israel didn't release terrorists. Israel, though much
smaller than today, was respected by friend and foe alike. What have "peace"
talks done for Israel? Cost us the Sinai. We'd be infinitely better off with
the Sinai than worthless paper. Cost us tens of thousands of murdered and
maimed civilians. Cost us the respect of all, including ourselves. Our
pursuit of "peace" has been a complete disaster. We'd be far better off
pursuing strength and self respect. Olmert/Peres lead us only to the peace
of the grave.
In politics honor is often sacrificed
to avoid war and the result is a more costly war. Neville Chamberlain
pressured Britain's ally Czechoslovakia to give the Sudetenland to Hitler in
return for a promise of peace. When Mr. Chamberlain returned to
Britain he was given an ecstatic reception. He stood outside Number 10
Downing Street read the peace agreement and concluded:
"My good friends, for the second time in our history, a British Prime Minister
has returned from Germany bringing peace with honour. I believe it is peace for
denounced the Agreement in the House of Commons:
We have suffered a total and
unmitigated defeat...you will find that in a period of time
which may be measured by years, but may be measured by
months, Czechoslovakia will be engulfed in the Nazi régime.
We are in the presence of a disaster of the first
magnitude...we have sustained a defeat without a war, the
consequences of which will travel far with us along our
road...we have passed an awful milestone in our history,
when the whole equilibrium of Europe has been deranged, and
that the terrible words have for the time being been
pronounced against the Western democracies: "Thou art
weighed in the balance and found wanting". And do not
suppose that this is the end. This is only the beginning of
the reckoning. This is only the first sip, the first
foretaste of a bitter cup which will be proffered to us year
by year unless by a supreme recovery of moral health and
martial vigour, we arise again and take our stand for
freedom as in the olden time.
Churchill was right. Later on when reflecting on the
disaster of Munich Churchill wrote about the problem of deciding when military
force needed to be used. He wrote:
"There is, however, one helpful guide, namely, for a
nation to keep its word and to act in accordance with its treaty obligations
[Churchill is referring to France's obligations to Czechoslovakia]. This
guide is called honour. It is baffling to reflect that what men call honour
does not correspond always to Christian ethics...Here  the moment came
when Honour pointed the path of Duty, and when also the right judgment of
the facts at the time would have reinforced its dictates."
Honour is a guide as to when it is right or
wrong to use force. Chamberlain announced peace with honor but there was
no honor in the betrayal of England's ally Czechoslovakia and the result was a
much more brutal and costly war than otherwise would have been fought and the
death of millions who might have been spared.
Often there appears to be a
tradeoff between making peace and honor. We see a similar scenario to the
sacrifice of Czechoslovakia with the pressure being put on Israel to give up
land for peace. Unfortunately there are many influential Israelis who are
more than willing to sacrifice principles and honor for peace two examples being
Ehud Olmert and Shimon Peres. One reader of Israel National News,
Chaim, (19/07/07), wrote:
One thing the Saudis insisted on was that they
not shake hands with the Israelis. Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal
said that while he was going to Annapolis, he would not join in any Arab-Israeli
handshakes like those stage-managed by U.S. officials at past conferences, such
as the one between Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat in 1993.
If you have to sacrifice your honor and your principles for
peace than most likely you are not getting peace.
“We are not prepared to take part in a theatrical show, in handshakes and
meetings that don’t express political positions. We are going with seriousness
and we work on the same seriousness and credibility,” he said after the meeting.
Conference Called Step Forward
How serious is Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal about peace if
he won't even shake hands? How willing to compromise is he? It is
likely that there are religious reasons he won't shake hands. In medieval
Iran, Jews could not walk outside in the rain lest the water that touched them
wash onto Muslim feet. (Badging
Infidels in Iran)
Dan Senor wrote in the
Wall Street Journal 12/3/07 that Israeli reporters were kicked out of a
press event for the arrival of Arab League foreign ministers (they had to cover
it from out in the rain, while the rest of the press corps was given access).
If the United States actively engages in such discrimination Israel should not
participate in any more peace conferences.
An American woman soldier sued the U.S. government for forcing
her to wear Islamic dress in Saudi Arabia? The way America crawls in front
of Saudi Arabia is shameful.
Israel National News two young Israeli men, David Rubin and Achikam
Amichai were murdered while hiking in the Telem Stream region near Hevron. They
were ambushed by four terrorists, but managed to return fire and kill two of
them. The two surviving murderers are Ali a-Hamid Rajeb Dandis, a
clerk at Hevron’s Islamic Court and member of Fatah’s intelligence wing, and Amr
Bader a-Halim Taha, a resident of the Abu-Sneineh hills opposite Hevron’s Jewish
community and member of the Fatah-controlled PA security forces. The two took
refuge shortly after the murders among their fellow PA security men in an
apparently successful attempt to avoid arrest by the IDF. The Olmert
government probably in order to help the peace process, agreed to let the
murderers remain in PA custody. The IDF has operation plans ready and was
poised to intercept the terrorists but the Olmert government refused to grant
Allowing terrorists to get away with
murder of one's brethren is dishonorable behavior to say the least.
Perhaps it was done with the idea that it would help bring peace but inevitably
it will encourage more murders since there is no price to pay for murdering.
Likud Chairman Binyamin Netanyahu slammed the decision, saying “the humiliating
agreement of the Olmert-Barak government to give up on arresting the PA heads
that murdered Achikam Amichai and David Rubin is yet another testimony to the
weakness and loss of national honor on the part of this government. An immediate
demand that the murderers be handed over must be made.”
Nachi Ayal, who directs the Land of Israel Legal Forum, said the decision
constitutes an open invitation to terrorists to attack any citizen of Israel,
since in exchange they will be presented with a vacation sponsored by the
Does the president pray to God for guidance?
The guidance is already given to us. It is out sense of honor and ethics
and right or wrong.
French honor guard for Arafat was shameful but may not be
relevant to this article. Didn't prevent the riots.
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