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September 13, 2016

Since the Palestinians Won’t Stop Fighting, It’s Time for Israel to Defeat Them—and the U.S. Should Approve.

Dear Friend of FLAME:

I recently attended a parlor meeting with U.S. Representative Barbara Lee and a dozen pro-Israel supporters.

During the meeting, Lee kept returning to her steadfast commitment to the “two-state solution” and opposing measures that would threaten this goal. This included Lee’s opposition to any efforts to stifle the BDS movement, which she believes would only increase opposition to Israel in general and the two-state solution specifically.

This position would be comical if it weren’t so dangerous. Lee’s fantasy about the decades-old “two-state” formula makes her blind to the fact that BDS is inherently anti-Semitic and ironically stands in opposition to peace negotiations and recognition of a Jewish state.

In fact it’s the Arabs themselves who are the greatest obstacle to peace—two states living in mutual respect and security.

Arab resistance to a Jewish presence in Palestine predates by half a century Israel’s founding in 1948. Arab pograms and other attacks on Jews were regular occurrences for 50 years before Israel declared statehood. The many Arab-initiated wars since that time have only represented the latest efforts to achieve an Arab one-state solution.

The Arabs’ refusal to accept their Jewish neighbors continues unabated today. Of course the Muslim Brotherhood-inspired Hamas terror group is organized solely on the principle of driving the Jews completely out of Palestine, from the River Jordan to the Mediterranean Sea—all of Israel.

Even the so-called moderate Palestinians in Judea and Samaria (aka, the “West Bank”), incite their children to kill Jews in support of their claim to the entire Holy Land and praise as martyrs any Arab who murders innocent Israeli civilians.

After all these hundred years, it’s time for those who have big-heartedly supported a two-state solution to become realistic. History tells us that most enemies don’t give up until they’re defeated. Unfortunately, every time Israel has had the chance to defeat its enemies decisively on the battlefield—Syria, Egypt, Iraq, Hizbollah, Hamas—Western powers, led by the United States, have stepped in to restrain Israel in the interests of regional stability.

We might well ask some of those well-intentioned diplomats how that Middle East stability plan is working out so far. To date, Israel remains the only stable—and prospering—state in the entire Middle East.

Israel’s greatest problem is Iran, which the U.S. has defended by pressuring Israel not to attack its nuclear facilities. Israel’s second greatest problem is the Palestinians, whose strategy of terror and ongoing missile attacks against Israel continue to this day.

This week’s FLAME Hotline-featured article, below, makes the case for Israel once and for all to defeat its Palestinian opponents . . . and for the U.S. to step aside and permit it to happen. Author Gregg Roman, director of the Middle East Forum, argues that Israel’s defeat of the Palestinians would be the most important step ever toward reaching a peace.

I think you’ll find Mr. Roman’s short article to be useful as we witness more futile attempts by President Obama, the French, the Russians or the Egyptians to launch peace talks. Even more pointedly, you’ll find this logic invaluable the next time Hamas or Hizbollah or ISIS mounts an attack on the Jewish state. Restraint by Israel seems no longer the shortest path to peace.

In addition, I hope you’ll also quickly review the P.S. immediately below, which describes FLAME’s hasbarah campaign to oppose U.S. funding of United Nations schools that teach half a million Palestinian children to wage jihad and hate Jews.

Best regards,

Jim Sinkinson
President, Facts and Logic About the Middle East (FLAME)



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Israeli Victory Is the Only Way to Bring Peace

By Gregg Roman, The Hill, September 9, 2016

At his first security briefing, Avigdor Liberman, Israel's Defense Minister, declared that Israel no longer has "the luxury of conducting drawn-out wars of attrition." 100 days into his term, with no sign of the decades-long conflict slowing, it is clear that the time has come to apply that principle to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. In order for there to be peace between Israel and its Arab neighbors, Israel must win and the Palestinians must lose.

For most of human history, military victory ended wars. The Pax Romana, a period of 200 years of relative peace within the Roman Empire, began only when Augustus defeated Marc Antony in the Battle of Actium. When the North ravaged the South in the American Civil War, it caused the seemingly intractable conflict that claimed three quarters of a million lives over four years to fade away. The South, knowing it was defeated, never made trouble again. German and Japanese ill-will toward Western democracies in World War II rapidly dissipated, thanks to the bitter pill of defeat; friendship soon followed.

Today's conventional wisdom holds that conflicts are best resolved through negotiation and compromise. But let's look at the facts. After 40 years of negotiations to reunite Cyprus, the island remains divided, and 60 years of standoff over the Korean peninsula have achieved little. In Syria, the killing continues unabated despite five years of talks to reconcile Sunnis and Alawites. And at the same time, years of diplomatic efforts to roll back Iran's nuclear program ended with the West's capitulation to Tehran's demands.

The negotiations fallacy is especially evident in the Arab-Israeli conflict.

The crux of the conflict is simple: Israel wants to survive; the Palestinian leadership wants to destroy it. Some Palestinian leaders make no secret of this. Hamas leaders' open incitement to violence spawned the so-called "stabbing intifada," and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas praises the Palestinian "martyrs" and names streets after them. Others talk peace but demand a Palestinian "right of return" to Israel, a requirement that would effectively eviscerate the Jewish state by allowing millions of Arabs of Palestinian descent to resettle permanently within Israel's borders. But no matter their angle, all Palestinian leaders preach hatred towards Israel.

American policy has long been to prevent Israel from achieving a decisive military victory over its adversaries. In 1956, President Eisenhower forced Israel to abandon its territorial gains from the Suez Crisis. Similarly, following the 1967 Six Day War, the U.S. helped engineer a U.N. resolution calling on Israel to return unspecified "territories occupied" in the war. The Reagan administration stopped Israel from obliterating Yasser Arafat's PLO forces in Lebanon in 1982, and, most recently, the Obama administration pressured Israel to limit its objectives in its 2014 war with Hamas. These concessions, which are often unilateral and irreversible, include settlement freezes, prisoner releases and forfeiture of territory.

Such policies deliver pernicious results; American "restraint" of Israel encourages its enemies to take risks. Much like government bailouts encourage banks to make high-risk, high-payoff investments by removing the consequences of failure, Israel's adversaries need not fret over irrevocable loss because they know the international community will admonish Israel for any gains it achieves.

Moreover, restraining Israel legitimizes and nourishes Palestinian rejectionism, defined as the refusal to acknowledge Israeli sovereignty and right of Jews to live in their ancestral homeland. Because it knows there will be no consequences for its sophisticated propaganda war, the Palestinian Authority can continue to demonize Israel. "To become a normal people, one whose parents do not encourage their children to become suicide terrorists, Palestinian Arabs need to undergo the crucible of defeat," writes Middle East Forum President Daniel Pipes.

When Israel has licensure, without American opprobrium, to unleash its military might after a Palestinian rocket or terror attack, as when Liberman ordered over 50 airstrikes on Hamas military infrastructure in Gaza in response to one rocket, the Palestinians retreat. The fear of crushing defeat is a potent weapon in neutralizing Palestinian resistance.

America's handling of the Arab-Israeli conflict is preventing the kind of metamorphosis in Palestinian thinking about Israel that peace requires. It's time for Washington to allow Israel to demolish the Palestinian dream of a one-state solution, free of Jews. As Ronald Reagan said regarding the US fight against communism, the only way to "win is if they lose."

This doesn't mean the U.S. should support a winner-take-all settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But we must dispense with the fallacy that Israel is only a concession or two away from an American-brokered diplomatic breakthrough. As Gen. Douglas MacArthur said famously, "there is no substitute for victory."


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