[Freemanlist2] Steven Plaut - Israel at 59 - Facing Unpleasant Facts in the Middle East

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Israel at 59 - Facing Unpleasant Facts in the Middle East
By Steven Plaut
Haifa, Israel

The world is now well into the post-Oslo. post-911 era, in which the 
delusions and denials of reality that were the foundations of the "Middle 
East peace process" are at last being acknowledged for what they were. 
For those returning to the planet Earth from Fantasyland in the "Oslo" 
parallel universe, it behooves them and us all to bear in mind some of the 
unpleasant facts of life about the Middle East.

1. The Arab world has never come to terms with Israel's existence within 
ANY set of borders whatsoever and is still seeking the annihilation of 
Israel and its population.
2. ANY Palestinian state, regardless of who rules it, will produce 
escalated violence, terror and warfare in the Middle East, and neither 
stability nor peaceful relations. ANY Palestinian state will seek warfare 
with Israel and not solutions to the economic and social problems of its 
3. The only reason Arafat and the PLO ever wanted control of the West Bank 
and Gaza Strip was to use them as bases for attacks on Israel. This is the 
only real use to which they will be put by any future Palestinian state.
4. There is no alternative that will stop the bloodshed and war in the 
Middle East other than the adoption by Israel of an unambiguous policy of 
R&D, that is, of Re-Occupation and Denazification of the West Bank and 
Gaza Strip. Every other alternative proposal for stabilization and 
pacification is delusional.
5. Denazification of the West Bank and Gaza Strip must be based partly on 
the programs of Denazification imposed on Germany and Japan by the Allies 
after World War II, but in part must be different.  Such Denazification 
policies will have to stay in place for decades.  There is no other way by 
which Israel can prevent the daily massacre of its civilians by 
Palestinian terrorists.
6. The bulk of Palestinians have lived outside Israeli "occupation" for 
years, and their "liberation" from Israeli "occupation" only produced 
Nazification, terrorism, mass murders, and violence. Their pacification 
requires re-imposing of open-ended martial rule upon them by Israel.
7. The instability of the Middle East is not caused by Israeli occupation 
of Palestinian lands but by PLO occupation of Israeli lands.
8. There was never in history an Arab Palestinian state.  There is no 
justification whatsoever for one now (other than perhaps in Jordan).
9. The Palestinians have no legitimate claim to the right to set up their 
own state. It is doubtful whether they ever did have such a right, but - 
even if they once did - they forfeited it thanks to decades of terrorism, 
savagery, mass murders and barbarism.
10. Palestinians are Arabs. The Arabs already rule 22 states. There is no 
reason why they should be entitled to a 23rd state, and creation of a 23rd 
Arab state, "Palestine",  in the West Bank and Gaza will escalate Middle 
East violence and world terrorism.
11. The Palestinians are not and never were a "nation".  They are not even 
a tribe. They are a branch of Arabs with only minor and secondary cultural 
differences that distinguish them from Syrians, Lebanese or Jordanians.
12. The Middle East conflict cannot be resolved through endless 
exhibitions of niceness and restraint by Israel.  Israeli niceness, 
restraint, and goodwill gestures are interpreted by the Arab world as 
weakness and as signs that the Jews, like Paul McCartney's Band, are on 
the run.
13. The Palestinians are not "mistreated" by Israel, but ARE poorly 
treated by the Palestinian Authority.  The treatment of Arabs by Israel is 
a thousand times better than the treatment of Arabs by Arab countries.
14. The only Arabs in the Middle East with any semblance of civil rights 
are those who live under Israeli rule.
15.   If the intifada "uprising" were in fact a product of oppression and 
mistreatment of Arabs by a government, then Israel should be the only 
country in the Middle East that does NOT have an intifada.
16. Oslo has radicalized and Sudetenized most Israeli Arabs, who now 
identify with and openly support Arab parties and politicians who call 
openly for terror violence against Jews and the destruction of Israel.
17. There exists no set of concessions by Israel that would result in the 
Arab states coming to terms with Israel's existence.
18. There are no Arab democracies and no support for democracy among 
significant minorities within the Arab world.
19. Israeli assassination of Palestinian terrorists is in fact a 
substitute for retaliation in kind against the Palestinians for bombings 
of Israeli children and other civilians. The alternative to such 
assassinations is bombings of Palestinian civilians.
20. Israeli settlements are the "mine canaries" of the Arab world. There 
is no reason why Jewish civilians should not be free to live in peace 
within Arab countries truly seeking peace with Israel, just as Arabs live 
at peace within Israel and within the United States. The attitude of the 
Arab world in general and of the Palestinian Authority in particular 
towards such "settlements" is indicative of their attitudes towards Israel 
and Jews in general.  If the Palestinians are NOT seeking peace with the 
Jews, and indeed they are not, then the real problem is that Israel has 
built too few settlements in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
21. Israel is the only country in the Middle East that does NOT deal with 
Islamist terror through wholesale massacres of the people in whose midst 
the terrorists operate.
22. There is an inverse relationship between the material comfort of Arabs 
living under Israeli rule and political moderation. The better off they 
are in a material sense, the more violent and radical they are.  More 
generally, Arab radicalism and terror are positively correlated with 
comfort and education and wealth.  Bin Laden and his people are filthy 
rich.  There have been no undernourished Palestinian suicide bombers. 
Many have been college students.
23. Palestinians endorse terrorism and violence against Jews by 
near-universal majorities.
24. Israeli Arabs endorse terror and violence against Jews by large 
majorities. They also support bin Laden and the Hizbollah.
25. There are no visible Palestinian public figures who oppose violence, 
terror and Islamist fascism. There are no Palestinian "moderate" leaders, 
only a few Palestinian fascists who speak English well and elegantly, like 
Hanan Ashrawi.
26. There is not and never has been a Palestinian "peace movement" nor a 
Syrian "peace movement".
27.  Syria has no legitimate claim to the Golan Heights.  Its claim to the 
Golan is far less legitimate than German's claim to Alsace and Lorraine.
28. The PLO, and not just the Hamas, is itself very much a manifestation 
of Islamist fascism and was founded by Islamist fundamentalists.  Its 
head, Abu Mazen, is no more "moderate" than the heads of the Hamas and 
Islamic Jihad.
29. Asking Arafat to arrest the terrorists is a bit like asking Osama bin 
Laden to arrest those responsible for the September 11 attacks on the US 
or asking Hitler to take steps against those who invaded Poland.  It is 
all part of the Oslo era of mass delusion and make-pretend.
30. Peace cannot be achieved through pretending that war does not exist.
31. The Israeli Left is responsible for the bloodshed in Israel. The 
Israeli Left rescued the PLO from oblivion in the early 1990s, armed it, 
and allowed it to become entrenched in the suburbs of Tel Aviv and 
Jerusalem. The Israeli Left is as wacky as is the pro-Taliban, pro-Saddam 
campus Left in the United States.   It is today as anti-Israel as the US 
far Left is anti-American.
32. Ehud Olmert and his crew have yet to detach themselves from the pipe 
dreams and denials of reality imposed on the country by the Israeli Left, 
those that produced the Oslo debacle. They continue to insist they favor 
creation of a Palestinian state.
33. The only peaceful terrorist is a dead terrorist.
34. Israel cannot restore the credibility of its military prowess through 
"signaling," but rather only through using that prowess and putting its 
military might to actual use.
35.  Unilateral withdrawal by Israel produces massive terrorist 
aggression.  Anyone nursing doubts should contemplate what Israel's 2000 
withdrawal from Southern Lebanon produced in the summer of 2006.
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