Sept. 15, 2006
Peace a long way off
After a visit with British Prime Minister Tony Blair a summit
of embattled prime ministers if there ever was one Israeli
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert announced he would seek to restart the
so-called "road map" to peace.
This may not be a time for humor but, by coincidence, while thumbing
through an old compendium of the brilliant satirical magazine
The Onion, we encountered this headline from 2002: "Mideast
peace process derailed, burned to the ground, shovelled over with
The "Mideast peace process," a comedic term were it not
such a tragic one, has inspired writers to plumb the depths of language
like Monty Python describing a dead parrot. Israel, pressed by the
United States, the United Nations, the European Union and the world
community, tries again and again to find common ground and compromise
with an enemy whose overriding goal is complete annihilation of
the Jewish presence in the Middle East. At what point will the people
and government of Israel give up this futile engagement?
The last substantive effort at a constructive end to decades of
conflict was last year's withdrawal from the Gaza Strip. This was
the latest in an endless history of opportunities the Palestinians
had to demonstrate that their goal was a constructive one
nationhood rather than a destructive one the end of
Israel. The Palestinians demonstrated unequivocally where they stand
by encouraging anarchy and expanded terrorism within that territory.
It is a symptom of either Israel's boundless faith in the goodness
of human nature or its dense failure to learn the lessons of history
that it keeps trying to make nice with a people and a leadership
that have given no demonstrable indication that they seek peaceful
The United Nations and the West have accepted as adequate the most
cursory expressions of peace from the Palestinians while domestically
the Palestinian leadership and grassroots continues its six-decade
battle for supremacy over the Zionist usurper.
Peace will not come from more Israeli entreaties. Peace requires
a comprehensive social restructuring of Palestinian society from
one of genocidal jihadist fanaticism to one that is prepared to
enter the family of peaceful nations in co-existence with its neighbors.
Israel has nothing more it can offer to this process. It depends
on the Palestinians.
Israel continues to extend more and more olive branches only to
have them snapped and burned, because the world community demands
it and Israel, foolishly, concedes.
Until the world community acknowledges that peace lies in the hands
of the Palestinians and stops blaming Israel for the situation,
there will be no peace. Until the world places pressure on the Palestinians
instead of making infinite excuses and justifications for the violence
and Jew-hatred that is integral to that society, there will be no