...National unity such as we have seen during Operation Protective Edge is unprecedented. This is the unity of a common fate and goal that became a show of strength. It's hard on the Left to see its ideology sinking in a sea of continual Hamas violence and admit out loud that it was wrong. The Left has never excelled at the nobility required to admit a mistake.
21 August '14..
The Israeli Left was never so thin and helpless as it was at its peace rally in Rabin Square last Saturday night. A few thousand of the once-400,000-strong peace camp remain. The citizens of Israel have fled in droves from the version of peace presented by journalist Uri Avneri, writers David Grossman and Amos Oz, and former President Shimon Peres. A giant sign held by Israelis who did not show up at the square read "End the Naivete." Most already understood the message Hamas was sending with its rockets.
The rockets once again being fired at our cities from Gaza have proved that the struggle between us and the Palestinians is not about the settlements in Judea and Samaria. The leftist traders in delusions are selling us the 1967 borders as a messianic solution to the bloody conflict. The Palestinian narrative has determined that all of Israel is an illegal settlement that must be eliminated by force. After many years, rocket fragments and the sound of sirens have made residents of metropolitan Tel Aviv realize that the enemy's sights are trained on them more than on Ariel, Emmanuel, or Beit El.
National unity such as we have seen during Operation Protective Edge is unprecedented. This is the unity of a common fate and goal that became a show of strength. It's hard on the Left to see its ideology sinking in a sea of continual Hamas violence and admit out loud that it was wrong. The Left has never excelled at the nobility required to admit a mistake.
Despite all the predictions, it seems that the young generation in Israel is not buying into the worthless dreams and is not enthralled by the idiotic slogan that the IDF is an army of occupation. Soldiers and commanders, who have exhibited unusual courage, were not affected by the moralism and righteousness that preoccupied the Left in the media. Jewish morality has won out over the Christian mercy that took hold in Israeli academia and prompted professors to sign petitions against their own country.
The Israeli Left always needs partners for its deluded dreams of peace. Even today, the Left is busy looking for what it calls its peace partners. The most brilliant partner of all was Yasser Arafat. So many hopes they hung on him, and so much blood was spilled as a result of the lethal partnership. Arafat quickly perceived the twisted naivete of the Left and spun a web to trap the nation and strike a fatal blow to its citizens.
Now, without learning any lessons, the Israeli Left is holding up Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who barely controls his own bureau in Ramallah and is wandering to Qatar to plead with Khaled Mashaal to make him a leader. I suggest dialing down the enthusiasm: We should listen well to Abbas' son, who has clearly explained -- from deep personal conviction -- that their ultimate goal is to return home to Safed and Jerusalem. The hope of return he learned at his father's knee, in school, and in summer camp.
We need to wake up from the delusions taken from a bunch of lies. Most of the Israeli public already knows that only an iron wall around Hamas and its partners can lead to security, and possibly later on to peace.