One of the most frustrating things about the murder of the three jewish lads (One of the American) in Israel was how predictable this story was from the moment they disappeared.
Jews kidnapped, country is engaged and outraged, Palestinians pretend to be shocked in English & justify it in Arabic (f they mention it at all) Eventually the people are found dead or their bodies are traded for. Israel mourns, the PA again denies involvement while blaming it on the “Occupation”. Israel retaliates and it is at that point that the rest of the world takes notice, long enough to critique Israel for not having shown restraint.
— I Support Israel (@isupportisrael_) June 28, 2014
Eventually (months or years from now) Israel will find the specific people who did this and kill them and the Arabs will name streets after them and declare them “martyrs”. While the killers themselves are ultimately responsible I submit and suggest it is the PA who enables these murders for fun and profit.
It is important to break the cycle of violence but there is a bottom line that Israel needs to consider before they decide on what they will ultimately do and that this:
It doesn’t matter what Israel does or doesn’t do. The Palestinians & Arabs will try to destroy them: If they gave back the entire west bank, the Arabs will still try to marginalize and destroy them, if they annex the entire west bank and Gaza the Arabs will still try to destroy them.
That’s the key, the Arabs aren’t upset because of what Israel does, they are upset because Israel IS.
But that doesn’t answer the question on the floor. What should Israel do?
I have two suggestions.
Rather than Bombing Hamas & their leaders (why they are still alive I haven’t quite figured out, perhaps they figure it’s safer to keep these guys alive then allowing underground younger leaders to emerge) I would permanently annex cities and towns and the ones I would grab are the Christian Arab ones.
I’d announce the move and give the various people the choice of staying or going with full compensation for property if they choose to leave, if they choose to stay they would get representation in parliament and within 3 years citizenship.
It would set up an interesting dynamic as Arab Christians have faced nasty persecution by their muslim “brothers”. While there is a great incentive to leave them be because of the high visibility & tourism, the Christians Arabs know which way the wind is blowing in the Muslim world and it’s not their way. Eventually they’re usefulness to the Arab cause will no longer trump the fact of their Christianity.
But maybe Israel doesn’t want to deal with another whole population, or perhaps once Bethlehem is on the other side of the barrier the Christian tourists will be targeted since their commerce will be on the Israeli side of the barrier, so there is an excellent plan B that is frankly even more provocative but less disruptive to the people’s everyday lives.
and that’s the Temple Mount.
2. Start rebuilding the temple:
Israel can announce that rather than annexing towns or people that they will have to manage that they will take control of the Dome of the Rock, and each time its citizens are kidnapped, each time its citizens come under rocket fire and each time a bomb goes off in Israel a piece of that Mosque will go away and a piece of Solomon’s temple will be rebuilt.
The outrage will be huge but the reality is this will affect almost no one directly. Because of where it is most Muslims have and never will visit this Mosque. The protestations will be large but the practical effect on people’s everyday lives will be practically nil.
Internationally of course that’s a different story. Chests will be thumped and calls for the extermination of the Jews and “massive retaliation” from the Islamic world & boycotts on top of existing ones will be proclaimed by universities, but to what end?
Will the Arabs actually go to war over the partial rebuilding of the Temple? Doubtful, Israel even without their nukes is a match for every arab army out there and every single Arab leader knows it. Moreover with the turmoil going through the entire middle east none of them can afford to risk their army on a quixotic attack on the Jewish state as those armies are the only thing between them and Islamic militants such as ISIS replacing them in the halls of power.
Would ISIS itself turn on Israel and attack? They would have to find a route to get there, and the only route that doesn’t go through Jordan would be attacking at the Golan Heights. That would become a killing field for them. In fact a lot of Arabs states would love to see this option because the day they choose to attack Israel with their “army” is the day they cease to exist as a threat to them (in fact arab states might encourage such an attack so Israel can do their dirty work while they make strong protestations to the contrary).
In the end however rebuilding the temple strikes back without Israel killing people or destroying their homes or having to manage more people.
Now one might say both of these choices are horrible because it will unite Muslims all over the world against them in a desire to marginalize and destroy Israel….as opposed to the current state of affairs where Muslims are united all over the world in a desire to marginalize and destroy Israel.
Israel’s should simply ignore the very existence of the Palestinian authority. Israel should without consideration to the Arabs and all their international enablers decide what is in their own best interest and act accordingly…
…like every other country in the world does.
Final thought: If Israel was the country that their foes pretend it is the problem would have been solved decades ago as Israel would have destroyed them. Their borders going to Beirut & Damascus to the north, the West Bank to the East, the Suez canal to the west and the Red Sea to the south.
Update: this is a good third alternative via Israpundit:
Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu proposed Monday night that Israel’s response to the murder of the three teenagers in the West Bank include a wave of settlement construction and the establishment of a new settlement in memory of Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Shaar and Naftali Fraenkel, a senior Israeli official told Haaretz.
An Israeli defense official confirmed the details and said that Ya’alon suggested the new settlement be established in the G’vaot outpost, frozen in 2002, which is located between Alon Shvut and Beitar Ilit. The Defense Ministry specified that the outpost is located on state lands and that the government already made a decision to turn it into a settlement.
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The trick will be to see if we can make this happen without sending out a solicitation to tip jar hitters.
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