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March 23, 2011

Re: Bus Bombing and the Palestinian Offensive

Topics: Israel, Political News and commentaries

Caroline Glick, deputy managing editor of the Jerusalem Post, comments to NRO from Jerusalem (via Kathryn Jean Lopez):

There has been a lot of Arab violence in Jerusalem this week mainly against police. The PA has been ginning up calls for a third intifadah since Mubarak was ousted.

This is part of a general Palestinian offensive we see with the missile attacks on the south, the massacre in Itamar, and the interdicted Iranian weapons ship. And it's against the backdrop of Fatah's renewed efforts to form a post-Mubarak unity government with the strengthened Hamas.

The Palestinians figure they can get away with this because of Obama's antagonism towards Israel. They are convinced that the U.S. will oppose Israeli counterstrikes. (Emphasis mine)

Glick has good reason to be so critical of the Obama administration. As Majority Leader Eric Cantor (Va.), the only Jewish Republican in Congress, aptly noted today ... the administration has asked Israel to concede too much in order to resume peace negotiations with the Palestinians, which in turn has resulted in Palestinian militant groups continuing to commit ever more violence against Israelis. In his statement, Cantor referenced the recent brutal murder of five members of a Jewish family in the West Bank and constant rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip as evidence that not enough is being done to stop Palestinian efforts to incite violence ... and suggested that the recent attacks should be used as a basis to address the root cause of this violence: anti-Israel incitement in Palestinian mosques, schools and media -- and the blanket refusal on the part of the Palestinians to accept Israel's right to exist that it has created.

Cantor's suggestion sounds great in principle, but it's in reality a non-starter - an impossible task on the part of Israel and the West (even if the Obama administration suddenly changed its ideologically-based agenda against Israel). The problem is that the only way this "root cause" ... actually encouraged by the Obama administrations condemnation of Israel ... can be addressed is by the Palestinians themselves changing their entire Islamist culture of hate, intolerance of Jews, and violence against Jews. As Mort Zuckerman points out at USNews, there would be no better signal of the Palestinians' willingness to have a permanent peace with an Israeli state than for them to begin to educate their people for peace.

Yet the Obama administration reversing its anti-Israel stance ... insisting that any concessions by the Israelis by met with the Palestinians recognizing Israel's right to exist and a significant change in the Palestinian culture, could go a long way toward this happening. But the Obama administration reversing its support of the violent Palestinians is about as likely as the Palestinians renouncing violence on their own.

In other words, expect matters to only get worse, with little likelihood of any reduction in violence on the part of the Palestinians. In the meanwhile ... the Israelis must defend themselves, or die.

Posted by Richard at March 23, 2011 3:00 PM

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