Peace: A misnomer in the Middle East
The word “peace” in the Middle East merely means, “the absence of war.” There has been unremitting pressure on Israel to “make peace.” This pressure was never really necessary, for Israel yearned for peace with its Arab neighbors. The Arabs, put simply, would not give Israel a moment’s peace. Even between wars, they launched terrorist attacks against the weakest civilian targets . . . women and children.
Those who pressed Israel for concessions did so merely because they did not want to lean on the Arabs for anything. The Israelis made great concessions, time after time, pursuing what the Americans or Western countries perceived of as peace. Nothing of consequence happened. In the much trumpeted Camp David Accords, Israel gave up a $17 billion dollar investment in the Sinai, plus $2 billion a year for oil, in exchange for a scrap of paper called “The Accords,” which the Egyptians have promptly abrogated.
We have watched the Arabs kill each other for a myriad of reasons when they were not directly attempting the destruction of the Jewish State of Israel. In short time the world has observed the ruthless and continuous barbaric actions of the Arabs often under the catch-all of fighting for Islamic principles. The internecine warfare between Arabs is not new, in fact, it dates back centuries.
Nasser of Egypt was using poison gas against the Sudanese in the late 40’s and 50’s. Syria attempted to invade Jordan in 1970 and was only turned back by a military threat from Israel. Syria considers Israel, Jordan and Lebanon to be part of Greater Syria and to be regained. Iraq and Iran have been at war since 1981, with Iraq using poison gas. In Lebanon, the PLO attempted and succeeded in enslaving the Lebanese population for 12 years. Now the factions of Shiites, Druze, Marionite Christians, Alawites, Syrians and PLO are engaged in a non-ending war of mutual elimination.
The PLO has been split into dozens of terror groups, each with a different name. Many of these splinter groups espouse different terror philosophies. They work separately and together. When convenient, they will invent a new name for special missions.
The Palestinian National Congress created the PLO in 1964 [before the 1967 Six Day War] and remains its supreme authority. Now the PNC is being polished up as a neutral negotiating body, to look like American professors with striped suits, ties, and sophisticated western accents. The PNC is like the Mafia, giving the PLO and all its little splinter terror groups their marching orders. No amount of washing up will get the blood off their hands.
It should be clear that regardless of what agreements may be signed, regardless of land given up, regardless of Super-power guarantees; there is little hope that the Arabs will indulge in so-called peace with Israel, when they cannot find peace for themselves.
Those who would thrust Israel into a mirage of peace are thrusting Israel into a fiery Hell, merely to accommodate their wrong-headed wishful thinking. Clearly, Israel’s basic enemies would like Israel to indulge in a further weakening process, so the combined might of the Arab armies will, at last, succeed in breeching the wall, and crushing the Jewish State.
Then there are those who have a misguided notion that somehow the Arabs can be appeased by a little land here, a little land there . . . and they will go back to being quiet villagers. This naïve approach has been tried for centuries in order to appease tyrants and land-hungry countries. Chamberlain tried it with Hitler, and we seem to be accepting the Soviet ingestion of Afghanistan. Appeasement has never satisfied implacable foes.
The sad fact is that there will be no peace with the Arabs for a long time, and perhaps never. At the moment the most we can hope for is the “absence of war.” It is not in the Arab nature, culture or religion to seek peace or accommodate the enemy. The philosophy which is operative in Islam is: “Kiss the hand of your enemy until you can cut it off”. This is the philosophy which the West cannot begin to fathom and trivializes as merely a negotiating posture. The only certain thing is that mankind simply is unable to learn from history. We continue to make the same mistakes over and over again, century after century.
Should Israel choose to foolishly weaken itself in a desperate gamble for an elusive “peace” with an unstable people, then it might as well “pack its bags for Babylon”. Surely, nothing will remain alive, down to the smallest blade of grass, if the Arabs have the opportunity of choice.