By Frank Lanza, M.D.
Henry said, “peace, peace - but there is no peace”.
That was in 1775 - 235 years ago. History always repeats
itself. Transpose to the Middle East - 2010. Two
implacable enemies, Israel and the Palestinians. One hating the
other so much that it transcends all reason. With these two
protagonists, there will be no peace until only one or the other is
talk and talk and talk, but some disputes cannot be talked away.
This is one of them. Eventually, there will be war and when it is
all over, perhaps there will be a solution or perhaps not. There
have already been six wars, the war for Independence, the Suez War, the
67 War, the Yom Kippur War in 1973, two Lebanese wars, and two
infidatas without a resolution.
This is basically a land dispute with each side claiming, “This
is my land”. The Palestinians are for the most part Muslim
Arabs and believe on religious grounds that any land once possessed by
them must be retained or reconquered if lost. All of Palestine,
including Israel, will not satisfy them. They want the
world. Everywhere they are victorious, they erect mosques,
usually on the site of churches, monuments, or other symbols
representing those whom they conquered (see mosque-World Trade
Center). They are not reluctant to use terror, murder, rape, or
even genocide to attain their goals. They preach hatred in their
mosques and schools and urge even children to kill Jews whenever
possible. The Israelis on the other hand just want to be left
alone. They do not hate anybody. They have reached out to
the Palestinians with economic and monetary aid, hoping for a path to
peace. They have tried appeasement by returning South Lebanon,
Gaza, and most of Judea and Samaria. All of these places rapidly
became staging areas for further and more intense attacks upon
Israel. This is the fruit of appeasement (see Hitler –
How do you get peace out of a situation like this? You
don’t. Eventually, the Palestinians and their Arab and
Muslim allies will feel strong enough to defeat and overrun
Israel. They won’t because they traditionally overestimate
their own strength and underestimate that of their enemies. The
next war will end up like all the rest, with Israel victorious and with
Europe and the U.S.A. demanding they give it all back again. They
shouldn’t, but they probably will, which brings us back to square
one. For example, at the urging of President Obama, Israel
declared a freeze on building in the West Bank ten months ago in an
attempt to bring the Palestinians to the conference table.
However, the Palestinians wanted a permanent freeze and refused to meet
with the Israelis until last month and then promptly announced that
they would leave the negotiations unless the freeze was extended.
What were they thinking about for nine months? This is classic
Arab obfuscation and deceit and an excellent example of their
intransigence. They will never agree to anything, except the
destruction of the state of Israel.
How could any intelligent, educated, even liberal-thinking person from
academia, the media, or the entertainment industry have any doubt about
who wants peace? This is a black and white issue. There is
only one response and answer to this question.
So, when will we get peace? Only when the prince of peace returns
and enforces it.