ISRAELI EXIT POLLS: HAMAS 29-32; ISLAMIC JIHAD 20-22; PFLP 11-12
I've only written satirical pieces on this blog so far, and I wish this were another one, but it's not.
If the exit polls are correct - and they are probably pretty close - the Israeli public today has democratically elected to destroy itself. The parties they've chosen have Hebrew names and Jews running them, but the policies they espouse belong to another people (actually, a לא עם, a non-people, in the words of the Torah).
The Arabs who call themselves Palestinians have made it clear that they want the State of Israel to disappear, and that they mean to accomplish this in stages if not all at once, and by any means necessary. The principle means have been:
1) A massive disinformation campaign in which they have portrayed themselves as a distinct nation whose land was stolen, and whose people have been systematically abused and murdered by Jews. This has been wildly successful, turning not only the world against Israel, but Israel against itself.
2) Violence against Israelis, carried out on a scale large enough to get under every Israeli's skin, but small enough to preclude effective retaliation.
So Israel began to acquiesce to the Arab demands, giving them land, money, and weapons galore. This was once referred to as land for peace
, though today I don't hear that phrase often. In fact this policy has mainly brought more violence, and though it has not yet been completed and technically could still bring peace by the end, logically it's near impossible. When dealing with an enemy who refuses to compromise, as long as you're giving in, he sees his tactics working and has every reason to continue them. I think Israelis are actually realizing now that land for peace
is at best land for nothing
but they just do the same thing anyway because they're convinced that there's no other option!
All of the larger parties and most of the smaller parties in Israel are committed to creating a Palestinian state on a portion of Israel's current territory. But this will not end the conflict. Whether it's bilateral or unilateral, it can serve only to achieve some of the Arabs' territorial goals, give them confidence that they can achieve more, weaken Israel physically and spiritually, and send more Jews to their graves, whereupon the process will repeat itself. That is exactly what Hamas, Islamic Jihad, PFLP, et al. want.
Kadima, Labor, and Likud (or Israel Beiteinu) may have gotten the most votes, but it's the Arabs who have won this election, and their desires will continue to dictate Israeli policy for the foreseeable future. مبروك / Congratulations!