Can emancipated Israel emancipate Arabs too?
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After the 1993 Oslo Accords, Israel traded land for lies — broken Palestinian promises. After Israel vacated southern Lebanon unilaterally, it got the al-Aqsa Intifada and suicide bomber attacks. After Israel uprooted settlers in Gaza and unilaterally vacated, the Palestinians destroyed the assets Israel let behind, and then let loose with thousands of rockets, leading to the 2008-2009 Gaza War. Thus over the past 16 years of “peace process” Israel’s “peace now” faction has serially traded land for lies, land for suicide bombers and land for rockets. If they trade land yet again, whatever they get will not be peace.
Yet the international community — the UN and most nations — persists in the fiction that Israel’s “occupation” of the West Bank is the reason for Palestinian terror, although terror antedates Israel’s 1967 victory. The “L” in “PLO” stands for “liberation” of Israel from Jewish control. Gilder also notes in a bitter irony that alone among peoples on the planet Arabs are given a presumed right to a territory free of Jews — the judenrein (“Jew-free”) dream of Hitler. (Conveniently forgotten is that Jordan’s 1950 annexation of the West Bank was legally recognized only by two nations: Britain, and Britain’s creation, Pakistan.)
After each wave of Arab aggression the international community libels Israel as the aggressor or as a war criminal for using excessive — “disproportionate” — force. Aid flows invariably to the Palestinians, nearly all of it diverted from avowedly humanitarian purposes to financing the next round of terrorism. In national security as in economics, if you tax (penalize) something you get less of it, while if you subsidize (reward) it you get more. In this case, terror is rewarded, and grows.
Perhaps most important in Gilder’s masterwork is that he shows why Israel is essential to American prosperity as well, with its technological prowess. Israel could be the economic engine for the entire Mideast. This is the new Israel, no longer a financial ward of America. It is this Israel that most Americans know not of. “Israel Inside” would be a great slogan for an ad campaign educating Americans about the new Israel, and its supreme value to America and the West. In lieu of an ad blitz, Gilder’s book does the job beautifully.