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There Is Only A Military Solution
By Ariel Natan Pasko © 2003/5763
One only has to look as far east as Iraq, to see that force of arms can
change a regime and impose a solution.
The Problem: One nation, spiritually and historically attached to its
ancient homeland, is being constantly attacked militarily, both directly
and through terrorist actions against its civilian population, from the
adjoining contiguous territory - there are no natural borders - which is
also part of its ancient homeland, now occupied by an enemy population who
has invaded it over time.
The Military Solution, which can be imposed, offers several choices.
1. Declare a total all-out war against the enemy, hit all targets,
military, political, economic, and destroy their infrastructure. Maximize
enemy casualties - including civilian - with the intent purpose of
reducing the enemy population drastically and facilitating the elimination
of it from your homeland. Guarantee peace by eliminating the enemy's
ability to wage war, and greatly reducing the enemies will to wage war.
Reunite your ancient homeland under your exclusive control, declare
victory, peace, and praise G-D.
2. Declare a total all-out war against the enemy's military, hit all
targets, including their political and military command-and-control
centers, and military leader's residences. Eliminate enemy military
actions against your population and facilitate the evacuation of the
enemy's occupying population from your homeland. Reunite your ancient
homeland under your exclusive control, declare victory, peace, and praise
3. Declare a total all-out war against the enemy's leadership. Eliminate
them wherever they can be found. Destroy the enemy's military
infrastructure and reduce the occupying enemy to a servile population.
Facilitate the evacuation of most of the enemy population and incorporate
the rest into your population. Reunite your ancient homeland under your
exclusive control, declare victory, peace, and praise G-D.
If you stop and think for a moment, there are those who are attempting to
implement a combination of these choices, as we speak. No, not Kahanist
elements, not the Jewish settler movement, and not the far-right fringe in Israel;
but Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Fatah - such as their Tanzim and Al-Aqsa
Brigades - and others. They see only a military solution to the conflict. Just
listen to what Hamas leader Abdel Aziz Rantisi recently said, "We will
continue with our holy war and resistance until every last criminal
Zionist is evicted from this land. By G-D we will not leave one Jew alive
in Palestine. We will fight them with all the strength we have. This is
our land, not the Jews."
And they're working to implement their vision. Their suicide murderers
roam around looking for more victims. Jerusalem: August 19th, 23 people
murdered, including seven children; over 130 were injured, including 40
children in a bus bombing, returning from evening prayers at the Western
Wall of the Temple Mount. Rishon L'Tzion area: September 9th, 8 people
murdered and over 30 injured near the Tzrifin military base, in a bombing,
that some believe was originally intended for the nearby Assaf HaRofe
Hospital itself. It seems that heightened security at the hospital caused
the killers to pick an easier target, soldiers standing at a bus stop.
Jerusalem: the same day, September 9th, another 7 people murdered and over
50 injured when a bomber tries to enter a cafe, then explodes himself and
If you think that these are just extremist elements in Palestinian
society, think again. According to a May 2003 Pew Global Attitudes Project
opinion poll, 80% of Palestinians agreed with the statement: "The rights
and needs of the Palestinian people cannot be taken care of as long as the
State of Israel exists." They clearly want to destroy the Jewish state.
This is most clearly reflected in the attitudes of Palestinians, regarding
the so-called refugee problem. On the Official Palestinian Authority
website, they posted the results of a Poll from May 2003, conducted by
Human Rights International Solidarity Institute (HRISI) about the
Palestinian refugee 'right of return', surveying Arabs in northern
'refugee camps' in the West Bank, 84% of respondents expressed their hope
to return to their homes in pre-1967 Israel.
In regard to the proposal to
live in the Jewish settlements instead of returning to their homes, that
they left in 1948, 87% of the respondents opposed this solution. So one
can clearly see a desire to establish an Independent Palestinian State in
Judea and Samaria - the West Bank - and flood Israel with refugees,
creating a bi-national state. How long will it take, for irredentists to
begin fighting the then Jewish minority in Israel, agitating to merge with
Palestine, and effectively killing the State of Israel?
And killing Jews, Israelis, and the State of Israel isn't just for Rantisi
or Hamas. Monthly Public Opinion Polls by The Jerusalem Media &
Communication Centre, from December 2002 to April 2003, have consistently
shown that around 75% of Palestinians, "strongly or somewhat support the
continuation of the al-Aqsa Intifada," meaning "continued military
operations inside Israel and/or inside the 'occupied' territories." When
asked in April 2003 about suicide bombing operations against Israeli
civilians, 59.9% of Palestinians, "strongly or somewhat support them."
Support for suicide bombings has consistently been between the high 50's
and 80% for several years now.
In a poll carried out between August 21-28, 2003 for Yasser Arafat's Gaza
based "Office of Palestinian Information" - of Palestinians in the West
Bank and Gaza Strip - they found that 60.2% continue to support attacks on
Jews and 88.8% oppose the detention of members of Hamas and Islamic Jihad
by the Palestinian Authority. Besides the fact that the above results do
not correspond with the commonly held working assumptions of the Bush and
Sharon Administrations that the Palestinian public actually opposes terror
and would support Palestinian compliance of the roadmap, the poll found
that 56% believe attacks serve Palestinian national interests and 79.7%
oppose the PA's decision to freeze contacts with Hamas and Islamic Jihad.
A clear majority wants to continue warfare against Israeli soldiers and
civilians, including suicide bombings. This certainly isn't just a
fanatical fringe, but Palestinian society's wishes. They are an enemy to
the Jewish People. They are in an all-out war till the end.
What we see from all this is that not only the "military" - i.e. terror -
organizations, but the rank and file on the Palestinian street that desire
a military victory, the collapse of the Jewish state -Israel - and its
replacement with an Arab state - Palestine - from the "river to the sea".
If the Palestinian Authority ever agrees to a negotiated settlement
bringing an end to the conflict, it is far from clear that Palestinian
society will accept it. A more likely prognosis would be continued
warfare, a possible take-over by Hamas and others of the PA, and continued
terror with the goal of Israel's destruction.
So, how does a state defend its citizens under such circumstances?
For a long time now we've been hearing the mind-numbing mantra of the
left, "There is no military solution to the conflict," with it's - let's
throw our hands up and surrender already - corollary, "There is only a
political solution." But one must understand, there can only be a
political solution to a conflict, if the parties involved want to accept a
political solution. If one side insists on total and absolute victory,
even to the point of exterminating its enemy, and the other side pursues a
political solution, then you have a proscription for disaster in the
You can throw water on a normal fire to put it out, but throw water on an
electrical fire and all you do is spread the area of danger. Not only is
there danger from the fire, but now from electrocution as well. Such
one-sided behavior on the part of Israeli leaders, attempting to achieve
"peace" with a society that wants to exterminate it, has spread the
danger, as well.
Although Israeli society seems to be confused as to how to respond to this
existential threat, one issue has been consistently clear in the minds of
an overwhelming majority of Israelis for several years already, they don't
want a Palestinian state to come into existence. A Poll by the Hanoch
Smith Institute (HSI) in November 2001 found 68% of Israeli Jews believe
that "regardless of the size or strength of a Palestinian state, if one is
established it will constitute a threat to the State of Israel." A later
poll done by HSI in June 2002 found 80% of Israeli Jews oppose the
proposal that Israel withdraw to the 1967 borders and create a Palestinian
Arab state in the vacated territories.
The Geocartography Institute carried out a Poll on February 25, 2003 for
the Ariel Center for Policy Research, they asked: "In light of the
experience that has accumulated since the Oslo agreements, do you support
or oppose a Palestinian state?" 61% said they oppose creating such a
state; only 31% said they support it.
And after the crowning of Mahmoud Abbas - Abu Mazen - PA Prime Minister,
Dahaf carried out a Poll the week of May 2, 2003, of Israelis (including
Israeli Arabs) that asked; will the election -he wasn't elected but
appointed - of Abu Mazen effect Palestinian terror? 68% answered that
there would be no change or increase it. Clearly Israelis hold out no hope
that so-called Palestinian political reforms will bring an end to the
violent struggle the Palestinians have been carrying out. It seems that
Jews in Israel understand just how extreme the Arabs are, in their
Palestinian visions of mass annihilation of the Jews. Hamas leader
Rantisi's murderous statements, just express those visions more openly
But Abbas didn't last too long as prime minister. Some have blamed Yasser
Arafat for interfering with Abbas's job, but an honest look reveals
otherwise. Abbas himself was unwilling to implement the roadmap commitment
to criminalize terror organizations and dismantle their infrastructure; he
resigned on September 6th, 2003.
And who has replaced him?
Ahmed Qureia - known by his underground name, Abu Ala - speaker of the
Palestinian legislative Council; he's been touted as a moderate - as
Mahmoud Abbas was - due to his early involvement in the Oslo process. But
don't forget he's been appointed by Arafat and has no political base of
his own, just like Abbas.
"Moderate" PA Prime Minister-elect Ahmed Qureia said in a December 1997
interview, that there would be "no compromise for one centimeter of the
West Bank including Jerusalem," not even on such integral parts of
Jerusalem as French Hill or Ramat Eshkol. "Nothing," Abu Ala said, "not
settlements or settlers either. [French Hill and Ramat Eshkol are]
occupied territory from 1967. [Those who live there] are welcome to apply
for citizenship under Palestinian law."
In December 1998 - after the Wye summit - Qureia published an article in
the PA daily Al-Hayyat Al-Jadida, stating that the borders of the future
independent Palestinian State, that would be declared in May 1999, are the
boundaries set by the 1947 Partition Resolution. That doesn't even give
Israel Beer Sheva.
And in a September 1999 visit to China - according to the newspaper
Al-Ayyam -Abu Ala demanded the so-called "right of return" as a basic
condition for peace," Either [we achieve] a just peace that will guaranty
the legitimate national rights of the Palestinian people, including [the]
Return, self determination, and the establishment of an independent state
with Jerusalem as its capital, or there will be no peace, but a return to
the struggle in all its forms." Very "moderate" indeed!
After the Jerusalem Bus bombing of August 19th, the Israeli government
declared an all-out war against Hamas and the other terror groups, within
36 hours Israel picked-off one of Hamas's top leaders, Ismail Abu Shanab.
Hamas quickly threatened that Israeli Prime Minister Sharon and other
government leaders were now targets. Several days later, Hamas leaders
were holding a meeting at the home of senior Hamas official and Islamic
University lecturer, Dr. Marwan Abu Ras when Israeli F-16's struck
unsuccessfully. At the meeting were high-ranking officials Mohammed Deff
and Adnan al-Rul, as well as Abdel Aziz Rantisi, the target of an
unsuccessful Israeli Air Force missile strike in June. Israeli security
sources confirmed that Hamas "spiritual" leader Sheikh AhmedYassin and
other senior officials in the organization were the targets of the attack,
as they were meeting "to plan future terror attacks against Israelis." The
Israeli Army vowed to continue waging "relentless war against Hamas."
Speaking recently at the Herzliya Interdisciplinary Center's annual
counterterrorism conference, IDF Chief-of-Staff Gen. Moshe Ya'alon, hinted
Israel could start targeting terrorist leaders in places from Syria to
Lebanon to Iran who support Palestinian terror cells, saying "all
leaderships should be held accountable."
Nine such Israeli missile strikes since the Jerusalem bus bombing have
killed 12 terrorist operatives. Out of seven prominent Hamas leaders in
the Gaza Strip, three (Salah Shahada, Dr. Ibrahim Maqadmeh and Ismail Abu
Shanab) have been killed since July 2002; three were lightly hurt in
assassination strikes (Sheikh Yassin, Dr. Mahmoud a-Zahar, and Dr. Abdel
Aziz Rantisi in June); one escaped injury in an attack (Ismail Haniya).
A war of words has begun. After the attempt on Sheikh Yassin, the Hamas
military wing, Iz a-Din al-Kassam announced, "Each Zionist who occupies
our land is a target for us, but we did not select a specific target and
we leave this to the judgment of our fighters and their ability to reach
targets. Our response to the attempted killing of the head of the Hamas
organization pyramid will be of the type that Israel has never seen
before. We call on all organization cells in various cities to heighten
the state of alert and prepare for an especially harsh response against
One Hamas supporter shouted through a loudspeaker as Yassin was treated in
a hospital right after the attack: "Sharon, your head is now wanted."
Others chanted: "Bomb Tel-Aviv." Later, Yassin after praying at a mosque
told a crowd of angry supporters, "You will pay the price for this crime,"
aiming his comments at Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. "The Israeli people
will pay a dear price for this crime... Our people will not raise the
white flag. The [Israeli] entity will be removed." Supporters outside the
mosque waved Hamas flags, chanting, "We will sacrifice our blood for
Former PA Prime Minister Abbas, it was reported at the time, telephoned
Hamas "spiritual" leader Sheikh Yassin to express his condolences over the
death of Abu Shanab. The Palestine Media Center - an official arm of the
PA - reported that about 150,000 people in Gaza attended Abu Shanab's
funeral. Earlier, it had been reported that fireworks celebrations were
set off over the Arab part of Hebron and Palestinian radio stations began
broadcasting upbeat, happy music when news of the August 19th bus bombing
reached them. Celebrations were also reported in Gaza after the news of
the September 9th bombings as well, with shooting in the air and handing
out candies. Who said that Hamas and Islamic Jihad terror against Jews
doesn't have popular support amongst the Palestinians?
Sharon's response after the recent assassination attempt on Hamas
"spiritual" leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin and others was, "It's us or them.
They are dead men. We won't give them any rest since they have just one
goal, our destruction." "We intend to liquidate all of Hamas, without any
distinction between the political and military branches of this terrorist
organization," an unnamed Israeli official was quoted as saying.
It's nice to see that PM Sharon realizes that, "...they have just one
goal, our destruction." But this "limited war" against Hamas terrorists,
obfuscates the real problem, all of Palestinian society is at war with
Israel. When Israeli leaders admit this, when they begin to internalize
that "peace" is not possible with a society that wants to replace Israel,
then they can begin to see that THERE IS ONLY A MILITARY SOLUTION!
Now, go back to the top, and pick, 1, 2, or 3...
Ariel Natan Pasko is an independent analyst & consultant. He has a
Master's Degree in International Relations & Policy Analysis. His
articles appear regularly on numerous news/views and think-tank websites,
in newspapers, and can be read at: www.geocities.com/ariel_natan_pasko
from the October 2003 Edition of the Jewish Magazine
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