I Stand With Israel

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“Peace,” they cry. “Israel must make peace with Palestine.” Hamas begs to differ.

I do not pretend to know all the intricacies of this conflict; I have not dedicated my life to learning about the issue nor undertaken years of study. That said, I know enough: I know both sides have historically shown a willingness to engage in peace talks; I know Israel’s neighbors forced her into the Six-Day War, which caused much of the territorial upheaval we see today; and I know she sits in a region dominated by Muslim countries, some of which (i.e. Iran) are led by virulent anti-Semites. I also know Palestine has failed to control its own people and gave a genocidal terrorist organization (Hamas) electoral power in 2011. All of this and Netanyahu is the bad guy? I think not.

As Westerners living in the world’s pre-eminent power, we cannot possibly understand the terror Israeli citizens experience every day. Thousands of rockets, Vietcong-esque tunnel systems, and a groundswell of antisemitism (i.e. Turkey) later, it’s clear the Middle East hates Judaism (it literally took decades for Arab nations to admit the Jewish state even had a right to exist, let alone recognize her legitimacy). Anti-Jewish rallies in London and elsewhere have further alienated Israel from even her closest allies, leaving Netanyahu essentially alone. As media outlets and writers on this blog glorify Gaza, I fear we have forgotten who Israel is fighting: Hamas, an antisemitic terrorist organization that has pledged eternal war with Judaism. From its charter:

This is the Charter of the Islamic Resistance (Hamas) which will reveal its face, unveil its identity, state its position, clarify its purpose, discuss its hopes, call for support to its cause and reinforcement, and for joining its ranks. For our struggle against the Jews is extremely wide-ranging and grave, so much so that it will need all the loyal efforts we can wield, to be followed by further steps and reinforced by successive battalions from the multifarious Arab and Islamic world, until the enemies are defeated and Allah’s victory prevails. Thus we shall perceive them approaching in the horizon, and this will be known before long: “Allah has decreed: Lo! I very shall conquer, I and my messenger, lo! Allah is strong, almighty.”

Hamas, which controls Gaza, does not want peace; it wants to wipe out the Jewish race. Anyone who supports such a movement should lift their right arm and give the Führer a salute, for he would truly be proud.

Unfortunately, Hamas isn’t Palestine’s only problem. Rogue militants not associated with the terror group have been launching missiles into Israel for years. Just as he is responsible for stopping Hamas, President Mahmoud Abbas must also reign in these criminals before negotiations can proceed.

To be clear, I know Israel is not perfect. Bombing civilian centers, even if they harbor military targets, is immoral, and the Jewish state has not always been helpful when it comes to peace agreements; there have also been serious issues with Palestinian refugees. That said, these problems cannot be addressed until Palestine rids itself of Hamas and other terrorist agents. The United States doesn’t negotiate with them, so why must Netanyahu?

As long as terrorists are digging tunnels into Israel and launching rockets into civilian neighborhoods, there can be no truce. It seems President Abbas must make a choice: get Hamas and Palestine’s rogue militant forces under control once and for all, thereby leading to trust, peace, and a potentially beneficial two-state solution, or stick with them and face destruction.

To those who “Stand with Palestine,” do not forget what you’re supporting: a government that has done little to stop militants from attacking Israel and is allied with antisemitic terrorists who admire Adolf Hitler. Yes, Israel has made some major mistakes, and yes, she must be better. But that does not make Hamas or Palestine’s rocket-firing zealots any less evil. I want peace, but will not ask our ally to do something we won’t — negotiate with terrorists. Is that really such a crime?

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