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  1. Yehoshua Friedman says:

    It is common in democratic societies to impute humane attitudes to all human beings. When nations or peoples behave badly the conventional wisdom in the democracies is to say that the people are unfortunate hostages of their nasty dictatorial governments or in the case of the Palestinians, mob rule. Unfortunately this is not the case with the Palestinians. They do indeed want to destroy us. The proper response to terror from Gaza might be, not as Prof. Aumann suggests, to wait them out, but to announce that since the civilian population is a full partner in terror, further terror and missile attacks will be met with a policy of causing maximum casualties. The world cries about our disproportional acts of self-defense. Let them cry. Set a ridiculous yardstick of 100 or 1,000 to 1 and stick to it regardless of what the world says. Either the Palestinians behave themselves or there won’t be any Palestinians. As for the threat of withdrawal of US aid, we would be better off without it. We would produce and market our own armaments, producing Israeli rather than US jobs, and also delegitimize US military aid to Egypt and other Arab countries.

  2. Charles B. Hall, PhD says:

    The problem of the concept of *dar-al-islam* is one that has received far too little publicity. Unlike suicide terrorism, *dar-al-islam* is a tenet of mainstream Islam and it makes the acceptance of a Jewish state anywhere in the Middle East absolutely impossible. There is unfortunately little that we can do until this situation changes and we have little power to change it.

    Yet almost as difficult a problem is the insistence of most Religious Zionists on Israeli control of the entirety of what was once the British mandate of Palestine while denying civil rights to the majority of the non-Jewish inhabitants. The international community will not accept this and will continue to put pressure on Israel until this situation is resolved, which will continue to make it difficult for Israel to fight the terrorists who continue to try to kill us.

    Unfortunately, I don’t have a solution.

  3. ariel says:

    A professor from Hebrew U once explained why he and other leftists grasp at any straw of peace: they don’t have religion. A religious person can trust in G-d and is not forced to accept irrational peace plans. But to the leftist – peace plans are his only hope.

  4. Ori Pomerantz says:

    Muslims can ignore dar-al-Islam when it suits them. As far as I know, no Muslims attacked Spain between 1492 and 1992 – despite the fact it used to be ruled by Islam. But they’ll only ignore it if it appears impossible to win. Right now radical Islamists can claim success against the USSR (may it rest in pieces) and soon they may be able to claim they got the US out of Iraq. They are in no mood to conveniently forget any territorial claims.

    As Aumann said, Israel has no chance of peace any time soon. Israelis who don’t want to pay the price for living in a hostile Middle East should probably do what I did and leave. Leaving one’s country is not as easy as pretending things can be fixed to a satisfactory standard, but it is a much healthier choice.

  5. Loberstein says:

    “The world cries about our disproportional acts of self-defense. Let them cry. Set a ridiculous yardstick of 100 or 1,000 to 1 and stick to it regardless of what the world says.”
    “denying civil rights to the majority of the non-Jewish inhabitants. The international community will not accept this and will continue to put pressure on Israel until this situation is resolved, which will continue to make it difficult for Israel to fight the terrorists ”

    These two quotes take opposite approaches. One says that the world’s opinion doesn’t matter, or as Ben Gurion once said “UM Shmoom” abpit the UN. The other quote feels that Israel has to behave without certain boundaries or we will be even more isolated.

    As much as i don’t want to, I have to agree with Professor Auman is saying. There is not short cut to peace and we cannot let our guard down or look weak. The Arabs are their own worst enemies.

    What I will not agree to is loosing our “tzelem elokim”, becoming cruel and indifferent to suffering. We spill the wine because the Egyptians died in the Sea of Reeds. Our humane behavior may make it harder but we cannot become like the Arabs.

  6. Bob Miller says:

    If Hosni Mubarak, Ehud Barak, and Barack Obama led their respective countries at the same time, would that help or hurt the “process”?

  7. cvmay says:

    The most popular slogan among Israeli youth is “Ain le Koach” – which can be translated as, “I have no physical, mental, emotional or spiritual STRENGTH to endure the trails and tribulations of living in Israel”. Time is on the side of the Arabs, and if we continue to throw ourselves at the Arab doorposts with olive branches begging for the right of existence and coexistence, we are diminishing our Tzelem Elokim and exhibiting lack of Kavod Shamayim.

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