The Fatal Myth of Peace
Why is peace a fatal myth for Israel? Consider. Back in September 1976, I asked Defense Minister Shimon Peres’ political adviser, Asher Ben-Natan, “What is Israel’s major problem?”He replied: “We can’t lie as well as the Arabs.”
How can one make peace with liars?
Mr. Ben-Natan’s reply actually reveals the basic cause of Israel’s malaise: the failure or inability of Israel’s ruling elites to tell the truth about the one issue on which Arabs allegedly excel Jews, namely, mendacity. But this means that, year after year,Israel’s ruling elites have been deceiving the public, indeed, the free world, about the nature of the Israel-Arab conflict.
The truth is that peaceful coexistence between Jews and Arabs is impossible so long as Arabs remain Arabs, steeped in Islam’s 1,400-year ethos of Jihad – homicide.
Israel’s policy of territory for peace not only arouses the contempt of Arab despots and incites them to wage war. It also invites the world in general and the United States in particular, to exert pressure on Israel to surrender Jewish land.
When Asher Ben-Natan told me, “We can’t lie as well as the Arabs,” I replied: “Then why not tell the truth?” The truth about what?The truth, that genuine and abiding peace between Israel and her Arab neighbors is not possible, given the deeply ingrained contemptuous and bellicose attitude of Arabs toward “infidels,” especially Jews. Is there a news outlet in Israel or in America that has the courage to publish this truth?
How if Israel’s leaders told the truth?
But suppose Israeli prime ministers made this truth a declaratory policy – say after the Six-Day War. Of course, they would have to expose, in graphic detail, the militant and mendacious character of the Islamic world, as Prof. Yehoshafat Harkabi did at great length in his book Arab Attitudes to Israel, the Hebrew original of which appeared before the Six-Day War in 1967.
The mere fact that Arab regimes – despotisms – do not even live in peace with each other is sufficient reason to discount their living in peace with the Jewish State of Israel, whose very existence, independence, and military supremacy challenges the validity of Islam – something no Israeli political scientist has the wherewithal to admit.
But how might the United States react to Israel, if her prime minister enunciated this truth – a truth which logically precludes Israel’s long-standing policy of territory for peace?
Truth would lessen American pressure
Before answering this question, it should be noted that even though the Labor Party (Mapai) controlled every lever of power of the state during the first 29 years of Israel’s existence, that secular and socialist party never won more than 51 of the Knesset’s 120 seats. This suggests – and studies confirm – that a large majority of the Jews in this country identify with the Jewish heritage. This being the case, public opinion in Israel would be adamantly opposed to any territorial withdrawal if the government told the truth about the implacable hostility and genocidal intentions of Israel’s Arab enemies.
With public opinion solidly behind the government – a government that rejects “land-for-peace” as a rational policy – Washington would have no rational grounds for pressuring Israel to yield land to the Arabs.
Conversely, by expressing his dream of peaceful coexistence between Jews and Arabs – as Ariel Sharon did on the Temple Mount in September 2000 – this only prompts Washington to demand that Israel make gratuitous concessions to her enemies.
Grasping for peace puts peace further away
In short, it is precisely Israel’s irrational pursuit of peace with Arabs steeped in the ethos of Jihad that invites American pressure. But this is not all.
Having lied about peace, day after day, year after year, an Israeli prime minister cannot admit, after more than fifteen thousand Jews have been maimed and murdered, that peace with the Arabs is impossible. For Ariel Sharon to have uttered such a confession would have been to admit his complicity in this butchery! And if PM Benjamin Netanyahu were to make this confession, he in effect would be denouncing his predecessors as complicit in murder!Is there someone in the Israeli media that has the candor and courage to publicize this revelation?◙