Truth is the beginning of wisdom…

What Do You Do When The Guy Across the Negotiating Table Wants to Destroy You?

Secretary of State-designate Hillary Clinton’s confirmation hearings are underway in the Senate today.  A good question for any senator who is interested in being honest about the real problem in the Middle East is this:

“Senator Clinton, imagine that you’re the Israeli Foreign Minister:  What do you do when the other party at the ‘peace table’ is openly committed to your destruction?”

This is the question that all our political and foreign policy elites who are demanding that Israel immediately agree to a “cease fire” with Hamas in Gaza should be asking.

And this is the fact that the anti-Israeli and anti-Semitic mobs that are taking to the streets in London, Edinburgh, Berlin and Washington, DC should know: (This is a negotiating partner?)

Hamas is openly, publicly and proudly committed to the destruction of the state of Israel:

“There is no solution for the Palestinian problem except through jihad”

These are the words of the Hamas charter:

“Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it.”

And here is how the founding document of how Hamas treats the concept of “negotiations”:

“There is no solution for the Palestinian question except through Jihad.  Initiatives,

proposals and international conferences are all a waste of time and vain endeavors.”

Two Facts of Violence in Mid-East: Hamas and Iran

There are two main facts of the violence in the Middle East that all Americans – and particularly our leaders – have to be aware of:

1.  Hamas exists to destroy Israel.  Its leaders wake up every morning with one goal – to eliminate what they call the “Zionist entity.”  They do not care about the civilians they shield themselves with.

2.  The fact of violence in the Middle East is the ongoing effort by Iran (using Syria, Hezbollah and Hamas as its proxies) to undermine pro-American governments in the region.

“A New Emphasis on Respect” in Relations with Iran?

On ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday, President-elect Obama repeated his campaign pledge to negotiate with Iran.  He also promised that there would be a “new emphasis on respect” in his administration’s dealings with Tehran.

President-elect Obama may want respect but Iran’s theocratic rulers want victory. This is a dangerous mismatch of goals for America and a potentially nuclear, aggressor regime to have.

The Policy of the United States Must Be That Israel’s Right to Survive is Unequivocal

There are no easy solutions in Gaza.  But there are a few milestones that Israel should achieve – and the United States should support before any ceasefire with Hamas is granted:

1.  Hamas’ capacity to inflict violence on the state of Israel must be destroyed, or at least significantly reduced.

2.  No missiles – period – must be fired from Gaza into the sovereign state of Israel.

3.  The border between Gaza and Egypt must be sealed and verified by an Israeli and/or independent verifier.

The policy of the United States of America has been and must be that Israel’s right to survive is unequivocal.  Therefore, the greatest danger to Israel in the long run is for it to experience violence followed by a false truce which allows its enemies time to rearm and initiate yet another cycle of violence.

Iran and Hamas will not voluntarily end this cycle of violence.  They must be brought to the point where they have no choice.