Thursday, July 20, 2006

Interesting if apparent observation

Israel and Egypt negotiated a peace treaty in 1979; this after fighting four bloody wars no less. Despite other subsequent battles Israel has fought with other Arab states and terrorist groups, the peace treaty with Egypt has held up for over a quarter of a century.

In 1993 Israel and Yasser Arafat’s PLO began the Oslo Peace Process. Despite Israeli withdrawals, by 2000 the agreements were in a shambles. Arafat never stopped being a terrorist, and any agreement signed by the PA wasn’t worth the paper it was written on. The result is war (and has been for some time).

In 1994 Jordan and Israel signed a peace agreement. Despite ongoing tensions and war between Israel and the PA (PLO), the peace agreement between the two has held firm.

In 2000 Israel unilaterally pulled out of its security belt in Southern Lebanon and retreated to the internationally recognized border. Hezbollah moved in, filling the void. They grew stronger and remained aggressive. Because of Hezbollah, Lebanon was unable or unwilling to negotiate a peace treaty with Israel. The result is now war.

Therefore, Israel should not make the same mistake again. Peace can’t be made with terrorist groups that are not held accountable for their actions. This should seem elementary my dear Watson, but apparently it’s not. Not for all of those international figures calling for an immediate ceasefire, which would only help Hezbollah by giving it a respite to regroup.


Mario Loyola at National Review Online puts it this way:

Terrorism as Social Contract: An Arab failure
This is a must read!


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