Israel was invaded Sunday.
This time, however, the invaders werenâ€™t armed forces. Nonetheless, they did not come in peace, and their attempt to enter Israel was no less an act of war than the invasions of 1967 and 1973, and the rockets that jihadists regularly shoot into Israel from Gaza.
Thousands of Palestinian Arabs tried to enter the country from Lebanon, Syria, Gaza and Judea and Samaria. Their declared intention â€“ announced weeks ago on Facebook â€“ was to return to the lands from which they had been expelled in 1948. The Facebook page made clear the sinister intentions of Sundayâ€™s action: it was entitled â€œThird Palestinian Intifada,â€ and after it posted numerous calls for violence against Israel, Facebook took it down â€“ after it had gained 350,000 members.
â€œThe leaders of these violent demonstrations,â€ explained Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, â€œtheir struggle is not over the 1967 borders but over the very existence of Israel, which they describe as a catastrophe that must be resolved. It is important that we look with open eyes at the reality and be aware of whom we are dealing with and what we are dealing with.â€
Indeed. And what they are dealing with is precisely what has been obscured, ignored, and denied, by Western governments and the mainstream media, for decades now. The Obama administration is just the latest U.S. administration to assume that Israelâ€™s enemies can be negotiated with and placated with some agreement. The fact that every such compromise has failed never shakes this core belief, or leads policy analysts to realize that Israel is dealing with an unappeasable jihadist enemy.
No state has ever successfully reached a negotiated settlement with a jihadist enemy who avows a religious obligation to destroy it. So why is Israel constantly expected to be the first? Barack Obama and virtually everyone else in power in America and Europe assume that the violent demonstrators who breached Israelâ€™s borders on Sunday will ultimately be pacified once a Palestinian state is set up. Yet as Hamas is now merging with the â€œmoderatesâ€ of Fatah with whom Obama and others have been dealing, it is useful to recall that the Hamas Charter of August 1988 declares that â€œnothing is loftier or deeper in nationalism than waging Jihad against the enemy and confronting him when he sets foot on the land of the Muslims.â€ When will this Jihad end? The Hamas Charter quotes Hasan al-Banna, the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood: â€œIsrael will rise and will remain erect until Islam eliminates it as it had eliminated its predecessors.â€