I had the pleasure of meeting Jerusalem Post writer Caroline Glick at a recent Santa Barbara retreat that was part of a weekend set up by David Horowitz. Like many who have been through the Israeli Army, she is a kind person with a steel interior. She is deeply concerned about Israel and its survival. Unlike many, she actually understands the problems, and has sensible solutions. Her columns are often on the front page at RealClearPolitics.com.
She was part of a panel on understanding and combatting Islamofacism.
With that, I offer the remarks of Caroline Glick.
“I was in the Israeli Army for 6 years.”
“We are teating Iraq as a war, rather than as a campaign in a larger war.”
“Israel has Iranian proxies on its borders. According to the head of Mossad, Iran will have nuclear weapons by next year.”
“Israel lost its power of deterrence in 2006 due to the Lebanon war.”
“The Israeli government is doing nothing. The diplomatic situation is awful. College professors in America want to recognize Hamas. Israel is becoming a pariah state.”
“The European Union has never recognized Hezbollah as a terrorist organization.”
“The propaganda is so bad. Israel is part of the terror, yet Israel does not exist.”
“We are not even allowed to label terrorists as terrorists. What should we do, fight a war against meanies or a war against people with bad table manners since terror affects Muslims and hurts their feelings?”
“Those targeting Israel are part of a larger Jihad. This means we must acknowledge Jihad, and develop a plan to fight it. We deny it because we do not wish to fight it.”
“Genocidal ideologies have nothing to do with Palestinian statehood.”
“We must wise up before Iran nukes Tel Aviv.”
A questioner asked Ms. Glick why Israel insists on aiding its enemies, such as providing Palestinians with food, water, electricity and medical care. Her response was as truthful as it was unsettling.
“Israel aids its enemies because it wants to be liked by the United States State Department and be treated well at the Davos World Economic Forum.” Israelis are taught to be nice to foreigners calling on the telephone. One has to descend to second or third grade schoolyard behavior to grasp this logic.”
“We are weak. There has been an erosion in the belief in the justice of our cause, which has been ground down by a global refusal to accept Israel as an equal.”
“The elites in Israel gave up fighting.”
(It seems weak, groveling, and sniveling elites is a universal and global problem in itself, whether it be 1940s France, or Israel and America today.)
“We have a largely corrupt and ideologically dead Israeli leadership in its last throes.”
“Condoleeza Rice smiling is not a strategic victory for the Jews.”
“The United States will not admit that they and Israel are the same.”
I will say it again, in less eloquent terms than Ms. Glick. Dialogue works when both sides truly want peace. The United Sates having dialogue with the U.S.S.R. made sense. It was also helpful that the dialogue occurred with Ronald Reagan having unclear weapons pointed at the U.S.S.R., along with a promise to outspend them into bankruptcy.
Dialogue with genocidal lunatics who see armageddon as the end itself, and not the means, cannot be reasoned with.
Caroline Glick is a very pleasant person, and I appreciate her warmth, as well as her stone cold common sense.
I will speak for myself and not her, and say that if the Israeli people truly get it, they will immediately fire Ehud Ohlmert and bring back Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu. Bibi was elected as a hardliner, and then turned into a pragmatist. I hope and pray that he has learned form this mistake, and that his current hardline saber rattling as a candidate will be how he is upon once again becoming Prime Minister of Israel.
The survival of Israel itself depends on this.