One of the points Caroline Glick made at the recent Peres Presidents Conference was that the Arabs in a "Palestinian state" wouldn't be any more peaceful than they are today. They would certainly be worse. All of those Israelis who keep claiming we must give them a state a few minutes' drive from our major and elite cities for security reasons are far removed from reality. Sorry, but this recording is in Hebrew. If anyone wants to translate, please do so.
As Caroline said, another Arab state won't improve Israel's demographic situation at all. It would actually be the greatest danger to the State of Israel.
Hat tip: IMRA
The violent rioting throughout the Arab world has reached Judea/Samaria. In Ramalla, which is administered by the PA the violence was met with violence.
RAMALLAH (Ma’an) -- Palestinian protesters said security forces used brutal force Sunday during the second demonstration in as many days protesting Palestinian Authority policy.
Police attacked protesters with batons, beating and injuring at least seven people. Another seven protesters were taken to a police station along with at least two journalists, a Ma'an correspondent said.
Protesters shouted against police brutality, and the police responded by beating them. Journalists were also attacked for the second day in a row, the correspondent reported.
|Police used batons against the protesters. (Reuters)|
The Israeli Government, movers and shakers, and media keep refusing to accept reality. This problem isn't just in the question of the "two state" ideology/cult. Unfortunately, most Israelis, even those who call themselves "Center" insist that we have no choice other than to accept the "reality" of a Palestinian State sic.
There's an interesting bit in Ruthie Blum's recent article about the Israeli draft in which she writes mainly about the fact that the chareidim (ultra-religious) don't have to serve in the army according to Israeli law. She writes about the days when she was a young mother and would get together with her pals "...at a local hangout to drink espresso, smoke cigarettes and shoot the breeze (a.k.a. whine) about our kids, husbands, finances, and — sigh — politics." They were a heterogeneous group from Ruthie on the Right to a friend on the extreme Left:
I consider it very important that at the same time that the laws change to make chareidim serve in the army, the loopholes which the Left has been using to avoid service must be closed.“Oh yeah?” responded the chief left-winger of the group. “Well, I don’t think anyone should wear an IDF uniform.” (Indeed, when her sons became of age, each dodged the draft legally.)
This was not the first time I encountered the “strange bedfellows” alliance among radicals on either end of the spectrum; nor would it be the last. It was nevertheless a choice smile-inducing moment.
Today's IDF has a disproportionally high percentage of soldiers who grew up as dati leumi, national religious and in yishuvim, Jewish communities in YESHA, especially in the most elite and dangerous units. Unfortunately, although we serve in greater numbers than the Left, we have a disproportionately small influence on Israeli policies.
Just something else to think about...