Jack EngelhardJack Engelhard’s classic international bestselling novel Indecent Proposal, which later became a worldwide hit movie, has been republished to meet readers’ demands. His other major works include Compulsive: A Novel, his award-winning post-Holocaust Montreal memoir Escape from Mount Moriah, plus Slot Attendant: A Novel About A Novelist. His website: www.jackengelhard.com
In the name of peace thousands of Israelis have been killed in their synagogues, homes, schools, buses, shopping malls, restaurants, roads, sidewalks and on the battlefield.
So it was no comfort to read in Arutz Sheva that Donald Trump would “love” to be the one to “make peace” between the Israelis and the Palestinians Arabs.
Besides the fact that he is (incoming) President and I am not, we share one particular virtue – instinct.
Or call it a horseplayer’s hunch. Mr. Trump went into it on a hunch and I backed him (and will continue to do so) on a hunch. We both won.
“That’s the ultimate deal," Trump told The Wall Street Journal. "As a deal maker, I’d like to do the deal that can’t be made, and do it for humanity’s sake.”
He reiterated that today for The New York Times.
Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law, is said to be perfect for the job. We trust our President-elect on this.
Plus, Trump’s instincts seem to be right on target through his choice of Nikki Haley to be our UN Ambassador.
But this…to wish for peace between the two sides is sweet as an idea, but can be bitter as judgment.
Trump’s heart is in the right place. But I turn rather to his instinct, his hunch, as to whether thousands of years of hatred can be settled by a “deal.”
When I hear the word peace, I hear sirens...
For them the deal has always been a caliphate and to cleanse out wherever they go anything that it Jewish or Christian.
Most recently it was the Temple Mount that they rhetorically cleansed for themselves.
When I hear the word peace, I hear sirens, as it was back then for me in Jerusalem’s Ben Yehuda Street when a blast killed dozens of Israelis for the fact that to Muslim Palestinian terrorists peace means intifada. That is their word for killing spree, or any excuse to murder Israelis – so often in the name of peace.
In that name, nearly all the leaders of the world have taken a turn at “bringing both sides together.”
Translated this means that the Arabs need to do nothing except sit back and watch Israel give away miles of Jewish/Biblical territory.
So goes the plan – or peace process – that is designed to cut Israel in half for the pleasure of a “Palestinian State.”
Of these who cannot control the urge to make peace, few consider that one: Israel is no “hot spot.” What’s the urgency?
Israelis continue to suffer from daily attacks from the hands of Muslim terrorists. But then, we have Chicago, and no one’s rushing here with a plan.
Two – what is the model of such a state upon which Israel can put its trust? Where, to be blunt, do Arabs live in harmony even among their own?
Yemen? Libya? Syria? Iraq? Gaza was already a peace process and it failed miserably.
But the dreamers keep coming and hardly a week goes by without France or the EU or the UN or our own State Department up and at ‘em with another try.
They all figure to have the magic touch.
Geraldo Rivera, who keeps finding work, even at Fox, was thrilled and excited to reveal that Gen. James Mattis “supports the two-state solution.”
Mattis is reportedly in line for Trump’s secretary of defense. He may be a good man but if that’s his plan it’s a nasty plan.
So is anything with the word “peace.” (The word now makes me cringe.)
This voter who voted for Trump and keeps writing in his behalf, trusts that through instinct Trump will be suspicious of that word “peace” as part of any deal.
First, before anything else, generations of Palestinian Arabs will have to un-learn all the hatred that’s been taught them in the classrooms.
That will take more than the eight years during which Americans pray for Trump’s well-being and success in office. That rates an amen.
As for Liberal soreheads who say Trump did not win the popular vote and so has no mandate, hear this: He won. That is a mandate, period.
New York-based bestselling American novelist Jack Engelhard writes a regular column for Arutz Sheva. New from the novelist: “News Anchor Sweetheart,” a novelist’s version of Fox News and Megyn Kelly. Engelhard is the author of the international bestseller “Indecent Proposal.” He is the recipient of the Ben Hecht Award for Literary Excellence. Website: www.jackengelhard.com