What was Netanyahu thinking ?

Being great rather than good can be the difference between saying something and keeping quiet.

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Immediately as my “Fake Jews” column started running on these pages, emails arrived asking why I had not included Netanyahu and Dershowitz.

So far as I’m concerned, any Israeli prime minister not named Ehud (as in Barak and Olmert) is already a winner and my kind of guy.

The two Ehuds took turns putting the Land of Israel up for sale at bargain basement prices – Judea/Samaria in full to the Arabs, and Jerusalem in half.

All they had to do, the Arabs, was sign on the dotted line, and bingo, the Land promised to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob was theirs.

Nothing much was asked of them except to be polite, and they couldn’t even manage that much as the two Ehuds kept begging.

Not so, Netanyahu, who in my view has served Israel honorably. He’s been very good, grading on the curve -- if only he dared to be great.

We’ll get back to Bibi in a moment. So about Dershowitz. People keep saying that for all his wonderful speeches supporting Israel, he is not a true friend of the Jewish State. Include me as being critical of him and that’s too bad because when he speaks, people listen.

What they hear are the same words he chose when he explained himself in an op-ed that ran here on Arutz Sheva couple of days ago. Sounds good. It always sounds good when he uses the lawyerly approach to defend Israel as meanwhile he defends himself – but misses the point!

The point is that he remains tethered to the nonsense of a two-state solution. That is enough to disqualify him.

To Dershowitz, the one-state-solution (a Jewish State Complete) is “radical.”

The parameters are obvious. Anyone who favors dividing the Jewish State, however the terms, denies Israel’s political, historical and biblical rights to the Land, and is thus no friend – and we can’t even begin to mention how the Israelis paid for the Land in Jewish blood. 

We should not need a Harvard law professor to understand that the two-state solution is a trap – a device to swarm Israel out of existence.


What’s it supposed to look like, this paradise of a “Palestinian State?” Aspen, Colorado, or Aleppo, Syria?
Why is this so complicated? It is simple enough for the Arabs. They say it clearly. Arabs in. Jews out. There is only ruthless action, no thinking involved.

Jewish thinkers?

They think too much and by the time they get through “dithering in their tents,” the enemy has already captured another hill.

I’d go so far as to say that the best and the brightest like Dershowitz pose a danger to Israel by spreading this message, that Israel is illegitimate.

Israel, they say, will be legitimate and fit to join the nations only after it cuts itself in half and welcomes the PA, Hamas, Hezbollah and ISIS to share the Land.

That’s what it would amount to.

What’s it supposed to look like, this paradise of a “Palestinian State?” Aspen, Colorado, or Aleppo, Syria? Two guesses are all you get.

Bibi took one guess when he appeared with Lesley Stahl on “60 Minutes” and got it so wrong that people are still hollering. There he was, rolling along, speaking beautifully about Israel’s bounty to its neighbors and to the world, and like a magician who pulls a rabbit out of the hat – out pops the two state solution.

Who asked? Ms. Stahl didn’t ask. Bibi volunteered, saying he hoped Trump would help him achieve a Palestinian state.

Up to that point he had us charmed. He was very good. He could have been great. But he blew it.

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