Malaise And Moral Bankruptcy In Israel

For a leader like Sharon, who is unwilling to let the Israel Defense Forces finish the job of wiping out Arab terrorism, after their tremendous efforts and successes in the aftermath of the Park Hotel Massacre last Passover, with his dillydallying and fear of taking out Arafat and Yassin, after his decision to give the terrorists a state, G-d forbid, after his decision to relinquish huge parts of

Harry W. Weber,

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Thursday, January 29, 2004 was one of the most painful days for Israel in recent memory. In the morning of that day eleven more Jews were murdered in Jerusalem, while fifty more were wounded - the heinous result of yet another Arab-terrorist-murder-suicide attack on innocent civilians riding a city bus.

Our Prime Minister, whose name used to evoke fear in the hearts of Arabs in the distant past, was typically hesitant and indecisive. Almost two weeks have gone by and nothing has been done to avenge this latest mass murder. The man who used to destroy whole Arab villages for such outrages, today sits in his office and does absolutely nothing about it. Apparently he no longer has any fire in his belly to avenge such abominable deeds. Ariel Sharon is simply, out of touch, out to lunch, and out of sight. He is so preoccupied with maintaining his seat of power by legal stonewalling in scandals involving his personal life that he appears to have neglected his public duties. What he needs that seat of power for is presently unclear.

The people of Israel are slowly facing the possibility that Ariel Sharon - their great hope for victory in the war on Arab terror - has lost his courage, his determination, and has inexplicably decided to cut and run. He seems to have transformed into just another defeatist ?we are conquerors in Judea and Samaria? leftist. As this reality has set in, the people of Israel, too, have been infected with a pervasive and dreary malaise and loss of faith in their destiny - their divine destiny as the returning children of Israel. That is the real tragedy of the prime ministership of Ariel Sharon.

The national mood of pessimism and doubt was reinforced on the evening of that awful day, Thursday, January 29, 2004. Around 9:00 p.m. all Israeli television stations carried live coverage of the return home of three bodies of Israeli soldiers and one apparently tortured former army officer turned shady businessman and kidnapped by Hizbullah terrorists. The crying and mourning in Israel was in extremely painful contrast to the wild "terrorist - welcome home" celebrations in Beirut, as Israel gave up four hundred thirty terrorists -- Palestinazi and Hizbollah -- for that one businessman and three coffins.

The sad situation in Israel makes me green with envy of the American people for the leader they have. He has a vision of how to fight terrorism, he is relentless, and he is getting the job done. Our leader, by contrast, reminds one of Jimmy Carter?s hand wringing, fumbling leadership style, and the failed manner in which he handled the Iran hostage crisis some twenty-seven years ago. He led America into a state of malaise then, just as our leader has done today.

I, for one, couldn?t bear to see and hear this orgy of national self-pity, self-flagellation and hopelessness led by our pathetic prime minister. Trying to put his best face on a horrible diplomatic failure, our prime minister had the audacity to try to sell the old mantra that ?I made the tough decision?I see things from here that you can?t from where you are, I? I? I??
Mr. Prime Minister, who are you trying to fool? You took the easy, ?politically correct? decision, the one which looks good on television for the moment. You chose the way of the short-sighted, so short-sighted that while you were congratulating yourself for your wisdom, compassion, and courage, the Arab-terrorist Nassralla - whom you elevated through this infamous ?Tannenbaum Deal? to the status of legitimate rival - promised to kidnap more Israelis, kill them, and demand for their bodies hundreds, if not thousands, of Arab terrorists. The number one lesson that every terrorist learned from Sharon?s folly is that it pays to kidnap and kill Israelis, and how! Thank you, Mr. Prime Minister. How many Jews will die by the hand of the 430 terrorists you released? Ten, twenty, a hundred? With all due respect, was one Tannenbaum and three bodies worth even two future dead Jews? And two Jews will surely die at the hand of the 430, as surely as the sun will rise tomorrow.

Nassralla?s arrogance reached, justifiably, such heights on this night that he promised to release all Arab terrorists - and there are thousands in Israeli jails. In return for what? Not for Ron Arad, just for information about him. He just might get his way, with Sharon as his counterpart.

One of the first rules of war is to induce fear in the heart of your enemy. Sharon has long forgotten that lesson, for today, he induces nothing but mockery in the heart of Nassralla and all Arabs.

For a leader like Sharon, who is unwilling to let the Israel Defense Forces finish the job of wiping out Arab terrorism, after their tremendous efforts and successes in the aftermath of the Park Hotel Massacre last Passover, with his dillydallying and fear of taking out Arafat and Yassin, after his decision to give the terrorists a state, G-d forbid, after his decision to relinquish huge parts of the Holy Land, after his decision to evict Jews from their homes in settlements that he himself established, after the endlessly humiliating and distracting corruption charges against him and his sons, after his mindless mimicking of the leftist canard calling the Jewish settlements movement in Judea and Samaria ?conquest? (presumably of a foreign land), it?s high time for the old, tired, defeated ex-leader to call it quits.

Sharon, let someone with more nerve, vision and love for the people of Israel, the land of Israel and the G-d of Israel take the helm. Mr. Sharon, we had enough of you. You promised us security and peace. You gave us instead a steady diet of retreat, defection, and demoralizing depression, a belief that we are morally wrong to be in our land, to defend our homes, to fight terror the way the Americans do. Mr. Sharon, go gracefully into the night, before they take you away in handcuffs. You have handcuffed our people long enough with your inexplicably obstinate lust to hold on to that seat of power. Let it go, and let us go on.



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