Giving Away the Candy Store

As for Ehud Olmert's latest plan to open the zoo cages and release tigers and other predators, I confess I am at a loss for an explanation.

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Arlene Peck

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A couple of years ago, I wrote a column called: "Give Them the Death They Revere." It made a pretty big splash among the crowd that realizes that we're in a world-wide war and that Israel has nothing to do with the mess we're in.

Now, I'm truly at a loss as to what to write. Some of my publishers will not print my columns because I have written some unkind words about George Bush. I also have to contend with those who resent my harsh reaction to the complete and utter lack of leadership that passes for government in Israel.

Furthermore, I predict that the chronically anti-Semitic Los Angeles Times will once again come to "love Israel" and the decisions of its self-destructive government. As for Ehud Olmert's latest plan to open the zoo cages and release tigers and other predators, I confess I am at a loss for an explanation.

What is wrong with the Israelis? What have we become? I know one thing: despite all, Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East. Ariel Sharon taught his protege, Olmert, well: the country is your personal candy store. Want a little love from the media? Then pick some settlements to give to your neighbors. Want to put a big smile on Condoleezza Rice's face? Pick out a few zillion dollars of 'charity' to give to the poor, deprived Palestinians who can't quite bring themselves to accept the right of the Jewish state to survive. I am sure the money might come in handy, as their bank deposits have greatly diminished since monetary aid was stopped because of their support for terrorism. At the same time, wink when millions are smuggled across the border. That will give them the funds needed to buy more arms and ammunition.

Oh, and for a finale, how about topping all this off with a big cherry? Let's open the jails and trade about 1,400 terrorists, who are eagerly awaiting the opportunity to kill us, for one Israeli soldier - Corporal Gilad Shalit. But, hey, a goodwill gesture is a goodwill gesture.

(Maybe someone ought to show them two movies that I recently saw, Obsession and For the Sake of Allah, in which terrorists describe how they plan to do the next "Jihad bombing.")

How lovely that during a ceremony at the tomb of David Ben-Gurion, Olmert said, "I hold out my hand in peace to our Palestinian neighbors in the hope that it won't be returned empty." Maybe Olmert forgot that the Palestinians never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity. Actually, he'll be lucky to get a finger back, much less his hand. He sure as hell couldn't do it at the Tomb of Joseph, because those same Palestinian neighbors just about destroyed that holy site during one of their mindless rampages.

What happens to Israel's leaders once they take power? They talk tough while campaigning, but the minute they put the crown of "minister" on their heads, the rhetoric is all about appeasement. Wasn't it just last spring that I heard Olmert declare, in his political campaign, that none of the Palestinian leaders were capable of making a deal with Israel? Who gives the politicians the power? Thousands can come out protesting a gay parade, but to salvage what is left of the country, the citizens of Israel have no voice?

What happened? Did Bush or Condi exert a little pressure or offer some inducements? Or did Olmert, as the Times stated, "breathe a new purpose into his coalition government, which has been divided and increasingly unpopular since the country's summer war...."

Actually, I get it. The man is simply looking out for his own interests. He has no conscience. Whatever it takes to maintain his popularity and wealth - what the hell, give the country away. Yet, what is wrong with the people of Israel. Tired, beaten down, war weary, defeated? Well, better they should become angry. It is time to acquire a little perspective for what the future holds for them while they are inching toward the brink.

And, at the risk of being a tad politically incorrect, it is not 'hate speech' if I observe that while Olmert and friends are giving away the country for more 'promises of peace,' the rockets are still raining down on Israeli cities.

What could or should Olmert be doing? It might be time to drop a few leaflets stating that any future attacks will be met not with an opening of the jails, but with a move into Gaza that takes back 10% of the land that was given to the Palestinian Authority for its last promise of peace. Then, if another bombing, kidnapping, etc. were to happen, another 10% of Gaza would be removed from their control and permanently annexed to Israel. That's my proposal.

Oh, and while we're still dreaming, let's not forget the topic of transfer. If I had my druthers....


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