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      Op-Ed: No Crime Without Punishment

      Published: Thursday, July 26, 2007 9:33 PM
      There is a method to the madness.


      The most effective way for a leadership to demoralize its citizens is to demonstrate to them, through both calculated words and unfathomable deeds, that their foundational moorings are unjust. Israel's leaders have precisely pinpointed their attacks to be able to steer its Jews away from Zionism to post-Zionism, regardless of all their protestations to the contrary that they too are really Zionists.

      Zionists are made to feel, through a myriad of actions intentionally undertaken by the Israeli regime, that not only is a post-Zionist outlook just, but that persisting in a Zionist outlook will cause many more Jewish deaths. The leadership understands that creating visual aids is a powerful tool. There are few more devastating sights than helplessly witnessing the release of captured terrorists, and the pardoning of many more terror leaders.

      While, on a daily basis, Jewish soldiers and security officers risk life and limb to capture these killers, the Israeli leadership treats their heroic actions as nothing more than a
      To further their post-Zionist goals, the secular elite pounced on several wellsprings.
      game of cat-and-mouse. Not only is this message seared into the souls of the soldiers, thus demoralizing them, but also into the consciousness of the terrorists. How many times have we witnessed the humiliating spectacle of newly captured terrorists smile for the cameras, wave victory fingers, and brazenly state that they expect to be released, while being hauled off to jail?
       
      The terrorists have surely imbibed the message that a catch-and-release program is part of the Israeli leadership's plans - no matter how heinous the terrorists' crimes. If you were a terrorist, wouldn't you, too, internalize the same hopeful message? No such positive message is aimed at the Jews.

      Of course, there are varied excuses and babblings about why these releases are necessary - that "diplomatic" concerns dictate such "bold risks for peace;" that "windows of political opportunities" can't be missed; and the tried and true refrain of "two states living side by side in peace." To all the "sacrifices for peace," these platitudes are nothing but a dagger in their already bleeding hearts.

      In actuality, there is a goal-oriented method to the leadership's perceived madness. That is, the remaking of our Jewish homeland into an Israeli (rather than Jewish) State. This persistent and dangerous vision imbibed by the ruling elite (particularly since the Oslo Accords) dare not be misinterpreted and left for another day. While this nightmarish scenario might seem like madness, or a pie-in-the-sky plan, to the average Zionist, secular or religious, this is the plan. Shimon Peres's New Middle East' is the reason why scores of PLO terrorists were resurrected from the dead in Tunis, only to be implanted right into our heartland; shades of "capturing and pardoning" should come to mind.

      To further their post-Zionist goals, the secular elite pounced on several wellsprings. To get to the heart and soul of the matter, they co-opted the Education Ministry. Through small, but steady incremental measures, they revamped a previously robust Zionist education. Ever since the tutelage of Shulamit Aloni, core Zionist ethos has been almost eviscerated. How better to brainwash the youth than to strip them of their Zionist roots?

      To actually visualize and internalize their post-Zionist aspirations, many probing questions must be asked and answered. Why would a normal, supposedly Zionist Israeli leadership agree to turn tens of thousands of nationalist Jews into refugees, when no other country would dare commit such a violation of Jewish rights? Not only that, but the leadership ensured (through benign neglect) that the refugees would become helpless and hopeless pawns in their New Middle East plan - all in order to shatter their dreams of a Greater Israel, encompassing our historical and Biblical heartland. They broke every promise of their oft-repeated refrain before the expulsion, "There is a solution for every community." Two years later, the Knesset is still promising and making clucking sounds, but, as expected, all comes to naught.

      In addition, every time the IDF gets close to vanquishing our enemies, they are rolled back. Instead of operating as an offensive force, they have been mandated to wage a defensive war, whose core goal is "containment," certainly not victory. Why?

      Even if one tries to convince oneself that Washington and others prevent the IDF from achieving victory (through various measures), it still doesn't take the absolute onus off the leadership. First and foremost, it is their sworn duty to protect their citizens.

      In essence, Israel's leadership has become legal outlaws. World-recognized, international criminal law expert Professor Louis Beres states, "Terrorism is a crime under
      Israel's leadership has become legal outlaws.
      international law, and incontestably one of the most serious. The precise offenses that comprise this crime can be found at the European Convention on the Suppression of Terrorism.... [Every] state has an obligation under international law to prosecute and punish terrorists.... [Any] person who commits an act which constitutes a crime under international law is responsible and liable to punishment...."

      In addition, Israel's Basic Law is very clear. Israeli leadership is obligated to protect the enshrined civil and human rights of its citizens - Zionists included. Doesn't all the above violate this sacred law?

      Look, my blood is boiling to the nth degree (all the way from the US) watching the spectacle of bloodthirsty Jew-killers (successful ones or not) once again mugging for the cameras and waving their "Palestine" flags. Their relatives are smug in the reality that their loved ones are now home, while Israelis at home mourn their own losses and are humiliated to boot. What precisely will it take for millions - yes, millions - of Jews in Israel to take to the streets, to finally rid themselves of the dangerous albatross around their necks?

      Nullum Crimen Sine Poena.