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In a speech before the international media on Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed not to accept a ceasefire in the current war until Hamas is utterly defeated, defying the cries for a ceasefire from the United Nations, anti-Israel demonstrators, and far-left politicians from around the world.

"Calls for a ceasefire are calls for Israel to surrender to Hamas, to surrender to terrorism, to surrender to barbarism,” Netanyahu said.

In this, the Prime Minister could not be more correct.

Israel has been forced to fight many wars and battles in its 75 years against enemies whose goals were the complete annihilation of the Jewish State. And almost every time, whenever Israel had or gained the upper hand, the UN, the US, and the international community imposed a ceasefire which merely ended that round of fighting rather than contributed to peace in any meaningful way.

During Israel’s War of Independence of 1948-1949, when the newborn Jewish State was invaded by the armies of five nations, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria, an ‘armistice’ was ultimately declared, with not a single Arab nation agreeing to make peace with or accept the existence of the State of Israel.

During the Suez Crisis of 1956, the Eisenhower Administration sided with Egypt and the Soviet Union against not only Israel, but against Great Britain and France. The ceasefire Britain declared under intense American pressure caused former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill to declare in astonishment: “I cannot understand why our troops were halted. To go so far and not go on was madness.”

During the 1967 Six-Day War, Israel’s immediate successes in the war and the crushing losses Egypt, Syria, and Jordan suffered led to faster efforts to impose a ceasefire and resulted in the war lasting less than a week. Despite their losses, the Arab states issued the famous Three Noes of Khartoum: No with Israel, No negotiation with Israel, No recognition of Israel.

Israel’s then-Foreign Minister Abba Eban called the Six Day War “the first war in history which has ended with the victors suing for peace and the vanquished calling for unconditional surrender.”

In 1973, after the Egyptian and Syrian armies achieved stunning early successes by launching a surprise attack against Israel on Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Hebrew calendar, the efforts to impose a ceasefire by the United Nations again ramped up specifically after Israel had turned the tide and had begun to win the war. When the ceasefire was declared, the IDF had Egypt’s Third Army completely encircled and was just 62 miles from Cairo, but Egypt was rescued at the last minute by a UN and US-brokered ceasefire.

In 2006, the Bush Administration provided a few weeks of covert to Israel before allowing a ceasefire to be imposed to save Hezbollah after the Iranian-controlled Lebanese terrorist organization murdered and kidnapped two IDF soldiers in an unprovoked cross-border raid and launched thousands of rockets at northern Israel.

And in 2009, 2012, 2014, and 2021, Israel never even tried to eliminate the threats posed by Hamas and Islamic Jihad in Gaza, knowing full-well that the UN, western Europe, and even the US would not let these conflicts end in any way other than a ceasefire which protected these genocidal terrorist organizations.

The pattern is clear and consistent. Israel’s enemies have never been allowed to lose in a manner which would force them to give up on their dreams and goals of wiping Israel off the face of the earth and slaughtering all of its Jewish inhabitants.

If these forces lose after picking a fight with Israel, they are always given a chance for a ‘do-over’ to rebuild their strength and try to wipe out the Jews another time.

When the enemies were Egypt and Syria, the excuse was that Cold War tensions took priority, and any regional crisis that had the potential to lead to war between the US and Russia had to be dealt with as quickly as possible even if it meant prolonging the Arab-Israeli conflict and allowing Arab leaders to continue to plot to destroy the Jewish State.

In modern times, the excuse is the suffering of the residents of Gaza or Lebanon who are caught in the middle whenever the terrorists who control their lives launch wars to kill as many Jews as possible.

Everyone knows that Hamas has never respected the very concept of a ‘humanitarian ceasefire.’ It was during just such a ceasefire that the terrorist organization launched an attack in which IDF soldier Hadar Goldin was murdered and his body taken captive. In violation of all international law and norms, Hamas has held the bodies of Hadar and fellow soldier Oron Shaul in Gaza for nearly a full decade.

Those who cry for ceasefires now don’t care about Hadar Goldin or Oron Shaul or Hamas’ violations of previous ceasefires. They never have. If they did, they would have done something, anything, to hold Hamas accountable for those war crimes and exploitations of ceasefires.

Even still, had this been a raid comparable to the attack Hamas committed in 2006 in which Gilad Shalit was kidnapped, had the terrorists ‘merely’ launched thousands of rockets at Israeli civilians the way they have for the past 18 years since the Disengagement from Gaza, Israel would likely have already agreed to a ceasefire.

This time is different.

Over 1,400 people, the vast majority of whom were civilians, were mercilessly butchered in the worst mass murder of Jews since the Nazi Holocaust.

Agreeing to a ceasefire now, agreeing to give Hamas yet another ‘do-over,’ is agreeing to allow them to commit massacres just like this over and over again.

Agreeing to a ceasefire now tells the world that it is ok to wipe out families, to commit mass rape, to take hundreds of innocent people hostage, to gun down hundreds at a peace rave, to cut open the bellies of pregnant women, to burn babies alive, shoot them in the head, and cut off their heads, as long as the victims are Jews.

Agreeing to a ceasefire now tells Hezbollah in Lebanon and the Ayatollahs in Iran that there is no consequence for murdering as many Israelis and Jews as they want, inviting them and all of Iran’s terrorist proxies to launch more large-scale attacks against Israel’s civilian population, since they will always get a ‘do-over’ for their next attempted genocide.

Agreeing to a ceasefire now tells all those antisemites who have crawled out of the gutter since October 7, the crowds chanting “gas the Jews” in Sydney, Australia, the bloodthirsty students at Cooper Union College who trapped their Jewish peers in the university library while banging on the doors and yelling antisemitic slogans, and the pogromists who gathered to find and attack Jews at the airport in Dagestan, Russia, that it is open season on Jews anywhere and everywhere.

And agreeing to a ceasefire now tells the citizens of Israel, whether they be Jewish, Muslim, Christian, Druze, or from any other religion, that their lives are cheap, that the opinions of the Secretary General of the United Nations, of antisemities who pretend to be humanitarians like Ken Roth, and of the crowds who cheer for the modern-day Nazis matter more than the lives of Israeli babies. It would break the central covenant at the heart of every democratic country – that the government will do everything in its power to defend and protect the safety and security of its citizens. And it would break the promise Israel’s existence is meant to fulfill – Never Again.

This was always the goal. The Soviets always rescued their client Arab states from the jaws of defeat in order to give them another go at destroying Israel. Now, so many of those thousands who march in demand of a ceasefire while accusing Israel of genocide want Hamas to survive precisely so that it can kill thousands and even millions more Jews. That is why they cheer Hamas’ act of genocide, calling it “exhilarating” and “resistance.” That is why they chant “From the river to the sea,” a call for the murder of millions of Jews between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea.

This time, there must be no do-overs. This time, those who seek to finish the job the Nazis started must be stopped for good. For the sake of the people of Israel, of innocent Jews everywhere, and of the entire civilized world, Hamas must be defeated once and for all.

Anything less than that, any ‘ceasefire,’ is nothing less than an endorsement of another Holocaust.

Gary Willigis an Arutz Sheva news writer.