by Mark Langfan
Concessions are seen as admissions that Israel is wrong, because Arabs do not concede anything in return.
Israel must stop acting and thinking as if “Peace Concessions” buy Israel an ounce of legitimacy. The reality is that Israel’s “Peace Concessions” only prove to the Muslims, and to the average American viewer, that Israel has no right to exist at all.
“Following Israel’s victory in 1967, Israel reunited Jerusalem. Since then, all people – and I mean all people - regardless of religion and nationality can visit the city’s holy sites.
"And while we were victorious and assumed control over all of Jerusalem, Israel extended a hand in peace to the Muslim world. According to the status quo brokered between Israel and the Waqf, Muslims would enjoy access to pray at their holy sites, while all other religions would be allowed access to the Temple Mount.
"Israel went one step further and decided that Jews would not be allowed to pray on the site. I want to make sure you understand this. The Temple Mount is Judaism’s holiest place, but we were willing to restrict our own freedoms for the sake of peace. Can you think of another nation that would make this compromise? Can you think of another religion that would make this sacrifice?”
It is Ambassador Prosor’s unelucidated logical inference that is the problem. He and all the Israeli “Peace” governments, since Oslo, are under the impression that “because we ‘took this brave’ position and Israel has already sacrificed so much for peace, you all must leave us alone already.”
From the Muslim and any objective observer’s view-point, no government that truly believes its people have the right to pray on the Temple Mount would ever give it up for any purpose, no matter how great. The Islamic world doesn’t see Israel’s Temple Mount prayer-ban as a “sacrifice for peace,” but as an “admission against interests” that the Temple Mount doesn’t belong to Israel and the Jewish people.
Imagine asking the average American: “Israel doesn’t allow Jews to pray on its holiest site the Temple Mount, but it does allow unlimited Muslim prayer. Does that mean Israel has a right to the Temple Mount?” What would any objective person conclude from that? Anyone would think Israel doesn’t believe it has any right to be there in the first place, otherwise they should do on the Temple Mount whatever they believe they should, especially prayer. It’s only leftist thinking that makes this statement into a badge of “Peace.”
Israel loves to brag about its, “self-restraint” and unilateral “redeployments.” But, to an objective observer Israel full-scale retreat from Gaza didn’t prove “Israel takes brave risks for Peace.” It proved to the world and the Arabs that Israel didn’t have the right to Gaza, and hence to Judea and Samaria, for that matter.
And if the Arabs think that Israel made “peace concessions” not due to Israel’s “love of peace,” but because it was afraid the Arabs would get violent, then Israel’s “concessions” have rewarded Arab violence. And while Israel may fight back here and there, the Arabs see that long-term Arab violence has ultimately successfully forced Israel to unilaterally retreat from everywhere. So, the Arabs rightly believe Arab violence and extortion are going to work on the Temple Mount and 'West Bank'.
Instead, they should ask “Would Washington D.C. allow Muslims in a DC mosque to throw Molotov Cocktails at police?” and “Americans can pray everywhere in America, can’t they?” For, if Israel loses the Temple Mount, Israel will surely lose Judea and Samaria, and then Tel Aviv proper. The Temple Mount is truly Israel’s first, and last, line of defense.
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