Israel’s Prerogative


According to Merriam Webster, the definition of prerogative is “an exclusive or special right, power, or privilege.”  When it comes to building settlements in “occupied” territory, Israel has that exclusive right.  They won the 7 Day War in 1967.  They own the territory.  No one has any right to dictate what the nation of Israel should do.  Nor should anyone encroach on their sovereignty.

The world believes that, because the Middle East is a fragile region, Israel should sacrifice her sovereignty, her rights and her identity in order to appease the wishes of the international community and their vision of peace.  The false thinking is that Israel’s acquiescence to international demands will placate the Arab/Persian nations.  Not so.  Those nations and people are bent on Israel’s destruction at any cost.  Any negotiation or talks are simply attempts by the Arab/Persian nations to buy time while they determine the best way to eradicate the Jewish nation.

So, when I see headlines like “Despite U.S. Rift, Israel OKs West Bank Building,” I recoil.  Israel doesn’t need US permission to build houses or apartments in the “occupied” territory.  Israel is not an occupier anymore than the US was an occupier in Iraq.  Israel, like the US, was a victor. They determine what happens with the territory.  Consequently, they are entitled to build as they wish.

By rebuffing U.S. pressure, Netanyahu has tried to cement the support of a coalition that is committed to strengthening Israel’s control over the West Bank.At the same time, he has offered to slow construction afterward in exchange for overtures from the Arab world. This has mollified the Americans or the Palestinians, who have demanded an immediate and total freeze.

“Given the choice between making peace and making settlements, they have chosen to make settlements,” chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said.

Unfortunately, George W Bush and his two predecessors lent credibility to this appeasement. They were helped by Israel’s Labor and Kadima administrations.  Now that Likud is in control, they are simply asserting the rights that they have.  I was estatic the day that Netanyahu gained power.

Prime Minister Netanyahu and his administration should resist Obama and the international community.  I used to believe in a Two-State solution, but I’m really starting to doubt that.  I watch Iran gain nukes, the Taliban and al-Qaeda gain power in Afghanistan/Pakistan and the continued radicalization of the Middle East – and I wonder how we can dictate our orders to the democratic nation of Israel.  The Israelis deserve our total, unconditional support .

Here’s some food for thought –

Dani Dayan, leader of the West Bank settlers’ council, said the government had approved only limited construction and accused it of caving in to American pressure.”North Korea is going on developing its nuclear capabilities, Iran is going on developing its nuclear capabilities, we have threats all over the world and all the world international community is interested with is whether my daughter builds her house next to mine,” he told foreign reporters. “It is all based on the erroneous perception that the creation of a Palestinian state is the magical solution to the situation here.”

Amen brother.


7 thoughts on “Israel’s Prerogative

  1. Every time Israel has made concession to the Palestinians they have been rewarded with more rocket attacks and other violent attacks. I am sure not all the people of Palestine want to continue fighting the Israelis but the terrorists in charge will not stop. Why should Israel punish itself? I certainly don’t think every thing they do is right, but they do have a right to exist.
    I really don’t understand why the Obama administration is so anti-Israel.
    AndyB, NH.

  2. Building more settlements is how peace will be obtained. Until your enemy expresses your right to exist, pressure must be exerted. Keeping turning the vice until their heads explode.

    Egypt wanted their territory back and they got it. The government of Egypt did the right thing and the rewards have followed.

  3. “I really don’t understand why the Obama administration is so anti-Israel.”

    Because the extreme left is anti-Israel. Obama has to toss them a bone.

    When the Republicans were in power they had to toss bones too. It is a numbers game. You can’t win unless your base shows up and votes. Even with your base a win it never a guarantee. Trying winning an election without you base.

  4. Personally, I think they should give the Palestinians one week to get out. Give them seven days–the amount of time that Israel’s neighbors kept up the fight in 1967–to pack up and leave. Tell them that land is Israel, that Jordan was created as a home for the Palestinians, and they are to LEAVE.

    At the end of that seven days, scrape it all into the sea. Anyone who hasn’t left either dies (if they’re men of fighting age) or goes to prison (if they’re women) until they’ll be taken by a neighboring country that’s so interested in a Palestinian state.

    Oh, AFW, you are correct–Al Sharpton got away with it in 1995 and has never been called out for his anti-Semitic practices to this very day.

  5. “Tell them that land is Israel, that Jordan was created as a home for the Palestinians, and they are to LEAVE.”

    I don’t think any nation can do that. I would have to do some digging but I believe international law forbids annexing captured territory. It also forbids forced removal of native populations too.

    The Palestinians have a two fold problem. First, the radical elements refuse to acknowledge Israel has a right to exist. Second, no other Arab country wants to take them in permanently.

    Actually they have a three fold problem. They are stupid people. The Israeli people have turned a patch of under productive land into productive land. Israeli businsess have created jobs that need workers. The democratic capitalist system of Israel allows business creation and economic growth.

    The best thing that even happened to the Palestinians was the creation of Israel.

  6. I’m so glad you wrote what you did, Phillip. Israel always gets singled out as the most racist nation-state on earth. The “Palestinians” have been the cause celebre for decades now even though most of the pro-PLO crowd knows nothing about them.
    What gets me is when I see gays, such as QUIT, spew uneducated, naive, and erroneous hate against the state of Israel. Israel is the ONLY country in the ENTIRE middle east region, which supports gay rights and which allows gays and lesbians to serve OPENLY in the IDF. NO OTHER country (including the Palestinian Authority) even comes close. While Egypt and Jordan promote “moderation” in general, they continue to overtly and covertly discriminate against gays and lesbians. In fact, in almost every country in the middle east save Israel, gays and lesbians are treated with overt contempt. Gays and lesbians are jailed, murdered via honor killings, or summarily executed in a public arena (all based on sharia law).
    In addition, Israel is the ONLY democracy in that region. It is surrounded by fascist dicatorships, sharia-based theocracies, and/or brutal monarchies.

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