Peace with Muslims would be great, but Israel would never be able to exist peacefully among the sea of Muslims. It’s a matter of xenophobia, jealousy, and Islam; not of the Israeli quarrel with Palestinian Arabs, whom the other Arabs hate, anyway. Israel is a perfect enemy for Muslims: different, strong, weak-acting, moralistic. The belligerency is not about Jerusalem or the West Bank: Muslims fought the Jews before we conquered both places. Palestinian Muslims rejected Barak’s offer of 98 percent of the land they claim for their state. Abu Mazen now accepts a similar offer as a springboard for subsequent attacks on Israel—a matter clearly developed in the original PLO charter. Palestinian terrorism took off after the start of the peace process, especially after the Israel’s disengagement from Gaza. Arabs see their victory as close, and so they intensify their efforts against the Jewish state.

American security guarantees accompanying the peace treaties are worthless. Israel received such guarantees to end the 1956 war with Egypt, but the US did not stop the Egyptian mobilization in 1967, did not prevent the UN force in Sinai from withdrawing, and tolerated its client Jordan submitting its army to Egyptian command. The Israeli government vastly exaggerates the importance of US assistance in order to justify her submission to the whims of US administrations. America withdrew its UN vote for establishing the state of Israel in 1948, and embargoed arms sales to the fighting Jewish state. America also opened its doors to 100,000 Palestinians who fled the newborn Israel after failing to destroy her. Ten years earlier, America had altogether refused entrance to Jewish refugees from Europe. The US barred an Israeli retaliatory strike on Egypt in 1956 (post factum), and attempted unsuccessfully to prevent the preemptive strikes in 1967 and 1973. America defended Kuwait against Iraq, but was preparing in 1956 and 1967 to land its troops in Sinai to defend Egypt against Israel. Kissinger brought the US to support Israel in 1973 only to counter the Soviet influence in the Middle East. American aid to Israel is negligible compared to her GDP; the US gives nearly as much aid to Egypt and the Palestinian Authority—in the last case, a whopping amount both compared to the Palestinian GDP and per capita. America sells more weapons to Saudi Arabia than to Israel and spends more money on the war in Iraq than it has on cumulative military aid to Israel over decades. The Hamas takeover of Gaza is the direct result of its victory in democratic elections pushed for by the US, just as the war in Lebanon was caused by the democratic election of Hezbollah. The US Administration presses for democracy in Egypt, which would bring the Islamic Brotherhood to power, and in Pakistan where the Islamists will win the elections and get ahold of the nuclear button.

America needs the peace process in order to prove itself to the Muslims. An arrogant imperial posture is way more reliable. Israel will be better off without American support, and also without the pressure for the suicidal peace process. There will be no peace between the Jewish state and the Muslims, however, because sovereignty over this land is a doctrinal issue in Islam. Good Muslims can only accept Israel temporarily, as a matter of truce. Israel is not overwhelmingly concerned with a peace treaty: a treaty wouldn’t stop the arms race (the US and USSR were at peace during the Cold War arms race) or provide for normalization (there’s been no normalization with Egypt after the thirty years of peace). The Palestinian conflict is insignificant: the IDF has crushed Palestinian insurrections several times, and has no problem doing so again. We only ask that America stop the incitement of the Palestinians. Don’t provoke them with promises of statehood. Concessions embolden Arabs to more terrorism; they are not taken as a gesture of goodwill. Turn a blind eye to the Jews making a country for themselves the way every nation did.

Peace treaties between Israel and Palestine solve nothing. Israeli and Egyptian armies actually grew after the peace treaty—at least, in terms of budget—on mutual suspicion. Anti-Israeli incitatement goes on in Egypt—there is no normalization—and hatreds accumulate, paving the way for a large-scale war. Iran, and probably Iraq, won’t agree to peace with Israel whatever the situation is with the Palestinians. Hezbollah-dominated Lebanon might cease hostilities with Israel, but is unlikely to sign a peace deal. In Palestine, the most influential faction—the Hamas-Muslim Brotherhood—accepts a peace treaty only as a truce, and Fatah cannot keep its promises of eternal peace between Israel and Palestine. The peace treaty is most dangerous to Israel both in ideological and military terms. An Israel that abandons Judea and Samaria loses any religious or historical legitimacy. Peace makes Israel not secure but indefensible, squeezed into eight-mile-wide borders, which are too narrow for any missile defense to operate.

Jews moved into the Land of Israel for religious, historical, and nationalist reasons which can only be fulfilled in a reasonably-sized Jewish state that includes Jerusalem, Hebron, and Judea. However we long for peace, none could be achieved between Israel and the Muslims now, but only after things settle down in the following centuries.

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