The international community loves to save Palestinian terrorists.
It’s been doing so for over 50 years.
In the early 1970s, Yasser Arafat’s PLO was busy establishing itself as the world’s premier terrorist organization. It had a global reach, and was doing things no other group had before, like hijacking airliners and carrying out an attack on the Olympics. All in service to the Palestinian cause. And how did the world respond? In 1974, Arafat was invited to address the UN General Assembly and tell the world what he wanted.
Standing before the assembled representatives of the international community with a pistol in his belt, Arafat demanded that they either accept the olive branch he was offering, or face more terrorist violence.
He stood there, armed, and threatened the world with terrorism. He should have been arrested on the spot.
But the world loves a Palestinian terrorist too much to slap him down in his prime.
The world wasn’t able to give Arafat what he wanted, so he proceeded to destroy Lebanon. Later, after Israel had booted him from Beirut, Arafat succeeded in sparking an uprising among Arabs in Judea and Samaria. And again, instead of finally putting an end to this terrorist threat, the world decided to treat with Arafat, and made him a president!
Can you imagine a similar drama in the case of Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda? Of course not. The moment Al Qaeda became a serious terrorist threat with blood on its hands, there was only one goal and one acceptable outcome – its defeat and elimination.
But Palestinian terrorists are special, privileged. Just like Palestinian refugees, who alone among the world’s different refugee groups have their own dedicated UN agency.
Even with the successful PR campaign to equate Hamas with ISIS and the Nazis, the group remains confident that international pressure will kick in sooner rather than later and save it from destruction.
Western nations are paying lip service to the need to destroy Hamas, but it is highly unlikely they’ll support that mission until the end.
Israel Foreign Minister Eli Cohen said yesterday that the IDF has about two or three weeks to accomplish the main objectives of its war in Gaza before Jerusalem comes under heavy international pressure to accept a ceasefire.
US President Joe Biden has been working his way up from “humanitarian pause” to “ceasefire” almost from the moment the ground war began.
All Hamas needs to do is hold out long enough.
But this time something’s different. Something’s different in Israel. The nation is united, determined. October 7 broke the usual cycle, and awoke something in the Israeli psyche that had gone dormant since those early decades of fighting for the Jewish state’s very survival.
You have to be here to realize just how deep that feeling goes. But even if you look at it from a shallow political perspective, Israelis will no longer accept living with such a barbaric threat on their doorstep or with hostages still in enemy hands. And any government that presides over such a situation would be committing political suicide.
The bottom line is that in two or three weeks, when the world comes with its heavy diplomatic pressure, it is unlikely to find Israel the same weak reed easily blown over by the winds of international public opinion.
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