- - Wednesday, December 13, 2017

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The Second Intifada, started in 2000, saw the murder of 1,000 Israelis and the self-defense killing of 3,000 Arab terrorists attempting to butcher Israeli civilians. PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat planned the intifada before going to Camp David to meet President Bill Clinton and then Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak. Though they got everything they claimed they wanted (to the West, anyway), Arafat feared that signing an ‘end-of-conflict clause’ would lead to his death. So he went home and launched his suicide bombers.

The Israelis learned, built the security barrier and can now somewhat control the flow of people from the West Bank.

The Arabs riot when their leaders tell them to, when they are angry and when they are happy. Every riot is a party.

Jerusalem had been the capital of the Jews for over 3,000 years, when King David built his temple. Jews ruled Jerusalem several times over the millennia. The city has never been an Arab capital.

In the 20th century, it always had more Jews then either Christians or Muslims — until the Jordanians illegally occupied it from 1949 to 1967 and killed or forced the Jews out. President Trump, stating the obvious, has motivated the Arabs. They long ago stopped pretending that every inch of Israel is not, to them, “occupied” Palestinian territory. Now, finally, the United States has said no.

The Muslim world, including the Organization for Islamic Cooperation and the Arab League, can shed the dream that they will eventually “drive the Jews into the sea,” as has been their goal for so long. It is time for them to release their brothers they have kept in squalid refugee camps for 70 years. It is time for them to make peace and join in the economic and intellectual dynamism that is Israel.

The EU may have capitulated to the Islamists. Israel will not.

LEN BENNETT

Deerfield Beach, Fla.


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