October 03, 2006

Golda's Gaza Teach-in

Golda Meir famously said: “There will only be peace when the Arabs love their children more than they hate the Jews”.

Nowhere has this truism been played out more graphically than in Gaza’s present troubles.

The near civil war between Fatah and Hamas is all about recognition of Israel (for what it is worth) and acceptance of its agreements so far signed with the Palestinian Authority (for whatever they are worth).

Arafat found it easy to make those commitments knowing full well he would ultimately renege on them. But Haniyeh won’t even fake those commitments; such is the pathology of his mutant strain of Islam.

And so, the PA’s dream of creating a Palestinian state on the ruins of Gush Katif - along with airports and seaports through which to equip the next assault on the Jewish state - has turned into the nightmare of a civil war. Hamas is content for Arab children to go without schooling and roam the streets at risk of sectarian gunfire rather than even feign acceptance of the Jewish state.

And there endeth Golda’s lesson.

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