August 13, 2008

Perhaps we are all Ossetians

Most of the commentary about Russia’s invasion of Georgia has carried the underlying message: ‘We are all Georgians’. That Ukraine and Poland could be next and that America has shown herself powerless to deter this kind of bullying.

Putin and his presidential puppet have been rightly accused of blatant aggression and opportunism in the trampling of a fledgling democracy whilst the world’s attention was elsewhere in Beijing or the long summer vacation.

However, I don’t think Israelis should be too quick to call themselves Georgians. Well, the Israelis in Tel Aviv perhaps … but not many tens of thousands of Jews living in their biblical homelands of Judea & Samaria (the West Bank).

Many of them are already cut off on the wrong side of our own security fence and soon will find themselves on the wrong side of the final border which a Kadima-Labor government will be prepared to concede to our ‘peace partners’ under pressure from the US.

So, far from being Georgians, these wrong-sided settlers will become the new Ossetians of this region. Israeli subjects and passport holders residing in a sovereign Palestinian state.

Whatever repression Mr Saakashvilli was accused of by Putin will be nothing compared to the bloodlust we may expect of the new Palestinian government if their rehearsals in Gaza are anything to go by.

So, when our peace partners do make their move on Jewish enclaves like Elon Moreh and Itamar, we shall be praying that the Israeli army is sent in with the same boldness and determination as Putin dispatched his forces into Georgia.


Add to Technorati Favorites Tweets by @ZalmiU