Niagara Gazette

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December 1, 2013

SINGER: The mirage of Mideast peace

Niagara Gazette — A tiny news item a little while back indicated that “Al-Qaida-linked militants” proudly claimed ownership of rockets they’d shot into northern Israel from southern Lebanon. Not much damage thankfully ensued, though apparently one rocket just missed a retirement home for Holocaust survivors.

I wondered if that was the home founded by a Christian group I see now and then on TV. The page has so turned that American Christians are now among Israel’s deepest and most protective friends, and anyone who splits hairs about such support is behind the times.

More to the point, the group involved, Ziad al-Jarrah Battalion, was proudly named for a Lebanese-Arab hijacker involved in the ghastly September 11, 2001 terror attacks. Does that sound strange? Does it sound equally strange that at the time of the 9/11 tragedy, Palestinian Arabs in the West Bank area initially shouted out approval, until hushed up by their then-leader, Yassir Arafat?

After all, it wouldn’t do to show a true face to the same America which, yet again, feels it must kick start a “peace process” between Israel, which must “risk” for peace, and Palestinians, offering nothing Israel can count on in return.

This was amply seen with President Clinton’s hopeful initiative of the ‘90s eventuating in the Oslo Accords and the hand-over of Biblical places like Jericho or Hebron to Palestinian “security.” What followed was a terrible rash of suicide bombings in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv — the same metal-filled devices wrecking legs and lives galore as in Iraq (Arab on Arab) or Boston. Finally, around 2002, after a series of crippling attacks, Israel took matters into its own hands and began building a fence to wall off these attackers.

But of course rockets have subsequently poured in from Hezbollah in Lebanon, and after Israel voluntarily surrendered Gaza to the South, from the dictatorial group controlling that area, Hamas. Neither can be discounted in any potential “peace” agreement.

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