The War in Gaza

First, I am unharmed and my family is unharmed.

But we are not okay.

Before I continue, let me make very very clear that I believe in peace and opportunity for Palestinians. I want a road towards a better reality. You can read my Constitution at and see it written right in there. I create provisions that grant full citizenship to Palestinians on a city-by-city basis; with the precondition that they turn over those who incite or carry out violence against Israel. I want an off-ramp in which Palestinians enjoy full rights and lives of freedom.

I will go even further. I am a religious Jew, but I do not believe that Jews are the only people with a relationship with G-d. I believe all of mankind is capable of such a relationship – and I believe both Christians and Muslims are monotheists who have their own distinct relationships to G-d.

The book I am proudest of, The City on the Heights, was written to share a novel idea about rescuing Christians and Muslims from the after effects of the Arab Spring.

I believe that nobody can simply be disposed of or ignored.

All of that said, Israel has been stuck in a halfway point for years. 

They have been trying to secure peace by giving concessions to the those most powerful (and violent) forces in the Palestinian world. The outcome has been predictable – those violent forces become more violent. 

When Israel has engaged in war, it has been unable to eliminate these groups because of international condemnation driven by concern for civilians. And the outcome has been predictable – those violent forces perfect their exploitation of civilians.

Now we have a chance to change that narrative. Israel has an opportunity to bring peace through war. To many Western minds, this seems impossible. But consider that Egypt made peace after being thoroughly defeated in 1973. Germany and Japan made peace, after being thoroughly defeated in 1945.

Once your enemy gives up on war, peace is possible. But, until now, Israel could not conduct a war so thorough that that would be possible.

Until now.

Now the sickness of the society created by Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad and all the others has been revealed. Now Israel can strike – as the US and UK did against Germany – and deal with the sickness. Now, Israel has an obligation to do so. People who behave like this must be so thoroughly punished that they will never seek to do so again.

I am not recommended the targeting of civilians. I am also not recommended that fighters be spared because they hide behind civilians. Up to 2 million German civilians died in WWII. I am okay with that. The Germans allowed an evil to spread and metastasize and they were made an example of. I see no moral quandary in the carpet bombing of Dresden – they allowed an evil as yet unseen to overcome their society. I see a lesson being taught to German citizens: Never let this happen again.

So far, that lesson has held.

In this case, Hamas and PIJ and their ilk must be punished. They talk of a victory that will be remembered for generations. I believe their generations – such as they may be – should only speak of the terrible, overwhelming, mistake they made. I want Israel to kill every single fighter in Gaza. This is not tit-for-tat – this is an example being made for their society.

If there are 130,000 militants in Gaza, then I want them all dead. If they do not yet have children, then I want them to never have generations who may honor them.

The EU calls for de-escalation. They are quite simply wrong. A crime like this cannot be carried out and then simply ignored. It must be punished and in so thorough a way that it would not be conceived of for generations to come. If you do not do this, then you encourage this sort of illness. Your society – the world’s society – will collapse into murder and mayhem.

So that is the opportunity. We lost well over a thousand innocent woman and children – and men and soldiers who wanted peace. If Israel had ever decided to engage in an act like this, millions would be dead. We do not want this – and the evidence in clear. We have never engaged in this sort of slaughter.

The world imagines a Palestinian state will bring peace, but this slaughter shows what the Palestinian powers actually want. They want an orgy of murder. They want 8 million dead Jews strewn in the streets. They are building – from the much more powerful rockets of Hezbollah to the nuclear weapons of Iran – the capability to deliver that dream.

Now, this slaughter has enabled Israel to do what needs to be done. Only this kind of slaughter could enable Israel to suppress the sickness in Palestine – just as had to be done in Germany.

We can never accept what has happened; we can never internalize it.

We can never stop mourning.

But we must step through the door that has been opened.

If your friends or your leaders say: “I hope for an end to the conflict soon” or “I hope the fighting will stop soon” or “We hope there will be de-escalation and a cease fire” DO NOT AGREE WITH THEM.

There must be war now. There is a moral imperative to strike out this evil. And, afterwards, there can be peace. I do not hope for peace now. In a few weeks or a few months, when the followers of Hamas and PIJ are all dead – then I will want peace. Peace with an understanding that the dream of killing all the Jews will never be realized.

This is not a cycle of violence, this is a closure of violence.

There is an overwhelming strand of thought that will rear its head in the weeks to come. I’ve seen it already. “The Jews are occupiers and so they deserve no protections and no safety.”

Do you know who settled Sderot – the largest city overwhelmed?

Refugees from the Arabic world.

In fact, the Muslim and Arab worlds expelled 99.5% of their Jewish populations. This is ethnic cleansing. Even the Nazis only managed 80%. Israel is a land of refugees – many from Europe but mostly from the Arab and Muslim world. Communities that were thousands of years old – in Iraq, Egypt, Syria and elsewhere – were erased. Property was taken and the people expelled. They came to Israel. In Israel those same Arab-Muslim states and people hoped to finish the job. They wanted to drive the Jewish people into the Sea.

They wanted to kill all of us.

They failed. In 1948, 1967 and 1973, they failed. Today 20% of Israel is made up of Arab citizens – full citizens. There are 2 million Arabs in Israel, and 15 Jews in Egypt. Not 15 thousand, 15.

There are 2 million Arabs in Israel and 0 Jews in Iraq. Our greatest text is the Babylonian Talmud – and there are no more Babylonian Jews.

Israel is a country of refugees who organized and said “THAT IS ENOUGH.”

Well, the time has come to say it again. THAT IS ENOUGH.

It does not matter whether the Jews are occupiers or the just inhabitants of this land. We are a people who were harried and slaughtered in the years leading up to the establishment of our State – and ever since.

We are a people who have a right to live – like any other people. It just so happens that we now live under self-rule in the land of our ancestors.

We have demonstrated we will live in peace with Arabs and Muslims who will live in peace with us. We embraced peace with the UAE, Bahrain, Morocco, Jordan, Egypt and, G-d willing, with Saudi Arabia. We left Gaza so we could have peace. We left South Lebanon so we could have peace. We presented Arafat and Abu Mazen with the opportunity to have their own state. My own Constitution creates a path for Palestinian Arabs to have full rights as full citizens.

But many Palestinian Arabs, as shown over the weekend, still want our elimination. They want an orgy of murder that makes this weekend look like a blip on the radar.

We cannot allow that to happen. This is a dream that must be crushed.

I am asking you, all of you, to be our advocates.

When people say “there should be a de-escalation” or “Israel should stop” or “I wish the fighting would stop” – step out of your comfort zone and your platitudes and say “no!”

Just as a murderer cannot be allowed to walk free – because of the rot he will create in society – a murderous society cannot be allowed to slaughter without consequences.

Explain us. Explain why we are doing what we are doing. And do not take the empty moral road that will once again lead to us the Jews being made into the villains in this story. Those same villainous Jews who slaughter children to make Matzah, steal organs from prisoners and poison candies for pleasure. Don’t allow those lies to become ‘truth’.

For years Israel has been criticized for its fight against these forces. “Why shoot people who approach the border fence, they haven’t hurt anybody??” I hope the reasons behind our actions are clear now. We do not allow them pipes so they cannot make rockets. We do not allow them tractors so they cannot drive over barricades. We deprive them of so much because we know – have long known – that the orgy of murder is what they desire.

But we do not need this to be the reality in the future. We can create peace through war. At this point, there is no other way. Hamas will not become partners in anything – they are murderers who will see any weakness as proof of their power. Our lesson must be so complete that peace will be possible. And then Gaza, a beautiful place, can have tractors and skyscrapers and industry and wealth and freedom. Just like Germany and Japan.

But not yet.

You have a job to do. Advocate for us. Explain us. Support us. If you have any questions, ask me or somebody else. But do not simply abandon us as the dead militants of Gaza – and the accidental civilian deaths – pile up.

A lesson must be given and it unfortunately will come with a price. We could not distinguish the good Germans as we bombed their cities. We try, but it will be hard to distinguish the good Gazans as we do the same. The goal is not to destroy infrastructure, but terrorists.

Perhaps the Palestinians themselves will rise up against Hamas – as the Italians did against Mussolini. Then peace can arrive more quickly – if they then surrender instead of just elevating another terrorist government. Or perhaps not, in which case the visions of post-war Germany – of cities flattened – will be necessary step on the road to peace. It may not deliver peace. If it does not, at least the price of slaughter will be made clear.

From their perspective, this is not a war between armies or governments, this is a war between peoples. Their people wants ours erased. They must learn that this is a dream that will bring only suffering. We ask only that you stand with us as we crush those who would slaughter all of us. Then, and only then, can our peoples live side-by-side in peace.

Thank you for reading.

Yes, I know Hamas is only step 1. For the broader picture, read: The Wider War.

For an overview of the cultural causes of what is occurring, read: The Real Arab Nakba.

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