Gerald A. Honigman
Olmert, Arab Terror
& The Missing News Conference
December 13, 2008
have been circulating that Israelís Ehud Olmert and the Palestinian
Arabsí Mahmoud Abbas have reached a "secret agreement.Ē
With all the on-going pressure placed by the State Department and now
outgoing American Administration on Israel to cave in to Arabsí
one-sided demands, this is not good news...especially given the nature
of Israelís current non-leaders. President-elect Obamaís announcement
that one of the State Departmentís former chief honcho, Arabsí darling,
and Bush confidant--James f_ _ _ the Jews, they donít vote for us
anyway Baker--"Jewboys,Ē Dan Kurtzer, will once again be a key
Middle East stick it to the Jews player confirms this as well.
Hey, the Chief Inquisitor, Torquemada, also had "his" Jews...
A while back, I had received a phone call from a friend. He wanted me to
listen to the local Chabadís Jewish radio program in town (the same
folks who just had members massacred in Mumbai), where the plight of
Sderotís children would be discussed...the town in the Negev thatís
under constant bombardment by Arabs years after Israelís total
withdrawal from adjacent Gaza. The plan evidently involves moving the
kids elsewhere, out of harmís way.
Like many other Diaspora Jews, Iím also deeply concerned about the
resurrected Jewish State. But Israel itself has been making serious
blunders over the last few decades--and, especially, the past several
years--which greatly exacerbates its situation.
Something about this evacuation plan rubs the wrong way... big time.
I know, itís easy for me to be brave when itís not my own town in
Florida being targeted. But it goes far beyond this...
The Arabs have always planned to make life so unbearable for Jews in
Israel that theyíd want to abandon the Zionist dream.
When a pressured Prime Minister/General Ariel Sharon came up with his
controversial unilateral withdrawal plan for Israel from Gaza a few
years back, many of us had mixed feelings. One of our main fears was
that it would just bring Arab terror that much closer to Israel proper,
while caving into yet another step in the Arabsí post-í67 War
destruction-in-phases plans for Zion. We instinctively knew that Arabs
would not take advantage of this to begin a state-building process for
their 22nd state and second, not first, within the
original 1920 borders of the Mandate of Palestine (Jordan created from
almost 80%of this back in 1922).
Yet, we hoped we would be proven wrong.
After all, David Ben-Gurion himself looked to Israelís own Negev Desert
as a major area for a growing Jewish population, not Gaza--despite the
latter being used as an invasion route to attack Jews from since the
days of the Pharaohs.
Sad to say, the Arab leopard does not change its spots, and the whole
area (as I repeatedly feel a need to remind folks)--despite the presence
of scores of millions of non-Arab Kurds, Berbers, Copts, Jews, black
Africans, and so forth--is still regarded as "purely Arab patrimony.Ē
Episodes such as the Gaza withdrawal only confirm the success of the
overall Arab game plan for the region. The Arabsí ANFAL campaign against
Kurds in Iraq and genocide against black Africans in the Sudan are just
a few of many other examples.
So, back to Sderot...
Iím all for building strong defenses and shelters to try to keep the
townís citizens as safe as possible from Arab mortars, rockets, and
such. But evacuating Jews in Israel proper because of Arab terror
is a line which I believe will lead us down a very dangerous slippery
slope. Today Sderot, tomorrow Ashkelon, and so forth as Arab missiles
gain in range and power.
Jews should not be the ones having to do the evacuating...
Imagine, as once Presidential hopeful John McCain said himself, that it
was an American border town in Arizona, Texas, or elsewhere being
subjected to this terror.
Would the world expect an America, which dwarfs Israel, to evacuate its
own land, or would it expect the aggressors to halt their destructive,
murderous behavior? Certainly Mexico has its grievances with
America...Indeed, both McCain and President Bushís home states were once
part of that country.
Now, what do you think we--or any other nation--would do (have done)
under such circumstances?
Okay? So now hereís the plan...
Since Prime Minister Olmertís crew lacks the backbone (and a few other
analogous body parts) to spell it out and carry it through (letting the
Arabsí good buddies in the American State Department dictate most of
Israeli policy instead), let me propose that a major, well-advertised ,
televised news conference be held to which many of the worldís leading
media and diplomats will be invited. It will be broadcast live, all over
the world carried by radio too, in many different languages, will
explain much of what I have already covered above, and will be delivered
by a handsome orator with the talent of the late Abba Eban.
After this general overview of the situation Israel faces is spelled
out, the following politically incorrect--but necessary--statement will
Please understand that Israel would love nothing more than to be able to
live in a true, mutually respectful, peace with its Arab neighbors.
Unfortunately, the problem has never been how big Israel is, but that
Israel is. For this problem, there is no compromise solution, and poll
after poll conducted amongst Arabs has shown this to still be the case.
Continuous unilateral Israeli concessions only convince Arabs of
Israelís weakness and the success of their own long term
destruction-in-stages strategy for Israelís demise.
In light of this, and in consideration of the current main Arab target
of terror, please note the following...
Sderot will not undergo any evacuations.
If evacuations are called for, then they will not be those of Jews.
We will soon be delivering to our Arab neighbors one last call for them
to begin their own # 22 state-building process, rather than continuing
to persist in their quest to destroy our one, tiny, sole state. Gaza was
a test of what the future might hold...and the Arabs messed it up
If, as we fear, they ignore our plea and continue to wage terror,
destruction , bodily harm, and murder, then we will be forced to respond
to these open acts of war the way others have and would respond.
Indeed, we have been far more patient than any other nation regarding
those who openly seek our destruction. And, in this, the Hamas-led Arabs
only differ in timing with those led by the latter day Arafatian Abbasís
Fatah...by the latterís own words. The quarrel between the two factions
is largely about who will control the billions of dollars and other aid
that will be pouring in from abroad--not over acceptance of a permanent
Jewish neighbor. Arafatís Swiss bank accounts are legendary.
Those ruling Gaza were openly elected by that Arab population--the same
population which shields them as they launch their terror. Furthermore,
the same situation awaits us in Judea and Samaria, aka the "West Bank,Ē
unless a reasonable territorial compromise is arrived there as well.
Secretary of State Rice might wish us to believe otherwise, but it is
our children in the line of fire--not hers.
Let it be known that the next act of Arab terror launched against us
will be met by the following sequence of events. We will not pursue
tit-for-tat or targeted responses any longer, for those have proven to
be virtually useless.
When the next mortar or rocket lands, we will proceed as follows:
At a time of our choosing, we will drop by air--as weíve done elsewhere
before--numerous warnings, in Arabic, to the Gaza population. Unlike
Arab terror, we will let Arabs know where not to be in advance.
They will be told that two days following the next terror attack will be
answered by a massive artillery bombardment of the entire width of the
area in Gaza from which mortars or rockets may be launched from. This is
similar to what America calls its Powell Doctrine. The two-day grace
period will provide time for Arab evacuation of the area. Note also that
we put ourselves at risk by doing this, with the probability of being
subjected to massive foreign pressure, and so forth.
Because of the latter, it has also been discussed that we carry out our
plan according to the Arabsí own rules, and launch our response
unannounced--without telegraphing our plans or punch. Unlike our
neighbors, however, we cannot get ourselves to behave as such.
The day afterward the artillery assault will bring a massive aerial
As the Perfidy and other clauses of the Geneva
Conventions openly state, warring parties cannot use their civilian
populations as human shields, and when they do so, this will not remove
such locations as legitimate targets...Any civilian casualties will thus
be on the Arabsí own shoulders.
The presence of the civilian population shall not be used to render
certain points or areas immune from military operations, in particular
in attempts to shield military objectives from attack...
The parties to the conflict shall...avoid locating military objectives
within or near densely populated areas.
There will be no massive infantry invasion, subjecting Jewish soldiers
and tanks to the deadly surprises Arabs think they have in store for
After the bombardment, a buffer zone will be created which will be a
mine field, posted for all to see and keep out of.
If terror continues after our initial responses, we will repeat the
above process, extending the mine field, and so forth.
We advise our Arab foes to forget about crying to their hypocritical
friends in the United Nations, the American State Department, and
elsewhere. We have already displayed a patience far beyond what any of
those folks would display themselves given the same circumstances which
we have daily faced.
Finally, we are holding this news conference today because we truly hope
that we will not have to put these plans into motion.
But we refuse to put up with the murder, terror, and destruction any
Now, I will open the floor to questions from this distinguished