Israel running out of money, out of options
In the past two weeks, large-scale terrorist attacks have demonstrated two tragic facts. First, that Palestinian terrorists will continue to massacre Israelis so long as they are capable of doing so. Second, that Israel's current strategy for fighting terrorism is woefully inadequate.
To be sure, Israel has made some inroads in its fight against Palestinian terrorism. The infrastructure of groups like Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Fatah has been weakened. Many of these groups' leaders have been eliminated by Israel and their capacity to mass murder innocent victims has thankfully been reduced.
Still, Palestinian society is so thoroughly infected with terrorists and suicide bombers that it would be difficult to cure this national disease on a terrorist-by-terrorist basis. Instead, the only likely resolution of the Palestinian terrorism problem is the implementation of a deterrent so effective, that Israel would have no need to deplete its financial reserves by keeping troops in the Palestinian areas.
First, Israel must target the top-tier leadership of the Palestinian terror machine. Murderers like Yasser Arafat, Sheik Yassin, and Abdel Aziz Rantisi must be brought to justice and eliminated with great fanfare. Then, Israel must weigh the idea of transferring portions of the Palestinians back to their historic homeland in Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Syria. There, the Palestinians will be able to enjoy national freedom and independence, while saving the lives of innocent victims, both Arab and Israeli.
Although the concept of population transfer has been one of the most successful methods of achieving peace and prosperity throughout history, it has come to be seen in the last few seconds of history as anathema to Western ideals. Israel, however, is a Western-style democracy located in the Middle East, where living up to 100% of Western ideals may be too high of a price to pay for those wishing to live altogether.
Let's not forget that the Mideast is, most notably, a region in which the United States and the rest of the world recently cheered on the transfer of several hundred of thousands of Palestinians out of Kuwait in the wake of Desert Storm. So, it may be time for Israel to reevaluate the concept of transfer as a method of achieving peace, by learning a valuable lesson from the Arabs themselves in this case.
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