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Intifada for beginners

Series of violent attacks since start of peace talks is simply a Palestinian operational routine

Hagai Segal

The defense establishment, the establishment’s pensioners and commentators on terror attacks are beginning to collapse under the weight of wondering whether the recent wave of hostile activities is a new intifada or just a wave. Soon we will likely see a parliamentary demand for a commission of inquiry into the matter.

Many suspect that the security and political echelons are conspiring to hide the third intifada from us and repress it. Although it’s unclear how the two echelons stand to benefit from repressing intifadas, the public wants order in its life: If there is an intifada, let it show up immediately.

Well, what can we do, there is no intifada at the moment. Just like one dove does not announce the spring of peace, one terror attack a day – and even two or three – don’t necessarily announce an intifada. The series of violent attacks we have been experiencing since the start of John Kerry’s peace offensive is simply a Palestinian operational routine. From time to time, the Palestinian fighters go on a temporary ceasefire, in order to rest or equip themselves, but their regular condition is the militant condition.

 

By the way, as a veteran settler I can testify that more stones are thrown at us during the winter than during the summer. The long nights provide our neighbors with an extended window of opportunities to smash the windows of Jewish vehicles. They are swallowed in the darkness and carry out their evil scheme regardless of the political situation or the construction graphs. They have this kind of sport, harassing Jews. It’s more of an Olympics than an intifada.

 

The height of the flames stems from ability, not from desire. There is always a desire. That is why the IDF has been making sure since Oslo, even during the so-called calm periods, to prevent Jews from entering the Palestinian Authority’s territories. Army officials know that the Jewish life expectancy becomes significantly shorter in Ramallah, in Nablus and in any other place where terrorists are less afraid of being hit by our forces. If the Shin Bet declares a general strike tomorrow, brigades of suicide terrorists will once again raid little Israel‘s cities. They will not be stopped by Abbas. He is not as violent as Arafat, but like him, he is making an effort to avoid declaring the end of the conflict. His media outlets are blowing the atmosphere of hatred in the sails of terror attacks.

 

When does a wave of terror attacks reach the dimensions of an intifada? When the masses join the circle of violence. At the moment, the masses prefer to go to work. They like it that way. They are enjoying economic prosperity, unprecedented freedom of movement and an independent parliament. The famous Palestinian despair exists only in Jewish imagination.

When a lone terrorist stabs a soldier at the Adam Junction or tries to blow up a bus in Bat Yam, it’s not because of the occupation, it’s because of ancient hatred of Israel which began way before 1967, and will not end if John Kerry receives a Noble Peace Prize, God forbid.

 

The fact is that there has been no occupation in the Gaza Strip for a long time, and yet last week an Israeli citizen was shot to death by a sniper from there. For the bereaved family it will no longer make a difference if the defense establishment gives in to the public opinion and declares it an intifada.

 

 

The Next Intifada

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The two and a half years of uprisings in the Middle East known collectively as the Arab Spring have had an apparent hole in the middle; there has not been a new full-blown uprising during this time by Palestinians in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. This fact is testimony to the ruthlessly effective control measures of Israel, with a security apparatus that outclasses any mukhabarat in the Arab world. The Palestinian outlook in the face of these control measures is a combination of despair and being deterred. The Palestinians have been there and done that, with two previous multi-year uprisings, known as the First and Second Intifadas, in their recent history. They have every reason to expect that the Israeli response to a third uprising—especially given the direction of Israeli politics since the previous two—will be to press down even harder on the levers of control, not to do anything to move toward self-determination for the Palestinians.

The Palestinians also can see that, despite some erosion in the international support that Israeli governments have long been able to count on, there is little sign that the reactions of the international community, and most importantly of the United States, will be appreciably different next time. The government of Benjamin Netanyahu—some elements of which are quite candid about this—evidently intends to retain the West Bank indefinitely, is continuing the colonization program that has been putting a two-state solution farther out of reach, and shows no sign of fearing pressure over any of this from the world and especially from the United States, even with the intensified international attention that a new uprising would bring.

None of this, however, changes the instability inherent in subjugation of the Palestinians. The humiliation, the heavy personal costs, the impairment of daily life and the frustration of national aspirations are all still part of that reality. Human reactions to such situations tend to be more emotional, more matters of anger and frustration than of calm calculation of the adversary’s likely responses. A new uprising thus is probably only a matter of time. Exactly how much time is unpredictable; the timing of spontaneous uprisings for which the ingredients are already in place is always unpredictable. But as a point of reference, seven years transpired between the end of the First Intifada and the outbreak of the Second. The Second Intifada did not have a clear-cut end, but it has now been about eight years since it petered out.

A report on instability in the occupied territories published last month by the International Crisis Group reviews some of these realities. The report does not say a new uprising is imminent, but it observes:

Many conditions for an uprising are objectively in place: political discontent, lack of hope, economic fragility, increased violence and an overwhelming sense that security cooperation serves an Israeli – not Palestinian – interest.

Outside powers, and especially the United States, need to be prepared for a new Palestinian uprising whenever it finally occurs. They also need to be prepared for the Israeli government’s response, which will be to couple a crackdown on the ground with declarations that in the midst of such turmoil nothing can or should be done to move toward Palestinian self-determination. The path of least political resistance will be once again to acquiesce in practice to this Israeli posture, while paying lip service to the need for diplomacy that works toward creation of a Palestinian state.

The path of greater political resistance would be the right path, which would be to address squarely what underlies the unrest. That path would recognize explicitly that following the Israeli lead means that no time would ever be right for moving meaningfully toward a Palestinian state. It would recognize that if there is a crisis of legitimacy with Palestinian political entities (manifested most recently in serial resignations by prime ministers of the Palestinian Authority), this is largely because even when the Palestinians have had capable leaders their role has been limited mostly to assisting in carrying out Israel’s security and administrative responsibilities as an occupying power. And it would recognize that if the Palestinians are divided between the competing political factions of Fatah and Hamas this is in large part because Israel has done everything possible to keep them from reconciling.

Taking the politically easy path will set the table for a Fourth Intifada and beyond. The current Israeli leaders evidently believe that they can live comfortably enough with this prospect. They see Palestinian disturbances now and then as a cost of doing business—the business in this case being to incorporate eventually and permanently all of the occupied West Bank into a greater Israel. The United States needs instead to pay attention to two things: what a just resolution of this long-running conflict would look like; and especially what is in U.S. interests—which run in a much different direction from the Israeli government’s objective of favoring land over peace.by

 

UK: British Writers Say “Death to Israel”

Only 65 years since the British Mandate was responsible for so many Jewish deaths, It is impossible to keep an accurate record of all the British writers and poets who have actually endorsed Israel’s elimination.by Giulio Meotti

British intellectuals have gone anti-Semitic. Today you won’t find a single Quixotic writer in the UK who would openly defend the State of Israel and its people. It is the debacle of the entire British cultural elite, a kind of ideological conformism like that in the Soviet Union, which Czeslaw Milosz called “the Captive Mind”.

Famous UK author Iain Banks just announced that his novels would no longer be published in Israel. “I support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign because, especially in our instantly connected world, an injustice committed against one, or against one group of people, is an injustice against all, against every one of us; a collective injury,” Banks stated in The Guardian daily.

“My particular reason for participating in the cultural boycott of ‘Israel’ is that, first of all, I can; I’m a writer, a novelist, and I produce works that are, as a rule, presented to the international market,” underlined the best selling novelist.

Banks belongs to a long list of British writers who proclaim the sentence to death on the Jewish State and its people. It is impossible to keep a list of writers and poets who have endorsed Israel’s elimination: Kevin Cadwallender, Jimmy Powdrell Campbell, Jenny Diski, Alison Fell, Naomi Foyle, Ian Gregson, Sarah Irving, Fred Johnstone, Wendy Klein, Diane Langford, Tom Leonard, Catherine Lupton…

These opinion makers and entertainers who speak from journals, essays, reviews, poems and novels have been instrumental in feeding the public opinion with lies and hatred against Israel and the Jews. These “chattering classes” have passed from parlor anti-Semitism to having called into question Israel’s very right to exist. No other country in the world has been treated in this barbaric way.

John Berger, a Booker Prize winner, called for artists to decline being published by mainstream Israeli publishers and to undertake a boycott of the Jewish State.

Harold Pinter, the Nobel Laureate playwright, signed a boycott of Israeli products and tourism. The self-hating Jew Pinter has gone so far as to declare Israel “the central factor in world unrest.”

Eric Hobsbawm, one of the most famous historians of the XX century, supported the Second Intifada, endorsing the “the cause of liberation”.

From Tariq Ali to Seni Seneviratne, there are dozens of British foreign writers who support the boycott of Israel as “a moral imperative”.

George Steiner, famous cultural critic based in Cambridge (I have written a philosophical dissertation on his works and I held a correspondance with Steiner during the last ten years after having broken with him about Israel), questioned whether the Jewish State should have come into being at all. He also said that for two-thousand years Jews did not torture people, but that now they torture.

The British author Ian McEwan launched an arrogant attack on Israeli government policies in his speech accepting the Jerusalem Prize for Literature, saying “a great and self-evident injustice hangs in the air”. And this is the same McEwan whom the Israeli press lauded for having visited Jerusalem despite the boycott calls.

The late Christopher Hitchens, the most celebrated British atheist in the world, depicted Israel as “stupid, messianic and superstitious” and he published an article entitled “Israel’s Shabbos Goy”, evoking the canard of a Jewish conspiracy manipulating US policy. He also described both Judaism and Israel as “genocidal”.

Tom Paulin, poet, essayist and academic at Oxford, said Jewish “settlers” in Israel “should be shot dead”. The Observer also published — a few months after the start of the second Palestinian intifada — Paulin’s poem “Killed in the Crossfire” which refers to the IDF as the “Zionist SS” that guns down “little Palestinian boys.”

The novelist Christine Odone defended Gretta Duisenberg, wife of the president of the European Central Bank, who when asked how many signatures she had gathered for her pro-Palestinian petition, she allegedly replied, “six million”.

The plot of celebrated British playwright Caryl Churchill’s “Seven Jewish Children,” which got much acclaim at London’s Royal Court Theater, spreads the Jewish obsession. Churchill’s play unfolds over seven scenes, beginning sometime during the Holocaust and concluding with Israel’s wars. Characters appear as parents of an offstage child, and the dialogue revolves around what the girl should know about her political circumstances as they unfold over the decades. “Tell her”, says one of the play’s Zionist elders, “I wouldn’t care if we wiped them out . . . tell her we’re better haters, tell her we’re chosen people.”

British dramatist David Hare, in a primitive diatribe against Israel that smacks of medieval-style anti-Semitic blood libels, demonizing the Jews for “dispossessing” and “polluting” a fabricated, “archetypical Palestine”, wrote that the Jews have “polluted” the Promised Land and “do not belong here.”

As the British writer Paul Johnson observed: ‘”Violence has always exercised a strong appeal to some intellectuals. It goes hand in hand with the desire for radical absolutist solutions”. The new British writers’ absolutist solution to the existence of the West is the eradication of Israel.

Why not effect the launching of a counter-boycott of this judeophobic cultural system? This sanctimonious British intelligentsia will not rest until the Jewish people is destroyed. And millions of idiots hang on every word that comes out of their corrupted lips.