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End Game

End Game

The primary objective of Arafat's terrorist regime is not to establish the twenty-second Arab state, but to destroy the only Jewish state.


Since Yom Kippur in 1973, Israel has not experienced a violent Arab attack so laced with savage contempt for our people and our heritage as we experienced on Pesach Eve this year.

The message Palestinian terrorists are sending us is crystal clear: We will murder you at every opportunity, in every place, at any time -- even on the holiest of your days.

An unremitting carnage that indiscriminately slaughters all who come within the murderous reach of Palestinian terrorists shows the depths of their hatred. Clearly, the only constraint for Arab terrorists is their destructive capability. Given the power, they would destroy all of us, down to the last infant.

The primary objective of Arafat's terrorist regime is not to establish the twenty-second Arab state, but to destroy the only Jewish state. This was and is the heart of the conflict.

In 1948, the Arabs rejected an international resolution that would have established an Arab state, and instead attempted to destroy an embryonic Jewish state. Fifty-two years later, Arafat rejected a similar offer and demanded the flooding of Israel with millions of Palestinians, which would effectively bring about the destruction of Israel as a Jewish state.

With such a regime, whose ultimate objective is our destruction and which pursues this objective by the most barbaric means imaginable, there is no place for negotiations and no hope for reaching any sustainable peace agreement.

Indeed, the much-vaunted political solution to end the conflict was in fact attempted two years ago at Camp David, and it utterly failed.

Arafat rejected a scandalously far-reaching Israeli offer of a sovereign Palestinian state in Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip, which included half of Jerusalem, and instead chose to unleash this war of terror against Israel.

There is only one option that is now available to Israel: to decisively win the war that has been forced upon us.

There is only one option that is now available to Israel: to decisively win the war that has been forced upon us. What is required of us today is not a willingness to clench our teeth and bear this ongoing violence. We must instead seek a total military victory against an implacable enemy.

First, we must immediately dismantle the Palestinian Authority and expel Arafat. Second, we must encircle the main Palestinian population centers, purge them of terrorists, and eradicate the terrorist infrastructure. Third, we must establish security separation lines that will allow Israeli armed forces to enter Palestinian territory, but prevent Palestinian terrorists from entering our towns and cities.

The choice we face today is not between military victory and a security separation. Only by combining the two can we stop the terror, restore a deterrence that has been dangerously eroded in the last two years, and enable a realistic and moderate leadership to emerge among the Palestinians with which we can pursue a political settlement in the future.

Like a partial dose of antibiotics that is not sufficient to cure the disease, the partial actions of the government and the fitful changes between a policy of restraint and half-hearted military action has not and will not achieve anything. Our excessive concern about the international community has also borne bitter fruit. Israel's refusal so far to act as would any other self-respecting nation heightens the doubts in the minds of our friends of our belief in the justice of our cause and encourages our enemies to increase the bloodshed.

The only way to win international understanding for our position, especially in America, is to steadfastly assert our basic right to defend ourselves and achieve a quick and decisive military victory.

Finally, the claim that we have tried all military means to end the terror is baseless. We have not even used a fraction of our military power, and the little we have used has not been directed at the right target, namely Arafat's regime.

What is absolutely clear is that we cannot continue, even for one more day, on a path of indecision, without a goal or a policy. We must do what any nation in our position would do: fight the war that has been forced upon us and vanquish an enemy who is determined to annihilate us.

The writer is a former prime minister of Israel.

April 6, 2002

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Visitor Comments: 14

(14) Inbar, January 23, 2015 9:47 AM

Our real protection is Hashem, and we need to deal with Him!

When you keep going doing the same things you have done until now, you can expect the same results. Trying to appease Muslim aggression and by now, openly acknowledged terror actions intended to dominate the whole world, has brought us to a world in which many people are afraid of a sizable minority.
If we value freedom, human rights, truth, common decency - civilization as we know it - we should begin thinking of new ways to deal with the situation at hand.
Israel and all Jews should make it clear that God is the owner of the world and all it contains, He has given us the land He promised to Avraham, Yitschak and Yaacov, and He will protect us. He has kept His side of the brit for thousands of years; we owe it to Him to keep up ours.
If all of Am Yisrael keeps 2 full shabbats according to halacha, Moshiach will come.
Even those who do not believe it can work or who are against organised religion, might be willing to suspend their disbelief and test this. Even if it is only for the sake of our people who will no longer be attacked if this tradition is proven right, they may be willing to invest 50 hours of their time and some time for preparation.
We will survive as a people, and we will win this war. But the price we and the rest of the world pay will be much lower if we win this way.
Psalm 20 tells us not to be like others who trust in material might, but to call out to Hashem, who will answer our cry.
As promised, Hashem has enabled our people to survive among the nations, and this time, too, He will keep his covenant with us.
Shabat shalom, and may we soon all find ourselves home with Gods glory filling our world !

(13) chris, April 15, 2004 12:00 AM

fight the terrorist

I am from the U.S. and i personally support an action against the terrorist in palestine. i live in N.Y. state and have personnaly been in the twin towers befor it still amazes me at what they ( the terrorist) can do. The people of israel must elect a leader who will fight and if that fails then use the american media to win sympahty for your cause. Best luck to the people in israel

(12) Anonymous, April 12, 2002 12:00 AM

If only everyone, everwhere could read Bibi's articles

This elucidation of the unfortunate current state of Israel is right on target. Mr. Netanyahu's analysis of the entire situation is so poignant, I don't know how he does it? But I guess only one who knows the true facts can state such blatant truths. In any event -- I applaude Mr. Netanyahu and all of his articles and speeches on the Holy Land.

It's not so often that one can find a piece on Israel that's not completely twisted and/or biased!

(11) Anonymous, April 11, 2002 12:00 AM


As usual, a brilliant analysis on an insane situation.

(10) Leo Bermange, April 10, 2002 12:00 AM

Talk is Cheap

Whilst it's nice to read that the former prime minister has finally seen the light vis a vis the vicious barbaric Palestinians and their cohorts, the fact remains that as prime minister he negotiated away Hebron and gave it to
these animals, in return for what ? The
answer to which no one has, including the former prime minister himself. That he awakens now with his realization of the Palestinians true intentions, after the Passover attack, after eighteen months of one of the worst
periods in Jewish (not just modern day
Israel) history is a sad commentary for a former leader of Israel who once held so much promise.

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