Krauthammer on Israel

Washington Post: Those Troublesome Jews

Krauthammer starts by explaining the legality of the Israeli blockade of Gaza.  Then he breaks down what the assault on the blockade is really all about:

But even more important, why did Israel even have to resort to blockade? Because, blockade is Israel’s fallback as the world systematically de-legitimizes its traditional ways of defending itself — forward and active defense.

(1) Forward defense: As a small, densely populated country surrounded by hostile states, Israel had, for its first half-century, adopted forward defense — fighting wars on enemy territory (such as the Sinai and Golan Heights) rather than its own.

Where possible (Sinai, for example) Israel has traded territory for peace. But where peace offers were refused, Israel retained the territory as a protective buffer zone…  But under overwhelming outside pressure, Israel gave it up. The Israelis were told the occupations were not just illegal but at the root of the anti-Israel insurgencies — and therefore withdrawal, by removing the cause, would bring peace.

Land for peace. Remember? Well, during the past decade, Israel gave the land — evacuating South Lebanon in 2000 and Gaza in 2005. What did it get? An intensification of belligerency, heavy militarization of the enemy side, multiple kidnappings, cross-border attacks and, from Gaza, years of unrelenting rocket attack.

(2) Active defense: Israel then had to switch to active defense — military action to disrupt, dismantle and defeat (to borrow President Obama’s description of our campaign against the Taliban and al-Qaeda) the newly armed terrorist mini-states established in southern Lebanon and Gaza after Israel withdrew.

The result? The Lebanon war of 2006 and Gaza operation of 2008-09. They were met with yet another avalanche of opprobrium and calumny by the same international community that had demanded the land-for-peace Israeli withdrawals in the first place. Worse, the U.N. Goldstone report, which essentially criminalized Israel’s defensive operation in Gaza while whitewashing the casus belli — the preceding and unprovoked Hamas rocket war — effectively de-legitimized any active Israeli defense against its self-declared terror enemies.

(3) Passive defense: Without forward or active defense, Israel is left with but the most passive and benign of all defenses — a blockade to simply prevent enemy rearmament. Yet, as we speak, this too is headed for international de-legitimation. Even the United States is now moving toward having it abolished.

But, if none of these is permissible, what’s left?

Ah, but that’s the point. It’s the point understood by the blockade-busting flotilla of useful idiots and terror sympathizers, by the Turkish front organization that funded it, by the automatic anti-Israel Third World chorus at the United Nations, and by the supine Europeans who’ve had quite enough of the Jewish problem.

What’s left? Nothing. The whole point of this relentless international campaign is to deprive Israel of any legitimate form of self-defense.



  1. William A. Rose says:

    Israel needs to stop bowing to the UN or the USA or any other influence. Those people have every right to defend themselves. Anything I could say would have it’s basis in Christianity. I have an idea not many people here would care to hear it, so I’ll keep it to myself.

    I can say this, Israel and the rest of the world are going to be seriously surprised very soon.

  2. Randy Wills says:

    No one says it better than Krauthammer, but the article in yesterday’s WSJ entitled “Israelis Wonder: Has the World Lost Its Mind?” by Yossi Klein Halevi is also excellent.

    And to answer Halevi’s question, it is a resounding “yes”; the world HAS lost its mind, and the Evil that haunts – and hunts – the Jews won’t rest until there is no Israel left to remind the world that God once walked on earth. It is the hatred for the God of the Jews the Christ- followers that is at the root of it all.

    But as I write this, I’m crushed by the knowledge that somehow, over the centuries, that same evil One has been able to use professing “Christ-followers” as instruments of destruction relative to Israel and the Jews. God have mercy on us all.


  3. Randy Wills says:

    Oh nuts. I did it again. In the second paragraph there should have been an “and” between “the God of the Jews” and “the Christ-followers”.


  4. Gail B. says:

    Robert, thanks for the piece on Krauthammer. I just adore that man! (Did he really say that it’s better to be paralyzed from the neck down than to be paralyzed from the neck up?)

    He’s on Fox News “Special Report” with Bret Baier (after Glenn Beck), and he left me in stitches the other night when he said that Obama needed something to calm him down. Krauthammer said that as an M.D., he would be happy to write Obama a prescription for Valium!

    Krauthammer is right about the Valium, and he’s right on spot about Israel and the way those people are being treated.

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