" I am the L-rd your G-d who rescued you from the land of Egypt... gods besides Me you should not know, and there is no Saviour but Me" (Shemot 20: 2 & Hoshea 13: 4) . A Sephardi discussion on Orthodoxy, the world, notes, essays & other pedantic musings
As informed readers will know Israel is a couple of days away from a general election. As in any democracy,in the heat of the election both left and right are making assumptions on who would be best to make Israel strong or on the left make peace with the Palestinians .
Israel has a string of domestic issues which need, in my humble opinion,to be addressed as priorities over any peace conference: as for Iran then if that country poses a threat it should be dealt with by Israel, rather than begging the US to do it for Israel.
However on the subject matter of peace, I'm pretty much relaxed over what will happen. No Israeli gov't will be able to come to any kind of comprehensive peace at the expense of security or the survival of the Jewish state. Why? Because as long as there are in effect 2 arab Palestinian states one of which is controlled by a vicious terrorist group, who are dedicated to Israel's destruction then there can be no peace. On the west bank, Israel cannot withdraw without it becoming a new Gaza and Abbas has been nothing but intransigent.
I recall the time when Clinton negotiated the last serious attempts at peace. Arafat got everything he could possibly have got-including control of east Jerusalem- and he walked away. Then we had the wave of terrorism which forced Israel to build a security barrier to stop this and save lives. And this was supposed to be the moderate Arabs, not Hamas. From that moment on I personally became utterly convinced that Arab Palestine would never come to peace with Israel, because the leadership is unappeasable and has no care for its own people: jihad or secular terrorism is far more important.
I really do want and pray for peace, but it simply won't happen until Hamas is gone and the Palestinian leadership is ready to negotiate in good faith.I have no idea about what this would be like, probably a self governing west bank, which Israel has suren auren but sadly I simply don't see peace anytime soon.
However this doesn't mean we should feel depressed or downbeat. May we continue to pray for the peace of Jerusalem as ever:
"Pray for the peace of Jerusalem; May they prosper that love thee. Peace be within thy walls, And prosperity within thy palaces"