NETANYAHU'S 'FINAL SOLUTION'
Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.
Benjamin Netanyahu has taken extraordinary steps to limit Palestinian civilian deaths yet he knows Hamas cannot be defeated without them. Palestinians, who cheered each of the thousands of rockets that howled their way toward Israeli suburbs, are now asking if it was worth it. And Israel needs them to ask that question of Hamas.
Terrorism’s secret weapon of martyrdom is not shared by those Palestinian parents nursing their dead children and the price Hamas has asked them to pay is becoming too costly. Israel needs the innocent inhabitants of Gaza to tell Hamas it's time to stop the rockets.
But there is a downside to Israel’s justified resolve... Islam has a long memory and Israelis are surrounded by Islamic States that want them obliterated. Netanyahu may stop the rockets but he will never stop the increasing hatred for Israel.
In 1945 no-one but the West wanted Israel to exist and it was asked to occupy a speck of rocky land surrounded by its enemies. The Saudis even suggested partitioning the Jews a piece of defeated Germany.
Yet the tenacious Israelis transformed a shit block of land without oil into a modern jewel of culture and advanced technology. It transformed Arab swamps into fertile farms, it educated its youth and became an intellectual and technological giant among envious Arabs steeped in past animosities.
And Israel, with the help of eager media, is now criticised for daring to defend the morsel it was once thrown.
Each Palestinian death brings a Middle East showdown one day closer. It’s not a war without end, the end must eventually come. The past is the best gauge of the future but the future is now and weapons have superseded ploughshares. The West must soon show its hand.
Only the Arabs (and of course the Greens) see evil in Israelis seeking to defend their little block of land.