The Star Late Edition
Enough is enough – end the violence
ENOUGH is enough. Hamas, recognised in the West as a terrorist organisation, must be eliminated. UN agencies and the media must stop being accessories to anti-Semitism.
Under international law, Israel includes Judea, Samaria and Gaza, until such time as Israel agrees to give some of it to the Palestinian Authority (PA). The time to settle this is now.
There is no Palestine. There never was an Arab Called a Palestinian until the KGB and Egypt established the Palestine Liberation Organisation – as a terrorist, propaganda tool, to drive the infidels out of the Middle East, in 1964.
There is no equivalence between Israel and the PA, and Hamas. Israel is one of the top 10 countries in the world. The PA and Hamas are political parties at best, and terrorists at worst.
Israel made two major diplomatic errors in the past that led to the false illusion that Arabs have rights, rather than privileges and obligations.
In 1967, when it recaptured Jerusalem from Jordanian occupation, Israel should not have given Jordan and the Wakf control of security on the Temple Mount. Second, it should not have given Gaza, ethnically cleansed of Jews, to the PA in 2005. Rather than taking control of these areas as a trust, they became launching grounds for violence. The PA and Hamas have proved themselves to be incapable of orderly governance.
Israel has a series of steps to take. It must destroy Hamas’s infrastructure and put its leaders on trial for war crimes. This would be the right time for the PA to support Israel and re-establish its control in Gaza. Israel must take back security responsibility for the Temple Mount and charge those criminals, who impede the access to Al-Aqsa by peaceful worshippers. Non-Muslims would be welcome to visit the Mount. As with all religious property in Israel, the Wakf would determine who may enter the mosque.
Rioting must end. Ramadaan should not be an excuse to kill and maim Jews. Incitement to violence in PA schools, mosques and the media must stop if there is ever to be peace and the creation of a Palestinian state, alongside Israel.
There is a peace to prosperity plan on the table. I suggest the PA pick it up. LEN BENNETT | Ottawa, Canada