The Gaza/Israel cease-fire is simply a break in the fighting

Don't get too excited about the ceasefire in the Middle East. It is just a lull. There is more conflict to come despite the enthusiasm by world leaders and the press.
Photo: Palestinians celebrate while Israel cries "False Peace"/AP Images

CHARLOTTENovember 23, 2012 – Now that the Obama administration’s Israel, Egypt and Gaza photo-ops, staged to rehabilitate the woeful foreign policy fiasco of Benghazi, it is time to consider the reality of the situation.

Hillary Clinton did her best to appear diplomatic, but her attempts were every bit as hollow as her announcements in the White House Rose Garden that the violence in Libya in September was the result of a video.

While the press clamored to support Clinton’s sudden persona as a prolific stateswoman in brokering the “monumental” ceasefire in the conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, the shooting stopped.

But it is at best temporary; the shouting has not stopped, and neither has the hatred.

Palestinians celebrate the cease fire between Israel and Hamas in Gaza City, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012 (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

Palestinians celebrate the cease fire between Israel and Hamas in Gaza City, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012 (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

Pseudo-analysts and ill-informed politicians throughout the world hailed the agreement as a new era of harmony in the age-old conflict between Israel and Palestine.

Meanwhile, in Gaza the Palestinian Muslims took to the streets firing rifles in the air in jubilant victory over their perpetual enemy in the region. In the Middle East, battles are measured like won/lost records in the NFL and the NBA. War is a game that nobody ever wins, but victories and defeats are recorded on a daily basis.

In the recent hostilities the score was kept by the number of rockets each side fired at the other, especially the several that landed in the outskirts of Jerusalem. Knowing they can reach the capital of Israel with rocket-fire is a major achievement in the grand jihadist scheme of the Islamists.

Some say a two-state solution, meaning giving the Palestinians their own state, is the only way to resolve the never-ending confrontation between Israel and the Muslim nations that surround it.

But that only raises the question, “Is a two-state negotiation and agreement possible?”

For the West a two-state resolution seems to be a reasonable and simple answer. So logical, in fact, that we are constantly bewildered at the continuous battles that rage between the two sides at reaching a compromise.

Israelis hold signs and flags as they protest the cease-fire in the southern Israeli city of Kiryat Malachi, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012.  Hebrew on signs from right read: Cease-fire = supply of fire, Let the IDF win and False peace. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

Israelis hold signs and flags as they protest the cease-fire in the southern Israeli city of Kiryat Malachi, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. Hebrew on signs from right read: Cease-fire = supply of fire, Let the IDF win and False peace. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

What we forget, or more likely don’t realize, is that the Muslim jihadist movement is not about controlling land or establishing peaceful coexistence with the Jews.

It is about annihilation, and until that is accomplished no amount of negotiation or press conferences by Barack and Hillary will resolve the problem.

Muhammad Hussein Ya’qoub, an Egyptian Muslim cleric, expressed it in the clearest terms on al-Rahma TV in January 2009 saying,

“If the Jews left Palestine to us, would we start loving them? Of course not. We will never love them. Absolutely not. The Jews are infidels – not because I say so, and not because they are killing Muslims, but because Allah said, ‘The Jews say that Uzair [Ezra] is the son of Allah, and the Christians say that Christ is the son of Allah. These are the words from their mouths. They imitate the sayings of the disbelievers before. May Allah fight them. How deluded they are.’”

The second portion of Ya’qoub’s statement is a quote from Sura 9:30 of the Koran. They are the teachings of Muhammad which strike at the very heart of the situation. Even more disheartening than the Koranic lessons themselves is the blind political correctness by media and politicians in failing to recognize the inherent hatred of Islam as it was taught in the 7th century, and which continues today.

Ya’qoub went on to add:

“It is Allah who said that they are infidels. Your belief regarding the Jews should be, first, that they are infidels, and second, that they are enemies. They are enemies not because they occupied Palestine. They would have been enemies even if they did not occupy a thing.”

With such thinking, is there any real possibility of finding common ground that will lead to a permanent ceasefire and a two-state alliance where both sides could exist together in peace?

Until so-called moderate Muslims find some means of enlightenment and control over the small, but increasingly violent, radical fundamentalists of the Islamic faith, there will never be enough negotiations or press conferences to resolve the confrontations between Israel and radical Islam.

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Peabod is Bob Taylor, owner of Taylored Media Services in CharlotteNCTaylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club, which creates, and escorts customized tours to SwitzerlandFrance and Italy for groups of 12 or more.

Inquiries for groups can be made at Peabod@aol.com Taylored Media has produced marketing videos for British Rail, Rail Europe, Switzerland Tourism, the Swedish Travel & Tourism Council, the Finnish Tourist Board, the Swiss Travel System and Japan Railways Group among others.

As author of The Century Club book, Peabod is now attempting to travel to 100 countries or more during his lifetime. To date he has visited 70 countries. Suggest someplace new for Bob to visit; if you want to know where he has been, check his list on Facebook. Bob plans to write a sequel to his book when he reaches his goal of 100 countries. He also played professional baseball for four years and was a sportscaster for 14 years at WBTV, the CBS affiliate inCharlotte.


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