Israel’s faulty defensive strategy must change

by David Ha’ivri

The leaders of the State of Israel and the Zionist movement over the past 100 years have continuously erred in their concept of national security based on defense only. The foundation of this concept holds that in order to receive world approval for existing the Jews can only take defensive measures and never be perceived as making any offensive moves. As if the idea that “the best defense is a good offense” is considered not applicable for the State of Israel. The scared and weak leaders of Israel like their ancestors ten leaders of the tribes of Israel who spied the Land of Israel and reported back that there are giants in the land and they saw themselves as tiny grasshoppers.

The people of Israel are not hopeless midgets at the mercy of the world. We have a great army and more importantly, G-d is on our side. We have a right to exist. We need not apologize. The Land of Israel is our historical and biblical birthright. And if the world doesn’t like it, that’s too bad, because we won the wars and control our own land. We need not send our soldiers into battle with their hands tied or armed with paintball guns. The Flotilla Fiasco has proven again that even when Israel sends in its soldiers unarmed and they are lynched, Anti-Semites and self-haters will come out of the woodwork to criticize our every breath.

The effort to project the underdog image has proven time and again counter-productive for Israel’s public relations. The world does not empathize with the Jews more when we try to show ourselves as weak. The self-imposed weak image only makes us look stupid and vulnerable. The more we try to project our army as the most humane and considerate army, the more our enemies are convinced that they can overpower us. The Middle Eastern mentality is not compassionate to the weak. Together with the help of G-d above us, the only thing that has kept Israel alive is the fact that the Arab armies cannot overpower the Israeli army.

It is time that Israeli leaders change their perspective and understand that we are allowed to stand upright and be winners. We can beat the Hezbollah in Lebanon, the Hamas in Gaza the the anarchists in Belin. Smashing the enemies of the State of Israel will not cause all out war in the region. On the contrary, Israel’s proud strong hand will be greatly respected and appreciated by its neighbors and by Israel’s own non-Jewish population and will bring real and lasting peace in the region.

Israel has been, in effect, apologizing for existing for so long. We must now present leadership that will stop saying that we are sorry and instead say with pride, “We have returned to our land and reestablished our nation. We will survive!” In response we can expect the world to stand back with awe and applaud. That will be a Kiddush HaShem, Sanctification of G-d’s name, and that is the mission of the Jewish people in this world.

June 6, 2010 | 6 Comments »

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  1. Violence pays

    The US National Security Council called Israel’s blockade of Gaza “unsustainable.” Obama is urgently pressing Netanyahu to lift the blockade for all civilian and dual-use goods.

    It’s not that Obama—who oversees two wars and scores of anti-terrorist operations—has suddenly become concerned about Gazans. Rather, diplomacy reacts to violent incidents. Just as the UN welcomed the PLO in the 1970s as the only way to tame the terrorists, so today Obama is ready to give in to the Islamist peaceniks who demand the opening of the Gaza crossings.

    Israel refuses to learn this lesson: obedience to our American masters does not pay. Mad Jews, who bomb Damascus over SCUD deliveries to Hezbollah, obliterate Iranian nuclear facilities, hunt Fatah and Hamas terrorists in European capitals, and stop the water supply to Gaza, whose government holds an Israeli citizen hostage—such Jews would gain international respect and concessions.

  2. I completely agree with everything that David Ha’Ivri said here. I hope that the time will come when he will be the Prime Minister of Israel.

  3. I think relying on God is totally nut job. Hope we have a better ally than God. Nano science for example. Otherwise completely agree that the key is to pass from defensive to offensive strategy.

  4. I also fully agree – where are today’s real leaders? Why are they not “leading”? My best guess is, they have been bought off or are cowardly fearing the main stream media – probably both. Very few even have the ability to speak out against what is actually happening. I find it interesting that the last few really good (great?) leaders have been women – Golda, Margaret and perhaps now Sarah. The men seem to have become emasculated – I seriously doubt this is what YHWH had in mind at the time he made woman. The roles have reversed and it is (past) time for the real men to begin leading. A serious question – what is Israel going to do when thousands – yes, thousands of missiles are being fired at you from Lebanon and Syria? Will you even then have the fortitude to use your “hidden” nuclear assets? Better think about it – and don’t take too long in doing so.

  5. The people of Israel are not hopeless midgets at the mercy of the world. We have a great army and more importantly, G-d is on our side. We have a right to exist. We need not apologize. The Land of Israel is our historical and biblical birthright. And if the world doesn’t like it, that’s too bad, because we won the wars and control our own land.

    Fully agree. Sadly, Israel has no leader capable of articulating such a position. Most Israeli leaders don’t even believe in G-d. The only leaders that Israel has capable of articulating such positions are quickly dismissed by all because they wear a kippah, or have a beard, or lack charisma. Yet, it has never been more clear to me that this is precisely what Israel needs.