Here’s the stupidest logical argument of the year: How do we stop 16-year-olds from going out to stab us? Very simply. Currently, they’re doing this because they have hope that a Palestinian state will arise. If we tell them there will be no such state, they won’t go out and stab us.
No, I didn’t invent this ridiculous argument. Education Minister Naftali Bennett and a long list of other key right-wing spokespeople are responsible for it. People who are willing to commit suicide because they evidently feel they have no hope won’t commit suicide if they have no hope ... Wow.
You can say almost anything about the Habayit Hayehudi chairman, but stupid, he isn’t. So how can he say such a thing?
Do a Google search for “Naftali Bennett + Hamas.” If the teens committing suicide are doing so because of unbridled incitement, then Hamas is the main source of this incitement. But it’s been a long time since Bennett last talked about Hamas; The most recent mention that comes up in Google is from June. And Bennett came to “Meet the Press” on Channel 2 television with a surprising message: Hamas is already there in the Gaza Strip, so until we topple it, we should let it reconstruct Gaza in exchange for disarming.
In contrast, Bennett never stops talking about Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, and neither does Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. On Saturday, Bennett called Abbas a “terrorist.” The heads of the security services say Abbas is trying to calm the territories and deploying his own security services to do so, but why let the facts destroy a good theory?
Bennett and Hamas are on the same side. Therefore, it’s good for Bennett to let Hamas rule Gaza and to give it money and equipment. Let Hamas grow strong. It’s no problem. Nobody, either in Israel or abroad, thinks it’s possible to reach a final-status agreement with Hamas. So both Bennett and Hamas have to get rid of that nudnik, Abbas. If Bennett were more honest, he would say, “We’re not willing to withdraw from even one meter. We understand that this will cost us rounds of bloodshed from time to time, but the eternal people isn’t afraid of a long road. It’ll take 10 years, 20, 30, but in the end we’ll be able to annex large parts of Judea and Samaria.”
It turns out that Bennett, like Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, also thinks Israelis are made of spider’s webs. Millions of Israelis are liable to be deterred by the life he is leading us toward just in order to obtain another few percent of the West Bank in another few decades. Therefore, he sells us his nonsense about how one statement by Netanyahu that no Palestinian state will arise, and snap! Everything will immediately calm down.
What’s most upsetting is that the campaign to smear Abbas is working. Even leaders of the center-left fell in line with the right last week over Abbas’ horrible “incitement.” Apparently, they wanted to prove that they, too, are patriots.
Abbas is now giving anti-Israel speeches, and more than a few of them contain lies. But on the other hand, does anyone really think Abbas knew that 13-year-old Palestinian boy was alive but nevertheless said he was dead? Did he think it wouldn’t be discovered? Obviously, he was misled.
I have another great revelation to make about Abbas: He’s a politician. At a time when the Palestinian street is erupting and his popularity is steadily declining, he’s trying to maneuver. How shocking. We, of course, have no politicians like that. We have no leaders who incite against an entire community – that only happens among the Palestinians.
Does that statement about the boy really turn Abbas into a non-partner? After all, one could write a book about the vicious lies and actions of King Hussein of Jordan and President Anwar Sadat of Egypt. Did that disqualify them from signing peace agreements with us?
The author is a journalist for Channel 10 news.