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Hurricane Joe’s Week of Unrest

Israel Harel
Israel Harel
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President Joe Biden at the White House on Thursday.
President Joe Biden at the White House on Thursday.Credit: Evan Vucci / AP
Israel Harel
Israel Harel

Two hurricanes hit the world recently. The first, Henri, hit the East Coast of the United States. The second, Joe, is an American product, but it struck 11,000 kilometers from the U.S. coast, sowing destruction and devastation in Afghanistan. And it may well circumvent the globe, upending the entire global balance of power.

The man who created this hurricane, U.S. President Joe Biden, thinks that America no longer needs to be the world’s policeman. Once the evil Communist regime imploded, the enlightened world’s need for a global cop also disappeared.

Islamist murderousness? That’s happening within a closed circle – Muslims are killing other Muslims. Here and there, admittedly, some chips do fly, but the price of containing them is much smaller than the price of continuing to wallow in the mud of Afghanistan.

Granted, following the withdrawal, the status of women will worsen (this issue, the exclusion of women, has been the main focus of the American media, and the global media as well, including Israeli outlets). But this is the lesser evil. It’s even a brave act of leadership, according to the pundits – including Israeli pundits who in the past drummed up support for the flights from Lebanon and the Gaza Strip. Look, that ostensibly sleepy old president has proven more daring than his younger predecessors.

Murderous Islam is imbued with a sense of mission – disseminating its way of life around the world. And as history has proven, it isn’t selective about the means it uses. In recent years alone, tens of millions of Muslims have been slaughtered by their fellow believers.

And if that’s how they treat their own countrymen and their own coreligionists, one can easily imagine how they would treat other people, and especially Jews, if nobody stops them. After all, the Jews stole Palestine from them and are desecrating the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

The flight from Kabul has encouraged everyone with evil intentions, not just the Taliban. The Iranians, who last week lost the last vestige of their fear of America, will now race to produce a nuclear weapon. American promises to prevent them from doing so, which were reiterated to Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on Friday, are written in melting ice.

And here’s another result of the hurricane: Violent opposition groups like ISIS in Arab countries belonging to the ostensibly moderate bloc, which is under the American umbrella, will step up their subversive activities against their governments, with help from Iran and the Taliban. These countries have begun drawing closer to Israel, but under pressure of the unrest created by the American flight, they will be forced to distance themselves from Israel again – and perhaps even to withdraw from their signed agreements.

If the two leaders had a prior, intimate acquaintance with each other, Bennett could have looked Biden in the eyes and said: Mr. President, in 2000, Israel thought a unilateral withdrawal would extricate it from the Lebanese quagmire. But look what happened.

Hezbollah, which was a small terrorist organization back then, has become the main military and political force in Lebanon. It is armed with tens of thousands of missiles that endanger both Israel’s military forces and its home front. If we had withdrawn gradually, while making agreements with Lebanese factions that were much stronger than Hezbollah at that time, perhaps we would have peace with Lebanon today.

Yet instead of learning the lessons from that wretched flight, we told ourselves a false narrative. And five years later, we fled from Gaza in a similar way. Hamas, then a marginal terrorist organization, soon rose up and took over the entire territory. And since then, the lives of Israelis living in the south have become a daily hell – including at this very moment, while I’m meeting with you.

Mr. President, let’s gird our loins, you and we, and learn from the other’s mistakes. And the most important lesson is that anyone who flees from conflict with Islamist terror will be pursued by that same terror – including state-sponsored terrorism like that of the Iranians – all the way to his own home and castle.

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