As the situation worsens, the delusion continues. One failure follows another. Barak, who has been whitewashed by the short memory of Israeli politics and the abysmal failures of Amir Peretz, is now going along with Olmert's plan to transfer most of the West Bank to Fatah terrorists with anti-missile systems.
Defense Minister Ehud Barak said this week that major Israeli population centers would be threatened by Palestinian Authority rockets if Israel relinquishes Judea and Samaria. That, however, is no reason not to carry out such a withdrawal, according to the Defense Minister, but rather to quickly equip Israel with a defense system against attacks from those very areas.
PA control over Judea and Samaria would place Israel's major population centers, such as Tel Aviv, within Kassam rocket range, Minister Barak explained during a Tuesday meeting with IDF reserve officers. Therefore, Barak emphasized, Israel must first acquire and implement an effective anti-missile defense system, and only then hand over control of the territory to the PA.
There are not even words adequate enough for this stupidity. Land is given away permanently. Anti-rocket systems only work for as long as the enemy doesn't develop a rocket that can get past it. Russia which has been busy arming Iran, which has been busy arming Hamas, has developed counter-measures to anti-rocket systems. In Lebanon Iran demonstrated it had the ability to use drones that would bypass Israeli countermeasures.
And the volume of systems necessary to deal with nightly Kassam barrages would alone be tremendous because Kassams are a good deal cheaper than countermeasures. When the army wasn't even adequately equipped for the Lebanon War, who seriously believes that it will be equipped to guard Israel site by site. And will this system only protect major cities turning countless Israeli towns into Sderots?
A defensive strategy is doomed to fail. Israel is not Russia. It cannot retreat and wait for snow. Handing out billion dollar defense contracts to Rafael and Elbit will buy more houses in Kochav Yair and Mercedes Benz' while doing nothing to deal with the threat Israel faces. Each year delayed worsens the threat as the cancer of Arab terrorism metastasizes full blown.
Technological magic beans won't save Israel. Only armed force and determination to act will and a refusal to concede more to the enemy in the futile hope of somehow averting the coming catastrophe.
If Israel gives away the rest of the West Bank to form a terrorist state, Israel will face a Hamas state shortly on both sides of the border, with Iranian forces behind it. The war will come again this time with enemy tanks and artillery within sight of Jerusalem. W
While Olmert and Barak squabble, while Livni maneuvers, while Feiglin takes shots at Netanyahu, the Haredi Rabbis fight a concert simply because it celebrated the reunification of Yerushalayim, Ovada Yosef continues cursing everyone in sight, Gaydamak spins his billion dollar web, plans for an alternative right wing party rise and fall; the darkness draws near. The campfires are dying and night approaches. If the Jews do not wake soon, we will wake with our throats cut.