The Israeli opposition speaks and no soon or loud enough.
I participated in an insightful and frank discussion with Israeli MK Dr. Eldad
Click here to listen.
"Israel needs effective and competent government leaders to address the matter of Arab Muslim citizens who actively subvert the Jewish State and join terror groups fighting both the State of Israel and our ally, the U.S. in Iraq. To have enemies within is cause for grave concern and the ineffectiveness of Israel's governmental leadership to confront this menace places Israel in double jeopardy." -- M.K., Dr. Arieh Eldad
Leading Israeli Opposition leader, M.K. Prof. Arieh Eldad of the National Union Party, states "that Israeli Arabs citizens who are fundamentalist Muslims are increasingly disloyal. They constitute a menace that could destroy the State given current multicultural treatment of privileged Muslim minorities." said Eldad.
Dr. Eldad is a reserve Brigadier General and was Surgeon General of the IDF Medical Corps. He is an internationally recognized burn wound specialist and plastic surgeon. Dr. Eldad headed the IDF Medical contingent in Rwanda in the wake of the genocide and cholera epidemic in 1994.
Dr. Eldad will focused on:
-the current round of Kadimah government U.S. -Saudi peace plan discussions;
-his views on annexation of Judea and Samaria and comnsideration of Jordan as the 'real Palestinian state;
-the threat of radical Islam to Israel and the West;
-prospects for any imminent change in government in Israel.
As a physician Dr. Eldad said "the diagnosis is wrong" and so "the wrong medication prescribed." The two state solution is not the answer. The war is against western civilization.
"We can not intervene in the internal war of Islam. Eventually the moderate Sunnis will turn to al qaeda."
Jery Gordon aked what is your opinion of shuttle diplomacy Riyadh, Jerusalem, and Gaza?
"Just another experiment in the huge dimension of human life......Once again we are trying to empower Abbas"
"All for dismantling Israel"......."right of return. Even if we wanted to go with Abu Mazen, it's the same old story. We try to appease by giving land for peace, but once they are engaged in any kind of agreement .......eventually --- we will be helping them to build a terror state in Judea in Samaria."
"Olmert 's approval rating is lower than 3%. His plan lost ground. The fact that he was elected on convergence........ He abandoned it after the war"
"The tragedy of Israseli history trying to find an Arab moderate --since the 1920s."
"Abbas is not a moderate at all. He preaches for the right of return. Even when we try ...........history is dictated by the radicals, by Hamas."
I asked Dr Eldad what he and the people of Israel thought of John Bolton recent remarks that the U.S. blocked an Israel truce and that the United States resisted calls for an immediate cease-fire between Israel and Lebanon last summer.
Eldad said he had no problem with the international commmunity at the time.
"The problem was with Israel leaderhip. Their failure in the war was another terrible example of their incompetence and corruption. "
The indispensible OneJerusalem.Org put this call together here;
In a wide-ranging discussion with bloggers, Dr. Arieh Eldad a member of the Israeli Parliament (Knesset) and reserve Brigadier General discusses the serious challenges facing the State of Israel in the near term.
He shares his views on the so-called “moderate” Muslims, including Abu Mazen. He dissects the Saudi “peace plan” and he answers the question of what went wrong in the battle with Hezbollah.
Dr. Eldad expresses his heartfelt belief that Israel must reject the two-state solution that every diplomat seems wedded to and the dire need to educate its young in the principals of Zionism.
Even though he is a member, Dr. Eldad is very clear about the shortcomings of the leadership of the Right wing camp in Israel.
This interview/discussion offers many insights into the political, security, and international challenges facing the State of Israel. It is worth spending some time with an articulate defender of the Jewish state.
Ted Belman of Israpundit were among the bloggers on the call.
What did I come away with. That a two state solution is suicide for Israel and America.
UPDATE: Kenneth Timmerman speaks with Dr. Eldad in his latest piece over at Front Page mag, The Last War;
Arieh Eldad, a leader of the opposition National Union Party in Israel’s Knesset, or Parliament, told me this week while on a trip to the United States that he is convinced there is “no way to avoid the next war” in Lebanon.
He sees the massive rearmament of Hezbollah by Iran, with Syrian assistance, as clear evidence of Iran’s strategy to launch another war against Israel. “Hezbollah is becoming stronger every day,” he said.
Eldad believes Israel must “neutralize Hamas, Hezbollah, and Syria as a preliminary step, or we will not be able to engage Iran.”
By “engaging” Iran he does not mean economic or diplomatic “engagement,” as the State Department might use the term. He is talking about having Israel’s military take out Iranian nuclear and missile sites.
Now that’s engagement.
Dr. Eldad is a plastic surgeon who headed the burns unit at Hadassah hospital for twenty years. He has personally treated Palestinian suicide bombers, only to see them come back after their treatment with bombs strapped to their chests to blow themselves up in the very hospital that saved their lives.
The foes that oppose Israel and America do not reason as we do, he says. “When states have missions that are bigger than life, they are not obeying the basic rules of logic that Western civilization obeys.”
He believes the Islamic Republic of Iran, as a state, is following the same logic as a suicide bomber. “If the goal is to kill the Big Satan [America] or the Small Satan [Israel], then your own life is not to be considered under their logic,” he told me. “The Iranian regime is willing to sacrifice millions and millions of their own people to defeat the Big Satan and the Small Satan.”
Because of this, we need to understand that Tehran regime will not comply with sanctions, and does not care about sanctions. “It’s just not the same logic,” he said.
Dr. Eldad’s fear is that Israel will be “left alone” and have to confront a nuclear Iran. And if that day arrives, he warns, “the world should know that we will be ready to destroy the nuclear infrastructure of Iran at whatever the cost it takes.”
“That means we will be ready to use unconventional weapons, because conventional weapons will not be enough,” he added.