Friday, November 23, 2012

How Do You Say "Cease Fire" In Arabic?

ערב שבת פר' ויצא תשע"ג
Q: How do you say "Cease Fire" in Arabic?

A: "Bus Bombing."

As usual, Daniel "Sultan Knish" Greenfield writes the perfect piece, the one I wanted to write.  He also reports the objective truth better than any journalist.  Below are some of the highlights. Op-Ed: WESTERN FRONT: There Is No Ceasefire
Israel is not allowed to win. Diplomacy takes over and snatches the victory out of its hands.

The ceasefire began the way that the war did; with a flight of rockets falling from the sky over Israel's battered south where working class families wait to learn if they will have to spend the night in safe rooms and shelters.

There is no ceasefire, despite declarations from the international community to the contrary, just as there has been no peace for the past twenty years despite peace accords being signed.

In the language of diplomacy, ceasefire does not mean that the rockets will stop falling and peace does not mean an end to the violence. They mean only that Israel is not allowed to fight back when the rockets fall and the bombs go off. Peace does not mean an absence of killing; what it means is that the terrorists are the only ones allowed to kill.

Now that Israeli planes are no longer bombing terrorist hideouts, but terrorist rockets still continue falling on Israel, the behemoth may take on water and sink once again into the depths of the sea where the cries of Jewish children cannot be heard, but the roars of Hamas commanders can, enjoying the quiet sounds of peace.

Obama has played his game well, saying one thing, while doing another, mouthing his support while driving Israel back into the bloody peace of the ceasefire. And so there is peace again. The peace of the rocket aimed at a school and the peace of the bus bombing. The peace of television programs teaching children to kill Jews and the peace of rockets being smuggled through tunnels. The peace of knives in the dark and bullets fired at cars on lonely roads. The peace of mosques that cry, "Death to the Jews" and the peace of terrorists going about their industry of death.

This is the peace that Obama has given Israel with his ceasefire. The peace of victimhood. The peace of death.

There is no ceasefire in Israel tonight or tomorrow night or every night. Only peace.

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