TOWARD A POLITICS OF HAPPINESS

By Prof. Paul Eidelberg

If Sharon were to have Arafat killed—what a blessing! What would the Bush Administration do? Nothing! What would the democratic capitals of Europe do? Nothing! Of course Israel would be publicly denounced. Privately, however, President Bush and his European counterparts would breathe a sigh of relief. They know Arafat is an unspeakable villain, but they support his or the Palestinian cause because it serves their material interests in the Arab Middle East.

If Sharon were to have Arafat killed, what would Egypt, Arafat's patron do? Nothing! Which means the Arab-Islamic world would do nothing on behalf that murderer. So, given all these non-responses, what would happen if Sharon had Arafat killed?

First, a cleansing sense of justice would sweep over Israel.

Second, a struggle for power would ensue among Arafat's would-be successors. It would take a long time for any successor to establish himself or gain "legitimacy" among the Palestinian Arabs (and he too could suffer the fate of his predecessor). The instability that would follow Arafat's demise would prompt many Arabs to emigrate, as tens of thousands have already done. The prospect of a Palestinian state would fade.

Third, Israeli politics would be transformed. Labor would cease currying the support of Israel's Arab citizens via the appeal of "territory for peace".

Fourth, Shimon Peres would be relegated to the political wilderness, and Peace Now and post-Zionism would wither away.

Fifth, the Jewish population of Judea, Samaria, and Gaza (Yesha) would multiply tremendously and bury the idea of a Palestinian state. Yesha would then be incorporated into the State of Israel, and the Temple Mount, at last, would be firmly in Jewish hands.

Sixth. Israel could then address its real problem: the Jewish character of the state. Once the territory for peace madness ceases to preoccupy Israel's government, the country will automatically move in the right direction.

What I am proposing is that Ariel Sharon retire from politics on a high note: that he inaugurate a politics of happiness by eliminating Israel's chief tormentor, Yasser Arafat.

[Kol Hakavod to Prof. Eidelberg. I loved this article. "From his computer to G-d's ear."]

Professor Paul Eidelberg is a member of the Board of Directors of the Freeman Center For Strategic Studies.