By Louis Rene Beres

Writing of the Jews as a "people of solitaries," E.M. Cioran, the most dazzling French philosophical voice since Paul Valery, observed of the Jewish "nation" that this people, "...unsuited to the complacencies of despair, bypassing its age-old fatigue and the conclusions imposed by fate, lives in the delirium of expectation, determined not to learn a lesson from its humiliations...." With the leadership of Ehud Barak, Israel has given new meaning to such ironic determination. Rejecting Zionism and Judaism in a singular expression of "democracy," the people of Israel now demonstrate, with incomprehensibly suicidal delight, a willingness to fawn before their executioners.

Shall Israel survive under such leadership? Not very likely. Living comfortably on its knees, it has lost the right to do so. Who are Israel's intended executioners? Enemies who are irrevocably and doctrinally committed to destruction of the Third Temple Commonwealth, they have remarkably little hard work ahead of them. Israel, after all, has now shown a marked preference for Los Angeles over Jerusalem. Virtually all necessary preparations for Israel's destruction have already been carried out meticulously and enthusiastically - by Jews, by Israelis. Today, the IDF's main job seems to be this: How to best transfer Israel's strategic depth to sworn Arab foes.

In Muslim parlance, all war dictated by the shari'a is necessarily "holy." Yet, the Arabic word jihad, which has the literal meaning of "effort," "striving," or "struggle," ought not to be taken lightly. A basic commandment of Islam, jihad - still a favorite term of Israel's "partner" President Arafat - is an obligation imposed on all Muslims by God, and is unambiguously military in intent. Derived from the universality of Muslim revelation, jihad calls upon those who have accepted God's message and God's word to strive (jahada) relentlessly to convert, or, at a minimum, to subjugate those who have not been converted. Regarding the State of Israel, this obligation is not bounded by limits of time or space. Indeed, this obligation must continue until the whole world has accepted Islam or has submitted to the power of the Islamic state.

What is the prevailing Islamic worldview for the interim? It is that the world remains divided in two: the House of Islam (dar al-Islam) and the House of War (dar al-Harb). In the House of Islam, of course, Muslims rule and the law of Islam already prevails. In the House of War, which comprises the rest of the world, a constant struggle against the unbeliever is morally, legally and religiously obligatory. No authentic political compromises are possible! No conclusion to the struggle is acceptable short of a final and total military triumph. Significantly, the law books permit the state of war to be interrupted, when expedient, by an armistice or truce or treaty of limited duration. This state of belligerency can never be terminated by a peace that is not founded upon a final victory.

Could anything be clearer? Throughout the Islamic world, Barak's pleas for "peace" will be exploited eagerly by Israel's executioners. These executioners, including the Egyptians (who negotiated a markedly self-serving "interruption" in their 1979 treaty with Israel), can hardly believe their good fortune. Can the "Jews" (it is always the Jews in Arab/Islamic parlance, never the Israelis) really be as foolish and self-destructive as they appear?

For Islam, the unsubjugated unbeliever - in our present concerns, the Jew - is by definition the enemy. A part of the dar-al-Harb, the House of War, he is differentiated sharply from the dhimmi, the unbeliever who submits to Muslim rule. As for a presumably Jewish State, one that rules over Muslims and that "occupies" Muslim lands, it is nothing less than the very incarnation of unbelief, an intolerable source of contamination and a codified inversion of God's will. Such a state can be fit only for extermination. In today's Arab textbooks, Israel is routinely identified as "filth."

When Haj Amin al Husseini, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, spoke together with Hitler on Berlin Radio, in 1942, he cried out: "Kill the Jews - kill them with your hands, kill them with your teeth - this is well pleasing to Allah." Today, the infamous PLO call for annihilation of Israel STILL remains at certain official PA websites and publications, and the Covenant of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) STILL calls for the "realization of Allah's promise, no matter how long that should take. The Prophet, Allah bless him and grant him salvation, has said: `The Day of Judgment will not come until Muslims fight the Jews, killing them.'"

Lest these sources appear musty and out-of-date, consider that on May 3, 1999, Yasir Arafat's official Palestine Authority (PA) radio station (Voice of Palestine) broadcast the following religious sermon (at Jerusalem's Al Aqsa mosque) instructing all Muslims that Israel is part of Palestine and that Israel's survival is "forbidden by religious law:

"The land of Muslim Palestine is a single unit which
cannot be divided. There is no difference between
Haifa and Nablus, between Lod and Ramallah, between
Jerusalem and Nazareth. The division of the land of
Palestine into cantons and the recognition of the
occupation is forbidden by religious law, since the
land of Palestine is sacred Wakf land for the benefit
of all Muslims, east and west. No one has the right
to divide it or give up any of it. The liberation of
Palestine is obligatory for all the Islamic nations
and not only for our Palestinian nation....All Israeli
politicians across their entire political spectrum,
regardless of their labels, they all have a single
Zionist view embodied in the occupation of the land
and the establishment of the Zionist entity at the
expense of the Muslim Palestinian land....Allah shall
free the captives and the prisoners, Allah shall
grant victory to our jihad warriors.

Barak's Israel - however much it lacks the "single Zionist view" alleged by its executioners - will be despised in the Middle East, as was Israel in Netanyahu's Middle East, and in Begin's Middle East, and in Ben Gurion's Middle East, because it is a presumed Jewish State. It will be no less despised, and no less an object of Islamic annihilation, once Barak has confirmed its disgracefully post-Zionist character and has given away its essential strategic depth, including - it now seems - the Golan. On the contrary, Israel's executioners - within and outside the Green Line - have found the so-called Jewish State's craven and cowardly search for "peace" at any price an additional cause for revulsion. Under Barak, Israel will continue to hope too much, to waste critical strength in vain concessions, to elicit still greater enmity by its capitulations and - above all - to learn nothing - absolutely nothing - from its humiliations. [10 February 2000]


LOUIS RENE BERES was educated at Princeton (Ph.D., 1971) and is the author of many books and articles dealing with nuclear strategy, nuclear war and international law. His work is well-known to Israeli political, academic, military and intelligence communities. Professor Beres's columns have appeared in all major Israeli newspapers and in THE NEW YORK TIMES.

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