For Israel, it’s time for a Churchill, not another Chamberlain.

Externally, Israel has been experiencing its Czech moment in history.

The supporters and appeasers to the violent avaricious demands of a Palestinian anti-Semitism are closing in on a tiny nation just as they did in the 30s to Czechoslovakia to assuage a demanding German anti-Semitism.

They insist that the Palestinians be given their ‘Sudetenland’ and chucks of land they claim to be their Czechoslovakia thrown in for good measure.

They are deaf to all Czech (read ‘Israel’) appeals. They really believe that only by this sacrifice can world peace be achieved.  But, of course, we know it won’t because now, as then, this is not what this is about. There’s more. There is always more, even if, especially when, the democratic world turn a blind eye and a deaf ear to it.

The explanation of what is to come, the manifesto of Palestinian Arab intent, is laid out for all to see in the separate charters of both Hamas and the PLO, two bodies representing the spearhead of the Islamic and Arab movement. The anti-Semitism of these charters is as eerily foreboding as was ‘Mein Kampf’ of the Nazi era which the democratic world also ignored.

Instead, today as then, they choose to cast this Masterplan aside in favor of adopting Labourite democratic misguided politics to feed the tiger using Israel in place of Czechoslovakia as their chicken.

Sadly, we have seen subsequent Israeli Prime Ministers – Rabin, Peres, Barak, Olmert, and even Netanyahu – play the feckless and ineffective role of Czech Prime Minister Benes, failing to turn the tide of a rolling European and American pact to throw Israel under the Palestinian bus.

Netanyahu, who single-handedly drew world attention on to a nuclear Iran, did little to offset the march of Palestinian appeasement even as they boasted of a world without Israel and used unending violence and terror to promote their agenda.  He failed to demand of Western democracies that they assert their considerable authority in challenging Palestinian leadership and society to reform just as they did, under Kennedy and Reagan, with Soviet Communism.

It took force to defeat the Nazis because the Western democratic world fed the anti-Semitic Nazis. Creating yet another Jew-hating state that rejects the identity of its neighbor and talks about liberating it cannot, must not, be given parliamentary support anywhere.

The moral of history, and it really is a moral one, is that Western democracies are beholden to enforce reform on violent regimes and not accept them for what they are. This was successfully applied with political and economic pressure against Communism, both Soviet and Cuban. It was enforced militarily against Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy. It must be applied against radical Islam in all its forms, particularly by reforming the anti-Semitic brand of Palestinian rejectionism.

This is the affirmative message that Israel must broadcast to a blind-deaf world.

Does Israel need domestic economic reforms? Absolutely.  Externally, it is Fortress Israel time, and for that we need a resolute leader to rise to the challenge of waking up a 30s era Western world to the reality of the Middle East, particularly educating them to the political reality of what a Palestinian state would bring.

This is why Israel needs to find a Churchill and not elect another Chamberlain into power.

Barry Shaw is the author of ‘Israel Reclaiming the  He is also a member of the Knesset Forum on Israel’s Legitimacy.



About the Author
Barry Shaw is the Senior Associate for Public Diplomacy at the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies. He is also the author of ‘Fighting Hamas, BDS and Anti-Semitism,' '1917. From Palestine to the Land of Israel, 'BDS for IDIOTS,' and his latest work 'A Tale of Love and Destiny,' the dramatic life of a Jewish heroine.
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