JFK was faced with a very complex and serious problem in 1962 when Russia decided to set up missile sites in Cuba. The situation became more tense by the day, and though I had just become a teenager, I felt the tension, both in school and over the airwaves as the threat of Nuclear War was a problem that was not going away. I clearly remember being taught what to do in case a bomb fell on our city; where to hide; how to run for cover – those memories still come back to me and won’t go away.
At the moment I am writing this, I feel the same way about the situation we Israelis are faced with in Gaza. Those missiles are ready to launch at any time of the day, and no cease fire is holding. Day after day the Israelis’ living on the border continue to live in fear of a surprise attack. They worry that if their children are in school, and they are at work, what will happen if the Palestinians suddenly send missiles aimed at our country. It is a worry that is also not going away. This is a worry which all Israelis have to live with.
And now Israel has to deal with rockets which were apparently being fired from Syria. What other country may consider sending in rockets next? What other forms of aggression have our enemies up their sleeves?
So suddenly, the week that JFK was assassinated, 56 years ago, there is a bold move by the US regarding the West Bank Settlements. Breaking with decades of policy, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declares Israel’s West Bank settlements not ‘inconsistent with international law’. I felt the most important part of his statement is as follows-
And finally, finally, calling the establishment of civilian settlements inconsistent with international law hasn’t worked. It hasn’t advanced the cause of peace.
The hard truth is there will never be a judicial resolution to the conflict, and arguments about who is right and wrong as a matter of international law will not bring peace. This is a complex political problem that can only be solved by negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians.
The United States remains deeply committed to helping facilitate peace, and I will do everything I can to help this cause. The United States encourages the Israelis and the Palestinians to resolve the status of Israeli settlements in the West Bank in any final status negotiations.
And further, we encourage both sides to find a solution that promotes, protects the security and welfare of Palestinians and Israelis alike.”
Will That Solution Include The Elimination Of All Rockets And Missiles Currently In Gaza?
I don’t understand why the Palestinians are allowed to keep those missiles? Israel is the stronger country and it has every right to demand that all missiles be eliminated immediately from Gaza and all other Palestinian controlled areas.
President Kennedy realized that if Cuba was allowed to keep those missiles, then there would be a real possibility that Russia would continue to add to that arsenal. And bring in more advanced missiles over a period of time which would give Russia enough courage to launch an attack on the US. President Kennedy refused to back down and continued to pressure Russia to remove those missiles from Cuba. JFK knew that the US was the stronger country and the only solution was to eliminate those missiles, which of course, was finally accomplished.
The reality is that the longer Israel delays doing the same thing, the more probable there will be an increase in the sophistication of missiles that are fired into our country. More range; more destructive power; and that being the case, more of a problem for the Iron Dome to shoot down. From the time those missiles began being fired, their range and destructive capability continues to increase.
Yes, G-d’s eyes are on Israel all the time, but we also must do our part to defend our beautiful country.
No peace will be possible as long as those missiles remain.