Let Us Finish the Job

Although we Jews are a merciful people and children of a merciful God, we, the people of Israel, cannot continue to endure the seven decades of terror, killing, and mass destruction of our homeland and our people.

On November 2, 1917 the British government issued the Balfour declaration which gave Palestine as a national homeland to the Jewish people. That declaration was ratified at the 1920 peace conference in San Remo and was ratified again in 1922 by the League of Nations, a universal recognition  of Palestine as the Jewish homeland.

Great Britain and France divided the conquered territories of the defeated Ottoman Empire immediately following the Turkish defeat in 1917 and they created new States and assumed mandates or protectorates over them.

Mesopotamia, formerly ancient Assyria and Babylon on the banks of the two rivers, Tigris and Euphrates, became Iraq with Feisal as its king and Britain as its mandatory power. Muslim Syria was partitioned and the Christian population was given a new land called Lebanon under a French mandate.

Sunnis and Shiites, two Muslim warring sects which could never live together in harmony, were now living side by side in their new nations but still constantly battling one another.

In 1922, Winston Churchill partitioned Mandatory Palestine giving 77% to the Emir Abdallah of Trans-Jordan and retaining 23% for Jews and Arabs.  It was a violation of the terms of the 1917 Balfour declaration.

In 1947 Palestine was partitioned once again by the United Nations, a partition which was accepted by the Jews of Palestine and rejected by the Arabs of Palestine and the leaders of all the Arab States.

Hostilities between Arabs and Jews increased with daily terror attacks and killings of civilians, under the closed eyes of the British mandatory military forces.

On 14 May 1948, one day prior to the May 15 deadline ending 30 years of the British mandate in Palestine, the Jewish leaders, assembled in Tel-Aviv, proclaimed their independence from Britain and issued the declaration of independence of the new Jewish State to be called the State of Israel.

Thus ended the two thousand year exile of the Jewish people from their natural homeland in Eretz Yisrael.

On that day we were attacked by the military forces of six Arab countries who waged a terrible war against us with the promise of “throwing all the Jews into the sea”.

With the help of the Rock of Israel and with some aid from friendly nations, Czechoslovakia in particular, it was we who defeated the Arab attackers and drove them out of our country.  1948 was only the first war. Others followed in 1956, 1963 and 1967. And once again, while suffering tragic losses of lives, we defeated our enemies.

The war has not ended. While we have paper-peace with Egypt and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, we are in constant war with Hamas and Hezbullah, and now even in an undeclared war with Iran.

The wars will never end as long as Muslim nations refuse to recognize the right of a small nation of Jews to live in peace and security with their neighbors.

We do not enjoy war and the killing of innocents. But in order for us to enjoy security and tranquility it is essential for us to destroy our enemies and their piles of weapons and missiles even if it means,  regrettably, that young children, women and warriors of all ages, must die.  We must show no mercy to our enemies. Our holy Bible is our teacher.

We are commanded several times in our Torah “zchor et Amalek”… remember Amalek, a reference to the merciless attacks by the Amalekites on innocent women and children straggling behind the stronger on the desert route from Egypt to the land of Israel. And we were commanded to destroy the Amalekite nation, one of whose descendents was Haman the Agagite.

We further remember in the concluding chapter of Megillat Esther, the Jews of Persia were permitted by the king to take revenge upon his citizens. The Jews killed 800 in Shushan, the capital, and 75,000 in the provinces.

We must not accept a cease-fire which will only allow Hamas to replenish its supply of weapons.

We must return, once and for all, to the earlier practice of reducing of our enemies leaders, wherever they may be found. We must destroy the infrastructure of Gaza and its tunnels, reducing them to rubble. We must destroy their roads and highways to prevent them from driving close to our borders and our towns and cities.

We must insist that Hamas rulers in Gaza must agree to the law and order rule of the Palestine Authority and surrender its military weapons to it.

Israel must be allowed to finish the war of terror which began in 1948.  Let us finish the job once and for all.

Putting humanitarianism aside for the present, our primary need is to preserve the security, safety and peace of the citizens of the State of Israel.

The voices in the chambers of the United Nations are largely unfriendly voices. We should pay no heed. Only Israel can protect Israel. Only Israel can defend Israel. Only Israel, with the promise of deliverance which God made in His covenant with our patriarch Abraham, can defend and deliver us from our enemies.

Let us finish the job !

About the Author
Esor Ben-Sorek is a retired professor of Hebrew, Biblical literature & history of Israel. Conversant in 8 languages: Hebrew, Yiddish, English, French, German, Spanish, Polish & Dutch. Very proud of being an Israeli citizen. A follower of Trumpeldor & Jabotinsky & Begin.
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