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http://www.jewishworldreview.com/0704/chafets_2004_07_22.php3

The intifadeh is over ? just listen

By Zev Chafets

http://www.jewishworldreview.com | I was halfway through Friday dinner with a group of old friends in Tel Aviv when I noticed that something was missing. All evening, the topic of conversation had been a scandal involving a second-rate Israeli pol named Paritsky and his dealings with the electrical company. Where were the Palestinians?


In five visits to Israel since the fall of 2000, the intifadeh had been the invariable subject of dinner-table discussion. Suddenly, it went unmentioned. When I pointed this out, my friends shrugged. The intifadeh is so yesterday. Not that the Palestinians have stopped trying. Just days earlier, a bomb at a bus stop killed a soldier. It was the first attack in Tel Aviv in more than six months. My friends saw it as an aberration.


When Arafat unleashed the intifadeh four years ago, these same friends were far less sanguine. The only thing they knew for sure was that terrorism could not be defeated by military means. Only a political compromise (by Israel) would end the carnage.


They don't think that anymore. Under Ariel Sharon, Israel has put down the intifadeh the old-fashioned way ? by fighting back. Palestinians who accuse Israel of conducting state terrorism are right. Israel has indeed terrorized the terrorists into submission. The size and cost of the defeat is just now sinking in. The crowds torching Arafat's military installations are conducting their own version of a 9/11 commission.

Meanwhile, Israel is burning with a different kind of heat. The economy is going full-blast. Cranes and business startups are everywhere. Only the Palestinians are absent. Until the intifadeh, Gazans and West Bankers made good money there. Now their jobs are gone ? to foreign workers and advances in technology.


There is a self-confidence in Israel unlike anything I have seen since the Six-Day War. Israelis have discovered that they have the resources to wage war with whatever ruthlessness victory requires. That attitude includes the determination to complete the security barrier being constructed through the West Bank. The recent World Court ruling that the barrier violates international law was greeted in Tel Aviv with derisive contempt, and not only by hard-liners. The barrier saves lives. In a war, everything else is secondary.


Of course, winning the intifadeh doesn't mean that Israel is home free. The mullahs of Iran are trying to go atomic. Hezbollah reportedly is seeking chemical weapons. The Shin Bet is warning that Jewish fundamentalist terrorists may try to assassinate Sharon to stop the Gaza pullout. These are not threats to be taken lightly. Neither is the prospect of future attacks. Anxiety over national security is sure to remain the staple of dinner conversation.


Still, it's nice to get a change of menu once in a while. That's how I felt listening to my friends chew over the Paritsky affair and the depredations of the electrical company. Nobody said so, but it was a victory meal.

And it tasted delicious.
 

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Clue me in.. what is the intifadeh??

I don't really get the jewish.. If you know also, what is the whole deal were they belive that all non Jewish faith people are cattle??
 

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I know a fair number of Jews and never heard anything that they think of non Jews as cattle.

I have found them more fair minded and non discriminatory than most other religions in the US.
 

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I don't know if it's true, it's just something I've hear.. Sort of the ole "im right and your wrong" thing that I belive happens with all religions.. My freinds parents are one religion(not sure wich), and they tell everyone that is'nt the same that they are stupid...

I don't know I just stay out of it all together.. The Jews have a good gun rights group JPFO
 

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Clue me in.. what is the intifadeh??

I don't really get the jewish.. If you know also, what is the whole deal were they belive that all non Jewish faith people are cattle??

The Intifadeh was the 4 year war that Arafat and the extremist waged against Israel with suicide bombing. It started in 2000 and more than 1000 Israeli's have lost their lives to the bombing and attacks.

Israel won because they had the guts to stick it out against the whole world calling them murderers for defending themselves much as we are being called for 9-11 and doing something about Saddam.

Mike,

Get your mind wrapped around Jews being the same as any WASP or Christian. I used to be suspicious of Jewish people some years ago until I started expanding my mind. Go back to that link I put above for the Jewish World Review and read some of the articles. The hatred of the Jewish people will make much more sense and where it comes from.

Falling into the propaganda of Jews being elitist or looking down on everyone isn't true. It's made up by Islamic Facist and white supremicist for their evil purposes.
 

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Sadly, most religions have their egotists and that is what causes a lot of problems.

I think it used to be a lot worse than it is today, or maybe people are just more subtle about it.
 
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