Rick Richman makes not only an important point but a Great List, worth saving:
David Horovitz, editor of the Times of Israel, writes that there will likely be “a different Israel” after the January 22 election – one that has voted to reject a Palestinian state. He attributes the “dramatic imminent shift” ... to a right that has become “far-right.”
The “dramatic imminent shift” is not a shift, but a realization; not imminent, but rather what happened over many years; and not dramatic, but rather the slow accumulation of many events:
(1) the barbaric terror war against Israeli civilians, commenced after the first Israeli offer of a state;
(2) the Palestinian rejection of the Clinton Parameters, after Israel formally accepted them;
(3) the Palestinian failure to carry out even Phase I of the three-phase Roadmap;
(4) the transformation of Gaza into Hamastan after Israel withdrew every settler and soldier;
(5) the election of Hamas in 2006 and the Hamas coup in 2007;
(6) two rocket wars from Judenrein Gaza, and the continuing prospect of more;
(7) the year-long negotiation in the Annapolis Process that produced still another offer of a state, from which Abbas walked away;
(8) Abbas’s announcement in 2009 that he would do nothing without a construction freeze, followed by his doing nothing after he got one;
(9) the continual “reconciliation” attempts by Abbas with the terrorist group he promised to dismantle;
(11) the inability of the Palestinians to hold an election, much less build the institutions of a peaceful democratic state;
(12) the violation of their express Oslo commitments with repeated end-runs at the UN;
(13) a Palestinian society, media and educational system steeped in anti-Semitism;
(14) et cetera.
It's too late now, but when I posted the link for this article on facebook, I took the liberty of suggesting a different title: "Israel Gets Real." It occurs to me that I could have used that here, but I can never figure out what to say in subject lines and headings...
Ah well, have a Good Shabbes and may we all do better in the new week -- and new month!