The Right Coast

January 01, 2004
Instapundit on the Palestinians
By Michael Rappaport

Glenn Reynolds has this to say about the Israeli - Palestinian conflict:
    THE UNITED STATES SHOULD NOT TRY to play a “neutral arbiter” in the Israeli/Palestinian dispute. We should, in fact, be doing our best to make the Palestinians suffer, because, to put it bluntly, they are our enemies. Just read this post and follow the links to see how they feel about America.

    And read this piece by Amir Taheri on the Iraqi “resistance,” which notes Palestinian terror connections by the Iraqi insurgents, and features a Palestinian “journalist” egging them on.

    These folks are our enemies, and deserve to be treated as such. They don’t deserve a state of their own. It’s not clear that they even deserve to keep what they’ve got. I don’t think this means that the Bush Administration should be taking direct action against them -- closing off their funding via shutting down Saddam is a good start, and a policy of slow strangulation directed at Arafat and his fellow terrorists is probably the most politic at the moment. We need to try to squeeze off the EU funding, too, especially now that it’s been admitted to be part of a proxy war by the EU not just against Israel, but America.

    But let’s stop pretending that what’s going on between Israel and the Palestinians is some sort of family misunderstanding. It’s war, and the Palestinians -- and their EU supporters -- think it’s a war not just against Israel, but against us. We should tailor our approach accordingly.
The key point in this post, and the key point for American policy, is that the Palestinian leadership (and most of the Palestinian people) are the enemies of the United States. What exactly the United States should do about it may be a complicated matter, but no policy makes sense that ignores this fact.