In weighing its decision, the electorate should bear in mind that "negotiations" with Mahmoud Abbas and his "Palestinian Authority," officially branded a "terrorist organization" by a U.S. Federal Court in New York, are a terminological contradiction. Mr. Abbas, paymaster to a fraternity of released murderers of hundreds of innocent Israelis, instructor in Jew-hatred to thousands of Arab school children, does not "negotiate." He "demands:" -- inter alia, an Israeli retreat to the 1949 armistice lines, the repartition of Jerusalem, the dispossession of 350,000 Jews from Judea and Samaria and another 150,000 from "East" Jerusalem and the inundation of Israel with 5 million pseudo "refugees." And when he doesn't get what he demands, he hustles the UN and a bevy of its European spear carriers for a "statehood" badge and drags Israel to the Hague on a trumped up "war crimes" charge.
This is the Palestinian Authority "president" the "Center-Left" contender for Israel's premiership is so anxiously awaiting an audience with in Ramallah as soon as his confident electoral expectations can be translated into reality.
Voters must be aware that the dream of an end to the Jewish State harbored by the PA and its Hamas partner will not be appeased by the unilateral withdrawals from major portions of Judean and Samaria being flogged by a disgruntled former intelligence chief who has made common electoral cause with the Center-Left. If we’ve learned nothing else from the disastrous consequences of our evacuation of Gaza and abandonment of our defensive enclave in South Lebanon, they should have taught us that therein lies disaster.
Is the "hope" so many are crying for anywhere in sight? Yes, but it will not be found in the perpetuation of a two-state pipedream partnership with our most implacable foes. It resides, as it has for 67 years, in our unflagging military, technological and spiritual strength and our abiding faith in a Power far beyond those limits. It will ultimately lead us to a solution to the Iranian conundrum even as so many of our enemies destroy each other before our eyes.