Thursday, 7 February 2013
Israel on the Brink of Change: an Interview with Israeli Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger

by Jerry Gordon and Mike Bates (February 2013)

Chazak v Ematz (Be strong and of good courage in Hebrew) “for it is you who shall go with this people into the land that the Lord swore to their fathers to give them, and it is you who shall apportion it to them." (Deuteronomy 31.6)

These were the instructions of Moses to Joshua and Caleb before they crossed the Jordan to reconnoiter the Promised Land.

Millennia later those ancient instructions are prophetic given more secular developments for Israel, the Middle East and the US as 2013 begins.   more>>>

Posted on 02/07/2013 3:11 PM by NER
7 Feb 2013
Christina McIntosh

 He's got it!  He didn't use the term 'treaty of hudaybiyya' or 'hudna', but he's got the picture.  And I observe he used the phrase, 'dar al harb'.  He's been doing his homework.

From the interview:

"Unlike peace accords between western countries or even the US and the USSR in the cold war days, here in the Middle East [that is, the Muslim Middle East - CM] any agreement is provisional by definition.

'Any agreement is subject to unpredictable violations.

IN other words: Muslims do not keep promises. They do not keep covenant. - CM

'...Any agreement is subjected to the Middle East [that is, Muslim - CM] atmosphere of considering agreements as tactical rather than strategic steps.  Namely, agreements which are good for the short run but are not going to be respected or complied with in the long run.

"This is the intra-Muslim reality; the intra-Arab reality as we see today on the Arab street.  Why should anyone assume that Arab countries (or any Muslim country at all - CM) would treat the so-called infidel Jewish state any better than they treat one another?

"That requires and behooves Israel to establish a high threshold of security which is the essence of the need for Israel to control the mountain regions of Judea and Samaria.

Exactly. Israel must control military high ground. The Ambassador, later in the interview, speaking of the weakness of Jordan and the likelihood that it will Go Sharia and Go Jihad (my phrasing, not his, but that's what it boils down to), says "this would obviously also threaten the Eastern Front of Israel, which once again, sheds light on the critical importance of the mountain ridges of Judea and Samaria, the West Bank (he should have said, 'the soi-disant "West Bank" - CM) to Israel's security".

And there is more clarity here:

"The Muslim Brotherhood is an anti-American, anti-free world (and anti-Infidel, period - CM) organisation.

"It is a transnational Muslim organization which strives [that is, wages Jihad, struggle - CM] for the strategic long-term goal of spreading Islam not only in the Middle East and not only in Muslim countries but also in what they call the Dar al Harb which means basically the rest of the world."

Just as John Roy Carlson put it in two chapters of his 1951 book, 'Cairo to Damascus', in which he discussed the Muslim Brotherhood (he had scored an interview with Hassan al-Banna, face-to-face): there is a chapter called 'the Moslem (Black) Brotherhood' and another called 'World of the Koran: Islam Ueber Alles".  

There is more that Yoram Ettinger could have said - he could have mentioned, and defined more precisely, the terms taqiyya and hudna and could have used the phrase 'Treaty of Hudaybiyya', but he's got the picture.  

Once the majority in Israel simply know these things as realities, and are prepared to talk about them plainly to everyone, and to act as required (NO surrender of anything at all to Muslims, NO more acceptance of what John Quincy Adams called 'a false and delusive promise of peace') then Israel stands a chance of surviving..and, therefore, perhaps, the rest of us Infidels also, if we are prepared to listen and, like Ettinger, to do our homework.

And so, since I used John Quincy Adams' phrase, here is the paragraph in which it occurs, from an essay written in the 1820s, on the subject of Islam/ the Ummah, its goals and its methods:

"The precept of the Koran is, perpetual war against all who deny, that Mahomet is the prophet of God.

"The vanquished may purchase their lives, by the payment of tribute;

"the victorious may be appeased by a false and delusive promise of peace;

"and the faithful follower of the prophet, may submit to the imperious necessities of defeat;

"but the command to propagate the Moslem creed by the sword is always obligatory, when it can be made effective.

"The commands of the prophet may be performed alike, by fraud, or by force.

"Of Mahometan good faith (here, the sarcasm simply drips from JQA's quill - CM) we have had memorable examples ourselves...".