By Con George-Kotzabasis
In any critical dangerous conflict the first thing one has to know is one’s enemy, that is, whether he is reconcilable or irreconcilable and the danger he poses respectively. To the sharp eyed and historically experienced Israelis the Palestinians and the Muslim countries which overtly and covertly support and in some cases fuel the former’s intifadas by providing them with weapons, are irreconcilable enemies whose goal is the destruction of Israel. Hence all the hard actions and reactions that Israel is forced to take issue from the hardened mortal enemy it confronts.
Beinart and the young historically inexperienced Israelis, who think that Israel by bearing olive branches toward the Palestinians can resolve the conflict, are profoundly ignorant of the kind of enemy Israel is engaged with. Not being cognisant or rather being ignorant of Sun Tzu’s “Know Thy Enemy,” they are completely incapable of understanding the strategic contours of the conflict and therefore politically and intellectually are totally unqualified to formulate a strategy that could resolve the conflict.