About Ari Bussel
In the series "Postcards from Israel,” Ari
Bussel and Norma Zager invite readers throughout the world to
join them as they present reports from Israel as seen by two
sets of eyes: Bussel’s on the ground, Zager’s counter-point from
home. Israel and the United States are inter-related - the two
countries we hold dearest to our hearts - and so is this "point
- counter-point” presentation that has, since 2008, become part
of our lives.
Middle East Mirage
Absurdity of Existence
War: Outside the Walls of the Temple Mount
Holy War: The Al Aqsa Mosque on Temple Mount
Delegitimization from Within
Slaughter of Israel
Would Stand By Israel
Well Coordinated Attack
& Speak Out
Bunch These Jewish People
They Burned Books
Indicators of Our Time
Candles of Darkness
December 1, 2009
Palestine, Stand Proud Israel
for Israel, But Why?
Blaming the Messenger
for Our Country, Fighting for our Lives
September 6, 2010
"Abu Mazen has no right to represent the Palestinian People. We will not
honor anything he agrees to in Washington DC.” -- Hamas Spokesperson,
One of the most memorable slogans of the 2009 parliament elections in Israel was
Avigdor Liberman’s "I Speak Arabic.”
Liberman holds such sufficient pressure on the Prime Minister, due to the number
of mandates he controls, that one must hope he is currently practicing his
"Arabic.” However, Israelis do not like Liberman, his methods or rhetoric. Even
members of his party serve at his will. Who then does respect the Israeli
Foreign Minister? The Arabs, who first refused to even meet him, are now his
followers and advocates.
Liberman apparently clearly understands the neighborhood in which he lives. In
the Middle East, one utilizes Western culture and language as weapons,
propaganda and attack tools. But on the ground, there is only one language:
power. Respect stems from strength. Ambivalence is translated into weakness, and
weakness is equated with an opportunity to conquer.
The situation, incidentally, extends far beyond the Middle East. Russia
practices the "bully syndrome” and the world shakes. There is a clear connection
since Liberman was born in the former Soviet Union. He apparently was brought up
on this ideology and now practices its tenets.
If this is indeed the case, why doesn’t Liberman utilize the Ministry he
controls and its hundreds of employees and missions around the world? How can
that be explained? What has Liberman done to relate the current situation to the
world? Perhaps the mission is too big and requires a more capable Foreign
Minister? Or perhaps Liberman, who so eloquently put forth the message everyone
understands "I Speak Arabic,” has lost touch with the real objective of his
A very clear message is resonating now from the spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia
Yosef. In a weekly lesson he stated, "Abu Mazen and all these evil people should
perish from this earth.” Peace-advocating Ishmaelites and the Palestinians Evil?
Plague upon them? The Wrath of the God of the Hebrews, Lord of Hosts?
Iraqi-born Rabbi Ovadia Yosef has succeeded in his pronouncement to get the
attention of Israel’s enemies, and they did not like what they heard. They make
even worse pronunciations week after week, from the pulpits and loudspeakers of
the mosques, including that on the Temple Mount. They throw stones at the
praying Jews below next to the Western Wall, and all that is acceptable. Yet, in
their minds, no one else is entitled to do the same.
There is another minor difference between Rabbi Ovadia and the Muslims. Rabbi
Ovadia’s call is one of frustration, a request to end the war against us, a
debate with the Almighty asking, "Why?” and "How much longer?” Rabbi Ovadia does
not talk about angels or saints. Rather he describes a reality in which the
Muslims’ call is one for action—to go out and murder the Jews. Rabbi Ovadia
clearly sees what the world refuses to acknowledge, the systematic attempt to
annihilate the Jewish people.
True incitement, vile and venomous, is the artifact of the Muslims. They have
perfected its meaning and expanded its use to a level of expert craftsman, a
witchcraft of the highest form. They served as an example 80 years ago to the
Nazis, and to this very day they continue to spread blood liable to the most
The Arabs are insulted when they see reality staring them in the face. Liberman
and Rabbi Ovadia both succeeded, each for a split second, to get the attention
of our Muslim enemies. Pointing out that reality is ugly and can rear its head
back at them as effectively as it is being used against Israel. That created an
uncomfortable moment, but one that quickly passed.
Since the real essence of the Middle East is the war to eliminate Israel, and
since Israel will not fight back nor at the moment successful at protecting
herself, one must evaluate the situation beyond the Second-Peace-Prize Obama is
eying, or the false pretenses and trumped-up photo-ops in the White House.
Indeed, Obama is intent on forcing Israel to acquiesce to a peace, as false and
far removed as it may be from the Western definition of "peace.” One that would
translate to weakness of the West, not only Israel, and be exploited against
them, much like the long awaited and much publicized American withdrawal from
The West is focused on the illusion of peace, and will force it on Israel
whatever the cost to her people. The Arab world realizes this "peace” is nothing
short of an execution order against the Jewish State, but they care not. Thus,
in order for Israel to continue to exist, she must regroup, reevaluate and
respond through action.
Defining the road to follow is actually very easy. Israel should desert the
Palestinian Authority (PA) via a unilateral disengagement, and pronounce to the
world that the PA is ineffective as it is incapable of representing the
Palestinian "People.” Instead, Israel should turn to Hamas, a terror
organization claiming it is the true representative of the Palestinian People,
and work with it toward a desired "peace.”
"Work with it” may translate to "go to war against it,” but that is to those who
speak Arabic and understand the Middle East mentality. For the Western ears, we
will be "Striving for the elusive peace” and "condemning acts of terror against
By cutting off the PA from its sources of funding and international recognition,
it will vanish quickly. They are not the moderate alternative they present. They
are not much different than Hamas, except that Hamas has the guts to tell it
like it is. They are too embroiled in money or corruption to ensure funding gets
to the people whom it is supposed to serve.
Such a move will also strengthen Israel, since she will stop acting as a conduit
transferring aid to Gaza via the PA. They will also have to face the grim
reality of to whom they must look as a partner for "peace.”
What would happen then? Hamas puts forward what the PA is working to achieve
through lies and deceit. Hamas wants to DESTROY ISRAEL. Hamas also claims to be
the true representatives of the Palestinians, in Gaza, Judea and Samaria,
Jerusalem, Acre, Jaffe, Haifa and elsewhere in Israel and the refugees around
the world. One needs just imagine for moment what will happen to Israel when
Hamas takes over and the refugees start arriving. The landscape will resemble an
area devastated by a nuclear bomb.
To achieve peace two enemies must sit down across from each other on the same
level, even two sworn enemies. Then President Obama may finally see that his
attempts at forcing a "peace” need to be directed at an organization his
administration defines as terrorists.
Israel and the Palestinians have wasted two decades, since the Madrid Conference
of 1991 and the Oslo Accords of 1993, 17 years ago. In the meantime, the
situation has become worse for both parties to these delusional, mistaken and
For peace to happen all parties must want peace. The Palestinians do not, and
they do everything to continue destroying their archenemy, the Jewish State.
They thirst for blood as the Israelis submit, and along with them the world
dances around and around and sings in a choir of the unholy. It is truly a
carousel of the absurd.
We must depart this sick circus and face reality. The truth is grim, but its
exposure to the light of day will bring about healing. The process will be
challenging, but at its end, a new world order will emerge, one where fanatic
Islam is eradicated, Islam reverts to a religion from a geopolitical movement.
Eventually, 21st century civilization will recognize its absence of rationality,
as was the case during World War II with Germany, the most advanced society of
Change can only happen when people admit to and face reality. Hope always exists
that we will emerge victorious. Anything short of winning means our—Israel’s and
the West—complete and utter elimination. The final act of a play that started so
long ago is playing in our lifetime. It is still seeking a happy ending.