ISRAEL - War Needs Victory or Defeat

Arno Froese

For many years, the Western world has avoided and even abhorred the use of terms like victory and defeat. However, the invasion of Russia into Ukraine has demonstrated that the types of wars that were regularly waged during the 20th century are not a thing of the past, even in the heart of Europe.

Most importantly, with the return of these types of conventional wars, the concepts of victory and defeat have returned not just to the lexicon but also the military strategy.

There is barely a speech where Ukraine’s President Vladimir Zelensky does not pepper it with talk of victory. These speeches, which have been screened in well over a dozen parliaments, have been very well received and accepted.

This should teach us in Israel something about how to end our conflict, which has reared its ugly head with terrorist attacks that have claimed the lives of 17 Israelis.

While the comparison between the Russian Federation and Palestinian terrorist groups in terms of size and military capacity is wildly unequal and inappropriate, the motivation to extinguish an existing state that binds both is not.

Palestinian violent rejectionists have acted against Jewish sovereignty, whether the idea of it during the early parts of the last century or the fact of it from 1948 onwards, for over 100 years.

They clearly do not seek peace, dialogue or compromise. This is attested to by the rejection of numerous offers of peace and statehood.

As has been famously stated on many occasions, the Palestinians want a state far less than they seek the destruction of the one Jewish state.

Through the speeches of Zelensky, the West has understood that it does not live in a post-conflict reality, and unfortunately, wars have to be won or lost.

Israel should see in this an opportunity to finally defeat those who seek to end its existence, to wipe it off the map., 1 June 2022

Arno's Commentary

Arab Palestinians, obviously fueled by religious fanaticism, insist on the destruction of the Jewish State, although their chances of accomplishing it are zero. Hate breeds hate. While some claim that a large percentage of Arab Palestinians really seek peace and cooperation with Israel, facts on the ground speak quite differently. Can Israel force the Palestinians to change their mind? Most likely not, because they see no benefit from the existence of the Jewish State.

Let’s look at a European example. Hungary lost 71% of its territory. This was established in 1920 by the Paris Peace Conference. Yet there is no mentionable movement within Hungarian society to “liberate Hungary.” This despite recent egging on by Russia in maps dividing Ukraine up between itself, Poland, Slovakia, and Hungary. It’s over, done.

Germany too lost some 13% of its territory after the treaty signed in Potsdam (near Berlin). It would be laughable if someone were to create a PLO (Prussian Liberation Organization).

But we are dealing with God’s land and His people; that’s the distinct difference. When it comes to His land—Israel—all nations of the world unitedly oppose the borders set forth by God Himself: “In the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates” (Genesis 15:18).

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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