By Abraham H. Miller, Originally published in The American Spectator
Whenever there is an event that advocates Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions against Israel, it is rationalized as being a sincere attempt to promote peace. This is especially true if the event is hosted by church groups that believe the obstacle to peace is the Israelis and not the Palestinians.
The mind set is simple. Israel is powerful. The Palestinians are weak. Certainly, the powerful can make peace with the weak. All that is required is to put pressure on the strong to accommodate the weak.
People of the cloth have no real training in the complexities of Middle East politics. They are, however, driven by a moral imperative that they can divine simple solutions to complex problems through a plain reliance on the beatitudes of scripture.
They seem unwilling to consider the problem from the perspective that those who speak in the name of the Palestinian people without in the least caring about them have no interest in peace but in victory.
To have peace, you either totally defeat your enemy and impose new political institutions and political culture on them, as in the case of post-war Germany and Japan, or you prepare your population for compromise and conciliation, which Tocqueville believed to be the very essence of democracy.
Leaders must lead a population toward compromise and conciliation.