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Prof. Ron Breiman

Three cheers for Newt Gingrich

During an election year, every pro-Israeli comment made by a U.S. presidential hopeful can be dismissed as an attempt to pander to the Jewish vote. True, candidates are political animals in need of both money and votes, but that shouldn't stop us from taking their comments seriously.

In Newt Gingrich's defense, he initially expressed his recent wise remarks long before the race began, including during a speech to the Knesset several years ago, in no way connected to the presidency. The leading Republican contender's views reflect a correct analysis and sober view of America's place in the world, and its need to firmly defend its vital interests - not only in the Middle East, but throughout the world - against any threats. This clear and determined position was reflected in his policy, and we would do well to implement it in our foreign and defense policies as well.

Gingrich's logical and clear views stand out against the disconnected and even Chamberlain-like policies of previous Democratic presidents of recent decades, particularly President Carter the first and President Carter the second also known as President Barack Obama.

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Those presidents have been characterized by their distorted view of reality, which has led to a gradual decline of America's standing in the world. It is worth mentioning that the Democratic presidency of Bill Clinton coincided with the years of the "peace process" illusion, and that Clinton is the one who opened the gates of the White House to arch-terrorist Yasser Arafat.

Among other things, Gingrich made remarks that sound extremist to the ears of politically-correct, post-Oslo Israel, including his claim that the Palestinians are "an invented people."

History proves that Gingrich is right. The overwhelming majority of Arabs living in the western part of the Land of Israel are immigrants who arrived on the heels of the economic boom brought about by Zionist settlement, from its outset until the establishment of the state. The Arab immigrants did not arrive here out of yearning for Jerusalem, whose holiness is negligible in Islam.

These facts do not prevent those among us caught under the spell of the Oslo process - nor the Americans and Europeans who cannot be more Zionist - from promoting their foolish formula that claims that peace here hinges on the establishment of a Palestinian state in the heart of historical Israel, for the sake of those recent Arab immigrants.

By the same logic, a state will eventually have to be established for the thousands of Sudanese who enter Israel illegally each year in order to benefit from Israel's robust economy.

Gingrich also said that the goal of the Palestinian Authority (or shall we call them the Palestinian Liberation Organization, whose goal is to liberate all of "Palestine") was identical to that of Hamas - namely, the destruction of Israel. Again, this is a correct understanding of reality, as opposed to the commonly held view in Israel for the past 18 years that there are good terrorists (the PLO) and bad terrorists (Hamas).

Some people in Israel want to see Obama win a second term as president, in the hopes that he would then be ruder and tougher toward Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (and not just whisper behind his back with the French president), and force the bluff known as the "peace process" upon him.

Official Israel knows not to intervene in U.S. elections or to try to influence the Jewish vote there.

But residents of Israel who read the regional reality correctly, and understand that the "Arab Spring" is not a spring, and understand that a Palestinian state and "peace" are a conflict in terms, and that the Palestinian bomb is no less dangerous than the Iranian bomb, can take comfort in the fact that realistic and responsible voices are being heard on the other side of the ocean.

The writer is the former chairman of Professors for a Strong Israel.

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