Those who stand for Israel know the many enemies that threaten the Jewish state - on all of her borders, Israel faces those who wish to see her existence ended. And that does not even consider the many voices around the world who continue their anti-Israel and anti-Semitic sentiment. The Jerusalem Post's Isi Leibler writes about the difficult challenges that face Israel and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu:
Few envy the painful decisions Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be obliged to make in the months to come.
He faces grave challenges that impact on the life and death of Israelis. The current wave of Palestinian terrorism seems to be escalating from stabbings to shootings and there is considerable concern that the Palestinian Authority may well implode, which would lead to even greater chaos.
Hezbollah has thousands of rockets aimed toward us but, for the time being, is diverted by its bitter battles in Syria on behalf of its Iranian patron.
Diplomatically, at least until after the US elections we face a hostile environment as the Obama administration signals its contempt for the Israeli government and while the Europeans seem willing to abandon us and even impose sanctions against us.
Despite the barbaric behavior of our neighbors and the criminal Palestinian society, and being aware that the Palestinians remain utterly committed to an end of Jewish sovereignty, the Europeans continue pressing Israel to make further unilateral concessions.
But the most urgent issue today is how to respond to Hamas, which, unlike the duplicitous Palestinian Authority, loudly spells out its genocidal objectives. It has always bitterly rejected any negotiation and made it abundantly clear that its ultimate mission – “no matter how long it takes” – is to “fight the Jews and kill them” and to replace the Jewish state with an Islamic caliphate...