I heard Col. Richard Kemp speak last night at Shaarei Shomayim, in an event sponsored by Israel Bonds and the Lone Soldier Center in memory of Michael Levin (a former lone soldier killed in the 2nd Lebanon war). Col. Kemp is truly a great friend of Israel, spoke with great humour and didn’t say a single word that I didn’t agree with.
He said that:
– there will never be peace between Israel and the Palestinians because it is an Islamic doctrine that any land that has been ruled by Muslims must remain ruled by Muslims. Recently, more moderate Muslim nations are considering making peace with Israel, but there is no general desire among the Palestinians for peace with Israel, without the “right of return”. (my words inserted to clarify his meaning…Ed.). Because of this, the Palestinians may soon find themselves increasingly isolated.
– Yasser Arafat, when offered just about everything that he had demanded, refused it, saying that if he accepted it, he would soon “be drinking tea with Anwar Sadat”, meaning he would be assassinated, and would meet Sadat in Heaven. Col. Kemp disagreed, saying that Sadat may well be in Heaven, but Arafat would not end up there after death.
– Israel cannot give up the West Bank, because history has shown that when Israel gives up land, as it did in Southern Lebanon and Gaza, those territories become launching pads for rocket and other attacks, 60,000-100,000 now in Southern Lebanon, pointed at Israel, and rockets, mortars, and tunnel attacks being regular occurrences on the border with Gaza.
– the IDF is the most moral army in the world, and deserves the Nobel Peace Prize for the humane way in which it conducts itself, often putting themselves in danger to protect innocent civilians.
– morale is more important to an army than physical factors (eg: types and amount of weapons, etc.), and the morale of the IDF is extremely high
-he recently toured the front lines in Gaza and said that these were not peaceful protests, but a well planned and organized insurrection, with Gazans using bombs, guns, attempts to damage or destroy the fence, and kites/balloons to set fires and destroy crops and fields….deliberately putting their own civilians in harm’s way, knowing that civilian casualties would be used by the international media to make Israel look bad. The Israeli soldiers were putting themselves at risk to avoid civilian or other unnecessary casualties.
– he has toured the Lone Soldier Centers in Israel and was very impressed with the support that they provide. Such centers do not exist in other countries, even those that have soldiers from outside the country.
– he spent an hour at a Yeshiva in the West Bank, and referred to it as “his Yeshiva”. He is Roman Catholic.
The event was attended by 500 people, and he was interrupted by applause many times.
* (from Wikipedia)Colonel Richard Justin Kemp CBE
(“Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire”…Ed.) is a retired British Army
officer who served from 1977 to 2006. He was Commander of Operation Fingal in Afghanistan from July to November 2003,
was an infantry battalion Commanding Officer, worked for the Joint Intelligence Committee
and completed 14 operational tours of duty around the globe.
After retiring from the army, Kemp turned to writing. His first book, Attack State Red is an account of the 2007 campaign undertaken by the Royal Anglian Regiment, documenting their initial deployment and trials in Afghanistan. Attack State Red was listed as a bestseller in The Sunday Times, two weeks after initial publication. He has also contributed articles to The Sun, The Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, Daily Express and Breitbart News.
more at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Kemp
His website: http://richard-kemp.com/