Alan Caruba / Aug 07, 2003

Mohammed once said, "War is deception."

The founder of Islam had a lot of problems with Jews. They would not accept his claim to be a prophet and they would most certainly not convert to his new religion. This was particularly true in the city of Medina where many Jews lived. It is, today, regarded as the second most holy city of Islam after Mecca.

In 622 AD, Medina was home to several Jewish tribes, the most important of which were the Banu 'l-Nadir, the Banu Qurayza, and the Banu Qaynuqa. While wanted others to see him as a prophet, he was more realistically seen as the head of a community of thieves by his contemporaries. He built his personal treasury by attacking both Medina and Mecca, and raiding caravans traversing Arabia. Those doubters and rivals not eliminated in war were assassinated.

The current ceasefire brokered between Israel and the Palestinians by the United States is yet another Islamic deception. The religion that claims to have Judaism and Christianity (while denying the divinity of Jesus) as its roots has waged war on both since its inception in the seventh century AD. That is not going to change and, until the Bush administration understands this fundamental aspect of Islam, no roadmap or other diplomatic effort has any chance of success.

I predict that the Palestinians will announce the end of the "hudna" or ceasefire with a series of suicide-murder bombings. They may even coordinate their efforts with others such as Hezbollah in Lebanon, the terror group underwritten by the Iranians and accommodated by the Syrians. Don't be surprised when it comes. The Israelis won't be.

The latest bone of contention is the fence that Israel is building in order to reduce the number of suicide bombings and other attacks on its citizens from its sole source, the Palestinians. If you had been under constant attack for several years, you might be tempted to put up a fence as well. The US, in fact, has put up any number of fences between itself and Mexico in a vain attempt to stem the tide of illegal immigrants, but when it comes to making it difficult for stone killers to get into Israel, US foreign policy is against it.

As the World Tribune recently reported, the Palestinians have been threatening to suspend the ceasefire, claiming numerous Israeli violations, but people whose sole aim in life is to kill every Jew in Israel are probably not the best source of information on that subject.

What remains astonishing is the belief among Israelis that a peaceful resolution can be achieved. A Pew Research Center poll in Israel revealed that two-thirds of Israelis (66%) believed they could co-exist with Palestinians. A bare 17% of Palestinians shared this view. During the ceasefire, the Israelis continue to negotiate with the Palestinians, turning over millions of dollars and releasing 300 or more jailed Palestinians, members of Fatah, Hamas and similar terror groups.

History should have taught the Israelis that you cannot negotiate with people who intend to kill you, no matter what they say. Six million dead European Jews learned that the hard way in World War II.

History demonstrates that Mohammed gave no quarter to the Jews who resisted him. He used deception and he used war. He slaughtered the men and he sold the women and children into slavery. Nothing has changed. The Koran, as always, is the only roadmap the Palestinians and other Muslims will use.

Alan Caruba is the author of "Warning Signs" (Merril Press) and writes a weekly column posted on the Internet site of The National Anxiety Center (

© Alan Caruba 2003

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