President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Anthony Blinken expressly favor a two-state solution to end the conflict between Hamas and Israel.  Senator Chuck Schumer went a step further. In a speech on Capitol Hill on March 14, he openly criticized Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s Prime Minister, for his conduct of the war and called on Israel’s voters to oust him. Israel’s sovereignty be damned.

Considering the atrocities perpetrated by Hamas on October 7, Juliana Pilon, Senior Fellow, The Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization (AHI), remarks that at the current time a two-state solution is “at best dubious and at worst delusional.”  In her article “Noble Dreaming” for the March 14 issue of Law & Liberty, Dr. Pilon observes that Hamas continues to garner majority support among Palestinians. “Under the circumstances, Israelis ‘believe that turning Judea and Samaria into another Hamastan to satisfy those who see the massacre as an inspiration and its perpetrators as role models would be suicidal.’”

Of those who may be faint of heart, Dr. Pilon has this admonition: “Since when has freedom, that most fragile of human blessings, not had to be earned again and again?”

For whom the bell tolls. On March 8, seemingly on cue, pro-Palestinian demonstrators at Trinity College, Cambridge, spray painted and defaced a life-sized portrait of Lord Balfour who had authored a 1917 letter that affirmed British support for a Jewish homeland in Palestine. Israel is facing an existential threat. Western civilization, in interconnected ways, is currently fighting as well for its own survival.