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War of Words: Israel’s Fight Against Delegitimization
War of Words:
Israel’s Fight Against Delegitimization
The battlefield in the coliseum of public perception
by Moshe Dann
Israel’s struggle to defend herself and survive is not only on the battlefield; it is also in the coliseum of public perception. Thrown into the same dungeon as South Africa 30 years ago, threatened with extinction by Arab countries and terrorist groups, Israel is portrayed as a racist, “apartheid” country, illegitimate, a threat to civilization and world peace. Failure to take this incitement seriously and criticism of Israel’s actions in self-defense are applauded by the crowd, thumbs-downed by international community.
Denounced for “violating human rights,” on the rack for defeating terrorists, and subjected to double-standards, Israel’s very existence is anathema. Unacceptable in polite, cultured societies, however, Jew-hatred has been replaced by attacks on the Jewish state, Israel. A convenient proxy, Israel is condemned for “illegally occupying (stealing) Arab/Palestinian land,” “injustice towards and oppression of Palestinians,” etc. “Zionism is Racism” echoes throughout the world. The goal is isolation, as a prelude to destruction; the means, delegitimization, BDS – boycott, divestment and sanctions – and media bias.
Delegitimization, the refusal to accept the legitimacy of a nation, a country and its founding ideology, is applied only to Israel. Hundreds, if not thousands of NGO’s, many with government funding, and promoted by major media, relentlessly attack Israel. Hundreds of millions of euros are splurged by EU governments, like Holland, Ireland and Switzerland, on anti-Israel political organizations.
Israel is the only democratic country whose right to exist is questioned. Nuanced by demanding a second Arab Palestinian state, there is no need to call directly for Israel’s destruction; it’s enough to demand withdrawal to 1949 Armistice lines which will render Israel indefensible. “End the occupation,” a mindless slogan that short-circuits thinking is a subtler way of calling for Israel’s demise.
These calls come not only from Arabs and the international community, but from Israeli leftists who believe that withdrawal from Judea and Samaria (the West Bank) will bring “Peace Now,” hoping the Arabs will accept and that Israel will be accepted and protected.
These critics of Israel, even those that are well-meaning, ignore their contribution to campaigns to delegitimize Israel. One might forgive their motives as naive, were it not for obvious threats from Hamas and Hezbullah, Palestinian terrorists, Iran, Syria and other terrorist-supporting countries.
Many of these critics of Israel, however, both domestic and foreign, refuse to defend Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish country within secure, recognized, and defensible borders. Parading as “humanitarian,” their efforts, because they are biased and often false, serve to delegitimize Israel.
Failure to distinguish between Israel’s deficiencies, and its existence, perpetuates and encourages a climate of hatred and condemnation against Israel per se, and one that easily tips into global anti-Semitism. It is fed by the West’s most powerful and eloquent spokesmen, including President Barak Hussein Obama.
What makes Obama’s administration different from his predecessors is not its anti-settlement policy – the State Dept has been consistently anti-Israel for 70 years – but the context — a new configuration of forces aligned against Israel. The sparks of his words ignite vast fires of anti-Israel violence.
Previous American administrations were more or less sympathetic to Israel and its difficult position, and were usually balanced. For example, Sec of State Condoleezza Rice’s hostility to Israel was balanced by President George W Bush and VP Dick Cheney’s generally positive attitude.
Obama’s strong-arm tactics against Israel and “outreach” (appeasement) to the Muslim world, his indifference and/or enmity towards Israel, surrounded by advisors eager to sacrifice Israel’s security to their political interests, and a disturbing naivete, from healthcare and economics to nuclear proliferation and military strategy, represent a new threat to Israel’s quest for legitimacy and acceptance.
Delegitimizing Israel seems to be a barely hidden agenda, not with an organized plan, but indirectly, making Jewish building in Jerusalem THE issue, castigating Israeli settlements as “illegal and unacceptable” – rather than constant Palestinian incitement and terrorism.
Coupled with efforts to delegitimize Israel around the world, Obama’s words are powerful indictments against Israel, which render Israel a pariah, an outcast among the nations, deserving of whatever punishment its enemies have in store.
No other American president has treated Israel with such animosity, in such a hostile environment, with so many unpredictable dangers, and amidst world-wide anathema for the Jewish state.
Not traditional anti-Semitism, this new expression of hatred and bigotry has become the semi-official language of the United Nations, many EU politicians and most Muslim and Arab leaders. Denial of Jewish history and Jewish historical claims in Eretz Yisrael (the Land of Israel), Holocaust-denial, and myriad fabrications and myths about Palestinianism are viral; they cannot be defeated unless confronted for what they are — poisons of the mind and the soul.
If any harm should come to Israel, it would be the world’s loss....
The Canary in the Gold Mine
If any harm should come to Israel, it would be the world’s loss
by David Solway
It has become a cliché by this time that Israel is the canary in the coal mine, signaling to those still on the surface, that is, those who believe they are above the fray, the dangers that await in the future if precautions are not taken. And like all clichés, it articulates a general truth. As Eric Hoffer famously said in a 1968 article for the Los Angeles Times, “I have a premonition that will not leave me; as it goes with Israel, so it will go with all of us. Should Israel perish, the holocaust will be upon us.”
Echoing Hoffer, Dutch Party for Freedom (PPV) leader Geert Wilders affirmed in a speech delivered in Tel Aviv on December 5, 2010 in praise and support of the Jewish state, “It is here that our civilization is under attack…It is here that Israel has lit the light of freedom and that Europeans and Americans must help the Israelis to keep that light shining in the darkness.” For Israel is the West’s frontline army in the war against militant Islam, its “forlorn hope” (from the Dutch verleren hoop, soldiers placed in the most dangerous position or leading the charge).
As I wrote in Hear, O Israel!, “not until we can arrive at some understanding of the upsurge of Jew-hatred in the West and the red herring of anti-Zionism, whether in the form of public odium and acts of anti-Semitic vandalism or in the flagrant anti-Israeli drift of the media, the Academy, the Churches and the European polity, will we be in a position to confront our weakness and complicity.” Only when we realize that, in adopting the Islamic attitude vis à vis Jews and the Jewish state, we are seeking to conciliate instead of confronting the forces arrayed against us, which only renders us more vulnerable in the long run.
But although Israel remains a fixture in the press and elicits a disproportionate amount of public and official denunciation, few of us invest much time thinking about the canary as such and what it portends. On the contrary, it is often viewed as wholly expendable and, indeed, many of us are hoping that it will expire quickly, a climactic mistake to be redeemed by its disappearance. Clearly, the Jewish state may be the West’s sacrificial canary but that does not inspire gratitude. Israel can be happily relinquished to the noxious fumes of the Muslim Middle East, after which the West can either follow suit or, now forewarned, take appropriate measures.
But the imminent priority is the erasure of the Jewish state as we know it from the map, whether by Ahmadinejadian means, or through diplomacy and coercion, or by the application of economic pressure and international ostracism. Popular options such as the so-called “one state” (aka bi-national) solution, advocated by anti-Zionist intellectuals like the late Tony Judt, or demographic inundation via the Palestinian insistence on the “right of return” of five million instant “refugees” would do the job most effectively. (For this latter prospect, we have the U.N. to thank for violating its own rule granting refugee status to the first generation only.) As former Canadian Justice Minister Irwin Cotler has written, “In the past, the most dangerous anti-Semites were those who wanted to make the world Judenrein, ‘free of Jews.’ Today, the most dangerous anti-Semites might be those who want to make the world Judenstaatrein, ‘free of a Jewish state.’”
Naturally, attacking Israel as a racist or fascist or colonial or apartheid state is how one gets one’s anti-Semitism for free. It is in this way that one indulges one’s Jew-hatred without having to pay a single conscience-minted penny for one’s moral opprobrium and toxic irrationality. One can be both contemptible and ignorant while passing off these vices as deeply strenuous virtues, namely, as compassion and the love of justice.
(Translation: backing the Palestinian cause and accepting its largely spurious narrative.) But such attitudes are deadly “virtues” when divorced from reality—in this particular case, from the dispensations of international law, from genuine historical knowledge and from the incontestable facts on the ground, which serve to establish the Jewish state as both a legitimate and meritorious member of the international community. Far less can be said for the Ba’athist entity in Syria, the Hashemite entity in Jordan, the Hezbollah entity in Lebanon, the Mullocratic entity in Iran or the Palestinian entities in Gaza and the West Bank.
What anti-Semites and anti-Zionists—who are for the most part one and the same and proliferate almost everywhere we look these days—obstinately and dishonorably refuse to understand is that Israel is a world benefactor without which life as we live it and take for granted would be far poorer. I am not referring to Jaffa oranges or sweet red peppers from Moshav Beit Gamliel, which are nice enough, but to the many innovations in the fields of cybernetics, desalination, hydrology, energy technology, security, productive agricultural methods and life-saving medical technology, in all of which it is among the world’s undeniable leaders.
For example, Windows XP, Vista and Microsoft Office were developed in Israel. So were the first firewalls, the first wireless LAN, voice mail, cell phones (including the multi-jacketed Modu cell phone, which has entered the Guinness Book of Records, and has brought user functionality to a new level unmatched anywhere in the world), TV Remote Control, Google’s new super-search algorithm Orion (in fact, Google runs on Israeli search algorithms), the Mobile Internet, Intel microchips and Pentium microprocessors, an advanced electric car network, a model to the world, using “green electricity” to be operational by next year, superior anti-terrorist screening techniques, drip irrigation, state-of-the-art solar power plants, water technology programs and reverse osmosis desalination plants to which half of Europe is indebted, the miracle drug Copaxone which treats multiple sclerosis, the world’s tiniest medical video camera to be used for disposable endoscopes, coronary stents, surgical lasers, transcutaneous pain relievers, new autoclave designs to fight AIDS, the ExAblate 2000 system for combating fibroid tumors, a rasagiline inhibitor of Parkinson’s marketed as Azilect, the chemotherapy agent Doxil that treats leukemia and Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a medication known as Exelon that reduces symptoms of Alzheimer’s, the new biomarker placental protein 13 (PP13), a pre-diagnostic for severe fetal diseases—I have barely skimmed the surface.
Anti-Semites and Israel-haters may boycott Israeli strawberries, but they will not put away their cell phones or mothball their computers. They can lobby to divest from companies doing business with Israeli firms, but they will not divest from Israeli biotech industries from which everybody benefits. They may do their utmost to sanction Israeli academics and their home institutions, but they are more than happy to reap the rewards that flow from the country’s universities and laboratories. Anti-Semites are not only vicious defamers and articled thimblewits; they are also prize bigots.
The psychological matrix from which anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism emerge is infernally complex. But resentment against Israeli smarts and entrepreneurial dynamism is surely a significant factor in the Pharisaic rejection of a vigorous, cutting-edge society that continues to flourish under the most adverse circumstances. And as we have seen, such baseless animosity is enabled by a condition which Stanford professor Robert Proctor has labeled “agnotology,” defined as the cultural production of ignorance and the consequent refusal to come to terms with reality. Thus Israel may be vilified at will and with complete impunity in flagrant defiance of an actual state of affairs.
The plain truth is that the Israeli “brand” is one that creates value for humankind. It confers wealth, high-tech capacity, discoveries and inventions for the cure of many critical diseases, and various forms of needed productivity upon the world. Were honesty and common sense ever to prevail over cultural ignorance, hypocrisy, resentment and hatred, Israel would be lauded rather than slandered, appreciated rather than condemned. It would be regarded as a veritable gold mine from which we daily profit.
There is only one conclusion we can draw: if any harm should come to Israel, it would be the world’s loss. One way or another, we must understand what is at stake if we are to fully grasp the importance and necessity of the Jewish state. Obviously, the coal mine is the Middle East in which the Israeli canary signals danger, and must therefore be heeded. As the American poet Jorn Ake writes in Boys Whistling like Canaries, we should “consider whether each note/might not be a body/buried someplace.”
But what is rarely, if ever, noted in the international media, the United Nations, the labor unions, the World Council of Churches, the corridors of state and the echo chamber of public opinion is that there is a high-yield gold mine in the region too. And that gold mine is Israel proper in which the canary, the spirit of Israel, sings to a deafened world’s felicity and advantage.
The West’s Proxy War against the Jews
The West’s Proxy War against the Jews
Why do intellectual elites and the Western media avert their gaze when Sheikh Yusuf Qaradawi speaks?
by Caroline Glick
This article is reprinted from Jerusalem Post.
It was a stunning moment of moral clarity. As the South Vietnamese refugees clambered onto rickety boats in the South China Sea to escape the victorious Communists, the American Left that orchestrated the US defeat through a sustained campaign of propaganda and fake calls for peace stood silent.
As Pol Pot, the “progressive” dictator tortured and murdered a third of his people in Cambodia, the leftists “peace” activists in the US and Europe who never saw a US military operation that was justified, turned a blind eye.
The silence of the likes of Susan Sontag, Jane Fonda, Noam Chomsky and their fellow travelers came to mind last week when the Western media and intellectual elites averted their gaze as Sheikh Yusuf Qaradawi, the long exiled spiritual guide of the Muslim Brotherhood spoke before a crowd of millions at Cairo’s Tahrir Square.
Qaradawi, who had been living in exile in Qatar during Hosni Mubarak’s reign, became an international jihadist superstar thanks to Qatar’s unelected potentate Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani who gave him his jihad indoctrination show on Al Jazeera. From his internationally televised soapbox, Qaradawi regularly preaches international jihad and genocide of Jewry to millions of fans worldwide.
Two important things happened during Qaradawi’s appearance in Cairo. First, his handlers refused to allow Google’s Egyptian Internet revolutionary Wael Ghonim to join the cleric on the dais. For anyone willing to notice, Qaradawi’s message in spurning Ghonim was indisputable. As far as the jihadists are concerned, Ghonim and his fellow Internet activists are the present day equivalent of Lenin’s useful idiots.
They did their job of convincing credulous Western liberals that the overthrow of Mubarak was all about sweetness and light.
And now they are no longer needed.
The second message was Qaradawi’s call to destroy Israel. With millions of adoring fans crying out “Amen,” and “Allahu Akhbar,” Qaradawi called for a Muslim conquest of Jerusalem – that is, for the destruction of Israel. As a first step, he demanded that the Egyptian military open the Egyptian border with Gaza.
In the dismal tradition of its Vietnam-era teachers, today’s international Left had nothing to say about Qaradawi’s genocidal speech. In the New York Times‘ write-up of Qaradawi’s triumphant return to Egypt for instance, the murder-inciting cleric was referred to as a champion of democracy and pluralism.
Leftist writers like Peter Beinart have spent the better part of the past month whitewashing and belittling the significance of the Muslim Brotherhood.
The same Muslim Brotherhood that was founded in 1928 and got its first boost from the Nazis who funded their anti-Jewish pogroms in Cairo and Alexandria in 1939 is seen as nothing to worry about. US President Barack Obama’s Director of National Intelligence James Clapper assured Congress that the Muslim Brotherhood is largely secular. This is the same Muslim Brotherhood whose motto is, “Allah is our objective; the prophet is our leader; the Koran is our law; Jihad is our way; Dying in the path of Allah is our goal.”
THE SAME Left who champions Qaradawi as a liberal is absolutely adamant that the revolutions now raging throughout the Muslim world are a mere sideshow to the region’s chief drama. The revolutions in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Bahrain, Yemen, Jordan, Oman, Morocco and Saudi Arabia are nothing. And the anti-regime protests in Iran have no strategic significance whatsoever to the West, which is mortally threatened by the mullocracy.
Who cares if the Arabs are ruled by tyrants, democrats, jihadists, or fascists? The only thing that matters is that “Palestine” is free of Israeli “occupation.”
How can anyone get excited about the future of the oil-dependent global economy when Jews still reside in Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria and Jewish neighborhoods in Jerusalem?
The Left’s essential indifference to the plight of hundreds of millions of Arabs and its significance for the West was exposed in a news analysis by Brendan O’Neill in The Australian on February 16. O’Neill noted that whereas the demonstrators in Cairo were fairly silent on the issue of the Palestinians, anti-Mubarak demonstrations throughout the West prominently featured anti-Israel slogans and chants of “Free, free Palestine!”
O’Neill concluded that the contrasting messages, “reveals something important about the Palestine issue…. [It] has become less important for Arabs and of the utmost symbolic importance for Western radicals at exactly the same time.”
Actually, it is important to Western leftists and jihadists, which is why the Palestinians only became a salient issue in Egypt after the Muslim Brotherhood began taking control over the opposition movement with Qaradawi’s sermon on February 18.
IN A groundbreaking study of the propaganda war against Israel entitled “The Big Lie and the Media War against Israel: From Inversion of Truth to Inversion of Reality,” published in Jewish Political Studies Review in March 2007, Joel Fishman showed that the Muslim Brotherhood’s propaganda war against Israel, like the Left’s propaganda war against Israel, relied heavily on Nazi propaganda against Jews.
The early partnership between the Brotherhood and the Nazis, brought together by Palestinian Arab leader and Nazi agent Haj Amin el Husseini imported European anti-Semitism to the Muslim world. Beginning in the early 1950s, Nazi war criminals immigrated to Egypt. There they recreated much of Josef Goebbels’ anti-Semitic propaganda operation for Gamal Abdel Nasser.
Fishman also documented how in the aftermath of World War II, and particularly after Israel’s victory in the Six Day War, the Soviets adapted Nazi anti-Jewish propaganda to demonize Israel as the new, collective Jew and in turn demonize the collective Jew as the new Nazi Germany.
Two sources fed the Soviet anti-Jewish/anti-Zionist propaganda machine: former Nazi propagandists in Egypt; and former Nazi propagandists employed by the East German Communist regime. According to Fishman, the messages developed by these ex-Nazi propagandists were the basis for the Soviet campaign to delegitimize Israel which began in earnest after 1967. The call to arms was published first in a Pravda editorial in October 1967. There, Zionism, the Jewish national liberation movement was reviled as dedicated to “genocide, racism, treachery, aggression, and annexation…all characteristic attributes of fascists.”
With both the Soviets and the Arabs spewing the same inverted message, it didn’t take long for it to become the rage in Europe. Europe’s adoption of the Nazi-inspired propaganda in which reality was inverted and Israel – the victim of Arab imperialist, genocidal aggression – became the imperialist, genocidal aggressor was facilitated by France’s embrace of the Arab camp after its withdrawal from Algeria and effective withdrawal from NATO.
By 1975, with the UN General Assembly’s adoption of the Soviet-Arab sponsored resolution 3379 defining Zionism as racism, most European governments had fallen in line with the Soviet-Arab propaganda war.
They in turn spent the next generation bringing their message to America.
TODAY, THAT message has become the sum total of Europe’s Middle East policy. From their massive global funding of anti-Israel NGOs, to their financing of anti-Zionist films, plays, art exhibitions and educational curricula throughout the world and their bankrolling of the Palestinian Authority, the Europeans have put their money where their mouths and well-washed brains are.
As Norway’s plan to run the Israeli embassy out of Oslo because its security measures annoy its neighbors; to European authorities’ refusal to provide police protection for their threatened Jewish communities; to initiatives like the Dutch Parliament’s current bid to outlaw Jewish ritual slaughter all make clear, hatred of Israel runs seamlessly into outright governmental aggression against Jews.
So too, as The Guardian’s recent onslaught against the PA for its leaders’ willingness to make minor compromises with Israel in the framework of a peace treaty demonstrates, mainstream forces in Britain and throughout Europe now side openly with Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood in their annihilationist war against the Jewish state.
It is this obsessive campaign against Israel that explains the so-called Middle East Quartet’s insistence that the most urgent item on the international agenda is coercing Israel to surrender land and rights to the PA.
Whereas the EU cannot figure out a coherent policy regarding Libya even as Muammar Gaddafi massacres his own citizens and sets fire to his oil fields, Europe’s leaders are unified in their firm conviction that the so-called “peace process” must be reinvigorated.
So too, the Obama administration remains incapable of lifting a finger to prevent an Iranian proxy from taking over Bahrain or a consortium of al-Qaida terrorists from taking over Yemen. Obama refuses to take any action to help the Libyan people overthrow Gaddafi. As for Iran, Obama maintains his steadfast refusal to take any action to help the Iranian people overthrow their nuclear-proliferating, terror-supporting regime.
But at the same time, the president and his advisors are absolutely committed to coercing Israel to block Jews from building homes in Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem and ensuring that everyone is clear that Jews have no legitimate right to our capital city and historic heartland.
As for the Left itself, as Ron Radosh reported in Pajamas Media this week, attendees at J Street’s annual post-Zionist confab could barely muster polite applause for the mildly Zionist MKs from Kadima that spoke at the conference.
But they broke into raucous applause when Arab and Jewish anti-Zionist speakers proclaimed that all progress in the region is tied to Israel ending its so-called “occupation.”
AND THIS brings us back to 1975, to the boat people in the South China Sea, the killing fields in Cambodia, and the Left that couldn’t care less about them.
It could be argued that the Bill Ayres, Howard Zinns and Jean Paul Sartes of the world can be forgiven for their decision to side with the Soviets and their Third World proxies against the US and the Western alliance.
After all, they had nothing personal at stake. The Soviets were not threatening their freedom.
And what did they owe to “unprogressive,” “reactionary” people from Southeast Asia who agreed with America that Communism was evil and wished to be free?
But the situation is different today. By waging its war against Israel through Palestinian proxies, the West threatens itself. The Nazi propaganda recycled by the Soviets which has enslaved the peoples of Europe and much of America’s intellectual elite has not only turned them into willing participants in the new war against the Jews. It has turned them into instruments for their own destruction.
By focusing their attention entirely on Israel and its imaginary crimes, the Europeans and their American admirers ignore the fact that the Islamic war against Israel is itself a proxy war for global jihad.
That war, informed by the same Nazi propaganda, but refined through the prism of Islamic Jew hatred and totalitarian imperialism, does not see Israel’s destruction as its ultimate aim. The jihadists, whom the West so happily ignores and whitewashes, have made it absolutely clear that destroying Israel is but the first skirmish in their great war. Their ultimate aim is the conquest of what remains of Western civilization.
Israel: A Bastion of Freedom »
Israel: A Bastion of Freedom
If Arab protesters seek a democratic model to emulate, they needn’t look too far
by Fred Gedrich
While Arab demonstrators in places like Bahrain, Egypt, Libya, Oman, Tunisia and Yemen are protesting against their oppressive governments – it’s quite ironic that Israeli citizens are the only people in that geographical sphere who actually enjoy the full fruits of true freedom and democracy. And if Arabs truly seek a democratic model to emulate, they needn’t look any farther than the Jewish state.
Israel, the lone free and democratic outpost in the turbulent Arab world region (Middle East and North Africa), sits in the most precarious positions of all free nations. Since the Jewish state was internationally recognized in 1948 by the United Nations, it has continually faced the wrath of Arab/Muslim nations who refuse to acknowledge its right to exist. Several wars initiated by Arab neighbors and countless terrorist attacks later, not much has changed.
Israel is dwarfed in terms of land and population by the Arab world. It has 8,000 square miles of land and is populated with 7.4 million people. The Arab world land mass encompasses 5.2 million square miles and has about 350 million predominantly Sunni Muslim occupants. Eager to exploit current Arab world turmoil, sworn Israel enemies like Iran’s Persian Islamic regime and transnational Islamist Muslim Brotherhood and Wahhabi al Qaeda movements are immersing themselves into the Arab Street revolution. They seek a caliphate ruled by Sharia law, nullification of Egyptian and Jordanian peace treaties with Israel and elimination of the Jewish state.
Enemies view the Jewish state as an illegal, Western imposition on Muslim soil and their hatred extends to the United States because, among other things, it is viewed by most as the ultimate guarantor of Israel’s survival. They would like to eliminate or greatly diminish U.S. regional presence and influence.
Unlike its enemies, Israel is rooted in democratic principles and liberal ideals and is governed by the rule of law. It has free and open elections to freely choose and replace leaders, as well as an independent press. The Arab world is governed by the “rule of men” consisting of an assortment of monarchs, authoritarians, dictators, and terrorists. According to Freedom House, not one of the Arab states or territories have a truly free government or truly free press.
In Israel, men and women are equal under the law. In the Arab world, many Muslims adhere to sharia law which totally subordinates women and mandates many other human rights violations, including death for adultery and amputations for stealing.
Israeli average annual income is $29,500. Arab world citizens, on average, earn less than $8,000 per year. Arab wealth is spread disproportionately among rich nations like Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and Saudi Arabia and poor nations like Somalia, Sudan and Yemen, and disproportionately among ruling classes and the public in rich and poor nations.
Over 97 percent of Israel’s residents over the age of 15 can read and write. The Arab literacy rate is only 68 percent, with men being much more literate than women.
Israel is the most modern and technically-advanced state in the entire region. It’s ranked as the 24th most competitive nation by the World Economic Forum, and first in the quality of its scientific institutions. Only Qatar and Saudi Arabia among Arab nations have a better competitive WEF ranking, and those two countries lag behind Israel in the latter category.
The Israeli military abides by international laws and customs of war. Its troops wear uniforms, carry weapons openly, and take unprecedented actions to avoid injuring innocent civilians during operations. Israel’s Arab world enemies use terrorism to achieve political objectives. The U.S. State Department has designated 19 groups as foreign terrorist organizations that have gestated and operate in Arab land. Although they operate in clear violation of Geneva conventions and protocols, their Arab hosts, the UN, and others often refer to these groups as “resistance fighters.” A great danger facing Israel is the prospect of Islamists like the Muslim Brotherhood gaining control of strategically important Arab countries like Egypt. The Islamists are well-posited to do so because they are organized, radical and ruthless – priceless qualifications for achieving power in that region. They also use a dangerous mix of politics and religion to recruit the Arab world’s abused, misinformed, impoverished, under-educated, and unskilled as well as university students and professionals like al Qaeda’s Zawahiri to become participants in various jihad movements.
For decades, statesmen and diplomats have incessantly and unsuccessfully sought to forge binding peace agreements between Arabs and Jews, even to the point of compromising democratic values by cutting deals with dictators and terrorists. The main impediment is that most Arabs have an intractable view that Israel doesn’t have the right to exist on what Arabs claim is Muslim land. And what many fail to grasp is that the clash is really between Western and Islamic civilizations, with Israel cast as an extension of the West.
The United States and other free nations could best help Israel and themselves by remaining true to core democratic values, criticizing oppressive regimes, condemning extremist violence whenever and wherever it occurs, and supporting legitimate freedom movements and the creation of true democratic institutions in the Arab world and elsewhere. That pathway offers the best chance for peace.
Fred Gedrich is a foreign policy and national security analyst and served in the U.S. Departments of State and Defense. He has traveled extensively in the Arab world and Israel on official assignments.
You Don't Boycott the MidEast's Only Democracy
You Don't Boycott the MidEast's Only Democracy
by Fern Sidman, INN New York Correspondent
JCC Watch is focusing attention on the partnership between the Jewish Community Center of New York City's Upper West Side and groups the support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel.
The JCC of the Upper West Side, notes the watchdog group, is a beneficiary agency of the UJA-Federation. BDS was launched in 2005 by various non-governmental organizations (NGOs) which seek to demonize, delegitimize, and ultimately destroy Israel by the spread of misinformation, incitement, and promotion of various boycotts.
In a news conference held Sunday afternoon in front of the JCC offices, JCC Watch reported that the organization is partnering with a number of pro-BDS organizations.
Among those listed were the leftist organizations New Israel Fund, B'Tselem, Human Rights Watch, and J Street.
JCC Watch founder Richard Allen called on the JCC board of directors to establish public and transparent guidelines regarding BDS.
“It’s time that the board of directors of the JCC in Manhattan take action. It’s simple: all they have to do is stop supporting groups that partner with, fund, or support the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement against Israel,” Allen said.
At the news conference, each speaker expressed their horror and deep sadness at the gruesome terrorist massacre of the Fogel family last Friday in the Samaria Jewish community of Itamar.
Irwin Hochberg, former Chairman of the Board of the UJA-Federation of New York and former National Campaign Chairman of Israel Bonds spoke of "the golden days" of the United Jewish Appeal, prior to the hijacking of the organization by liberal elements of the Jewish community. He was joined by Helen Freedman, executive director of Americans For A Safe Israel.
Expressing outrage at the indifference of the agency to the suffering of Jews in Judea and Samaria, Freedman said, "The JCC should have its members out in the street protesting this massacre at Itamar. Instead, they go on with business as usual, ignoring the brutality waged against Israel and blaming Israel for the ills of the Arab world."
She added that "by partnering with organizations like J Street, B’Tzelem, the New Israel Fund and Human Rights Watch, the JCC is exhibiting a state of moral confusion. One boycotts totalitarian regimes, like the Palestinian Authority, Hamas, Hizbullah and Iran, the sponsor of these terrorist groups.
“One does not boycott the only democracy in the Middle East."
Poll: 87% of Israelis Believe U.S. Jews Are Essential to Israel
Poll: 87% of Israelis Believe U.S. Jews Are Essential to Israel
by Elad Benari
A new survey conducted among the Israeli public has found that an overwhelming majority of Israelis believe that the American Jewish community is essential to the existence of Israel.
The poll was conducted by Teleseker (TNS) in advance of the Ruderman Fellows Program, a new initiative designed to educate members of the Israeli Knesset about the American Jewish community. The program, presented in conjunction with Brandeis University, will be officially launched in the Knesset on Tuesday.
The survey was initiated by the Ruderman Foundation and found that 82% of the Israeli public supports the initiative. It also found that an overwhelming 87% of the public in Israel perceives the American Jewish community as essential for the security and political existence of the State of Israel.
“The program aims to foster awareness and understanding of the richness and vitality of the American Jewish community and expose the political leaders to the variety of opinions and pluralism which characterize it,” explained Jay Ruderman, president of the Ruderman Foundation and founder of the Fellows Program. “In light of the crucial importance of relations between Israel and the United States, and especially in light of the recent social and political changes in the Middle East, the most important thing right now is to improve understanding and communication between the leadership in Israel and the Jewish community in America.”
Ruderman pointed out some additional findings of the survey, which found that 73% of the Israeli public believes that there is much to learn from the religious pluralism in the Jewish community in the U.S. He noted that the Ruderman Fellows Program “also exposes participants to a variety of opinions and pluralism that characterize the American Jewish community.”
The first Fellows Program will be held in Boston and New York between April 3 and 8. The participants in the first round of the program are MK Avi Dichter (Kadima), MK Ronit Tirosh (Kadima), MK Tzipi Hotovely (Likud), MK Carmel Shama (Likud), Eitan Cabel (Labor), and MK Daniel Ben Simon (Labor).
The Ruderman Fellows were selected in conjunction with a special advisory committee that included Environment Minister Gilad Erdan (Likud), former Social Affairs Minister Isaac Herzog (Labor) and former Internal Security Minister Avi Dichter (Kadima).
Opposing the Palestinian War Against the Jews
My speech at Brooklyn College to counter “Israel Apartheid Week.”
by David Horowitz
Editor’s note: The speech below was delivered by David Horowitz at Brooklyn College on March 10, 2011. The speech is part of a nationwide campaign being conducted by the David Horowitz Freedom Center to counter the genocidal propaganda campaign launched by the Hamas-related Muslim Students Association as “Israel Apartheid Week.” The Center has also created the video “Palestinian Wall of Lies” to counter the MSA’s genocidal propaganda campaign. For more information on the Freedom Center’s campaign, visit WallofLies.org.
Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Myths and Facts“To achieve justice, it is first necessary to call things by their right names.” – Confucius
It’s a pleasure, I guess, to be back on a college campus. It wasn’t like this in my day, however, with all these officers present, wanding everybody and searching your backpacks. How does it feel to go through a checkpoint? Here’s what I feel: safer.That’s what checkpoints are about. They’re about making people feel safer when they’re under attack from terrorists and, as it so happens, Middle Eastern Jew-haters.
In the 1930s, the Communists and the Nazis in Germany joined to break up meetings of their opponents with protests, and if that didn’t work with protests inside the meeting halls, and if that didn’t work, with physical violence. The main opponents of the Nazis and Communists were liberals — social democrats. This violence against the social democrats, this attempt to suppress discussion of political issues, spelled the end of the Weimar Republic and its democracy. It led directly to the reign of Hitler, who was elected chancellor and then it was all over.
The most important battle line in defending our democracy against its totalitarian enemies is the First Amendment, which guarantees us the ability to dissent — to disagree in a civil manner, and to have our point of view heard. That is the indispensable basis of a democracy.
And as you can see evidenced here tonight, there is a movement all across this country to suppress the free speech of conservatives, of people who embrace the fundamental principles of this democracy and are actively defending them against the threat posed by totalitarian radicals. You don’t need bodyguards and you don’t need armed police and you don’t need checkpoints if you’re a leftist coming to speak on a college campus. That’s because conservatives respect the democratic principles of our society, while many leftists don’t.
The group that attempted to organize a protest against my appearance here tonight is the International Socialist Organization, a Marxist organization whose goal, according to its own website, is a “dictatorship of the proletariat” in America. If you are looking for the true reactionaries of our time, they are political leftists.
Leftists operate on the basis of doctrines that were discredited over the entire course of the 20th century at the cost of 100 million innocent lives. The International Socialist Organization is one of the most active components of this communist left on college campuses. For ten years, they have protested my appearances on campuses across the country, no matter what subject I was speaking on.
The pressure from this left has been so successful that now legislators cannot even hold hearings without being attacked as “McCarthyites” or “racists” or “Islamophobes.” This effort to embargo critical thought is the primary weapon of the radical jihad within the democracies of the West at present.
You probably were in class today and didn’t see the congressional hearings about the radicalization of Muslims held by Representative Peter King, which have been attacked by the political left and the Democrats on the committee. The hearings featured a particularly sad case of an African American father from Texas whose son had converted to Islam and went to a mosque which happened to be a radical mosque and was recruited into the Islamic jihad. He was sent to a Muslim center in Yemen where he was trained to be a terrorist, returned to the United States and murdered two U.S. soldiers at an Arkansas military facility. His father testified about the dangers to American youth who might unsuspectingly attend mosques connected to the jihad.
Also testifying at these hearings was Zuhdi Jasser, who is an American Muslim. Jasser said that that the ones whom these radicalization programs hurt are Muslims and that the Muslim community needs to stand up and defend democracy in this country. That’s what we’re all waiting for.
The fascist left is making significant heady in silencing the opposition to the domestic jihad. It’s already impossible for me, and speakers like me, to come to a university campus and have a civilized exchange with faculty or with students. Leftist faculty avoid us; conservative faculty hardly exist. To speak to students, we have to come under police guard, and face malicious slanders that utterly misrepresent what we think and have said. This means that many students are unable to hear a non-left point of view on their campuses and weigh the issues for themselves.
This atmosphere of intimidation, because that’s what it is – is a threat to everyone’s democratic rights. You intimidate the opposition and then you win an election and then you shut everybody down. And why do you do that? Because people who go out of their way to intimidate others are people who believe so fiercely in their own righteousness that they basically want to eliminate their opponents, and they do. When they have enough power, they shut you up or they kill you.
The atmosphere of intimidation on this campus is so intense that with one exception the dozen or Jewish student organizations at Brooklyn College were afraid to sponsor me. Only one professor on this campus, Mitchell Langbert, was willing to get this room reserved for this event, and only one student was willing to stick his neck out and organize it, and that is Yosef Sobol.
Across the country, Jewish student groups have been intimidated from presenting their case if presenting it involves saying anything negative about people who launch terrorist attacks against Jews and want to destroy the only Jewish state in existence. Because doing so might “offend an ethnic or religious group.” Doing so would be Islamophobia. So everyone has to pretend, for example, that there’s actually a peace process in the Middle East. As a result, Jews have to pretend that it is their fault that they haven’t been able to make peace with people who want to kill them.
If there are liberals in this room, you should be horrified. Anybody who is truly liberal, anybody who believes in democracy, should be horrified by this situation. If there were a liberal professor on this campus with guts, he would be in this room introducing me, and save Mitchell Langbert from having to stick his neck out for the thousandth time on this campus. But there are no such liberal professors; they are all hiding.
Now, to the Middle East. Let me say before I start, since leftists on the web have portrayed me as an arch-Zionist. I actually have never been to Israel. I have never been a political Zionist except in the very basic sense of believing that Jews have a right to exist and that they have a right to a state in the Middle East. That is the only sense that I am a Zonist, as every decent person should be. These are the words said in 2007 by Mahmoud Al-Zahar, the founder of Hamas:
“There is no place for you Jews among us and you have no future among the nations of the world. You are headed to annihilation.”
This is Ahmad Bahar, the acting chairman of the Gaza Parliament. The parliament in Gaza, of course, is controlled by Hamas, which was elected in a democratic election. It’s important to point this out because when I submitted these quotes to the UCLA Daily Bruin for publication, They said, “Well, these are individuals and in your ad, you call them ‘Voices of Palestine.’” Well, yes.
These are the voices of Palestine, the Chairman of the Parliament, Ahmad Bahar, said:
“Make us victorious over the infidel people. Allah, take hold of the Jews and their allies; Allah, take hold of the Americans and their allies. Allah, count them and kill them to the last one and don’t leave even one.”
The next statement is from Ibrahim Mudayris, an official of the Palestinian Authority, Ministry of Religious Trust and Religious Affairs:
“The prophet said the resurrection will not take place until the Muslims fight the Jews and the Muslims kill them. Rejoice in Allah’s victory. Everything wants vengeance on the Jews, these pigs on the face of the earth, and the day of our victory, Allah willing, will come.”
Hassan Nasrallah, the head of Hezbollah, the party of God, an Islamic party in Lebanon, funded and created by the Iranians has said that he hopes that the Jews will gather in Israel, so he won’t have to hunt us down globally.
The creator of Hamas, is the Muslim Brotherhood, about which you’ve read something in the last few weeks during the protests in Egypt. Here’s what Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, has said. Qaradawi spoke in Cairo a week or two ago to a million cheering Muslims:
“Throughout history, Allah has imposed upon the Jews people would punish them for their corruption. The last punishment was carried out by Hitler by means of all the things he did to them. Even though they exaggerated this issue, he managed to put them in their place. This was divine punishment for them. Allah willing, the next time will be at the hands of the believers.”
In other words, Islam — or Qaradawi’s Islam, Hamas’ Islam, Hezbollah’s Islam, Ahmadinejad’s Islam — will finish the job that Hitler started.
So who are the opponents of the Jews in the Middle East? You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to know. They are Nazis, Islamic Nazis, and the level of intimidation is already so great in this country that you can’t even say Islamic fascists, let alone Islamic Nazis to describe these people, because that would be “Islamophobic.” But these are Nazis. That’s who they are. They want to kill the Jews. That is their agenda. They don’t want a state in the Middle East. They have rejected a state over and over again. Because their goal is not the self-determination of the Palestinian people. Their goal is to push the Jews into the sea.
So how do people deal with this? How do religious Muslims deal with this? How do people who want peace, or say they want peace, people who are basically decent, get associated with Hamas and Hezbollah and the Palestinian Authority? How do liberals turn a blind eye to these Nazi agendas. Well, they say to themselves — these people can’t really mean that. They’re just angry and oppressed. The Jews are oppressing them. They’re just reacting to that.
For a moment, let’s hold apart the question as to whether the Jews have actually oppressed the Palestinians. Instead, let’s just consider the claim that these expressions of Palestinian inhumanity are reactions to being oppressed. For thousands of years the world has been an unhappy place and people have been oppressed. Yet never in all those thousands of years has there been a people who have strapped bombs onto their own children and told them to go and blow up innocent people, people at weddings, seders, and in pizza parlors, and if they do that they will go to heaven and become saints, and if they’re lucky enough to be males will have seventy-two virgins as a reward.
No other people in the world has sunk so low morally as the Palestinians and yet everybody is afraid to say this. Even if you are oppressed, there are things that you don’t do that Palestinians are willing to do. There have been revolts in Iran against jihadist rulers, but there is no such revolt in Gaza or the West Bank. The terrorist governments in both places are elected without opposition from an anti-terrorist party. All through history, people have been oppressed, but no people has done what the Palestinians have done. No people has shown itself to be as morally sick as the Palestinians.
The next defense of Palestinian terrorism is that even if they commit such heinous acts and teach their children to hate Jews and want to kill them, that is because the Jews stole their land. This is the biggest lie of the Middle East conflict. It is a lie of Hitlerian dimensions because the agenda of Hamas is to kill the Jews, or to quote the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, “push the Jews into the sea.” This was also the slogan of the PLO, until its KGB sponsors advised Arafat not to say “push the Jews into the sea” because if you continue to do that you will not get people to support you. Instead, say that you want self-determination, say the Palestinians want a state, and that the Israelis are denying you a state and oppressing you. Then people will support you.
So the Palestinians have done that. For two decades the Jews have offered the Palestinians their own state and the Palestinians have rejected the offer. Today there is not a single Palestinian leader who is willing to recognize existence of the Jewish state. What is the chant on college campuses today? “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free.” The Jordan river is the eastern boundary of Israel; the Mediterranean is its boundary to the west. If Palestine extends from the river to the sea, there is no Israel. In other words, kill the Jews and push them into the sea. That’s what the Middle East conflict is about. It’s not about right against right. It’s about right against wrong.
The biggest lie promulgated by the anti-Israel left and the Palestinian Jew-haters is that Israel is “occupied Palestine.” They have even created maps to prove it. At UC San Diego, the Israel Apartheid Wall features four successive maps to show the encroachment of Jews on the state of Palestine. The first map purports to show Palestine in 1946. The map is Muslim green and there are tiny little white spots to show Jewish settlements around Jerusalem.
The fact that the map is green is interesting. The war against Israel began as a war of Pan-Arab nationalists who didn’t want a Jewish state in the region because Jews are not Arabs. Now the war against Israel is a Muslim war to clean out the infidels. Not only are the Palestinians terrorists, they are sick Nazi terrorists, racists who can’t live peacefully alongside anybody who’s not Muslim – just ask the dwindling Christian populations of Bethlehem and other Arab cities in the region. The map is a lie. There was no Palestine in 1946 and anybody who used the word “Palestine” in those days was referring to the Jews.
There was no Palestine in 1946 for Israel to occupy. Israel was not built on Palestinian land. It was not built on Arab land. Israel and all the other countries in the region around the Jordan River, Syria, Lebanon and Jordan, were created out of the ruins of the Turkish Empire which had ruled that region for around 400 years. During that entire time, there was never a Palestinian state, country, province or political entity. And in fact, the Arabs around the Jordan River, who began calling themselves Palestinians in 1964, regard themselves as Syrians.
There hasn’t been a “Palestine” since Roman times. “Palestine” is not even an Arab word. It’s Latin. It means Philistine. The Philistines were the enemies of the Jews. When the Romans slaughtered the Jews – six hundred years by the way before an Arab set foot on that soil — and dispersed them around the world, they gave the name Palestine to the Jewish homeland to humiliate the conquered. By the way the Jewish homeland is Judea and Sumeria, which is the West Bank, now occupied by so-called Palestinians.
There was no Palestine in 1946 or in 1948 when Israel was created, and no Arab land on which the state of Israel was created, unless of course you regard America as occupied Indian country. But if you want to argue historical precedence in this manner, the Jews were in Jerusalem and the West Bank for more than a thousand years before the Arabs. So who are the “occupiers”?
The “Palestine Mandate” refers to a region not a country. The area designated by the Mandate was much larger than the territory between the Jordan and the sea. In 1922, the British allotted 80% of the Palestine Mandate the new state of Transjordan, stipulating that no Jew could own land there – that’s how racist the Arabs were even then.
Jordan – which is what this state is now called – is an interesting case. Seventy percent of its population are Arabs from the Palestine Mandate, who refer to themselves now as “Palestinians.” But Jordan is ruled by a Hashemite minority, and unlike Israel is a monarchy – not a democracy. Yet there’s no movement on American campuses or in the Middle East to liberate Palestine in Jordan. There is only the movement to push the Jews into the sea. That’s because the agenda of the so-called Palestinians is not to liberate Palestine, but to get rid of the Jewish state.
The ascendant Islamic movement in the region has no tolerance for other religions and will not live alongside another faith – an infidel faith. So the Christians are also being driven out of the West Bank by Palestinian Muslims.
In the postwar period, there were two democracies in the Middle East, and only two: Israel and Lebanon, which was a Christian democracy. The president was Christian by law and the speaker of the assembly was Muslim by law. The Palestine Liberation Organization and the Syrians destroyed this democracy, first because democracy is a threat to political Islam, and second because Christianity is an infidel faith. Political Islam regards everyone who does not toe its religious line as an infidel. And its bible tells Muslims that infidels must be converted, subordinated or die. As a result, Lebanon is no longer a democracy. It’s a terrorist state controlled by shi’ites of Hezbollah, the party of God.
The mentality of the secular left is so twisted that it has joined forces with the political Islamists to support the Hamas terrorists in Gaza. Although Israeli forces left Gaza in 2005, Hamas is still at war with Israel. Why? Because the war against the Jews has nothing to do with land or self-determination. It has to do with the determinaton of Islamic fanatics to get rid of the Jews between the river and the sea.
Why was the Israeli military in Gaza in 2005? Because the Egyptian army had invaded Israel through Gaza and with the cooperation of the Arab inhabitants of Gaza three times — in 1948, in 1967 and in 1973 – and because Arab terrorists have been launching attacks into Israel since 1949. In 2005, Israel’s leaders decided to withdraw their military forces from Gaza to demonstrate that they did not want to occupy any Arab lands – even the lands of Arab aggressors against Israel, even lands which provided a base for terrorists to launch attacks against Israel.
It was a very bad idea. Why was it a bad idea? Well consider what happened. In 2005, there were 9000 Jews settled in Gaza among 1.4 million Arabs. These 9000 Jews were regarded as a problem and were also removed. But why? Our minds in the West have been so corrupted by the propaganda of Islamic bigots that the settlement of 9000 Jews in Gaza is somehow regarded as a problem. But why are Jewish settlements a problem? There are a 1.2 million Muslim Arabs settled in Israel. But they are not regarded as a problem. Thanks to the tolerance and readiness of the Jews to live in peace with Arabs the presence of Arabs in Israel is not a problem.
Muslims settled in Israel have more rights than Muslims in any Muslim country, let alone any Arab country. Muslim Arabs are freer as gays and women in Israel than they are throughout the entire Islamic world. Yet the disgusting, Jew-hating, Israel Apartheid Week on this campus and others defames the Jewish state as an apartheid state and defends the real apartheid governments of Gaza and the West Bank, where women are second-class citizens, gays are hunted and no Jews are allowed.
The Jewish settlements on the West Bank are a problem only because the Arabs who live there are racist Jew-haters, who cannot live side by side with another people or other religions. That is the reality throughout the Middle East. Everything else is ideological, hate-inspired claptrap.
When Israel decided to withdraw its military from Gaza, there were 9000 Jews living there. I’m embarrassed as a Jew that Jews could be so stupid over and over again to make unilateral gestures of peace to people who only want to kill them. But that’s what they did. They withdrew their military to show they really wanted peace. But Israel also forced the 9000 Jews who were living in Gaza to leave as well. Forced them against their will. Why? Because if the Israeli army left them there without protection, the Arab inhabitants of Gaza would have raped, robbed and killed them. If you disarm the Palestinians and their allies, there will be peace in the Middle East; if you disarm Israel and the Jews, they will be massacred. There is nobody who deep down doesn’t understand that.
Were these terrorist Jews? No, they were law-abiding Jews. Not only were they law-abiding, but they were creative, as Jews tend to be. They created a horticulture industry, and that horticulture industry amounted to 10% — ten percent — of the entire gross national product of Gaza. Gaza is not a wealthy society. A horticulture industry amounting to 10% of the gross national product was very significant to the mainly poor Arab inhabitants of Gaza.
When the Jews were removed, American Jews, who should have their heads examined, raised money to buy the horticulture industry and give it to the Arabs, who had sworn to kill them (that is what is said in so many words in the Hamas charter). This was feel-good time for liberal Jews. We’re going to show how superior we are to every sane and normal person. We going to buy the greenhouses and the irrigation systems for $14 million and donate them to the Palestinians who want to kill us — as a gesture of peace.
On the day Israel withdrew its military and forcibly removed the Jewish inhabitants of Gaza, Hamas destroyed the greenhouses and the plumbing, destroyed the industry, destroyed 10% of the gross national product of their country, and started firing rockets into schoolyards in Sderot and other Israeli towns. They fired 7,000 rockets at unarmed civilians, before the Israeli government responded. Just imagine America sitting by while Mexico lobbed 7,000 rockets into El Paso and Tucson, or Canada into Buffalo and Detroit.
All this determination to be long-suffering has made life worse for the Jews. A normal people, a normal state having defeated five Arab aggressors would have expelled the 1.2 million Arabs still living in Israel, knowing that one day they were going to provide a huge fifth column for other Arab invasions. But they didn’t. Instead, they included them as citizens of Israel, gave them more rights than the Arabs of any Middle Eastern state. Israeli Arabs vote, they sit in the Knesset and they sit on the Supreme Court. They’re part of Israel which is a tolerant, multi-cultural community — unlike any Muslim state or Arab state.
In 1967, the Jews were again attacked by five Arab nations with populations adding up to more than 100 million people, more than ten times greater than Israel. When an aggression is committed against you, international law says that you can punish the aggressor. Germany invaded Poland twice in the 20th Century. At the end of the Second World War, the allies lopped off East Prussia, which was the industrial heartland of Germany and gave it to the Poles. They removed 12 million Germans from East Prussia where they had lived for hundreds and hundreds of years, and relocated them in a truncated Germany..
But when the Jews beat back the armies of Lebanon, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Iraq, they didn’t expel all the Arabs from the West Bank. They didn’t expel them even though the West Bank is Judea and Samaria, the historic homeland of the Jews. No, the Jews said, “All we want is peace.” They offered to withdraw all their forces from the West Bank in exchange for a treaty of peace. The Arabs refused. The Jews had tried this in 1948 and nobody had wanted to sign a peace agreement. They tried in the summer of 1967. They decided they’re going to do the same thing. Instead of expelling the Arabs who had attacked them, they let them stay, hoping that one day, rationality would take hold. But it never did.
When you have a religion, which preaches war and violence and hate, rationality is never going to take hold. Well, actually, let me make this distinction: At one time there were Palestinian Arabs. The mayor of Nablus was one. He wanted to make peace with the Jews. I’m getting old, so names escape me, but Gamayel in Lebanon was another Arab who wanted to make peace with the Jews, and Abdullah of Jordan was a third. They all wanted to make peace with the Jews. They were all assassinated by the PLO terrorists who are now the government of the West Bank. There is not a single Palestinian leader now who will even recognize the right of Israel to exist. The children of Palestinian are now being taught in government schools – in government kindergartens – to hate Jews and to want to blow themselves up to kill Jews so they can become saints. There is no religion in the world besides Islam that teaches its children to want to kill others or makes saints out of murderers. None. Hitler hid the final solution from the Germans because he thought they were too civilized to accept it. Ahmadinejad shouts it from the rooftops and Muslims all over the world cheer. There isn’t a Muslim country in the world, not a Muslim leader, who had denounced Ahmadinejad for that aspiration.
In America, we are barraged with charges of “Islamaphobia” and constantly hear how bad it’s been for Muslims since 2001. Every year since 2001, the official hate crimes statistics in this country show that there have been eight to 10 times as many hate crimes against Jews as against Muslims. That’s the reality – the rest is propaganda.
Can you imagine any other country which suffered the attacks of 9/11 or had a crazed army Major shouting Allahu Akhbar shoot 39 unarmed soldiers on a military base treating the community which produced these killers so deferentially? People in other countries would be more likely to string up members of a community they thought responsible. This is not to justify such reactions, just to point out they are a fact of life. This is what goes on in other countries. In Muslim countries, when an author publishes a book that they find insulting to Allah, they go around killing people and blowing things up. When the fatwa was pronounced on Salmon Rushdie’s book, Muslims in the Middle East killed a nun who was helping Muslims in retaliation.
So people are known to do this kind of thing. But in this country, Muslims are a protected species. You can’t use the word “terror” and “Muslim” in the same paragraph or book without being called an Islamophobe. This makes it very difficult for us to defend ourselves. I wait for the day when the good Muslims step forward to help us defend ourselves. Zuhdi Jasser is one but Zuhdi is pretty isolated, pretty alone.
I think ordinary Muslims are like anybody else who want to live in peace with others, who are concerned about putting bread on the table for their children, and so forth. But the principal institutions of Islam in this country, the Muslim American Society, the Muslim Students Association, the Islamic Society of North America, to name a few — are all fronts for the Muslim Brotherhood.
That’s why when I go on college campuses, and there are the Muslim Students Association members in the audience, I always ask them, “Will you condemn Hamas?” Because Hamas is a Jew-hating, America-hating fanatical religious-military party that was also created by the Muslim Brotherhood. And they never do. They never will condemn Hamas. That tells me all I need to know about their real agendas. Some of you may have seen a video of my exchange with a member of the Muslim Students Association at the University of California at San Diego.
The first thing I said to her was “Will you condemn Hamas?” Her answer was “You want to crucify me.” I said, “What do you mean?” She said, “Well, if I don’t condemn Hamas then people will say that I support Hamas and Homeland Security will arrest me.”
In other words this college student is so delusional she thinks she’s living in a country where if someone says they support Hamas – and let’s face it there are open Hamas supporters all over the place – the government will arrest them. In reality, the government probably won’t even track them.
I said to her, “Let me put it to you this way. I am a Jew and the head of Hezbollah has said he hopes that we will gather in Israel so he doesn’t have to hunt us down globally. For or against it?” And she leaned into her microphone and said “For it.”
We have Nazis in this country who are perfectly decent-appearing people who will probably get along fine with others when they’re in circumstances where it would be dangerous reveal what they actually believe.
Interruption by a member of the “Palestinian Club”: “Do you want to go lynch all the Muslims in America?”
Audience member: “Sit down.”
Member of the Palestinian Club : “Lynch me! Lynch me!”
Audience Member: “Shut up!”
Member of the Palestinian Club: “Yeah, you’re racist. Is that what you want to do? You want America to go around killing all the Muslims in America?
Member of the Palestinian Club: “Do you want to go lynch all Muslims in America? You’re racist, racist. Yeah, you’re racist.” Exits the room.
The defense of terrorists begins with accusation that all critics of Muslim terror are anti-Muslim. That is what the Muslim Brotherhood and the jihadists and their political fronts maintain. Their strategy is to identify all Muslims with terrorists and they do it exactly the way this member of the Palestinian Club has done. Of course, she didn’t wait for the answer, but it doesn’t really matter because she didn’t hear anything I said the whole evening. So why would she be able hear the answer?
This is the strategy of the attacks on Peter King and the congressional committee. If you talk about Islamic terrorists, you are attacking a religion. Which is blasphemy. When you hear somebody say, “Oh, you want to lock up all Muslims and you think all Muslims are terrorists,” that person, whether they understand it or not, is speaking on behalf of the terrorists, and is insulting peaceful Muslims. This woman was a Muslim, but she insulted Muslims with her remarks, particularly since two minutes before her outburst I had said there are good Muslims who want to live in peace, and that the problem is that the main organizations who claim to speak for Muslims in this country are fronts for the Muslim Brotherhood.
Why is this so? Why are all the major Muslim organizations in America connected to the Muslim Brotherhood and why are so many mosques filled with hate against Jews and against Americans? The answer is money and intimidation. If you are a Muslim, you don’t want to be accused of being an apostate. You don’t want to be a pariah in your own community for criticizing Islamic hate when that would get labeled an Islamophobe. And then there’s the money. Eighty-percent of the mosques in America are funded by the Saudis who are the chief spreaders of the Islamic doctrines – Wahhabism – that spread jihad and hate. The Saudis have funded the principal university centers of Middle Eastern Studies as well.
Yale University Press published a book, a scholarly book, on the Mohammed Cartoons and the violent reactions, which involved a million Muslims all over the world, the burning of embassies and the killing of innocent people. Yale University published a book about these events, but they didn’t print the cartoons. The book about the Mohammed Cartoons does not have any of the cartoons. There are only two explanations for this – money and fear. A translator of Rushdie’s book was murdered for the author’s blasphemy. That was a caution. And then Yale has received millions from the Saudis.
Thanks to the courage of a few people on this campus I was able to say my piece. I appreciate that. Thank you for listening.
A Jewish Student at Yale Stands Up »
A Jewish Student at Yale Stands Up
Nate Zelinsky understands that "interfaith dialogue" is not an adequate response to a campaign of lies and hate
Editor’s note: Below is an article reprinted from the YaleDailyNews.com. It is written by Nathaniel Zelinsky, a sophomore in Davenport College.
Responding to the Wall of Lies
On Wednesday, the David Horowitz Center published a full-page advertisement in the Yale Daily News and other college newspapers in order to combat Israel Apartheid Week. The splashy ad was entitled “Wall of Lies,” and detailed falsifications on the part of the anti-Israel movement. In response, on the same day, the Slifka Center at Yale printed their own page, billed as a set of Jewish “truths.” In doing so, the Slifka administration implied that they uniquely speak for all supporters of the state of Israel on campus. While I deeply respect Rabbi Ponet and the Student Board of Slifka, they have mischaracterized my values and the ideals of many on this campus.
The authors of the Slifka advertisement wrote that supporters of Israel merely believe in the right of the State to exist. They then went on to talk about interfaith dialogue and the need for tolerance across communities. While these goals are admirable, they fail to address the real issue at play: During Israel Apartheid Week (and year round), many around the United States (and here at Yale) have attacked the legitimacy of the Jewish State through incorrect, misleading and deceptive arguments.
On Thursday, a student group brought Mazin Qumsiye, a self-proclaimed Palestinian activist, to campus in order to set the record straight on Israel. Mr. Qumsiye, a former professor at Yale, has publically claimed that a Zionist cabal dictates U.S. foreign policy and pushes for the formation of an American police state.
In the light of these farfetched claims and in the absence of constructive dialogue, here is what I know to be true: Israel’s right to exist stems from three unique sources: Jews have documented historical ties to the land of Israel; Jews have been uniquely persecuted throughout history — during the Holocaust, nations watched the genocide of six million, and the state of Israel exists (in part) to be a defended home for Jewish people around the world; and a UN mandate in 1948 (thought necessary by some, though not me) provided for the establishment of Israel recognizing the above two facts.
The so-called international community subjects Israel to a hypocritical double standard. We expect no other nation to endure terrorist attacks on its civilian population and not respond with force. While, regrettably, civilians always die in war, the State of Israel has never directly targeted innocents — a stark contrast to the PLO, Hamas and other Arab nationalist originations.
Israel is not an apartheid state. It provides voting and civil rights for its minority Arab population. Arab representatives serve in the Israeli Parliament, and the Supreme Court of Israel routinely hears (and supports) Arab cases of discrimination.
Israel is a liberal democracy, the only one of its kind in the Middle East. It allows gays to serve openly in the military, and prosecutes elected officials who violate its laws. Only a few days ago, a former Israeli president was convicted on two rape charges. Imagine Syria, Iran or Libya holding its leaders to a similar account.
Israel is a center of brimming commerce and activity that has positively influenced the world through its inventions and humanitarian efforts. During the disaster in Haiti, Israeli rescue teams were some of the first on the scene; in a sensational story, they saved a women trapped for six days in the rubble. Israeli pharmaceutical and agricultural technologies have created a better standard of living for people all around the globe. These creative businesses are often started by and employ Israeli-Arabs; they have far more hope of a better life in Israel than in any neighboring country.
This short column is not meant to be a definitive defense of Israel. Instead, I hope to restart the dialogue on campus that has been lost in conversation the past few days. Israel is not perfect; it makes mistake too. But the Slifka Center did a disservice to the cause of the State of Israel by setting the bar for “truths” so low.
Nathaniel Zelinsky is a sophomore in Davenport College.
The Children of Sderot »
The Children of Sderot
know it is not mannah falling from the skies
the children of Sderot
know it is not the ram’s horn
for its blast is heard in the night
as well as in the morning
and it is not a mitzvah
the children of Sderot
know it is no chariot of fire
sent by the Lord
but fire sharks whose fins slice the air
as if it were water
sleek torpedoes come to sink a house
the children of Sderot
know the world is not listening
does not hear the Tzeva Adom
and couldn’t care less anyway
the children of Sderot
know these are not the Ofanim
singing Holy Holy Holy
nor even the Seraphim
who sing Holy once
before they are consumed in the fury of their joy
the children of Sderot
know the Heavens open to reveal
the crimson rose of Asmodeus
the children of Sderot
know the Slushy machine at Café Pele
is empty of its elixirs
and the ice cream refrigerator is empty of its sweetness
the children of Sderot
know it is not love that moves the sun and the other stars
but a wind that jars the senses and the soul
and joins the heavens to the earth
in darkest consummation
the children of Sderot
know the Talmud is no Iron Dome
the children of Sderot
know that Batman is not the answer to their prayers
and have lost their infant faith
in miraculous interventions
for the caped crusader is nowhere to be found
the children of Sderot
know that flying white balloons
crayoned with peace messages
will not deflect an Incoming
the children of Sderot
know the missives from above
are bang-on with their message
the children of Sderot
know they are alone with all the others
who are also all alone
the children of Sderot
know the world is not with them
the children of Sderot
Ignoring Israel's Goodness
Ignoring Israel's Goodness
"Islam is destroying and killing around the world while the Jews and Israel heal the world."
World Ignores Israel’s Global Humanitarian Missions
Laura: Islam is destroying and killing around the world while the Jews and Israel heal the world. This is the fundamental difference between our Judeo-Christian civilization and our jihadist enemies. That western liberals take the side of Israel’s enemies is nothing short of depraved. A hostile world refuses to give credit to Israel for its global humanitarian missions while continually falsely accusing it of atrocities.Ignoring Israel’s goodness
Op-ed: Israel’s amazing altruism largely ignored by media as it doesn’t fit with Zionist stereotypes
Giulio Meotti, YNetnews
Israel was the first country in the world to send aid to Haiti after the earthquake. An impressive mass of goods, people and emergency facilities was sent to the Caribbean island after the natural disaster. It happened also with the tsunami in Asia, when Israel was among the most generous countries. And now again, when disaster struck in Japan, Israel was the first to dispatch a field hospital to assist in the recovery effort.
However, Israel’s amazing altruism never had its legitimate space in the global media, because this radical goodness doesn’t fit in with the Zionist stereotype of the colonialist, fascist and apartheid occupier.
In Haiti, an IDF team worked to identify the victims. After the 9/11 attacks, Israeli pathologists helped their fellow Americans at Ground Zero. In 1979, Israel sent a delegation of medical staff to provide medical relief to thousands of displaced people in Cambodia following the downfall of genocidal communist Pol Pot. The Israelis also ran a pediatric field hospital in Rwanda during the Tutsi genocide, assisted the Albanians during the Kosovo war and helped Turkey following the 1999 earthquake.
There is an untold, sad reason for Israel’s ability to offer such help. For the Jewish State, terrorism has always been an involuntary master of speed, precision and caring. There is an amazing quantity of research, inventions and new techniques for helping the disabled and the paralyzed return to normal life after terrorist destruction.
During the Second Intifada, Dr. David Applebaum invented a special method to treat wounded people transported to the emergency room. In New York, Dr. Applebaum showed slides illustrating how it is possible to treat “44 injured people in 28 minutes,” as he had done after a terrorist attack in Jerusalem. Then he returned to Israel and took his daughter Nava to Cafe Hillel, the day before her wedding was supposed to take place. Both of them were killed by a suicide bomber. Applebaum’s method has been copied around the world.
Boycotters hurting themselves
Israel’s ignored goodness can be extended to the incredible record of scientific and medical discoveries. Especially now that the “light among nations”, as Israel was called by David Ben Gurion, is boycotted by universities around the world. The Jewish State is one of the world’s leaders in the per capita registration of US patents by its scientists and doctors. One of the most important tumor suppressor genes was cloned in 1983 by scientists at the Weizmann Institute in Rehovot (defective copies of this gene are found in more than half of all human cancers.)
A non-invasive diagnostic method for detecting breast and prostate cancer was developed by another Weizmann’s pioneer. Israel developed the early diagnosis of “Mad Cow” bovine disease in Creutzfeldt Jakob genetic disease in humans with a urine test instead of a brain biopsy. The list of miracles includes the identification of the gene that causes muscular dystrophy, a revolutionary supportive metal in a coronary arteries to prevent a heart attack, a vaccine that prevents the development of juvenile diabetes, the discovery of a gene linked to post-traumatic stress disorder, the development of drugs to combat Alzheimer, cancer, Parkinson and multiple sclerosis and the late deciphering of the structure of the ribosome – the cell’s protein factory.
Israel is also the definitive model for finding solutions to major climate challenges, from the fight against desertification to water shortages. The boycotters and the haters of Israel are damaging their own interests, because the Jewish State truly is a light that benefits humanity as a whole.
The first child born after the Haiti earthquake came into the world in the tents of the Israeli army. The mother had no doubts about the child’s name: Israel.
Giulio Meotti, a journalist with Il Foglio, is the author of the book A New Shoah. The Untold Story of Israel’s Victims of Terrorism
our attacks will continue against you as long as your support for Israel continues
"With the will of Allah, our attacks will continue against you as long as your support for Israel continues"
Some of the legion of appeasers and useful idiots in the U.S. will see this as a sign that we should, in the words of the Islamic supremacist Ground Zero mosque imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, "give up Israel." In reality, however, it is another indication of why all free people should stand with Israel.
"Bin Laden vows no US security in final tape: website," from AFP, May 8:
Osama bin Laden warned in the final tape he recorded before being killed by American commandos there will be no US security without Palestine security, an Islamist website reported Sunday.
The Israeli Heart (YouTube)
The Israeli Heart
An American in a cowboy hat explains why Israel is the sane choice.
Thanks Paparock, for posting that incredible honest, simple and straight forward video.
Please send a copy to Obama, and the State Department.
A Tale of Two Friends
A Tale of Two Friends
What does it mean that Benjamin Netanyahu is a better friend to America than Obama is to Israel?
by Lisa Richards
Listening to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speak to the House of Congress on May 24th made me wish we could share him with Israel—as our U.S. president—and leave Obama in Europe where his leftist/socialist internationalist thinking belongs. Netanyahu is a far better friend to America than our president is to Israel.
Prime Minister Netanyahu gets it. He wants peace for all, not the select radical few Obama is enabling. America cannot abandon Israel or make the insane demands Obama is forcing on Israel with his pre-1967 Israeli borderline slap-in-the-face. That stipulation is no different than telling black Americans to return to the pre-Civil Rights Act era, or Ireland to its British Landlord era. Imagine the uproar if Obama were to make those insidious orders. Envision the pandemonium if Benjamin Netanyahu suggested Americans ought to return itself to Great Britain and forgo the Constitution and Amendments? That condition is no different than Obama’s appalling declaration against Israel.
Now who’s the better friend and leader to the free world?
Netanyahu comprehends Israel’s best ally cannot reject the only stable democracy in the Middle East. Don’t assume Obama is oblivious to such facts. He gets it. But, like all leftists, his socialist philosophy rejects Israel’s existence on the grounds that government knows what’s best for all human beings—statist control without Jews having a nation. To push that belief, Obama declared the Arab Spring violence is “an extraordinary thing, ” saying “The people [of these Arab nations] have risen up to demand their basic human rights.” That’s quite an odd statement to make when Arab Spring is not about basic human rights. Israel is the only nation in the Middle East that promotes liberty and human rights. Israel seeks peace with Arab nations, but those nations do not attempt peace accords with Israel. What is sought is the extermination of Israel and Jews. Thus, when Obama praises Arab Spring as an “extraordinary thing,” he is demonstrating admiration for Muslim Brotherhood supporters and other groups who supported Hitler. Those are not the friendships America wants.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accurately pointed this out by stating:
“Israel has no better friend than America, and America has no better friend than Israel. We stand together to defend democracy. We stand together to advance peace. We stand together to fight terrorism…In an unstable Middle East, Israel is the one anchor of stability. In a region of shifting alliances, Israel is America’s unwavering ally. Israel has always been pro-American. Israel will always be pro-American. My friends, you don’t have to—you don’t need to do nation-building in Israel. We’re already built. You don’t need to export democracy to Israel. We’ve already got it. And you don’t need to send American troops to Israel. We defend ourselves.”What more can this nation ask for than an ally who proudly declares America as their friend and says they will always support us “unwaveringly,’ because, they are “pro-American.” When was the last time you heard Europe say that? Better yet, can you name a time when Arab nations referred to America in such a way? The reference to America from the Middle East is “Death to America.” You’ll never hear that from Israel.
Netanyahu’s loyalty and patriotism to America is extraordinary. His country does not inhabit violent protesters committing rape and murder. Our nation has no better friend than this man, who stood on our Congressional House Floor recently and swore unconditional friendship to America. Yet, Obama wants this Netanyahu and Israel to go back to a vulnerable borderline that would cause insurmountable bloodshed of Jews. But this coincides with Obama’s leftist beliefs of course. And his convictions grinds against the existence of Israel.
America’s friend Netanyahu is quick to tell us that the destruction of Israel will not happen. Too many people seeking freedom, including persecuted Arabs, look to her existence. Netanyahu affirmed:
“There was a great English writer in the 19th century, George Eliot. It’s a she. That was a pseudonym in those days. George Eliot predicted over a century ago that once established the Jewish state—here’s what she said, ‘The Jewish state will shine like a bright star of freedom amid the despotisms of the East.’ Well, she was right. We have a free press, independent courts, an open economy, rambunctious parliamentary debates… Courageous Arab protesters are now struggling to secure these very same rights for their peoples, for their societies. We’re proud in Israel that over 1 million Arab citizens of Israel have been enjoying these rights for decades. Of the 300 million Arabs in the Middle East and North Africa, only Israel’s Arab citizens enjoy real democratic rights…Of those 300 million Arabs, less than one-half of 1 percent are truly free and they’re all citizens of Israel. This startling fact reveals a basic truth: Israel is not what is wrong with about the Middle East; Israel is what is right about the Middle East. Israel fully supports the desire of Arab peoples in our region to live freely. We long for the day when Israel will be one of many real democracies in the region—in the Middle East.”Israel is not what is wrong with the Middle East, the Left is. The Left is no more a friend to Israel than Muslim extremists. Both perpetrate all that is iniquitous and unethical with that region—they seek the removal of the status quo for their rule of control. The Left, to which Obama belongs, wants the Arab Spring to rise up and win, take out Israel, and usher in the Muslim Brotherhood. The Left supports Hamas and Hezbollah, not Jews, not Israel, but violence attacking everything that stands for liberty. The ultimate goal is destruction through violent revolutions that will topple everything that supports democracy, capitalism, and order. If this is incorrect, why would Obama call bloodshed an “extraordinary thing?” Because leftists do not seek the liberty and freedom for all that Benjamin Netanyahu describes, rather, they seek a socialist utopia regime, and that cannot be achieved so long as Israel exists and America defends her stance in the Middle East.
If the Left desired freedom and peace, as Netanyahu does, it would never ignore Islam’s vile persecution of innocent human beings. Israel is the only Middle Eastern nation where women and gays—the two groups leftists seemingly adore, but use for self-gain while ignoring Islamic abuse—are not stoned and Christians are not persecuted.
This was exposed by David Horowitz in his latest speech at UCLA:
“The head of the Palestine Authority has said no Jews will be allowed to live in the Palestinian West Bank. But there are more than a million Muslim Arabs who are citizens of Israel with more rights than the Arabs of any Arab state. Israel is the only place in the Middle East where an Arab who is gay can live without fear, and the only place where he can march in a Gay Pride parade. There are 57 Muslim countries but not one in which gays can hold gay pride parade.”Despite this evidence, Obama wants Israel’s freedom removed and pushed back to a place where it lacked defense for innocent human beings. If Americans don’t question Obama’s hypocrisy, they are forgetting America’s history and struggle for freedom. Ask yourself this: if America has a right to exist freely without monarchy, or any other institution telling us what to do, then what entitlement does any America president have to tell the Prime Minister of Israel that he and his people must give up those exact principles and return to an existence of tyranny?
For Obama to suggest Israel return to her pre-1967 borderlines is the opposition of peace and friendship. In essence it says that due to your race, you have no rights to exist freely. Such a move would immediately place all gays, Arabs living freely and peacefully in Israel, Christians, and women, under a death sentence. Prime Minister Netanyahu understands the reality of pre-1967 Israel borderlines; he has lived the fight for freedom. His nation is a refuge to all who want a life without persecution.
Israel is like America: freedom and liberty to all who want it, that is why Israel is America’s greatest friend and ally and must be supported with equal friendship.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is a better friend to America than our president, who keeps throwing Israel under enemy tanks.
Israel's War is Our War (National Review)
Israel's War is Our War (National Review)
"My friends died protecting Palestinian civilians, while their whole purpose is to kill our women and children."
Why Israel Fights…
…and why the U.S. must let her
by William J. Bennett
Israel, which comprises some 10,000 square miles, compared with Arab countries that total over five million square miles — not including Iran — has shown itself to be a model of democracy and decency. Over one million Arabs live in Israel with full rights of citizenship, they vote and serve in Israel’s parliament. Syria wants Israel gone and Iran’s president openly calls for Israel’s destruction. With the exceptions of Egypt and Jordan, no Arab state officially recognizes Israel as a state. And yet, bereft of oil, Israel’s per capita gross domestic product tops 24,000 dollars (compared with the oil-rich Saudi Arabia whose per capita GDP hovers at 13,000 dollars), and it remains a thriving bastion of democratic liberalism in an ocean of oligarchies and dictatorships.
Israel has been the state sponsor of no terror, has kidnapped no innocent citizens of other countries, and has fought for its life ever since it was founded in 1948 as its neighboring states have started war after war to wipe it off the map. And yet, Israel is continually asked to cease defending itself by the United Nations, by the European Union, and by a coterie of other international organizations that have called on Israel’s neighbors to cease their terrorist activities and human rights violations almost never. It is an expectation of Israel that it act like a civilized nation. Fair enough. But the expectation of the terrorists is zero. A contemporary, international version of “boys will be boys” governs in the form of “terrorists will be terrorists.” That is all they have to live with, and up to, in the way of judgment. Meanwhile, it is illegal for Jews or Christians to become citizens of Saudi Arabia, it was Zionism the U.N. once condemned as “racist.”
While the formula for the long-sought-after goal of “peace in the Middle East,” has long been based on the trope of “land for peace,” where Israel would give up disputed land in exchange for peace or recognition, Israel has given up land time and again, and yet somehow one million Israelis are spending tonight in bomb shelters. When Israel withdrew from Lebanon in 2000 there was no peace, when Israel withdrew from Gaza, Hamas took over the territory and used it as a base for rocket launches ever since.
When Hezbollah attacked Israel from Lebanon last month — kidnapping two Israelis, killing eight others — Israel responded by attempting to rid Lebanon of Hezbollah. It is worth remembering that Hezbollah is a terrorist organization whose international calling card was the slaughter of 241 American servicemen in 1983. This time, Israel responded to the kidnapping and murder of its citizens the same way the U.S. responded to 9/11, with one exception: While the U.S. moved to eliminate al Qaeda and the Taliban from Afghanistan, Israel has not moved to remove the Lebanese government from power. And yet, Hezbollah is part and parcel of the Lebanese government, it has honeycombed itself throughout almost every institution and major city in Lebanon, and the government has done not one thing to prevent this.
Not only has Lebanon refused to eliminate or reign Hezbollah in over the past several years, it has instead allowed it to thrive. It has sat Hezbollah members in its parliament; it has allowed Hezbollah to operate in its capital city of Beirut, controlling entire neighborhoods. And, important and key parts of the Lebanese government — from the president to the speaker of the parliament — have openly supported both Hezbollah and Syria, one of the worst state sponsors of terrorism in the Middle East. Last week, when Tim Russert asked Lebanon’s special envoy to the U.N. if Lebanon had the ability to disband Hezbollah, the ambassador answered more honestly than we all expected: “It’s not in our political agenda to disband of them militarily.”
Which brings us to today’s war and peace efforts. Israel is being asked by the community of nations, in the form of the Security Council and elsewhere, to cease its military campaign to wipe out Hezbollah. The Security Council — where Israel has never been seated — includes Qatar, which Freedom House rates as a “not free” country. Qatar, an absolute monarchy that recently voted against sanctions against Iran for enriching uranium, is distinguished by two exports: petro-dollars, of which millions support Hamas; and the al Qaeda television network, sometimes known as al-Jazeera. Israel, by the way, has a “free” rating, on par with the United States. As for other major world bodies, the European Union, to this day, will not label Hezbollah a terrorist organization. These are the moral giants calling on Israel to disengage from its fight right now.
The flag of Hezbollah contains a rifle held above the entire globe and its leader, Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah has recently screamed, “America, America you are the Great Satan… Those who have come at night, like bats, will hear Lebanon saying: Death to America!” Hezbollah’s purpose is not only an Islamist Lebanon but also the destruction of Israel and the United States. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Iran. Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Khameni, delivered a recent speech stating not only that Hezbollah is “the front line of defense for the Muslim nation and for all the peoples of the region,” but that “the Islamic world, and the Muslim youth in all the Islamic countries know that there is no way to confront the barbaric Zionist wolves and the aggression of the ‘Great Satan’ [i.e. America] except through martyrdom.”
For its part, al Qaeda has joined in — and expanded — their battlefield with Ayman al-Zawahiri stating: “The war with Israel does not depend on ceasefires… It is a jihad for God’s sake and will last until our religion prevails … from Spain to Iraq.” He continued, “The entire world is an open battlefield for us and since they are attacking us everywhere, we will attack everywhere.” This should be clear enough to us — but is it?
Since Hezbollah and al Qaeda are speaking and fighting in universal absolutes about their methods and goals, it has become important to think about the war we are all in, in those same terms. Hezbollah and al Qaeda have defined the battlefield, they will secret themselves and their weapons in mosques and among civilian centers, they will dress in the clothing of the holy and the clothing of the man on the street — and they will make use of suicide bombers (including teenagers). The moral and universal stakes could not be clearer: If Israel and the U.S. prevail, democracy and freedom will be strengthened, it will be saved. If Hezbollah or al Qaeda prevail, democracy and freedom — along with all the moral lights — will be blown out.
Yes, Israel’s war is our war. About this, our mutual enemies have no doubt. The same cannot be said of the international community. Now is the time for Israel to clean Hezbollah out of the Middle East, just as we are trying to clean al Qaeda out of everywhere else they have planted their soldiers. This is a long haul, and a dangerous war, but it will be longer and made more dangerous with appeasement and ceasefires being urged upon Israel and, for that matter, the United States.
Let Kofi Annan condemn Israel. Let ex-State Department officials wring their hands. Let the Security Council issue its condemnations if it must. But at the end of the diplomatic doublespeak and the denunciations of editorial writers here and abroad, let the countries on the frontlines, fighting for their existence, act like any normal country would under attack and save themselves. In so doing, they will save those who also strive to be normal, democratic, and free. For if Iran’s “frontline” succeeds, Israel and the U.S. will cease to exist on the globe below which Hezbollah’s rifle is held. And al Qaeda will cheer the outcome for its newfound ally.
Canada Backs Israel’s Survival »
Canada Backs Israel’s Survival
Prime Minister Harper stands up against anti-Israel maneuvers from the G8
by P. David Hornik
Reuters reported on Friday that Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper prevented the G8 from calling for Israel’s retreat to the 1967 borders in a communiqué. The group of eight leading industrialized countries was meeting in Deauville, France.
All the other seven countries—including the United States—favored calling for the Israeli withdrawal. But “the Canadians,” a European official told Reuters, “were really very adamant, even though Obama expressly referred to 1967 borders in his speech last week.”
Instead, the communiqué said:
Negotiations are the only way toward a comprehensive and lasting resolution to the [Israeli-Palestinian] conflict.The G8, then, appears to be implicitly opposing the Palestinian plans for a unilateral declaration of statehood at the UN in September—without explicitly demanding that Israel commit territorial suicide.
Israel’s Haaretz further reported on Sunday that Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu himself had called Harper last week to request that he keep the 1967 borders out of the G8’s statement—and that Netanyahu had done so after his speech to Congress on Tuesday.
Netanyahu’s appeal to Harper was, of course, no accident. The Conservative prime minister, reelected with a solid majority earlier this month, is a staunch supporter of Israel who stated last year:
When Israel, the only country in the world whose very existence is under attack, is consistently and conspicuously singled out for condemnation, I believe we are morally obligated to take a stand.Reuters also reports that “Canada’s strong backing for Israel was cited by diplomats last year as one reason why Ottawa failed to win a rotating two-year seat on the United Nations Security Council.”
Notable here is that the other G8 countries—the United States, Russia, France, Britain, Germany, Italy, and Japan—were all prepared to stipulate Israel’s return to the “Auschwitz borders” even despite the Israeli prime minister’s fervent, publicly expressed opposition to it both after his meeting with Obama on May 19 and in his speech to Congress last week. By returning to those lines, Israel—situated in the heart of the Middle East and surrounded by Muslim-Arab countries—would shrink from its current width of 45 miles to 9-15 miles.
Here are the (maximum) widths in miles of those seven G8 countries
United States 3300
Also notable—and lamentable—is the rarity of a national leader taking such a principled stand on Israel as Harper has.
The administration of George W. Bush, for instance, was—like Harper—on the conservative side of the fence and considered strongly pro-Israel. Yet it frequently hectored Israel about building plans for Jews in Jerusalem. Along with Russia, the UN, and the EU—and without inviting Israel to the gathering—it produced the 2003 “road map for peace,” which laid out a path to a Palestinian state even as Palestinian suicide bombers were besieging Israeli cities. In 2001 Bush’s policy led then-Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon to declare angrily that Israel would not be “sacrificed” like Czechoslovakia before World War II.
Israelis are well aware that, as Harper put it, their “very existence is under attack” and yet that they are “consistently and conspicuously singled out for condemnation.” They are also aware that other democracies—sometimes even including the one that is their major ally—are often willing to throw Israel to the wolves of their own perceived interests. In such a world Stephen Harper stands out like a beacon.
It's Not about Israel - It's about Democracy
It's Not about Israel - It's about Democracy
Americans must understand that all this finger-pointing at Israel is just a distraction.
By JanSuzanne Krasner
A recent commentary in the Washington Post called "Failed Favoritism Towards Israel" written by Prince Turki al-Faisal, Saudi Arabia's former Ambassador to the U.S., is a warning (or should I say "threat"?) to America: stop supporting Israel or else.
But really, it's not just Israel. The fact is that the prince and the ruling Saudi family really want the U.S. to stop supporting democracy and freedom altogether. Al-Faisal states the following:
There will be disastrous consequences for U.S.-Saudi relations if the United States vetoes U.N. recognition of a Palestinian state. It would mark a nadir in the decades-long relationship as well as irrevocably damage the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and America's reputation among Arab nations. The ideological distance between the Muslim world and the West in general would widen -- and opportunities for friendship and cooperation between the two could vanish.With his comments, the prince is trying to focus the American administration and Americans on the "self-determination" of the Palestinians, rather than the "self-determination" of his own people, not to mention other freedom-seeking citizens in the Middle East and Africa. This is not the first time that Prince al-Faisal has blasted the administration for what he calls "favoritism" towards Israel's "occupation" of the land called Palestine. From the moment President Obama was elected, al-Faisal has spoken out against U.S. support of Israel. This time, he appears to have drafted an ultimatum.
Americans must recognize that this finger-pointing at Israel is just a distraction meant to earn sympathy for a new race of 20th-century people, called "Palestinians," who want a homeland. The prince never wants to talk about why Jordan, where many of these Arabs come from, and other Muslim countries are not willing to find a home for these Palestinians in the vast lands they occupy. No, a Palestinian state must be created from the biblical land of the Jews, thus squeezing the latter within borders that are indefensible.
Anti-Semitism continues to run rampant as a rallying ideology that has been fed to Muslims for 1,400 years. The prince, a spokesman for the Saudi family, Saudi citizens, and Muslims around the world, wants his society to remain a "Monarchy," governed by the Qu'ran, with the Western world led to "Sharia Law." Jews, a people whose Torah created the model for democracy, are now being threatened by this prince, who feels empowered to instigate an even wider breach in American-Israeli relations than already exists thanks to Obama's administration.
This is a prince who is defending the Islamic political and social ideology and who understands that Israel is the only stronghold for democracy in the Middle East. He cannot justify the economic, political, and social injustices in his society. So, as occurs with many Muslim leaders, Israel and Jews become the focal point. To delegitimize and eventually eliminate Israel is the universal goal of Muslims, leading to a continent of "true believers" and the spread of Islam in the Western world. This is part of the continuing attempt to shut down the voices of democracy and freedom.
Fortunately, more and more Americans are becoming aware of the lack of equality and freedom that Islam and the Qu'ran preach to its followers. But Americans are surely compromised by the need for Saudi support and stability (oil). Prince al-Faisal writes:
American leaders have long called Israel an "indispensable" ally. They will soon learn that there are other players in the region -- not least the Arab street -- who are as, if not more, "indispensable." The game of favoritism toward Israel has not proven wise for Washington, and soon it will be shown to be an even greater folly.Americans, you are being warned...and how Obama responds to this will be critical. He might very well want to sell out Israel because of "oil power," the illusion of stability the Saudis bring to the area, and his own favoritism towards Islam. However, one thing the prince has gotten right is that Obama will not be able to cozy up too much to the Saudis until after the 2012 election. The royal family will support Obama's reelection, knowing the Republicans will not be so "politically correct." (See for example Congressman Peter King.)
Meanwhile, let's take note that Israel is sitting on a huge deposit of oil and natural gas -- probably another reason this prince is speaking out so candidly and openly. Oh, what the Arabs could do with more oil and gas resources...and think of how much less compromising Americans will need to be if the U.S. is able to shift some of its energy purchases to Israel.
The war is truly over the differences between two civilizations -- a democratic society versus one ruled by Sharia law -- but the battle is over Israel for now.
S. Carolina Legislature Unanimously Endorses 'United Israel'
S. Carolina Legislature Unanimously Endorses 'United Israel'
by Samuel Sokol
The South Carolina state legislature has unanimously passed a bill calling on the state of Israel to retain control over the West Bank and highlighting what it terms the "cordial and mutually beneficial relations" enjoyed by Israel and South Carolina since 1948.
The bill, which was authored by Representative Alan Clemmons (R), was adopted on June 2 and was intended as an indictment of President Obama's Middle East policy, Rep. Clemmons told Israel National News.
The state lawmaker took issue with the President's belief that Jerusalem must be divided and that Israel return to the 1967 lines, he said.
Obama "said that that was what the American people wanted. I remember that I said to my wife when I heard this on Fox News, 'that's not what the American people who I know want!' The next day I started drafting the Resolution."
Clemmons "visited personally with each of the 124 members of the South Carolina House of Representatives to invite their support," he said. "Many chose to cosponsor the bill, which later passed unanimously."
According to the bill, Israel's enemies are also those of the United States and "the State of South Carolina and the nation of Israel have enjoyed cordial and mutually beneficial relations since 1948, a friendship that continues to strengthen with each passing year."
The resolution is entitled, "To commend the nation of Israel for its relations with the United States of America and with the state of South Carolina." It states, “Whereas, Israel has been granted her lands under and through the oldest recorded deed as reported in the Old Testament, a tome of scripture held sacred and reverenced by Jew and Christian, alike, as the acts and words of God; and
"Whereas, as the Grantor of said lands, God stated to the Jewish people in the Old Testament; in Leviticus, Chapter 20, Verse 24: ‘Ye shall inherit their land, and I will give it unto you to possess it, a land that floweth with milk and honey’; and
"Whereas, God has never rescinded his grant of said lands; and…
"Whereas, those same haters of Israel also hate, and seek to destroy, the United States of America;…
"Be it resolved by the House of Representatives: That the members of the South Carolina House of Representatives, by this resolution, commend the nation of Israel for its relations with the United States of America and with the State of South Carolina….
"Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to the Speaker of the House of Representatives of each of South Carolina's sister states within the United States of America with the request and recommendation of this body that a similar resolution to that stated herein be proposed within their respective bodies."
The resolution resolved that "the members of this body support Israel in their natural and God-given right of self-governance and self-defense upon their own lands, recognizing that Israel is neither an attacking force nor an occupier of the lands of others, and that peace can be afforded the region only through a united Israel governed under one law for all people."
While local legislatures do not enjoy any control over foreign policy in the United States, the measure is a harsh indictment of the President's current handling of affairs in the region.
Clemmons stated that he has sent copies of the bill to neighboring states and that "while I have not yet heard back from other states, I'm hopeful that my resolution will encourage others to speak out to show American solidarity with the people of Israel."
A copy of the bill was also sent to Settlement Council head Danny Dayan, who read from it publically on Monday at a symposium in Jerusalem promoting Israeli annexation of the West Bank.
"My hope was to show the people of Israel that while South Carolina is a small state, with an even smaller Jewish population, they were not alone in their struggles," Clemmons told Israel National News. "That average hot-dog-and-apple-pie-eating-Americans recognize that Israel's hero-settlers are settling and defending the lands inherited from their forefathers, who received it from G-d, and that we support them in their efforts.
"The residents of Israel's settlements have long reminded me of the American Pioneers of the Western United States in the latter half of the 19th Century."
Peace "cannot come through division," Clemmons told Israel National News, explaining that he and his constituents "believe that peace in the region can only come to a united Israel with one law for all of her citizens."
The Palestinian Authority did not respond to requests for comment.
America was the first to acknowledge Israel as a Nation and has been a steadfast supporter of Israel, who are truly G_d's chosen. and as it Say's in Genesis chapter 12 verse 1-3 and I quote"Now the Lord had said unto A'-bram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred and from thy father's house, unto a land I will shew thee: And I will make thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great: and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed" that Say's it all for me.
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Israel’s Fate? »
The central truth of being human is the constant love of being alive. We Jews, of course, both in our prayers, and in our sacred rituals, have always understood the unassailable difference between life and death, between the “blessing and the curse.” In consequence, all Jewish survival, individually and collectively, is now closely bound up with the survival of the Jewish State. Quite plainly, for both its too few friends and its too many enemies, Israel’s fate is now that of the individual Jew writ large.
How, then, shall the State of Israel survive? From their very beginnings, and even long before the United Nations conferral of statehood in 1948, Jews in Israel have faced war, terror and extinction. Now, Israel faces existential destruction from two main and mutually reinforcing sources: (1) the fully constituted state of Iran; and (2) the still-aspiring state of “Palestine.” Together, largely in various unrecognized and unimagined synergies, the interactive effects of these two mega-threats portend incontestable reason for concern.
The situation is made more worrisome by President Obama’s persistent support of a “Two-State Solution,” and by Prime Minister Netanyahu’s reciprocal acceptance of a Palestinian state that has allegedly been “demilitarized.” This is because the Palestinian side (Hamas, Fatah, it makes little difference) seeks only a One-State solution (on their maps, Israel is already drawn as a part of “Palestine”), and because a demilitarized Palestine would never actually “happen.” After all, any post-independence abrogation of earlier pre-state agreements to demilitarize by a now-sovereign Palestinian state could be permissible under international law.
Iran is an established state with an expanding near-term potential to inflict nuclear harms upon Israel. The so-called “international community” has effectively done nothing to stop Iranian nuclearization. Indisputably, the “sanctions” have represented little more than a mildly pestering fly on an elephant’s back.
The Palestinian Authority, with its Fatah “security forces” being expertly trained by the U.S. military in Jordan, under American Lt. General Keith Dayton, also has exterminatory plans for Israel. These plans are fully shared by the Hamas-led configuration of assorted terror groups that now collaborates regularly and systematically with both Iran and al-Qaeda. This summer, rapidly-developing Iranian-Syrian war plans against Israel from Lebanon that will involve Hezbollah proxies could add yet another decisive synergistic threat to the already-genocidal mix.
What shall Israel do in order to endure? If President Obama’s open wish for “a world free of nuclear weapons” were ever realized, the Jewish State wouldn’t stand a chance. Fortunately, of course, this presidential wish is not only foolish, but unrealistic, and Israel will likely retain the deterrence benefit of its “bomb in the basement.” The extent of this particular benefit, however, may vary, inter alia, according to a number of important factors.One factor concerns Jerusalem’s observable willingness to make limited disclosures of the country’s usable and penetration-capable nuclear forces, and also the extent to which the Israeli government and military selectively reveal certain elements of Israel’s nuclear targeting doctrine. From the standpoint of successful deterrence, for example, it will make a major difference if Israel’s nuclear forces are recognizably counter value (targeted on enemy cities), or counterforce (targeted on enemy weapons and related infrastructures).
“For what can be done against force, without force?” inquired Cicero. The use of force in world politics is not inherently evil. On the contrary, in preventing nuclear and terrorist aggressions, force is almost always indispensable.
All states have a fundamental (“peremptory,” in the language of formal jurisprudence) right of self-defense. This right is explicit and unambiguous in both codified and customary international law. It can be found, in part, at Article 51 of the U.N. Charter, and also in multiple authoritative clarifications of anticipatory self-defense.
Israel has every legal right to forcibly confront the expected harms of both Iranian nuclear missile strikes, and Palestinian terror.
Albert Camus would have us all be “neither victims nor executioners,” living not in a world in which killing has disappeared (“we are not so crazy as that”), but one wherein killing has become illegitimate. This is a fine expectation, yet the celebrated French philosopher did not anticipate another evil force for whom utter extermination of “The Jews” was actually its declared object.
Credo quia absurdum….”I believe because it is absurd.” Not even in a still-crazy world living under the shadow of Holocaust did Camus agree to consider such an utterly “absurd” possibility.
Israel, however, lacks the quaint luxury of French philosophy. Were the Jewish State to follow Camus’ genteel reasoning, the result could be another boundless enlargement of Jewish suffering. Before and during the Holocaust, at least for those who still had an opportunity to flee, Jews were ordered: “Get out of Europe; go to Palestine.” When they complied (those who could), the next order was: “Get out of Palestine.“
My own Austrian-Jewish grandparents received “special handling” on the SS-killing grounds at Riga, Latvia. Had they somehow made it to Mandatory Palestine, their sons and grandsons, now Israelis, would likely have died in subsequent genocidal wars begun by Arab forces to get the Jews “out of Palestine.”
Credo quia absurdum.
Cicero understood. Failure to use force against a murderous evil imprints an indelible stain upon all that is good. By declining the right to act as a lawful executioner in its struggle with annihilatory war and terror, Israel would thus be forced by Camus’ tortured reasoning to embrace disappearance.
Why was Camus, who was thinking only in the broadest generic terms, so badly mistaken? The answer lies in the philosopher’s unsupportable presumption of a natural reciprocity among both individual human beings and states in the matter of killing. We are asked to believe, by Camus, that as greater numbers of people agree not to become executioners, still greater numbers will follow upon the same brotherly course. In time, the fallacious argument proceeds, the number of those who refuse to accept killing will become so great that there will be fewer and fewer victims.Camus’ presumed reciprocity does not exist. Indeed, it can never exist, especially in the Jihad-centered Middle East. Here, the unhidden Islamist desire to kill Jews remains unimpressed by good intentions, or by Israel’s hugely disproportionate contributions to science, industry, medicine and learning. Here, there are no identifiable Iranian or Palestinian plans for any rational coexistence. Their only decipherable “remedies” are for an all-too-familiar Final Solution.
Martin Buber identifies the essence of every living community as “meeting.“ True community, says Buber, is an authentic “binding,” not merely a “bundling together.” In true community, each one commits his whole being in “God’s dialogue with the world,” and each stands firm and resolute throughout this dialogue.
How should the dialogue be sustained with others who refuse to “bind” in the absence of murder? How can there ever be any conceivable solution to the genocidal enmity of Iran and “Palestine” to Israel so long as this enmity is presumably indispensable to their very lifeblood meanings in the world? These are not easy questions to answer, and they will never be answered by political leaders in Washington, Jerusalem, or anywhere else on this imperiled planet.
In national self-defense and counter-terrorism, Jewish executioners require an honored place in the government and army of Israel. Without them, evil would triumph again and again. For Iran and “Palestine,” murdered Jews are not so much a means to an end as they are a fervently prayed-for end in themselves. In this unheroic Islamist world, where sacrificial killing of Jews by war and terror is presumed to be a religious mandate, and also a coveted path to personal immortality, any Israeli unwillingness to use all necessary defensive force could invite individual and collective Jewish death.
Cicero understood. Legally and morally, killing is sometimes a sacred duty. Faced with undisguised sources of genuine evil, all civilized states sometimes have to rely upon the executioner. It follows that to deny the Israeli executioner his proper place at this eleventh-hour of danger would make a mockery of “Never Again.” Just as importantly, it could open the floodgates of several new man-made human catastrophes.
In the best of all possible worlds, Buber’s “binding” would supplant all “bundling.” But we don’t yet live in the best of all possible worlds, and in their present condition, Jews in Israel and elsewhere must remain prepared to fight strenuously and unceasingly for Jewish survival. For us, at least, even when it is absurd, life is always better than death.
Louis René Beres (Ph.D., Princeton, 1971) lectures and publishes widely on issues concerning international relations and international law, especially war and terrorism. Born in Zürich, Switzerland, on August 31, 1945, he is the author of some of the earliest major books on nuclear war and nuclear terror. In Israel, Professor Beres was Chair of Project Daniel.