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Posted on 03/17/2011 6:09:10 PM PDT by Ari Bussel
Ignorance of the Worst Kind by Ari Bussel
We will have peace with the Arabs when they love their children more than they hate us. Golda Meir
I was having dinner with an Ivy League graduate. As usual for me, the discussion diverted to Israel and the Palestinian terrorists attempts to destroy the only Jewish country.
I did not know that Palestine is not a country, was the retort I received as we talked about the anticipated address by Netanyahu before both the Senate and the House.
The clock is ticking as the days count down until the UN General Assembly meeting in September. It is then that a vote will take place, and if I were a betting person, I would put all my money on a unanimous vote, a single exception (Israel), for a Palestinian state.
Even if I am mistaken, and a few courageous countries, like Canada and Australia, may oppose, or even abstain, the recognition of a Palestine by the Body of Nations is inevitable.
Contrast this anticipated vote with one 63 years ago. On Saturday night, November 29, 1947, the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 181 was adopted at the 128th plenary meeting, paving the way for the establishment of a Jewish state.
In favor: 33 countries Australia, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Byelorussian S.S.R., Canada, Costa Rica, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, France, Guatemala, Haiti, Iceland, Liberia, Luxemburg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Sweden, Ukrainian S.S.R., Union of South Africa, U.S.A., U.S.S.R., Uruguay, Venezuela. Against: 13 countries Afghanistan, Cuba, Egypt, Greece, India, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, Yemen. Abstained: 10 countries Argentina, Chile, China, Colombia, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Honduras, Mexico, United Kingdom, Yugoslavia. The small strip of land between the Mediterranean and the Jordan River will be split again, leaving even less for the Jewish people of their rightful and legal homeland.
I am not sure what is more worrisome; the impending inevitable vote and recognition, or the ignorance of the world that Palestine is a figment of the imagination soon to become a reality.
There are those who mistake Israel for an all-powerful nation, a great country, not a tiny enclave within a sea of Arab states. They do not realize Israel is a country of some seven million people, and the total number of Jews around the world is another seven million, or altogether approximately the same number as before World War II.
Hype and propaganda have made it easy to mistake Israel for Satan, as hardly a day goes by without the front pages of all the leading papers in the world and the daily news vilifying the Jewish State.
Therefore the burden and responsibility to put things in perspective falls on Israel itself. The fact that my dinner companion, highly educated and well versed in current events, thought that Palestine is rather than is not is indicative of the ongoing failure of those entrusted with foreign affairs and public diplomacy in Israel.
Ignorance begets hatred. A simple way to fight ignorance is by educating, enlightening, exposing. Israel is not doing any of these, at all.
I do not belittle for a moment the great ability of Israels enemies in crafting stories. They came up with a narrative stolen directly from the Jewish textbooks. They borrowed the Jewish yearning to go back to their homeland, hijacked the eternal capital of Israel that has been the very essence of being Jewish, mimicked the right of return once the modern Israel came into being and took over the overall Zionist narrative.
Then they went further. First they stole then claimed it as theirs and now they expand on the lies. Worse, they rewrite ancient and modern history, stripping and denying Israel, the rightful owner, from any connection, any claim on its own legitimate history.
They will stop at nothing until the Jews are decimated. Once they worked with Hitler, now they battle alone, determined to complete the task.
For them, the very idea of a Jewish state is the height of racism, although many Muslim countries actually exist with no such counter-claims or criticism. Strip the Jews of any rights; they deserve none. Their fate must be only onethe ovens.
Take a look, for instance, at the Israeli Arabs: equal-rights citizens of the State of Israel. The only discernable difference between them and the Jewish citizens is of their own doing. Otherwise, they speak perfect Hebrew, demand all the rights, enjoy all the privileges, ask for and receivecorrecting benefits (like Affirmative Action in the USA) and serve in all echelons of society, from the Supreme Court to the Knesset, from local law enforcement to running municipalities.
Recently they stopped being Israeli Arabs, a minority, and became Palestinian. They too now claim to be the owners of the land, a fifth column created and cared for by Israel herself, actively operating to undermine the countrys very existence.
Today there is no difference between the eternal refugees, supported by a huge UN bureaucracy, and the Israeli Arabs. They are all now all called Palestinian, determined to rid the land of the Jews.
The noise one hears of a two state solution is not only impractical (unless one talks about Jordan and Israel, a de facto solution of Two States that have emerged from a partition plan as an unintended consequence), but it is ominously misleading.
The Palestinian terrorists, including the previously named Israeli Arabs, do not want to be separated from Israel. They do not want borders, fences or walls. They do not want different identity cards or passports. They do not want any impediments, and most importantly they do not want to give even an inch of all they now claim is theirs.
Israel, the totality of the land, is theirs at least in their minds eye. All must be returned, nothing can be given to or saved for the Jews.
There is only a ONE STATE SOLUTION and Jews have no part whatsoever. They, in fact, do not exist in this future plan.
The upcoming recognition by the UN is a critical game changer for the Middle East greatly affecting the dynamics of the conflict. War will be inevitable, as it was in 1948. It is also a driving force for the Palestinians, to see how successful the plan of the century can be: Can the world be duped into believing that the Palestinian terrorists, once simple terrorists, have become a nation? Stated differently, can they murder and inherit? Can everything they have stolen be recognized as theirs?
Given the number of countries that have already recognized Palestine, we are on a sure path to the inevitable. The ploy seems to have worked. The world once again has been conned and will ultimately, as always, pay a severe price for their folly. This so-called unilateralism is uncomfortable for the Jewish Left and Extreme Left. For two decades (and more), they have been advocating a two state solution, the rights of the Palestinians and Israels obligation to give, allow, permit and essentially cease-to-exist.
What exactly will they do after the UN Vote, as their life achievement and focus of their struggle will have materializedgo out of the destroying-their-own-people business?
For two decades and more they have acted under a pretense of great concern for the demographic question and for Israels behavior under very extreme circumstances. It was all for and on behalf of Israel. But in truth, they cared little. They did nothing to strengthen the Jewish state aside from the lip service that has achieved nothing in two decades. They have contributed to the deterioration of Israels position, and they want her to give even more. When one only criticizes, one is left with nothing to show for ones achievements and contributions. They are not builders, but destroyers. This is a pitiful legacy.
It is time for Israel to wake up and begin fighting in earnest. She has very little time, but she can start by simply educating the world with the truth.
It is time for the Israeli Arabs to make up their minds: Are they better off as a religious minority in a Jewish state, or as part of a majority in any of the other Arab countries including Iran? The answer should be clear to them, yet they act counter to their own best interest.
There will come a day that decisions will have to be made. Arabs may not have the choice of staying in Israelfor instance under a real two state solution that recognizes a Jewish states right to exist.
Israels Left and American Jewry will have to find a better pastime than maligning Israel. Maybe they can find a constructive way to maintain their Jewish identity, for it becomes evident to anyone looking closely that with each passing generation the connection to Judaism and to Israel is becoming more distant. It is growing so weak it barely exists any longer.
For Israel to survive, all those who benefit from her existenceIsraelis in Israel, Muslims in Israel, American Jewry, indeed the entire worldwill have to begin acting rationally for their own benefit, not hers. Since the end results coincide, all they need to do is fight for, be concerned with and care for no one else but themselves. Selfishness will suffice to save Israel. All paths will converge into Israels continued existence.
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First Published March 5, 2011
Will the world condemn an atrocity larger than the deaths during WWII?
Will the World prevent the death of 7 million Jews?
Will American Jewry welcome the destruction of Israel again?
WILL GOD DO NOTHING WHEN HIS CHOSEN PEOPLE ARE BEING DESTROYED?
Satan is in the World and his armies are marching against the rightous.
Americans are now going to see our military fighting for the very people that our young people are fighting in Afganistan. We are going to pay for this abomination in more ways than one. Yesterday the “rebels” were burning American Flags.
If Golda had not left Wisconsin, today those nettlesome damned Republicans would be hiding out not in Illinois, like the ‘rats, but in Brazil, Argentina, or Antartica.
And people wonder why Israel has not made that pre-emptive strike against Iran. The world would use it to justify the abandonment and dismantling of Israel.
Israel is a country about the size of Dallas Fort Worth metro.
Or about the size of the county I live in.
As you correctly point out, we already have a two state solution. Palestine was divided into two. The largest portion was set aside for arab palestinians, and renamed Jordan. A sliver was set aside for jewish palestinians and renamed Israel. Thats the two states solution.
The future of the arab west bank is something that only Israel and Jordan have any standing to discuss. No other outside power has any place in the discussion.
Israel makes a mistake when it treats the west bank as anything more than a collection of mayors.
And all of us make a mistake when we imagine that the terrorists who run the place have any interest at all in any “peace process”, at least, any interest in the “peace” part of the “process”. They did not come to this place to worry about water treatment plants and street paving. They are there to wage war. It is what fills their pockets and it is what gives them what little importance they have in this world.
The only peace in the middle east is the peace that exists within Israel’s well guarded borders. Outside those borders is a barbarian horrorshow pushing to get across that fence anyway it can.
I don't think so. It is the responsibility of those who do the condemning to make sure they are doing so because they have the facts. It is not Israel's responsibility. Remember, Condemnation Without Investigation is Ignorance.
Well written. Good article.
The upcoming recognition by the UN is a critical game changer for the Middle East greatly affecting the dynamics of the conflict. War will be inevitable, as it was in 1948.
War is inevitable. War is coming, and it is coming soon. Get ready. Don't deal away anything you'll need when it hits the fan. Survival itself is at stake. Existence is at stake.