ISRAEL IN THE CROSSHAIRS
By Alan Caruba
For some 3,500 years, Jews have lived in Israel. In good times and bad, Jews have always identified themselves with Israel even when, as a Diaspora, they spread for their survival to many other nations. The re-establishment of Israel on May 14, 1948, led to two immediate events. Within eleven minutes after the announcement, President Harry S. Truman recognized the new nation. Within hours, the Arab League declared war.
Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, and Iraq joined together to destroy Israel, which had only six hundred thousand Jewish residents at the time. The Arab states failed. They tried again in 1967. They failed. They tried in 1973, attacking on one of the holiest days in the Jewish calendar, Yom Kippur. They failed.
Following the 1967 War, eight Arab nations gathered in Khartoum and issued their “Three No’s.” No peace with Israel. No recognition of Israel. No negotiations with Israel.
In time, Egypt would sign a peace treaty; though not abandon its animus. Jordan would make its accommodations. The others remained hostile.
To understand Israel’s situation, it is necessary to understand that (1) Jews had lived there since the days of Moses, (2) the early Zionist movement members that moved there purchased land on which to farm and live, (3) the land which was captured in successive wars had always been part of Israel, and (4) both the United Kingdom and the U.S.A., for their own reasons, have not been honest brokers, particularly so far as their demand that Israel negotiate with people who never had any intention to negotiate peace.
The Israelis did not steal their own land, nor are they illegitimate “occupiers” of their land regained as the result of having been attacked. What they gained in wars against them historically was always theirs and had been denied to them by the Arab nations that claimed them.
Israel has never known a day of true peace in just over sixty years of its modern existence. In his latest book, The Late Great State of Israel, Aaron Klein spells out why Israel is closer to destruction than anyone might imagine, except for its implacable enemies.
I want Israel to exist and to thrive, but I find it unsurprising that a totally Muslim region, comprising the Islamic nations of Near East and South Central Asia, as well as those of North Africa, would see Israel through their xenophobic lens as an invasion by the West; by European Jews who began settling there in the early 1900s, by the Jewish survivors of the Holocaust, by the host of Russian Jews granted permission to leave the former Soviet Union, and even the many Jews who felt compelled to flee Arab nations following Israel’s founding.
While Jews had always lived in Israel, the Arabs who lived there prior to its formal establishment as a state identified themselves loosely as citizens of pre-World War One Syria. The land had known many conquerors, dating back to the Romans, who renamed the land of Israel "Palestine" in a vain effort to remove its Jewish history. Muslims fought many wars, including the Crusades, to extend and maintain their control over Jerusalem Their utter scorn and contempt for Israel and the Jews is found in the Koran and infuses Islam, as does its core belief that all religions must bow down to Allah.
Christians know the fall of the Jewish state to present-day Muslim invaders would mark the end of any opportunity to visit the birthplace and ministry of Jesus and would be taken as a sign that Christianity was vulnerable wherever it is practiced. In many towns and cities of Israel, where Christians had lived for centuries, they have been forced to flee before the hostility of Muslim “neighbors.”
Herein is the warning that Klein issues in his book. Those who would destroy Israel are not just external, they include (1) the Arab nations surrounding it and the socalled Palestinian “refugees” laying claim to Israel, (2) the United Nations, which has supported the Palestinians since 1950, passing its endless resolutions singling out Israel as racist, and (3) even the largely unreported aid that the U.S.A. has given to Fatah, the alleged Palestinian Authority with whom Israel is supposed to negotiate peace.
Other than Iran (4), which has openly threatened to “wipe Israel off the map,” the latest threat is the Obama administration (5), which is demanding a two-state accommodation with the Palestinians, a proposed settlement that they have always refused to accept, since their goal is Israel’s destruction.
To put in proper perspective, consider that the U.S. government demands that Israel stop building settlements in the disputed West Bank and other areas. Also, consider that, according to the World Almanac, Israel is comprised of 7,849 square miles. By comparison, New Jersey is 8,721 square miles. Imagine, then, if the U.S. national government insisted that New Jersey cede Delaware all the area from Atlantic City to the Delaware border?
Internally, from its founding, Israel has been divided between (1) its Socialist and largely secular Jews, the men and women who took up Zionism as an answer to the bigotry Jews faced in Europe pre-dating the Holocaust, and (2) the religious Jewish community, the members of which see Israel as the fulfillment of the Torah prophesy and as the center of world Judaism. This latter group has always felt the scorn of Israel’s secular Jewish government.
Without delving into the complexities of Israeli politics, Klein makes a strong case that Israelis in recent times have been ill-served by the secular Likud and former PM Ariel Sharon’s Kadima parties. The withdrawal from southern Lebanon and the 2006 short war led by Hezbollah shattered the image of Israel’s impregnable and powerful military capabilities.
Israel’s forced removal from Gaza of its longtime Jewish residents, its abandonment to the Palestinians, and the recent military action against Hamas simply demonstrate that the Palestinians have figured out a way to demoralize Israelis with constant rocket attacks. Giving Gaza to the Palestinians merely created a new staging area for attacks.
Klein documents how several U.S. administrations have provided weapons and financial aid (through the United Nations) to Fatah. Fatah and now Hamas have used both to kill Israelis, and, yet, successive Israeli governments have participated in this lethal charade.
For now, I will take some small comfort that Benjamin Netanyahu is once again Israel’s Prime Minister, but --
Unless it destroys the Iranian nuclear facilities for an America too weak or unwilling to address this necessity;
Unless it refuses the wrongful demands to turn over Jerusalem, its holiest sites, and other Jewish cities to Iranian control --
Israel’s future may disappear in a nuclear cloud. There has been one Holocaust in my lifetime. I do not want to witness another.
At stake is more than Israel’s right to exist. The failure to support and protect Israel puts the entire basis and future of Western Civilization at risk.
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Alan Caruba is a veteran business, science and political writer, a Public Relations Counselor, and Founder of the National Anxiety Center, a clearinghouse for information about media-driven scare campaigns. Caruba writes a weekly commentary, "Warning Signs," posted on the Internet website of the National Anxiety Center, which is located at www.anxietycenter.com.
Caruba has a daily blog at http://factsnotfantasy.blogspot.com.
Caruba’s most recent book, Right Answers: Separating Fact from Fantasy, has been published by Merril Press. Books previously authored by Caruba include A Pocket Guide to Militant Islam, The United Nations Versus the United States: The UN's Plan to Control Planet Earth, and America: A Nation Without Borders -- A Pocket Guide to Immigration Issues.
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