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Israel at War By: P. David Hornik
FrontPageMagazine.com | Tuesday, December 02, 2008

The dark side of being Jewish has been well evident to Israelis in recent days. But the latest manifestations could be demarcated as starting, not with the Mumbai atrocities, but with the UN’s Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People that directly preceded them.

It was there, in the annual rites of mourning for Israel’s creation by the UN itself (along with a putative Palestinian state) on November 29, 1947, that current General Assembly president Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann of Nicaragua described Israeli policies as “apartheid,” demanded “an end to this massive abuse of human rights,” called for a “campaign of boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel,” and said he was “amazed at how people continue to insist on patience while our [Palestinian] Brothers and Sisters are being crucified.”

That was on Monday last week, and, the political wing having had its say, it was on Wednesday that the military wing of world anti-Semitism struck in Mumbai, singling out a small Jewish center along with the larger targets that were hit. Imagine seeing a Jewish center in Mumbai, known to be frequented by Israelis, as an outpost of an illegitimate, outlaw country needing to be fought at all costs. It’s enough to prompt official professions of shock.

The carnage didn’t stop, though, with the four Israelis and two other Jews killed by the terrorists in Chabad house. On Friday night Hamas terrorists in Gaza fired a mortar barrage at an army base in Israel that injured eight soldiers including one whose leg had to be amputated.

But that wasn’t all; for the large mainstream of self-respecting Israelis the tribulations continued as Deputy Defense Minister Matan Vilnai, in response to the mortar attack, said “There’s no doubt we’re getting closer to a wide-scale operation in Gaza…”—a “warning” so hollow by now that Vilnai could much better have served what’s left of Israeli deterrence by keeping mum.

Then on Sunday, with an impeccable sense of timing as an Israeli forensic team was busily identifying bodies in the bloody mayhem in Mumbai, the Israeli cabinet voted in favor of releasing 250 more, apparently Fatah-affiliated security prisoners in honor of the approaching Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha—following a promise by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas in another gesture ostensibly aimed at “strengthening” him.

A few days earlier Israel’s attorney-general had announced he was preparing to indict Olmert in connection to a double-billing scandal. Yet Olmert seems determined to go out in a blaze of chasing the same peace-phantoms whose blind pursuit has made Israel itself a bloody mayhem and a shooting range since the early 1990s.

Not surprisingly in light of all the above, a recent poll found Israel’s Center-Right bloc leading the Center-Left bloc by 66 Knesset seats to 44 in the race for the February 10 elections.

Anyone sincerely bearing friendship toward Israel and wanting to help it should take account of a few things:

1. If the Center-Right wins in February as currently predicted and expected, it will be a rational response by a considerable majority of Israelis to a situation of official corruption and delusion linked to constantly deteriorating security and deterrence. One cannot claim that one admires and respects Israeli democracy and at the same time react to such an outcome with contempt. Anyone—and this refers particularly, of course, to the incoming U.S. administration—who reacts by arm-twisting the newly elected Israeli leaders into following policies similar to those of the previous, rejected leaders is not a friend of Israel and is an enemy of its democracy.

2. The Fatah leadership, members, and supporters are products of the same cultural background as Hamas and as the terrorists who struck in Mumbai and have the same attitudes toward Israel. As has been abundantly documented by Palestinian Media Watch, the Center for Monitoring the Impact of Peace, and others, Arabs in the West Bank and Gaza are raised on hatred of Israel and Jews irrespective of their or their parents’ current political affiliation. The fact that Fatah is now in conflict with Hamas—in one of the myriad Arab internecine conflicts past and present—does not mean Fatah has become an ally of the United States and Israel. Continuing to “strengthen” Fatah—as the incumbent U.S. and Israeli governments are doing—by releasing prisoners and building forces to take over security in West Bank towns will, if not stopped, dissolve Israel’s hard-won security gains in suppressing West Bank terror.

3. Six decades after the Holocaust, with official commemoration of the genocide now instated in many of the world’s Western democracies, much of the world is engaging in a more or less concerted effort to delegitimize, demonize, and destroy the Jewish state with tacit or active Western participation. Diplomats, bureaucrats, journalists, and others who protest that they favor the “two-state solution” while singling out Israel for obsessive condemnation are as much a part of this mechanism as the bloody terrorists who are forthright about their aims.

P. David Hornik is a freelance writer and translator living in Beersheva. He blogs at http://pdavidhornik.typepad.com/. He can be reached at pdavidh2001@yahoo.com.

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