The campaign to delegitimise Israel

It's the 40th anniversary of the Six Day war, here's a spot on comment piece at the Jerusalem Post. Here's a few extracts, but I recommend you read the whole thing.

The international community is being drip-fed the toxic assertion that, were it not for Israel, ours would be a peaceful world, a harmonious community of nations, living in tranquility alongside each other, respecting differences and working out disagreements in a spirit of compromise. If it were not for Israel, the Original Sin, the bone in the Islamic throat.

In Alan Johnston's Britain, the campaign is proving particularly effective. So much so that the union that represents his own profession, the National Union of Journalists, along with many academics, members of the clergy and numerous other opinion-shapers, now subscribe to this notion of Israel as prime irritant, prompter of terrorism.


Willfully overlooked by those who seek to delegitimize Israel and, appallingly by those who fall prey to the campaign, are the basic truths at the root of our Middle East reality, at the root of the Islamist terror campaign.

Willfully overlooked is the fact that modern Israel is not some upstart Western invention, supplanting the state of Palestine, but the ancestral homeland of the Jewish nation, the land where our nation long lived and has always sought to live. The world is filled with Muslim nation-states and Christian nation-states. Ours is the only Jewish nation-state. It is the only nation-state that the Jewish nation has ever sought.

It was revived by the international community too late to save the stateless Jews from the Holocaust. But when belatedly relegitimized, after millions had died because of the international community's failure to protect the stateless Jews of Europe, its reconstitution was predicated on the establishment of a nation-state, too, for the Arab inhabitants of mandatory Palestine.

The revived State of Israel, and a first-ever Palestinian state, could and would have coexisted here since 1948 were it not for the fact that those who spoke for the Arab inhabitants eschewed the partition and sought instead to overrun Israel altogether.

Israel stated its desire for peaceful relations with its neighbors in its 1948 declaration of independence and has restated it, and acted upon it, ever since. When Arab nations sought peace with us, we rushed to embrace them, even at the price of relinquishing territory from which we had been attacked and that we had captured in wars designed to eliminate us.
And here's the line from the Israeli Declaration of Independence;

WE EXTEND our hand to all neighboring states and their peoples in an offer of peace and good neighborliness, and appeal to them to establish bonds of cooperation and mutual help with the sovereign Jewish people settled in its own land. The State of Israel is prepared to do its share in a common effort for the advancement of the entire Middle East.

The declaration of the elected Palestinian government states it's goal of acquisition of Israel through Islamic holy war. It's Arab neighbours regularly congregate in mosques and street rallies to the cries to "Death to Israel!".

..Continued Palestinian suffering is not, in the malevolent text scripted for Johnston, a consequence of unacceptable and inexplicable Israeli occupation. Why are Palestinians still living in refugee camps in Gaza when there is no Israeli presence there? Why are Kassam squads firing into sovereign Israel from Jew-free Gaza, and bringing more suffering on their fellow Palestinians as Israel tries to stem the fire?

Israel's only real reservation about Palestinian independence is that the state of Palestine not be established at the expense of the State of Israel. But that, to date, is the price that the Palestinian leadership has set.

Yasser Arafat rejected a two-state solution at Camp David seven years ago, instead seeking a mass Palestinian population influx into Israel that would have destroyed Israel as a Jewish state. The Hamas government that succeeded him subscribes to an extremist Islamic ideology that regards Jewish sovereignty as an intolerable blasphemy.

The international community's failure to distinguish victims from aggressors in our conflicts is fuelling the campaign to delegitimize Israel. In failing to recognize Islamist aggression, to strive concertedly against it, and to encourage the marginalized voices of moderation, it is exacerbating the suffering of ordinary people on both sides of the conflict - failing Israel, failing the Palestinians, failing the region, failing its own long-term interests.

Israel faces Iranian-inspired enemies fighting asymmetrical wars - building bombs for suicide attackers in factories in the heart of civilian neighborhoods, firing rockets at Israeli towns and cities from crowded residential areas, crowing at Israeli fatalities, and crying foul to the international community when Israel tries to defend itself with physical barriers, ground forces and air attacks.

And much of the international community is buying the deception.

The world's media fails to convey that Israel, with its open society, allows access to the camera crews and reporters not only when it is hit, but also when it fires back - whereas the closed societies around us never countenance the documentation of their aggression, only their victimhood.

Israel's war against Islamic extremism is the world's war. It is a battle between those who value life and those who, in the words of the Madrid train bombers, love death. It is a war between those who cherish freedoms and those who have become prey to an apocalyptic, death-cult interpretation of Islam.

If the extremists prevail, the consequences will be cataclysmic for Israel. But they will be cataclysmic, too, far beyond Israel, far beyond this region.

Terrorism is not a consequence of an Israeli failure to make peace with the Palestinians. It is a tool of the intolerant ideology that has consistently thwarted all efforts at such peace, an ideology that seeks to replace Israel and to impose itself far beyond Israel.

The captured Alan Johnston is just one small victim of that extremist intolerance, forced to declare its sentiments. Woe betide those who would believe the words put into his mouth.

Spot on David.

9 Responses to “The campaign to delegitimise Israel”

  1. # Anonymous jamal

    “If they don’t stop after we kill 100, then we must kill a thousand,” said Shmuel Elyahu, the son of Mordechai Elyahu (Former Chief Rabbi of Israel), quoting his father. “And if they do not stop after 1,000, then we must kill 10,000. If they still don’t stop we must kill 100,000, even a million. Whatever it takes to make them stop.”

    Now tell me who are the extremists?  

  2. # Blogger jonz

    The difference Jamal, as I'm sure you're aware on some level, is that language such as that is deemed completely unacceptable in Israeli society, and possibly illegal under the laws of Israel.

    This Shmuel Elyahu is deemed a racist and a pariah by his own society.

    Yet, Hamas, who were popularly voted in by the Palestinian people, are often viciously anti-semitic. Article 7 of the Hamas Covenant states

    "the Islamic Resistance Movement aspires to the realisation of God's promise, no matter how long that should take. The Prophet, God bless him and grant him salvation, has said: "The Day of Judgment will not come about until Muslims fight the Jews, when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say O Muslims, O slaves of God, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him. Only the Gharqad tree would not do that because it is one of the trees of the Jews."

    So, conversely, the notion that anti-Semitism is widely reviled and abhorred in Palestinian society would be laughable if it were not such a serious matter.  

  3. # Anonymous Anonymous

    The Elyahu quote is widely blogged and may be legitimate. IF SO it is the pro-Nazi-methods statement of a highly placed (honorable? educated?) person. And, of course, it follows 60 (some say 100) years of terrorist and military action by Jews to take over Palestine, now fully accomplished.

    The Hamas and al-Qaeda and Hezbollah are far more recent and therefore must be seen as responsive to the (perceived: but I also perceive it so) injustice. AND SINCE ISRAEL adopted the name "Israel" and claims top be the country of the Jewish people, how can anyone blame ignorant people (and maybe not only ignorant people -- for Jews world-wide support Israel) for conflating "Jews" with "Israelis"? AND PLESAE RECALL that Jews lived as neighbors with Palestinians and other Arabs for many years prior to 1900, so the anti-Jewish talk is NEW, and is RESPONSIVE to the Jewish triumphalism, cruelty, conquest, etc.  

  4. # Blogger jonz

    As soon as I saw "anonymous" as the commenter, I knew it would be some pseudo-intellectual prick defending Arab aggression against the Jews.

    So, Al-Qaeda kill 3,000 people in New York because of "Israeli" "oppression"?

    Jewish triumphalism, cruelty? What the fuck are you talking about?

    Anti-Jewish talk is new!!! You sad sack. They have been persecuted for 4,000 years.  

  5. # Blogger lone star

    It is frustrating to keeping seeing all the hate and fighting, your right too it allllll just gets to be expected :(

    do you want to be star? something tells me you might be one already?
    "... In a world full of people only some want to shine .... isnt that crazy??"

    dont be discourage little star  

  6. # Blogger Granny Weatherwax

    Anglicans for Israel
    have this information about “Dayenu!” a group which will be demonstrating in London in support of Israel on June 9 in response to a planned anti-Israeli march by ‘Enough’.
    "Our name - ‘Dayenu’ - is in response to ‘Enough’.
    "We also say ‘Enough’ - enough lies, enough Kassams, enough anti-Zionism, enough anti-Semitism, enough boycotts, enough blinkered attacks on Israel regardless of what is happening elsewhere in the world. We are expecting 50 or more and we will be telling the “Enough!” marchers the truth - how Israel is prepared to exchange land for a secure peace but also how Israel gave back Gaza, only to be rewarded with Kassam rockets raining down on Sderot. "  

  7. # Blogger jonz

    Cool - thanks for that Granny Weatherwax

    and thankyou lone star ;)  

  8. # Blogger Jeremy Jacobs

    Jonz, thank you. Have you seen the "Stop the Boycott" logo on my site?  

  9. # Blogger jonz

    Cheers mate. No I didn't you gotta link m8?  

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