Friday, July 21, 2006

10 things I believe

Blame the following posting on the heatwave. This is to those of you who think that there is any legitimacy in firing rockets indiscriminately at cities, but think there is absolutely none in pinpointing the launch site if the perpetrators choose to have it in the middle of a civilian population.

I believe that the UN is a legitimate target for Israel to strike, whether it is in Lebanon or New York. The UN has been complicit in Hamas and Hizballah activities for too long, and is abetting terrorism and the states that support it through its blinkered politicised statements and (in)actions. Nobody except the USA, and a handful of leaders going against the will of the majority in their countries (UK, Canada, Germany, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan to name a few), is prepared to allow the Israelis a chance to resolve a problem caused, among other things, by UN intransigence in the first place. And all the UN, along with their surrender-monkey friends France and Travesty International, can think of is how to persecute (I mean prosecute) Israel for war crimes. The UN is responsible for unapologetically leaving - or placing - Israeli citizens in danger, whilst being cowed by the will of terrorists, stateless or otherwise. Israel has the right to respond to protect itself against institutional tolerance of terror.

I believe that journalists who wilfully misreport the situation, fail to intervene to save lives or help the injured, and in otherways reduce themselves to partisans, fifth columnists and shills, are legitimate targets for Israel to strike, whether in Beirut or Shepherd's Bush. Media outlets play along with Palestinian censorship of honour killings, internecine violence and anti-Semitism in schools and on TV, whilst complaining at Israel's loose censorship in these troubled times, which is designed to give as little information as possible to the firers of Qassam and Katyusha rockets about their accuracy and potential new targets. The massed ranks of the liberal media disseminate their bias to ensure that the groundswell of opinion around the world remains staunchly on the Arab side, regardless of the atrocity, thus making it harder for the IDF to respond to attacks without the limitations and sanctions of the world being placed upon it. The media, by doing so, are placing Israeli citizens in danger. Israel has the right to respond to protect itself against the attack of the pen as much as that of the sword.

I believe that people in countries failing to protect their Jews against anti-Semitic attacks are legitimate targets for Israel to strike, whether they are traditionally considered friend (ie France) or foe (ie Iran). Too often, so-called "civilized" governments will not assist in protecting their own citizens, the ones who are, in the UK, statistically the most likely ethnic minority to contribute charitably and economically, the least likely to be unemployed or claim other benefits or be in jail for violent crime. The tiny minority that has built all this inside a few generations of arriving on these shores, which is active in every aspect of public life from politics to sport to the arts, is sacrificed at the will of people whose leaders seem perversely proud that they are statistically bringing almost the inverse impact, who according to surveys claim among their kinsmen a proportion amounting to over 100,000 who support blowing up Tube trains, and who blame all this - directly and indirectly - on the insidious Jew-Zionists and their evil allies Blair and Bush. Israel has the right to respond against its enemies safely ensconced in Londonistan and elsewhere in Dar-al-Harb, both those who perpetrate attacks, and those who stand idly and allow conditions for those attacks to develop, to protect its Diaspora against attack.

I believe that the institutions of Anglo-Jewry should hang their heads in shame that our rally in support of our brethren, at a time of their greatest need, is being hidden away in a school playing-field in north London, at a time when Israelis need to see us standing proudly and publicly behind them. This is the time to demonstrate to the British people that we cannot be cowed and shamed into packing our bags and filing into the Mediterranean like we filed into the gas chambers, and that their treatment of us - Jews, Israelis - should be a stain on the conscience of a society that claims to believe in a sense of fair play and equal treatment of all.

I believe that Israel's response to Hamas and Hizballah is disproportionate. In the last 6 years, there have been 15,000 reported attacks, attempted and "successful", on Israel and its citizens. 3 captured soldiers, and rockets reaching as far as Ashkelon and Haifa were merely the last straw. Israel's response is disproportionately small, given the acts of war perpetuated upon it under the noses of the UN and the world's media, for the past 6 years - it took a single day of attacks on the USA to declare a War On Terror.

I believe that nobody can be entrusted with the security of Israelis and Jews except for Israelis and Jews. So I believe any enemy of our people is now a legitimate target, in the same way as those same enemies see acceptable targets as being synagogues around the world, tourists in Mombasa, Leon Klinghoffer, Balfour House, Dora Bloch, Yoni Jesner, Shalhevet Pass, buses, trains, planes, cafes, restaurants, universities, schools, Jewish journalists and businessmen in London, non-Jewish friends of Israel, and many more.

I believe that so far, Israel has largely protected itself with both hands tied behind its back and standing on one leg, because the world insists on treating Israel by a different and much higher standard than anyone else.

I believe that the time has come for Israel to release itself from the shackles of a type of pseudo-morality that turns a blind eye to suffering elsewhere, and to the real causes of suffering in the Middle East, and perversely uses the Holocaust as a moral trump card to prevent us doing the unpleasant but necessary things we have to in ensuring our safety, whilst blaming the Holocaust for foisting Israel on the Arabs, and accusing us of using the Holocaust as a shield behind which we allegedly act inhumanely.

I believe that, despite the prevailing opinion, Israel is still David, and the Arab world - no, in fact the whole world - is still Goliath.

I believe that if Diaspora Jews are to be labelled as Israeli and Zionist, then we have no choice but to stand up and be counted as Israeli and Zionist. So this struggle between David and Goliath is our struggle too. It needs to be public, pro-active and loud. The Board of Deputies can take a running jump with their "why shout when a whisper will suffice" nonsense. A pathetic little mewling from the folds of Auntie's petticoats is no longer sufficient.

2 comments:

Daniel said...

Well I guess you will not like the forthcoming demonstration in Tel Aviv - the last one on Sunday was also not broadcastd by the media by the way, nor mentioined by the UN. Still Zionist still patriotic but the other side of the spectrum and yet still often in full defense of Israel. But I do not agree on your analysis, in the sense that I believe different ways of conflict resolutions would have been possible with a different leadership.

Anonymous said...

HI MICHAEL!
WELL I THINK THAT YOUR ARTICLE WAS PRETTY ACCURATE AND I WISH THAT MANY PEOPLE AROUND EUROPE AND ESPECIALLY IN FRANCE AND SPAIN WILL HAVE THE CHANCE TO READ IT.
GIVE ISRAEL THE LEGITIMATE RIGHT TO DEFEND ITSELF.JUST WONDERING WHAT FRANCE OR ANY OTHER COUNTRY IN EUROPE WILL DO IN CASE OF A MISSILE ATTACK ON A MAJOR CITY FROM ONE OF ITS NEIGBERS.
I HOPE WE WILL SEE A HAPPY ENDING.
ITZIK FROM ISRAEL