A recent article in the Times of Israel states: “Egyptian authorities on Tuesday ordered residents living along the country’s eastern border with the Gaza Strip to evacuate so they can demolish their homes and set up a buffer zone to stop weapons and militant trafficking between Egypt and the Palestinian territory, officials said.”
As expected, there was no world-wide condemnation against Egypt for this. There was no emergency UN Security Council called into session to discuss the potential “grave” consequences that may arise as a result of this move. And, there were no Egyptian- flag-burning demonstrations anywhere to be seen.
And that is as it SHOULD be! Egypt has the right to do anything it deems necessary to protect its citizens and its security personnel. They have the right to see to it that the safety of their citizens comes before the rights of those who seek to end that safety.
And Israel is no different. Israel has the right to do what is necessary to defend its citizens and its security personnel, as well. Yet, sadly, the BDS-world we live in does not see it that way. The UN does not see it that way. The United States’ administration does not see it that way.
One way to prove that to be the case would be a simple experiment.
Israel should make the following proclamation: “Israeli authorities on Wednesday ordered residents living along the country’s western border with the Gaza Strip to evacuate so they can demolish their homes and set up a buffer zone to stop weapons and militant trafficking between Israel and the Gaza Strip.”
With the exception of the location of the land (eastern vs western border), the words and announcement would be virtually the same.
And yet, can you imagine how long it would take for world condemnation? How long would it take for Jan Psaki or Ban Ki-Moon to stand in front of a microphone and condemn Israel for its “outrageous” actions and its “unilateral moves that harm peace prospects” ?
Such a double standard exists, and it is filled with anti-Semitic and anti-Israel sentiment fueled by so many. All Mr. Netanyahu need to is to make the statement and then print his statement alongside that of the Egyptian one. Then, within a few hours, print the responses from the world to the Israeli statement alongside those regarding the Egyptian announcement.
Then ask the simple question: “What’s the difference and why the different reactions from around the world?”