The problem seems to be antisemitism, not extremist Islam
Skip this post if you prefer labeling and hating over reflecting and hoping.
There is a lot of gray in this picture and room for hope based on facts.
The headline quote is from Hamas terrorists captured on October 7.
Most terrorists who breached the security fence on October 7 didn’t kill anyone, although they were told to do so. Some we killed or captured before they could, no doubt, but for hours, most of them had every chance to murder and didn’t. Add it up. It’s simple math. Some 1,200 dead by 3,000 infiltrators, while some of them killed dozens. The non-killers may have plundered, taken hostages, maimed, raped, tortured many, and disfigured the murdered, but did not kill. They were supposed to march on until the West Bank would join. Apparently, even hate indoctrination from the cradle still was not powerful enough to override their humanity. I’m not saying they’re innocent. When a collective mass murders, they’re all guilty of it, plus of the other many war crimes they committed. But still.
Absurdly, large crowds of Muslims in Western countries took to the streets screaming genocide accusing the People their buddies in Gaza tried to annihilate. But Israeli Arabs stayed very silent. While the secret service, police, and IDF were rounding up 1,500 Hamas supporters, mainly in the PA’s Wild West Bank, most Israeli Muslims turned eerily quiet. Most didn’t condemn these mass murders. Some politicians did. One Iman did. Yet, also, this time, no sweets were given out to ‘celebrate’ the massacre. Are they just scared to speak up and blame the Jews? I don’t think so. I think they’re deeply, deeply ashamed of the October 7 assault. In a new opinion poll, a record number of them now indicate they feel foremost Israeli!
NB: I’m not just highlighting there were also ‘good’ Gentiles who helped us or are against mass murder like in every group you find good people. No, I’m saying that most Israeli Muslims are deeply shocked and revolted. Comparable to 80% of all Germans being disgusted about the Holocaust.
And not only the Muslims in Israel understand this differently from their coreligionists abroad. Listen to the leaders of the Israeli Left. The always accusatory Loony Left fell silent in Hebrew. Compare Haaretz in English.
Let’s not deny any hope just around the corner. The Rabbis teach the Messiah is born in Sodom on the date of the Destruction of the Temple. Redemption, like defeat, may come swiftly when you expect it the least.
We seem to hurl toward the abyss of WW III. Yet, that too may change in the blink of an eye. Suddenly Putin dies. War with Ukraine stops. China decides to team up with the US. Iran stands isolated and, pressured by all other States in the region, its junta gives in to democracy, followed by China. Democracy takes a real flight, and the UN rules to expel every State until they have democracy with equality, free elections, speech, press, and assembly rights, human rights, and an independent judiciary. So, Rabbi Nachman says: ‘There is no despair.’ It’s all a figment of our imagination.
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