No, I don’t mean Muslim Israelis. They have full democratic rights like everyone else in Israel. Although they could use a campaign to root out gun violence. I expect the next PM to set giant steps there.
No, I don’t mean (ever more) concessions to brutal dictators/terrorists who pretend to be the only leaders Palestinians can hope for. No, I don’t mean creating another terrorist enclave at Israel’s borders to further the wars against the Jewish State with no benefit to anyone. No, I don’t mean the original Palestinians, people with roots of 3,000 years in the Holy Land, the Jews, nowadays, in Israel, most of them Jewish Arabs.
Probably needless to say that I also don’t mean the hypocritical ‘support for Palestinians’ that is nothing else than an attack on the Jewish State.
I do mean there is a sizable group of Muslims and Christians that call themselves Palestinian, with roots in the Holy Land, and recognized as such by others. Now, outside of Israel, this group is terribly oppressed.
In so many Arab States, Palestinians live and/or work without any rights or protection. As slaves, without financial or police protection, or a right to free speech, gather, or vote. They are forced to live in concentration (but not extermination) camps. Why is Israel not speaking up for them?
Why doesn’t Israel force the Palestinian Authority and Hamas to have human rights in the areas under their control? And fight corruption? Pressure them into cleansing the leadership like the leadership of Germany was cleansed after WWII? Why should Palestinians under their own rule not have human rights, safety from police brutality, liberation from hunger (billions of outside dollars go to the pockets of these tyrants only), etc.?
I’m not so silly or ignorant to say that they should have a democracy that would give power to fundamentalists who’d then do away with even any resemblance of human rights. Compare how well Egypt does this. Maybe have the Egyptian army, police, and a governor train a new generation of Palestinians there to create municipalities with human dignity for all.
Now, you should object: Why should the Jewish State stand up for the people that attack it the most? No country in the world would do such a thing. True. But no other country needs to be a Light unto the Nations.
We Jews understand more than anyone that you can’t blame a group for what its leaders do. Now, there is a difference between say, Iran, Turkey, and Lebanon on the one hand, and Egypt and Jordan on the other. The former countries are hostile to Israel and Jews, but their populations are not. But, Palestinian records are mixed. That is not good. But Germans and Austrians who understand their role as Gentiles could enter in droves and teach Palestinians to understand, respect, and love Jews. That will also help the Palestinian People to end glorifying the scourge of endless hatred.
It’s not enough to defend ourselves and accuse. We need to facilitate that some of our enemies become our close, warm, and dependable allies and friends under all conditions. Extreme? That’s what Jews are around for.