Israel – the world’s mistake

Israel does not have a right to defend itself.  It has no right to protect its people.  It has no right to freedom and it has no right to peace.  It has no right to build houses.  It has no right to use its water resources, and it has no right to grow crops.  It also has no right to allow Jews to immigrate there.  It has no right to take part in international organisations.  And it has no right to be a part of the international community.

Now, you might not see that statement from the international community, but it’s what many of them feel.  And the reason is simple.

The world believes Israel is a mistake.

Have you ever wondered why Israel gets treated differently to every other country in the world?  It’s not double standards by the way – it’s triple standards.

There’s Israel:        Everything they do is wrong.

There’s the Arab world:    Everything they do is ignored.

There’s the West:         Everything they do is right.

But why is that?   What is so different about Israel, compared to other countries?

For much of the world, the story goes like this:  Israel was created in 1948, as a result of the Holocaust, and by pushing out the indigenous people of the country of Palestine.  That is what they believe, irrespective of what the truth is.  And this is the story the Palestinian merchants of fiction peddle, despite the fact that in 1948 the Arabs of the area were not known as Palestinians.

But if this is so – and the world body believed there was a country already existing there, how did it even get to the point where it was even accepted and voted on by the UN?  The reason is that in the aftermath of the Holocaust, a temporary world-wide sympathy for the Jewish people existed, as well as an understanding they needed a homeland.  And despite the best efforts of the British to thwart this attempt, it was declared a state by David Ben-Gurion, in spite of American efforts to get him not to.

Many western countries then gradually accepted this newly formed state, called Israel.  But it seems this occurred only in a brief moment of international quasi compassion.  It didn’t take long for the coldness of international reality to set back in.  For example, America had an international arms embargo against selling weapons to Israel from the end of December 1947.  Although it wasn’t specifically against Israel, it was against the region, but the only problem with that is that the British had no such embargo against the Arabs and even Jordan’s Arab Legion was armed and trained by the British.  So while the Arabs were supplied with weapons, the Jews were forced to smuggle them in, mainly from Czechoslovakia where many of those weapons were old World War 2 relics as well.

The reality is that the world doesn’t like to see a strong Israel, because they don’t like to see Jews with too much power.  For some reason, they have a problem with Jews defending themselves too vigorously.  Perhaps it’s because they had been the whipping boys for so long that the sudden change in fortunes was a bit too jarring to accept.  When this was combined with the Arab fairy tales of how everything was some kind of nirvana before the Jews came along, the attitude of much of the world became sealed.

So this combination of influences has formulated an opinion that Israel is a mistake.  The Arabs were living wonderfully and harmoniously in the state of Palestine before the evil European Jews, with no connection to the land, came along to take it away.   And it was only given to them because of the Holocaust, which much of the Arab world denies happened anyway or at least thinks it was grossly exaggerated, including the “moderate” leader, Abbas.

The practical effect of this is that Israel can do no right, because it doesn’t deserve to be there anyway.  It’s like if a criminal broke into your house and beat up your wife or husband – and you, in turn, defended your family against that criminal by hitting him.  No one is going to blame you, right?

And that is how Israel is seen – as that criminal.

Whatever Israel does, it will always be seen as wrong.  If they defend themselves, they’ll say: Well, shouldn’t have been there in the first place.

If an Arab deliberately steers his car into innocent bystanders, they’ll say:  Well, you shouldn’t have been there in the first place.

If they argue against world bias, they’ll say:  Well, you shouldn’t have been there in the first place.

If they ask the world, why are you only condemning us and no one else, the response will be:  Well, you shouldn’t have been there in the first place.

If they get condemned for building houses in areas that are Jewish anyway, the response will be:  Well, you shouldn’t have been there in the first place.

Now, they may not say this publically, but it is a thought that occupies their minds and formulates their policy.

Throughout history the world has had a bias against Jews – it’s the reason that Israel, as the national symbol of the Jews, is always treated differently.  It’s the reason that somehow countries like Saudi Arabia, which beheads peoples as a matter of routine, and has no human rights to speak of, is treated with respect, while Israel is treated with disdain.

It is the reason that 200000 people have been killed in Syria without much international interest, but if an Arab gets killed attacking Israeli civilians, there’s an international outcry.

It’s the reason CNN run headlines like “Deadly attack on Jerusalem mosque” without waiting for any verification – their mind was already made up.

It’s the reason that in the so called peace process – the only county being pressurized to compromise is Israel.  Certainly not the Palestinians, who have shown, even more so,  in recent times how they celebrate the murdered Jewish rabbis by handing out sweets in the streets, or how they compose songs about running over babies in their cars.

Yet somehow, the world continues in their ridiculous attempt at trying to apply what they call “moral equivalency”, although I’m still trying to work out how a democracy with equal rights for all, can even be spoken about in the same breath as a racist regime that has kids television shows with cartoon characters preaching death to Jews.  The laws of gravity must obviously not apply in the policy rooms of the international community, when weighing up Israel and its enemies.

Each time the world succeeds in forcing more concessions out of Israel – concessions that genuinely endanger the country, it is a victory as it somehow goes one step further into reversing what they perceive as their mistake.  And that is why, I doubt there will ever be a time where the world community will genuinely take Israel’s side in an unequivalent and fair manner. Ultimately, it doesn’t matter what Israel does, it will always be perceived as wrong.

These are the challenges that Israel faces.  It’s not about land, or refugees, or moral equivalency, or proportional response.  It is their very legitimacy to even be there in the first place.  The Palestinians don’t accept it, as does much of the Arab world, or if they do, it is with a forced reluctance, tempered only by American aid.

And as far as the greater world goes, the legitimacy of Israel is something that many are still grappling with – 66 years after the state was formed.  The Jewish connection to the land for the last four thousand years is simply ignored.

In international politics, truth seldom plays a role.  What formulates policy is not history, or facts, or morality.  Instead, it is myth, fairy tales and whoever has the most enticing catch phrases.

And at the moment, because of the massive bias against the Jews, it is the Palestinian viewpoint that is the most engaging.

About the Author
Justin Amler is a South African born, Melbourne based writer who has lived in South Africa, New Zealand and Australia.