Alex Rose

Overcoming the Negative

“The truly ‘proportionate’ response to Hamas is its elimination —our resolve cannot be undermined by a false equivalence ––“[JNS: Douglas Altabef, October 16, 2023.]

“There is no substitute for victory. I have heard commentators in studios who explain, ‘How should one describe this is not possible. This is not necessary.’ It is possible, it is necessary, and we have no other choice. Total victory,” vowed Netanyahu.

“Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told officers in training that the war in Gaza would continue until the Hamas ‘monsters’ are defeated.”

Israel’s offer to stop its operation for 2 months, with Hamas returning all of the remaining hostages in Gaza and Israel releasing Palestinian prisoners, was rejected by Hamas!

The Case of South Africa verses Israel is not the 1st of its kind. On November 10, 1975, Israel faced the charge of the UN Resolution equating Zionism with racism. Ambassador Chaim Herzog, known for his brilliance, was entrusted with leading Israel’s response.

To that end he authored, “Who Stands Accused? Israel answers its critics”. Some extracts from Chapter 1 follows:

“I come here to denounce the 2 great evils, which menace society in general and a society of nations in particular. These 2 evils characterize those who would drag this world organization, the ideals of which were first conceived by the prophets of Israel, to the depths to which it has been dragged today.[Page 5]

To question the Jewish people’s rights to national existence and freedom is not only to deny the Jewish people the right accorded to every other people on this globe, but it is also to deny the central precepts of the United Nations. As a former Foreign Minister of Israel, Abba Eban has written:

‘Zionism is nothing more—but also nothing less— than the Jewish people’s sense of origin and destination in the land linked externally with its name.’[Page 7] In 1947, the Russian delegate, Andrei Gromyko remarked: [Page 8]

‘The Jews in the territories where the Hilarities held sway were subjected to almost complete physical annihilation. The United Nations cannot and must not regard this situation [the Holocaust] with indifference, since this would be incompatible with the high principles proclaimed in its Charter.—-It would be unjust not to take this consideration [indifference of the Western States] and to deny the right of the Jewish people establishing their own state.—–

This malicious resolution, designed to divert us from its true purpose, is part of a dangerous antisemitic idiom which is being insinuated into every public debate by those who have sworn to block the current move towards accommodation and ultimately towards peace in the Middle East.—But they will not succeed, for I can but reiterate my government’s policy to make every move in the direction towards peace, based on compromise. [Page10]

In the words of the leader of the PLO, Yasser Arafat, in his opening address at a symposium in Tripoli, Libya: ” There will be no presence in the region other than the Arab presence—-In other words, in the Middle East from the Atlantic Ocean to the Persian Gulf only one presence is allowed, and that is the Arab presence.”

The issue before this assembly is neither Israel nor Zionism. The issue is the fate of this organization. Conceived in the spirit of the prophets of Israel, born out of an anti-Nazi alliance after the tragedy of WW2, it has degenerated into a forum which was described by [Paul Johnson] one of the leading writers in a foremost organ of social and liberal thought in the West as ‘rapidly becoming one of the most corrupt and corrupting creations in the whole history of human institutions——[Page 11]

The vote of each delegation will record in history its country’s stand on antisemitic racism and anti-Judaism. For us, the Jewish people, this resolution based on hatred, falsehood and arrogance, is devoid of any moral or legal value. [Page 13] Chaim Herzog went on to become one of Israel’s finest Presidents.

[Repealed by UN General Assembly Resolution 46186 in 1991]
The return of antisemitism in the midst of the ugliest and horrid behavior of Hamas and those who support them deserves comprehension. It has now once again reached a level of extremism. One has only to listen to the raucous street mobs. Included is the unwelcome “blame game”.

In May 1981, another outstanding Israeli President, Menachem Begin, was asked what he thought about the lessons of the Holocaust.[Outpost, November 2010]. His learned reply:

“First, if an enemy of our people says he seeks to destroy us, believe him. Don’t doubt him for a moment. Don’t make light of it. Do all in your power to deny him the means of carrying out his satanic intent.

Second, when a Jew anywhere is threatened, or under attack, do all in your power to come to his aid. Never pause to wonder what the world will think or say. The world will never pity slaughtered Jews. The world may not necessarily like the fighting Jew, but the world will have to take account of him.

Third, a Jew must learn to defend himself. He must forever be prepared for whenever threat looms.

Fourth, Jewish dignity and honor must be protected in all circumstances. The seeds of Jewish destruction lie in passively enabling the enemy to humiliate us. Only when the enemy succeeds in turning the spirit of the Jew into dust and ashes in life, can he turn the Jew into dust and ashes in death.

Fifth, stand united in face of the enemy. We Jews love life, for life is holy. But there are things in life more precious than life itself.

Sixth, there is a pattern to Jewish history. In our long annals as a nation, we rise, we fall, we return, we are exiled, we are enslaved, we rebel, we liberate ourselves, we are oppressed once more, we rebuild, and again we suffer destruction, climaxing in our own lifetime in the calamity of calamities, the Holocaust, followed by the rebirth of the Jewish state.

So yes, we have come full circle, and with God’s help, with the rebirth of sovereign Israel we have finally broken the historic cycle: no more destruction and no more defeats, and no more oppression—only Jewish liberty, with dignity and honor.”

How should one describe a group of individuals within a group whose behavior is beyond recognition? Especially; given the major group’s lies. Perhaps, “Why the Palestinian Authority is no better than Hamas” published by the Jewish Press on January 9, 2024 and authored by Bassam Tawil fits the description.

It most certainly counters the poor judgment of the Biden Administration; given the acceptance of master terrorist Saleh al-Arouri, deputy head of the Hamas ‘political bureau’ that was behind countless terror attacks against Israelis, over the past decade. PA leaders were quick to praise him as a ‘martyr’ and a ‘hero’ while condemning Israel for allegedly killing the top Hamas terrorist. He was granted a full endorsement of Hamas’s Jihad [holy war], as outlined in its 1988 charter, which states that ‘Jihad is its path and death for the sake of Allah, the loftiest of its wishes. [Article 8].

The 765 page, “The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism”, edited by Dr. Andrew G. Bostom is a comprehensive, meticulously documented collection of articles, presenting indisputable evidence that a readily discernable, uniquely Islamic antisemitism – a specific Muslim hatred of Jews of Islam- has been expressed continuously since the advent of Islam.

Debunking the conventional wisdom, which continues to assert that Muslim animosity towards Jews is entirely a 20th-century phenomenon fueled mainly by the protracted Arab-Israeli conflict; leading scholars provide example after example of Antisemitic motifs in Muslim documents reaching back to the beginnings of Islam.

The famous Jewish philosopher and physician Maimonides, often cited as an example of the fruitful symbiosis of Jewish and Islamic culture, had this to say of Arabs: “The Arabs have persecuted us severely and passed harmful and discriminatory legislation against us. Never did a nation molest, degrade, debase and hate us as much as they.” One is hard pressed to consider his reaction had he observed their unimaginable savage behavior on October 7, 2023.

Prime Minister Winston Churchill was much kinder when he proclaimed, “I am told that the Arabs would have done it for themselves. [Hydro electric schemes] . Who is going to believe that? Left to themselves, the Arabs of Palestine would not in a thousand years have taken effective steps toward the irrigation and electrification of Palestine. They would have been quite content to dwell—a handful of philosophic people—in the wasted sun-scorched plains, letting the waters of the Jordan continue to flow unbridled and unharnessed in the Dead Sea. [A Peace to End all Peace by David Fromkin, Page 523]”

The ever-present demands, particularly by Biden and Blinken for a nebulous “Two-State” solution, need a historical response. The Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs has produced a 28 page study entitled, “The Jews: One of the World’s Oldest Indigenous Peoples.”

The 1922 British Government White Paper authored by Prime Minister Winston Churchill reads “—-it is essential that it [the Jewish community in Palestine] should know that it is in Palestine as of right and not of sufferance. That is the reason why it is necessary that the existence of a Jewish National Home in Palestine should be internationally guaranteed and that it should be formally recognized to rest upon its ancient historic connection.”

Once Israel declares sovereignty and ends the” Two-State” delusion, 100 +years of Arab terrorism will have been defeated. Many of Israel’s neighbors will celebrate Israel’s victory and the expanded Abraham Accords will provide a new face to the Middle East.

In conclusion, none other than a former British Minister Ernest Bevin, not exactly known for his affection for the Jews, stated to the British Parliament in 1947: “To the Jews, the essential point of principle is the creation of a sovereign Jewish State. “

About the Author
Alex Rose was born in South Africa in 1935 and lived there until departing for the US in 1977 where he spent 26 years. He is an engineering consultant. For 18 years he was employed by Westinghouse until age 60 whereupon he became self-employed. He was also formerly on the Executive of Americans for a Safe Israel and a founding member of CAMERA, New York (Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America and today one of the largest media monitoring organizations concerned with accuracy and balanced reporting on Israel). In 2003 he and his wife made Aliyah to Israel and presently reside in Ashkelon.
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