A neighbor of mine is ninety-eight years old. He still drives his car. “Slowly”, he says. I asked him if he didn’t think it was dangerous. ”Danger? Who knows from danger these days? With all the dangers on our streets, my driving should not worry anyone”.
We are living in crazy times. Anti-Semitism is growing throughout the world. In England, a Jewish member of parliament criticized Jewish influence and, surprisingly, was criticized for his remarks by the anti-Israel Labour Party chief. How the world turns.
Abdullah el-Alawneh, a Jordanian cleric who recently decried the stabbing of Jews where no declaration of war exists, and whose fatwa I praised in an earlier article, has now done a 180 degree turn. Under pressure from muftis, imams and Muslim politicians across the globe, he has retracted his earlier more humane message and now writes that “jihad against brothers of apes and pigs is mandatory”.
Elsewhere in the Muslim world, Ayman el-Zawhari, leader of El-Quaida, declared that the only way to defeat Israel is by attacking and defeating the nations which support her. A second 9/11 would be his best advice to terrorists. Hate is over-flowing the globe. There is no peace between Shiites and Sunnis, between Iran and Saudi Arabia, between the Afghanis and the Pakistanis… in much of the Middle East hate has replaced peace.
I often receive e-mail comments from people who read my articles. Most are positive and supportive. A Chinese woman wrote that “Israel is the hope of the world”. A German man wrote that “the world has not learned its lesson. Hatred of the Jews is self-hatred and hatred of our fellowmen”.
On the other hand, an American wrote that “one thing Israel hasn’t tried yet… stopping the war crimes, complying with international laws, ending the occupation, allowing Palestinians to have their freedom and human rights; it’s worth a shot. If anything else, it would allow Israel to reclaim some of its long-lost reputation, credibility, and legitimacy”.
Poor misguided uninformed young man. “It’s worth a shot”. There have been too many shots over the last century. Lately, the shooting has been more limited and stabbings are too frequent.
If the writer had ever traveled to our country and visited our magnificent universities in Jerusalem, Haifa, Tel-Aviv and Beersheba, and had noticed the large Arab student population learning in Jewish universities, mingling with Jewish students, and receiving degrees from the B.A. to the Ph.D. and M.D., his blind eyes might be opened to reveal the freedom that Arabs have in our country. More freedoms for Arabs in Israel than for most of the Arab countries.
Our courts protect the rights of Arabs who are citizens of Israel and sometimes, to the dissatisfaction of many of us, rule in favor of petitions presented by non-citizen Arabs of east Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria (West Bank Arabs).
The Arab voice is not stifled in our country. Arab members of our parliament (Knesset) are vocal and speak loudly against our country, the country in which they serve as parlimentarians. Unheard of in America, I am certain. No Democrat or Republican would stand up in the halls of the Congress to condemn the Constitution, to offer support and comfort to nations seeking her destruction.
We, in Israel, do not muzzle those who speak against us. We may despise them and their bitterly spewn words of hate, but we afford them the freedom to express themselves. No Arab or Muslim country would allow them that privilege. Beheading by the sword would be their fate.
The anti-Israel (anti-Semitic) American weeps for our “long-lost reputation, credibility and legitimacy.”
He should save his crocodile tears. Our reputation as a merciful people of a merciful God is five thousand years old. All nations and people who study the Bible are aware of it. And as for our legitimacy, Genesis records that God said to Abraham” unto your seed I give this land forever”.
Israel is a God-bestowed gift given only to the Jewish people as a reward for their love and devotion to Him.
The American pro-Arab writer needs to study history and religion in order to understand what being a decent peace-loving people is all about.
Unlike the Americans who massacred hundreds of thousands of indigenous people (the Indians) and put their survivors on reservations to freeze in winter and to die of starvation, who took by war with Mexico the territories of California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and elsewhere, we Israelis did not lock up our Arab population who remained within our borders after 1948 and who did not flee.
And as for territories lost, it is what happens when one nation attacks another. We made peace with Egypt and returned all of Sinai.
When will America return the lands stolen from the Republic of Mexico? The descendants of Santa Ana, Pancho Villa and Zapata are still waiting.
In the meantime, the world continues turning on its axis and with each turn it overflows with hate.