The Persistent Upsidedown World

“When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President; I’m beginning to believe it,” [famed advocate Clarence Darrow]

The turmoil which pervades the world today is undoubtedly a function of weak Western leadership. In the US the Congress has accepted Marxists and Islamic radicals amongst its membership. Gone are the days of Senator Henry Jackson, Ambassador Daniel Moynihan and Ambassador Jean Kirkpatrick of the Democrat Party.

“Scoop” Jackson served as a Representative [1941-1953] and Senator[1953-1983]. He is particularly known for his work on terrorism. His definition for offering a clear distinction between terrorists and freedom fighters: “The idea that one person’s ‘terrorist’ is another’s ‘freedom fighter’ cannot be sanctioned. Freedom fighters or revolutionaries don’t blow up buses containing non-combatants; terrorists murderers do. Freedom fighters don’t set out to capture and slaughter school children; terrorist murderers do. Freedom fighters don’t assassinate innocent businessmen or hijack and hold hostage innocent men, women and children; terrorist murderers do. It is a disgrace that democracies would allow the treasured word ‘freedom’ to be associated with the acts of terrorists.

For 30 years, Israel was blessed to have had this giant in the Senate so firmly on its side.

Ambassador Daniel Moynihan ‘s historic UN speech on November 10,1975 fighting the anti-Zionism lie is yet another example of times gone by. His key words, “The proposition to be sanctioned by a resolution of the General Assembly is that ‘Zionism is a form of racism and racial discrimination. Now that is a lie which the United Nations has now declared to be a truth, and so the actual truth must be restated. The very first point to be made — is that the United Nations has declared Zionism to be racism without ever having defined racism. ‘Sentence first, verdict afterwards’, as the Queen of Hearts said. But this is not Wonderland. It is a real world where there are real consequences to folly and venality.

The United States rises to declare before the General Assembly of the United Nations, and before the world, that it does not acknowledge, it will not abide by, it will never acquiesce in this infamous act. There will be time enough to contemplate the harm this act will have done — a great evil has been loosed upon the world.”

The Jerusalem Post of May 29, 2012 published “When Israel Had a Champion at the UN” by Peter Collier. His introductory remark was “Kirkpatrick defended Israel with unyielding critique of UN—“. She had been appointed by President Reagan in 1981 and had been appalled during the previous 4 years by what she regarded as the Carter’s Administration’s contemptuous attitude toward the Jewish State, and particularly by the way that preceding UN Ambassadors Andrew Young and Donald McHenry had respectively criticized the Jewish state as “stubborn and intransigent.” Noting their secret meetings with PLO representatives and voting for Resolution 465 condemning Israel’s occupation of “Arab territories, including Jerusalem.”

With this background, we move to present times where we learn from iTV News that “Israeli officials worried that Biden could cancel the visit. Israeli PM Naphtali Bennett is saying, ‘If you push me too hard, you will get Netanyahu’. ” Palestinian Authority leader Mahmud Abbas is saying, ‘If you push me too hard, you will get Hamas.’ ‘It is full of contradictions’, said Professor Eytan Gilboa, an expert on US-Israel relations. In fact, most is speculation other than the obvious viz. dividing Jerusalem, creating a “Palestinian state and ending “settlements” and “the occupation”.

Arutz 7 [21/05/22] : “Biden is coming to divide Jerusalem” by Barry Shaw is more to the point. He opines, “This foolish president, who has been wrong on every important issue throughout his political career, thinks that dividing Israel’s ancient capital will herald peace.”

Shaw draws attention to Biden’s long history of demanding that Jews “surrender our ancient land to an implacable and intransigent enemy.” Even beyond Bennett and Bibi to Menachem Begin. He even “threatened to cut off US aid if Begin did not remove Jews from Judea and Samaria.” The year 1982!

Begin did not hesitate to treat Biden to a history “from time immemorial.” While standing, he proclaimed, “I am a proud Jew. Three thousand years of culture are behind me, and you will not frighten me with threats. If at any time, you demand of us to yield on a principle in which we believe, while threatening to cut aid, we will not abandon the principle in which we believe.”

Yet another outstanding Op-Ed by Ronn Torossain, appeared in The NY Jewish Press of April 3, 2015, amongst the numerous pieces by the so-called Leftists. It was entitled, “Menachem Begin to Joe Biden: I am Not a Jew with Trembling Knees.”

As a senior Israeli elected official noted, ‘Settlement building will be one of the basic guidelines and just as I don’t interfere in America if they build in Florida or California, they don’t need to interfere in building in Judea or Samaria.’

Senator Biden reportedly banged on the table with his fist and Begin retorted, “This desk is designed for writing, not for fists. Don’t threaten us with slashing aid. Take note: we do not want a single soldier of yours to die for us.”

“Ze’ev Jabotinsky, the leader of the Revisionist movement, which both Begin and Netanyahu emanate from noted in 1940 that, ‘We hold that Zionism is moral and just; justice must be done, no matter whether Joseph or Ivan or Achmed agree with it or not.”

The same can be said for Democracy. As one reads through Benjamin Kerstein’s “Israel Needs a Referendum on Election Reform”[Israel Hayom  05/31/2022] an initial enthusiasm elicited disappointment. This, because the conclusion did not represent the principle problem and a proposed solution.

Too bad he had not read, Dylan Matthews’ “The secret behind Israel’s dysfunctional political system” which The Washington Post featured on Jan. 23, 2013. At the outset, he explains the major problem to be the type of proportional representation that Israel has settled on. Israel uses a dead simple “pure party list” system. There are no geographic districts. Which means that no voter ever votes for an actual person. Instead, every voter votes for a single party. The parties then allocate the seats they won to members based on an ordered list decided upon before the election.

The issues cited are comprehensively dealt with by David Bukay of Middle East Forum, during the summer of 2012 in his, “Founding National Myths: Fabricating Palestinian History”.

He specifically addresses [1] The Palestinian Nation-building Strategy [2] Usurping the Jewish, Biblical and Christian pasts [3] Denying the Jewish Connection [4] The Palestinian “Nations” Modern Foundations and [5] What do “Palestinians” want?

His conclusion is simply an amalgam of the extensive points raised in the body of the article. However having established that Arabs have no valid claims, he does not draw attention to Israel’s unquestionable indigenous rights to the Land of Israel.

As recently as June 07/2021 TOI Blogger Daniel Swindell wrote on “The Case for Jewish Indigenous Rights”. This professional essay is fully detailed embracing both facts and logic. Given limited space, it is only possible to list his 4 point conclusion:

[1] The Jewish people are the only group of people who meet the requirements of the UN to be recognized as indigenous to the Land of Israel.

[2] The Palestinians legally define themselves as Arabs in their own constitution; therefore, they have forfeited the right to be recognized as a distinct indigenous group.

[3] Since the Palestinians define themselves as Arab, Israel did not commit the crime of destroying an “indigenous” Palestinian culture because Arab culture is still being preserved in 20 states.

[4] Noting that the Palestinians define themselves as Arabs, then they have not been denied the right to self-determination because Arabs have already been granted the right to self-determination rightfully in 20 states. By the same token, since the Palestinians are Arabs, then the Arabs do not have a right to create a state on the indigenous homeland of the Jewish people.

In the matter of Israel’s absolute need for electoral reform towards true democracy, besides the paper by Dylan Mathews recoded above, there are many other papers by Professor Paul Eidelberg and other experts including Professor Bernard Lewis on this important subject.

What we don’t have is a Menachem Begin or Yitzhak Shamir or a far sighted media to bring these ideas to reality.

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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