Time for Changes in Israeli Diplomacy?

Abba Eban once said that “The Arabs never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity.”

Israel should not fall into the same trap.

Anger, although understandable, will never solve conflict – only quiet and dogged determination will.

World bodies have made the Israeli-Arab conflict far more complex and clouded, than it is in reality. We know that on three separate occasions, Arabs have been offered Arab sovereignty next to Israel (in a two-state solution) and on each occasion have declined.

Israel, on the other hand, has the right to exist within secure borders just like any other country in the world – no more and no less.

Be that as it may, ever-so-slowly, many countries and organisations are trying to chip away the legitimacy of Israel’s existence and Israel appears to be losing the battle, as it fights these fires while slowly sinking into the quicksand of world opinion. Nobody has the right to question Israel’s “right to exist” – Israel exists, PERIOD! Just like any other country. Yet Israel seems to be solely to blame for the apparent impasse.

Abba Eban also observed, of the United Nations: “If [an Arab country] introduced a resolution declaring that the earth was flat and that Israel had flattened it, it would pass by a vote of 164 to 13 with 26 abstentions.” We hear ad nauseum, Israel being singled out for condemnation in world forums or in so-called a-political organizations and we all get angry and upset, and protest vigorously about it. And yet nothing changes!

It’s time to take a different tack on the world stage.

I dare Israeli diplomats to walk barefoot into meetings with their counterparts as well as at world bodies. If asked why, they should give a copy of Abbas’ speech reported on Sept 16th, 2015 where he said:

“Al-Aksa is ours and so is the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. They [the Jews] have no right to desecrate them with their filthy feet. We won’t allow them to do so and we will do whatever we can to defend Jerusalem.

We bless every drop of blood that has been spilled for Jerusalem, which is clean and pure blood, blood spilled for Allah, Allah willing. Every Martyr (Shahid) will reach Paradise, and everyone wounded will be rewarded by Allah.”

and say to the questioner: “Now at least the world gets to see filthy Jewish feet”, and then say no more.

Furthermore, I dare diplomats wear badges with slogans saying things like:

“… Muslims will fight the Jews (and kill them)” ~ Hamas Charter
There is no solution to the Palestinian problem except by Jihad. ~ Hamas Charter
[We see] eliminating the cancerous tumor of Israel as the noble cause of the Islamic Revolution. ~ Iran anti-Israel al-Quds Day 2016
“We Shall Slaughter You [Jews] Without Mercy” ~ Sheik Omar Abu Sara (Al-Aqsa Mosque)
Stabbing 13-year-olds in their sleep, promotes peace.

Why not go a step further and offer these badges to other nations’ diplomats.

Maybe now it’s time to send anniversary or occasion-cards to other countries’ leaders and diplomats with several hate-filled statements like those above, with the rejoinder: “We wish you and your family/nation peace, health and happiness, rather than what is wished for us.”

Currently there are no peace partners in authority on the Arab side even though there are people who want a meaningful peace on both sides.

When Yitzchak Rabin was busy trying to make peace through Oslo, I didn’t quite understand why he pursued something that was probably distasteful to himself. It was noble but incomprehensible. It was only when his granddaughter stood and delivered a eulogy at his funeral service, did I ‘get it’. No parent wants to send their child to war, however just, and maybe even less so, a grandparent. Multiply this across the whole country, and we know that the loss of one child is a loss to Am Israel.

Let’s say I claim that children are the result of mothers having intercourse, and prostitutes earn their living by having intercourse. Therefore, all mothers are prostitutes. Surely getting into the gutter, to argue this preposterous statement gives it a credibility that is absurd and undeserved. (No slight is intended to mothers, children or prostitutes.) Isn’t it time to stop arguing for acceptance and get off our knees?

We are not winning the war of words and, by definition, insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. It’s time to become both sane and daring.

For far too long, the world has allowed provocateurs to strut the world stage and not be called to account. Let’s stop playing “nice”. Let’s think outside the box, and quietly, as well as politely, get in their faces!

About the Author
As a Jewish husband, father, and grandfather, vitally concerned with the continuity of the Jewish people, I wish to address issues affecting that continuity as I see them, from time to time, and to acknowledge our place in the continuum of Jewish history.
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