The War Room Israel Needs

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Throughout its 62-years of independent existence, Israel has had to defend itself from attacks by the Arab states and in more recent decades from Palestinian-Arab terrorism and the Lebanese Shiite Hezbollah.  Yet, despite its existential struggle against the genocidal intentions of the Arab world and the Palestinians, Israel failed to establish an Information Ministry that would contextually present a Middle East reality: A Jewish democratic state struggling against dictatorial regimes who deny democratic rights to their people, religious freedom to minorities, and who chose to impede the lot of their people while using Israel as the scapegoat.

In the early days of the State, the horrors of the Holocaust loomed large in the minds of Europeans and Americans and the bravery of a band of Jews who defended themselves and ultimately defeated five Arab armies (at a high cost in lives -1% of Israeli Jews were killed in the 1948-49 War of Independence), elicited the admiration of the political-Left (who identified with Israel’s Socialist ruling elites and Israel’s egalitarian society) as well as segments of the political-Right.  Israel was portrayed as the proverbial “David” fighting the Arab “Goliath.”  Although the role of U.S. administrations was largely neutral regarding the Arab-Israeli conflict, especially during the Eisenhower years, the general public in America and the West admired the gutsy Jews.

Israel’s stunning victory in the 1967 Six Day War changed the perception of Israel. No longer the perennial “victim” in the eyes of the political-Left, it was now seen by many in academia and the media as a tool of “American Imperialism.”  The Left resented Israel’s strong pro-American tilt in the latter’s Cold War with the Soviet Union and, in short order, found a new “victim” to support – the Palestinian-Arabs.  Little attention was given by the Left to the foundational underpinnings of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (P.L.O.) or to the fact that it was created by Egypt’s dictator Abdul Nasser to harass the Jewish State.  Moreover, they ignored the fact that the P.L.O. was formed in 1964, long before the Six Day War, and that it’s Charter called for the liquidation of the Zionist-Jewish State.”  In other words, the true “struggle” of the Palestinians was not to create a viable Palestinian State in the West Bank and Gaza but rather to replace the Jewish State of Israel.

Israel’s policy-makers were and have been dismissive of allocating resources for a Ministry of Information or to a central agency that would articulate Israel’s side of the story.  In the minds of Israeli leaders “Israel was morally right and did not need to explain itself.”  This was perhaps true until 1967, when foreign correspondents wrote admiringly about Israel’s heroic efforts to absorb millions of Jewish refugees from Displaced Persons camps in Germany, and the Arab World (where Jews had lived for over two millennia, preceding the onset of Islam and the Arabs).  In the aftermath of the Six Day War and with billions of petro-dollars in the hands of Gulf Arab sheikhs and Libya, the Arabs were able to enlist the services of the best European and American P.R. firms and lobbyists. They created a powerful narrative: Israel as “the occupier” and “victimizer,” the Palestinians as “victims,” and the urgency of “liberation.” The Left, historically attracted to “liberation,” whether in theological or political terms, quickly embraced the narrative and the cause.  This, despite the fact, that the Palestinians oppressed women, minorities, and murdered political opponents and, failed to create a civil society with the rule-of-law.

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  • ziontruth

    The state of Israel was founded as an exclusive sanctuary for the Jews. The Marxist, post-nationalist Left is doctrinally opposed to the idea of the nation-exclusive state ("the state as its nation's castle," as I term it). Marxist ideas have leaked into today's discourse so deep that advocating a nation-exclusive state is a thoughtcrime.

    Conclusion? Israel's PR needs to focus, not on showing how Israel holds up to PC standards, but on de-Marxifying public opinion. It is time to tell the world that multiculturalism is the way to oblivion, and that a nation-exclusive state on a nation's indigenous territory is the right of every nation and, most importantly, the best safeguard against one nation doing genocide to another. Sane nationalism, against the bleak future promised by the proponents of the multi-culti, the Marxist and Islamic imperialists.

    And Israel's PR needs to insist on the truth that the Jewish people are the indigenous people of the Land of Israel. This is quite easy to do, but it requires that the "Palestinian nation" (the Arab settler-colonists of the Land of Israel masquerading as such) be repudiated for the fraud it is.

    There is work to be done on Israeli PR, and it must begin with the Jews themselves.

  • dailyalert

    In order to defend itself, Israel needs defensible borders:

  • shlomo

    I see two fundamental issues: 1) Israel doesn't really understand how Americans think; 2) Israel doesn't listen. The first issue means that they consistently give the wrong message; the second issue means that they don't change the plan or message in the light of new information.

  • Jim Johnson

    When you are a victim every one is for you;but when you become strong enough to fight the tormentors and do then you must be the bad guy.

    Why?. Because you become a generalized threat and every one fears you in an imaginary way.

    Why do some people hate the US? The people that do have been victims in general and fear any one that is strong enough to give the appearance of a tormentor.

    People abstract fear of a specific person into the generalized fear of any one who has the attributes of the feared person. It's all neuroscience my dear Horatio .

  • ObamaYoMoma

    As long as you guys keep framing the conflict in the terms of Arabs fighting Jews or as a conflict between Arabs and Jews only, you guys will keep shooting yourself in the foot. For one thing, the conflict is not just a conflict between Arabs and Jews only. For another thing, it isn’t even a conflict. Instead it is a genocidal jihad of conquest being waged by the Dar al Islam, and that jihad, by the way, is permanent. Indeed, it will continue perpetually no matter how many peace agreements Israel is suckered or coerced into signing. .

    Therefore, instead of using the term Arabs, you guys should be using Muslims and instead of using the word conflict, you guys should be using jihad, because that is what it really is. Since it isn’t just Arabs alone that are waging jihad, it is the entire Islamic ummah (world community of Muslims), which consist far more than just Arabs alone. For instance, the Iranians are not Arabs; they are Persians. Hence, as long as you guys keep framing the issue wrong, you guys will keep shooting yourself in the foot.

    • Andres de Alamaya

      Bingo! A man with perspective! Right on! The ironic and very sad thing here is that Israel, the land of the Jews who provide the world with some of the most effective communicators is getting beat in PR by a bunch Neanderthal primitives.

  • bert

    Another problem is that Israel is led mostly by secularists who fear man (i.e. Obama) rather than G-d. Deuteronomy Chapter 28 makes it very clear. If Israel obeys the Torah then G-d will make them secure over their enemies. If they fail to obey the Torah then all manner of troubles will befall them. Israel's leaders never insist on their biblical rights because they do not believe in them. They are wheeler dealers who willing trade their Judaic heritage for a worthless piece of paper from their enemies. No wonder the Arabs hold these Jews in so much contempt.