The Necessity of Israel

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As everyone knows, Israel is the one nation on earth whose right to exist is being constantly questioned and challenged. It is the disproportionate target of the United Nations Human Rights Council which devotes the majority of its sessions to attacking the Jewish state while giving the world’s most egregious Human Rights violators a Get Out of Jail Free card. Israel is subject to a worldwide BDS campaign and to the vicious defamation of Israel Apartheid Weeks hosted on our morally debased university campuses. The ideology of the left demonizes Israel as a racist and conquistador nation that must be delegitimized, launching books, blogs, resolutions and flotillas against its very existence. Meanwhile, its Muslim neighbors have vowed to physically erase it from the map of the world, killing indiscriminately, firing rockets at its civil centers with the regularity of a metronome, and preparing for its version of the Final Solution.

Why should this be so? Are we witnessing the geographic displacement of a millennial prejudice from the diaspora to the nation, with Israel as the collective incarnation of the “international Jew”? Is the current assault on Israel merely the contemporary form of the age-old pogrom? Has the West embarked on a political and economic entente with the petro-tyrannies of the Muslim Middle East, selling its soul in the process to a triumphalist Islam, as Bat Ye’or has persuasively argued in Eurabia: The Euro-Arab Axis and Islam and Dhimmitude: Where Civilizations Collide? The answer to such rhetorical questions is self-evident.

But bigotry and baseless aspersion are never openly admitted. Rather, for antisemites and anti-Zionists, Israel is regarded as a geopolitical irritant, a historical mistake, an artificial construct that should never have been established, however validly and legally. For the Quartet negotiators (the UN, The EU, the United States and Russia), and particularly for Britain, France and Germany, it is as if UN Resolution 242, guaranteeing “secure and recognized boundaries,” has no legitimate force. For Islam, Israel is an interloper in the region, despite the indisputable historical fact that Israel and Judea predate the Arab occupation of the Holy Land by more than a thousand years. For the so-called “realist” school of international relations, Israel is a political liability and therefore ultimately dispensable.

Moreover, Israel is by no means a great power. It is by normal census standards sparsely populated, and it covers about as much territory as Wales or New Jersey—as former mayor of New York Ed Koch says, one “might need a magnifying glass to see Israel” in a World Atlas since it could easily “disappear in the crease of a page.” In the larger scheme of things, presumably, its absence would scarcely be noticed.

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  • Frederic

    great, excellent article and analyse !

  • Carolyn

    Excellent! A bullseye.

  • ImaFreeAmerican

    America and Israel are the only two countries I'd fight and die for. Europe….I wonder when they will grow tired of the muslims and start deporting them after a brief mini war. These leaders know that they have a problem but have not yet decided what action to take. It's easy, start ridding the countries and bring back a Europe that people want to come to.
    Israel has some of the brightest people and they are a peaceful country with the exception of the muslims. They have to stay on guard because of them. They also have some of the richest history in the world. The biggest reason to want to fight for it is Jesus Christ was born in the country and will return to it. God's country simple as that.

  • ziontruth

    I prefer even neutrality or apathy with regard to Israel than the current penchant for appeasing the Muslims on Israel's expense, and the outrageous intervention in a sovereign nation-state's affairs by telling it how much and where it may build on its own land. A thousand "I don't care about Israel" statements and not one "The road to global peace runs through Jerusalem."

    Appeasement of the Muslim on Israel's expense is the height of unthinking, and of ignorance of history. These criminals who call for forcing Israel to concede what little it has to the possessors of so much are in abject ignorance of historical lessons such as that of Byzantium, whose demise in 1453 did not prompt the Ottoman Turks to lay down their arms and be content with Anatolia and the south of the Balkans. On the contrary, it only emboldened them to be more vigorous in their conquests.

    No good could ever come out of strong-arming Israel. Everyone must acknowledge this fact, even if they don't like the Jewish state. It is futile to try to address the daily flow of contrived grievances cooked up by those who can't stand even a bunch of mediocre cartoons. If you want safety from them, then the only human solution is the same as for Israel: Expel them all from your midst. The road to peace does not run through Jerusalem; it begins and ends on your own turf.

    • Jim_C

      Really good post.

  • Ariely

    The so called human rights protectors- don't protect 21 century vales!

    They support movements that fight against all the values they pretend to defend.
    They are silent when Islamists are denying:
    Women equality–human rights–religious freedom–democracy
    However they are practicing:
    Kill people that condemd Islamist values-hate teaching in schools and children garden–genocide preaching in Mosques and TV—indiscriminately targeting civilians—chasing Christians-slavery in Sudan and Golf states
    And don’t blame:
    1:Muslim brotherhood speech saying:
    'Hitler didn’t finish the jog—The Muslims will finish the job"
    2:Hamas charter:
    The day of judgment will not come until Moslems fight killing the Jews.
    The stones and trees will say O MOSLEM, THERE IS A JEW BEHIND ME, KILL HIM
    3: "Hiding among civilians prevents armies with western values the ability to fight. We impose a new non conventional equation in wars"
    Said by Hamas leader Khalid Mash'al on Al-Jazeera.

  • Ariely

    The so called human rights protectors- don't protect 21 century vales!
    They should support the following values.
    *will promote the development of the country for the benefit of all its inhabitants;
    *will be based on the precepts of liberty, justice and peace taught by the Hebrew Prophets;
    *will uphold the full social and political equality of all its citizens, without distinction of race, creed or sex;
    * will guarantee full freedom of conscience, worship, education and culture;
    * will safeguard the sanctity and inviolability of the shrines and Holy Places of all religions
    Those are the defending Israel values and practice based on the independence declaration:
    Despite non stop wars, terror attacks, boycodes and dehumanization Israel has to phase for more than 65 years –Israel follows those guidlines.

  • Johann

    Excellent, 100% on target ! Political Correctness is a pestilence we can do without. but we need Israel as an example of what courage, determination, hard work and the will to live are capable of.

  • steven l

    It is as if the West (Christians & seculars) could get rid of its guilt by allowing the ELIMINATION of Israel and the Jews.

    The Romans crucified Jesus. Not the Jews.

    Imagine if Israel was at peace.

  • stern

    Ha ha Thanks for the laugh, mcccccaaaccca.

  • Chezwick_mac

    Question: Why Israel?

    Answer: Jihad and dhimmitude.

    The rise of antisemitism in the West correlates to a wider process of Islamization. When one notices the proliferation of Muslims and their mosques throughout the West, this is only the physical embodiment of the process. The cultural facet is more insidious, but can be readily found in our schools, textbooks, universities, newsrooms, and political discourse ("Islam is peace", "Islamophobia", etc).

    Such a pathology won't disappear if Israel does, it will just be redirected at other impediments to the Islamic agenda, including the US Constitution. To sum up, the new antisemitism is NOT indigenous to the West, it is an Islamic import that the West is mainstreaming…just like so many other facets of Islam.

  • Alaskat

    Israel is a land bought and paid for. How come nobody mentions that fact? How come nobody offers to pay for the land being stolen?