An Anti-Israel Activist’s Epiphany

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But Israel and Zionism and Jews worldwide also won an important victory at this conference: recognition by even the most clueless of the true end-game of Arab efforts against Israel.

The speakers at the conference were so extreme and so blatant in their anti-Israel diatribe, their denial of any legitimacy of Jewish history, and their unconditional support for the invented faux-history of “Palestine” that even the Peace Now representative was “shocked and dismayed,” and forced to admit that all too much of the Arab and Muslim world does not want peace with Israel. They want, instead, Israel in pieces.

As Lara Friedman, the representative from Peace Now described it, the true nature of the event was most clearly revealed by the absence of any representation of the Israeli perspective and any interest in the two-state solution. Speakers at Sunday’s opening session, including the two Israeli Arab MKs and Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas (whom the West deems a moderate and who supposedly is Israel’s partner in peace), one after another laid out an endless litany of criticisms and condemnations against Israel — many of them marked with galactic exaggeration and outright lies. All spoke a great deal about Muslim and Christian attachments to Jerusalem (but omitted any reference to Jewish attachments) and the importance of defending against Israeli encroachment on the holy sites and communities associated with both religions. Ironically, only veteran Palestinian diplomat Afif Safieh spoke in a serious, credible way about a realistic two-state resolution involving the continued existence of Israel.

Other than Safieh, the representatives at the conference never once acknowledged the legitimacy of Jewish history and tradition regarding Jerusalem.  Quite the opposite, they framed the future of Jerusalem as a zero-sum game – Israel loses, the “Palestinians” win.

In sum, Ms. Friedman concludes, “If representatives (at the conference) … cannot bring themselves to acknowledge the legitimacy of Jewish equities (sic) in Jerusalem, they should know that they discredit their own professed interest in peace.”  Indeed they do.

If a leader of Peace Now, arguably the most clueless of all the NGOs agitating to force Israel to make concessions that will supposedly bring about peace, can have the scales fall from her eyes thanks to the Doha Conference, then surely the less clueless of American media, academia, religious leaders, NGOs and Congress can experience a similar epiphany.

Just as a doctor must first correctly diagnose the illness before deciding how best to cure it, so too must political and intellectual actors in the West first understand the true nature of the Arab stand vis-a-vis Israel, the bona fide dynamics of the conflict, in order to unite in an effort to curtail the violence and implement strategies that will lead to peace and cooperative co-existence between Israel and its Arab neighbors and other Muslim countries worldwide.  Thanks to Doha, it is now clear, at least to some for whom it was previously not clear, that pressing Israel for concessions will not lead to peace, precisely because the Arab side does not want peace.

Ms. Friedman’s epiphany has yet to be translated into revised policy for Peace Now; and given its history of methodical and conscious regurgitation of blatant Arab anti-Israel propaganda as though it were gospel, it is reasonable to expect that Peace Now might be a little slow to implement a game-changing alteration to its ideology and political positions.  But at very least Ms. Friedman’s revelation at Doha should be the first step in validating PM Netanyahu’s assertion of yesteryear:

If the Arabs were to lay down their weapons, there would be no more violence. But if Israel laid down her weapons, there would be no more Israel.

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  • PAthena

    The so-called "two-state" to the problems that Israel faces with Arabs is no solution at all, since it means the establishment yet another Arab state with borders on Israel. The so-called "Palestinians" are not Palestinians; the Roman Emperor Hadrian, in 135 A.D., after having defeated the last Jewish rebellion under Bar Kochba, changed the name of Judea to "Palestina" in order to eradicate all memory of Judea. (He also outlawed Judaism, and changed the name of Jerusalem to "Aelia Capitolina," "Aelius" being his gens name.) Since that time, "Palestine" was synonymous with "land of the Jews" or "the Holy Land" (since Jesus was a Jew), and "Palestinian" synonymous with "Jew." That is why Great Britain was awarded the "Palestine Mandate" after World War I to be the "homeland of the Jews."
    Calling Arabs "Palestinians" is the effect of the invention of the "Palestine Liberation Organization" (P.L.O.) by Egypt under Nasser and the Soviet Union, haters of Jews, in Cairo in 1964. The phony history and propaganda come from that. So there should not be yet another Arab state established on the borders of Israel.

  • Sally

    There is no two-state solution. There is only one solution – victory for Israel

  • David

    The Arabs have a limitless choice of places to call home, the Arab countries all around Israel. This is where they really belong…welcomed by their Muslim brothers all over the Middle East. They could share their black gold and live the life of Riley in total luxury enjoying the Dubai dream. The zillionnaire Sheiks who honor Allah would be happy to welcome and accommodate these poor, ragged and dusty brothers. After all, doesn't the Koran teach Muslim solidarity?
    But no…their confused mentality of hatred is inbred ever since Ishmael realized he was not the child of the promise, but Abraham's child from a lowly female Egyptian servant of his wife Sarai. Jealousy, fierce jealousy stepped in.
    As Genesis chapter 16 relates, even before Ishmael was born and while his pregnant mother was banished to the desert, she was told by the Lord,"He shall be a wild donkey of a man, his hand against everyone and everyone's hand against him, and he shall dwell over against all his kinsmen."
    It's an illusion to think that there will be peace between Israel and it's neighboring states…the Arabs can't even live in peace among themselves…let alone share their wealth with their brothers. Wild desert asses they will always be, hating the very God of the Jews and Christians. There will never be peace between Isaac and Ishmael! Like in a debate or a sporting event, there are winners and losers. God chose Isaac's descendants, the Jews, to be the winners, in perfect harmony with His plan for Israel and His beloved chosen people. The Arabs and their Muslim faith towards a totally different and mythical deity are the losers…very sore losers, hating from birth the Chosen of God.
    All is perfectly planned by God Almighty and under His absolute control.
    The Bible reveals that all the nations will turn against Israel and try to totally destroy its Jewish identity…that God himself will put it in the hearts of these nations to attack Israel and take it. BUT…when they are all around trembling Israel and getting ready to pounce for the kill, the Lord Himself will step in for the destruction of all His enemies who dare try to destroy His blessed people.
    Hannukah's children definitely have a bleak horizon ahead, and there will be suffering; but they must not despair. The Messiah of God is looking down on that same horizon and will soon save them from their hateful foes.
    So let all the Jew-haters who participated at this conference feed themselves on the same old, same old rhetoric against Israel, and let hatred flow its usual course. While they lick their chops with delight at having pushed their Jew-hating campaign even further…they are totally blind to the fact that after judgement, they will have all eternity to ponder in shame and regret upon their blind stupidity.

  • Indioviejo

    Regardless of the conspiracy against Israel, Israel is and will continue to be the city on a "Hill". These Muslims and their enablers are nothing if not maggots feasting on garbage. They should lift their heads off the carcasses they feed on to see their coming destruction.

  • tanstaafl

    There is already a Palestinian state – Jordan.

  • maturin20

    Fortunately, San Jose State University has Todd Gitlin to balance you out.

    • Anonymous

      San Jose State University = low grade university

      Todd Gitlin = low grade mind

      bastards who hate Israel = low grade humans

      • maturin20

        Was it always a low grade university or was it a good university "until recently?"

        • Anonymous

          filthy bastards who hate Israel and are too stupid and venal to recognize that they are walking feces with legs sticking out = even lower grade humans

          • maturin20

            This conversation is getting too erotic.

  • MethanP

    It seems increasingly likely that Israel will strike Iran in late spring-early summer. Considering the state of the middle east, it seems likely that the the region will go up in flames. (It's already smoldering, as you well know).
    So the current anti-semitic/anti-Israel/anti-Zionist ravings may become irrelevant. The only thing that may stop them will be an American strike on Iran. Despite the media hype that the president is a shoe in for re-election, he and the left don't seem too sure. An Obama ordered strike on Iran will bring back the Jewish backers and their money, which have been increasingly absent. It will also make him seem a strong, determined leader. I believe the prospect of $8+ gas will be better taken as the result of an popular action than if an Israeli strike causes it.

  • Fred R.

    The denial of a continuous Jewish presence in Palestine by revisionist professors is astonishing when Muslim historians themselves verify that Jews never abandoned their homeland. In 1377 C.E. Arab historian Ibn Khaldun attested to Jewish sovereignty in the Land of Israel for more than 1,400 years. In the 12th century, Ibn al-Qalanisi recorded 52 Jewish communities in Palestine. Every eyewitness described the minority Jewish population as abased and humiliated under Sharia law. It's time to recognize who are the "occupiers and colonialists" in Judea and Samaria. It certainly is not the Jews.

    Fred R

    • HermitLion

      Revisionist professors only have memory of specific years that serve their agenda.
      After all, there's no money in the truth.

  • samsgran1948

    "But at very least Ms. Friedman’s revelation at Doha should be the first step in validating PM Netanyahu’s assertion of yesteryear:"

    No. Ms. Friedman will be drummed out of Peace Now as a Zionist traitor to the cause, and Peace Now will redouble its efforts to deligitimize and ultimately eradicate Israel.

  • hahajid

    PalestinEArabsCeasetoExist NOW, Theay are Arabs living in Roman Empire designated Palestine area, where Roman took away from Israel almost years ago. Simple and straight.

  • Whatsinaname

    If anyone is expecting Peace Now to make some kind of announcement of a policy change, they will be waiting a long time. No matter what Lara Friedman heard and saw at this hate fest, the hardest words in the world to say in any language are: " I was wrong." Peace Now is a business. It makes money, provides jobs, has prestige in the Israel-hating leftist world, gets all kinds of swell invitations to fancy parties, officials get their picture taken with celebrities, get paid for their opinions, appear on TV and generally lead a very nice life. Does anyone think that they would give that up in exchange for speaking the truth or acknowledging reality? Whatever they know to be true in their hearts, publicly they will continue to say whatever pays their salaries and supports their lifestyle — the truth be damned!

  • Flowerknife_us

    Has Lara made the connection between what was said and the insparation it may have provided in the latest round of rocket fire from Gaza?