The West’s Shameful Demonization of Israel

After watching Chuck Hagel’s embarrassing performance in his confirmation hearings, I can’t decide if he’s a bigot, a paleocon isolationist, or just plain stupid. I suspect the latter, given his statement, “If confirmed, I intend to know a lot more than I do.” More significant is the fact that he was nominated at all, given his record of gaffes, his use of anti-Semitic tropes like “Jewish lobby” (used only once “on the record,” he assures us!), his indulgence of the genocidal Iranian regime and its nuclear arms ambitions, and his endorsement of American guilt and global retreat.

But the most important dimension of Hagel’s foreign policy beliefs is his obvious distaste for Israel, evident in a catalogue of public statements over the past decade. He has consistently indulged the specious moral equivalence that refuses to acknowledge Arab hatred of Israel and Palestinian terrorist violence as the root causes of the conflict, refused to support condemnations of Palestinian terrorism and terrorist organizations, blamed Israel for lack of progress in the so-called “peace process,” and decried the malign influence of the “Jewish lobby” on American foreign policy. Yet all these positions are ones with which Obama is comfortable. That’s why he nominated such an unprepared, inexperienced blowhard to run the Pentagon.

Obama’s hostile attitude towards Israel, though, is part of a much larger phenomenon: the decades-long demonization of Israel by Western democracies far in excess of any condemnations of the slaughter, ethnic cleansing, torture, invasions, and occupations that have marred the 65 years Israel has fought to survive against a surrounding fanatic enemy whose collective population outnumbers hers 30 to 1.

Why so many in Europe and America should dislike a Westernized liberal democracy in a region hostile to the West will be a future historical conundrum. It can’t be that Israel is an “illegitimate state” carved out from the land of others to whom it justly belongs. In fact, Israel came into being by the same process that after World War I created a whole slew of new countries out of the remnants of the defeated Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman Empires. Israel actually has a better claim to its existence, having been created by the U.N. rather than by the whims and national interests of the Allied victors. Nor was the land that became Israel an Arab “homeland.” For 3 millennia Jews continually inhabited what today is Israel and Judea and Samaria, the so-called “West Bank,” a fact of history documented in historical texts and archaeology. Beginning in the 5th century B.C. that territory was serially occupied and colonized by Persians, Greeks, Romans, Arabs, and Turks. Most of the Palestinian Arabs who lived there were the descendents of conquerors, colonists, and immigrants. Few of the new countries created after World War I to recognize “national self-determination” has a better historical claim to its existence than does Israel.

Or maybe the cause of complaint is the 600,000 “Palestinian refugees” displaced by the 1948 war? Leave aside the fact that most fled when the Arab leadership abandoned them or counseled them to leave in advance of Arab armies. The wars of the 20th century created much larger population transfers and refugees, the sad wages of nations engaging in war and losing. The 1922 Ionian revolt of ethnic Greeks against the Turks––a war the Greeks fought to recover lands their ancestors had inhabited for 2500 years before they were conquered and occupied by invading Muslim Turks––created 1.5 million refugees who had to leave their property behind, for which they were never compensated. After World War II, about 12 million ethnic Germans were kicked out of countries their ancestors had lived in for centuries, with as many as 2 million perishing. And don’t forget the 800,000 Jews expelled from countries like Egypt because of Muslim fury over the creation of Israel, or the ongoing persecution of Christians in the Middle East that has created hundreds of thousands of refugees. Given that historical context, what makes the 600,000 Arabs deserve such obsessive concern?

As for the dismal conditions in which most Palestinian refugees live, lay that at the feet of their brother Muslims, who have refused to integrate them as full citizens of their nations, unlike all those other refugees, most of whom were welcomed into new homelands. The predicament of the Palestinian refugees, then, is not the fault of Israel, but of the Arab states whose hatred of Jews compels them to keep their fellow Muslims in misery so that they can be propaganda tools––a tactic abetted by the obsessive attention of Europeans and Americans, as well as by the money doled out by the United Nations Relief Works Agency, the only U.N agency devoted to just one of the many groups of refugees created since 1945.

“Occupation” is another canard used to justify hostility to Israel, even though their country encompasses only part of their ancestral homeland. It’s a strange logic whereby a people creating a country in a land they lived in for 3 millennia are deemed “occupiers” living in “illegal settlements.” This charge is particularly despicable coming from Muslims, a people who have been one of history’s most successful conquerors, colonizers, and occupiers. We could talk about the 4 centuries of Muslim rule in southern Italy, the 7 centuries in Spain, the 5 centuries in the Balkans, and 4 centuries in Greece. Then there are the contemporary occupations that we never hear about from the permanent international demonize-Israel cabal. When’s the last time we heard about the Turkish Muslim occupation of northern Cyprus since 1974? Northern Cyprus was 80% Greek when the Turks invaded. A third were forced from their homes and replaced with Turkish Cypriots from southern Cyprus. Turks from Anatolia have been sent to Cyprus to occupy the homes of the ethnically cleansed Greeks. Hundreds of churches have been vandalized and destroyed, Greek clergy assaulted, icons stolen, and mosaics and frescoes removed. Yet even as the world frets over Israeli “settlements” in their ancient homelands of Judea and Samaria––all the while Muslim holy sites are protected by Israel and allowed to be managed by Muslims––Turkish invasion, ethnic cleansing, occupation, and destruction of Greek Cyprus’s cultural and religious heritage are met with international indifference.

Finally, if “occupation” is such a crime, where’s the outrage over the continuing Arab “occupation” of Egypt and North Africa? These were territories populated by indigenous tribes, Greeks, Romans, Jews, and Christians for centuries before the coming of the Arabs. Most of those original inhabitants have left, converted, lived as dhimmi, or, as is happening to the Christian Copts under Muslim Brotherhood rule, are being persecuted and driven out. The fact is, any Arab living outside the Arabian Peninsula is the descendant of conquerors, colonizers, occupiers, and immigrants. This is the dynamic of history, sadly unexceptional. Yet we are to think that a legitimate nation whose people live in its ancestral homeland and its historical capital is somehow a unique evil guilty of an unprecedented historical crime.

By far the most despicable charge used to rationalize attacks on Israel is that the Israelis brutalize and oppress Palestinians. This charge is hard to square with the fact that since the so-called West Bank has been controlled by Israel, all indicators of well-being have improved for West Bank Arabs, who enjoy life expectancy, income, and educational attainment higher than their brothers in Egypt, Syria, Algeria, and Morocco. It forgets that Israeli Arabs are the most prosperous, politically free Arabs in the Middle East. The checkpoints, security wall, and other defensive measures Israel must take for the security of her citizens are all made necessary by decades of Palestinian terrorist violence against civilians, a cult of death taught to children and reinforced by schools and popular culture. Even so, fellow Arabs have killed more Palestinians than Israelis have while defending their citizens. And considering the 20 million people killed between 1945-2000 in wars, civil wars, and ethnic cleansing, it is passing strange that the international community obsesses over the 8,000 Palestinians killed as a result of Israel’s attempt to defend her people.

By any fair historical and moral standard, then, Israel doesn’t even register on the scale of global tyranny, oppression, and violence. Israel’s status as a pariah state reflects something else: the historical ignorance, moral idiocy, and irrational bigotry all evident in Chuck Hagel’s statements about Israel for the last decade. As Secretary of Defense, Hagel will reliably execute Obama’s policy of marginalizing Israel by obsessing over “settlements” and a “two-state solution” that the Palestinians for 50 years have shown no interest in other than as a tactical tool for pursuing its true goal––the destruction of Israel. In a region slipping ever farther into the control of anti-liberal, anti-American Islamist regimes, this demonization of Israel endangers not just our staunchest regional ally, but our own security and interests.

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  • http://twitter.com/TophStewart @TophStewart

    In 20 years the world will be thanking Israel for all it will have to do and has done. The revisionists can only get away with their lies for so long.

    • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

      Israel is continually doing the heavy lifting, for that which the west is afraid to do. Recall Osiark, and Syria's nascent WMD program, turned to rubble in 2007 by the same IAF!

      But never mind all that, at least according to the Hagel's, Brennan's, Kerry's, Jarrett's, Clinton's and assorted jackals in their midst – Georgie-the-devil-incarnate comes to the fore – Israel is the problem. Reprobates. Also, never mind Israel as the "Start Up Nation", having given more to humanity than any other nation. Google the book.

      Par for their dastardly course, Richard Falk (one of their anti-Israel crew) is busy as a beaver, at his disgraceful perch at the UN, an assembly of rogues and knaves – http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/02/04/richard-falks

      Alas, when the west gains a conscience, this American-Israeli blogger will be duly appreciative. She is exhausted!!

      Adina Kutnicki, Israel – http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

      • Cassandra

        As always Adinak great comments. God bless Israel and keep her safe.

      • http://twitter.com/TophStewart @TophStewart

        Yes Great stuff Adina.
        Osirak, the Syrian Reactor, the Eygptian nuclear ambition in the 60's and the Iranian Nuclear plan has been delayed to 2015 by covert missions and Stuxnet. They will only attack it when there is no option left.. I mean Iran had the 4 largest oil production in the World ( 3rd largest Export) a few years ago.. What do they need Nuclear energy for?

      • Neils60

        You may, unfortunately, add all of the Jewish U.S. Senators/Congressmen, with the exception of Republican Eric Cantor, to your list that begins with Hagel.

  • http://Israpundit.com Ted Belman

    Thornton is spot-on. His comparison’s are telling. His knowledge of the record is remarkable. His support for Israel unwavering.. Very impressive.

    • Anna

      Yes, we need more like him, or at least more who dare to express their views as I am sure they are there, but crippled by one of our most powerful enemies today, political correctness., which in fact is tyranny.

  • ron

    I see now, that we made a terrible mistake. A condition to a cease fire should have been forcing the various arab states to give land to the refugees they created. We should not have taken them back but we should have forced the bastards to give them the same land they stole from the Jews living in those countries.

  • FB363

    You said: It’s a strange logic whereby a people creating a country in a land they lived in for 3 millennia are deemed “occupiers” living in “illegal settlements."

    Should international law take second place to Jewish nationalism? Perhaps you think so.

    Theodor Meron, legal counsel of the Israeli Foreign Ministry in September 1967, was asked by the Prime Minister’s Office for his opinion on the legality of civilian settlement in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. In a cover note to his opinion, he summarized his conclusion: “…civilian settlement in the administered territories contravenes the explicit provisions of the Fourth Geneva Convention.”

    So he was concerned about Israel's contravening Geneva conventions. Was that strange?

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "So he was concerned about Israel's contravening Geneva conventions. Was that strange?"

      He was simply wrong. Israel is not an "occupier" that displaced any sovereign with any legitimate claim. Where is Jordan if they want it back? And even that assumes Jordan was there legally, which they were not'.

      You're just a sucker for Islamic propaganda, but then again so are most leftists.

    • ziontruth

      "Should international law take second place to Jewish nationalism?"

      International law shouldn't exist at all. It has not prevented any wars of aggression or genocides, but has only been a pretext for turning purely local problems (like the Jewish–Arab Conflict) into global ones, an excuse for nations to poke their noses in affairs that aren't theirs.

      "So he was concerned about Israel's contravening Geneva conventions. Was that strange?"

      It was cowardly, raising international law above Jewish national interests. We've had a fair share of that and we don't need any more of it—least of all as examples of what should be done.

    • reader

      The "international law" you're referring to is a sham. There's no such thing. Israel is being accused of the imaginary "violations" of the "international law" that sit perfectly well with respect to other countries. I'm already tired by pointing out at Keniksberg and Sudetenland, from where millions of German civilians were succesfully expelled without as much as a peep out of the so called civil rights freaks. And those were taken from the aggressors – just like the arabs are. But, moreover, Vyborg and Ptrozavodsk were taken away from the Finns, who were the victims of the aggression perpetrated by the USSR. Any complaints? ….chirp…chirp…chirp. That's what I thought. Everything goes, as long as the Jews aren't involved. Some "international law."

      • WildJew

        Interesting bit of history and a good reminder. I am somewhat familiar with the expulsions of ethnic Germans from Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Romania, Poland, etc. What authors have you read, might I ask?

        • reader

          There're quite a few. I think WWII is the subject most written about. I'm mostly interested in contemporary Russian historians who took advantage of a unique opportunity to – at least in part – research military archives that had been closed for decades prior to the 90s. Unfortunately, not a whole lot of that is being published in English. I'd recommend this one at least, which is coming out in a few weeks:
          http://www.amazon.com/Chief-Culprit-Stalins-Desig

      • objectivefactsmatter

        "The "international law" you're referring to is a sham. There's no such thing."

        International law is theoretical only. It's only useful to cite precedents if the parties agree. There is no universal standard and can't be as long as tyrannical sovereigns are part of the "international community" that renders judgment or opinion.

        Quoting supposed international law that Israel is violating is so pathetic. Obviously we're all breaking "international law" if you poll the right Muslims looking for that answer. Sharia anyone? I wonder which "jurists" came up with all of these ideas about Israel?

        • Ziggy Zoggy

          Couldn't be said better.

    • Mary Sue

      International Law is garbage. Nobody voted for it; it is undemocratic. So YES, it shouldn't even exist, but because it exists, it SHOULD take a backseat to countries laws when they are not doing anything wrong.

      The Geneva Conventions are being misapplied in this case.

    • RonL

      Meron is an idiot socialist and wrong here. The West Bank and Gaza were not sovereign territory. Their admionistration and annexation by Egypt and Jordan were not recognized. If the property was not held by a sovereign country, they cannot be termed "occupied".

    • aspacia

      There many who criticize Israel, including Israelis. The entire ME is artificial: Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Iraq, Iran, etc. Now why is it only tiny Israel that is demonized when there are more than 20 Muslim majority countries. BTW, the settlements do not contravene the Geneva conventions, and his claim has been refuted. Even if the settlements did violate some part of the bs convention,; firing rockets into civilian areas, using women and children and human shields, and fighting without uniforms also violate the Geneva conventions.

      LOOK AT A MAP! Then read regarding how Arabs are far more brutal to their refugee brethren than Israel has ever been.

  • BABI

    YOU CANT HIDE YOUR DEVEL ANTISEMIC OPINIONS,HE COULDNT BE NEVER NEVER SIMPELS SOLDER AT THE WORLD WAR 2, JERK!!

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      Write English, not Gibberish.

    • aspacia

      Babi,

      Write in your native tongue, then go to Google Translate for the English translation.

  • pierce

    Bruce, you said something to the effect he was nominated at all. Look at who nominated Hagel, yes, it was Barack Obama, and do you think he is some angel from heaven. Like it or not our president is anti semitic, from the start, he has had no use for Jews, in fact he hates Jews. The only thing not said is he is a lover of Islam. Yes, he has promoted Islam from the get go, they have favored nation status. This may get deleted, but it is the truth, so help me god.

    • WildJew

      I've got no problem with your (Obama) hates Jews position. He certainly has a big problem with Israel's Jews. His nomination of Chuck Hagel is a deliberate slap in the face of every Jew who voted for him. Obama is giving the Jews the "middle finger," like he did McCain and Clinton after he prevailed over them.

  • SHmuelHaLevi

    Ther are no questions about it. The "allies" condescended to "partition" the Land of Israel, AKA british mandate into impossible parts, Three in fact. Their plan was to escond behind that smoke screen their collaboration, in one way or another, with Hitler's "final solution". Neither the state department nor the british hid their rejection of even that. Nothing has changed since but for the worse.
    They somehow went along until most of the Holocaust survivors died and now or better yet, since the 90's they actively work to destroy the State. The Islamic monsters are their proxies for now but I do not doubt that if the islamics fail, the real anti-Semites will take over the job.
    We are ready laides and gentlemen.

  • MikeWood

    A brilliant summary of the situation, Bruce. Very useful.

  • Maurice Solovitz

    sad to say but it is not 20million people killed since the end of the Second world war but 100 million – that just makes it worse!

  • Fred

    Well Barry (Jew Hater) nominated this jerk. It really doesn't matter since Barry is an ILLEGAL President. Sealed records, birth certificate fraud, using another persons SSA #, Fast and Furious, Eric (hates whites) Holder still in office and so so so much more. And since Barry is a Muslim what do you expect?

    The radical left took over the courts, media, entertainment, education and we are doomed. The "media" will not report on many things and cover for Barry.

    • Mary Sue

      I have to wonder if Barry Zero's jew-hatred started at home with his parent or grandparents, or whether it started among his hippie friends in school, or among the sermons from Jeremiah Wright that we never hear about. Maybe a little of each.

      • WildJew

        I'll go with the sermons….and the "holy" Qur'an.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    "Given that historical context, what makes the 600,000 Arabs deserve such obsessive concern?"

    It is totally undeserved. They are simply the pawns used by Islamic supremacists construct yet another lie-based narrative about "Islamic history," which is a synonymous with "delusions about the past that replace the pathetic true facts."

    And because of Arab oil, and the inertia of these historic lies, we have the Islamic oil lobby today that is the true evil entity corrupting justice on the global stage, making the Chinese regime look like perfectly reasonable communists (as if any could exist). But compared to these Islamic tyrants, anyone more benign than Stalin starts to look reasonable. But worst of all is that because of Islam, believing Muslims actually eat up these lies and teach them as facts today to their children, whine about them as "facts" on the Internet, and basically interrupt any chance for peace anywhere they're influence reaches in this world.

    AND…these are the people 0'Bama not just aligns himself with, but works actively for, assuring everyone that they are actually the ones telling the truth. They are the victims of "American colonialism." Israel is just a colony of the USA used to attack "legitimate" jihadis.

    That makes 0'Bama a 5th columnist (communist) jihadi traitor to the USA.

  • Chanameel

    Its all about the oil.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      It's all about crippling the US.

      The US depending on OPEC oil is a means to an end.

  • WildJew

    Dr. Thornton, you wrote: "Israel actually has a better claim to its existence, having been created by the U.N. rather than by the whims and national interests of the Allied victors."

    I take it you are referring to the League of Nations (the United Nations is its legitimate successor) Mandate for Palestine.

  • John Hansen

    Canada will continue to stand with our great friend and ally Israel.

    • ziontruth

      HaShem bless Canada, friend. HaShem guard her from the fate of coming in thrall to a Marxist presidency that has befallen her neighbor to the south.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      GOD BLESS CANADA FOREVER!

  • John Hansen

    God created one people-group, the Jews, to show that He is in control in His universe. God bless Israel!

    • ziontruth

      Wow! That's precisely what the bit about "Light Unto The Nations" is all about: That, whether the Jewish nation prospers or suffers, all people in the world would look to its fate as a beacon proving HaShem is actively in lordship over His creation. The history of the Jewish nation as proof of the existence of the Bible's God. Well taken, sir!

  • Stephan Marcus

    Okay let me get this straight: The conquest of Canaan by Joshua and the tribes of Israel endowed them with ownership of the land in perpetuity. But the subsequent conquest of the land by Greeks, Romans, Arabs and Turks gave these peoples no claim on the land at all.
    The Palestinian refugees should just integrate in the countries where they find themselves now (irrespective of how this would alter the demographics and stability of those countries…) but Jews can immigrate to Israel and claim citizenship even if their ancestors had not been resident for hundreds of years.
    With continually inhabited you mean maintaining a presence of 10% and less of the population until mass immigration started early in the 1900's.

    Israel was indeed created by the UN and its pre-1967 border recognized by the same body. Today however Israel is entirely dismissive of the organization and international law.

    But all of this is entirely irrelevant. The situation today is what should concern us.

    The state of Israel exists. Dismantling the state is not on the agenda of anyone except a lunatic fringe. But not even the lunatic fringe is crazy enough to try and destroy a state with a large stockpile of (illegal) nuclear weapons and allied to the US which possesses the worlds larges military and arsenal of nuclear arms.
    Conflict with Israel stems from the occupation and its unrestrained belligerence. Israel rule over 4 million Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank. These people have neither a state nor any citizenship Israel recognizes. They are under military rule and have little recourse to legally challenge the occupation authorities. Israel continues to create settlements in a program of creeping annexation and represses any Palestinian resistance with excessive violence. As long as this situation continues the country will remain the recipient of criticism and ostrasization.

    • ziontruth

      "…But the subsequent conquest of the land by Greeks, Romans, Arabs and Turks gave these peoples no claim on the land at all."

      They have no integral ties to the Land of Israel. The Greeks were still Greeks, the Romans still Romans, the Turks still Turks, and the Arabs—even when they've illicitly called themselves "Palestinians" to mislead the world—still Arabs.

      In contrast, the Jews, for over 2000 years, wherever they've been, even on the other side of the world, have always been tied to the Land of Israel. Their religion, language and culture are have always been Palestinian (Palestine = the Land of Israel).

      As far back as Moses, when Moses begged HaShem to let him inside the Land of Israel, one of HaShem's arguments was, "Joseph said he was a Hebrew while you did not." Joseph called himself a Hebrew when in the Egyptian prison, while Moses kept silent when Jethro's daughters described him as an Egyptian. But was Moses really not born in Egypt? He was; therefore we learn that every Jew, from birth, is tied to the Land of Israel. Only the Jewish nation is connected to the Land of Israel, and only to the Land of Israel is the Jewish nation connected.

      No matter what anybody thinks about it.

      "Israel was indeed created by the UN…"

      The U.N. was, for once, doing its duty.

      "…and its pre-1967 border recognized by the same body."

      The pre-1967 borders are in as much a dispute as the post-1967 ones. In case you've been living under a rock: The push for making the pre-1967 a "state of all its citizens," instead of the State of the Jews, is already underway. What the Algeria solution is to the post-1967 territories (ethnic cleansing of all the Jews), the Lebanon solution is to the pre-1967 ones (destruction of the remaining state through demographic swamping, a.k.a. multiculturalism, as in Western Europe).

      "Dismantling the state is not on the agenda of anyone except a lunatic fringe."

      Lunatic yes, fringe no. Over a billion Muslims share that agenda, and their Far Left allies are all too willing to help them.

      "But not even the lunatic fringe is crazy enough to try and destroy a state with a large stockpile of … nuclear weapons…"

      Look up the term "shaheed." It might enlighten you.

      "Conflict with Israel stems from the occupation and its unrestrained belligerence."

      Conflict with Israel stems from the Muslim inability to accept a non-Muslim state in their midst, and the Marxist antagonism to Jewish nationalism that goes back to 1920.

      "Israel rule over 4 million [Arab colonists] in Gaza and the West Bank. These people have neither a state nor any citizenship Israel recognizes."

      They have 20 Arab states to choose from. It's just that the Arab nation is not entitled to what rightfully belongs to the Jews—the Land of Israel.

      "They are under military rule and have little recourse to legally challenge the occupation authorities."

      The military rule will have to end. It will need to be ended by booting all the Arab colonists out of the Land of Israel.

      "Israel continues to create settlements…"

      By definition, it is not possible for Jewish population centers in the Land of Israel to be called settlements. By definition, all Arab population centers in the Land of Israel are settlements, illegal colonies that will have to be evacuated for the sake of a just and viable peace.

      "As long as this situation continues the country will remain the recipient of criticism and ostrasization."

      It is an honor to be criticized and ostracized by the Muslims and their Marxist allies, the oppressors of entire free world and the greatest enemies of liberty all over the globe.

      • stern

        outstanding reply, ziontruth. You've saved me doing it. Thank you.

        • Mary Sue

          you probably could have given that guy a doozy, too :)

      • WildJew

        Stephan Marcus: "But not even the lunatic fringe is crazy enough to try and destroy a state with a large stockpile of … nuclear weapons…"

        ziontruth: Look up the term "shaheed." It might enlighten you.

        Touché!

      • SCREW SOCIALISM

        ziontruth AKBAR!

        YOU should have a column here at FPM.

    • Mary Sue

      Illegal nuclear weapons? Under whose authority? Nobody has the authority to call Israel's nukes "Illegal".

      Conflict with Israel is caused by the invading Arabs who came in and hate Jews forever because their god told them to. It's as simple as that.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "The Palestinian refugees should just integrate in the countries where they find themselves now (irrespective of how this would alter the demographics and stability of those countries…) "

      Based on circumstances, this is really more generous than they deserve, but if they can then remain peaceful it would be fine.

      "…but Jews can immigrate to Israel and claim citizenship even if their ancestors had not been resident for hundreds of years."

      Yes. Just as French can immigrate to France even if their immediate ancestors had not been resident for hundreds of years.

    • Ziggy Zoggy

      Stephan Marcus, do you have a follow up to your drive by comment?

      • SCREW SOCIALISM

        My reply to Stephen Marcus is

        Happy Eternal Nakba!

  • PAthena

    Calling Arabs "Palestinians" with all the phony history is the consequence of Soviet propaganda, for the Soviet Union and Gamal Nasser of Egypt created the "Palestine Liberation Organization" (P.L.O.) in Cairo in 1964. It came to fame with the massacre of the Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympic Games in 1972.
    The names "Palestine" and "Palestinians" were synonymous with "land of the Jews" and "Jew" from the time that the Roman Emperor Hadrian 135 A.D., after defeating the last Jewish rebellion under Bar Kochba, changed the name of Judea to "Palestina." He outlawed Judaism and renamed Jerusalem "Aelia Capitolina," "Aelius" being his gens name. Great Britain was awarded the "Palestine Mandate" after World War I, to be "the homeland of the Jews."

  • RiverFred

    I suggest Hagel, Obozo and Muslims read this excellent article, in fact it should be taught in our schools instead of the whitewashed version of Islam making Mohammed a saint when in fact he was the worse type of man.

    • Mary Sue

      I have the sneaking suspicion that Hagel is a Stealth Democrat.

      • SCREW SOCIALISM

        I think Hagel is a Moron Paul fanboi.

  • Ziggy Zoggy

    "More significant is the fact that he was nominated at all, given his record of gaffes, his use of anti-Semitic tropes like “Jewish lobby” (used only once “on the record,” he assures us!), his indulgence of the genocidal Iranian regime and its nuclear arms ambitions, and his endorsement of American guilt and global retreat."

    Uh, isn't that exactly why Obama chose him?

  • Mark

    I tend to agree with the article. I am deeply concerned about Israel's survival in the midst of Arab states as well as Iran and Hezbollah and Hamas who openly call for Israel's destruction. I also believe Iran will soon have nuclear weapons if they are not stopped and would almost certainly use them to destroy Israel. Israel would then be destroyed and millions of Israeli Jews would be incinerated along with the Arab Israelis both Muslim and Christian..

    However, I don't believe that the President seeks to destroy Israel or abandon her and I do not believe the Obama is a person who hates Jews. I believe he is being misled by a media dominated by idealists who supported the "Arab Spring." The idea of a humane, liberal government coming to power through elections in Egypt or any of the other Arab states or even Iran is dream that is simply not possible at this time. The majority of Arab Muslims want Sharia law and are intolerant of Christians and want to see Israel destroyed. There are millions of Egyptians who want liberal democracy and even peace with Israel but they are not yet the majority. The same being true in Iran which is Muslim but not Arab. It is true also in North Africa from Algeria to Morocco and Tunisia. Hatred of Jews and Christians runs deep in the Arab world and increasingly so in the Muslim world as a whole. Turkey to this day will not acknowledge the Genocide the Turkish state perpetrated against Armenian Christians and the Arab world although at times ruled by more liberal leaders who admired Christians and Jews, destroyed all but a remnant of eastern Christianity. And that trend continues today as Chrisian Arabs fee the Middle East. Muslims in fact over the course of a Millennium destroyed Eastern Christianity which at one time dominated what are now the Arab states as well as Turkey, North Africa and Persia and of course Egypt and Ethiopia. Central Asia, India, Ceylon, and China and even for a short time Japan had outposts of the Eastern Nestorian and other eastern Christian Churches that have long been forgotten by Western Christians (Roman and Orthodox) who incorrectly saw themselves as the original Center of the great Christian World. The Arabs over centuries almost totally obliterated eastern Christianity sometimes under a particularly harsh ruler or at other times Muslim leaders felt they had to allow Muslim mobs to vent their anger and hatred of Christians by allowing the mobs to rape and murder and enslave Christians. It varied but the tide of history was on the side of Islam. Probably the worst Muslim regime was first that of the Turkish Califate and then the even worse secular government of Turkey which organized and carried out the Armenian Genocide and mass atrocities against the Greeks.

    During the Second World war most Arabs supported Hitler because he was killing the Jews. Some Muslims saw Hitler as a second Muhammad. They massacred Jews as well as Christians well into the 20th Century and they have not stopped yet because the majority of Arab Muslims are uneducated and narrow minded.

    Unfortunately our President shares the view of most mainline Churches in this country and the views of many "liberals." All of us must learn history as it really was and rather than demonize Islam, take appropriate action to stop Muslims from being able to destroy Israel and the remnants of Christianity in the Arab world.

    • aspacia

      "However, I don't believe that the President seeks to destroy Israel or abandon her and I do not believe the Obama is a person who hates Jews. I believe he is being misled by a media dominated by idealists who supported the "Arab Spring."

      You are naive; zero knows exactly what he is doing; destroying both the USA and Israel.

      • Mark

        Your terminology is absurd. I suppose "zero" is your name for Obama. Guess what he is an elected U.S. President. You should make specific criticisms of Obama and not make him out to be the devil. He does not have the power to destroy America and guess what? There will be elections in four years and "zero" will no longer be President. And guess what? He is "zero" is a human being. Demonizing Obama will not help you score points with any of the people who elected him. The opposition to Obama will have to do better than calling him names. And to the others out there who just can't resist calling him "black" as if being black is a bad thing because they hate blacks that won't work either. This is a multicultural nation. I'm happy we are. What we must do is appeal to Americans to stand up for American values. We must acknowledge the contributions of all nationalities and accept the fact that we have a bi-racial President. We must stand up for America and Israel. And we should also recognize that there is a terrible income gap between most Americans and the very wealthy. That needs to be addressed and at one time the Republican party was not a party of "no nothings" and enemies of the poor. It was Richard Nixon who fought for affirmative action because at that time it was needed. Black people needed higher paying jobs in great numbers. Earlier in in 1960 Nixon opposed Kennedy's lies about a missile gap and he opposed Kennedy's call to go to war with China over two unpopulated, unimportant Islands that China wanted at the time. Ike sent armed troops into Little Rock with loaded weapons to stop the South from negating the Civil Rights of black Americans and the rule of law. The Republican party of today is increasingly dominated by people who insist on demonizing Democrats. It will result in more victories for the Democrats as Republicans isolate themselves from the majority of America.

  • http://twitter.com/TophStewart @TophStewart

    Mark, you make a very good point. Obama is not Anti-Semitic as such, but it has become commonly accepted to berate Israel and Jews without facts in order to appease Fundamental Islamists who are soon going to be running the Middle East. He will only learn when it is too late

  • Cheryl Semrau

    I am so proud of our Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. He is 100% support of Israel

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      GOD BLESS CANADA!

  • imalert

    Great article, well said.

  • cathchr

    Israel certainly has a legitimate right of self defense but the United States of America has the duty to consider it's own best interests in formulating its foreign and defense policies. The interest of the U.S. do not neatly or precisely coincide with those of the nation of Israel. It is this reality that is largely driving the debate over the Hagel nomination. No sane person wants the Iranians to have nuclear weapons. However unlike Israel, they are a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation treaty and their nuclear program, initiated at the behest of the US government in the 1960's,, is subject to international inspection, unlike anything Israel has ever permitted with respect to its own program. The NNPT freely permits the peaceful pursuit of nuclear energy.
    If the Israeli's attack any nation lawfully and peacefully pursuing nuclear energy under the NNPT,they should not expect the backing of the U.S., absent clear proof of a weapons program. This is particularly true as Israel has been anything but transparent with their own nuclear program, which by reliable reports, does include nuclear weapons.

    • http://twitter.com/TophStewart @TophStewart

      The NPR is the biggest joke going! Iran gets 3 months notice of inspections to hide incriminating evidence and that is only of the the nuclear sites they HAVE DECLARED!!! . Having signed the NPT all they have to say is that they want Nuclear Energy for peaceful purposes and then no action will be taken for years and years.
      You tell me cathchr .. Why does Iran the 3rd or 4th Largest oil producing country ( 2010 /2011) need nuclear energy?… for one reason and purpose only.
      Israel have never confirmed or denied anything yet it is widely accepted they have Nuclear weapons. Have they ever used them in the last 40 years? No. Responsible countries and responsible people understand the effect that Nuclear and Chemical weapons can have. They are Israel's deterrent. As it has often been famously Said by Israeli Leaders " We will not be the first to introduce nuclear weapons into the Middle East.'

      • cathchr

        Why does Iran "need" nuclear energy? That question could be addressed to the U.S government which knowing full well that Iran was oil rich nevertheless provided them with nuclear technology and their first reactor. Nuclear energy is useful for purposes other than generation of electricity. It is necessary for up to date medical research and treatment. And need, under the NPT is determined by each nation, not subject to review or veto by other nations, with the caveat that verification by periodic inspection be carried out to confirm that nuclear weapons are not being manufactured. There has been no finding by the UN that Iran is in violation of the NPT, nor has any nation claimed that they have an active nuclear weapons program. This includes a finding by the US intelligence community. You also ask whether Israel has used those nuclear weapons which they refuse to acknowledge that they have, and the answer of course is no. A second good question to ask is whether their leaders have ever threatened to use them during a crisis. I am not sure you could answer that question with an unqualified no.
        Regardless of what Israel thinks it must do, the point that I stressed was that the U.S. should only act in accord with its own defense needs. Israel will determine its security policies as they will. But the national security needs of the U.S. should determine our own course of conduct. The defense needs of the U.S. and Israel may not directly coincide. We need to identify our own security needs and act accordingly. The Israeli's themselves I am sure, will do no less. And if they feel compelled to act militarily we ought not go along unless American lives and interests demand it.

        • http://twitter.com/TophStewart @TophStewart

          That was prior to the regime change of 1979. Why do they need weapons grade Uranium then? They don't.
          For the last 20 years and more The USA may have given money to Israel ( and several Arab nations ) but never troops or overt assistance to Israel. The issue today is that Israel has said to the USA- if you do not put enough pressure on Iran ( as only America, Russia or China could) then we will have to take our own overt action as opposed to previous covert actions. No- one wants this to happen, especially not the Israelis but they are preparing all the same as they know what the results of being unprepared would be.

          • cathchr

            Agree that they do not need weapons grade Uranium, but to date there is nothing to suggest that they have it, or are close to it. They have a lower grade which could be sufficient to run a nuclear power plant, or for medical research, and which could without proper NPT enforcement lead to the higher grade weapons grade uranium, so absolutely it must be carefully watched. And whereas ultimately "all options are on the table" if it comes to a genuine nuclear threat, based on what we know now I don't begrudge talking down the military option, and considering others. For example if any part of the world needs to negotiate a nuclear free zone I think it is the middle east, Israel included. Ultimately their security cannot depend on nuclear weapons. Neither for that matter can ours.

          • http://twitter.com/TophStewart @TophStewart

            I actually agree with all of that except the part about weapons grade uranium . Although it is very hard to determine 100% , i do believe that they are obtaining higher levels of Uranium compounds that are far quicker to turn into weapons grade.
            My only other main point would be:
            What do you think would happen to Israel if it ceased to be a nuclear power? If all surrounding Nations recognised Israel ( many don't) and signed a peace treaty ( many haven't) then there would be reason for Israel to become non nuclear. Until then they cannot take that chance.. especially since the events of holocaust lives on in survivors and their children and grandchildren. Never Again

          • SCREW SOCIALISM

            Burying their nuclear programs deep underground doesn't suggest a transparent nukes for peace program.

            How dumb can you be?

        • aspacia

          Global economic interests are our interests cathchr.

    • http://twitter.com/TophStewart @TophStewart

      sorry NPT

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      IF the Islamist Regime of Irans nuclear program is "peaceful", why does it spread it out across the country, hiding labs in civilian areas, DEEP underground.

      That's not a transparent program.

      Islamofascist Iran is hiding its genocidal weapons program.

      How dumb can you be?

      • cathchr

        Gee I never thought of that. Excellent point. things are clearer now. thanks. Btw, Good first draft, masterful second. Amazing how your thoughts just came together by take 2.

        • objectivefactsmatter

          "Gee I never thought of that. Excellent point. things are clearer now."

          Care to respond?

    • aspacia

      And the US criticized Israel for destroying both the Iraqi and Syrian reactors. That is, we did not support these Israeli moves against sociopathic dictators.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Chuck Hagel, and Obama toad, he says so much about what Obama is up to and the direction
    (down hill) that he hopes to direct America towards. The Obama regeme change gives and
    administration we can all be horrified over and if disgust is your poison Obama has filled
    the bill. I resent it completely that they are paid with our tax dollars and resent completely
    those who voted for these destroyers of our Nation and hope to live long enough to see
    all of the left go down and never get up again……………………….William

  • Anamah

    The same genocidal Islamic path took place in deep Asian continent …Look Pakistan, Afghanistan, India…all of them places were so many Hindus, Buddhist, Christian and animist, were massacred. Entire populations, have been erased. Shockingly big portion of the globe became Muslim by force. All over the world we see their intolerance, their irrational hate and fascism.These countries behavior not only produced millions of death but also changed history hiding the truth of massacres. These Progressive Nazi partners, always use Israel to distract public opinion from real problems the world should face. Even the use of "settlement" in place of investment… or building, is the manipulation of language…and yes; there are many new countries created by agreements…anyone have so much entitlements as Israel to be re established in her own Ancient Home…bigger than today Israel!

  • IRL

    This article is one of the most brutally honest and accurate I have read in a long time.

  • Ghostwriter

    It's a simple matter for me. Israelis are pro-American,much of the Muslim world is not. I'm just going with our ally Israel,our ONLY real friend in the Middle East.

  • RonL

    "After watching Chuck Hagel’s embarrassing performance in his confirmation hearings, I can’t decide if he’s a bigot, a paleocon isolationist, or just plain stupid."
    Hagel is a liberal internationalist. The sad part is that many peleoconservatives seem to hate Israel more than they love America and support Hagel and Obama.

  • cynthia curran

    Calling Arabs "Palestinians" with all the phony history is the consequence of Soviet propaganda, for the Soviet Union and Gamal Nasser of Egypt created the "Palestine Liberation Organization" (P.L.O.) in Cairo in 1964. It came to fame with the massacre of the Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympic Games in 1972.
    The names "Palestine" and "Palestinians" were synonymous with "land of the Jews" and "Jew" from the time that the Roman Emperor Hadrian 135 A.D., after defeating the last Jewish rebellion under Bar Kochba, changed the name of Judea to "Palestina." He outlawed Judaism and renamed Jerusalem "Aelia Capitolina," "Aelius" being his gens name. Great Britain was awarded the "Palestine Mandate" after World War I, to be "the homeland of the Jews."
    Actually there were alot of Jews in the 6th century, the Romans didn't keep them out for only a century. There are synogogues in the age of Justinian and most of the Jews were farmers

  • cynthia curran

    They were still a lot of Jews in Palestine during the middle ages and the Crusade period it was the Ottoman period where they were reeuce.

  • cynthia curran

    the Ottoman period where they were reduce.

  • Gerald A. Honigman

    Amen, Professor Thornton!

    The conquest, subjugation, and forced Arabization of scores of millions of other non-Arab and/or non-Muslim peoples in the region by those who accuse an Israel that one needs a magnifying glass to find on a world globe as being "expansionist" is a sick joke. My own book documents this duplicity bigtime, "The Quest For Justice In The Middle East…The Arab-Israeli Conflict In Greater Perspective." See it at http://q4j-middle-east.com

  • A Silver

    To express matters politely, it appears from the many comments and innuendoes being voiced that Barak Obama has a personal agenda and perhaps inherent problems when it comes to Jews, not only those living in America but in Israel and which in the course of time only history will reveal.

    His immediate concern however is his apparent inability to select the right people for the job and that adds up to serious problems which could lead all the way to Impeachment.

  • jezzamy

    Here's a new petition you might like to sin and/or share:
    http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/Reduce_the_demon

  • freonpsandoz

    Like the Israeli leadership has always done, the author tiptoes around his belief that all of historical Palestine rightly belongs to the Jews without stating it explicitly. To be sure, the belief that Palestine belongs entirely to the Muslims and that Israel should disappear is common on the other side. The West overwhelmingly rejects both extremes and calls for a fair division of Palestine between the two. What the author labels “shameful demonization” is simply the West’s tendency to support the underdog and assign more blame to the extreme position of Israel because Israel is by far the more powerful of the two. And “occupation” is the only accurate term for the status of the West Bank and Gaza. These territories and their Arab population have not been incorporated into Israel because Israel cannot do so and also remain a democratic Jewish state.