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Israel: Living Under the Threat of Another Holocaust? 

July 13, 2009


Islam wishes to destroy all states and governments anywhere on the face of the earth which are opposed to the ideology and program of Islam regardless of the country or the nation which rules it.... [T]he objective of Islamic Jihad is to eliminate the rule of an un-Islamic system and establish in its stead an Islamic system of state rule. (Abul Ala Mawdudi, 1906-1979) 

The Israel-Palestine conflict has endured ever since the founding of the state of Israel in 1948. No matter how well-intended the facilitators, including American presidents, were in their attempts to resolve the conflict between Israel and Palestine, all efforts to that end were dashed on the rock of one stubborn reality: The Palestinian leaders, whatever they state publicly to the contrary, are convinced that the state of Israel is illegitimate and must be destroyed. 

No Ordinary Dispute

Efraim Karsh, in his Islamic Imperialism: a History, provides this insightful explanation:

In other words, the ‘Question of Palestine’ is neither an ordinary territorial dispute between two national movements nor a struggle by an indigenous population against a foreign occupier. It is a holy war by the worldwide Islamic umma to prevent the loss of a part of the House of Islam to the infidels. ’When our enemies usurp some Islamic lands, Jihad becomes a duty binding on all Muslims.’  (p.214) 

This is the reason why the 1993 Oslo accords went nowhere, and Yasser Arafat refused to accept the Camp David offer in 2000, despite the fact that he had obtained nearly every one of the Palestinian demands. He did not sign because peace would have legitimized the existence of Israel. In his own words: “We shall never commit a crime against them [future generations], the crime of permitting the existence of a racialist state in the heart of the Arab world.” (p.180) 

The Palestinian position could not be more bluntly explained than in that sentiment, repeated endlessly in all kinds of documents, sermons, on the airwaves, and even in school text books aimed at the very young. The Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmedinejad has spelled out this position so that no one can plead ignorance:  “We will wipe Israel off the map.”       

There are many ways in which  the deep-seated hatred for the Jewish people and the nation of Israel  continues to thrive. Meanwhile, Western public opinion refuses to take seriously the religious fanaticism that feeds that hatred. Ironically, many blame Israel for the violence, and   they want to use the unrelenting pressure of world opinion, now given added credence by President Obama, to force Israel into more concessions – including those that would  result in its  destruction. 

The prospect of Iran becoming a nuclear power places Israel before a terrible dilemma. The West appears no longer serious about stopping Iran’s nuclear ambitions. At the same time it demands that Israel treat its declared enemies as trustworthy negotiating partners. 

The UN, in clear violation of is own founding document and led by a coalition of the Arab states, has consistently carried on a campaign of demonizing Israel as the worst human rights violator. This is despite the fact that Israel is the only law-based, democratic state in the Middle East where more than one million Arabs enjoy all the rights of citizenship, including the right to elect their own members in the Israeli parliament ( Knesset). 

Regrettably, the anti-Israel forces get a great deal of help from the mainstream Western media and academic world. The leaders of radical Islam and especially the Palestinians are masters at playing the western media and intelligentsia. So much so that when Israel in self-defence builds a protective wall, sets up check points, or takes military action, it invariably is accused of killing innocents and using disproportionate force. All the while Hamas and Hezbollah hide behind civilians from which to send their rockets and suicide bombers. 

A Few Questions

What should Israel do? What should we do? We, that is, people of goodwill, who pray for the peace of Jerusalem and who wish nothing more fervently than that Israelis and Palestinians would live in freedom and peace alongside and with each other. 

Once before, in the 1930s, the West misjudged the character of  the Nazi murderers of the Jews. Had the leaders of the free world understood the truth, they might  have prevented the destruction of Europe and the slaughter of six million Jews. 

Unless we begin to realize that the ongoing attempts to construct the road map to peace are built on a lie – we will not make any progress in preventing a recurrence of the Holocaust. 

May God have mercy on us all.

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