Unity Coalition for Israel reprinted a scathing article by George F. Wills published on WashingtonPost.com, denouncing president Obama's patronizing statement that "Israel should take risks for peace." That's all Israel has been doing for decades, since its inception--taking risks for peace.
In the intifada that began in 2000, Palestinian terrorism killed more than 1,000 Israelis. As a portion of U.S. population, that would be 42,000, approaching the toll of America's eight years in Vietnam. During the onslaught, which began 10 Septembers ago, Israeli parents sending two children to a school would put them on separate buses to decrease the chance that neither would return for dinner. Surely most Americans can imagine, even if their tone-deaf leaders cannot, how grating it is when those leaders lecture Israel on the need to take “risks for peace.”Somehow or other world leaders and spokesmen keep spouting ridiculous statements about Israel vis a vis its neighbors which not only indicate a lack of knowledge but worse--a total disinterest in learning the truth and facing it head on. That wouldn't work, you see, because then there would be no excuse to blame Israel for. . .something--anything.
Palestine has a seemingly limitless capacity for eliciting nonsense from afar, as it did recently when British Prime Minister David Cameron referred to Gaza as a “prison camp.” In a sense it is, but not in the sense Cameron intended. His implication was that Israel is the cruel imprisoner. Gaza's actual misfortune is to be under the iron fist of Hamas, a terrorist organization.How many times (ad nauseum) have I stated in this blog that Israel did not "take over" a 'Palestinian' state? There was no such thing, ever. But there was a Jewish one, many many snows ago.
The creation of Israel did not involve the destruction of a Palestinian state, there having been no such state since the Romans arrived. And if the Jewish percentage of the world's population were today what it was when the Romans ruled Palestine, there would be 200 million Jews. After a uniquely hazardous passage through two millennia without a homeland, there are 13 million Jews.Thirteen million Jews. Do you realize how little that is, in relation to other populations? The Chinese, admiring the Jews' and state of Israel's accomplishments in sixty-two short years, were discussing modeling their economic growth plan after Israel's. They were under the impression that the Jews of the world numbered 100 million, much smaller than China's over 1.3 billion (China ranks 1st; Israel ranks 96th, out of 223 countries, including tiny sovereign islands). They were dumbfounded when they learned that the total number of Jews is approximately 13 million, worldwide.
The truth of the matter is, that the world is resentful of the Jews' successes. And after two millenia of no state of their own, the Jews finally have one. In the 62 years of its existence, Israel has not known any real peace. The enemies surrounding her still refuse to even recognize that she exits. So, stop the patronizing, and the pandering to the Arabs. It's enough already.
In the 62 years since this homeland was founded on one-sixth of 1 percent of the land of what is carelessly and inaccurately called “the Arab world,” Israelis have never known an hour of real peace. Patronizing American lectures on the reality of risks and the desirableness of peace, which once were merely fatuous, are now obscene.Read the entire article.