Sunday, March 23, 2008

How could anyone not be on the side of Israel?

An article on the Robert Spencer Jihad Watch site asked the provocative question “How could anybody in their right mind not be on Israel’s side?” I share the sentiment expressed in this question. One answer, unfortunately, is the Israeli government seems to not be in “their right mind” because it cannot be said they support Israel’s right to exist if they are willing to negotiate away Israel’s survival and fail to respond to the Islamic threat.

I asked a Muslim I respect “why do the Arabs hate Israel so?” The reply was that Arabs in general believe Israel pushed Palestinians out of their homes in the land which is now the country of Israel and Arabs other than Palestinians support them because the Koran says it is their duty to do so. Actually I have read the Koran and agree that it does support this belief but the basic problem is that the premise of Israel ejecting the Palestinians from “their land” is wrong.

Those who believe the Bible is a true historic account can point to various passages to support the contention that the land belonged to Jews long before any Arabs lived there. For one such account I refer to Ezekiel 36:16-17a, 18-28, which says in relevant part:

“The word of the Lord came to me, saying… I scattered them [the Jews] among the nations, dispersing them over foreign lands; according to their conduct and deeds I judged them. … So I have relented … Therefore say to the house of Israel: … Thus the nations shall know that I am the Lord, says the Lord God, when in their sight I prove my holiness through you. For I will take you away from among the nations, gather you from foreign lands, and bring you back to your own land. … You shall live in the land I gave your fathers; you shall be my people, and I will be your God.”

Since “the land”, Israel, was given to the Jews by God, anyone living there when the Jews were gathered “from foreign lands” following the holocaust, lived on that land only by sufferance of those not yet returned and cannot be said to have been evicted from land they "justly owned", because under God they did not properly own it.

The real problem in the Middle East is not the Palestinians were “forced out of their homes and land”; it is that Arabs are governed in countries of the region by theocratic dictatorships who want to remain in power at any cost and restive populations they rule need to have a diversion from the rigid domination. The Palestinian “plight” serves that purpose by bringing together Muslims in a religious “jihad” against those who they are told victimize other Arabs.

It is convenient that the Koran teaches Islam must triumph everywhere and eventually must rule. It doesn’t even matter if it takes a century or more or if it never comes to be. What matters is the fact that goal is established by the Koran and serves the purpose of the Islamic dictators. As long as the Koran is regarded as the word of God it cannot be reinterpreted into a less virulent form. As the literal Word of God, non Muslims will be a target forever and Israel is merely the most convenient object of their hate at the moment but Israel is by no means the only target of their wrath.

For decades Israel has been the most-publicized object of jihad because it is an “infidel nation-state, in the middle of ‘Dar al-Islam’, and contains the despised Jews; this is what sends Muslims into a fury. Although some Muslims may conceal that fury for the benefit of western government appeasers and diplomats; that fury will always remain.

The only consolation for Israel is that Israel is not the only object of Muslim hatred; all non Muslims are. In the Middle East Islamic Nazis achieve success through world-wide public relations efforts what they are unable to achieve militarily.

Western liberal sympathizers and Muslims call opponents of Islam crusaders and supporters of Jewish aggression. Many “intellectuals” agree with these accusations. Even the United States and Western Europe presume to preach to Israel as to what Israel has a "right" to do and what Israel "must" concede after fighting three wars of survival in the past fifty years. The United Nations decides what constitutes a "proportional" response. Again and again Israel is required to give up territory in every negotiation and agreement, all of which are breached by the Muslims. Israel is required to continue peace negotiation while under constant bombardment by rockets and mortars. Is it right to lecture Israel about anything when it is in a perpetual fight for survival?

The inability to criticize Islam under threat of violence is just one more indication of the power of this extremist ideology. I repeat, how could anyone in his right mind not be on the side of Israel?

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