Do Israel's 'true friends' understand what's at stake?
Evelyn Gordon quotes the following from a recent Tom Friedman column
There is an unspoken question in the mind of virtually every Israeli
that you need to answer correctly: ‘Do you understand what neighborhood
I’m living in?
The real question is whether Tom himself understands (let along those criticized by Evelyn), but Gordon supplies ample quotes from most of our enemies in the neighborhood
, except, curiously, the 'Palestinian Authority.'
As even [New York Times columnist Roger] Cohen acknowledged, Israel has real enemies. He cited Hamas
leader Khaled Meshaal’s eliminationist threats; one could quote
identical rhetoric from Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, Iranian
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, “moderate” opponents of Ahmadinejad like
former President Hashemi Rafsanjani, and Muslim Brotherhood leaders in Egypt. A good example is this clip
(courtesy of MEMRI) of Egyptian cleric Mahmoud Al-Masri being
interviewed on Egypt’s Al-Nas TV in November: After gleefully
prophesying that the Brotherhood’s rise in Egypt and a successful
conclusion to the revolution in Syria will enable Egypt and Syria to
unite in a war of annihilation against Israel, Al-Masri assures his
followers that this is just the beginning: “Ultimately, not a single Jew
will be left on the face of the earth.”
So given that lots of people truly want to destroy Israel, how do
Israel’s friends keep that from happening? The only way is through
deterrence: convincing these enemies that, however much they’d like to
annihilate Israel, they lack the capability to succeed. First and
foremost, of course, that depends on Israel’s own military capabilities.
But it also depends on perceptions of Israel’s international support.
Indeed, most of the critics don't understand, and don't want to understand, the neighborhood in which we live. But I really wish Gordon had included a quote from 'Moderate
Mahmoud Abbas Abu Mazen
. Although this post is otherwise outstanding, it will allow some people to pretend that the 'moderate' 'Palestinian Authority' really doesn't wish to annihilate us.
Labels: anti-Semitism, Iranian nuclear threat, Mohammed Morsy, Muslim Brotherhood, Tom Friedman, US support for Israel