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Thursday, July 02, 2009

Israel is bullied because it acts like a doormat

Israel Harel reports that the reason Israel gets bullied all over the world is because it acts like a doormat.
It isn't the Americans who formulated the belittling and trivializing formula "natural growth" at which the Obama administration is now chipping away in an arrogant and bullying manner. An Israeli government, headed by Ariel Sharon, was responsible for the trivializing. And instead of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declaring, here at home, that no independent nation can agree to have "natural growth" dictate its rate of construction, Defense Minister Ehud Barak has gone off to the United States to plead for this poor little lamb.

And to whom has he gone? To the president? To the vice president? To the secretary of state? No. To an envoy, who holds the mere rank of ambassador. The State of Israel's defense minister has tried to extract an agreement to build kindergartens in Jewish settlements in Judea and Samaria. And since George Mitchell has apparently sent the defense minister away empty-handed, the prime minister himself is about to go to him hat in hand. Maybe he'll change his mind.
Harel says we need to act more like Azerbaijan.
Azerbaijan, a Muslim country, has a dangerous border with Iran. Many of its interests, especially economic interests, inevitably intersect with Iran's. About three weeks ago Iran's chief of staff, Maj. Gen. Hasan Firuzabadi, paid a surprise visit to Baku. The aim: to prevent a visit to the republic by Israeli President Shimon Peres. Although it was made clear to them that Iran would take a dim view should they refuse (and indeed while Peres was there, Iran recalled its ambassador), the Azerbaijanis rejected the demand outright. Azerbaijan is a country with self-respect. They made it clear to the bullying Iranians that no one was going to tell them which guests to receive, or to whom to export goods, or especially from whom to import. Only Israel fired the director general of its Defense Ministry, Amos Yaron, because that's what the Americans dictated.
In summary:
When the norm is to submit to pressure, the pressures only increase. If right at the start of the pressure campaign Netanyahu has bowed down to the Americans and given up his most basic principle - opposition to a Palestinian state - what is left for him to give when the next wave of pressure comes along? This is weakness and this is its wage.
Read the whole thing. For generations, Israeli leaders have failed to understand the basic truth that anyone who grew up in an Arab country understands: The Arabs respect force. They have no respect for someone who doesn't know how to stand up for himself. If you act like a weakling, they will treat you like a weakling and walk all over you. What would happen if Netanyahu just said no to Obama? I hope we will find out. If you want other countries to respect you, they cannot see you as being a wimp.


At 7:53 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

I've observed for a long time now Jew and self respect don't belong together in the same sentence. Israeli Jews may have come from the Galut but they still live in terror of what the Goyim will do. Someday, perhaps Israeli Jews will tell those who hate Jews to go take a hike and stand tall.


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