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Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Who will defend Israel's right to defend itself?

Jennifer Rubin nails the real issue again.
The rule set for Israel, which applies to no other nation in the world, is an intentionally impossible one to meet: the Jewish state can only defend itself without harming terrorists, who abide by no laws of war and exercise no concern for Israeli casualties. Words are twisted: Israel is transformed into ”the aggressor” in each instance, and the “peace” forces — in this case, populated by Turkish IHH forces with ties to Hamas and other terror groups — are those that attacks Israelis.

This is a critical moment for Israel, for its supporters, for American Jewry, and for Obama. Who will defend Israel’s right to defend itself, and who will fall in with the venomous critics who will be satisfied only when Israel is a defenseless shell of its former self? We will see once again who is pro-Israel — and willing to defy partisan loyalty if need be — and who is so in name only.
So far, it looks like only the usual suspects are defending Israel's right to defend itself.

What could go wrong?


At 5:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What can we expect? Turkey sends Islamist thugs to attack Israel and, following a Turkish request, NATO caves into its demand for an "impartial investigation" into the flotilla "raid"--hmmm do they mean investigate Turkey's ties to terrorists? Probably not. Maybe the Armenian genocide? Don't think so. The UN Security Council also wants an impartial investigation. Does it mean investigate Hamas attempts to reinforce its liquidationist theocracy with Turkey's help in its Gaza redoubt? Or Russia's attempts to take advantage of America's stumbling by advancing Hamas' international influence? Hmmmm. Probably not. Oh, and Obama, after telling Jewish and sympathetic ears that he was "on Israel's side"--well, he caves here too.

Somebody better tell BIbi he's being played.

At 10:03 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Israel will have to defend itself. It can expect no one to come to its assistance. Such is the eternal lesson of Jewish history. On this point must absolutely not back down in the face of a hostile world howling for Jewish blood.

At 10:25 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Nile Gardiner of the UK Telegraph is one of the few voices in the West to defend Israel's right to defend itself.

He writes here:

"It is all too easy for smug, self-righteous politicians in the West to pour scorn upon Israel’s actions in the face of its enemies, from the safety of European capitals thousands of miles away from Hamas rockets. The outpouring of hatred towards Israel following the shoot-out aboard an “aid” vessel headed towards Gaza earlier this week has been overwhelming, yet sadly predictable. From London to Berlin, Paris and Brussels, the vitriol against a close friend and ally has been both ugly and brutal, with language that is rarely used if at all these days, even against the likes of odious tyrannies such as North Korea or Sudan."

"It seems that a special place in hell has been reserved for Israel, not only in the eyes of the Islamic world, but for many in the West as well. I cannot think of any country on earth that is more consistently reviled by the international community, and persecuted by the likes of the UN or the European Union, than this small nation of seven million people, who have bravely fought seven wars just to stay alive."

Then there is the money quote:

"Those who condemn Israel’s use of “disproportionate force” would do well to remember that her foes are our deadly opponents too. If Israel is defeated the security of the West itself would be significantly undermined. There is no middle ground in this war – political leaders in the West must decide whose side they are on – the defenders of freedom in the Middle East or the forces of terrorism and tyranny that threaten them."

There's lots more. Read it all

At 10:30 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

There is another post by Gardiner worth reading on the demonization of Israel. Its really very good.

The money quote I think says its best on what happened a fortnight ago - not that it will lead to expressions of remorse from short-sighted Western leaders butt-kissing up to Islam:

"If the “international community” really cared about the people of Gaza as opposed to exploiting a tragedy for the purposes of demonising Israel, it would call on Hamas to renounce terrorism, recognise Israel, and lay down its arms. The blockade of Gaza is there for a good reason – to prevent terrorist attacks against Israel by a vicious and barbaric terrorist group armed and funded by Iran. I would hope that politicians on both sides of the Atlantic will hold back and consider the full picture, before blindly following the UN, EU and Arab League lynch mob as they bay for Israel’s blood."

Lynch mob? Indeed. There's still more. Read it all

At 5:15 AM, Blogger violet said...

If you'd like to defend Israel's right to defend itself to the BBC audience, there's an opportunity, FWIW, to post comments.


The question there is: Was Israel right to board the Gaza flotilla?


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