They all warned us. The geniuses at Peace Now. The brilliant diplomats. The think tanks. Even the Arab dictators warned us. For decades now, they have been warning us that if you want “peace in the Middle East,” just fix the Palestinian problem. A recent variation on this theme has been: Just get the Jews in the West Bank and East Jerusalem to “freeze” their construction, and then, finally, Palestinian leaders might come to the table and peace might break out.
And what would happen if peace would break out between Jews and Palestinians? Would all those furious Arabs now demonstrating on the streets of Cairo and across the Middle East feel any better? Would they feel less oppressed?
What bloody nonsense.
Has there ever been a greater abuse of the English language in international diplomacy than calling the Israeli-Palestinian conflict the “Middle East peace process?” As if there were only two countries in the Middle East.
While self-righteous Israel bashers have scrutinized every flaw in Israel’s democracy — some waxing hysterical that the Jewish democratic experiment in the world’s nastiest neighborhood has turned into an embarrassment — they kept their big mouths shut about the oppression of millions of Arabs throughout the Middle East.
Imagine if those Israel bashers, during all the years they put Israel under their critical and hypocritical microscope, had taken Israel’s imperfect democratic experiment and said to the Arab world: Why don’t you try to emulate the Jews?
Why don’t you give equal rights to your women and gays, just like Israel does?
Why don’t you give your people the same freedom of speech, freedom of religion and freedom to vote that Israel gives its people? And offer them the economic opportunities they would get in Israel? Why don’t you treat your Jewish citizens the same way Israel treats its Arab citizens?
Why don’t you study how Israel has struggled to balance religion with democracy — a very difficult but not insurmountable task?
Why don’t you teach your people that Jews are not the sons of dogs, but a noble, ancient people with a 3,000-year connection to the land of Israel?
Yes, imagine if Israel bashers had spent a fraction of their energy fighting the lies of Arab dictators and defending the rights of millions of oppressed Arabs. Imagine if President Obama had taken 1 percent of the time he has harped on Jewish settlements to defend the democratic rights of Egyptian Arabs — which he is suddenly doing now that the volcano has erupted.
Maybe it’s just easier to beat up on a free and open society like Israel.
When you examine the actions of the United States, specifically the leadership of the United States, from a “position of neutrality,” for the last ten or fifteen years —and maybe longer— it’s hard to escape the sinking feeling that we’ve been our own worst enemy. While we’ve supported “stable strong men,” in some countries, we’ve done our best to destroy democracy in Israel. In other words, better that the Muslim Brotherhood rule in Iran than the Shah —and better that Israel doesn’t exist. It’s almost impossible to explain this in any rational way, but when we look at the US through the lens of worldview, we realize that rationality is, in fact, the one thing the elite has been arguing against for a number of years now.
We’ve been told, for a long time, that we need to toss absolute truth, the basis on which rational thought stands, and replace it with feelings. The reign of feelings as the rule has led to self destruction —can lead nowhere but to self destruction. But we’re too deeply mired to see it, yet. The elite will continue to fight for radical Islam —a religion based on emotion and outward displays of piety— and against Christianity —a religion of logic and internal conformation to a rule of thought that works its way into action— until the last barrier to insanity falls, and nothing is left but rage.