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Israel deserves a closer look


star14cThe country of Israel, its government, and its people are the victims of some rather disgusting, one-sided publicity.  I have decided that enough is enough, and have prepared a sampling of seldom reported items to help balance the rhetoric.

First, who is really the “bad guy” when it comes to civilian casualties as battles and skirmishes are fought?  The Israelis are always reported as the killing civilians in large numbers.  Consider this though…

Israel’s approach to bombing enemy targets is unique in the history of warfare. Making use of modern technology, it sends text messages, or calls the target several minutes before striking, to warn the occupants to move to safety.

Then it sends a flare or similar device as a final warning before actually dropping the bomb. The success of this strategy can be measured by the numbers. In striking 500 targets in Gaza, only around 20 civilians have died, with about another 20 Islamic militants. In terms of what is euphemistically called “collateral damage,” those figures are extraordinarily low.

When a government cares about civilian casualties, they are NOT the bad guys.  Bad guys are the ones doing exactly what the media loves to report that Israel is doing.  If you read the full article you will find this is an Israeli to Palestinian kindness only.

It is often said that non-Jews have no voting rights in Israel.  This is actually not true.  Consider this…

The Israeli election season began months ago, but the Arab parties have only recently launched their campaign. Unlike other parties that will try to sway swing voters on election day, March 17th, their strategy is getting Arab-Palestinian citizens who have historically been apathetic or who outright boycotted elections to vote. Around half of Arabs in Israel did not participate in recent elections. But this time around, Arab parties are gaining ground. Early polls show the Arab-Palestinians are expected to jump from the lowest voter turnout rate to one of the highest in the country and could become the third largest party in the next Knesset. (viewed 1/2/2017)

The real threat in Israel, as it is in the Western world, is that the Muslim population can grow to outnumber voters in the countries in which they reside, causing an internal, political change in the home country.

Lastly, the whole burden of the failed peace process is always put on Israel.  However, this also is a failure of accurate reporting.  Anyone who understands the real nature of the problem knows that Israel is only asking for recognition of their right to exist.  The Palestinians will never agree, without education in peace,  because to do so would go against everything their Muslim faith and Arab heritage has taught them.  In their eyes, Jews do not have a right to exist.  They are to be conquered, made to convert, pay an exorbitant tax, or die.  (The same is true for Christians, but this article is about Israel and the Jewish people.)

Consider this….

There are two main reasons why Palestinians will not sign a real and meaningful peace agreement with Israel – at least not in the foreseeable future.

The first is a total lack of education for peace. The second is related to the absence of a leader who is authorized – or has the guts – to embark on such a risky mission.

If Yasser Arafat was not able to accept the generous offer made by former Prime Minister Ehud Barak at the 2000 Camp David summit, who is Mahmoud Abbas to make any form of concession to Israel? Arafat was quoted back them as saying that he rejected the offer because he did not want to end up drinking tea with assassinated Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, the first Arab leader to sign a peace agreement with Israel.

Any Palestinian who dares to talk about concessions to Israel is quickly denounced as a traitor.

These are the two reasons why the “peace process” in the Middle East will continue to revolve in a vicious cycle. In order to make peace with Israel, you need to prepare your people for peace with Israel. This is something that the Palestinian Authority has failed to do. And that is why we will not see the emergence of a more moderate Palestinian leader in the near future.  (viewed 1/2/2017)

Israel has given up land for peace. It did so in 1978, when it gave up the Sinai Peninsula (and all the oil wealth from that land) to the Egyptians who had signed a peace treaty with them.

Israel would give up land for peace again.  The one condition that cannot seem to be met is Israel’s unwavering desire to be acknowledged as having a right to exist.  What group of people, and country would not want that as part of a peace treaty?  It is not asking all that much, one would think.  Oh, but it is….

Peace is not an option for the Arab nations.  Total annihilation of Israel, and Jews, is their goal.   Peace, wanted by Israel, is not the desired outcome of the Palestinians or by their Middle East neighbors.

I have added this link to a wonderful 5 minute video about the history of the land both Israel and the Palestinians are fighting over.  It is also helpful to understand the history of the disputed territory.

I support Israel’s right to exist, and I hope you will also.


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