IS ISRAEL A WICKED OR ARE ARAB LEADERS OBTUSE AND FEAR COMPROMISE
It's one thing to criticize Israeli policies, another --- very different --- to try to destroy the legitimacy of a UN created state some 67 years ago. Which seems to be the aim of most of its severe critics --- not all critics, mind you --- worldwide. As you'll see in a second or two.
CRUCIAL PROVISO AT THE START HERE:
Legitimate Criticism vs. Jew-Hatred
As you read this posted buggy commentary, be sure to keep a key point in mind: Israel is a solid democracy, where political parties of the right, center, and left dish out their political attacks under strict judicial monitoring by the Israeli Supreme Court . . . plus a shared need across almost the entire wide political spectrum to settle these policy-differences by non-violent compromises at the end of the day. Exactly as in the USA if you want a comparison.
These days, as in the past, the parties and media on the left and left-center verbally attack the existing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with unending vigor, and with no efforts by the government to censor them or their media outlets. The same rebounding verbal attacks in the media or the Knesset (Parliament) occur on the political right when a Labour Party or other left-wing party coalitions are in power.
For that matter, the same is true of Arab members of the Knesset elected by their party of preference: United Arab List – Ta'al and Balad. Israeli is a country of strong judicial law. Twice, Israeli governments have tried since 2000 or so to ban this small party-group on the grounds they refuse to recognize the Israel as a Jewish state, and twice the Israeli Supreme Court unanimously overturned the ban. The notion that any Arab state anywhere would let a judicial court overrule one of its dictator's key decisions is totally risible.
Come to that, a Muslim Druze politician, Majalli Wahabi ,became the acting President when the existing President was abroad in February 2007. (The Druze, a tough mountain people who live in Israel, Lebanon, Syria, and parts of Jordan, are conscripted into the Israeli army as are Jewish men and women --- with more and more Christian Arabs volunteering now as recruits, including Arab women as officers.
Sidebar: To Clarify with Another Example:
In April 2002 --- a period when roughly a thousand of terrorist attacks were attempted or set off in Israel --- the government sent in a commando force to the city of Jenin on the West Bank, where Israeli intelligence (with a member on the ground in Jenin) discovered a large group of terrorists holed up in a camp site with civilians present. The commando force used every restraint it could to kill the terrorists with little harm to the civilian population. At the end of the battle four days after it started, the a senior Palestinian official told CNN that there were at least 500 Palestinians killed in the terrorist hideout-camp.
On the fifth day, the Palestinian Authority Secretary told the UPI (United Press International) that the number killed was in the thousands . . . with, to top it off, the Secretary " hinting, along with other Palestinian figures, that Israel had snatched bodies, buried Palestinians in mass graves and under the rubble of ruined buildings, and otherwise conducted [itself] on a scale compatible with genocide."
Not surprisingly, the gullible European media, increasingly anti-Israel, reported these horrendous figures in every country they hailed from. The Israelis --- the New Nazis (according to lots of Arab propaganda) --- had practiced "genocide". Yep, genocide just as the Palestinian Secretary said it was. Then, too, a Swedish UN representative who entered the camp said it looked like a catastrophe, reminding him of the bombings and attacks by Nazi forces in WWII on Leningrad --- which he had apparently witnessed at times as a citizen of a neutral country. Strikingly, in contrast, two experienced American reporters (one from the Los Angeles Times, the other from the NYT) said it didn't seem to be anything but a small battle. No catastrophe, let alone any genocide --- and not noticeably many Palestinian corpses to see.
At about the same time, note quickly, Arab members of the Israeli Knesset (Parliament) petitioned the Israeli Supreme Court to have the IDF commandos stop removing any bodies from the camp. The High Court did exactly that, even though the IDF head said that they were removing dead bodies and burying them to prevent diseases from spreading in the Camp.
In the end, the number of dead Palestinians wasn't thousands, wasn't even remotely 500. It totaled in the UN report only 52 dead victims, 38 of which had been gunmen terrorists. (Just before the Israeli attack on the terrorist holdout, Israeli loud speakers warned the civilians to flee the camp. Apparently, some didn't or were made hostages by the Palestinian terrorists. By the same token, the UN report showed that there were 23 Israeli commandos killed in the 11 day battle. In short, the Israeli-hating European media --- never mind some radical left-wing media in the US --- reported that the propagandist Palestinian exaggerations were accurate, a real calamity of grisly immorality. By contrast, the battle-experienced American reporters had been accurate. It was a small battle, with casualties on both side ---and a million miles away from a genocide.
sources: On the battle of Jenin, click here. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Jenin On the large number of terrorist attacks on Israeli by Palestinian terrorists in the early part of the 2000 first decade, click here. http://www.johnstonsarchive.net/terrorism/terrisraelsum.html
The Key Point Again of These Introductory Comments?
There is nothing wrong with people --- whether Israelis or not --- criticizing Israeli governments or their policies, especially if they use the same standards they would use in their own solid liberal democracies.
The big exception then? You guessed it! The exception are Anti-Semites who can be found in large-numbers all over Europe and to a much lesser extent in the USA.
Appallingly worse, but predictably so, are the media all over the Arab world and in Iran.