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Tuesday, May 5, 2015





                                    INTRODUCTORY COMMENTS

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? 

Just This:

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. 



Query: Why Don't the European Media Report These Threats of Mass Extermination


The reportage in these Muslim countries is crammed with preposterous hate-filled delusional idiocies regarding Israel.   What is no less markedly illegitimate as well is the openly expressed hatred of Israel by Iranian governments and their toadies in the Middle East have openly said they would like to exterminate the Israeli people --- no, not just the existing regime as the no less toady sycophants in Europe and even the USA have claimed.  (For the Iranian assaults on Israel's right to exist, click here. http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2015/03/Iranian-View-of-Israel/387085/

What concrete evidence? 

Then consider these clearly clamorous cries from Iranians and Arab groups it supports for killing all the Jews worldwide (which somehow never seem to get into the European media, except at times in Britain).

Mohammad Khatami, the former president of Iran: “If we abide by real legal laws, we should mobilize the whole Islamic world for a sharp confrontation with the Zionist regime … if we abide by the Koran, all of us should mobilize to kill.” (2000)

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei: “It is the mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to erase Israel from the map of the region.” (2001)

Hassan Nasrallah, a leader of Hezbollah: “If they [Jews] all gather in Israel, it will save us the trouble of going after them worldwide.” (2002)

Nasrallah: “Israel is our enemy. This is an aggressive, illegal, and illegitimate entity, which has no future in our land. Its destiny is manifested in our motto: ‘Death to Israel.’” (2005)

Yahya Rahim Safavi, the former commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps: “With God’s help the time has come for the Zionist regime’s death sentence.” (2008)

Mohammad Hassan Rahimian, Khamenei’s representative to the Moustazafan Foundation: “We have manufactured missiles that allow us, when necessary to replace [sic] Israel in its entirety with a big holocaust.” (2010)

Mohammad Reza Naqdi, the commander of the Basij paramilitary force: “We recommend them [the Zionists] to pack their furniture and return to their countries. And if they insist on staying, they should know that a time while arrive when they will not even have time to pack their suitcases.” (2011)

Khamenei: “The Zionist regime is a cancerous tumor and it will be removed.” (2012)

Ahmad Alamolhoda, a member of the Assembly of Experts: “The destruction of Israel is the idea of the Islamic Revolution in Iran and is one of the pillars of the Iranian Islamic regime. We cannot claim that we have no intention of going to war with Israel.” (2013)

Nasrallah: “The elimination of Israel is not only a Palestinian interest. It is the interest of the entire Muslim world and the entire Arab world.” (2013)

Hojateleslam Alireza Panahian, the advisor to Office of the Supreme Leader in Universities: “The day will come when the Islamic people in the region will destroy Israel and save the world from this Zionist base.” (2013)

Hojatoleslam Ali Shirazi, Khamenei’s representative in the Revolutionary Guard: “The Zionist regime will soon be destroyed, and this generation will be witness to its destruction." (2013)

Khamenei: “This barbaric, wolflike & infanticidal regime of Israel which spares no crime has no cure but to be annihilated.” (2014)

Hossein Salami, the deputy head of the Revolutionary Guard: "We will chase you [Israelis] house to house and will take revenge for every drop of blood of our martyrs in Palestine, and this is the beginning point of Islamic nations awakening for your defeat." (2014)

Salami: "Today we are aware of how the Zionist regime is slowly being erased from the world, and indeed, soon, there will be no such thing as the Zionist regime on Planet Earth." (2014)

Hossein Sheikholeslam, the secretary-general of the Committee for Support for the Palestinian Intifada: "The issue of Israel's destruction is important, no matter the method. We will obviously implement the strategy of the Imam Khomeini and the Leader [Khamenei] on the issue of destroying the Zionists. The region will not be quiet so long as Israel exists in it ..." (2014)

Mohammad Ali Jafari, the commander-in-chief of the Revolutionary Guard: "The Revolutionary Guards will fight to the end of the Zionist regime ... We will not rest easy until this epitome of vice is totally deleted from the region's geopolitics." (2015)