An attempt is made to share the truth regarding issues concerning Israel and her right to exist as a Jewish nation. This blog has expanded to present information about radical Islam and its potential impact upon Israel and the West. Yes, I do mix in a bit of opinion from time to time.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
No one to talk to
The images of Palestinian children celebrating
the abduction of our boys primarily reveal that yet another brainwashed
generation on the other side has been lost.
The Palestinians have
launched a campaign under the slogan "Three Schalits"
Former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin's first
demand from Palestine Liberation Organization head Yasser Arafat, prior
to signing the Oslo Accords, was to cease Palestinian incitement against
Israel in the schools. Arafat didn't have a problem, even then, lying
and making that promise to Rabin.
The incitement in Palestinian schools has
never really stopped, and in fact, it would be better if it were limited
only to those schools and only directed against the State of Israel. In
reality, the phenomenon is much more general and widespread, prevalent
throughout the entire Arab world, and targets not just Israel but also
Jews. The political correctness that has seized control of our lives
obligates us to refrain from saying this out loud, or even to say the
opposite. Heaven forbid we make anyone mad, because we are all brothers,
or at least cousins. I have visited the majority of Arab countries and
served for four years as an ambassador to one of them, and I have
witnessed firsthand the meaning of hate. It is not all of them, this is
true. But it is the majority.
In such a reality, why are we surprised that
while Israelis launched a campaign calling for the return of our three
boys -- Naftali, Eyal and Gil-ad -- the Palestinians launched a campaign
with the slogan "Three Schalits." Many Palestinian children have been
caught on camera brandishing the three-finger sign as a symbol of
victory, the three representing our abducted boys. Even without the
smiles and celebrations from these Palestinian children, it is already
clear just how much their parents, responsible for the images, support
and even celebrate the kidnapping of our children.
Even worse, the images primarily reveal that
yet another brainwashed generation on the other side has been lost. We
did not expect them to show solidarity with us, but we also did not
expect them to show solidarity with Palestinian terrorism.
This social Palestinian campaign, beyond
arousing nausea, points to our neighbor's existing climate. This
campaign is far more regretful, depressing and pessimistic, even more
than the Palestinian unity government between Fatah and Hamas. The
campaign is worse because this time it does not revolve around
politicians with interests, rather, from what I can see, around most
Palestinians and their true feelings. The hatred toward us still exists
and it is considerable.
Indeed, there will of course be those who
blame the "occupation," while others will blame the fact that our boys
hitchhiked at night. But the reality of the situation, and it is not
easy to say, is that today, still, 66 years later, the very idea that we
have a state is unacceptable to many of our neighbors. It is
justifiable to take any action against it and terrorism against
civilians is completely legitimate. The pastry shops in Gaza and the
Palestinian Authority work overtime when there is a terrorist attack.
And if some people say: "Well, what can be
expected of a people that feel they live with oppression and suffering,"
I will only reply simply that simultaneously with these trying days of
awaiting news from our boys, a tragedy is taking place in Iraq. Just
this week, photos of 1,700 slaughtered Iraqi officers and soldiers were
plastered on the Internet. We were also shaken by the photos, even
though around two decades ago that army fired 39 Scuds at us. Why? In
Hebrew it is called compassion. The world would call it humanism.
Now we can only hope that human rights groups, which
consistently condemn Israel and the settlement enterprise, will also
condemn this grotesque Palestinian Internet campaign. But, for whatever
reason, in 1993 we ultimately lost our innocence in Oslo. As long as
Palestinian society sees terrorists as heroes -- there is no one to talk