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.
Thursday, June 19, 2014
Our Islamic Fundamentalist Adversaries are Inhuman Barbarians
Fears for the well-being of the abducted teenagers dominate our
minds and prayers and we share the pain of their parents and families.
And the nation as a whole is displaying the unity that has always been
the hallmark of the Jewish people when confronted with such situations.
However there are a few demented Israelis, exemplified by Yedioth
Ahronoth journalist Raanan Shaked who blames the tragedy on “these nut
jobs [who] take the kids with them to live in the territories.” The
Alice in Wonderland nature of our democracy also enables Balad MK Hanin
Zoabi to deny that the abductors were terrorists and shamelessly justify
the kidnapping as an act of resistance to “Palestinian suffering”. She
was supported by Avram Burg who, in Haaretz, attributed the abduction to
“the suffering of a society, its cry, and the future of an entire
nation that has been kidnapped by us”.
But the overwhelming majority of our politicians, whose
despicable behavior reached an all-time low during the course of the
presidential elections, are united and compassionate in their handling
of this ongoing crisis.
Since the creation of the state, we have endured endless terrorist acts targeting innocent Israelis of all ages.
The global media has portrayed the kidnapping as an attack on
“settlers.” This is especially ironic given the history of Gush Etzion -
from where the teenagers were abducted - a settlement bloc founded by
the children and survivors of a community destroyed and razed to the
ground during the 1948 War of Independence.
In this context, we must come to terms with the reality that the
world is indifferent to what happens to Israel, as exemplified yet again
by the EU failing to make a formal statement for five days. When it
did, the statement was not signed by foreign policy chief Catherine
Ashton, who never misses an opportunity to release immediate statements
in her own name condemning Israel for construction in east Jerusalem
Ironically, as this kidnapping saga is unfolding in Israel, in
New York there has been furious debate surrounding the Metropolitan
Opera production of “Death of Klinghoffer,” a vile drama based on the
callous murder of a crippled Jew on a cruise ship by Palestinian
terrorists which seeks to rationalize and humanize the terrorists and
rationalize their motivations.
The major problem today is that the international community
denies the barbaric nature of Islamic fundamentalism. Surely the carnage
taking place in Syria and now Iraq, which matches the worst examples of
medieval butchery, should have served as a wakeup call. The behavior of
the Sunni jihadists in the capture of Mosul, in which hundreds, if not
thousands, of soldiers and policemen were decapitated and their heads
placed on display, explains why over half a million of the city’s
inhabitants fled. Likewise the 185,000 butchered by both sides in the
Syrian civil war and the 300 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped and
apparently sold as slaves. The jihadists -- Sunnis and Shiites alike --
are barbaric monsters.
But in relation to Israel and its neighbors, the international
community finds it far more convenient to portray the conflict in terms
of Palestinians seeking national independence from their Israeli
“occupiers.” The fact that the Palestinians were offered 95% of the
territories over the Green Line and spurned statehood on numerous
occasions, underlines their true aspiration -- which is not real estate
but the elimination of Jewish sovereignty.
The whole region is a scorpions’ den of barbaric activity. Hamas
and the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade -- the military wing of Fatah, a
component of the PA -- are birds of a feather, akin to their cruel and
murderous Syrian and Iraqi counterparts. The Shiites, whom they seek to
exterminate, are equally brutal toward the Sunnis when they are in
control. Thus it is impossible to differentiate between the cruel
brutality of the Hezbollah Shiites and the Hamas Sunnis. If these
barbarians have the capacity to behave so cruelly toward their own
kinsmen, one can only shudder at what they would do to Jews if they had
Israel represents an oasis of relative tranquility in this
tumultuous region. It is ironic that in recent months Israel has even
been treating casualties from the civil war in Syria. We unhesitatingly
provide medical services to Palestinians, including two years ago, the
granddaughter of Ismael Haniyeh, the Gaza-based head of Hamas who
continues calling for the slaughter of Jews. Incredibly, during the same
week as the abduction, Mahmoud Abbas had no inhibitions about having
his wife treated at Assuta Medical Center in Tel Aviv.
Yet when Israeli civilians are targeted by missiles from Gaza,
all that the U.S. and the international community requires of Abbas is
his statement that it is not in the interests of the Palestinians at
that time to launch rockets against Israel. Only after four days did
Abbas respond and condemn the abduction -- but it was subsumed with a
protest against the Israelis for disrupting of Palestinian life as they
searched for the perpetrators.
In the meantime, the Palestinians publicly rejoiced, both in PA
areas and in Gaza. Revolting cartoons were published in the official
Palestinian Authority daily and Fatah publications celebrating the
abduction. This is consistent with the statement made on PA TV earlier
this year by leading PA official Jibril Rajoub, stating that “if Hamas
wants to kidnap soldiers … we encourage them. When they kidnapped
[Gilad] Schalit, we congratulated them.” It is worth noting that there
is no distinction between the incitement to hatred by the PA and that
promoted by the openly genocidal Hamas.
Yet last month, the Obama administration effectively sanctioned
the union of the PA with Hamas, which subsequently publicly reaffirmed
its genocidal objectives and calls on its followers to contribute to the
destruction of Israel. And our “peace partner” merely shrugs his
shoulders when members of his coalition call for our annihilation.
U.S. President Barack Obama may boast that he oversaw the
targeted killing of bin Laden, but the reality is that today, Islamic
fundamentalism is stronger than ever. In fact, unless firmly repulsed in
the coming weeks, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Libya, Afghanistan and a number
of other potential regional hotspots could well establish caliphates
which will emerge as launching pads for exporting terror to all parts of
the world. They will of course also be able to utilize as terrorists
those returning citizens from Europe and North America who fought with
them against Shiites. These will be in addition to Iranian Shiite
terrorists like Hezbollah who are already engaged in global terror and
who will be enormously empowered if Iran becomes a nuclear power.
If global leaders continue burying heads in the sand and refuse
to urgently confront the nightmarish reality of Islamic fundamentalism
with its messianic global overtones, it will be far more costly to
oppose these forces when they have become further entrenched.
Israel is at the frontlines of this battle against global jihad.
It must react harshly if those abducted are not released. Failure to do
so will further embolden the barbarians and incentivize them to kidnap
more Israelis and perpetrate further acts of terror.
Past mistakes must not be repeated. The mass release of 1,027
prisoners in return for the release of Schalit in 2011 was compounded
with the government’s abysmal decision last year – under US pressure -
to release over 100 murderers in order to induce the PA to come to the
negotiating table. The army has already been forced to arrest a number
of those released. It is imperative that we review all procedures
relating to the incarceration of terrorists and ensure that imprisonment
will no longer be regarded by them as a paid vacation with an optional
university education -- to be employed after release in a hostage
Finally, despite our fears, we can only continue praying for the
safe rescue of the teenagers with whom the entire nation identifies. But
we should brace ourselves for tough times ahead and seek to retain the
current sense of unity in which the nation and its leaders display
compassion and tolerance and avoid reverting to the hostility and
extremism that polarizes us.