Category Archives: Israel

Israel Status Quo

The pattern of how Israel responds to issues in the Middle East continues along the path of “let’s pretend what we have been doing can continue being done for at least a hundred years.” In February, 1953, Daniel Malan, newly elected head of the South African government introduced the idea of apartheid which separated whites and blacks. For those who did not believe two people inhabiting the same area of land could remain separated, he promised that for generations to come the idea of apartheid would endure,and thus black skinned people could remain passive as second class citizens. Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wants to transform Israel into a “Jewish State” in which there are citizens with certain rights, and non-Jews with fewer rights. Regardless of which words are used, this is simply another version of apartheid.

Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and Financial Minister Yair Lipid, who oppose this action have been dismissed. Bibi Netanyahu will call for a new election which he will most probably win. Daniel Malan won election after election until one day reality set in and apartheid crumbled. Believe it or not, Bibi, but blacks did not go on a rampage and kill whites. Both learned to live in peace with one another. Eventually, that will occur in Israel.

Hate Keeps Hate Alive In Israel-Palestinian Conflict

There comes a moment in any conflict when arguments as to who is responsible for the origin of the dispute become boring and repetitive. The Israel government under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has displayed scant interest in resolving disputes with Palestinians. Palestinians have reached the point in which committing some act of violence appears to make sense even though such behavior will never resolve anything. During the past few months eleven Jewish Israelis(always remember that twenty percent of Israelis are NOT Jewish) while twelve Palestinians have been killed. Each side is absolutely convinced that not only is right on their side, but also God. Jews insist that God gave them the land, and Muslims insist that Allah made the land sacred and Muslim. PM Netanyahu is demanding that Israel be proclaimed a JEWISH state with special rights for Jews. OK, so 20 percent are not Jews, no one is perfect.

The original dream of those who created the state of Israel was a home for Jews and one in which people of ALL religions would be at peace with one another. After all, the United States of America originally was founded by Protestants seeking a homeland. At this point in time, American Jews constitute less than two percent of the population. How about proclaiming that America is the national homeland of Christians?

Blow Up Houses To Display Power

Mohamed Abu Jamal is not anyone that those reading this blog know or will ever know. He is an elderly man who once had a son. The son is now dead. Together with his cousin, his son, Ghassan took a gun and meat cleavers to a synagogue where they brutally murdered five people in Jerusalem because they were Jews. The Israel government has a policy of responding to the murder of Jews in Israel, it simply blows up the homes of parents since, naturally, the innocent parent is responsible for the actions of their children. Mohamed will now only lose his home, but his means of work and will be expelled from the city of Jerusalem in which he has lived all his life. I assume the theory of this action is that if you raise a son who kills then you must be punished. I have no idea as to whether or not Mr. Jamal believes in hatred towards Jews, frankly, that is of no importance since he made the mistake of raising a son who committed a murder –of a Jew. By the way, if a Jew in Israel kills a Muslim no home is destroyed.

How about:

1. Asking Mr. Jamal to join with other parents of those who kill the innocent and work for peace and reconciliation?

2. Establishing a law that punishes blowing up the home of those who murder, regardless of their religion?

What Is The Point Of This Bill?

People of the Jewish faith control every important position in the government of Israel, they control the economic life of the nation, they control education, they even control which land owned by Muslims or Christians can be taken over, and yet that is still not enough for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Reuven Rivlin is a conservative, but he is also President of the nation of Israel. He is completely confused about new legislation being pushed by Prime Minister Netanyahu which would define the nation of Israel as a “Jewish nation state.” As he notes, the founders of the state of Israel were very clear that it was a nation in which minorities enjoyed full equal rights and Arabic would also be a national language. As Rivlin points out the founders insisted that “the Arab public not feel like Jews felt in the Diaspora. However, Benjamin Netanyahu has worked hard to frighten Jews throughout Israel and the world there is need to define Israel as a “Jewish state.”

If Israel is not defined as a Jewish state, then what exactly will happen? At this moment, TWENTY PERCENT OF THE PEOPLE IN ISRAEL ARE MUSLIMS OR CHRISTIANS! According to Netanyahu “national rights” must be reserved for Jews. Why? How about defining the United States of America as a “Christian state?” After all, Jews in America only constitute two percent of the population. This bill is madness gone mad. As Rivlin poses: What is the point of this bill?

So, Who Are The Violent Folk In Israel?

Anyone who has studied the history of the Middle East since the creation of the state of Israel is quite aware that during the past sixty odd years, Arab nations have repeatedly muffed opportunity after opportunity to resolve their conflict with Israel on reasonable terms. Of course, there also have been groups in Israel which have no desire for peace with Palestinians unless their opponents completely accept their ideas. There is no doubt Palestinians have resorted to violence in order to end their conflict with Israel. I regret to inform those supporting the state of Israel, that violence has also been a weapon of that government. Homes of Palestinians have been blown up, campaigns in Gaza resulted in the death of thousands of Palestinians along with the death of dozens of Israelis. Neither side can bask in the glory of always being on the side of peace.

Two Palestinians brutally murdered four rabbis in a synagogue. Of course, twenty years ago a Jew entered a mosque and machined gunned to death over twenty Muslims engaged in the act or prayer. That person today is regarded as a “hero” by some Israelis. When it comes to “violence” each side has a case to be made that their opponents are violent people. The Israel Shin Bet secret service claims there is a plot to murder Avigdor Lieberman. I do not doubt the existence of such a plot. He is a controversial individual and has angered Palestinians by his violent words of anger toward them.

The time has come to cease arguing as to which side is, “violent,” and get down to the issue of how to end VIOLENCE! This would require patience, and lots of compromise on the part of both sides.

The Fire This Time!

Let me make clear there is no justification for committing murder either against your enemy or your friends. The definition of being a civilized person is that we employ our mouth rather than physical violence agains those we hate. It is particularly horrible when people enter a house of worship and violate their own religion by hacking to death those who are the “enemy.” Two Palestinian males wielding meat cleavers entered a synagogue and brutally murdered several Jews including four rabbis. This horror was simply a horror just waiting to occur. The two Palestinians came from East Jerusalem where Jews are purchasing homes in predominantly Muslim areas. Who doubted for a moment that it was simply a matter of time before some crazed young Palestinians would engage in an orgy of hate and violence? Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as always, is promising a “harsh response.”

Unfortunately, the Middle East is bereft of a leader such as Nelson Mandela or Martin Luther King, both men knew that responding with violence only ensured there would be nonstop violence. “You kill my people, so I kill your people” is a plan leading to death, not peace. If Netanyahu were a King or Mandela, this is what he would propose:

1. A conference to resolve issues in Jerusalem based on respect for all parties.

2. A promise of COMPROMISE.

3. A promise that for once there will be give-and-take in order to resolve West Bank issues.

The Fire This Time should not lead to The Fire Next Time!

Recept Erdogan Comments On History

President Recep Erodgan and his Justice and Development Party assumed power in Turkey over a decade ago. He was successful in preventing the Turkish generals from using their power to destroy democracy in Turkey. and he did usher in years of economic development. In the process he gradually destroyed the democratic society that once was part of Turkish society. His nation now holds the record for placing in prison more journalists than any other nation in the world. Hew has repeatedly bungled attempts to reach an accord with the Kurdish minority. And, he recently concluded that ISIS is less a threat than Kurds who simply wan to rule themselves, not other people.

He recently informed a meeting of people from Latin America, that based on his research it is now clear that Muslim sailors reached the continent of South America 314 years before the arrival of Columbus. He insists that Columbus saw a mosque on a hill in Cuba. Actually, the interpreter for Columbus was a Jew. Columbus thought there were Jews in China. I await the demand of Erdogan that Muslims have the right tow worship in Cuba. Tell that one to the Castro boys!

The Tragedy Of Israel

I regard myself as not only a Jew, but one is really cares about the nation of Israel. I have been told by fellow American Jew that I am a “self hating Jew” because I continue to cite crimes by the Israel government and demand that it cease persecuting Palestinians. According to AIPAc, I must always express only good words about the Netanyahu government and believe fervently in my heart that Israel is always right even when the government of Israel is wrong. The International Criminal Court just cited the Israel attack in 2010 on the Turkish ship, Mavi Marmavra in which eight Turkish citizens were murdered by Israel troops as a possible war crime. The ship was carrying humanitarian supplies to Gaza during the Israel invasion of that area. According to AIPAC, I should blame the Turks for bringing food to the people of Gaza since such things aided terrorists to continue their fighting.

The ICC wil not pursue this event. It will go down as another example of how “terrorists” endeavored to destroy Israel by sending food to people in need of food. Of course, the Netanyahu government will insist there were armed men on board the ship. Yes, a few probably had a pistol or so. But, what prevented the Israel government from simply allowing the ship to dock, supervising the unloading of supplies and allowing the ship to return to Turkey?

Oh, prior to this event, Israel and Turkish military conducted joint exercises. After this fiasco, Israel had its excellent relations with Turkey ended. Check with AIPAC about how Turkey insulted Israel and plotted its destruction by sending food to Gaza!

New Evidence of Anti-Semitism!

I was raised in an east European Jewish community of the Bronx, New York City. We were proud to be Jews, we did not hide who we were, and we certainly were happy that the new state of Israel had been created. Our hope and dream was that Israel would become a beacon of hope in the Middle East that would serve to demonstrate there could be a nation in that area of the world that stood for social justice for all within its borders. In those days there were Jews, Muslims and Christians within the state of Israel. Somewhere along the road of life, a new set of Jews emerged, both here in America and in Israel. They were filled with hate and anger toward Muslims, towards Palestinians and insisted that only Jews had a place in the new nation. Former Israel leader, David Ben-Gurion once told members of the UN that “I am also a Palestinian.” Absolutely, Jews were also Palestinians.

Along came Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whose basic dream is to rid Israel and surrounding land of those Palestinians. This was the reality when he assumed office as prime minister of Israel:

1. Israel and Turkish troops held joint military exercises.

2. Israel was working with the Egyptian government.

3. Israel still had friendly relations with members of the European Union.

4. Israel had friendly relations with the government of Tunisia.

5. Israel has friendly relations with the government of Jordan.

Today, none of these governments has anything but dislike for Israel.

Amos Biderman, a cartoonist for the Israel Haaratz newspaper has created a storm of anger for his cartoon which depicts a plane with labeled Israel headed for the twin towers. Biderman insists that Bibi Netanyahu has proved a disaster for the people of Israel. His cartoon was “mocking Bib. He’s been acting like a bull in a china shop with the US, which is Israel’s most important strategic ally.”

The anger has already emerged, Mr. Biderman is now a “self hating Jew.” Tell the truth about failed Israel foreign policy and one becomes a “self hating Jew.”

Surprise! Tensions In Jerusalem

Another shooting in Jerusalem, another source of hate and violence. It was simply a matter of time before an important Jewish leader in Israel was shot by a fanatic whose heart was filled with hatred and anger. On one side in Israel is a government which has only one goal–to enhance the presence and power of Jews in Jerusalem and seize more and more areas in that city. On the other side are Palestinians who resent their lack of power, and will engage in violence in order to express that emotion. The shooting of anyone is a crime, and shooting of people is NOT acceptable behavior. However, in American when some kids shoot other kids, we devote enormous time exploring why people suddenly break out with violence. So, what happened in Jerusalem is NOT a surprise. It was bound to happen.

Rabbi Yehuda Glik was attending a conference in Jerusalem which was organizing Jews to pray at sites where previously, the Israel government had made clear that only Muslims could pray. The Temple Mount includes the Dome of the Rock and a mosque. Of course, the current Israel government under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu argues that Jews have a right to pray anywhere they desire. I doubt if a similar right is accorded Muslims. There is no excuse to justify shooting people, I realize such an attitude is not shared by most Americans or by most Israelis.

The question that remains to be answered is: what is the policy of the Israel government to ensure peace between Jews and Palestinians? The former Jewish leader, David Ben-Gurion once said, “but we Jews are also Palestinians.” Yes, both Jews and Muslims and Christians are all Palestinians and should respect each group’s rights in the land of Palestine. If not, someone will get shot.