Most people observe the Schalit deal and conclude that the Palestinians are … pick your word: Savages, Terrorists, Barbarians… whatever. They observe Israel’s willingness to trade over a thousand prisoners, some of whom plotted attacks in which many Israelis died, as possibly foolish but certainly not racist. You have to be European to turn that on its head and accuse the Israelis of racism for the way the Schalit deal played out.
I will cut and paste, but first let me explain something to our gentile readers. When Jews speak of having been chosen by g-d, they mean chosen to receive the Torah. It is patently obvious that the Jewish people were chosen to receive the Torah, as nobody else seems to have received it. Do you find many Torahs in churches, Buddhist Temples, mosques or Friends Meetings? No, and they wouldn’t know what to do with it if it landed on their heads. Serious Jews spend their lives studying Torah. The prayers that are said many thousands of times each year, every time the Torah is opened, translate roughly as: Blessed are you, our God, King of the Universe, who chose us from all the other nations and gave us your Torah. That’s it. That’s the basis of chosenness. It has nothing to do with superiority and certainly doesn’t value the lives of one group above any other. It doesn’t preclude other covenants with other groups. It is simply profound gratitude for the Torah. And believe me, Jews love the Torah. So the notion, sort of a twisted sibling rivalry, that we somehow think we’re superior is weird, paranoid, and off-putting.
Ok, let’s cut and paste:
All this, I fear, is simply an indication of how inured the world has become to the obscene idea that Israeli lives are more important than Palestinian lives. Netanyahu argues that he acted because he values Shalit’s life so greatly.
Yet who is surprised really, to learn that Netanyahu sees one Israeli’s freedom as a fair exchange for the freedom of so many Palestinians? Likewise, Hamas wished to use their human bargaining chip to gain release for as many Palestinians as they could. They don’t have much to bargain with.
At the same time, however, there is something abject in their eagerness to accept a transfer that tacitly acknowledges what so many Zionists believe – that the lives of the chosen are of hugely greater consequence than those of their unfortunate neighbours.
I point this out, but recognize that neither you nor I can do anything about it. The deep ignorance and ugliness of the Euro-Left is their own problem.