Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met with representatives of the foreign media in Israel on Monday, denouncing the hypocrisy that has come to dominate the international community’s handling of the Arab-Israeli conflict.
“This weekend Hamas leaders openly called for Israel’s destruction. Where was the outrage? Where was the UN? Where was Abbas?” Netanyahu demanded. “Why did Palestinian diplomats not only remain silent in the face of these calls, but spoke of the intention to unite with Hamas?”
“There was only deafening silence,” asserted the prime minister.
“We cannot accept that the international community has no problem denouncing Israeli intentions of building Jewish homes in the nation’s historic capital of Jerusalem but remains silent as Palestinian leaders openly call for Israel’s destruction,” Netanyahu said.
“But Israel will not remain silent. We will continue to defend our rights against those who seek to deny our past and delete our future,” he continued. “We will continue to tell the truth about our rights in this country and will continue to defend ourselves against our enemies who seek our destruction.”
Netanyahu said there were five main issues with which he dealt during the four years of his term – Iran, which he brought to the world’s consciousness, was the first. As far as the second, the threat of missiles is concerned, he noted that Hizbullah quadrupled irs store of missiles to 60,000 since signing UN Resolution 1701 which ended the Second Lebanon War and was supposed to prevent that buildup. On the other hand, Hamas now has half of the number of missiles it had just one month ago, down from 10,000 to 5000 due to the recent IDF operation.
As I used to write (till I got tired of writing it and you got tired of reading it), Israel can handle itself in battle; it’s the peace that will be the end of it (figuratively speaking, of course). But I have a corollary. It’s not just peace Israel has to fear, it’s the peacekeepers. The UN, and other international bodies that claim to speak for peace, actually coddles the warriors. When mobilized to take out its mortal enemies in Gaza or Lebanon, Israel is pressured into calling off decisive attacks. In the ensuing… ceasefire (it can hardly be called peace), Hizb’allah and Ham’ass rearm. Islamic tradition calls that a hudna; the UN calls it a resolution (another of myriad).
It amounts to the same thing. Israel occupies the “moral high ground” that media types urge it occupy (the only ground they want them to occupy), only to take heavy artillery fire for its efforts. I’m way past tired of it.
What was I just saying?
The UN is now hosting in the public entrance hall of its New York headquarters a Palestinian exhibit which includes pieces that artfully depict all of Israel as Palestine. The display goes hand-in-hand with the logo featured at the top of the cover page of the speech that Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas’ delivered to the General Assembly on November 29, 2012. That emblem continues to promote a one state solution, Palestine without Israel.
Whether “art” or “emblem” or the words of Abbas himself — who told the General Assembly that the creation of Israel, the so-called “Al-Nakba of 1948,” “was “one of the most dreadful campaigns of ethnic cleansing and dispossession in modern history” — the Palestinian-UN agenda is hidden in plain sight.
“Memories of Trees” by Manal Deeb
Someone suggests annexing Judea and Samaria to complete the land of Israel—in keeping with the law of God and man, and finally to bring peace to the region—and he is denounced as a hateful racist, an ethnic “cleanser”. Arabs symbolically annihilate Israel at the UN, and they hang it on the wall.