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Jul 27th 2007

The “Bashing” of Israel: Who does it? What is behind it?

This article is reprinted with permission from FLAME (Facts and Logic About the Middle East). Visit FLAME’s website, factsandlogic.org, to read every one of their excellent articles debunking common misconceptions about the history and current events of the Middle East. — Admin

The Administration, the media, and spokespersons of all kinds are increasingly careful not to offend any minority, ethnic community or lifestyle groups. But there is high season and ever-increasing volume and stridency in the “bashing” of Israel — in the print and broadcast media.

What are the facts?

Israel is a very small country, less than half the size of San Bernardino County, California. Its Jewish population is approximately 3.5 million, just about the population of Iowa. Compare that to the 22 Arab states, armed to the teeth, and virtually all of them in a state of war with Israel. They have over 140 million inhabitants and a land area larger than that of the United States. From its founding, Israel had to fight every day for its very survival.

Israel is constantly being hectored and admonished by sanctimonious advisors, who lament Israel’s “abuse” of its Arab population. South Africa’s Bishop Tutu made the false analogy between the condition of the blacks in South Africa and the status of Arabs in Israel. That is totally unfair. The blacks in South Africa are disenfranchised and politically impotent. The Arabs in Israel have the vote, have every civil right, are members of the Knesset (parliament), and are even members of Israel’s diplomatic service. Nelson Mandela physically embraced that arch-terrorist Yassir Arafat and made the gratuitous statement that Zionism is a “unique form of colonialism.” What a colossal lie! Zionism is the national liberation movement of the Jewish people whose purpose has been for 2,000 years to restore Zion, the ancient land of Israel, to their people. One must marvel at the love affair of the South African black leadership with the Arabs. It is the Arabs who, even today, keep black slaves; it is the Arabs who continue to engage in genocide against blacks in such countries as Chad, the Sudan and Mauritania; it is the Arabs who for years have fueled apartheid by selling millions of barrels of oil to South Africa: It is the Arabs who by their extortionist pricing of oil have brought ruin and famine to many countries of black Africa.

Ex-president Carter, in his recent swing through the Middle East, visited Syria, but did not have one word of unfavorable comment about that aggressor country and its regime. How strange! It is a country whose record of executions, torture, imprisonment, and utter abuse of even the most fundamental human rights is almost unsurpassed. President Carter did not talk about any of that. He talked about “human rights violations” by the Israelis against the stone throwers and Molotov cocktail hurlers in the administered territories. He did not mention that it is only because of Israel’s abiding respect for human rights that the “intifada” has been allowed to go on for so long. Any of the Arab rulers would have known how to handle such an uprising “efficiently” had it occurred in their own country.

Disconcertingly, our own Administration is beginning noticeably to “tilt” to the Arab cause. Israel is the only country in the Middle East where Western concepts of law, decency and human rights prevail. It is the only country that has free elections, a free press, unrestricted right of movement of its citizens and, of course, unlimited right of dissent. Besides, Israel is the staunchest ally of the United States — not just in the Middle East, but in the entire world. It is a priceless defensive asset of our country — where, in contrast to NATO or Japan/Korea, not a single American soldier needs to be stationed. How strange that our Administration would be so grimly fixed on imposing a PLO state on Israel and that it questions the legitimacy of Israel’s possession of Jerusalem. And how strange that the Administration would constantly wish to strong-arm Israel, oblivious to Israel’s constant struggle for survival in a sea of implacable hostility, but at the same time remaining silent about the Arab tyrannies in Syria, Iraq, Libya, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and all the others.

Why is so much Israel bashing going on? Why do such obviously decent people as our President, Secretary of State, former president Carter and so many columnists, commentators, pundits, television personalities and “liberals” of all stripes identify with the tyrannical Arab regimes, with governments that have terror, kidnapping, torture, attacks on innocent civilians and assaults on commercial aircraft as their official policy? And why do they oppose and criticize Israel, a country that started from scratch, little more than 40 years so, and which, despite being under constant attack, has built a prosperous nation and a thriving society that surely could be a model for all developing countries? Could the sad answer be that it is a reincarnation of good old-fashioned anti-Semitism, which for almost twenty centuries has been the curse of Western society? No longer tolerated in its cruder manifestations, it now seems to be acceptably sublimated in the bashing of the state of Israel which, deep down inside, so many do not really wish to survive.

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7 Responses to “The “Bashing” of Israel: Who does it? What is behind it?”

  1. lds gift shopper

    Thanks for the post.

  2. chavez's idiot

    “Israel is the only country in the Middle East where Western concepts of law, decency and human rights prevail.”

    That’s why it is ok for them to imprison hundreds of Palestinians without charging them with a crime for years, and keep secret prisons where they’ve tortured and imprisoned Lebanese and Palestinians for years.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/israel/Story/0,2763,1084796,00.html

    That’s why Israel can shoot at a bus full of Kindergartners in Palestine and it’s ok.

    http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/791482.html

    That’s also why they can massacre innocent women and children in their sleep.

    http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/785380.html

    “It is the only country that has free elections, a free press…”

    Yes, they do have a free press and it would do for Flame to read the Haaretz once in a while… it might help educate Flame on why there is criticism of Israel in the world.

    “Besides, Israel is the staunchest ally of the United States — not just in the Middle East, but in the entire world.”

    Which is why they can viciously attack the USS Liberty and kill our servicemen and we don’t do anything about it.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Liberty_incident

    This article is such a piece of trash. You really need to find a better source of information on Israel.

  3. Mike

    Chaves’s Idiot:

    Am I mistaken, or have you just cited an accidental attack, with no apparent motivation, with no apparent benefit, which was reported to the U.S. by Israel immediately after it happened as evicence of Israeli Barbarism?

    I realize that the Liberty attack is not the principle source of your apparent contempt for Israel (unless you are even more idiotic than your name implies), but even for a terrorist sympathizer, it seems like a particularly lightweight argument.

  4. Curtis

    Mike,
    The Liberty attack was not even close to accidental. And no, I’m not citing it as evidence of barbarism, but as evidence that they should not be considered our closest allies.

    The Liberty attack was very clearly a deliberate act of war by Israel on the US. Israel knew clearly that they were attacking the US.

    “…the board of inquiry (concluded) that the Israelis knew exactly what they were doing in attacking the Liberty.”- Former CIA Director Richard Helms

    Director Helms was not the only administration official who remained convinced that the attack was deliberate. In 1990, in his memoirs, Secretary of State Rusk observed:[45]

    “But I was never satisfied with the Israeli explanation. Their sustained attack to disable and sink Liberty precluded an assault by accident or some trigger-happy local commander. Through diplomatic channels we refused to accept their explanations. I didn’t believe them then, and I don’t believe them to this day. The attack was outrageous.”

    The then-General Counsel for the Department of Defense, attorney Paul C. Warnke, opined:[47]

    “I found it hard to believe that it was, in fact, an honest mistake on the part of the Israeli air force units. I still find it impossible to believe that it was. I suspect that in the heat of battle they figured that the presence of this American ship was inimical to their interests, and that somebody without authorization attacked it.”

    “I can tell you for an absolute certainty (from intercepted communications) that the Israelis knew they were attacking an American ship.”
    — NSA Deputy Director Oliver Kirby

    “. . . the commander of the Sixth Fleet was informed by the Washington Intelligence Apparatus that it had evidence that the Liberty was going to be attacked and to provide protection for it. That message was never really acted upon, and the ship was dead in the water when it was hit. So the end result was no accident.”
    — Raymond Tate, Deputy Assistant SecNav and Deputy Director, NSA, “Worldwide C3I and Telecommunications” (1980, pp. 25-47)

    “That the Liberty could have been mistaken for the Egyptian supply ship El Quseir is unbelievable”
    — Special Assistant to the President Clark Clifford, in his report to President Lyndon Johnson

    “The highest officials of the [Johnson] administration, including the President, believed it ‘inconceivable’ that Israel’s ‘skilled’ defense forces could have committed such a gross error.”
    — Lyndon Johnson’s biographer Robert Dallek in Flawed Giant, Oxford University Press, 1998, pp. 430-31

    “Never before in the history of the United States Navy has a Navy Board of Inquiry ignored the testimony of American military eyewitnesses and taken, on faith, the word of their attackers.
    — Captain Richard F. Kiepfer, Medical Corps, US Navy (retired), USS Liberty Survivor

    “The evidence was clear. Both Admiral Kidd and I believed with certainty that this attack…was a deliberate effort to sink an American ship and murder its entire crew…. It was our shared belief. . .that the attack. . .could not possibly have been an accident…. I am certain that the Israeli pilots [and] their superiors. . .were well aware that the ship was American.”
    — Captain Ward Boston, JAGC, US Navy (retired), senior legal counsel to the US Navy Court of Inquiry

  5. Curtis

    And this from Liberty survivor Joe Lentini (there’s plenty more of this if these guys were ever allowed to testify)

    “The historical facts are there – please read them prior to making any claims that Israel was innocent. I was there! It was no accident! I can only hope and pray that what happened to me and my shipmates never has to happen again, especially not at the hands of an “ally!”

  6. Mike

    Chavez’s Idiot, et al.:

    I am humbled by your Wikipedia research, your Googling talents, and your apparent abundance of free time.

    I must now admit that all other actions taken by Israel throughout its history are dwarfed by this intentionally malicious event, and that it should not be considered a close ally of the U.S. because Joe Lentini was there (along with many apparent others who have obviously been gagged for the past 40 years) and several other people opine that it is implausible that it was a mistake.

  7. Curtis

    Mike,
    No problem, it didn’t take much time if you know where to look.
    As far as the crew being gagged, your sarcasm actually has a good point to it. The entire crew has never been allowed to testify to what they were a witness of. The several other people who ‘opine’ are not very important and their testimony can be disregarded. I mean, who would pay any attention to what President Johnson’s administration, Navy Captains, the Deputy Director of the NSA, CIA director and Secretary of State say?

    As for Israel being a good ally, they’ve led us into all sorts of trouble in the middle east and are currently encouraging us to take military action against Iran, which could prove even more disastrous than our little mess in Iraq. Good friends don’t let friends drink and drive.