There are a number of serious errors in the
following screed by David Horowitz which will be addressed at the end of this critique,
but we must first address his point that:
"This is one reason why I myself am not a Zionist but an unambivalent, passionate American patriot. America is
good for the Jews as it is good for every other minority who embraces its social contract.
But this history is also why I am a fierce supporter of Israel's survival and have no
sympathy for the Palestinian side in the conflict in the Middle East. Nor will I have such
sympathy until the day comes when I can look into the Palestinians' eyes and see something
other than death desired for Jews like me."
Therein lies the entire problem with trying to deal
with jews. They are so self-centered, arrogant, and STUPID that they can't see and
will not take a bit of responsibility for the massive problems they've caused for ALL
people with whom they've come into contact, and not just Americans nor Palestinians.
There was a time when this writer had much sympathy for the jews, but that was
before realizing that they treat Palestinians like DIRT and expect this Christian nation
to go along with it, without question. There had always been a nagging fear that
falling this far away from Christianity would be very bad news for the nation, and this
statement does much to confirm it.
This is a Christian nation. It was founded by
Christians for Christians, and 93% of the American population today claims to be
Christians, a fact which Horowitz and his fellow jews never seem to appreciate nor
acknowledge. So when jews revel in this new found freedom to loot life savings and
life blood of naive American Christians, it's time to draw a line in the sand.
Mostly if not completely because of this nation's attempt to accomodate jews, the 70% of
Americans who are Christians who want their children to have the opportunity to say a
spoken Christian prayer in their school classrooms are *denied* that right. This
isn't a trivial matter to Christians: the Holy Bible does not deal lightly with this issue
of failing to educate children in Christ. The percentage of Americans who disagree
with the banning of school prayer hasn't dipped below 70% very often since it happened in
1963, and four decades is long enough to see if anyone is going to change his mind:
we aren't. To deny these 200 million Christians this fundamental religious freedom
just to keep from offending 6 million jews caused TREMENDOUS discord in our cultural
fabric, as attested to by every social statistic since 1963. To say that it's all
the fault of the jews is not an overstatement, because this social pathology simply cannot
be overstated. To say that jews don't appreciate it is not an understatement,
because this is exactly what Horowitz said. This is a main reason all the polls show
that 70-91% of Americans DO want to exile them.
If exiling the jews is the only way to restore
spoken Christian prayer in public schools, then 70% of Americans must demand it:
This is a drop dead issue to a real Christian
nation. Christians really have no choice if we want to live by the Holy Bible.
Forty years is way too long to wait. What, other than a hole in Manhattan
Island where the WTC once stood and the almost complete abandonment of the US
Constitution, does this Christian nation have to show for this accomodation of jews?
Except that, had it not been for the
over-representation of jews as lawyers, law school professors, law school students, and
judges, abortions would not have been legalized and 40 million potential fellow Americans
would not have been aborted in the womb. Most of these missing fellow Americans are
precisely the posterity our Forefathers sought to protect when they wrote: "We, the
people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish justice,
insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare,
and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity,
do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America". To
replace 40 million Christians with 6 million jews was a slap in the face of our Founding
Fathers, of Jesus Christ, and of God. It put us on a moral lead sled to hel.!
It made Hitler appear like a Boy Scout by comparison.
Can spoken Christian prayer be restored and
abortions curtailed if a single jew remains in the country? No. If jews
are not exiled, Christian prayer not restored, and current trends continue, 81 million
more potential fellow Americans will be aborted over the next 4 decades. This is
bigger than the entire population of Germany, and 27,000 times as many lives as were lost
in the WTC. Exiling 6 million jews will increase the Christian population by
thirteen times (13x) as many, greatly increase our test scores and education quality and
family incomes, considerably decrease crime rates, and restore US prestige in the eyes of
151 nations and 3,000 NGOs who condemned Israel as a racist, apartheid, terrorist state at
the UN conference in Durban just 8 days prior to 911.
One of the many "unintended consequences"
of "fixing" the problems caused by jewish-sponsored social programs was the
passage of 26,000 useless and costly gun control laws, which alone
caused the imprisonment of 5 times as many American men JUST for violating those laws as
are imprisoned in Japan for ALL crimes combined. Not including crimes in which a
weapon was used (iow, just the legal cottage industry that grew up around these 26,000 gun
laws), there are more inmates in prison than there are employees at IBM. The
final testimony to the futility of all jewish-sponsored laws is that the murder rate
tripled and the clearance rate for murders plunged from 93% to 66% as these 26,000 gun
laws were passed. Had the murder rate remained at it's already high rate of 1959,
280,000 fewer Americans would have been murdered since then.
This is why David Horowitz can't be trusted to do
the right thing about reparations to "black
Americans". Relying on this jew to stop a reparations movement when jews are
even more avid welfare advocates than blacks is like giving the deed to the candy store to
SENEGAL: NO REPARATIONS WITHOUT SEPARATION!
[Ed: reparations could be made by way of settlement grants to
Blacks and Asians returning to their homelands. There must be
no payments made to those who seek to stay in the lands they
or their forefathers were brought to - willingly or otherwise]:
Black Senegal's leader 'insulted' by slavery demand
Daily News - 03/09/2001
Abidjan - A descendant of generations of slave-owning African
kings himself, Senegal's president has ridiculed demands for
financial reparation for the slave trade as impossible and insulting.
President Abdoulaye Wade was speaking ahead of the debate on
reparation at the UN racism conference in Durban, which begins
on Friday. What the West owed today, he said, was lasting
recognition of the wrong done.
"If one can claim reparation for slavery, the slaves of my ancestors
or their descendants can also claim money from me, because
slavery has been practised by all people in the world."
Advocates of reparation for the trans-Atlantic slave trade in
particular were asking the West "to give us money to forget
our ancestors" and their suffering, Wade said, "and I find that
Although many African countries have signed past statements
of support for reparation, African leaders have largely been silent
in the run-up to the conference. Wade has angered reparation
activists in his own country by saying he would go to Durban to
make the case against compensation. - Sapa-AP
I'm preparing to launch Phase II of our Stop the Reparations Movement
Now campaign but in a few days thousands of pro-reparations radicals
will descend on Washington, D.C.
On August 17, their goal is to send ONE MILLION marchers into the
streets of the Capital! The title of the march says it all: "They Owe
The objectives are to scare Washington politicians into backing their
effort and further coerce the national media deeper into their scam.
When I took action against this movement many people thought I didn't
know what I was talking about. But the reparations movement is real
and it's growing ... two lawsuits filed and more planned ... this
August 17 rally ... plans in Congress for pro-reparations
Stop the Reparations Movement Now has always had two very important
* Expose the true motivation behind the movement for reparations for
descendants of American slaves money and power.
* Educate millions of Americans to the damage this divisive movement
will do to our nation if it is allowed to proceed and succeed.
Over the last half year, I've spoken on more than 50 campuses ...
appeared on dozens of television and radio talk shows ... and
distributed more than 300,000 books and booklets detailing who is
behind the reparations movement, why they're behind it, and how they
plan to use legal and legislative avenues to achieve their goal!
You'll recognize many of their names immediately. It's a who's who in
the racial shakedown racket: Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Johnnie
Cochran, Randall Robinson, Cornel West. These men, and others from
the far left, are preparing for the biggest legal shakedown in
history ... unless they're stopped.
"Reparations are a really good way for white people to admit they're
--Zack Webb, co-director, University of Kentucky NAACP
Now I'm preparing for Phase II of this important campaign, and I'm
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reparations scam and exposes its greedy underbelly.
I think it's vital that you read it and learn how reparations leaders
are extorting the press to get favorable coverage. I also want to get
300,000 of these booklets in the hands of students, political leaders
and political commentators in Washington, D.C. and around the nation
in time for the fall semester and the Congressional elections.
Our campaign has reached millions of Americans, but when you read
words like those of young Zack Webb's above, you quickly realize how
much work we have cut out for us.
Today the reparations movement is in high gear. Two lawsuits have
been filed against American corporations who are alleged to have had,
either directly or indirectly, something to do with black slaves some
200 years ago.
The lawsuits, of course, are profoundly anti-American and the
ultimate example of "victimization" politics. American justice has
never been about punishing the son for the father's crimes. Yet that
is just what the two reparations lawsuits propose.
These legal suits are just the tip of the iceberg! The ultimate prize
for the reparations shakedown team isn't a verdict against an
insurance company for the left-wing militants like Robinson, Jackson,
West, Cochran and the other big players of the movement; the real pot
o' gold is your wallet via your tax dollars!
Some movement radicals are demanding up to $10 trillion in repayments
to all Black Americans - or $277,780 per person. For non-black
Americans, it amounts to a tax tab of $37,878 - EACH. That's $151,512
for a family of four!
This movement isn't about justice. It's about money! It has to be,
because America has done far more than simply saying it's sorry about
Over the last 150 years no nation has tried harder to make amends for
the morally bankrupt slavery system. No nation has invested more or
enacted more legislation with the goal of ending injustice for all
of its citizens. The facts speak for themselves. Since 1850 our
* Fought a Civil War to end slavery. More than 350,000 Union soldiers
lost their lives in the war! Should the descendants of these dead men
* Suffered the assassination of Abraham Lincoln as a result of his
Emancipation Proclamation. John Wilkes Booth said he killed the
President because he had freed the slaves!
* Passed the most sweeping Civil Rights legislation in history.
Initiated affirmative action policies specifically designed to assist
all minorities to succeed.
* Waged a "War on Poverty" since 1965 that has pumped trillions of
dollars into America's poorest communities, many of them inner city
No matter how many good men died at places like Gettysburg, Antietam
or Manassas ... no matter how many good-faith laws have been passed
trying to right the wrongs of the past ... no matter how much money
American taxpayers have spent trying to give all those who need it a
hand up for men like Jackson, Robinson, Cochran, Sharpton and other
race hucksters, it's not enough. Their greed is almost palpable, as
they continue to beat the drums of victimization and claim that the
legacy of slavery is at the root of all of all Black Americans'
Let me assure you, though, not every African-American believes this.
The cards, e-mails, contributions and letters of support that I
receive from men and women of all races are powerful evidence that
the reparations movement's attempt to paint Blacks as perpetual
victims isn't luring in everyone.
But I must continue to expose the movement for what it is and educate
more people about what is truly at risk if we fail to squelch this
movement now ... and that's what Phase II of our campaign, Stop the
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Why Israel Is The Victim And The Arabs Are The Indefensible Aggressors In the Middle East
http://www.jewishworldreview.com -- ZIONISM
is a national liberation movement, identical in most ways to other liberation movements
that leftists and progressives the world over -- and in virtually every case but this one
-- fervently support. This exceptionalism is also visible at the reverse end of the
political spectrum: In every other instance, right-wingers like Patrick Buchanan oppose
national liberation movements that are under the spell of Marxist delusions and committed
to violent means. But they make an exception for the one that Palestinians have aimed at
the Jews. The unique opposition to a Jewish homeland at both ends of the political
spectrum identifies the problem that Zionism was created to solve.
The "Jewish problem" is just another name for the fact that Jews are the most
universally hated and persecuted ethnic group in history. The Zionist founders believed
that hatred of Jews was a direct consequence of their stateless condition. As long as Jews
were aliens in every society they found themselves in, they would always be seen as
interlopers, their loyalties would be suspect and persecution would follow. This was what
happened to Captain Alfred Dreyfus, whom French anti-Semites falsely accused of spying and
who was put on trial for treason by the French government in the 19th Century. Theodore
Herzl was an assimilated, westernized Jew, who witnessed the Dreyfus frame- up in Paris
and went on to lead the Zionist movement.
Herzl and other Zionist founders believed that if Jews had a nation of their own, the very
fact would "normalize" their condition in the community of nations. Jews had
been without a state since the beginning of the diaspora, when the Romans expelled them
from Judea on the west bank of the Jordan River, some 2,000 years before. Once the Jews
obtained a homeland - Judea itself seemed a logical site -- and were again like other
peoples, the Zionists believed anti-Semitism would wither on its poisonous vine and the
Jewish problem would disappear.
Here is what happened instead.
2. The Beginnings
In the 1920s, among their final acts as victors in World War I, the British and French
created the states that now define the Middle East out of the ashes of the empire of their
defeated Turkish adversary. In a region that the Ottoman Turks had controlled for hundreds
of years, Britain and France drew the boundaries of the new states, Syria Lebanon and
Iraq. Previously, the British had promised the Jewish Zionists that they could establish a
"national home" in a portion of what remained of the area, which was known as
the Palestine Mandate. But in 1921 the British separated 80 percent of the Mandate, east
of the Jordan, and created the Arab kingdom of "Transjordan." It was created for
the Arabian monarch King Abdullah, who had been defeated in tribal warfare in the Arabian
Peninsula and lacked a seat of power. Abudllah's tribe was Hashemite, while the vast
majority of Abdullah's subjects were Palestinian Arabs.
What was left of the original Palestine Mandate - between the west bank of the Jordan and
the Mediterranean Sea - had been settled by Arabs and Jews. Jews, in fact, had lived in
the area continuously for 3,700 years, even after the Romans destroyed their state in
Judea in CE 70. Arabs became the dominant local population for the first time in the 7th
Century CE as a result of the Muslim invasions. The Arabs were largely nomads who had no
distinctive language or culture to separate them from other Arabs. In all the time since,
they had made no attempt to create an independent Palestinian state west or east of the
Jordan and none was ever established.
In 1948, at the request of the Jews who were living in Palestine, the United Nations voted
to partition the remaining quarter of the original Mandate to make a Jewish homeland
possible. Under the partition plan, the Arabs were given the Jews' ancient home in Judea
and Samaria - now known as the West Bank. The Jews were allotted three slivers of
disconnected land along the Mediterranean and the Sinai desert. They were also given
access to their holy city of Jerusalem, but as an island cut off from the slivers,
surrounded by Arab land and under international control. Sixty percent of the land
allotted to the Jews was the Negev desert. Out of these unpromising parts, the Jews
created a new state, Israel, in 1948. At this time, the idea of a Palestinian nation, or a
movement to create one did not even exist.
At the moment of Israel's birth, Palestinian Arabs lived on roughly 90 percent of the
original Palestine Mandate - in Transjordan and in the UN partition area, but also in the
new state of Israel itself. There were 800,000 Arabs living in Israel alongside 1.2
million Jews. At the same time, Jews were legally barred from settling in the 35,000
square miles of Palestinian Transjordan, which eventually was renamed simply
The Arab population in the slivers called Israel had actually more than tripled since the
Zionists first began settling the region in significant numbers in the 1880s.The reason
for this increase was that the Jewish settlers had brought industrial and agricultural
development with them, which attracted Arab immigrants to what had previously been a
sparsely settled and economically destitute area.
If the Palestinian Arabs had been willing to accept this arrangement in which they
received 90 percent of the land in the Palestine Mandate, and under which they benefited
from the industry, enterprise and political democracy the Jews brought to the region,
there would have been no Middle East conflict. But this was not to be.
Instead, the Arab League - representing five neighboring Arab states - declared war on
Israel on the day of its creation, and five Arab armies invaded the slivers with the aim
of destroying the infant Jewish state. During the fighting, according to the UN mediator
on the scene, an estimated 472,000 Arabs fled their homes to escape the dangers. They
planned on returning after an Arab victory and the destruction of the Jewish state.
But the Jews -- many of them recent Holocaust survivors -- refused to be defeated.
Instead, the five Arab armies that had invaded their slivers were repelled. Yet there was
no peace. Even though their armies were beaten, the Arab states were determined to carry
on their campaign of destruction, and to remain formally at war with the Israeli state.
After the defeat of the Arab armies, the Palestinians who lived in the Arab area of the UN
partition did not attempt to create a state of their own. Instead, in 1950, Jordan annexed
the entire West Bank.
3. Refugees: Jewish and Arab
As a result of the annexation and the continuing state of war, the Arab refugees who had
fled the Israeli slivers did not return. There was a refugee flow into Israel, but it was
a flow of Jews who had been expelled from the Arab countries. All over the Middle East,
Jews were forced to leave lands they had lived on for centuries. Although Israel was a
tiny geographical area and a fledgling state, its government welcomed and resettled
600,000 Jewish refugees from the Arab countries.
At the same time, the Jews resumed their work of creating a new nation in what was now a
single sliver of land. Israel, had annexed a small amount of territory to make their state
defensible, including a land bridge that included Jerusalem.
In the years that followed, the Israelis made their desert bloom. They built the only
industrialized economy in the entire Middle East. They built the only liberal democracy in
the Middle East. They treated the Arabs who remained in Israel well. To this day the very
large Arab minority, which lives inside the state of Israel, has more rights and
privileges than any other Arab population in the entire Middle East.
This is especially true of the Arabs living under Yasser Arafat's corrupt dictatorship,
the Palestine Authority, which today administers the West Bank and the Gaza strip, and
whose Arab subjects have no human rights. In 1997, in a fit of pique against the Oslo
Accords, Palestinian spokesman Edward Said himself blurted this out, calling Arafat
"our Papa Doc" - after the sadistic dictator of Haiti - and complaining that
there was "a total absence of law or the rule of law in the Palestinian autonomy
The present Middle East conflict is said to be about the "occupied territories"
- the West Bank of the Jordan and the Gaza strip - and about Israel's refusal to
"give them up." But during the first twenty years of the Arab-Israeli conflict,
Israel did not control the West Bank. In 1950, when Jordan annexed the West Bank, there
was no Arab outrage. Nor did the Middle East conflict with the Jews subside.
The reason there was no Arab outrage over the annexation of the West Bank was because
Jordan is a state whose ethnic majority is Palestinian Arabs. On the other hand, the
Palestinians of Jordan are disenfranchised by the ruling Hashemite minority. Despite this
fact, in the years following the annexation the Palestinians displayed no interest in
achieving "self-determination" in Hashemite Jordan. It is only the presence of
Jews, apparently, that incites this claim. The idea that the current conflict is about
"occupied territories" is only one of the many large Arab deceits -- now widely
accepted -- that have distorted the history of the Middle East wars.
4. The Arab Wars Against Israel
In 1967, Egypt, Syria and Jordan attacked Israel for a second time and were again
defeated. It was in repelling these aggressors that Israel came to control the West Bank
and the Gaza strip, as well as the oil-rich Sinai desert. Israel had every right to annex
these territories captured from the aggressors - a time honored ritual among nations, and
in fact the precise way that Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Jordan had come into existence
themselves. But Israel did not do so. On the other hand, neither did it withdraw its
armies or relinquish its control.
The reason was that the Arab aggressors once again refused to make peace. Instead, they
declared themselves still at war with Israel, a threat no Israeli government could afford
to ignore. By this time, Israel was a country of 2 or 3 million surrounded by declared
enemies whose combined populations numbered over 100 million. Geographically Israel was so
small that at one point it was less than ten miles across. No responsible Israeli
government could relinquish a territorial buffer while its hostile neighbors were still
formally at war. This is the reality that frames the Middle East conflict.
In 1973, six years after the second Arab war against the Jews, the Arab armies again
attacked Israel. The attack was led by Syria and Egypt, abetted by Iraq, Libya, Saudi
Arabia, Kuwait and five other countries who gave military support to the aggressors,
including an Iraqi division of 18,000 men. Israel again defeated the Arab forces.
Afterwards, Egypt - and Egypt alone -- agreed to make a formal peace.
The peace was signed by Egyptian president, Anwar Sadat, who was subsequently assassinated
by Islamic radicals, paying for his statesmanship with his life. Sadat is one of three
Arab leaders assassinated by other Arabs for making peace with the Jews.
Under the Camp David accords that Sadat signed, Israel returned the entire Sinai with all
its oil riches. This act demonstrated once and for all that the solution to the Middle
East conflict was ready at hand. It only required the willingness of the Arabs to agree.
The Middle East conflict is not about Israel's occupation of the territories; it is about
the refusal of the Arabs to make peace with Israel, which is an inevitable by-product of
their desire to destroy it.
5. Self-Determination Is Not The Agenda
The Palestinians and their supporters also claim that the Middle East conflict is about
the Palestinians' yearning for a state and the refusal of Israel to accept their
aspiration. This claim is also false. The Palestine Liberation Organization was created in
1964, sixteen years after the establishment of Israel and the first anti-Israel war. The
PLO was created at a time the West Bank was not under Israeli control but was part of
Jordan. The PLO, however, was not created so that the Palestinians could achieve
self-determination in Jordan, which at the time comprised 90 percent of the original
Palestine Mandate. The PLO's express purpose, in the words of its own leaders, was to
"push the Jews into the sea."
The official charter of the new Palestine Liberation Organization referred to the
"Zionist invasion," declared that Israel's Jews were "not an independent
nationality," described Zionism as "racist" and "fascist," called
for "the liquidation of the Zionist presence," and specified, "armed
struggle is the only way to liberate Palestine." In short, "liberation"
required the destruction of the Jewish state. The PLO was not even created by Palestinians
but by the Arab League -- the corrupt dictators who ruled the Middle East and who had
attempted to destroy Israel by military force in 1948, in 1967 and again in 1973.
For thirty years, the PLO charter remained unchanged in its call for Israel's destruction.
Then in the mid-1990s, under enormous international pressure following the 1993 Oslo
accords, PLO leader Yasser Arafat removed the clause while assuring his followers that its
removal was a necessary compromise that did not alter the movement's goals. He did this
explicitly and also by citing a historical precedent in which the Prophet Muhammad
insincerely agreed to a peace with his enemies in order to gain time to mass the forces
with which he intended to destroy them.
6. The Struggle to Destroy Israel
The Middle East struggle is not about right against right. It is about a fifty-year effort
by the Arabs to destroy the Jewish state, and the refusal of the Arab states in general
and the Palestinian Arabs in particular to accept Israel's existence. If the Arabs were
willing to do this, there would be no occupied territories and there would be a
Even during the "Oslo" peace process -- when the Palestine Liberation
Organization pretended to recognize the existence of Israel and the Jews therefore allowed
the creation of a "Palestine Authority" -- it was clear that the PLO's goal was
Israel's destruction, and not just because its leader invoked the Prophet Muhammad's own
deception. The Palestinians' determination to destroy Israel is abundantly clear in their
newly created demand of a "right of return" to Israel for "5 million"
Arabs. The figure of 5 million refugees who must be returned to Israel is more than ten
times the number of Arabs who actually left the Jewish slivers of the British Mandate in
In addition to its absurdity, this new demand has several aspects that reveal the
Palestinians' genocidal agenda for the Jews. The first is that the "right of
return" is itself a calculated mockery of the primary reason for Israel's existence
-- the fact that no country would provide a refuge for Jews fleeing Hitler's extermination
program during World War II. It is only because the world turned its back on the Jews when
their survival was at stake that the state of Israel grants a "right of return."
to every Jew who asks for it.
But there is no genocidal threat to Arabs, no lack of international support militarily and
economically, and no Palestinian "diaspora" (although the Palestinians have
cynically appropriated the very term to describe their self-inflicted quandary). The fact
that many Arabs, including the Palestinian spiritual leader -- the Grand Mufti of
Jerusalem -- supported Hitler's "Final Solution" only serves to compound the
insult. It is even further compounded by the fact that more than 90 percent of the
Palestinians now in the West Bank and Gaza have never lived a day of their lives in
territorial Israel. The claim of a "right of return" is thus little more than a
brazen expression of contempt for the Jews, and for their historic suffering.
More importantly it is an expression of contempt for the very idea of a Jewish state. The
incorporation of five million Arabs into Israel would render the Jews a permanent minority
in their own country, and would thus spell the end of Israel. The Arabs fully understand
this, and that is why they have made it a fundamental demand. It is just one more instance
of the general bad faith the Arab side has manifested through every chapter of these
Possibly the most glaring expression of the Arabs' bad faith is their deplorable treatment
of the Palestinian refugees and refusal for half a century to relocate them, or to
alleviate their condition, even during the years they were under Jordanian rule. While
Israel was making the desert bloom and relocating 600,000 Jewish refugees from Arab
states, and building a thriving industrial democracy in its allotted sliver, the Arabs
were busy making sure that their refugees remained in squalid refugee camps in the West
Bank and Gaza, where they were powerless, right-less, and economically destitute.
Today, fifty years after the first Arab war against Israel, there are 59 such refugee
camps and 3.7 million "refugees" registered with the UN. Despite economic aid
from the UN and Israel itself, despite the oil wealth of the Arab kingdoms, the Arab
leaders have refused to undertake the efforts that would liberate the refugees from their
miserable camps, or to make the economic investment that would alleviate their condition.
There are now 22 Arab states providing homes for the same ethnic population, speaking a
common Arabic language. But the only one that will allow Palestinian Arabs to become
citizens is Jordan. And the only state the Palestinians covet is Israel.
7. The Policy of Resentment and Hate
The refusal to address the condition of the Palestinian refugee population is - and has
always been -- a calculated Arab policy, intended to keep the Palestinians in a state of
desperation in order to incite their hatred of Israel for the wars to come. Not to leave
anything to chance, the mosques and schools of the Arabs generally -- and the Palestinians
in particular -- preach and teach Jew hatred every day. Elementary school children in
Palestinian Arab schools are even taught to chant "Death to the heathen Jews" in
their classrooms as they are learning to read. It should not be overlooked, that these
twin policies of deprivation (of the Palestinian Arabs) and hatred (of the Jews) are
carried out without any protest from any sector of Palestinian or Arab society. That in
itself speaks volumes about the nature of the Middle East conflict.
All wars -- especially wars that have gone on for fifty years - produce victims with just
grievances on both sides. And that is true in this one. There are plenty of individual
Palestinian victims, as there are Jewish victims, familiar from the nightly news. But the
collective Palestinian grievance is without justice. It is a self-inflicted wound, the
product of the Arabs' xenophobia, bigotry, exploitation of their own people, and apparent
inability to be generous towards those who are not Arabs. While Israel is an open,
democratic, multi-ethnic, multicultural society that includes a large enfranchised Arab
minority, the Palestine Authority is an intolerant, undemocratic, monolithic police state
with one dictatorial leader, whose ruinous career has run now for 37 years.
As the repellent attitudes, criminal methods and dishonest goals of the Palestine
liberation movement should make clear to any reasonable observer, its present cause is
based on Jew hatred, and on resentment of the modern, democratic West, and little else.
Since there was no Palestinian nation before the creation of Israel, and since
Palestinians regarded themselves simply as Arabs and their land as part of Syria, it is
not surprising that many of the chief creators of the Palestine Liberation Organization
did not even live in the Palestine Mandate before the creation of Israel, let alone in the
sliver of mostly desert that was allotted to the Jews. Edward Said, the leading
intellectual mouthpiece for the Palestinian cause grew up in a family that chose to make
its home in Egypt and the United States. Yasser Arafat was born in Egypt.
While the same Arab states that claim to be outraged by the Jews' treatment of
Palestinians treat their own Arab populations far worse than Arabs are treated in Israel,
they are also silent about the disenfranchised Palestinian majority that lives in Jordan.
In 1970, Jordan's King Hussein massacred thousands of PLO militants. But the PLO does not
call for the overthrow of Hashemite rule in Jordan and does not hate the Hashemite
monarchy. Only Jews are hated.
It is a hatred, moreover, that is increasingly lethal. Today, 70 percent of the Arabs in
the West Bank and Gaza approve the suicide bombing of women and children if the targets
are Jews. There is no Arab "Peace Now" movement, not even a small one, whereas
in Israel the movement demanding concessions to Arabs in the name of peace is a formidable
political force. There is no Arab spokesman who will speak for the rights and sufferings
of Jews, but there are hundreds of thousands of Jews in Israel - and all over the world -
who will speak for "justice" for the Palestinians. How can the Jews expect fair
treatment from a people that collectively does not even recognize their humanity?
8. A Phony Peace
The Oslo peace process begun in 1993 was based on the pledge of both parties to renounce
violence as a means of settling their dispute. But the Palestinians never renounced
violence and in the year 2000, they officially launched a new Intifada against Israel,
effectively terminating the peace process.
In fact, during the peace process -- between 1993 and 1999 -- there were over 4,000
terrorist incidents committed by Palestinians against Israelis, and more than 1,000
Israelis killed as a result of Palestinian attacks - more than had been killed in the
previous 25 years. By contrast, during the same period 1993-1999 Israelis were so
desperate for peace that they reciprocated these acts of murder by giving the Palestinians
in the West Bank and Gaza a self-governing authority, a 40,000 man armed "police
force," and 95 percent of the territory their negotiators demanded. This Israeli
generosity was rewarded by a rejection of peace, suicide bombings of crowded discos and
shopping malls, an outpouring of ethnic hatred and a renewed declaration of war.
In fact, the Palestinians broke the Oslo Accords precisely because of Israeli generosity,
because the government of Ehud Barak offered to meet 95 percent of their demands,
including turning over parts of Jerusalem to their control -- a possibility once
considered unthinkable. These concessions confronted Arafat with the one outcome he did
not want: Peace with Israel. Peace without the destruction of the "Jewish
Arafat rejected these Israeli concessions, accompanying his rejection with a new explosion
of anti-Jewish violence. He named this violence -- deviously -- "The Al-Aksa
Intifada," after the mosque on the Temple Mount. His new jihad was given the name of
a Muslim shrine to create the illusion that the Intifada was provoked not by his
unilateral destruction of the Oslo peace process, but by Ariel Sharon's visit to the site.
Months after the Intifada began, the Palestine Authority itself admitted this was just
another Arafat lie.
In fact, the Intifada had been planned months before Sharon's visit as a follow-up to the
rejection of the Oslo Accords. In the words of Imad Faluji, the Palestine Authority's
communications minister, "[The uprising] had been planned since Chairman Arafat's
return from Camp David, when he turned the tables on the former U.S. president [Clinton]
and rejected the American conditions." The same conclusion was reached by the
Mitchell Commission headed by former U.S. Senator George Mitchell to investigate the
events: "The Sharon visit did not cause the Al-Aksa Intifada."
9. Moral Distinctions
In assessing the Middle East impasse it is important to pay attention to the moral
distinction revealed in the actions of the two combatants. When a deranged Jew goes into
an Arab mosque and kills the worshippers (which happened once) he is acting alone and is
universally condemned by the Israeli government and the Jews in Israel and everywhere, and
he is punished to the full extent of Israeli law. But when a young Arab enters a disco
filled with teenagers or a shopping mall or bus crowded with women and children and blows
himself and innocent bystanders up (which happens frequently), he is someone who has been
trained and sent by a component of the PLO or the Palestine Authority; he is officially
praised as a hero by Yasser Arafat; his mother is given money by the Palestine Authority;
and his Arab neighbors come to pay honor to the household for having produced a
"martyr for Allah." The Palestinian liberation movement is the first such
movement to elevate the killing of child!
ren - both the enemy's and its own - into a religious calling and a strategy of the cause.
It is not only the methods of the Palestine liberation movement that are morally
repellent. The Palestinian cause is itself corrupt. The "Palestinian problem" is
a problem created by the Arabs, and can only be solved by them. In Jordan, Palestinians
already have a state in which they are a majority but which denies them
self-determination. Why is Jordan not the object of the Palestinian "liberation"
struggle? The only possible answer is because it is not ruled by Jews.
There is a famous "green line" marking the boundary between Israel and its Arab
neighbors. That green line is also the bottom line for what is the real problem in the
Middle East. It is green because plants are growing in the desert on the Israeli side but
not on the Arab side. The Jews got a sliver of land without oil, and created abundant
wealth and life in all its rich and diverse forms. The Arabs got nine times the acreage
but all they have done with it is to sit on its aridity and nurture the poverty,
resentments and hatreds of its inhabitants. Out of these dark elements they have created
and perfected the most vile anti-human terrorism the world has ever seen: Suicide bombing
of civilians. In fact, the Palestinians are a community of suicide bombers: they want the
destruction of Israel more than they want a better life.
If a nation state is all the Palestinians desire, Jordan would be the solution. (So would
settling for 95 percent of one's demands.) But the Palestinians also want to destroy
Israel. This is morally hateful. It is the Nazi virus revived. Nonetheless, the
Palestinian cause is generally supported by the international community, with the singular
exception of the United States (and to a lesser degree Great Britain). It is precisely
because the Palestinians want to destroy a state that Jews have created -- and because
they are killing Jews -- that they enjoy international credibility and otherwise
10. The Jewish Problem Again
It is this international resistance to the cause of Jewish survival, the persistence of
global Jew-hatred that, in the end, refutes the Zionist hope of a solution to the
"Jewish problem." The creation of Israel is an awe-inspiring human success
story. But the permanent war to destroy it undermines the original Zionist idea.
More than fifty years after the creation of Israel, the Jews are still the most hated
ethnic group in the world. Islamic radicals want to destroy Israel, but do so Islamic
moderates. For the Jews in the Middle East, the present conflict is a life and death
struggle, yet every government in the UN with the exception of the United States and
sometimes Britain regularly votes against Israel in the face of a terrorist enemy, who has
no respect for the rights or lives of Jews. After the Al-Qaeda attack on the World Trade
Center, the French ambassador to England complained that the whole world was endangered
because of "that shitty little country," Israel. This caused a scandal in
England, but nowhere else. All that stands between the Jews of the Middle East and another
Holocaust is their own military prowess and the generous, humanitarian support of the
Even in the United States, however, one can now turn the TV to channels like MSNBC and CNN
to see Ariel Sharon who is the elected Prime Minister of a democracy equated politically
and morally with Yasser Arafat who is a dictator, a terrorist and an enemy of the United
States. One can see the same equivalence drawn between Israel's democracy and the
Palestine Authority, which is a terrorist entity and an ally of America's enemies Al Qaeda
During the Gulf War, Israel was America's staunch ally while Arafat and the Palestinians
openly supported the aggressor, Saddam Hussein. Yet the next two U.S. Governments -
Republican and Democrat alike - strove for even-handed "neutrality" in the
conflict in the Middle East, and pressured Israel into a suicidal "peace
process" with a foe dedicated to its destruction. It is only since September 11 that
the United States has been willing to recognize Arafat as an enemy of peace and not a
viable negotiating partner.
The Zionists' efforts created a thriving democracy for the Jews of Israel (and also for
the million Arabs who live in Israel), but failed to normalize the Jewish people or make
them safe in a world that hates them. From the point of view of the "Jewish
problem," which Herzl and the Zionist founders set out to solve, it is better today
to be a Jew in America than a Jew in Israel.
This is one reason why I myself am not a Zionist but an
unambivalent, passionate American patriot. America is good for the Jews as it is good for
every other minority who embraces its social contract. But this history is also why I am a
fierce supporter of Israel's survival and have no sympathy for the Palestinian side in the
conflict in the Middle East. Nor will I have such sympathy until the day comes when I can
look into the Palestinians' eyes and see something other than death desired for Jews like