Monday, December 26, 2016

Buying and Selling Israel

"[Obama and Kerry] secretly cooked up with the Palestinians an extreme anti-Israeli resolution behind Israel's back, which would be a tail wind for terror and boycotts and effectively make the western Wall occupied Palestinian territory."
Israeli official [unidentified]

"[Washington] will not support the use of any additional land for the purpose of settlements. That has been the policy of every administration, Republican and Democrat, since before President Reagan and all the way through to the present day."
"[Settlement activity] harms the viability of a negotiated two-state outcome and erodes prospects for peace and stability in the region."
American Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power

"[Israeli settlements have] no legal validity. [Such activities must be halted for] salvaging the two-state solution. [Settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem are a] flagrant violation [of international law]."
UN Security Council resolution
Friday UN Security Council resolution
The Security Council votes on resolution reiterating its demand that Israel immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem. The vote was 14 in favour, with one abstention (United States). UN Photo/Manuel Elias

Loud applause. Egypt reconsidering its sponsorship of the resolution when the American president-elect intervened at Israel's request, suspended its sponsorship reflecting diplomatic considerations. Into the breach stepped four nations' representatives reflecting geographic areas encompassing all points of the compass. If a trope is repeated often enough and with sufficient indignation and sanctimony its cause is picked up and embraced by all within hearing distance.

And so, a perfectly legal move to ownership of a geographical area of the world whose heritage reflects antiquity forward to the present, which just happens to be contested by another group of come-latelies eager to re-write history and re-interpret reality with an internationally-digestible fiction conspires to deny Jews their homeland, when every other country of the world has in turn spurned its presence as an unassimilable alien presence persecuted and doomed by hatred.

The United States, which has assumed the mantle of champion of the underdog alternating with championing dictators whose ideological bent was agreeable to American fortunes, has latterly seen fit to buy the Jewish state's gratitude through the generosity of financial support greater in substance than similar support given to non-grateful nations like Pakistan and other recipients posing as friends of the West. Whereas, Israel's values and system of justice accurately reflects those of the West.

The resolution being considered at the United Nations Security Council regarding Israel should be vetoed....cont:

Barack Obama came to power with the pledge that he would restore American prestige and respect the world over. The Nobel prize rewarded him for his rhetoric, anxious to do so before any actual reason for so doing might occur. And when President Obama assured the world of Islam from a speech in Egypt that America was Islam's friend, he meant it and they doubted it. The proof has been elusive, for Islam itself is conflicted and to befriend one sect is to insult another.

The sole substantive issue that unites all of Islam, however, is the Koranic injunction that no land consecrated to Islam by the presence of Muslims must be allowed to fall into the possession of non-Muslims, for to do so would be to degrade and insult the honour of Islam through the surrender of its exalted possession. Mr. Obama has demonstrated his statesmanship by honouring Islam's sacred precept of conquest. A solution readily arrived at by selling Israel's trust and security to the greater utility of proving that his word could be banked on.

The personal antipathy that Barack Obama so obviously displayed in his aversion to Israel's current prime minister goes beyond inter-personal disagreement in situations where nation-to-nation business should take ultimate precedence. The deeper question is whether a deeply-ingrained anti-Semitism evoked such displays of blatant dislike of a head of state who refused to submit to the self-serving whims of an autocratic patron demanding submission by a supplicant.

No other country of the world has ever faced the demands that it surrender traditional geography it has defended against the violent threats and military assaults by its neighbours that Israel has suffered. Geography successfully defended from violent military aggression remains with the successful defender. Israel's claims to possession of ancestral land face condemnation by the international community invoking international law of questionable pedigree.

Israel's fault lies in the fact that it refuses to be a supplicant. It is a defender of the existence of world Jewry, when the world has proven time and again that it has no intention whatever at any time of ensuring that the survival of Jews is their responsibility. It has, as a result, become Israel's responsibility to ensure that the diaspora as well as the Jews of Israel survive. While the world appears more interested than ever in contesting its presence.

A nation under continual siege with little support on the world stage. Proudly defiant, Israel will survive because it must, in perpetuity. The Palestinians whose agenda is to reclaim the entire land on which Israel sits as its own, persuades the international community that it is a demoralized, persecuted minority fighting a Goliath when all it wants is parity in land to be apportioned to it. In the process inciting its people to commit acts of terrorism which the international community pretends to know nothing of.

The UN votes against 'occupation' knowing full well that the situation of 'occupation' has been forced upon Israel as a defensive measure against ongoing violent attacks by Palestinian Arabs against Israeli Jews. The occupation is a preventive effort to safeguard the lives of Jews from the vicious attacks of Arabs. Who are, after all, only doing what their European counterparts excelled at in years past.

Duplicity and sanctimony to spare.

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