Having lived through the chaos of our bombardment of Gaza terrorist sites a couple of weeks ago resulting from Hamas rockets being fired into Israel, and having written about what we want for the Palestinians before, I feel compelled to share what are more undeniable truths about this ongoing conflict.
We can argue about the history of who wronged was 60 years ago and who is wronged today and whose fault it is. We can argue about opportunities lost and whether there is moral equivalence of destroying terror sites knowing that some innocents will die and which side rejoices when innocents die in various contexts. We can debate whose actions are short-sighted and what ruling party is detrimental to its own people. But that’s all been argued before, and the result is what we see today: an economic blockade of Gaza, a terrorist organization ruling it that continues to smuggle weapons that get stronger and stronger, a Hamas not only perfectly willing but actually seeking to sacrifice the prosperity and freedom and quality of life and celebrating the horrible suffering through loss of life and limb. Why? To further Hamas’ political goal of creating a Fundamental Islamist state where sharia law rules in place of Israel, requiring the destruction of Israel itself. The 1.5 million Israeli Arab citizens of Christian and Muslim descent certainly do not want that. The Palestinians in the West Bank certainly do not want that. The people of Gaza certainly do not want that, for that matter. Israelis are aware of this. Palestinians in Israel proper who are citizens of Israel have a great life. They pay less for the universities, have lower entry requirements, and clearly have a better lives than nearly all Arab countries’ citizens. They are prosperous and live in freedom. But let us not re-tread old territory. Unbiased and uneducated people who understand the history and current situation certainly are aware of this. The question is, what is Israel to do now?
We both can and can not continue in the cycle of violence in which it finds itself. Israelis are desperate for peace. Israel wants peace with the Palestinians. Israel is also not willing to sacrifice its own security for a hollow peace that will break down. So the cycle necessitating occupation and blockade continue. They want Palestinians to be rich. Israel wants them to prosper under great leadership. If their leadership would have accepted a two-state solution when they were offered it in 1948, we may not be in this mess today. If their leadership would have accepted 98% of the land they sought when Prime Minister Ehud Barak offered it to them more recently, we also may not be in the mess we are in today. But their leadership rejects peace while Israel seeks it. Why? We do not know. We kind of do know though. Their leadership is piggish and unappreciative.
Why are 40% of the United Nations resolutions condemning actions an another UN member nation toward Israel? There are more than 200 such resolutions. North Korea has 1. One! 1 negative resolution for the most brutal dictatorship on Planet Earth. How many does Cambodia have? How about Saudi Arabia? Let’s just consider North Korea, because the example is just too good. 200 vs. 1? The reason is something we do have the answer to and it does not have anything to do with the imbalance in the number of lives lost in 2008 and the 150 Palestinians who died a couple weeks ago vs. the 6 Israelis in the same operation. There are theories about Arab coalitions in the UN ganging up on Israel, but the answer is actually much simpler. People do not like Jewish people, especially in Europe. Yes, they are anti-Semitic. Let’s just face the reality. There is no other genuine explanation for the huge number of negative resolutions.
People say, oh, well, Israel is an Apartheid state, like South Africa. Well, guess what, it’s not — 1.5 million Arab citizens of Israel live in Israel with full rights and are quite happy. They vote and they are in the Knesset (Pariliament). If you are not a citizen of Israel, correct, you don’t have the same rights, just like in every other country in the world…you need to be a citizen to enjoy full rights. If someone converts to Judaism, by the way — anyone on Planet Earth for that matter — they are entitled to citizenship in Israel. Israel is a Jewish state, just like Norway is a Norwegian state and Switzerland is a Swiss state. You can’t just walk into those countries and expect full rights of citizenship either.
People in general do not like strong people. Europeans especially do not like strong people. They do not like ethnic groups of successful people. They are jealous of Jews, and it’s a shame. Because where ever Jews go, there is is economic prosperity for everyone. That’s one reason America loves Israel. The land of opportunity (which sadly is becoming more Socialist like Europe with every administration) recognizes that the pie is infinitely big. Jews have been great for America.
We must do everything we can to help the Palestinians not displace Israel, but rather be as economically successful as they can be. Yes, for the time being we have to inhibit the smuggling of weapons into Gaza, but Hamas would have little support if Gazans were prosperous. It’s a challenge because Hamas wants them to suffer, live in poverty and die. So what can we do? We can do more for them, that’s for sure. It should never be the case that they don’t have enough food. We should not limit the amount of food they bring in by counting calories. We should parachute in books about prosperity. We should communicate with them on more than just a single channel. We parachute in wind up radios and computers with internet. Yes, Hamas will attempt to use the communication badly, but over time it will prevail. We should offer individual grants to people in Gaza. We can literally send individual families money. There are anti-Hamas elements in Gaza, as evidence by the Arabs they dragged through the streets after killing them for collaborating with Israel. Those people can tell us who needs money. We can also smuggle individual families help, maybe a motorcycle, maybe a book, maybe $200 for food.