Saturday, October 30, 2004

The Vulnerability of Israel


For the Jewish people, therefore, the history of the twentieth century may be summed up thus: If there had been a Jewish state in the first half of the century, there would have been no Holocaust. And if there had not been a Jewish state after the Holocaust, there would have been no Jewish future.

— from A Durable Peace, by Benjamin Netanyahu

The mushroom cloud rising over Tel Aviv has to be the greatest dread of the Jewish State in the 21st century. For a half a century after the birth of Israel, the existence of a haven for Jews all over the world could be assured by the armed might of the Jewish state. But, as the time approaches when Iran can deliver nuclear-tipped missiles to the heart of Israel, the existence of that haven can no longer be assumed.

Even without access to the secret deliberations of Israel's security bodies, it is safe to say that Israel will do everything in its power to frustrate the designs of the mullahs in Tehran, and the Israeli military is undoubtedly capable of doing so. But the terrorists of the Great Islamic Jihad are intent upon acquiring nuclear weapons, and even a well-placed dirty bomb could do enormous damage to Israel and force much of its carefully-tended farm land out of cultivation. A devastating attack of this kind might cause the collapse of Israel's economy.

This is a reminder of why Israel is perhaps the most important ally in the war against the Islamists. The very existence of America is not yet threatened by them, but Israel is very much at risk. They could become our greatest ally because the stakes are so much higher for them.

The jihadis make virtually no distinction between Americans and Zionists; the two terms are virtually interchangeable for them. Nothing better demonstrates why it is time to stand with the Jews.

15 comments:

jj mollo said...

The original Christians were all Jews. I have always thought that Christians should see themselves that way. Muslims have always been resentful of Christians for not accepting their new religion as a natural extension and sensible clarification of their own. Christians feel the same way toward Jews. For the most part, however, it's just ethnic solidarity. No matter what people say they do or believe, they always eat at separate lunch tables.

Baron Bodissey said...

I remember many years ago hearing born-again Christians refer to Jews who converted to Christianity as "completed Jews". But that hasn't been my experience with most Christians.

The Jews are God's chosen people, and, in His mysterious way, he has shown that those who believe Christ is the Messiah and those who don't can coexist amicably.

Reaganesque said...

Well said! I stand with Israel always.

Baron Bodissey said...

Thanks for your support. It's good to have a young person on board!

Lancelot said...

I sympathize with Israel's struggle for survival in the midst of a hostile region. But the Palestinians are getting a raw deal, even if it's partly their fault. Israel is as much a liability as an ally, since it is the main reason that the Arabs hate us. The Israelis did create a state on land which had long belonged to Muslims, and this is historically unusual and not ordinarily recognized as a legitimate way to create a state. Whatever the rights and wrongs of Israel's creation, now it is a democratic state in danger, people have been born there, lived there, and made it their home. It is not realistic for the Palestinians and Israelis to live together inter-mingled, so it is necessary to deny to Palestinians the "right to return," which is the great hope their nation has lived by for two generations. We should not forget that this is a terrible tragedy. Let us hope that Sharon succeeds in pulling out of Gaza, that the wall will thwart terrorism and bring an end to the cycle of violence, and that the Palestinians can finally have a state and live in freedom and peace.

Baron Bodissey said...

Lancelot -- The US and Israel have been very generous in offering the Palestinians a state, considering that they have never had one before and that their brethren in Jordan and Egypt never wanted them to have one until it became expedient, in order give Israel a poke in the eye.

A huge number of Palestinians live in the Hashemite kingdom of Jordan, but there is no sign that the king has any desire to give them their own state.

Doug said...

re:
"Thanks for your support. It's good to have a young person on board!"
Well, thank you for the compliment! ;-)
Doug
...thought I might find that Bartlett guy here: Now I'll have to look.

Baron Bodissey said...

Doug -- He's on the "Is Islamic Democracy Possible?" post.

Enigma said...

The U.S. needs to remain a strong supporter of Israel. It's the right thing to do strategically, and it's the right thing to do morally.

Baron Bodissey said...

Yes indeed. I presume you've seen our friend Buddy's take on this...

Enigma said...

Yes Baron, I remember that thread well...LOL! We had some more fun today talking (off topic) about Isreal, among other things. Here's what Cedarford said to Vercingtorix, and what I said in response.

Baron Bodissey said...

Oh, yes, I've been following the fun in Belmont. I don't have a TV, so it's the only entertainment I have!

Enigma said...

Baron,

I hope you found the recent exchanges entertaining as well. And I hope the US does what is right and stands by Israel, allies or no allies.

Baron Bodissey said...

Definitely. A lot of tthe time I'm just a lurker at Belmont, but when the the Israel/anitsemitism issue comes up, I just feel compelled to enter the fray...

Nafdik said...

I agree with the quote.

Getting the Jews out of Europe was the goal of Hitler. Israel does just that.