Tag: Palestinians

My Buby (grandmother) taught me that Jews should never be a “shmatte,” a dishrag; never allow others to treat Jews like dirt. That truism certainly applies to the modern, sovereign state of the Jews, the State of Israel. Other countries can legitimately disagree with policies promulgated in Jerusalem, but the leaders of this country must never allow others to treat Israel as dross....
The world knows only how to criticize and demonize Israel. What a shame. But at least Jews should know and appreciate Israel’s humanity. On Yom Haatzmaut, we can all add this to our calculations of kevod shamayim and kiddush Hashem (the glorification of G-d’s name in the world) that has been wrought by the State of Israel.
Islamic violence has become the Temple Mount status quo. This is the “status quo” that Western leaders wish to preserve?! ... Israel must parry Palestinian violence and Islamic incitement in Jerusalem by laying out a new diplomatic initiative to solidify Israel’s rights on Har HaBayit.
The discourse about Israel in Dubai and Ramallah couldn’t be more different: cooperation versus confrontation, celebration versus demonization.
It is tempting to view the Gilboa jailbreak as a tale from Chelm. But the negligence that allowed six top murderers to escape exposes abysmal political-conceptual dysfunction: The desperate desire to “avoid escalation” and not wanting “to heat things up.”
How to defend Israel: Do not claim victimhood or deny Israel’s power. After all, Israel is fighting Islamic jihadism just like the West.
For European and other diplomats to continue to scurry about the region without pressing inevitable truths on the Palestinians is mischievous, at best. Dishing out some tough love and dialing down Palestinian expectations would be much more constructive.
David M. Weinberg is a think tank director, columnist and lobbyist who is a sharp critic of Israel’s detractors and of post-Zionist trends in Israel. Read more »
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