I usually look forward to waking up every morning. My family is still asleep. I make a cup of coffee, put on my headphones, and write. But I wasn't looking forward to mornings over the last week while I was working on this and tomorrow’s essays. It took me to a dark place where I did not want to go.
Well done. This is especially poignant: "Hamas is playing up to a weak, self-doubting Western world, turning us into useful idiots." Bingo. It's as if most of the population of the Western world is begging to be exploited as useful idiots. The lack of critical thinking and worship at the altar of false virtue is rampant. The "pandemic" woke me up to just how numb yet toxic much of society is. And it's the Universities (academic admins, professors and scientists) where it's cultivated. They started some years ago with the "safe spaces" and banning of "unpopular" speakers and ideas. This led to much of the pandemic garbage, and now to this disaster. Until a few years ago I could not imagine how society supported abominations like the Nazis. Now I see the required mind set is everywhere. Something must be done before it's too late. Or maybe it already is.
The irony that you have published this on the 85th anniversary of Kristalnacht is not lost on me. Those who do not know history are doomed to repeat it. It's a shame this even needs to be written at all. Thank you for speaking up.
With your one sided , zionistic views and distorted view and explanation of history - I will unfollow you, unsubscribe from your newsletter and podcasts
“Israel, the only real democracy in the Middle East, values all life and goes out of its way to avoid harming innocent civilians.”
So why the UN continues to find Israel guilty of numerous crimes? On the official page of the United Nations you find clearly written on top:
<Illegal Israeli actions in occupied East Jerusalem and the rest of the Occupied Palestinian Territory>
Glad to see the universities continuing to utterly trivialize themselves. “Ivy League” will soon be a mark of shame.
Thank you for writing this article.
Thank you for cutting through the BS and succinctly getting to the heart of the matter.
May I make a respectful point that Jewish people where much safer in the USA and on
college campuses when America was over 90% white and Christian.
Now that we have imported the third world, we are reaping what we have sown.
We have lost our nominally shared values and now many college students are spouting such stupidity only an ivory tower academic could possibly believe it.
The 2 state solution is the only real solution but both sides are not really interested in it. The Israelis are treating the Palestinians on the west bank worse than the native population of South Africa were treated with no freedom to carry on any trade or even move freely. It is the great irony of history that the most aggressive people the Germans and Japanese have become docile while the Jews a persecuted race throughout history have become the most aggressive. Secondly the us is a global superpower and like all superpowers is hypocritical. It will not tolerate the loss of lives of its citizens but will lecture others to bear much greater losses. Ask any African or Asian and they will tell you. The entire native population of both America's - north and south has been butchered by the Europeans as they fought each other to claim these territories. In short, might has always been right and shall remain so. Any righteous anger on these topics appears like a charade and is like the pot calling the kettle black.
I appreciate your response; however, I disagree with some of the points you made in your comment. Here are some of the reasons why:
You claim that I have a distorted view of history, but you do not provide any evidence or sources to support your claim. You also accuse me of living in a different world with different history and “alternative facts”. This is an ad hominem attack, which is a logical fallacy and an attempt to undermine my credibility instead of addressing my arguments.
You state that none of the surrounding Arab countries wanted to take in any Palestinians in 1948, but this is not entirely true. According to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), more than 700,000 Palestinians fled or were expelled from their homes during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, and many of them found refuge in neighbouring countries such as Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, and Egypt. These countries have hosted millions of Palestinian refugees for decades, despite the economic, social, and political challenges they face. * https://www.cfr.org/in-brief/israel-hamas-war-humanitarian-crisis-gaza
You assert that Israelis and Palestinians mostly lived side by side peacefully before the Arab countries attacked again in 1967 and 1973, but this is an oversimplification of the complex and violent history of the conflict. The 1967 Six-Day War and the 1973 Yom Kippur War were not the only sources of tension and hostility between the two sides. There were also incidents of terrorism, guerrilla warfare, civil unrest, and human rights violations that occurred before, during, and after these wars.
You acknowledge that there were some cruel evictions of Palestinians from their land, but you downplay the extent and impact of these actions. The Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem are not only a mistake, but also a violation of international law and an obstacle to peace. The settlements are built on occupied territory that the Palestinians claim as part of their future state, and they undermine the possibility of a two-state solution. The settlements also entail the confiscation of Palestinian land, the demolition of Palestinian homes, the restriction of Palestinian movement, and the discrimination of Palestinian rights.
* https://www.hrw.org/ Israeli Settlements
You mention the territorial offers Israel made to the Palestinian Authority that were rejected, but you do not mention the reasons why the Palestinians rejected them. The offers were not as generous or fair as you imply. They did not address the core issues of the conflict, such as the status of Jerusalem, the fate of the refugees, the borders of the state, and the security arrangements. The offers also required the Palestinians to make major concessions and compromises, such as accepting Israeli sovereignty over parts of East Jerusalem, renouncing the right of return for refugees, and giving up on the 1967 borders.
*https://www.foreignaffairs.com/ Why Palestinians Have Rejected Peace Offers
You argue that the real basis for this conflict is simply hatred of Jews and the existence of Israel itself, but this is a reductive and biased view that ignores the historical, political, and social factors that have contributed to the conflict. The conflict is not a religious or ethnic war, but a territorial and national struggle between two peoples who have legitimate claims and aspirations to the same land. The conflict is also influenced by the role of regional and international actors, such as Iran, Hamas, Hezbollah, the United States, and the United Nations, who have their own interests and agendas in the region. There is also a tendency to point fingers at Iran constantly – How many wars did Iran start? How many times did they attack their neighbors? What’s the statistics for Israel on this?
In conclusion, I think you have presented a one-sided and inaccurate perspective on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and I urge you to reconsider your views and learn more about the facts and the nuances of this complex and tragic issue. I hope that you can respect peoples right to express their opinion (especially when they provide relevant facts and not just opinions) and engage in a constructive and respectful dialogue with them and others who may disagree with you.
What you are calling a miracle after WWII it has proven to be one of the worst ever decisions made by the UN in its history. How can you take 55% of a country territory out the blue and give it to another group of people? And then, not happy enough with it, Israel has conquered the rest of it with the help of its big friends to leave the native Palestinian people isolated and living in the most absolute misery.
Why don’t you make the math about how many lives in the US would have represented the 4200 Palestinian children killed this month out of the 2 million Palestinian in the Strip? That would have represented 660,000 casualties in the US in a month, that’s 220 times 9-11 casualties and we are only talking about children! If you think that is a forced moved that Israel had to make you have lost all respect for human life.