Posts Tagged ‘ethnic cleansing’

The diplomacy of bullies and double-standards

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

The diplomacy of bullies and double-standards

Private conversation overheard over an open mike:

President 1:

I can’t stand him. He’s a liar.”

President 2:

You’re sick of him, but I have to deal with him every day.”

All spoken privately but accidentally broadcast over an open mike. President 1 was Nicolas Sarkozy, the head of state of France, and President 2 was Barack Hussein Obama, the current incumbent in the Oval Office.

There were no calls for either president to issue a public apology, despite their immature behaviour and their contemptible breach of diplomatic niceties.

Now fast-forward a couple of years.

Defence Minister:

(The Foreign Secretary) has come to us determined and is acting out of an incomprehensible obsession and a messianic feeling – (he) cannot teach me a single thing about the conflict … The only thing that can save us is if (he) wins the Nobel Prize and leaves us alone … The security plan is not worth the paper it is written on.”

All said in a private conversation eavesdropped by someone who immediately broadcast what he had overheard.

Response: Fierce insistence on an immediate, public and written apology from the Defence Minister.

To read the entire article, visit the Times of Israel where it was first published on January 14, 2014.

Palestine: a study in uncontrolled addiction

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

This article was first published in “The Times of Israel” on December 2, 2013.

Palestinian Arabs want a country of their own. They want to call it Palestine.

Many people find this offensive. Which is strange.

When the Palestinian Jews declared the independent Jewish state of Israel in 1948, with the backing of the majority of the world community, the intention of that same world community – including the fledgling state of Israel – was that local Palestinian Arabs would also declare their own independence in their own state – Palestine.

As history has made clear in the six and a half decades since 1948, the Palestinian Arabs did not so much want their own independent state as the destruction of the independent Jewish state.

And that aggressive, self-destructive attitude is what is preventing Palestinian Arab independence to this very day.

“… It is time the UN and EU stopped investing hard-earned tax revenues in the wasteful Palestinian Arab addiction to violence, intransigence, corruption and fanaticism. And instead started demanding reciprocity, transparency and democracy. On pain of withheld financial aid …”

The Palestinian Arab leadership and its various backers over the decades have historically failed to factor one prime consideration into their deliberations: the Jewish state of Israel is here, and it is here to stay. The more pressure is applied to ignore this obvious truth, the more rock-steady the foundation on which Israel stands.

There is a good reason for this: over and above the obvious religious, historical and national foundations of the Jewish state of Israel in Israel, nobody likes a bully.

To read the article in its entirety, click on the Times of Israel website.


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Review: Demonizing Israel and the Jews

Monday, September 16th, 2013

Demonizing Israel and the Jews” is a new book published in 2013 by Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld.

No commentary on the Middle East, Israel, Zionism or Jews is ever really up-to-date.

For the simple reason that events in the Middle East have a tendency to take place at such a fast pace that yesterday’s clinical analysis is today’s outdated report.

Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld, former Chairman of the Board of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, is therefore to be commended. He does not claim to have produced a definitive analysis of the situation facing Israel and world Jewry. Rather, he offers a penetrating insight into how local events, regional attitudes and global perceptions impact our understanding of the Jewish state and of Jews in general.

All seen through the eyes of individuals in various countries and walks of life throughout the world.

The views expressed present Jewish, Christian and Muslim perspectives. They are secular, religious and anywhere in between. They span Asia, Europe and the Americas. They discuss legal niceties, ethical dilemmas and psychological analysis. They deal with the taboo subject of Muslims driving out Christians from the birthplace of Christianity in territory controlled by the Palestinian Authority – a practice known as ethnic cleansing. They touch down on media distortion and the role of purportedly non-governmental organizations that somehow seem to have considerable governmental funding from certain EU (and other) member states. Anti-Semitism, terrorism and the Holocaust all figure.

This highly interesting work is presented in the form of 57 short interviews with detailed references, each presentation two to four pages long and each providing a clear snapshot of a country, a culture, an attitude.

As recent events in the Middle East relegate US President Barack Hussein Obama to the sidelines and catapult Russian President Vladimir Putin to the political and strategic forefront, the future of the Middle East is front and center in everyone’s mind. It is difficult to overstate the case – President Obama appears to have squandered the USA’s moral, economic and strategic might and has succeeded in elevating a crushed former rival, Russia, to the pinnacle of power. As always, Israel is the sole stable political entity in the Middle East. The Jewish state consistently remains a morally driven democracy, a multicultural and diverse melting-pot of ethnicities, religions, political credos and not just a regional but indeed a global economic powerhouse.

Not least thanks to its massive recent natural-gas finds and discussions on an intermodal ship-rail link from the Red Sea port of Eilat to the Mediterranean coast port of Ashdod, should talks with the Chinese on its construction reach fruition. Such a link would virtually bypass the increasingly troubled Egypt and its Suez Canal. All in all, there is a very real prospect of a major regional, economic, strategic and political realignment, should the US continue to lose ground and major powers such as Russia, China and India continue their surge into prominence. The lynchpin, as so often, seems to be Israel. And where Israel is concerned, so too are Jews.

Dr Gerstenfeld’s book is all the more remarkable for taking a step back from these and other unfolding current events, focusing instead on the cultures and perspectives that are shaping attitudes to the Jewish state of Israel and Jews in general.

Demonizing Israel and the Jews” ought to be compulsory reading in every embassy the world over. A complementary copy ought to be sent to the White House. The Kremlin already appears to have internalized the contents of the book and the frightening glimpses it affords.