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Gab@StFerdinandIII - Plenty of cults exist - every cult has its 'religious dogma', its idols, its 'prophets', its 'science', its 'proof' and its intolerant liturgy of demands.  Cults everywhere:  Corona, 'The Science' or Scientism, Islam, the State, the cult of Gender Fascism, Marxism, Darwin and Evolution, Globaloneywarming, Changing Climate, Abortion....a nice variety for the human-hater, amoral, anti-rationalist to choose from.  It is so much fun mocking them isn't it ?

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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Israel at 60 years: a miracle in the desert.

Maybe God exists after all.

by StFerdIII

One of the great miracles of the modern world is the state of Israel founded in May 1948. This small country exports technologies; has turned the desert into a thriving economy and succeeded where Arabs continue to fail. It is a democratic state where civilian law controls the military. It has a per capita GDP of $30.000 and it provides Arabs with a higher standard of living than in any Arab country. Yet for many Israel is a 'problem' and if it went away the Arabs would become wonderful, happy, productive people. Yeah sure.

The Jews all 5.3 million of them surrounded in a sea of 300 million desperate, vengeful, myopic and racist Arabs have not only survived, they have thrived. Israel's per capita GDP is near European levels, and it exports high end technologies, pharmaceuticals, industrial equipment and amazingly enough from a desert state, agriculture. What exactly do the neighbouring Arabs export and produce besides Western discovered and processed oil?

Yet the Jews are to blame for a whole variety of matters, reminding one that anti-semitic racism is alive and well – and not just within the Arab world. This is a moral stain on the entire world community.

The European Union gives well over $1 billion per annum to Israel's enemies and hundreds of millions more to the Arab people renamed in the 1960s as 'Palestinians'. It is an absurd European policy designed to weaken the only democratic state in the Middle East and buy the goodwill of Arabs [oil supply] and Muslims [large domestic populations thereof]. Palestine as an Arab group or area never existed in history. Never. Palestinians including Goliath of biblical fame were part of a Greek descended tribe loosely named as Phoenicians. The Romanisation of Phoenician is Palestine. Palestine has nothing to do with the Arabs. It was invented by Arafat and the PLA in the 1960s to help provide unity to his movement.

The Russians as well have long dabbled in anti-semiticism. Since the era of communism the Russians have openly allied themselves with the Arabs in opposition to Jewish and American interests. In the capacious Russian mind of conspiracy theory, the Jews control the US and the Americans and international Jewry are committed to world-wide domination. This line of illogic and and anti-Jew racism has not changed much since 1917.

The UN joins the Russians and the Europeans in their anti-Jew racist hatred. No resolutions have ever been passed at the UN condemning Arab atrocity including the yearly murdering of innocents inside Israel; the eradication of Lebanese christians; Iraq and other Arab states engaged in genocide; wars started by Arab states; or the suppression of women and minorities within Arab nations. No. Only Israel gets singled out for special abuse because it defends itself against unceasing Muslim and Arab aggression. The UN funds Arab refugee camps; rationalises Arab mendacity and brutality and does little to help Israel protect itself. The UN is as usual, part of the problem.

The US, criticised as the main supporter of the Jewish state, actually gives more money to the Arabs than to Israel. The US transfers $1.5 billion in yearly aid to Arab Egypt and a further $300 million or more per annum directly to the Palestinians. It also recycles billions in dollars back to the Arab owners of oil, in oil purchases and usage. By contrast the US gives to Israel a total of $1.2 billion per annum in total aid almost all of it with conditions attached – this is less than 1% of the Israeli economy. It is hard to make the argument that the US is favoring Israel more than the Arabs regarding money support.

The problem with Israel and the Arabs lies almost wholly with the Arabs. Until the Arabs recognise Israel's right to exist; stop their terrorist activities; and commit themselves to modernisation, there will be no peace. Until Arabs value their children's lives more than bombing Jews, there will be no peace. Until Arabs understand that the Jewish state has existed in some form in the Holy Land for 3.000 years, there will be no peace.

Israel deserves to exist. As Israel goes, so goes the West to paraphrase an apt observation from 1967. Israel is a part of the West. It must succeed where the Arabs and Muslims have so brutally failed. It must stand up to Muslim hate and violence. It is the Arabs not the Jews who are the problem. Former Clinton U.S. Delegate to the United Nations Human Rights Commission, Jeff Robbins, puts it very well in an article he wrote some time ago:

"It was, of course, the Arab bloc, including the Palestinian leadership, that decided to reject the U.N.'s 1947 partition of Palestine into two states, Arab and Jewish, living side by side. Instead it invaded the nascent Jewish state rather than coexist with it, spawning the conflict that has so burdened the world for the last 60 years.

We are also not responsible for the Arab world's choice not to create a Palestinian Arab state in East Jerusalem, Gaza and the West Bank from 1948 to 1967, when it easily could have done so -- before there were any Jewish settlements there to serve as the public object of Arab grievance.

It was not the U.S. whose leaders issued the largely unremembered "Three No's" of the Arab conference in Khartoum in the summer of 1967 -- "no" to peace with Israel, to negotiation with Israel and to recognition of Israel -- after the 1967 war backfired so badly on the Arab world. Nor can the U.S. government under President Clinton be criticized for failing to pursue Yasser Arafat with sufficient solicitude between 1993 and late 2000. The Clinton administration was, after all, the most ardent of suitors of the Palestinian leader -- only to be forced to watch Arafat reject an independent Palestinian state in all of Gaza and virtually all of the West Bank.

It was the Palestinian leadership, not the U.S., that decided in the fall of 2000 that, rather than accept an independent Palestinian state, its wiser course was to launch a four-year bombing campaign against Israel's civilian population. The result was not merely over 1,100 Israeli civilians killed, but several thousand Palestinians dead, as well as a shattered Palestinian economy and the decision by Israel to begin construction of a security barrier in July 2002.

President Clinton labeled this decision on the Palestinians' part a "tragic mistake." It is certainly inarguable that this particular decision, like others made by the Palestinian leadership over the past six decades, inflicted serious suffering on the Palestinian people. It has also resulted in suffering throughout the region, and instability beyond -- but it was a course of action chosen and implemented by the Palestinians and publicly supported by Arab states, not by the U.S.

When Israel withdrew from all of Gaza in 2005, the Arab world had the opportunity for a fresh start there -- to create a measure of hope for a population whose suffering long predated any Israeli presence. Instead of taking advantage of the opportunity, the Hamas-dominated Palestinian leadership opted to begin and then intensify an aggressive missile-launching campaign against Israeli civilian centers.

This choice in turn has led to Hamas's international isolation, and conditions in Gaza have grown steadily worse for Palestinians there. For its part, the Arab world has in essence stood by and permitted this to occur, and has once again remained unwilling to place the actual welfare of Palestinians ahead of its desire to stir opposition to Israel."

About as apt and true a summary from someone who knows, as you are likely to find.

Israel is a miracle. Maybe God exists after all.

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