Op-Ed: No "Occupied Territory" in London, Stockhom or Boston
It is amazing that people believe certain perceived "truths" about the barriers to peace in the Middle East. Foolishly, some claim the existence of Jews in the ancient Jewish cities of Judea & Samaria is the cause of conflict.
As CEO of a PR Agency, I am well aware that sometimes issues can be obfuscated and what they really need is to be presented in a simple format.
In any case, one wants to ask some simple questions, so that perhaps those among the less enlightened can understand the true dangers and challenges:
There’s a week of riots in Stockholm, and Sweden is burning. It’s one of the richest nations in Europe, culturally rich – and there are no “occupied lands” to my knowledge. So why the rioting?
In the UK, a soldier was killed in the streets of London – and there was a copycat attack – yet there are no occupied territories there either.
In Boston, at the marathon bombing, I must have missed the part telling where the occupied lands are in Boston.
Maybe, just maybe, the Muslim extremists will never accept a Jewish state in their midst, no matter what?
Why is there graffiti throughout the Arab world which read “First the Saturday People, then the Sunday People”? (The "Saturday people" refers to Jews, the "Sunday people" to Christians.) Both religions are largely unwelcome in many Muslim countries.
The issue is about accepting the existence of the thriving Jewish state – not over ancient Jewish cities like Hevron, Shilo or Jerusalem.
Could indeed this battle not be about any occupied territories, but a holy war against infidels? Perhaps then, maybe, there is a larger issue at play?
Of course, while everyone hopes for peace, American Secretary of State John Kerry’s plan to reach it by investing $4 billion for Palestinian Arabs in the so-called “West Bank” and Gaza Strip ignores some facts. For example, there are plenty of wealthy Arab nations – why do they not clamor for peace with Israel?
Inasmuch as the Syrians are killing themselves only a few miles from Israel, how does Mr. Kerry propose that Israel make peace with both the Palestinian Authority and Hamas – who can’t stand one another?
The entire Land of Israel belongs to the Jews – including the area which media refers to as "occupied". The issue is about accepting the existence of the thriving Jewish state – not over ancient Jewish cities like Hevron, Shilo or Jerusalem.
And, just as every nation defends itself, so too must Israel continue to act in its best interests as blood is being shed worldwide.
As the great Zionist prophet Ze’ev Jabotinsky said “The Latin proverb says 'of two evils choose the lesser.'” When we are in a position where – through no fault of our own – physical force dominates, only one question can be asked: what alternative is worse?
"To continue watching Jews being killed as the conviction grows that our lives our cheap, and that among the whole world we are spineless?...the blackest of all characteristics is the tradition of the cheapness of Jewish blood, on the shedding of which there is no prohibition and for which you do not pay.”
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