Op-Ed: Israel Doesn’t Need Anyone’s Recognition
This Jewish Public Relations firm CEO wanted to provide thoughts on two pressing issues:
Imagine the world headlines if homosexuals were not permitted to board certain planes which emanated from New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport? Could one imagine the world headlines? Or, even more so, if in the Year 2013 blacks weren’t permitted to fly on a certain nations’ national airline?
Yet that is what is happening to Jews and it’s largely a non story. Saudi Arabian Airlines refuses to allow Israeli citizens to fly from American airports. So, while U.S. Federal law says an “air carrier or foreign air carrier may not subject a person in air transportation to discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex or ancestry”, Saudi Arabia Airlines continues to operate from the U.S. Is discrimination ok if it’s only directed at citizens of the Jewish State?
And, in the latest absurdity, certain media outlets reported a “breakthrough” in that Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas may “recognize Israel’s right to exist”, and of Israeli sources demanding such recognition.. That is really beyond belief..
Begin: Would it enter the mind of any Briton or Frenchman, Belgian or Dutchman, Hungarian or Bulgarian, Russian or American, to request for its people recognition of its right to exist?”
As Menachem Begin asked many years ago, “Our right to exist – have you ever heard of such a thing? Would it enter the mind of any Briton or Frenchman, Belgian or Dutchman, Hungarian or Bulgarian, Russian or American, to request for its people recognition of its right to exist?”
"Mr. Speaker: We were granted our right to exist by the God of our fathers at the glimmer of the dawn of human civilization four thousand years ago. Hence, the Jewish people have an historic, eternal and inalienable right to exist in this land, Eretz Yisrael, the land of our forefathers. We need nobody’s recognition in asserting this inalienable right. And for this inalienable right, which has been sanctified in Jewish blood from generation to generation, we have paid a price unexampled in the annals of nations.”
“Because our Jewish state needs no American affirmation of our right to exist. Our Hebrew bible established that right millennia ago. Never, throughout the centuries, did we ever abandon or forfeit that right. Therefore, sir, we alone, the Jewish people – no one else – are responsible for our country’s right to exist.”
No more needs to be said.
Ronn Torossian is an ardent Zionist, entrepreneur and philanthropist.