Netanyahu and Biden
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Like every other Israeli, I have been heartened by the cascade of emails and WhatsApps from friends, family, former colleagues, even those with whom I have had the merest passing acquaintance long ago, Jews and non-Jews alike, letting me know of their shock and horror at Hamas’ barbaric invasion of Israel, and the savage gusto with which they have murdered, tortured and dismembered Jewish boys, girls and babies, women, men and the elderly.

In line with the warm regard American non-Jews have for their Jewish friends, President Joe Biden made very strong commitments of material support, going so far as to send two aircraft carriers and other warships as well as favoring us with a personal visit.

Beneath the surface of these friendly gestures, however, were demands by the administration that Israel not act (against Hezbollah, for example) without U.S. approval and that Israel not prosecute the war as vigorously as it might wish to (insisting for example that Israel allow “humanitarian” aid—which in every flare-up with Hamas inevitably includes things like sacks of rice containing bullets and the like). The Israeli government, which lacks key weapons such as bunker busters, calculated it would be wise to accept America’s offer of “help.” The president offered our prime minister a hug, but it felt like a bear hug.

While every Israeli understands that the American people (as well as some righteous island nations in Oceania) are our only friends in the world, not all is well in America itself, and I write this with the hope that it will benefit the people in whose midst I was fortunate to live my life until returning home to Israel eight years ago. As American presidents are wont to say, I am very much wishing that “God bless America.”

The first and most obvious thing that need be said is that U.S. college campuses are moral cesspools. Americans cannot fail to have noticed that Hamas’s bloodcurdling orgy of murder, rape and dismemberment—what Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said was “worse than what I saw with ISIS”—has a large fan base there. These groups appear to be well-organized and well-funded, are prone to violence, and portray Hamas as their heroes, as symbolized by their adoption of the image of paragliding terrorists swooping down on their Israeli prey. Such power as they have is magnified by broad support in the media and the public education system.

How do you feel living amongst people who not only support the massacre of civilians but even to the extent that they routinely rip posters placed by Jewish students of missing Israeli children? The liberation of babies is just too much for them, whereas their beheading is something to celebrate.

Don’t imagine that they won’t turn their bloodlust onto non-Jewish Americans.

Of all the non-Jews who reached out to me, one and only one said something quite offensive—out of ignorance not malevolence—offering a prayer for Israel and for “Palestine.” It is vital that Americans dig out of the lies the media and academia have promulgated about this fictitious country. The Romans adopted this name (taken from Israel’s ancient Philistine enemies) when they tried to erase the memory of the people who gave them the toughest fight they ever had in the tiny province of Judea they had conquered. There was never a nation in the land of Israel called by that name. The only people referred to as Palestinians before 1948 were Jews, called that by the British who then occupied the country. In all my time here,

I have never even once heard an Arab refer to himself as Palestinian. They call themselves Arabs or Muslims. The Arab nations, the United Nations, UNRWA and their Western donors, and above all the PLO, founded in 1964, cultivated an enraged Palestinian Arab identity. Instead of resettling Arab refugees from their failed wars, they created and sustained an army of killers, standing by to murder Jews and anyone else who might get in their way. What they have done in Israel, they have also done in Jordan, Lebanon and Kuwait. (Don’t Americans at least remember the Gulf War?)

Lebanon and the Palestinian Arabs

Let’s learn one episode in the history of “Palestine” as concerns the once predominantly Christian country of Lebanon, where the PLO had created a state within a state.

In a contemporary account given to the Lebanese Red Cross during the Lebanese Civil War of 1976, Father Mansour Labaky, a Maronite priest, described what happened when an army of 16,000 Palestinian attackers besieged the seaside town of Damour, which was defended by 225 young men, mainly teenagers with no military background.

"The attack took place from the mountain behind. It was an apocalypse. They were coming, thousands and thousands, shouting ‘Allahu Akbar! God is Great! Let us attack them for the Arabs, let us offer a holocaust’. They were slaughtering everyone in their path, men, women, and children. Whole families were killed in their homes. Many women were gang-raped, and few of them left alive afterwards.

"Coffins were dug out, the dead robbed, vaults opened, and bodies and skeletons thrown across the graveyard,” the Maronite priest continued.

At least 500 people were massacred, with the rest of the residents of the town (estimated at 28,000 to 35,000) fleeing for their lives. The PLO resettled Palestinian Arabs in the abandoned homes and turned the Church of St. Elias into a shooting range.

The events of October 7 in Israeli’s south exceeded even this, but what Americans need to know is that the barbarians are already at their gates. I don’t assume that all or even most students agree with the Islamofascists rampaging on college campuses or the university administrators who facilitate these gatherings of today’s Hitler Youth.

Decade after decade of moral relativism has taken its toll and most of these institutions are beyond repair, since the morally cancerous ideas spread there are part and parcel of the wider academic war against civilization. Jewish parents who send their children to places like Harvard or the University of Pennsylvania are guilty of child abuse, and any non-Jewish parents who do this have condemned their future generations. I write this knowing that these places still bear an ironic prestige in American society, but is credentialling your child really worth the price of brainwashing? Parents need to, first of all, not outsource the values education of their children to woke school boards, values-free public schools and certainly not to these toxic universities. They must find alternative solutions.

Israelis appreciate that Americans are standing with us, morally and materially, during this dark hour as we organize to fight this accursed enemy with all our might. So-called "Palestine" is the deepest pit of hell, and we will surely send these ruthless killers to their proper place; the visas of Palestine-loving campus radicals have already been stamped.

But the majority of good Americans cannot remain on the sidelines. America’s commitment to Israel is right now undergoing its most crucial test. While I do not question the by and large sincere support of Americans for Israel, I point out that all governments, including the U.S. and Israeli governments, are clumsy mechanisms that frequently err out of sheer inertia, unable to nimbly alter the course their ship of state is taking, even when such course is out of alignment with the wishes of their people.

The U.S. government has not simply armed Israel and wished it success, as it has with Ukraine in its war against Russia. Rather, the radicals in the Biden Administration are transparently seeking to “manage” this conflict in pursuit of creating a state of “Palestine,” this time governed by the so-called “moderate” Palestinian Arabs under the boot of Mahmoud Abbas, now in the nineteenth year of his four-year term. The Holocaust-denying kleptocrat is the successor of Yasser Arafat (may his name and memory be erased), the same one who carried out the above-described massacre of Christians in Damour, among countless other war crimes. Arab Christians have suffered a bitter fate under his rule.

Yet the current administration espouses the fantastical view, one to which American policymakers are sadly prone, that these are the “moderate” Palestinian Arabs. They also back the “moderate” Lebanese government, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hezbollah, who have murdered countless Americans, and neither has this administration covered itself with glory in backing the terror regime in Tehran, despite its toxic-gas poisoning of schoolgirls, suppression of democracy and ardent support of Russia in its war against Ukraine—oh yeah, and despite the country’s unrelenting enmity towards the United States since the Iran hostage crisis of 1979 to 1981. Americans may be baffled by this, but don’t forget that the administration is staffed by the finest graduates of Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania.

Americans must be aware of these things and, for their own good, stop their government from its insistence on “humanitarian” aid to Gaza, which is nothing less than material support for Hamas, the guys who unload the trucks. The U.S. has shown no such penchant for evenhandedness when it comes to Ukraine’s war efforts. Of equal importance, the American people should not be indifferent to their government’s treating Qatar, which funds Hamas and houses its leaders, as a U.S. ally. Now is the time to flood Congressional and White House phone banks and demand the government a) refrain from “state-building” in Gaza; b) back off on its support of Iran; and c) cut ties with Qatar.

Holding the U.S. government accountable to the American people’s true wishes would not only be a stand for civilization against bestial brutality but also an act of vital self-interest. That is because what starts with the Jews never ends with them, as history has repeatedly shown. Those who turned away from the contemporaneously documented atrocities of Germany and its allies against the Jewish people in the Holocaust, soon enough discovered that Hitler had the entire civilized world in his sights, and tens of millions of non-Jews, including hundreds of thousands of Americans, lost their lives in World War Two.

The great American philosopher, Eric Hoffer, whose common-sense writings tragically seem to have been erased in today’s dumbed-down academy, warned of this very possibility, already in 1968. In a short article in the Los Angeles Times he wrote presciently:

“The Jews are a peculiar people: things permitted to other nations are forbidden to the Jews.

“Other nations drive out thousands, even millions of people and there is no refugee problem. Russian did it, Poland and Czechoslovakia did it, Turkey threw out a million Greeks, and Algeria a million Frenchman. Indonesia threw out heaven knows how many Chinese-and no one says a word about refugees. But in the case of Israel the displaced Arabs have become eternal refugees.

“Everyone insists that Israel must take back every single Arab. Arnold Toynbee calls the displacement of the Arabs an atrocity greater than any committed by the Nazis. Other nations when victorious on the battlefield dictate peace terms. But when Israel is victorious it must sue for peace. Everyone expects the Jews to be the only real Christians in this world…

“I have a premonition that will not leave me; as it goes with Israel so will it go with all of us. Should Israel perish the Holocaust will be upon us.”

Americans who care about Israel—who thank President Biden for supporting Israel, keep his minions from wreaking havoc in the region and who distance themselves from college campuses and the mainstream media—will be making a prudent move in their own self-defense.

Gil Weinreichis a writer living in Jerusalem.