The growing worldwide attempt to make Israel illegitimate is more of a danger than Iran to the existence of the Jewish State, according to Gabriella Shalev, outgoing Ambassador to the United Nations. Jewish leaders throughout the world have warned that anti-Zionism is a reincarnation of the anti-Semitism that raged during the Nazi era.
Speaking to reporters in Washington, Shalev said, “Israel is the most isolated, lonely country in the world” and is on the defense against a new kind of weapon. The Arab world “did not succeed in the wars, then the economic boycott failed, then the terrorism failed; now it is delegitimization."
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said that Israel should be "wiped off the map,” but the danger of Iran's potential to become a nuclear power is overshadowed by the new anti-Israel culture. Shalev cited a slew of lawsuits against Israeli officials in European courts and the singling out of Israel for condemnation in the United Nations as two blatant examples of the campaign to quietly destroy the Jewish State.
Many of the suits were spawned by the report by retired Jewish South African Judge Richard Goldstone, who headed a United Nations Human Rights Commission panel that accused Israel of war crimes in the war against the Hamas terrorist infrastructure. His accusations were mainly based on testimony by Hamas supporters and anti Zionist Israeli NGO's.
A researcher at the American Task Force on Palestine, Hussein Ibish, told the Washington Times that while criticism of Israel for maintaining sovereignty in post-1967 Israel is legitimate, calling for boycotts of Israel that question the legitimacy of Israel as a country is counter-productive.
Shalev, who leaves her post August 31, has been considered to be on excellent terms with U.S. Ambassador to the UN, Susan Rice, who praised Shalev last week.
Rice said that the United States always will defend Israel on the diplomatic front and will continue to maintain its qualitative military edge. However, the Obama administration has not stepped forth to oppose efforts for an international investigation focusing on Israel’s involvement in the May 31 clash with IHH terrorists on a ship they tried to steer to Hamas-controlled Gaza.
Subsequent reports have shown that the Turkish government sponsored the ship, and Ankara’s foreign minister recently met with Hamas’ overall leader, Khaled Mashaal.