Yes, very true, but which deeds? - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Commentator
    • 30.11.10 | 09:05 (IST)

    Is it really the case that the settlements are what make Israel look so bad? Imagine that not a single Jew had ever moved to over the Green Line. Would the PLO and the Islamists have reacted differently to Israel? No, the terrorists would've simply directed their terror even more against Israelis inside the Green Line. How about UN/world opinion? Does anyone really believe they would have issued yearly congratulations on not building settlements? Clearly, the condemnations would have continued, but focused on the existence of the Military Occupation and every attempt to defend Israel that resulted in death or destruction. And consider this: What would Israel have done about the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem? Israel would have been condemned for either allowing Jews to visit the Kotel (with Arab violence a constant problem), or else Jews would have been banned, and we would have watched as the Kotel got defaced or hidden with new Arab buildings. And if Israel tried to prevent such activities, it would've been condemned as the Meddling Occupier. I could go on, but you get the picture. THIS WHOLE CONFLICT IS NOT ABOUT THIS OR THAT ACTION OF ISRAEL. It is about one simple question: IS THE JEWISH STATE A RIGHT OF THE JEWISH NATION, OR IS IT A DUBIOUS CONSOLATION PRIZE FOR HAVING SUFFERED IN THE HOLOCAUST. If the latter, Israel should behave just like the Akiva Eldars of the world advise: Operate within the confines of the world's good graces and dictates. But if the former, the world's condemnations are WRONG AND IMMORAL. So yes, Akiva, the world does condemn us for our actions, but the world is wrong, because the world condemns us for daring to say that we are a nation, and our homeland was stolen, and we do not have to apologize for acting according to that truth.

    from the article: For Israel, 'delegitimization' is becoming an excuse
    First published 03:35 29.11.10 | Last updated 03:35 29.11.10
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