Opinion

Unprecedented Lunacy: It's Not Racist to Oppose Calls for 'Blood and Fire' Against Israeli Jews

The ultranationalist Palestinian population in Israel uses the slogan of bloodshed 'with blood and fire we’ll redeem Palestine.' And around the oath’s real meaning, a web of denial has been woven

Ahmed Mahmid's funeral in Umm al-Fahm, August 20, 2018.

It wasn’t the police who failed at Umm al-Fahm, Mr. Public Security Minister; the state, and all its branches, was the one that failed. The executive branch (you), the justice system and the various security forces are partners in the compromising atmosphere, the “for them it’s allowed” climate.

The hilltop youths’ “wedding of hate” was blasted endlessly (and rightly) and indictments were issued. Much larger spectacles of hatred are carried out in centers of the Arab population, and led by religious leaders, public figures, academics and Knesset members. The latter, at least some of them, also meet openly with the terror organizations’ leaders and call – from Beirut, from Gaza, from Damascus and from Ramallah – to their voters, citizens of Israel, to follow in the footsteps of the shahids who fell in the holy war against the Zionist enemy. Muezzins in Jerusalem and Taibeh, Sakhnin and Jaffa incite to violence from the minarets of the mosque. Against them, for some reason, no indictments are issued.

The High Court of Justice is making a mockery of the explicit, unequivocal law, which bars participation in elections to parties that deny Israel’s existence as the state of the Jewish people. No wonder their MKs permit themselves to represent Israel’s enemies in the Knesset.

Gilad Erdan did not rebuke the Tel Aviv police for failing to prevent the demonstrators from raising the enemy’s flags in Rabin Square. Why, then, did he rebuke the police further north (when he really meant the chief, the police commissioner?) for failing to prevent people from raising the same flags in Umm al-Fahm, many of whose residents this week were roaring the same exhortations of hatred that they roared at the funerals of the two terrorists – hometown boys – who murdered a Druze policeman on the Temple Mount?

The ultranationalist Palestinian population in Israel uses the slogan of bloodshed – in fact the oath – “with blood and fire we’ll redeem Palestine.” And around the oath’s real meaning – war, with blood and fire, against the Jewish-Zionist entity in Israel – a web of denial has been woven. Anyone who doesn’t bury his head in the sand but dares to warn of its real meaning is marked by the Israeli media as a racist. Anyone who tries to prove, and there’s nothing easier, that nowhere in the world is there or ever was there a situation in which a state’s lawmakers travel to the countries of that state’s enemies, embrace their leaders and openly identify with those who murder the citizens of the state in which they serve as lawmakers – is called a dark nationalist. This is unprecedented lunacy, the likes of which has not been seen at any time, in any place.

Because of this insanity, but not it alone, the terror war against Israel is continuing endlessly. Wars end not only on the battlefield (where Israel never strived for uncategorical victory, either). Without a victory in the complementary battle, the battle over consciousness, victory on the battlefield is never complete. Many in Israel don’t believe, wholly, in the Jewish people’s right to sovereignty and in the state’s cause. There is no other way to interpret the laxity in dealing with the internal subversion, even when it is reflected in acts of terror, or in the assistance Israeli citizens openly give Israel’s worst enemies.

On all the fronts Israel is fighting on – and Umm al-Fahm is one of them – a policy free of guilt is required; a firm, consistent, winning policy that leaves the enemy no option for further rounds. Today the policy is one of babbling, to which all the senior government officials are partner. Is it any wonder that no enemy, in Israel or outside it, takes this government’s threats or actions seriously?