It's Not Hezbollah’s Israeli Arab Friends Who've Lost Their Minds

The fool is the one who denies the bitter truth: Identification with Hezbollah is deeply rooted to the rejection of a Jewish state in the Land of Israel.

Israel Harel
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Supporters of Lebanon's Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah wave Hezbollah flags as they listen to him through a giant screen during a rally commemorating the annual Hezbollah Martyrs' Leader Day in Beirut's southern suburbs, Lebanon February 16, 2016.
Supporters of Lebanon's Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, Beirut's southern suburbs, Lebanon February 16, 2016.Credit: Reuters
Israel Harel

The prime minister is mistaken: The Knesset members from Balad and Hadash haven’t lost their minds; they’re clearheaded and their courage is admirable. They identify with Hezbollah because it promises to fulfill their wishes.

The message of identification is unequivocal: The masquerade that the Palestinians in Israel are loyal to the state in which they are citizens – a belief promoted mainly by Jews – is gradually coming to an end. This time, too, the Jews are claiming that this declaration of identification is nothing more than a mishap, “losing their minds,” an act of foolishness.

It really is foolishness, but the fool is the person who once again is denying the bitter truth. This is happening even as Israeli public officials are hurling in our faces in a clear and determined voice: We identify, without fear, with the group that promises to march to Jerusalem and destroy the Jewish state – and for that purpose has armed itself with over 100,000 lethal rockets that can reach any corner of Israel.

The fools and those who have lost their minds are the alchemists who keep persuading us that coexistence is possible between the Jews who refuse to evacuate their country and transfer their homeland to the Arabs, and the Arabs who have sworn to win back every last grain of soil. They are blind to the fact that this identification with Hezbollah is deeply rooted and tied to the most profound aspects of Arab identity, which rejects the existence of a Jewish state in the Land of Israel.

Because Hezbollah is committed to this idea, there was an eruption of unbridled condemnation of Arab countries that described the organization as a terror group. What more proof is needed by those who continue to embrace those who reject our existence here?

This week I followed the apologetic reactions of Jewish organizations and individuals working for rapprochement. They spoke about the tactical mistake that played into the extreme right’s hands.

No my friends, they aren’t playing. They’re declaring what they really think. With these declarations (which from time to time are accompanied by deeds) they are ascending one rung at a time.

The ascent reflects a growing self-confidence to tell the truth and fight for it. They are aware that with each intensification they receive support from Jewish circles that condemn those with the courage and wisdom to overcome paralyzing political correctness and call a spade a spade.

Amid the support for Hezbollah, the American Pew Research Center has just published a survey. The main finding: 48 percent of Israeli Jews support transfer and 46 percent oppose it. And the country was in an uproar.

But the amazing thing is that even after all the harm the Arabs are causing us, about half the respondents still oppose their expulsion. Nowhere in the world would such moderate results have been obtained after decades of cruel terror and open and defiant identification with our foreign archenemies.

Instead of bolstering the nation on the most difficult day in the five months of the knife intifada, President Reuven Rivlin found an opportune moment to react to the survey and call us, the Jews, to account.

Our reply to him should be: You, who don’t miss an opportunity to reprimand the people, are the one who needs to be called to account this time. When every day, sometimes every hour, people are being stabbed and slaughtered and our blood is boiling – despite everything, Jews remain merciful.

The racists in Israel are a negligible minority. Most of those who support expelling their enemies reached this conclusion out of fear and impotence – not because of racism. That’s the truth, Mr. President. You should apologize to your people.