Tuesday 30 August 2011

Clear and present danger for Israel

Even while Jewish families were sitting shiva, seven days of mourning for their dead, after the cowardly attack on Israel citizens that took place on 18 August, a pro-Palestinian rally in Trafalgar Square was accusing Israel of war crimes and calling for the death of the Jewish state.

Then, in America, posters which call for the US to halt the supply of weapons to Israel began to appear on buses in San Francisco.

And while the BBC announced that there was a ceasefire between Israel and Gaza, missiles continued to rain down on southern Israel. On the weekend following the attrocity, more than a hundred rockets, mortars and anti-tank missiles were fired from Gaza at Israeli towns and villages along the southern border. At the Israeli-Egyptian border, a suicide bomber blew himself up and on the Jewish Sabbath a rocket hit a home in Beersheva, killing a Jewish civilian and wounding four others. Dozens were hospitalized for treatment of shock.

And in a few weeks, the United Nations looks set to vote for the establishment of an independent sovereign Palestinian state. Israel’s ambassador to the UK, Ron Prossor, estimates that more than 130 of the 193 members of the UN will vote in favour of a Palestinian state, and that most nations that oppose the plan will not have the courage to vote against it but will instead abstain.

Last Friday, President Ahmadinejad of Iran made a public declaration that the creation of a Palestinian state would be “only one step forwards toward the goal of liberating the whole of Palestine.”

Ahmadinejad, who has called repeatedly for Israel to be “wiped off the map,” flatly rejects a two-state solution, saying that the entire land of Israel should be a Palestinian state.

“The Zionist regime”, said Ahmadinejad, is a centre of microbes, a cancer cell, and if it exists in one iota of Palestine, it will mobilize again and hurt everyone. It is not enough for them to have a weak, powerless state in a very small piece of Palestine. They should unite to establish a state, but the ultimate goal is the liberation of the whole of Palestine. I urge the Palestinians never to forget this ideal. Forgetting this ideal is equal to committing suicide. It would be giving an opportunity to an enemy which is on the verge of collapse and disappearance.”

If the vote goes in favour of a Palestinian state, the Arab Spring will become Israeli Winter. Tiny Israel will be surrounded by a Muslim Brotherhood-dominated Egypt to the south, a Hamas-governed Gaza to the west, a Hezbollah-controlled Lebanon to the north and a beefed up Palestine, Jordan, Syria to the east. Hamas now has weaponry capable of striking at Tel Aviv and the nearby towns where my colleagues in Israel live.

If you think the Palestinians only want "the West Bank", just look at the logo of the Palestinian Solidarity Campaign.

When will world leaders and the media face up to the reality that the Muslim nations really do mean it when they say "Death to Israel".

Have a look at the issues on the 15-minute video Give Peace a Chance.

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