Mar 12 2010

The Case of the Kidnapped Conscience

Published by at 12:20 am under Rediscovering Israel

"Without realizing it, the left has essentially joined forces with the extreme right as they aim to deligitemize Israel," said the longtime political analyst. "Those who speak the language of human rights only as a wedge to get attention have taken advantage of the conscience of Israelis who support things like democracy, free speech and human rights. They are are co-opting these people for their own ends."

The Goldstone report was merely one of the latest Israel-bashing exercises, slamming Israel for alleged war crimes during the Cast Lead operation in Gaza, while providing a free pass to Hamas militants who used human shields and of course fired 8000 rockets into Israeli territory that ultimately set off the Israeli response.

Why are Israelis so concerned? More than terrorism, making Israel into a pariah state would cut out the heart of this country, the official said.

This problem is not exactly new, though the trends have certainly worsened over the past few years. For years after Oslo, virtually everyone agreed on a two-state solution. This made sense, since Palestinians themselves were asking to remain separate from Jews.

But now, we hear lots of talk of a one-state solution, in which the Jewish remnant in a unified nation would very soon lose its unique character through simple demography. "It would have been beyond the pale years ago, but now they talk of an Apartheid state, even though Israel is a multicultural country where all citizens, Jew and Arab alike, have the very same civil rights — and next door in the Palestinian territories and the Arab lands, Jews were kicked out of their homes and would not be safe in those countries today. Yet none of this is even discussed."

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