by Melanie Phillips
Commenting on the Obama/Israel crisis, Ed Lasky concludes that the
I have written in today's Jewish Chronicle that it is time for
It is these lies, and the consequent appeasement of the Arabs who promulgate them and the rewarding of Arab aggression, which has caused the
This global trance of intellectual inversion, hallucinatory bigotry and appeasement of terror could be broken instantly if the big lies that sustain it were exposed for the malevolent fictions that they are. Yet remarkably,
There are various reasons for this. First, vulnerable as it is, it needs all the allies it can get – particularly
Next, and scarcely less important, is what can only be described as the psychopathology arising from
At the same time, Israel believes the moral rightness of its cause is so overwhelmingly obvious it cannot grasp that others don't see it that way, let alone view its Arab aggressors as the victims of Israel: such an appalling inversion of reality and justice is simply too outrageous for it to take on board.
As for the need to make the case again and again for the Jewish entitlement to the land, Israelis protest – not unreasonably – why they alone should have to justify their existence when no other country, however artificial or contested, such as Pakistan, for example, is expected to do so.
Even more significant is the fact that, as a result of the Holocaust in Europe and the egregious betrayal of the Jews by the British in Palestine (the perfidious capitulation to Arab terrorism which is the true historic cause of the whole enduring Middle East problem) successive Israeli governments have written off Britain and Europe as irredeemably bigoted and thus impervious to any reasoned or moral argument about the situation of the Jewish people. So they won't make the case.
However understandable any of these reasons may once have been, they have not only had catastrophic consequences but are now superseded by the new reality.
For sure, speaking out like this is not in the diplomatic rule-book. The idea of telling the truth would doubtless have the mandarins of the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office reaching for the smelling salts. But it's diplomacy that has brought the
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