by Caroline B. Glick
Today's global campaign against the Jewish state is the product of three recent developments
The ferocity and speed of the current international assault on
Turkey — which just a decade ago was Israel's most important regional ally — has taken a leadership position next to Iran in the Islamist and global assault against the Jewish state. Under President Barack Obama's stewardship, the
The footage of the IDF's celebrated naval commandos falling prey to an Islamic lynch mob on the deck of the Turkish ship Mavi Marmara on Monday morning serves as a perfect simile for the national mood. The commandos boarded the ship armed with paintball guns expecting to be greeted by hostile, but non-violent humanitarian activists. Instead they were accosted by a murderous mob.
Similarly, the Israeli public feels that when we go out of our way to show our peaceful intentions and nature to the world, we are greeted with an international lynch mob. Rather than listen to us, the world shouts us down with mendacious propaganda in act after act of political theater.
In a situation when everything seems hopeless and futile, it is important to take a step back and consider what stands behind the assault. Only by understanding why what is happening is happening will
Today's global campaign against the Jewish state is the product of three recent developments: The waning of traditional Arab power relative to the waxing of non-Arab Islamic states including Iran, Pakistan and Turkey; the concomitant rise of anti-Semitic incitement throughout the Islamic world; and the US's attenuation of its ties with its allies generally and the US abandonment of its support for Israel specifically.
Since the fall of the Ottoman Empire in World War I, Arab states like
In 2006, the Arab masses rallied to
Since the radical Islamic AKP party took over
Then there is Erdogan's goal of reasserting Turkish regional dominance and reclaiming the lost power of the Ottomans as the leader of the Islamic world. His decision in 2006 to be the first world leader to host Hamas terror masters on an official visit after their victory in the Palestinian elections was a clear bid to win popularity for Turkey among the Arab masses.
For decades two things limited the salience of Jew hatred as a political force in the Muslim world. First,
As for the
This brings us to
What this means is that
This idea is ill-advised for two reasons. First by its very nature, a judicial inquiry would place
And as to that campaign, it is time for
The Justice Ministry should issue international arrest warrants against the flotilla's organizers and participants and prepare indictments against them for trial in Israeli courts.
No, these Israeli efforts will not change anyone's vote in any UN forum. But they will place these wholly corrupt institutions on the defensive. For decades
As they converged around him, a cordon of policemen headed them off and surrounded the young Jewish boy who refused to be intimidated. Speaking to reporters, clearly moved by his courage, the boy said, "I came out because I want to defend
Caroline B. Glick is the senior Middle East Fellow at the Center for Security Policy in
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