by Jerrold L. Sobel
There are still many matters that mankind just can't get a grip on. For instance: When exactly did the universe begin? When will it end? What's the last digit in pi? Why can't there be peace between Israel and the Palestinians? All mysteries, all irreconcilable questions, the last one seemingly as difficult as the first three.
Fast-forward sixty two years: Mahmoud Abbas, with the support of the Arab world and a great deal of the international community, is attempting to carry this effort much farther by extirpating Israel not only from Judaea and Samaria, but also even from the land currently recognized by the U.N.
This so-called provocation is just another ploy within a grand scheme by the Islamic world to delegitimize Israel as a Jewish State. Unfortunately, it's an effort which has taken on greater traction in recent months. Presently, delegitimization is the holy grail of this conflict and is recognized as such by both the Israelis and the Palestinians. This is no less than an effort to accomplish through soft jihad what anti-Semitic entities have failed to do militarily and through terrorism: cast Israel as a pariah state. Boycotts, divestments, false ancestral claims, filing criminal suits at the Hague, attempting to have Israeli governmental and military personnel arrested in foreign countries -- all part of an increasingly successful effort. What's most disturbing and potentially most harmful is the acceptance of these charges by a segment of Diaspora Jewish groups such as J Street and other organizations within Israel -- organizations which for a myriad of reasons fail to close ranks and dispute these scurrilous accusations and instead, in many instances, find common cause with them.
The right of return? Does any rational person believe that Israel could absorb seven million displaced Arabs, most of which are the progeny of those who left during the War of Independence, and still maintain her Jewish character? Isn't it strange that in any discussion of repatriation, no mention is ever made of Jewish compensation for the estimated 800,000-1,000,000 Jews who were unceremoniously evicted from their homes throughout the Arab world subsequent to 1949?
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Jerrold L. Sobel
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