Why Israel is right to defend itself

1 Israel was set up after 1000s of years of persecution of Jews by Christians. They were kicked out of England by Edward 1 in 1290 and only allowed to return by Oliver Cromwell in return for finance 350 years later. The Inquisition in Spain saw many Jews forcibly converted and expelled under an edict in 1492 that was not revoked until 1968!!!. This continued into the 18/1900s and the Pogroms in Russia, which is when many Jews ended up in the UK. And, finally resulted in the Holocaust less than 70 years ago during which over 6 million Jews were killed (FYI the population of Israel is only 8 million).
2 When Israel was created its Arab neighbours immediately stated their aim to wipe the country off the face of the earth and waged one of many wars against the fledgeling state. No wonder Israel now has a sophisticated army and Iron Dome defence system.
3 Hamas is a TERRORIST organisation supported by Iran (a country that has executed the most number of its own citizens after China!) and Qatar. Its stated aims include the killing of Jews and the destruction of the Israeli state.
4 Hamas killed the three teenagers in order to start this current conflagration. The tunnels that they built were constructed using humanitarian aid supposed to be used by Hamas to build hospitals and schools for its citizens. Instead it built tunnels that open up in Israel near residential sites with the sole aim of entering Israel to kidnap and kill Israelis. Israel did not know the full extent of these tunnels until they went into Gaza in response to the over 3000 rockets this year and the murder of the three teenagers.
5 Why do you think Arab countries like to focus their citizens ire onto Israel? Could it be to deflect them from their own woes and inequalities domestically. You may consider Israel’s democracy to be flawed (just as we do the UK’s), but it is not a religious state like Iran where being gay is a crime (FYI Tel Aviv is the gay capital of the Med), a dictatorship like Syria where 700 people were killed in just two days alone in July, or a monarchy-ruled nation like many of the Arab states. The Green Party would not be allowed to exist in many of these countries, let alone march in protest at its government.
6 Unsurprisingly, given the death toll suffered by Jews over the last two millennia, all Israelis feel the death of one of its citizens due to terrorism or war as if it were one of its own family. That is why their Government is seen as strong for trying to protect them from Hamas.
7 Hamas broke the ceasefire (today, 8th August) not Israel, with tens of rockets.

9 thoughts on “Why Israel is right to defend itself

  1. 1. You cannot use past history to justify present actions.
    2. One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter: Menachem Begin was once considered a terrorist, as was Nelson Mandela.

    Few would condone the Hamas rocket attacks, but the intensity and power of the response might lead one to question the ultimate goal.

  2. Andree Frieze says:

    So, history should be ignored in all situations. How does that work? Shall we ignore Hiroshima as well? Should we not commemorate WW1 nor remember the great liberal statment ‘not in our lifetime’? If we don’t look to history, what should we use dot justify present actions? Moral outrage? Well I’m morally outraged that the world is supporting a terrorist group whose stated aim is the obliteration of Israel and therefore all the Jews within it. I’m morally outraged by the thousands of rockets that Hamas rains down on Israel.
    2 Neither Menachim Begin nor Nelson Mandela would fire rockets from residential areas, near hotels where foreign journalists are staying and close to a UN building, which they know will then be targeted by Israeli armaments (http://bit.ly/V3oLga).

  3. I certainly have not suggested that we ignore history, or that we shouldn’t learn from it, as you will see if you read my comment. I simply say that you should not use it to justify present actions, which should only be conducted on their own merits.
    I do not know what Begin’s or Mandela’s reaction to the present situation would have been. I simply state that often the definition of what is terrorism is subjective. Terrorism has become an emotive word which has become a tool in the propaganda armoury. I hold no brief for Hamas, but I am not surprised that they exist, given the situation which has been imposed on the Palestinians.

  4. I recommend that you watch this video clip of a speech by Sir Gerald Kaufmann, a Jew, a man of integrity, and a passionate supporter of the Jewish state since its inception

  5. Andree Frieze says:

    Eric Hoffer (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_Hoffer) said:
    ‘The Jews are a peculiar people: things permitted to other nations are forbidden to the Jews.
    Other nations drive out thousands, even millions of people, and there is no refugee problem. Russia did, Poland and Czechoslovakia did it. Turkey threw out a million Greeks and Algeria a million Frenchman. Indonesia threw out heaven knows how many Chinese – and no one says a word about refugees.

    But in the case of Israel, the displaced Arabs have become eternal refugees. Everyone insists that Israel must take back every single Arab [in fact the UN says that all Palestinians and their descendents have the right of return in perpetuity – no other displaced person has this right – so at any time in the future a Palestinian can claim the right of return AF]. Arnold Toynbee calls the displacement of the Arabs an atrocity greater than any committed by the Nazis.

    Other nations when victorious on the battlefield dictate peace terms. But when Israel is victorious it must sue for peace. Everyone expects the Jews to be the only real Christians in this world.

    Or in my words, as a non-believer, why are the Jews expected to have higher moral standards than every other people or relegion? Because they’ve been persecuted for 2,000 years and 6,000,000 of them were killed by Nazi Germany? Because they have experienced this suffering first hand they must not do it to anyone else? Why? Is it because they’re the ‘chosen people’?

  6. Your comment is full of inaccurate generalities, and again attempts to use history to justify present action. I don’t expect the Israelis to have higher moral standards, but I do expect some. I believe the present behaviour of Hamas is a direct result of what most of the world consider an illegal and repressive occupation.

  7. Andree Frieze says:

    So, what do you expect Israel to do. Cease to exist? Open its borders? With the likelihood that its citizens will be subjected to suicide bombers from terrorists who believe the state of Israel needs to be destroyed? Please tell me what you think is the solution. I believe talking is the only way to achieve peace between these two peoples, but when Hamas’s stated aim is the destruction of Israel, how can there be negotiation?

    I am not using history to justify actions, I am using it to explain why Israelis think and react the way they do to the actions of Hamas.

  8. Please look at this twitter link. It appears that many right wing Israeli politicians are as keen to destroy the Palestinians as they are to destroy Israel, and have the power to do it (unlike the Palestinians).
    As to what I expect – more of the same. What I would like is for Israel to start dismantling the illegal settlements, to allow the Palestinians access to the outside world, and then to talk. I would also like to see hate crimes punishable under law, on BOTH sides.

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