September 18, 2009
In News The Israel-Palestine Conflict
By Israel HarelAs a result of the destructive, toxic report of the United Nation’s Goldstone Commission, from now on all of the haters of Israel will be celebrating anti-Semites. And the UN – the imposer of peace on the world – provided especially catchy, volatile, flammable fuel for them to throw on the fire. Oppressive regimes and terrorist organizations are again finding that no international charges will ever be brought against them – never against them. Instead charges are being leveled against precisely that country which protects human and military ethics more than the world has ever seen. And of course enlightened countries and liberal organizations are seeking to deprive Israel of the right to defend its population by striking back at terror. The ideology shared by all of them, which holds that terror directed at Israel is legitimate, has now received the UN’s explicit stamp of approval. And among the revelers – how can we fail to notice – there are also Israeli organizations. They started celebrating their victory yesterday, with the help of sympathetic interviewers, especially on Army Radio. In Israel they arouse anger and opposition. But because they position themselves against their state and army, their influence spreads around the world. And they have a reason to celebrate. Their accusations against the Israel Defense Forces have been adopted by an official UN commission, which has even recommended transferring its recommendations – an indictment against their country and army, to the International Criminal Court in The Hague. And what fun, being in the company of mass murderers from Serbia and genocidal killers from Sudan. When it comes to Israel, the goal of non-governmental organizations and of UN organizations is one and the same: tying Israel’s hands and preventing the IDF from fighting terror. The effective and frightening way to do this is by holding a kangaroo trial against officials who ordered the military operation against terror and the officers who planned and carried it out. For four years, Israel hesitated and didn’t deal with the nightmare of the Qassam rockets fired at the western Negev – among other reasons out of concern that its statesmen and military officers would be tried as war criminals. And then the Goldstone Commission report comes along to confirm those fears. It says that whereas action against Hamas involves the death of civilians, and since killing civilians is a crime against humanity, Israel no longer has a military option to fight terror. You see, in addition to pouring fuel on the fire of hate against Israel, the report also explicitly gives Hamas a green light to continue killing civilians in Israel. This unfortunate turn of events, the establishment of the commission, could have been avoided in cooperation with the United States and other countries the UN is also trying to harass. As a result of contempt or inability, however, Israel didn’t move heaven and earth from the outset to deprive the commission of its legitimacy (by proving, among other things, that its composition, its goals and its operational methods were designed from the start to convict Israel). The next step – advance damage control – was not taken either. The government lacked the energy and some of the operational staff was ambivalent. This playing field for the dehumanization of Israel, which had already been heated up prior to the Goldstone report by various non-governmental organizations, remains exposed and neglected. Now that the most senior echelons are in their sights, maybe we will finally understand that it is necessary to conduct a worldwide offensive, efficiently and with maximum dedication to its goals, against those who would seek to destroy us by attacking the legitimacy of our existence. In this offensive, it is not enough to be satisfied with apologetic public relations. The enemy pretends to be looking out for our morality. It has no inhibitions. It is set on the goal of undermining our status, as a prelude to undermining the existence of our country. Nothing less.