These are interconnected issues. The Anti-Semitism feeds and grows on the fundamental conflict between Israel and all its neighbors who refuse to accept this small country as a sovereign nation and constantly call for its destruction.
• Terrorist group Hamas’ leader, Ismail Haniyeh, has called for launching an intifada—an all-out war—on Israel.
• Hezbollah, the Iranian-backed terrorist organization, is calling on Arabs to take up armed resistance against Israel.
• Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has said, God willing, there will be nothing left of the Zionist regime in 25 years.”
• And there are thousands of rockets in Iran—aimed at Israel.
Dennis Prager points to key moments in the Israel-Palestine conflict that demonstrate that Israel is willing to allow Palestine to exist peacefully as their own state, while the Palestinians, and many of the surrounding Arab states, do not share that same view towards Israel.
“This has been true since 1947, when the United Nations voted to divide the land called Palestine into a Jewish state and an Arab state,” Prager says. “The Jews accepted the United Nations partition but no Arab or any other Muslim country ever accepted it.”
The day after the United Nations recognized Israel as a sovereign nation, the Arab states of Egypt, Lebanon, Transjordan, Iraq and Syria all descended on the Jewish state with every intention of destroying it, but Israel thwarted their efforts.
In 1967, Egypt, Syria and Jordan all prepared to attack Israel again, but Israel launched preemptive strikes to defend themselves, acquiring the Sinai Peninsula and West Bank in the process.
A decade later, Israel returned the Sinai Peninsula to Egypt with the promise of peace. Israel has been willing to do the same with Palestine in regard to the West Bank, but such deals have been continually rejected by the Palestinians because they all involved recognizing Israel’s right to exist. Instead, the Palestinians continue to churn out anti-Semitic, anti-Israel propaganda and launch terror attacks against the Jewish state.
“Think about these two questions: If, tomorrow, Israel laid down its arms and announced, ‘We will fight no more,’ what would happen? And if the Arab countries around Israel laid down their arms and announced, ‘We will fight no more,’ what would happen?” Prager asks. “In the first case there would be an immediate destruction of the state of Israel and the mass murder of its Jewish population. In the second case, there would be peace the next day.”
Prager then points out that the land where Israel resides has historically been the area of a Jewish state, never an Arab or Palestinian state, which boils the issue down to one question: “Why can’t the one Jewish state the size of El Salvador be allowed to exist?”
In the summer of 2000, there was a summit at Camp David Presidential Retreat between U.S. President Bill Clinton, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat.
There has been historic agreement that PM Barak made a generous offer to Arafat, an offer he would have difficulty getting approved by his legislature.
No problem! At the last minute, Arafat rejected it. The Arabs never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity.
Former Israeli PM Golda Meir summed up the problem when she said, “We can forgive the Arabs for killing our children. We cannot forgive them for forcing us to kill their children. We will only have peace with the Arabs when they love their children more than they hate us.”
In recent years, the Arab offensive has been mounted on two fronts with quite a lot of success in increasing Anti-Semitism.
The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement
Since Israel’s founding in 1948, its enemies have repeatedly attempted to destroy or weaken the Jewish state through wars, terrorism, and delegitimization at international organizations. More recently, the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign has emerged as an effort to further stigmatize, delegitimize and isolate the State of Israel.
• Delegitimization of Israel: At its heart, BDS does not aim to affect positive political change or improve the situation for Palestinians. The BDS movement’s objective is to delegitimize Israel and undermine its right to exist.
• Dangerous and Disingenuous Equivalence: BDS dishonestly equates former apartheid South Africa with present-day Israel in order to enlist people of conscience in a global campaign of economic and social pressure.
• Anti-Peace: BDS does not seek a just and lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians. Instead, the movement and many of its proponents simply seek to destroy Israel.
• Isolation Campaign: BDS proponents seek to drive a wedge between Israel and the rest of the world—separating Israel’s government, businesses, universities and people from their partners abroad.
On a second front, the PLO, along with their allies, have very successfully mounted a very effective public relations program at the United Nations to describe the plight of the Palestinian people for which Israel should be condemned. And the UN has done exactly that many times, which has also produced a growing wave of Anti-Semitism at the UN and throughout the world.
This is a fictitious narrative which, truth be told, could all be resolved with recognition of Israel and a working economic and political peace.