A shocking start to Israel’s new year

October 9, 2015 by Ron Weiser
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The chagim of 5776 have ushered in a new year that has so far been quite a shocking one for the citizens of Israel…writes Ron Weiser.

Dr Ron Weiser

Dr Ron Weiser

The so called “moderate”, President Mahmoud Abbas, now in the 10th year of his 4 year term, has been inflaming the situation and inciting the wave of violence that has taken place and has resulted in so many deaths and injuries.

On September the 16th Abbas himself said on Palestinian TV and Sky News in Arabic:

“We bless you. We welcome every drop of blood spilled in Jerusalem. This is pure blood, clean blood, blood on its way to Allah. With the help of Allah, every shaheed will be in heaven, and every wounded will get his reward.

Al-Aqsa is ours, and the (Church of the) Holy Sepulcher is ours, all ours.

They have no right to desecrate them with their filthy feet, and we won’t allow them to.”

Notwithstanding the violence he has encouraged and attempted to justify, Abbas continued with this utterly false theme in his speech at the United Nations only some days ago.

In Jerusalem we are being dragged deeper and deeper into a religious war over the Temple Mount with lies being told by the Palestinian leadership about supposed changes to the status quo there.

There are no changes.

The facts are that despite Israel capturing the Temple Mount in 1967, the holiest site in all Judaism, Israel chose to permit the Muslim Waqf to continue to run its Holy places and barred Jews from praying there.

Israel did that.

Out of choice.

Even until today, the very same arrangements apply.

Can anyone conceive of any other conquering force initiating and preserving such conditions???

Now at the same time as the violence continues in Jerusalem and with the stabbings in numerous other cities and towns in Israel, there is also overlapping violence, albeit operating somewhat differently, in the West Bank/Judea-Samaria.

Here too,  the “moderate” Palestinian Authority is inflaming the situation but at the same time full co-operation between Israeli and Palestinian Authority security forces continues.

In this second field of terrorism, Abbas whilst refusing to publicly condemn the terrorist activity itself, continues to work with the Israelis on the ground against Hamas and Islamic Jihad who are the main perpetrators of terror in this arena.

In some way this buys Abbas the ability to both incite violence and at the same time claim that he has to do so to maintain his street credibility, if he is to continue to assist in defeating terror.

Only in the Middle East can such convoluted reasoning and self-evident lunacy be considered normal.

One of the most important factors in these acts of terror are the statements, or lack thereof, from the lay and religious leadership. Public statements have the ability to dramatically raise or lower the temperature.

They are not merely words, they are very important signals to their followers.

Time and again any chance of peace falls on the false premises and forked tongue speeches made by the Palestinian leadership. Abbas et al continue to promise their people one thing, whilst telling Israel and the world another.

The reason we do not have a resolution is that there is a clash of narratives.

The narrative of Israel.

The narrative of the Palestinians to their own people

And the narrative of the Palestinian leadership to the western world.

In the matter of the first two, not in the traditional sense of opposing descriptions of events, but of narratives that do not even overlap in either time or geography.

On the 29th of November 1947 in United Nations Resolution 181 the world decided to partition the 22% of what remained of the British Mandate into a Jewish State and an Arab State.

This decision was accepted by the Jews and rejected by the Arabs. Surrounding Arab states invaded Israel and at the end of that war an armistice was reached and the so called Green Line was established.

The Green Line of course is not a border and was never recognised as such by the Arab world.

For 19 years the Jewish people sat happily within the Green Line.

Jews were expelled from the Old City of Jerusalem, our synagogues and holy sites were either vandalised or completely destroyed and we were denied access to the Western Wall.

But we were happy.

We had no West Bank, no Jerusalem, no Hebron, but we were happy.

Then, in 1967 the President of Egypt expelled the United Nations observers from Sinai.

Secretary General of the United Nations, U Thant did nothing.

The Presidents of Egypt, Iraq et al publicly told the world that they would destroy Israel and drive the Jews into the sea.

The world did nothing.

The Arab world set out to ensure that no Jewish State of any size would exist beyond its 19 years.

The world was silent.

In six days the war was over and Israel found herself with territories she had never set out to conquer.

Israel tried to give up these territories immediately after the June war in exchange for recognition.

Recognition was refused. Peace was refused.

Nothing has changed.

The Israeli narrative today remains the same as it always was, the desire for a 2 State for 2 People solution.

The Palestinian narrative when expressed in Arabic has nothing to do with the Israeli one. The Palestinian narrative according to Abbas is to undo 1947/48. Ergo, no Israel.

For example the official Palestinian Authority daily newspaper on Israel’s Independence Day 2014 in Arabic which said:

“Sixty-six years ago a monstrosity was born”

Israel is “an occupying terrorist state founded on biblical myths”

Or in the official Year 12 school text books published by the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Education where students are taught:

“Palestine’s war in 1948 ended with a catastrophe that is unprecedented in history, when the Zionist gangs stole Palestine… and established the so-called State of Israel.”

Sometimes Abbas gets carried away and even expresses that in English as he did in the New York Times on the 5th of September 2011 when he wrote:

“We are going to complain that as Palestinians we have been under occupation for 63 years.”

63 years – not occupation since 1967 but since Israel’s establishment.

The clash of narratives is ongoing.

Israel has accepted Partition resolution 181 and is attempting to deal with its implementation post the 1967 reality. Israel is talking about how to resolve the outstanding issues so that we can achieve two states side by side.

The Palestinians have been educated to believe that Israel is not an ongoing reality and that 1947 can be reversed. That Israel will disappear.

We are talking post 1967 and the Palestinians are talking pre 1947.

At the same time, in the main, Abbas has been spinning the western world with a different yarn, one of a desire to resolve the situation post 1967.

That is why we are in the bind we are in – Abbas cannot reconcile to his own people, the two mutually contradictory narratives he tells his different audiences.

That is why Abbas avoids direct substantive negotiations with Israel.

That is why Abbas makes his appeal on the world stage where he is hoping for an imposed solution that does not force him to tell his people that Israel is a reality that is here to stay.

And that is why Abbas seeks diversions.

And the biggest diversion of all, more than false claims about settlements, or about supposed mistreatment or who knows what else can be dreamed up, the biggest diversion of all is to focus on the canard of the Jews taking over the Temple Mount.

Until Abbas turns down the rhetoric, the current bout of terrorism is likely to continue.

The only good news? Until now at least, Israel’s allies are showing more understanding of Israel’s response than of Abbas’ incitement.

Here’s hoping…………………….

 

Dr Ron Weiser is the Honorary Life President of the Zionist Council of NSW and  the ZFA Public Affairs Chairman

Comments

4 Responses to “A shocking start to Israel’s new year”
  1. Paul Winter says:

    As a good dentist Ron, you should know how important it is to have a bite. Sadly, your article is edentulous. It is a reprise of the past year, but fails to point to path for respite.

    We all know the history. Handing control of the Temple Mount to an enemy was stupid beyond words, but perhaps excusable as an attempt at peace, despite the 3 “nos” at Khartoum. It became a crime against Jews when an Israeli tank with the exposed burnt corpse of a soldier was dragged through a Tran-Jordanian town in a public celebration.

    Your statement that the clash of narratives is the reason for the continuation of the conflict is false. As a Zionist, you must know that we Jews have a history. That history is supported by bible stories, by archaeology, religious practices, a unique language and genetics.

    The Arabs have a malicious narrative concocted to parallel our history. Their narrative’s aim is to deny our history and our rights. Yes, rights. Jews returning to our ancestral lands, paid for land and developed it, they defended it and built a functioning modern state extending its benefits even to hostile enemy residents.

    For all your words you fail to state the obvious: the battle for the Holy Land is bases in religion. You fail to state that, along with other civilised Western people because we are just too modern to fight over beliefs. Sadly, we ascribe civilised values to minds fixated in the seventh century CE.

    For all your analysis Ron, you fail to note and the world leadership ignores or is incapable of comprehending, that much of the hostility to Jews is due to firstly, a resentment that they have been bitten time and again by the despised Jewish underdog who should be licking their feet in thanks for a kick and secondly, because of mohammedan/Arab oneupmanship, which demands showing who can hate Jews more and who can show more cruelty to Jews.

    Until Jewish leaders are prepared to be honest with themselves and their supporters and start making the truth known to friend and foe alike, essays like yours will fail to bridge the gaps between facts, needs and directions for Jews and the malevolent lies of our enemies and of our “friends”.

  2. Yaakov ben Yehuda says:

    You forget the fifth column within narrative to Israel.
    For thousands of years the Jews dreamed of reclaiming their country. The left had another dream.It dreamed of a country run by bureaucrats that worked only three days a week. It dreamed of unions running monopolies that worked whenever they liked and charged whatever they wanted. It dreamed of children raised on collective farms without parents and of government as a Socialist café debate.
    Most of all it dreamed of a country without conservatives. It still hasn’t gotten that wish.
    Amos Oz’s daughter told Haaretz that everyone in the left had been upbeat because everyone they knew was voting for the left. Now the leftist elite is once again forced to come to terms with the tragedy that much of the country doesn’t want to hand over land to terrorists, live on a communal farm or turn over the country to Marc Rich’s lawyer and his American backers who make Slim-Fast and KIND bars.
    The left doesn’t want a country. It wants a Berkeley food co-op. It wants a city with some ugly modernist architecture. It wants a campus with courses on media studies and gender in geography. It wants an arcade where unwashed lefties can tunelessly strum John Lennon songs on their vintage guitars. It wants cafes with Russian Futurist prints on the walls. It wants to be excited about political change. Its only use for Israel was as a utopian theme park. They usually have homes in France and tenure in the US it can go back to its French villas and have its bi-national Muslim state there.

  3. Gil Solomon says:

    This is another sugar coated piece from Ron Weiser.

    A 1,300 word piece which goes from a bit of history, a bit of hoping – we were happy, Egypt did this, the UN did that and then: “Can anyone conceive of any other conquering force initiating and preserving such conditions???”. As if the issue you’re talking about re. leaving the Waqf in control of the Temple Mount was so high, correct and noble an act. No I can’t Ron but why is it that you do not come out and call it for what it was – an act of profound stupidity. Open your eyes and see what’s going on today because of this decision. The decision was wrong and nothing to be proud of or praise.

    Israel is on fire because of one insane decision after the other, one useless concession after the other and all you end up with is: “The only good news? Until now at least, Israel’s allies are showing more understanding of Israel’s response than of Abbas’ incitement.”
    Is that right?

    Israel’s allies showing more understanding?
    Excuse me, what allies and what understanding?

  4. Jan Poddebsky says:

    We do not include Ban Ki-Moon as one of Israel’s allies.
    Jan

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