War of words

September 2, 2012 by Ron Weiser
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Last weekend I participated in a panel on “The Weight of Words on Israel” and my basic contention remains that when it comes to Israel and the battle for the hearts and minds, it is really in the main, a battle for the hearts…writes Ron Weiser.

Dr Ron Weiser

Facts matter little for those people who wish to attempt the demise of the Jewish State, and be under no illusion, that is exactly their aim.

No objective analysis of the facts supports their case.

Israel is a beacon of democracy and human rights not only in her region, but in the world, even with the inevitable errors that occur.

This is especially so in Israel’s case of a conscript army where the draft includes such a wide range of the population.

And when mistakes are made, they are investigated and dealt with.

So the attempt to appeal to the hearts, with emotion, with exaggerated complaints both in number and degree and with slogans, only makes it harder to present an accurate picture for those of us who value Israel and what she stands for and who seek to make her even better.

And this is exactly what these delegitimisers want. Facts only get in their way.

These people also tend to do it outside of Israel, to foreign audiences and hosted by organisations dedicated to end the State of Israel as we know it.

This week we saw the release of the report by Breaking The Silence (BtS)

And who was it released to?

To the foreign media, to anti Israel organisations, to all and sundry, except to the places where it might really count, to the Israeli Government and the Israeli Army.

That is, except to the organisations that can actually verify if the alleged events occurred and if so, to do something about them.

Apparently, two representatives of BtS were in Adelaide a couple of weeks ago, hosted by the Australian Friends of Palestine.

The past pattern with BtS is that the vast majority of their mostly anonymous claims turn out to be either a fiction (recall the claims made after Operation Cast Lead), or are greatly exaggerated, or are a result of a rogue element rather than an official policy.

This week we also saw an Israeli Civil Court bringing down its verdict on the death of Rachel Corrie, a naïve “activist” who was in a no go zone against all advice and who became an unfortunate victim of the Palestinian campaign that rejoices in the creation of as many martyrs as they can possibly produce for maximum PR effect.

The verdict of the Civil Court agreed and found no problem with the original Israeli Army findings.

But the Corries are not willing to accept this result.

What both of these events have in common is overtly and covertly to try and declare that the Israeli Courts, and that the entire Israeli modus operandi in fact, should not be trusted.

They do not argue the actual merits of a specific case, they declare that “Israel” is the problem.

They argue that she is not really a democracy, that she cannot be trusted to investigate anything at any level, that she is unfair and immoral.

Both BtS and the Corrie’s attempt to create the impression that Israel is based upon corrupt foundations and that therefore all attempts at reform inside Israel are pointless – and perhaps even more sinister is the extension that such alleged corruption comes from the whole idea of a Jewish State being immoral and corrupt.

In their eyes there can never be any justice or moral outcome as long as the “Zionist Entity” exists.

And that is why the Zionist Movement is at odds with these people.

Not because they wish to really investigate and correct anything, or to build a better society, that we could do together, but because they wish to tar a whole nation, and to bring her down.

As we approach the High Holydays, it behoves all of us who believe in the State of Israel, to speak up for her and to work together with her to build an even better society for all of her citizens.

Ron Weiser is the Immediate Past President of the Zionist Federation of Australia and Hon Life President of the Zionist Council of NSW.