The “Israel is expected to…” syndrome (JEWISH PRESS) By: Vic Rosenthal 02/23/12)
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One country after another has recently pressed Israel not to attack
the Iranian nuclear facilities. Russia is the latest:
“Of course any possible military scenario against Iran will be
catastrophic for the region and for the whole system of international
relations,” Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said at a news
“Therefore I hope Israel understands all these consequences … and
they should also consider the consequences of such action for
themselves,” Gatilov said.
There must be something in the Russian character that requires
statements like this to be delivered in a bullying tone.
Everyone knows that the Iranian threat to Israel is existential.
Everyone also knows that Israel’s leaders can predict Iran’s reaction
to an Israeli attack, and would not bring this down on their country
unless they were convinced that there was no other way to neutralize
the more serious nuclear threat.
These warnings, therefore, are remarkably hypocritical and insulting,
especially from countries whose immediate danger from Iranian bombs
is far less than that of Israel. Telling Israel that it should not
defend itself is like saying “just die, but don’t make a mess.”
When have Jews heard this before? It’s become a cliché, but one that
still resonates. The difference is that then they had no choice
because they had no power to defend themselves. Today there is a
Jewish state, which should not be expected to act as though it is as
powerless as the European Jews of WWII.
All this is part of the “Israel is expected to…” syndrome.
Israel’s small size means that it cannot absorb too much disruption:
a couple of atomic bombs, a few million Arab ‘refugees’, another
expulsion of Jews from their homes, even a million economic refugees
from Africa might be too much. Poof, there would be no Jewish state.
But Israel is expected to be ‘responsible’ and not strike Iran.
Israel is expected to use restraint toward the vicious Hamas and
Hizbollah terrorists who are trying to murder its citizens day in and
day out. Israel is expected to expel its own people and cede
territory to its enemies, who have shown by their actions and
declared in their words that they want to destroy her.
Israel is expected to be more democratic than any other nation,
although it is already too democratic — does the US, for example,
have members of Congress who openly support her enemies and call for
overthrowing the Constitution? The Israeli Knesset has Haneen Zouabi
and others who want to end the Jewish state.
Israel is expected to turn the other cheek in Christian fashion,
although few Christian nations would do so in similar circumstances.
(© 2012 JewishPress. 02/23/12)
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