Right Said: New Wave of Violence Deepens Old Wounds (Thoughts on the Latest Attacks in the Israel-Palestine Conflict)



Imagine for me, if you would, the following hypothetical scenario. You are lounging around in your apartment or house on a relaxing Saturday afternoon watching television, enjoying time with friends and preparing dinner. Suddenly, you hear a sound not all that unlike an air raid/prison siren go off, indicating that the town you live in is in danger of getting hit by rockets. As this is the seventh time it’s gone off in as many days, you and everyone in your abode calmly pile into the bomb shelter that comes standard in every house in the neighborhood. You wait with baited breath for half an hour, hoping that your home isn’t hit and that your loved ones are safe.

Unsurprisingly, when you turn on the news to find out more about the situation, the anchor tells you that the attack was the work of terrorists that want everyone in your country dead. When your government proceeds to respond to the attacks by assassinating a high ranking leader of the enemy, you are unfortunately not shocked to find that many people around the world — including citizens of many of the countries allied with yours — decry the assassination as another example of “oppression,” “tyranny” and “aggression.”

Unfortunately for the people of Israel, this isn’t a hypothetical situation. Especially for those who live nearest to the Palestinian territory of Gaza, but even for Israelis residing in Tel Aviv or Jerusalem, the looming threat of the terrorist organization Hamas is an ever present danger to life and one’s livelihood.

For just a bit of perspective, the area Hamas could strike Israel with rockets is roughly equal to someone standing in the center of Los Angeles being able to hit Simi Valley or Thousand Oaks in Ventura County or Mission Viejo in Orange County; for you Nor-Calians, that means being able to hit any of the cities or suburbs in the greater Bay area while standing on Alcatraz Island. Israel’s situation has only been made more precarious as of late due to the ascension of the Muslim Brotherhood, the “peaceful” arm of Hamas, to political control of Egypt’s government during the Arab Spring.

Thankfully, our president decided to act out of character and has offered unequivocal support for Israel’s right to defend itself, and the Iron Dome missile defense system has ensured that few of Hamas’ rockets have not met their mark. However, the criticisms coming from pro-Palestinian forces and some of the media following Israel’s assassination of Hamas’ chief military leader have been completely lacking in common sense and ought to be disregarded as lunacy.

It would seem, according to their criteria, that it no longer makes any sense for nation states to, you know, eliminate those who plot their destruction. No, apparently it makes more sense for Israel to sit down for “peace” negotiations with Hamas who, if their founding charter is any indication, would be just as likely to attempt to jump across said negotiating table and throttle them where they sit. Until such negotiations happen and Israel surrenders it’s land, they say we might as well imagine Darth Vader’s Imperial March playing in the background whenever Bibi Netanyahu makes a public statement.

No country on Earth desires peace with its neighbors more than Israel, and all it is seeking to do now — as has always been the case — is to defend its people. Now more than ever, we Americans ought to stand with Israel not just as allies but as friends.

Jeffrey Robin is a fourth year political science major.

 

Jeffrey Robin’s rebuttal to “Left Said” columnist Michael Dean’s argument:

In his attempts to portray Israel as a corrupt and heartless totalitarian state, my counterpart claims that over 700 Palestinians have already suffered as a direct result of Israeli military action. The real number? The official estimate stands at 74. Granted, were it not for the Iron Dome missile defense system, Israel would be in much worse shape and many more of its citizens would be lying dead. The tired argument that Israel is a colonial power with eyes towards empire is simply ridiculous, especially when such visions of empire are only the “expanse” from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea. Israel currently only occupies an area twice the size of Los Angeles County; its narrowest point is literally only nine miles wide. If Israel is an empire, it’s easily the most pathetic empire history has ever seen.

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2 Responses to Right Said: New Wave of Violence Deepens Old Wounds (Thoughts on the Latest Attacks in the Israel-Palestine Conflict)

  1. ??? Reply

    November 20, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    The Arab world LOVES Israel. It is the greatest nation to ever happen to them. Think about it – they can bet that the world will put the spotlight on Israel whenever it goes to war. It unites the Arab and Muslim world, and remains the only thing they can agree on – the universal hatred of Israel. It keeps the dictators in power because Arab and Muslim populations remain focused on the Palestinians, rather than their own oppressive governments. Look at Syria, Assad is cumming in his pans right about now. Over 150 Syrians killed yesterday and the world said squat.

    If Israel didn’t exist, the energy the Muslim nations earmark for wars against Israel would simply be devoted to fighting wars against each other, which is what they do when they are not fighting Israel.

  2. Arafat Reply

    November 20, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    So, the question now is that who is the real enemy of the Arab world?
    The Arab world wasted hundreds of billions of dollars and lost tens of thousands of innocent lives fighting Israel, which they considered is their sworn enemy, an enemy whose existence they never recognized. The Arab world has many enemies and Israel should have been at the bottom of the list. The real enemies of the Arab world are corruption, lack of good education, lack of good health care, lack of freedom, lack of respect for the human lives and finally, the Arab world had many dictators who used the Arab-Israeli conflict to suppress their own people.
    These dictators’ atrocities against their own people are far worse than all the full-scale Arab-Israeli wars.
    In the past, we have talked about why some Israeli soldiers attack and mistreat Palestinians. Also, we saw Israeli planes and tanks attack various Arab countries. But, do these attacks match the current atrocities being committed by some Arab states against their own people.
    In Syria, the atrocities are beyond anybody’s imaginations? And, isn’t the Iraqis are the ones who are destroying their own country? Wasn’t it Tunisia’s dictator who was able to steal 13 billion dollars from the poor Tunisians? And how can a child starve in Yemen if their land is the most fertile land in the world? Why would Iraqi brains leave Iraq in a country that makes 110 billion dollars from oil export? Why do the Lebanese fail to govern one of the tiniest countries in the world? And what made the Arab states start sinking into chaos?

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