I have reached a point where I find myself tired of explaining what should be obvious truths to idiots.
Does that sound harsh? It is.
I’m also tired of having to defend what I consider to be logical behavior on the part of Israel.
In many online arguments, blogs, and discussions, I patiently listen to people rant and rave about Israeli “genocide”, “massacres”, and “war crimes”, all purportedly perpetrated with the most malevolent of intentions.
Most of those screaming about the Israelis call themselves “human rights activists”, yet, underneath much of their rhetoric, and not that far beneath the surface, lies a tremendous anger at Israel for daring to defend its citizens.
While these stalwart defenders of human rights ignore the jaw-dropping atrocities being committed in Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, and other garden spots around the world, their eyes glaze over as they indulge in fanatical bashing of “The Zionists”.
I have decided that it is time to stop being defensive, and apologizing for any offense Israel may or may not have given, as if those offenses are justification for the rampant anti-Semitism raging throughout the world, or for the launch of thousands of rockets and mortars against Israeli civilians, or terror attacks against Israeli schools, buses, malls, and restaurants.
In the past, I would frame my replies around “well, I believe that Jews should have the right to live anywhere they want, including Jerusalem and the West Bank, but I also believe that it was probably ill-advised to “settle” as much of the West Bank as Israel has done.”.
While I still believe that to be true, it is irrelevant.
Most of those with whom I argue have no historical perspective beyond 1967, if even that far back, and no willingness to consider that, originally, there weren’t any checkpoints, no house to house searches, no blowing up homes of terrorists, no anything.
Their logic skills are sorely lacking, as they jump to the conclusion that Israel just magically decided one day to implement checkpoints, build separate roads for its citizens, and decided to make life difficult for the Palestinians. They are unwilling to consider that terror attacks just might have had something to do with that.
They spit and hiss that the whole problem is because of Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem, as if that somehow explains the wars visited upon Israel, or the terror attacks prior to 1967, of which there were many. It doesn’t explain terror attacks on Jews in Palestine before 1948, of which there were many.
So, I am done defending, and will proudly proclaim that Jews have a right to live in peace, in Israel. They are happy to live with their neighbors in an environment of peace, harmony, and cooperation on all levels.
But, like any nation, they will not tolerate attacks against their civilians. They prefer peace, but are willing and able to wage war if required.
Israel has certainly made its share of mistakes, no doubt about it. Just like every other nation on Earth. But, generally, their intent is good, or at least benign, and certainly not malevolent.
Those who make up or believe the worst canards about Israel, Zionists, and Jews, are welcome to those beliefs, even though they are the basest calumnies. But, their belief of these things speaks to who and what they are.
The only relevant “truths” are that Israel is a sovereign nation, it is under attack, and it is counter-attacking. Israel prefers peace, but will wage war if necessary.
All the rest is noise.