Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Israel headlines: Arabs, Kerry and BDS pushback

Have you been paying attention to Israel’s news? Do you see any ‘handwriting’ on the proverbial wall?

Here are some headlines you might have missed. These news stories—and commentary—are for January 7 – 9, 2014. 

The war against Israel

- Palestinians fire mortar shells at Israel; IAF responds (01/09/14, Jerusalem Post)

- Palestinians throw 3 Molotov cocktails at Israeli bus near Hebron (01/09/14, Jerusalem Post)

- Two Palestinians arrested north of Jerusalem for stone throwing at cars (01/07/14, Jerusalem Post)

- Three rockets fired from Gaza explode near security fence (Israel Radio) (01/09/14, Haaretz)

- Palestinians hurl stones at Israeli car near Qalqilya, driver lightly wounded (01/08/14, Haaretz)
-Stone hurled at bus in Akko, no injuries (01/09/14, Ynet)

-Palestinian government hails villagers who beat up settlers (01/09/14, Ynet)

-Israelis rushed from West Bank hotel after protest (01/09/14, Ynet)

-Dozens of Palestinians protest meeting of peace activists (01/09/14, Ynet) 

-50-year-old man stabbed in Jerusalem, sustains light injuries (01/08/14, Ynet)

- [Israel] MK [Ahmed] Tibi: I'll Fight 'Strange Idea' of Jewish State (01/09/14, Arutz Sheva) 


Peace is upon us, right? US Secretary of State John Kerry comes to Israel with announcements of peace (see below). Israel’s Left demands ‘peace’. Newspapers shout, ‘peace’!

But what do Arabs make of all this peace talk?  You can see what they make—from the news above.

They make Molotov cocktails to throw at Jews. They arrange protests.

They stone Jews. They firebomb Jews. They fire mortars at Jews.

During a single three-day news period, we see at least ten Arab attacks against Jews. We see hate in action—and an Arab MK who declares with gusto that ’Palestinians’ will never recognize Israel as a Jewish state.

That raises a question for all those peace-advocates who demand that Israel sign a deal with the Palestinian Authority (PA): on what basis do you reasonably argue that these Arabs want peace?

Remember, these Arabs attack Jews every time peace talks get under way. If the Arabs are true ‘partners for peace’, why do they attack Jews when Jews sit down at a negotiation table?

Can you explain that to me? 

The peace talks

-Report: Kerry is Behind European Boycotts (01/07/14, Arutz Sheva)

-Israel accuses Kerry of urging EU settlement pressure (01/07/14, Times of Israel)

-Officials: Kerry Way Out of His League in Talks (01/09/14, Arutz Sheva)

-- Op-Ed:  Kerry Wants to Expel 85,000 Jews (01/09/14, Giulio Meotti, Arutz Sheva)


We now get news that these current ‘peace talks’ may be closer to an American-European Union (EU) ‘plot’ against Israel than true ‘peace’ talks. News has leaked that US Secretary of State Kerry is responsible for the July 2013 EU boycott threat. Reports suggest that Kerry arranged for the boycott. Apparently, he keeps it ready to implement in case the peace talks fail. If this is true, Kerry has already decided that if the talks do indeed fail, it will be Israel’s fault—and Israel will be punished for it.

A second report came out this week in the form of an op-ed essay by Italian essayist Giulio Meotti (“Op-Ed:  Kerry Wants to Expel 85,000 Jews). Meotti has access to reports that suggest Kerry could be talking about ‘transferring’ between 59,000 and 94,000 Jews, depending on finalized details.

Does anyone in Israel notice this?  

Israel has a track record transferring Jews. The 8,000 Jews ‘tranferred’ by Israel out of Gaza in 2005 still suffer unemployment, under-employment and related traumas. Some still do not have permanent housing, almost nine years later.

Is the Israel government going to repeat the Gaza debacle—but with ten times the population?

A third report leaked during this news cycle suggested that Kerry may not even know what he’s doing. According to some Israelis who have reportedly met with him, Kerry gives the strong impression he has almost no understanding of the Middle East. It’s being said, at least from some on the Israeli side, that he can’t even read a map of the region.

If these leaks and reports are correct—or, nearly correct--we should wonder about Kerry. We should wonder about his competence. We should wonder about his attitudes towards Israel.

We should wonder how honest he is.

Indeed, if Israeli officials are having such thoughts about Kerry, why is Israel still doing business with him? 

The boycott of Israel

- NGO threatens to sue US academic group which boycotts Israel (01/09/14, Jerusalem Post)

 - The Modern Language Association (MLA) ignores word pollution (01/09/14, Jerusalem Post)

- Pro-Israel Community Braces Itself for Modern Language Association Vote (01/07/14, Jewish Daily Forward)

-An academic scandal headed for Chicago (01/01/14, Chicago Tribune)

For perhaps the first time ever, the Boycott movement took it on the nose during this news cycle. For years, the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement has appeared to be an unstoppable force, gathering power and momentum as it spreads from campus to campus across the US. Now, a showdown appears in the making. The NGO, Shurat HaDin (Israel Law Center) has decided to go after the US BDS movement.

Perhaps a new era begins: support BDS and get sued in US Federal and State court.

That has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?

You can read more about the BDS story-line in the essay below. It’s titled, “BDS Boycott and the MLA Convention, January 9-12, 2014.” It was posted on January 9, 2014.

There were other news stories during this news cycle. But these stories here seemed especially cogent for today’s view of Israel.

What do you think of Israel? Perhaps more important, what do you think of John Kerry and the BDS Movement?

What you think is important. But here’s an even more important question: what must the G-d of Israel think of all this?



No comments:

Post a Comment