Today, in Tel Aviv, in the very spot where David Ben Gurion stood and read out Israel’s Declaration of Independence, a group of leftist “activists” (who only “act” for the Palestinians and against Israel’s benefit), and “intellectuals” (who must have a huge hole in their academic education), accompanied by 17 Israel Prize laureates (who use their Israel Prize as a cover to lend legitimacy to their views) read out a similar declaration in support of the creation of a Palestinian state.
A counter-protest consisting of a group of right-wing activists gathered to protest the demonstration, shouting abuse and calling the leftists traitors and other epithets. (In my opinion that is a bit of a shame, since it simply lent unneeded publicity to the leftists and added to their sense of grievance).
Verbal altercations and shoving matches broke out next to Tel Aviv’s Independence Hall on Thursday, as a group of Israeli artists and intellectuals prepared to read a declaration supporting the founding of a Palestinian state based on 1967 lines.
As of 2 p.m. a handful of counter-protesters and cameramen swelled into a mob of hundreds shouting “traitors” and “fifth columnists” among other chants as the group of artists began arriving.
“Israel’s Declaration of Independence was made in accordance with the United Nations’ decision to divide the land between two states: a democratic Jewish and a democratic Arab state. Each people was expected to fulfill its natural right of self determination in a sovereign state. We consider the independence of the two states and the unqualified end of the occupation a moral and an existential imperative as well as a necessary condition for a good neighborhood,” the statement read.
There is so much wishful thinking, not to mention something faintly lunatic about this whole demonstration and the political attitudes behind it. Let us take this “Declaration of Palestinian Independence” and fisk it.
“Israel’s Declaration of Independence was made in accordance with the United Nations’ decision to divide the land between two states: a democratic Jewish and a democratic Arab state. “: Ah yes, the famous UN Resolution 181, rejected in 1947 by the Arabs who have been trying ever since, for over 60 years, to undo the creation of the State of Israel. This is not to mention the ludicrous idea that a democratic Arab state is anything but a pipe dream. When I see real democracy come to Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Saudi Arabia and the rest of our neighbourhood, I might just begin to believe it could happen with the Palestinians.
“Each people was expected to fulfill its natural right of self determination in a sovereign state.” Well, once again, Israel kept her side of the bargain. As to the Arabs… don’t make me laugh. The only sovereign state they wanted was ours – and it is still the only state they want. They do not want to create a state of their own; they want to destroy our state. If we do not internalize this we are doomed to everlasting war.
We consider the independence of the two states and the unqualified end of the occupation a moral and an existential imperative as well as a necessary condition for a good neighborhood,” : The “occupation” was forced upon Israel as a result of the Arabs’ aggressive actions against Israel, and as such is completely moral. There is nothing existential about the “occupation”. When the Arabs feel they can live peacefully with Israel the occupation will be over; but it should not finish one minute beforehand.
I confess that I do not understand what motivates leftists and especially academics. They are obviously educated and clever. How can they not see the plain truth that stares them in the face? They have lived here all their lives, have (mostly) fought in Israel’s wars against an implacable foe. There is almost no one in Israel whose lives and families are untouched by terrorism. I do not believe that these “activists” are self-hating, or even motivated by hatred of Israel. I believe they really do love Israel in their own way.
So how can they not see that what they are fighting for is more likely to bring about Israel’s destruction than peace?
My only solution to this conundrum comes from the words of a Haaretz columnist (it had to be Haaretz of course):
Sponsors of the event insist it will not be a token protest, but rather part of a larger process that will lead to a legitimate alternative to Israel’s current policies.
“Our initiative is not a naive one,” said Sefi Rachlevsky, one of the initiators of the demonstration and a Haaretz columnist.
“Instead of Israel being the first to extend its hand and support Palestinian independence, it is trying to warn against it. That is not only a moral disaster, but it’s also liable to bring about a practical catastrophe in which Israel will isolate itself and turn into a kind of South Africa.”
It appears that the left is terrified of being considered “colonial” or “apartheid-supporting” in the eyes of the “world”; and this fear outweighs any potential or real military, demographic and existential threat against Israel.
I wonder if it ever occurs to them that we have never seen, not in 1947 and not today, a Palestinian demonstration in support of peace with Israel, against terrorism, against demanding the right of return and calling for an end to the armed conflict.
These “intellectuals” need reeducating.