In case you were wondering why I’ve gone quiet during a rather noisy news cycle, it’s because I’m on a much-needed mini-break in Eilat. But holiday or not, it’s hard to avoid the news entirely, so here is a very short catch-up.
Starting first with the Palestinians, their attempts to undermine Jewish national rights in Israel by rewriting history have reached the absurdest heights (or depths) possible. We thought they couldn’t go any lower than persuading UNESCO to declare that the Jewish nation has no connection to Jerusalem. But we were wrong. They then announced a year long campaign to demand that Britain apologize for the Balfour Declaration with the intent of rescinding it altogether. This too did not suffice.
The Palestinians have found a nation-sized hole and have continued digging. The bottom doesn’t seem anywhere in sight, but that has never previously stopped any determined Palestinian who is set on stealing Jewish history, Jewish identity and even the Jewish religion.
Their latest stunt looks like it will be an attempt to claim the Dead Sea Scrolls as an ancient Palestinian artefact. The fact that at the time the Scrolls were written, Islam had yet to be invented 700 odd years into the future; and the fact that the Scrolls were written by Jews, for Jews and about Jewish life during the end of the Second Temple (oops, sorry, I mean the Second Mosque) era, around the time that Jesus lived, does not deter the average Palestinian politician or the racists that support them.
This absurdity, despite the potential danger as it incites the Arab street to anti-Jewish and anti-Christian violence, also has its hilarious side. The best defence is offence, and Twitter users have been enjoying themselves greatly at the Palestinians’ expense.
I’ve embedded the Twitter feed of the #PalestinianClaims hashtag for your edification and enjoyment. Place your mouse on the scroll bar on the right side of the Twitter box and scroll down to read. Maybe if we laugh at them we’ll be able to dissuade the Palestinian leadership from continuing on their disgusting campaign to delegitimize Jewish nationhood in Israel.Tweets by @
The other subject du jour, almost as entertaining as #PalestinianClaims, is the US Presidential vote due to take place today.
Again, you may have noticed my studied silence on this matter throughout the entire Presidential campaign, and this was no accident (particularly as I am known to be not backwards in coming forwards with an opinion on most matters). The reason is simply that I think both candidates are bloody awful. Each one has enough baggage to bring down an aircraft . Neither are trustworthy, each for different reasons, and if I were American I would either not vote, or vote for a third party, independent, or write in someone else.
I also find it extremely difficult to understand the American voting process, what with electoral colleges, “down-ticket voting” (what IS that?), and different systems in different states. So I decided to stay out of it altogether.
One excellent item that I read today, which ought to be required reading for every presidential candidate, appeared in The Tower today: “What the next President must do about the world“, by veteran Middle East journalist Michael J. Totten. Here is a small excerpt. Read it all:
You are not battling a Hitler or Hirohito that you can bomb into submission. Nor are you facing down a Stalinist empire that you can outspend into oblivion.
You and the citizens whom you have been elected to serve are beset instead by a constellation of problems—international terrorism, rogue states, and a renascent expansionist Russia. These persistent features of our international landscape may not be as dangerous as the Nazi rampage across Europe or the threat of all-out nuclear confrontation, but they are much more intractable. They will bedevil us throughout your presidency and beyond.
You will not be able to democratize the Middle East and drain the swamp of its political pathologies by using regime change or any other tool at your disposal. Nor will you be able to diplomatically “engage” your way to being liked by the Vladimir Putins and Ali Khameneis of the world. You can flush the terrorists of ISIS out of their nests and vaporize them with Predator drones, but they’ll pop up again in some other unstable and anarchic part of the world.
I hate to break it to you, but these are problems to be managed rather than solved. At least the Israelis, who have become masters of this art throughout the brief existence of Jewish state, can commiserate with your unenviable role.
You’re going to have to come to grips with it, though, because it’s all on you now.
I am very depressed at the thought of the outcome of these elections. I can’t see that either candidate will be good for America, for Israel, or for the West in general.
Never has the slogan “In God we trust”, printed on US money, been so apt.
Good luck America! Good luck world! May G-d protect all of us because no one else is able to.