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Will there always be an Israel?
By Alan Caruba
The remarks of Israel's Ariel Sharon, a warning that Israel would not stand idly aside to let other nations decide its fate, created a firestorm. Lost amidst the uproar was the fact that Sharon had expressed similar views in 1986. Indeed, they were published in the Wall Street Journal. He made the analogy between Czechoslovakia in the 1930's, sold out to prevent war with the Nazis, and questioned the US resolve to stand with its ally.
He later called Secretary of State Powell to express his appreciation for the "special relationship" between the US and Israel. On the Today Show, Wednesday morning, Secretary of State Powell said that the US "treasured" its relationship with Israel, a fairly extraordinary description and a welcome one.
A friend of mine said recently she believed, without question, that "there will always be an Israel."
The reality of US policy is not that it hasn't long demonstrated support for Israel, but that it has also always supported its enemies. A longtime, close observer of this is Dr. Eugene Narrett. He points out, for example, that nearly three-quarters of the $18 billion directed to Israel this past decade actually was spent in Texas, New Mexico and California, in the form of transfer payments to Grumman, Lockheed-Martin and McDonnell Douglas. It would be more accurate to say this was more a form of support for our armaments industry, than Israel. Nothing wrong in that, per se, but consider the amount of arms also sold to its enemies.
When one examines the record of US support for our new coalition of Arab "friends", we discover is that, since 1991, the fundamentalist Islamic regime of Arabia has received twice as much military armaments and equipment as Israel. It adds up to more than $35.5 billion. Then add in the cost of maintaining the US troops stationed there to protect Saudi Arabia from its Islamic neighbor, Iraq.
Another virulent mouthpiece of hatred directed against Israel is Egypt. It received about $13 billion over the past decade. Other Gulf states such as the United Arab Republics, Qutar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Jordan, and even Yemen, have received an aggregate of another $11 billion. Mind you, these are, with the exception of Egypt and the last two, oil-rich states.
So, all this talk about how America's "support" of Israel is the "cause" of the attack on this nation is largely without merit because it ignores the fact that much of our support in that region of the world has been directed to its enemies.
How do some American Muslims feel about this? "We support the president's strategic campaign to combat terrorism and to protect American citizens from attack. American Muslims have stated clearly that the horrific attacks of September 11th warrant an appropriate response aimed at the perpetrators." So said the Council on American-Islamic Relations, on September 8th. That is good news.
The theological meaning of the rebirth of Israel in 1948 is up for various interpretations, but it is no light matter. Indeed, the Muslims take it so seriously that they have launched themselves upon a holy war to lay claim to Jerusalem and all of the State of Israel, despite the fact that Mohammed never stepped foot there and the city is never mentioned in the Koran. Their holy cities are Mecca and Medina. Islam understands that the very existence of Israel threatens the validity of their faith.
Here are some facts regarding the history of Israel that rather compellingly spell out the truths and the lies being spoken these days.
I said to my friend that, yes, there will always be an Israel because the Jews who are there today have passed through the fires of the Holocaust in a fierce rite of purification. However, Judaism exists today because of its Diaspora, those who lived outside Israel, not because there is a nation of Israel. Israel lives because Judaism has been preserved in the lives of Jews who often paid for it with their lives.
So let nations will take up arms against nations. It is not the end of days, though historians centuries hence may mark it as the beginning of the end of Islam. It must be a new beginning for Western civilization and the modern era. It will be reborn in blood and sacrifice, courage and commitment, and in faith.
Alan Caruba writes a weekly column, "Warning Signs", posted on the Internet site of The National Anxiety Center . Copyright, Alan Caruba, 2001 All rights reserved.
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