who cares what other people think…

Some things never change. Way back when David Ben Gurion said something to the effect…”What matters is not what the goyim say, but what the Jews do.” So it was then,  and so, to a great degree, it is today. If he and others had listened there would have been no State, no Six Day War, no Entebbe Raid, no Iraq nuclear attack etc. Which mean that although the Gentile world may mean well, albeit from their broader global interests, ultimately the Israelis will decide what is best for them, unfortunately often after they have tried a few other options….

Yair Lapid: We tend to feel, instinctively, that in any struggle or conflict the weaker side is also right. That is not the case here. The weaker side of this conflict fired 12,000 missiles on innocent civilians, using women and children as human shields, twisted Islam into a religion of bloodshed and horror, and at the very same time is cynically misusing western freedom of speech in order to portray itself in the media as the victim;…

— Ignoring what non-Israelis think is anyway a venerable Israeli tradition, encapsulated in the oft-quoted aphorism by the country’s founding father and first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion: “It doesn’t matter what the goyim say; it matters what the Jews do.” Nor is this attitude without reason. If, for instance, Israel had listened to the naysayers in 1948, the state would never have been established. Similarly, heeding global denunciations of Israel’s counterterrorism efforts would cost countless Israeli lives.—Read More:http://www.commentarymagazine.com/article/ransoming-gilad-shalit/

…The stronger side of this same conflict is a democracy that has been bleeding for years from unprovoked terror attacks , that has already vacated the Gaza strip more then 7 years ago, and that is supplying it’s enemy even now with electricity, medicine, water and humanitarian aid and is going out of it’s way – including jeopardizing it’s own soldiers – in an effort to save the lives of the very same Palestinian citizens the Hamas seems so eager to sacrifice in the name of Allah.


The official Hamas Charter, written in August 1988, says:

“Israel exists and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it has obliterated others before it”
“There is no solution for the Palestinian question except through Jihad. Initiatives, proposals, and international conferences are all a waste of time and vain endeavors.”…

—The Israeli government’s Nature and Parks Authority has embarked on a plan, entitled ”They See Not, Nor Know 2012,” to demolish Palestinian structures in East Jerusalem under the guise of establishing a national park.
More than anything else, the name of the plan drew attention. The phrase “They See Not, Nor Know” appears twice in the Bible and “it is used to denounce pagans and people who did not recognize the God of Israel,” reports Haaretz.
But many see it as coyly targeting Palestinians and note that the name is only one part of a larger story of Israel setting up parks on top of Arab-owned land and structures in East Jerusalem.
“The name means only one thing,” said Jerusalem city council member Meir Margalit (Meretz), “which is that the Palestinians won’t know where it’s coming from or how it hit them. There’s no other way to read it and it’s impossible to whitewash it with polite words.—Read More:http://news.antiwar.com/2012/11/13/israels-parks-authority-moves-to-demolish-palestinian-structures-in-east-jerusalem/

Hamas’ charter is itself an official declaration of war, and all who join Hamas are automatically the sworn enemies of Israel. Read More:http://myrightword.blogspot.ca/search?updated-min=2012-01-01T00:00:00%2B02:00&updated-max=2013-01-01T00:00:00%2B02:00&max-results=50

“… We can forgive the Arabs for killing our children. We cannot forgive them for forcing us to kill their children…. We will only have peace with the Arabs when they love their children more than they hate us.”
Golda Meir, former Israeli Prime Minister, 1972—Image:http://mentalblog.com/2006/01/arik-sharon.html

(see link at end)…Thomas Friedman: Finally, we really have work to do at home. Soon Americans will be asked to pay more taxes for less government. It’s coming. It will not make us isolationists, but it will change our mood and make us much pickier about where we’ll get involved.

means only a radical change by Palestinians or Israelis will get us to fully re-engage.

The other day, in an interview with Israel’s Channel 2, President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority declared: “Palestine for me is the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as the capital. This is Palestine. I am a refugee. I live in Ramallah. The West Bank and Gaza is Palestine. Everything else is Israel.”

This was a big signal, but Bibi scorned it. The Israeli novelist David Grossman wrote an open letter to Netanyahu in Haaretz, taking him to task: “This is a bit embarrassing, but I will remind you, Mr. Netanyahu, that you were elected to lead Israel precisely in order to discern these rare hints of opportunity, in order to transform them into a possible lever to extricate your country from the impasse in which it has been stuck for decades.”

So my best advice to Israelis is: Focus on your own election — on Jan. 22 — not ours. I find it very sad that in a country with so much human talent, the Israeli center and left still can’t agree on a national figure who could run against Netanyahu and his thuggish partner, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman — a man whose commitment to democracy is closer to Vladimir Putin’s than Thomas Jefferson’s. Don’t count on America to ride to the rescue. It has to start with you.

My president is busy. Read More:http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/11/opinion/sunday/friedman-president-obama-is-busy.html?smid=fb-share&_r=1&

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