The strong desire to see Israel disappear from the map is not a new concept. Going back to some of the biblical text like Psalm 83:4 where Israel’s enemies say:” Come, and let us wipe them out as a nation, that the name of Israel be remembered no more.”
- Number of Arab members of the Knesset since its inception in 1949: 69 (Number of Israelis in any Arab Government: 0)
- Israelis help Palestinians receive proper health care on an individual level as well as institutional level.
- The Knesset passed and proudly upholds the “Basic Law of Human Dignity and Liberty”, the most democratic set of laws in the Middle East.
- Inmates in Israeli prisons are treated like “residents” with much respect and freedoms within the boundaries of their respective facilities. This is hardly the case for other Arab countries.
- Israel passed the Women’s Equal Rights Law in 1951 and has since then been a pioneer in the realm of women’s rights. You can’t say that about any Arab or Muslim country in the region.
It’s like 1975 all over again, when the Spanish dictator Francisco Franco fell into a coma. The news media began a long death watch, announcing each night that Generalissimo Franco was still not dead. This desperate allegiance to the departed echoes in every speech, policy brief and op-ed about the two-state solution today.
He continues to deligitimize Israel by comparing her doomed existence and imminent disappearance to that of other totalitarian regimes (the opposite of what Israel is really about):
Those who assume that Israel will always exist as a Zionist project should consider how quickly the Soviet, Pahlavi Iranian, apartheid South African, Baathist Iraqi and Yugoslavian states unraveled, and how little warning even sharp-eyed observers had that such transformations were imminent.
Not satisfied with the deligitimization of the Jewish State, Mr. Lustick also embraces the quixotic idea that Israel should let go of their nuclear arsenal in good faith so that the rest of the Middle East would follow suit with their weapons of mass destruction:
Negotiating with Arabs and Palestinians based on satisfying their key political requirements, rather than on maximizing Israeli prerogatives, might yield more security and legitimacy. Perhaps publicly acknowledging Israeli mistakes and responsibility for the suffering of Palestinians would enable the Arab side to accept less than what it imagines as full justice. And perhaps Israel’s potent but essentially unusable nuclear weapons arsenal could be sacrificed for a verified and strictly enforced W.M.D.-free zone in the Middle East.
I actually do not believe that Mr. Lustick would be that oblivious to the truth. While I do not know him personally, reading his most recent article goes to prove that fact finding was very low on his priority list, if even present! In my eyes, his display of anti-Israel sentiment is nothing less than academic antisemitism, which is an unfortunate form of Jew hatred that is blindly accepted by the masses on the false premise of education and expertise.
The fact that the New York Times saw value in publishing such an insulting and potentially lethal article doesn’t surprise me and neither does the fact that Mr. Lustick took the time to write it. What saddens me is that most readers will probably swallow that piece hook, line and sinker and further demonize Israel.
While I do not endorse every move made by the Israeli government, Zionism is here to stay not only because it is relevant but also because it is tantamount to Israel’s survival. But first and foremost, it is because of God’s covenant with Abraham that Israel continues to exist against all odds. Israel’s existence defies human logic. This was eloquently stated by Mark Twain when he said:
If the statistics are right, the Jews constitute but one percent of the human race. It suggests a nebulous dim puff of stardust lost in the blaze of the Milky Way. Properly, the Jew ought hardly to be heard of; but he is heard of, has always been heard of. He is as prominent on the planet as any other people… His contributions to the world’s list of great names in literature, science, art, music, finance, medicine, and abstruse learning are also way out of proportion to the weakness of his numbers. He has made a marvelous fight in the world, in all the ages; and has done it with his hands tied behind him. The Egyptian, the Babylonian, and the Persian rose, filled the planet with sound and splendor, then faded to dream-stuff and passed away; the Greek and the Roman followed, and made a vast noise, and they are gone; other peoples have sprung up and held their torch high for a time, but it burned out, and they sit in twilight now, or have vanished…All things are mortal but the Jew; all other forces pass, but he remains. What is the secret of his immortality?
Under reactions, I would have checked scary were it not for the fact that WE KNOW the secret of the immortality of Israel and her people–it is according to God’s unchangeable plan. His word tells us to be aware of the signs of the times so one can’t help but wonder, when looking at those current signs, whether that plan is about to come to fruition. Whenever that may be–are we/you ready? Jer. 29:11 and 2 Chr. 7:14