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A Nation That Stands Alone?

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For the past five weeks – through kidnappings and murders, through the rockets and the incursion and the mounting deaths of Israeli soldiers – I’ve too often ignored my own good advice: Don’t get swallowed into the vortex of online comments.

Even in good times it is best to avoid the often mind-draining and hateful reader comments found at the end of Internet articles. And these are not good times. These are dangerous and sad times.

Facebook comments are a bit different – for one, everyone is identified as herself, and second, comments are usually left by people you know or who are within a degree or two of separation.

And so I’ve recently engaged in a number of “dialogues” through comments on Facebook posts.

In one such post I linked to an article on Times of Israel by David Horovitz which, in essential part, said:

 

Israelis are not perfect, our leaders are not perfect, and not all of their policies are always wise. But at the most basic level, our hearts are most emphatically in the right place. Most fundamentally of all, we want to live. And we want those around us to live – those, that is, who do not rise up to kill us.

 

I was challenged, in the comments under this link, that “claims of moral supremacy [don’t] promote self-reflection, and such claims can be dangerous for the coming days.”

I soon saw similar warnings against taking (or boasting of taking) the moral high ground as “unproductive,” “juvenile,” and “pointless.”

One Jewish Facebook poster wrote, “Celebrating our differences isn’t the way to a solution.”

I have a feeling that many of these comments were in reaction not only to editorials and other posters promoting Israel’s moral superiority but particularly to Benjamin Netanyahu himself. For Netanyahu has often made such comparisons, notably after the killing of Muhammad Abu Khdeir.

“This is how we are different from our neighbors,” he said after the Shin Bet and police had arrested six Jews for the murder. “Their murderers are hailed as heroes and public squares are named in their honor.”

Indeed, what is the point, I started to wonder. To boast? To feel good? But the truth is that making this distinction is important for exactly the reason Netanyahu has said many times: to emphasize that Israel is engaged in an “asymmetrical conflict.”

Israel’s war against Hamas, and how Israel is engaging in it, is moral precisely because Hamas hails terrorists as heroes.

Noting Hamas’s moral depravity is not merely crowing, it’s making this point: Israel is fighting against a ruthless enemy that disregards the lives of its own civilians. Let everyone know that Palestinian society regularly glorifies terrorists as role models, naming streets, summer camps, schools, graduation ceremonies, and sporting events after them.

And then people should ask themselves, What can a country do against such an immoral enemy?

Israel’s morality is underscored by its unprecedented – and frequently unheralded – restraint and care for loss of life. The loss of Palestinian life stems from Hamas’s depravity.

Should the international media, government officials, and everyday people expend far more of their outrage on ISIS and its viciousness in Iraq and Syria, or the actions of the brutal Syrian government, or the dozens of other hot spots across the globe?

Sure they should, but that’s beside the point. Let them focus on innocent Arabs who have died in Gaza as long as they simultaneously focus on Hamas’s kidnapping of the nearly 2 million residents of Gaza as props in its war on humanity.

The other half of this coin is that Israel, aside from a few blemishes, has acted moral and principled since its founding, and continues to do so now.

About the Author: Shlomo Greenwald is associate editor of The Jewish Press.


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26 Responses to “A Nation That Stands Alone?”

  1. El Alber YB says:

    THINK SO, REST ARE ****ING SUICIDES.,.

  2. Rick Lutes says:

    “they are arab(sic) pretended(sic) to be jewish(sic)”

    OK now I have heard it all. Logic as tortured as the English.

  3. It doesn’t matter what Israelis are. And if Israel is a terrorist state, it is a successful state. Before your very eyes “Palestine” is disappearing as a failed terrorist state. It is dying and there will be no help.

  4. David Cohen says:

    Arabs are following the rules of their heroes, the Nazi’s. 1. Repeat a lie loud enough and often enough and people will believe it. 2. A big lie is more easily believed than a small lie.

  5. John Scala says:

    We’re used to it

  6. John Scala says:

    Thanks for the laugh of the day Ali!

  7. Sue Johnson says:

    Most Americans are pro-Israel. You are NOT alone.

  8. We love you Israel ! 100% support to Israel !

  9. No Israel does not stand alone , their are millions that love Israel and would give their life for her! The Governments of this world ; with their new world order do not represent the ppl!

  10. David Cohen…. A lie spreads around the world , While truth is putting on its boots !

  11. Oren Meldung says:

    our morality, restraint and care for loss of life are the exact reasons why hamas and their kind feel strengthened and empowered to keep fighting…

  12. Israel! You’ve got MANY Christian friends around the world, loving and praying for you!!

  13. stand alone but they have a big big God.

  14. Ari Riqu says:

    BETTER ALONE THAN IN BAD COMPANY, I WOULD SAY …

  15. No, David, in this case is not merely repeating lies but

  16. 3. Hire enough idiots and intellectual eunuchs, paying them with the money the hypocriicl UN theoretically send to relief the situation of refugees, but actually goes to Hamas et al, while the UN turn a blind eye to this fact.

  17. David Cohen says:

    No surprise there, Mercedes von Littzlippen. Germany’s treatment Jews drove us to Russia of all places during Catherine the Great’s reign. Germany’s history speaks for itself. Although I have met a few good Germans.

  18. Lani Pinay says:

    you are not alone ,we stand with Israel….long live Israel…

  19. David Cohen says:

    How dare you display a picture of Albert Einstein on your profile, Frau Doktor Littzlippen?

  20. Vonnie Gross says:

    Israel is surrounded on all sides with Arabs trying to kill them off for good.The Khomeini recently asked them to eradicate the Jews.WE should be next as infidels in his book.

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