web analytics
November 1, 2014 / 8 Heshvan, 5775
At a Glance
InDepth
Sponsored Post
Meir Panim with Soldiers 5774 Roundup: Year of Relief and Service for Israel’s Needy

Meir Panim implements programs that serve Israel’s neediest populations with respect and dignity. Meir Panim also coordinated care packages for families in the South during the Gaza War.



Home » InDepth » Op-Eds »

A World Gone Mad


Another horrific terrorist attack is perpetrated in Israel and we knew what to expect. A statement of outrage and condemnation from the White House, regrets from the Palestinian Authority, and from the UN a call for all sides to exercise restraint and remain committed to the (non-existent) “peace process.”

In short, yet another exercise in futility if ever there was one.

Last Thursday, while the Dow was losing another 419 points and world financial markets continued their volatile gyrations, the Obama administration, through Secretary of State Clinton, finally issued its long overdue call for Syrian dictator Bashar Assad to step aside for massacring his own people. Lost in the news cycle was the brazen series of attacks that led to the death of eight innocent Israelis, with dozens injured, near Eilat.

Further obscured were the half-hearted condemnations and perfunctory condolences from distracted world capitals.

In fact, the international community, by its continuous failure to distinguish right from wrong and its unwillingness to side with good over evil, bears culpability for this renewed cycle of violence.

When the Fogels (two parents and three of their children) were slaughtered by bloodthirsty terrorists earlier this year, their “capital crime” was peacefully living in the settlement of Itamar. But as was clear to any levelheaded person – and as should have become even clearer following last week’s attack in Eilat – the fact that the Fogels lived in a settlement outside an imaginary colored line was merely a pretext for their brutal slaughter.

It would have made no difference had they resided in Jerusalem, Paris or on the Brooklyn Bridge. Jewish blood has always been cheap. The Fogels were murdered for being Jewish. Geography and generation were minor factors.

The terrorist attack last week against innocent civilians in an indisputably Jewish area was fueled, as these attacks always are, by the hatred of Jews that permeates Arab and Muslim media. The heinous rhetoric broadcast throughout the Arab and Muslim world – which due to lack of any protest appears to be condoned even by moderate Arab and Muslim leaders – inevitably cheapens Jewish life and leads to the murder of innocent victims. No peace talks, bilateral accords, or unilateral disengagements can alter this unfortunate and undeniable truth.

Some things in the world are black and white with no shades of gray. The wanton murder and maiming of innocent bus-riding civilians is pure and unadulterated evil. Those who issue shallow and feeble condemnations, qualified by equivocations and rationalizations, are guilty of facilitating this evil.

Equally guilty of enabling this evil are intellectuals who subtly equate the murder of innocent civilians with the accidental deaths of innocent children intentionally used by cowards as human shields.

Instead of feckless and empty statements of outrage, condemnation, and regret, it would behoove the powers that be – who readily condemn Israel for every perceived building violation – to apply their indignation to the root causes of Arab and Islamic fanaticism.

Our leaders might better focus their efforts and leverage on Damascus, Tehran and Riyadh, where state-sanctioned madrasas teach young and impressionable children to hate Jews, Israel, non-Muslims, and the “West” in general and where terrorist training camps assist the graduates of these madrasas in taking their hatred to the next level.

While the Arab and Muslim street continues its march to self-implosion, be it in Tripoli, Islamabad or Cairo, it is Israel that continues to light the way with ingenuity, hope, and kindness. While the extremists murder, burn, and riot, Israel is an acknowledged world leader in setting up field hospitals, surgeons and search teams around the world whenever and wherever calamity strikes.

Is there any doubt as to what the Palestinian Authority has in store for Israelis come September as its push for Palestinian statehood commences at the UN? If history is any guide, the Arab Spring will be a walk in the park compared to the planned “non-violent” inferno headed Israel’s way.

So as Jews once again bury their dead and fathers and mothers pace the halls of Israeli trauma centers and hospitals worried over severely injured loved ones, leaders of civilized nations must know that all of humanity, not just Jews, have been betrayed by the false message of moral equivalence, as well as by moral ambivalence.

About the Author: Chaskel Bennett is a writer, respected activist and member of the Board of Trustees of Agudath Israel of America. He can be contacted at chaskelbennett@gmail.com.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

No Responses to “A World Gone Mad”

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
Yehudah Glick on the Temple Mount.
Yehuda Glick’s Condition Stabilizing, “He Was Very Lucky” (1:00 PM)
Latest Indepth Stories
Which glass has the poison?

The White House wanted to defame Netanyahu, undermine his reputation, impugn him & his policies

Adolf Hitler and the representative of the Palestinian Arabs, the Mufti of Jerusalem, Amin al-Husseini, December, 1941.

Palestinian anti-Semitism in 2014 is more extreme and mainstream than German A/S in the 1930s.

Sheldon Silver

Woven deeply through it all is the Jewish obligation to fight injustice.

Cravatts-Richard--new

Only in the inverted world of academia would Jewish professors denounce the AMCHA Initiative report.

Many poskim were and are adamant about the responsibility of every individual to vote.

Individuals who may have been abused are the “clients” in need and receiving care and protection.

An accomplished Torah scholar and ardent adherent of Bobov chassidus, he was renowned for his self-effacing dedication and skills as an international lawyer and law professor

The fact that the United States government after World War II sought to take advantage of the expertise of German scientists, even those known to have contributed to the Nazi war effort, is well known and largely accepted as having been necessary for America’s national defense. (Wernher von Braun is perhaps the most famous and […]

The New York State comptroller manages the state’s $180.7 billion pension fund, audits the spending practices of all state agencies and local governments, oversees the New York State and Local Retirement System, reviews the New York State and City budgets, and approves billions in State contracts and spending.

Rabinovich is the author of several popular books on Israel’s wars, including The Battle for Jerusalem, The Yom Kippur War, and The Boats of Cherbourg.

To say he was beloved because of the way he loved his students does not sufficiently capture the reality.

The birth I speak about is to give birth to ourselves, to our full potential.

The extreme hypocrisy, contempt & vulgarity of the attacks indicate more than a policy disagreement

More Articles from Chaskel Bennett
Bennett-071312

A watershed moment took place in Brooklyn last month on primary night. Those who care about private school education should sit up and take notice.

Bennett-042012

The recent shooting of four police officers in the normally tranquil Sheepshead Bay neighborhood of Brooklyn (bringing the total to eight cops shot so far this year) has confirmed a dangerous double standard that threatens the safety of police officers and all New Yorkers throughout New York. It must be confronted.

Another horrific terrorist attack is perpetrated in Israel and we knew what to expect. A statement of outrage and condemnation from the White House, regrets from the Palestinian Authority, and from the UN a call for all sides to exercise restraint and remain committed to the (non-existent) “peace process.”

In short, yet another exercise in futility if ever there was one.

As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu finally left the U.S. after a week of exhausting, and surprising, diplomatic highs and lows, a number of unsettling questions were left in his wake.

High praise and gratitude are due Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly and the NYPD’s intelligence Division for their extraordinary work in again uncovering and preventing a plot by Muslim fanatics to unleash terror against religious targets.

Last week’s historic “shellacking” suffered by the Democrats was a stark and humbling reminder to all elected officials of whatever party that they serve at the will of their constituents.

As millions of gallons of oil continue to leak into the waters of the Gulf of Mexico, the impatience and helplessness of Americans continue to grow. Never before has such a significant issue relating to our country’s environmental health been at the mercy of a faulty valve. This unprecedented experience has humbled engineers, scientists and bureaucrats alike.

After months of uncharacteristic silence, New York’s senior senator, Charles Schumer, finally voiced his concerns – and it could not have come at a more crucial time for American-Israeli relations.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/opinions/a-world-gone-mad/2011/08/24/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: