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Even Our Enemies Sing Our Praises

Wednesday, November 26th, 2003

At the genesis of our history, we encountered the heathen prophet, Bilaam, who was bent upon cursing our people. But despite himself, G-d placed blessings on his lips, and to this very day, we repeat those blessings in our prayers. Many centuries have passed since Bilaam spoke, but alas, evil people remain – people who are determined to curse us. But like Bilaam of old, despite themselves, they sing our praises. So it was when Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir, one of the third world’s most popular statesmen, addressed the leaders of 57 Islamic nations at a conference that he was hosting.

Incensed at the Jews, he spewed forth venom in an anti-Semitic diatribe, and many good people felt offended, but listen carefully to his words and you will see that, even as Bilaam, he too sang our praise. And if anyone should take offense, it is his own people – the Moslems, for it was they whom he insulted. Just listen to his words: “For well over half a century, we have fought over Palestine, and what have we achieved? Nothing! We are worse off today than ever before. If we had paused to think, then we could have devised a plan, a strategy that could have won us our final victory.”

Are you implying, Mr. Prime Minister, that your people do not know how to think? Please do not be so harsh on them. Many world leaders who came before you have tried to destroy us, from Pharaoh to Hitler, and they were smart, but nevertheless they all failed. Nor should you blame your people for lack of strategy. They, as those who preceded them, schemed many schemes, but all to naught. You had the greatest military strategists helping you, from the Nazis to the Russians. Your plan was to drive us into the sea. Logically, it seemed like an easy goal to attain. After all, how can a minuscule nation prevail against over a billion Arabs?

Logically, your plans were correct, but you see, Mr. Prime Minister, there is nothing logical about our history. More powerful men than you have discovered this. But again, please don’t feel too badly. It’s not because (as you stated) your people lack smarts. Brainy men and mighty nations have tried to annihilate us, and they all failed. The secret to our invincibility is simple. At Sinai we sealed a covenant with G-d. We swore to live by His Torah…to be witnesses to His presence, and because of that, His guiding Hand is manifest in our history. Our prophets assured us that we “need not fear sudden terror or the holocaust of the wicked for they may plan a conspiracy and it will be annulled….for G-d is with us” (Isaiah).

In your address you stated that it is preposterous that 1.3 billion Moslems should be defeated by a few million Jews. “There must be a way! We are actually very strong. One point three billion people cannot simply be wiped out.”

Allow me to put your mind at ease. We Jews have no intention of wiping out your people. It’s not our style. We are a nation that has always sacrificed for peace, so if your people are hemorrhaging, you must search for the murderers within your camp. May I suggest that you begin with the slaughters that have taken place: Iraq, Syria, Jordan - yes, Jordan, where those poor Palestinians that you are so concerned about were massacred. Remember Black September?

And how about those who died in the Iran-Iraq war in which more than a million were killed. And what about the bloody slaughters that take place throughout the Moslem world – the “honor killing” of women, public decapitation, the chopping off of limbs. I could go on and on, but you, Mr. Prime Minister know the history of your people better than I. So let me assure you – We are not in the killing business. We are not interested in wiping you out.

“The Europeans,” you went on to say, “killed six million Jews out of 12 million, but today, the Jews rule the world by proxy, and they get others to fight for them. We are up against a people who think, who survived 2,000 years of pogroms, not by hitting back, but by thinking”. And then you go on to enumerate our crimes against the world: “The Jews invented and successfully promoted socialism, communism, human rights, and democracy…. With these, the Jews have now gained control of the most powerful countries and this tiny community has become a world power. We cannot fight them through brawn alone, we must use our brains also.”

Listen to your own words, Mr. Prime Minister, and absorb them….And I invite every anti-Semite to listen along with you. Much of what you said is true. The Europeans did destroy six million of our people, and yes, they could not destroy us, and yes, with the help of G-d, we are stronger today than ever before. And yes, by the grace of G-d, we have returned to our land and rebuilt our cities; we planted forests and vineyards - and all this after an absence of almost 2,000 years. There is no parallel to this in the annals of mankind but it was not by our “thinking” that we accomplished all this, but by our faith.

You further erred when you said that the nations did battle for us. No nation has ever fought for us, but the nation that you vilify and hate, the United States, did fight for your Moslem people. Have you already forgotten Bosnia, Kosavo, Kuwait? And here again, there are many more examples – but you know your own history better than I.

As for our having invented human rights and democracy – yes, it is true that we taught mankind the meaning of freedom and justice, and we are proud of it. But more importantly, we gave mankind the greatest gift of all - the Word of G-d.

Our Bible has been translated into every language and is the basis of all religions. Christianity and your own Moslem faith are totally indebted to us. So, in response to your question as to why over a billion Arabs (no matter how hard they try) cannot overcome a few million Jews….the answer is simple. There is a Divine destiny that guides our lives.

Pro-Israel Pundit Under Fire

Wednesday, July 11th, 2001
Syndicated columnist Cal Thomas, whose work has previously been praised by the Monitor, has run afoul of an American-Muslim organization that is demanding his column be dropped for what the group calls his “racist and quasi-genocidal” views.This is not the first time Thomas has faced intense criticism from Arab organizations outraged by his unflinchingly pro-Israel positions, but his column of June 6, in which he advocated a large-scale removal of Palestinians from Israel, threatened to ignite a firestorm.

“It should now be clear,” Thomas wrote, “that Israel cannot tolerate a huge Arab population within its borders, so a political decision must be made. Most Arabs and Palestinians appear to be nonviolent but it can be difficult to tell the difference….Israel should declare its intention to transfer large numbers of its Palestinian residents to Arab nations.”

For those whose delicate sensibilities recoil at the notion of transfer, Thomas explained that “it sounds radical until one considers that is precisely what Kuwait and Saudi Arabia have done.

“After the Palestinians assisted Saddam Hussein in Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait during the Gulf War (which Arafat cheered while calling on Hussein to shell Israel), Kuwait forcibly evicted and transferred to Jordan about 300,000 Palestinians, labeling them as traitors and a fifth column.

“Saudi Arabia also recognized Arafat’s betrayal of their Kuwaiti hosts by transferring about 350,000 Palestinians to Jordan.”

And Thomas reminded readers of what happened in 1970, when the PLO “tried to overthrow King Hussein of Jordan. Hussein killed thousands and drove Arafat and his Palestinians into Lebanon. Arafat, who had broken numerous agreements by then, began a 12-year reign of terror against Christian and Muslim Lebanese. More than 100,000 Lebanese were murdered, raped and tortured by Arafat’s Palestinians.”In a letter to Thomas’s syndicator, Tribune Media Services (TMS), Ibrahim Hooper of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) charged that Thomas’s views “would be more at home in the Nazi-era publication Der Sturmer than in newspapers subscribing to Tribune Media Services.”

Hooper wondered whether “Mr. Thomas will next recommend avoiding the costs and drain on resources associated with the elimination of a racial minority by instead setting up cheap and efficient extermination centers. After all, it seems Thomas believes Palestinians are a genetically inferior stock that must be prevented from polluting Israel’s racial and religious purity.”

Hooper called on TMS to immediately drop Thomas’s column and apologize for its distribution of what Hooper characterized as Thomas’s “fascistic” views.

Cal Thomas, ironically, happens to be exactly the kind of person the Anti-Defamation League and other secular Jewish organizations are always warning us against: a politically conservative white evangelical Christian. (Thomas at one time even served as vice president of – cover the children’s eyes – Jerry Falwell’s Moral Majority, an organization that came under relentless demonization by Jewish liberals throughout the 1980′s.)

But Thomas has repeatedly demonstrated the very fearlessness in defending Israel and attacking its adversaries that American Jewish leaders so desperately lack.

In a televised discussion a few years back on whether Arafat should be invited to visit the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, Thomas minced no words. Arafat, he said, “doesn’t need to go to the Holocaust Museum to find out what it’s all about. He knows what it’s all about, and this is part of the difficulty….Yasir Arafat is one of the most evil men on the world’s stage today.”

Still need insight into what makes Thomas tick? Asked once on C-Span’s “Booknotes” to describe what makes him happiest, Thomas listed just a few things – among them hearing from people “who thank me for standing for Israel and the Jewish people and against anti-Semitism.”

Jason Maoz can be reached at jmaoz@jewishpress.com

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