Just what is Israel up to?

On Monday, May 31, 2010, I awakened in my hotel room in Paris to the news that Israeli commandos had attacked a peaceful ship in international waters on its way to Gaza with humanitarian aid.  Several Palestinian aid workers onboard the ship were killed.  No one on the ship had arms.  They were simply gunned down for resisting.  I switched between French and English channels, including the BBC and CNN and the story was uniform.  One of the segments included a rather pathetic response from an Israeli spokesman saying that the workers on the ship had attacked the commandos with pipes and sticks.  But pipes and sticks against guns? The whole world was in an uproar.

I boarded my plane and flew back to Dulles airport in Washington, D.C. and a few hours later I was tuning into the CBS Evening News, which led with the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and then turned to the same Israeli story.  But there was a big difference.  CBS showed the actual footage of Israeli commandos rappelling to the decks of the ship one by one and the Palestinian men onboard surrounding them and attempting to beat them to death.  It was chilling.  What a difference the video made.

My relatives in Europe only saw those videos on YouTube a few days later.  And then finally, later, on television.  But even then, the television segment was not about the attacks on the Israeli commandos attempting to board and inspect the ship, rather on how the Israel government was allegedly promoting doctored and edited videos on YouTube.  I guess the European media was inconvenienced by these first hand online reports that were spreading across the internet and they had to offer an explanation.

This is not an easy story to understand.  And its handling by the media is even more complex.  The fact is that Gaza is being used by the Hamas terrorist organization to launch indiscriminate rocket attacks against civilians in Israel.  Iran and other terrorist states are feeding the rockets and weapons to Gaza using just such innocent “humanitarian” aid ships as the one in this story.

Israel is not the only neighbor dealing with terrorism from Gaza.  Egypt, a bordering Islamic nation has its own strict embargo in force, controlling what goes in and out of the country, trying to keep the weapons from pouring in and threatening the whole region.  Meanwhile, Palestinians in Gaza are defying their Islamic brothers, tunneling under the border to smuggle in rockets and other weapons.

The fact that this story was obscured and selectively reported by the European media is a reflection of the growing political power of radical Islam.  The media in Europe doesn’t want to make any enemies.  And they aren’t the only ones intimidated.  Our own American media regularly reports wars in Africa and troubles in Asia, stripping the stories clean of any socio-cultural-religious references, leaving their audiences puzzled over the causes of these wars or acts of terror.  It is all a sacrifice of information at the altar of political correctness.

Many times in the past generation, American and European youth have studied the story of the Holocaust and wondered at the naiveté and impotence of those who stood by while events unfolded.  Most thought smugly that they would have resisted the absurdity and cruelty of anti-Semitism.  They would have written letters to the editors, stood up to bigoted teachers, spoken the truth without shame, hidden runaway Jews in their walls.  But now that a fresh wave of anti-Semitism is sweeping across the world these same youth, now in power in the editorial rooms and in the halls of government, have their answer.

Why didn’t people stand up?

Because they were afraid.  Cowards.  Just like you.  Just like the politicians and media moguls across Europe, Asia and North America.

There is another nagging curiosity about the Holocaust.  Why were so many of the Jews, themselves, dismissive of the eyewitness accounts and even documentation of their own brothers and sisters?  How could they expect distant governments to believe what their own community leaders denied was happening right under their own eyes?  Why, especially, were the Hungarian Jews, so late in the war, so easily herded along to their deaths?

Because they were in denial, unwilling to believe something so wrong.  Ignorant.  Just like you.  Just like the politicians and media moguls and columnist and television personalities across Europe, Asia and North America.  And because they have invested time and money with the wrong people.  Some American Jews would vote for a re-incarnation of Hitler if he were a liberal-Democrat.

Do the Palestinians have a legitimate cause?  Absolutely.  They should have their own land and the promise of living in peace with security.  But the publicly avowed, extermination of an ethnic group cannot be an acceptable part of their cause.  Nor can the public and official affirmation of terror as an instrument of government policy.  Do you want your child blown to pieces on a bus to help the Palestinians get attention?

How would the United States react, or France or the UK, if a people publicly vowed their destruction and systematically shelled their civilian population, killing innocent families at random and were now sending a “humanitarian” ship to their shores?  They just might want to board such a ship and inspect for themselves.

Now we can understand a little bit better the absurd disconnect of the Nazi years?  Where are the worldwide “peace” demonstrations over the North Korean unprovoked sinking of a South Korean ship with great loss of life?  Yet they protest Israeli’s boarding a ship to inspect cargo headed for Gaza, where the government openly sponsors terrorism and brags about it?

If you’ve ever read about those Nazi years, and stopped in the middle of your book and put it down and asked those bewildering questions, how could they?  What were they thinking?  Where was the logic?

Well, now you know.

Published by Doug Wead

Doug Wead is a New York Times bestselling author whose latest book, Game of Thorns, is about the Trump-Clinton 2016 election. He served as an adviser to two American presidents and was a special assistant to the president in the George H.W. Bush White House.

7 thoughts on “Just what is Israel up to?

  1. Ignorant, just like you!

    Powerful statement!

    Do the Palestinians have a legitimate cause? Absolutely. They should have their own land and the promise of living in peace with security. But the publicly avowed, extermination of an ethnic group cannot be an acceptable part of their cause. Nor can the public and official affirmation of terror as an instrument of government policy.

    I think before you accuse others of ignorance, you might want to let the numbers speak for themselves:

    124 Israeli children have been killed by Palestinians and 1,441 Palestinian children have been killed by Israelis since – September 2000!
    1,072 Israelis vs. at least 6,348 Palestinians have been killed since September 2000 !
    8,864 Israelis vs. 39,019 Palestinians have been injured during the same period.
    One Israeli is being held prisoner by Palestinians, while 7,383 Palestinians are currently imprisoned by Israel. Many of home are women and children!
    ZERO Israeli homes have been demolished by Palestinians and 24,145 Palestinian homes have been demolished by the NaZionist government .
    Israel currently has 223 Jewish-only settlements and ‘outposts’ built on confiscated Palestinian land. Palestinians have ZERO settlements. As a matter of fact, they are not even allowed to build. Period!


    1. ATW, ahhh, well said, well said. And I assume you would stand against Hamas and proclaim Israel’s right to exist? Would you be going against your family if you did so? Your friends? Your religion? I wonder…I wonder….

  2. Eerie comparisons here. But much truth. People on all sides of issues are afraid to express themselves. If you offend some you can expect political pressures or being ostracized or economic boycott but from others you can expect death. I think that is the difference. See, even I am afraid to just tell it like it is. How much more intimidated the television networks must be.

  3. Pointing out that Israel has sustained less casualties of war does not prove that the Palestinians are not provocateurs and makes about as much sense at pointing out casualty statistics of WWII.

    WWII Deaths
    Germany- 5,533,000
    United States- 416,800

    Yup, Germany was defiantly the victim. Bad USA.

    Hamas is a repugnant group that uses villainous tactics to attack Israel. They are backed by all the bad actors in the region, and are responsible for the wanton killings of the innocent. They continually try to bait Israel into engagement using despicable tactics, like hiding in schools.
    This same tactic was used with the flotilla incident. They masquerade them selves as relief workers trying to lure the Israeli military into conflict for propaganda reasons.

    Yet Israel is the instigator???

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