Mr. Spock Brings Peace to the Middle-East

From the BBC and Best of the Web. Leonard Nimoy aka Mr. Spock has weighed in on his solution to the intractable problem of the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.

In an open letter published on the website of the non-governmental organisation, Americans for Peace Now, Mr Nimoy explains his support for a two-state solution.

He makes reference to his experience on the fictional Starship Enterprise to help express his views.

He characterises this as “a secure democratic Israel as the Jewish State alongside an independent Palestinian state”.

The 80-year-old actor argues that the two-state solution “is still critical in this region for both Israel and the Palestinian people“.

To illustrate his assertions that “the time for recriminations is over” and that “assigning blame over all priorities is self-defeating”, Mr Nimoy describes an early Star Trek episode entitled, Let That Be Your Last Battlefield.

“Two men, half black, half white, are the last survivors of their peoples who have been at war with each other for thousands of years, yet the Enterprise crew could find no differences separating these two raging men,” he says.

“But the antagonists were keenly aware of their differences – one man was white on the right side, the other was black on the right side. And they were prepared to battle to the death to defend the memory of their people who died from the atrocities committed by the other.”

The actor goes on that he does not mean “to belittle the very real issues that divide Israelis and Palestinians”. However, he says, the fictitious scenario shows that “myth can be a snare”.

That’s all very well and he has a point, but I wish he would explain all that to the Palestinians. They seem to be the ones most interested in assigning blame and keeping the conflict going. The conflict would be over if they would just admit that Israel has a right to exist and actually negotiate in good faith. Until that happens there is not going to be peace.

KISS’ Gene Simmons: Obama “Has No F***ing Idea What The World Is Like”

From Newbusters

I’ve never been a fan of KISS but maybe I should reconsider. Gene Simmons seems to have more of a clue than many in the entertainment industry.

GENE SIMMONS, KISS: President Obama, I voted for an idea. What I didn’t realize what I was getting was an idealist. If you’ve never been to the moon, you can’t issue policy about the moon. You have no f—king idea what it’s like on the moon. For a president to be sitting in Washington, D.C., and saying, “Go back to your 67 borders in Israel,” how about you live there and try to defend an indefensible border nine miles wide? On one side you’ve got hundreds of millions of people who hate your guts, on the other side you’ve got the Mediterranean. Unless you control, in Israel, unless you control those Golan Heights, it’s an indefensible position.

Will o’ the Wisp

If you go out into a swamp at night, you might see a strange flickering light, in the distance, the will o’ the wisp. This light recedes if approached, and according to folklore, if you follow it, it will lead you to the deepest parts of the swamp and leave you stuck in a quagmire.

U. S. Presidents have followed the will o’ the wisp, since at least Nixon. Each president has followed the ghostly light and wound up stuck in the mud. The reason for this is quite simple. In order to have peace, both sides must want peace, and the Muslims do not want a peace that includes the continued existence of Israel.

Now, Obama has decided to go into the swamp, in a particularly foolish and amateurish way. He has essentially taken the Palestinians’ side and demanded that Israel withdraw to its borders of 1967.

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama is endorsing the Palestinians’ demand for their future state to be based on the borders that existed before the 1967 Middle East war, in a move that will likely infuriate Israel. Israel says the borders of a Palestinian state have to be determined through negotiations.

In a speech outlining U.S. policy in the Middle East and North Africa, Obama on Thursday sided with the Palestinians’ opening position a day ahead of a visit to Washington by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

This is not going to work. Whatever anyone may think of the Arab-Israeli situation, the fact of the matter is that Israel will not withdraw to borders it considers indefensible, without some guarantee that the Palestinians will refrain from further attacks. Since the Palestinian leadership has repeatedly shown that they cannot be trusted to keep their word, there is just no way Israel can or will withdraw back to the 1967 borders, and no amount of bullying from the Obama administration can make them.

Also, by endorsing the Palestinians demands, he has placed the Palestinians in a bad position. They can’t back down or accept less than their first demands, even if they were interested in making concessions. I’m afraid Obama will be lost in the swamp now.

Nakba

Just as the Israelis recently celebrated the anniversary of the State of Israel, the Palestinians have been commemorating the Nakba, or “Disaster” of Israel’s founding in 1948. In a sense, they are absolutely right. The creation of Israel has been a disaster for the Middle East. Israel has served as a convenient scapegoat for Middle Eastern autocrats of all stripes to distract attention away from their corrupt, brutal, and incompetent rule. To paraphrase Voltaire, if Israel did not exist, it would be necessary to invent it.

This is why peace in the Middle East, at present, is impossible. If the Arabs and Jews learned to live together, or God forbid, Israel were actually destroyed, the dictators would have to begin to answer awkward questions about why this entire region is a backwater of poverty and ignorance. Every tyrant needs a Goldstein to keep people’s’ hatred focused away from him.

This also why those who suggest we appease the Arabs by abandoning Israel are so tragically and foolishly wrong. If they did not have Israel to use as a scapegoat, they would, and do, use the Great Satan, just as easily.

The Jews aren’t going anywhere. Whatever complaints the Palestinians might have about the founding of Israel, that is in the past. 5,700,00 Jews are not going to leave their homes and it is unlikely that the Arabs and Iranians will be able to destroy them. The only way that there will ever be in the Middle East would be for the Arab dictators to stop using the Palestinians as pawns, and that is not going to happen. As I have said before, pawns get sacrificed

Israel’s Independence Day

Today is Israel’s day of independence or Yom Ha’atzmaut. The day is celebrated on the Hebrew lunar calender, the fifth of Iyar,  so the date changes in the Gregorian calender. Anyway here’s the Israeli National Anthem.

I like Israel, even though I am not Jewish, mostly because it is the only decent country in the middle east

Yiddish Cell Phone Launches in Israel

From Yahoo News: Israel’s second largest cell phone service provider is introducing a cell phone with an interface in Yiddish. To be honest, I didn’t realize that there were any living speakers of Yiddish left. Apparently there are enough elderly Yiddish speakers and ultra-Orthodox to provide a market. These phones are “kosher” in that they do not have internet access or text messaging in order protect the user from temptation.

Suicidal Idiots

Vladimir Lenin is said to have referred to the well-meaning Western Liberals who uncritically supported the Soviet Union as “useful idiots”. Somehow these people managed not to see the tyranny and misery of Communism. If Western liberals were often useful idiots then these Israeli liberals are suicidal idiots. This article, which I learned about through Pajamas Media, tells of left-wing activists who met in front of the building where David Ben-Gurion declared Israeli independence in 1948, in order to welcome the independence of a Palestinian state.

Actress Hannah Maron read a statement which included:

We have gathered here today, on April 21, 2011, to welcome the expected declaration of independence of the Palestinian state, Israel’s neighbor, with our borders of independence – which came into being at the end of the War of Independence in 1949 – the borders known as the ’67 borders,” a document drawn up by the left-wing activists says.

“The independence of both states strengthens each other. It is a moral and existential need and the basis for the possibility of good neighborly relations.”

The document adds, “We call on the citizens of Israel, the Knesset, the government, citizens of the world and their governments to recognize two states, in which the right to self-definition must be expressed by

both peoples as well as the general principles of democracy and equality.”

How can these people not be aware that both the PLO and Hamas wish to destroy Israel? Are they really so ignorant, or they indeed suicidal?

Back during the Holocaust, were there Jews who insisted that their fellow Jews cooperate with the Nazi in their own extermination in order to have peace?

Pawns Are Sacrificed

I wish that the people who profess to be for peace in the Middle East and concern about the plight of the Palestinians would hold the Palestinians to the same standards of behavior as they do the Israelis. By this, I mean that every act of terrorism, violence and barbarism Hamas and the Palestinian Authority should be condemned without reservation, that calling for the destruction of Israel not be tolerated, and the  antisemitic propaganda taught to children and shown on their media be ended. If the people who claim to speak for world opinion and human rights would do this they would be doing both sides in that conflict a favor.

If it were made abundantly clear, that violence on the part of any Palestinian leaders would not be tolerated and that they have no choice but to learn to live with Israel, instead of the encouragement they now get, then perhaps those leaders might decide to try a different, less reprehensible strategy to get what they want. Or, failing that, perhaps the Palestinian people would work to choose new leaders. Maybe they might become more peaceful and develop their country instead of hating.

This won’t happen though. The tragedy of the Palestinians is that they are pawns, and pawns are sacrificed.