Sunday, November 29, 2015

As I see it: Time to change the narrative - Opinion - Jerusalem Post

As I see it: Time to change the narrative - Opinion - Jerusalem Post: "On his trip to Israel this week, Kerry carefully tried to walk back his egregious double standard.

He lamented the death of Ezra Schwartz and said “no frustration, politics, ideology, or emotion, justifies taking innocent lives.”

Yet in adding “too many Israelis have been killed and stabbed, and too many Palestinians,” he still couldn’t stop himself equating the fate of Jewish victims and that of their killers, thus downgrading attacks on Jews and sanitizing their attackers.

After Paris, the hope was expressed in Israel that now the west would recognize Israel was suffering from the same war of conquest and extermination. Unfortunately, however, the more obvious this becomes the more viciously the West will seek to defend its delusion.

The need to change the narrative has never been more urgent. In a recent interview with Channel 10, Abbas admitted publicly for the first time that in 2008 he flatly rejected an offer of statehood from Israel that would have given him control of almost all the West Bank and a share of Jerusalem, as well as Gaza. In other words, he wants Israel gone.

For various reasons, however, Israel has chosen not to educate the world in certain basic truths: that this is not a fight over two states but a struggle to prevent the Arab extermination of Israel; that Palestinian identity was created solely to achieve that murderous aim; and that Israel’s ostensible Western allies are complicit in that project by falsely denying the legality of Israel’s actions and sanitizing and incentivizing Palestinian rejectionism.

It is the West’s tragedy that it doesn’t understand it is up against exactly the same Islamic death cult that has attacked the Jews in the Holy Land for almost a century. It will never understand this unless these basic truths now start to be told.

Melanie Phillips is a columnist for The Times (UK)."

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