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Charley Reese is wrong on Israel – here’s why

November 20, 2007

I have enjoyed reading articles written by Charley Reese for a good number of years. I like his writing style. I also happen to agree with a good many of the positions he’s taken. However, I have more than a few problems with his most recent missive.

In an article published on Antiwar.com on Nov 17th, Mr. Reese made the argument that it is time to cut Israel off. He believes that “America’s strategic interests in the Middle East lie with the Arab countries” and that “Israel is a strategic and economic liability.” Although it may be expedient to look at the demographics of the region to determine strategic import, matters are a bit more complex. Had the US stuck with Jefferson’s policy of trade with all, alliance with none, the world would either be a lot safer, or under the thumb of a single dictator. Still, that’s one possible (my preferred) policy in a region in need of an honest broker.

He goes on to state that “Americans have been brainwashed into believing that that it’s the Arabs and the Palestinians who don’t want peace.”  He calls that “a big lie.” He describes all the “concessions” made by Palestinians in the name of peace. To that, I say Mr. Reese is sadly misinformed. The elimination of all Jews has been — and still is — the stated goal of the Palestinian Authority, whose founder, Yasser Arafat was himself an Egyptian.

The Jews did not take land from anyone. They have been there for thousands of years, and there is substantial archeological data to prove that fact. Even though Muslims now claim that Jerusalem is the 3rd holiest site in Islam, it wasn’t very important to them when it was under the rule of the (Muslim) Ottoman Empire. The Arabs are the Johnny-come-lately in the nation now known as Israel. As Joseph Farah rightly points out, it wasn’t until after the Jews had “drained the swamps and made the desert bloom” that the Arabs descended upon the land, demanding a share.

In late 1947, United Nations General Assembly Resolution 181 divided Palestine into 2 states, one Jewish, one Arab. The Jews readily accepted the proposal. The Arab League and Arab Higher Committee rejected the prospect of sharing the territory with a Jewish state and responded with war. They urged other Arabs living in and around the land ceded to Israel to flee the area rather than get caught in the crossfire, and return when Israel was crushed. History shows that the war did not end as the Arabs expected. Revised history now says it was the Jews who displaced the Arabs, but that is the big lie. After that war, Jordan annexed what became known as the West Bank and East Jerusalem, and Egypt took control of the Gaza Strip.

Israel has captured land almost every time the Arabs have waged war on her. Israel has returned much of the land back to the Arabs, in exchange for peace. To say that “Palestinians are victims” shows a revisionist’s historical perspective, not what I’d expect from an experienced journalist — other than the “mainstream” media variety. And how long has that peace lasted? Until the first idiot straps explosives to himself and becomes a homicide bomber in the name of all the downtrodden Palestinians, or Allah – take your pick. Murder is murder, whether it’s simply to watch someone die, or in the name of religion. Israel has a right to retaliate, yet every time they do, some journalist will decry the use of military force against a small band of thugs and bemoan any collateral damage (that would be innocent civilians unfortunate enough to be in the way of bullets or bombs).

I can only imagine how I would react if someone pulled that kind of crap in my neighborhood. One thing’s for certain… I wouldn’t simply turn the other cheek! And if it happened in Mr. Reese’s neighborhood, I somehow doubt that we’ll see him on CNN telling the world it was his fault that someone committed a terrorist act in his neighborhood. I’m reasonably certain he’d want a little of the old “eye for an eye” kind of justice.

Every war in that region involving Arabs and Israelis was initiated by Arabs. Why then do people, as Mr. Reese has done, claim that it’s the Arabs who want peace. Victims don’t attack, they defend. I’ve lived long enough to know that, and I think Mr. Reese is a few years older than I am.

Mr. Reese correctly states that the Arabs have tried to make the Middle East a nuclear-free zone. What he fails to mention is that Israel is a country surrounded on three sides by enemies who want nothing short of the elimination of all Jews in the Middle East. It’s easy for the Arabs to portray themselves the victim in negotiations when they are making demands and have nothing to offer in return. Who can possibly believe Arabs who promise peace when they have a proven track record of ignoring their promises and initiating combat activities after first agreeing to peace? I like to also point out that although Israel is known to be a member of the nuclear club, it has never used a single nuclear weapon against its enemies, despite several wars and numerous unprovoked attacks by its Arab neighbors.

Now that the Arabs finally understand they can’t defeat Israel in a conventional combat scenario, they provide weapons and money to well organized mobs of fanatics, such as Hezbollah and Hamas that act as their surrogates. The Arab governments then act as if they had nothing to do with these groups of civilian extremists. The veil of plausible deniability can only be stretched so far. So much for peace loving Arabs…

Mr. Reese is right in taking aim at the US Congress, but for the wrong reason. While it is true that the US supplies Israel with a nice chunk of foreign aid every year, we also supply other nations with similar cash contributions – at the expense of American taxpayers. For every dollar in foreign aid we provide to Israel, we match that amount in aid to Egypt. That fact was also omitted by Mr. Reese. I don’t agree with any foreign policy that involves the buying of friends. I also don’t agree with Mr. Reese’s suggestion that we use the money we currently provide in the form of foreign aid to Israel to fund building schools here at home. The federal government has no business building schools – that is the responsibility of each state.

Until next time,
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3 Comments leave one →
  1. fatboyslady permalink
    November 20, 2007 11:24 pm

    Finally, someone is writting the TRUTH! It never ceases to amaze me how the media and commentators provide their perspecitive only, leaving the uniformed public believing their version of the ‘truth.’

    Thank you for showing the rest of us the other side of the coin and bringing TRUTH with it. You provided a well rounded article. Wish the media and commentators would take note and write like you.

    Job well done!
    ce

  2. January 10, 2009 3:19 am

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    • chosun1 permalink*
      January 10, 2009 5:16 am

      If you have something intelligent to say, please feel free to do so. I’m not interested in multiple links to propaganda videos. If you’ve actually been there, as I have, please relate your own experiences in the area. And by the way… history did not begin in 1947 or 1968, or 1973…

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