Another year, another set of terrorist attacks against Israel, another year of the world making excuses for the terrorists. While the situation in the Middle East is incredibly complex, one thing is apparent: Israelis are some of the only victims of terrorism that are told that their attackers are actually the victims.
The world spends more time outraged at Benjamin Netanyahu’s comments on the founder of Palestinian Nationalism’s alliance with of Adolf Hitler than they do at the fact that Mahmoud Abbas claims that European Zionists collaborated with Hitler in the Holocaust. The Israelis are told by their supposed allies that the reason they are being hacked to death after being run over with cars while waiting at bus stops is because of settlement construction. They are also engaged in a public relations war with an enemy to whom the truth is irrelevant.
From the UN to the State Department, Israel is the focus revisionist history, double standards, and biases more than any other country in the world. To believe that settlements and the lack of a Palestinian state are the sole reasons behind the attacks, you would have to believe that history began in 1967. You have to ignore the history of violence before 1948, the Israeli War for Independence of 1948, and the original PLO charter of 1964.
But whether it was 1937, 1947, or 2000, the Arabs have blown their chances if they genuinely wanted their own state. It is abundantly clear that the “Palestinians” do not want a peaceful two-state solution. Abbas insists that any deal must include “the right of return,” the idea being that “refugees” (from almost 70 years ago) should be allowed to return to Israel. Allowing 6 million “refugees” into Israel would destroy the identity of the Jewish state, and not even former Prime Minister Ehud Barak would entertain that idea.
The UN, the State Department, and the White House also tell us that if Israel would just give up its claims in the West Bank, then peace would flow in the Middle East. This claim ignores that in 2000, Israel withdrew from Southern Lebanon only to go to war with Hezbollah in 2006. Israel also withdrew from Gaza in 2005, and has fought multiple wars with Hamas since then.
The United Nations has become an appendage of the Israel haters. In 1975 the United Nations passed its now infamous, and since repealed, “Zionism is Racism” resolution. Out of 103 resolutions passed by the ironically-named UN Human Rights Council, 56 have targeted Israel. Israel was also the subject of 7 out of the HRC’s 21 special sessions. Recently, the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) came dangerously close to redefining the Western Wall as a Muslim holy site.
Israel’s treatment by the U.S. and the international community is massively hypocritical, and AP reporter Matt Lee recently pointed out this hypocrisy. In Israel’s 2014 war with Hamas, the State Department called an Israeli strike on a mortar battery that ended up striking a school a “disgraceful shelling.” The State Department said that “the suspicion that militants are operating nearby does not justify strikes that put at risk the lives of so many innocent civilians.” However, when American planes hit the Doctors Without Borders hospital in Afghanistan earlier this month, the State Department was much more cautious and could not justify its double standard because the entire rationale for the strike was that the hospital was being used by Taliban fighters. It is worth mentioning that the Israeli Foreign Ministry did not fiercely condemn its ally after this latest incident.
A proper sense of history and morality is crucial to understanding how to interpret the world, and terrorist attacks against Israel is no different.