- Israel prides itself on its fight against terrorism -
or at least what it calls terrorism - but in fact, it provides the world
with a perfect example of how to do it the wrong way.
- This was brought home by the assassination of a Cabinet
member, the minister of tourism, who was shot down outside his hotel room
in East Jerusalem. The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine
credit. Why? Because a few months ago, the Israelis had assassinated the
leader of that organization. Get it? Tit for tat. You kill, we kill, we
- Israel has recently assassinated more than two dozen
Palestinian political leaders. These murders are not characteristic of
a democratic government, much less one that shares American values. The
people who share the values of our American forefathers are the
The Israelis share the values of the old racist British Empire. But have
all of these political murders by the Israelis ended the Palestinian
- Israel has been assassinating Palestinian leaders for
nearly 50 years. Has it stopped terrorism? No. Israel has been engaging
in bloody reprisal attacks, killing many innocents. Has that stopped
- Israelis have been arresting people by the thousands
during the past 30 years. Has that stopped terrorism? No. Israel tortures,
confiscates people's land, demolishes their homes, bulldozes their olive
orchards, places them under curfew, seals them inside their towns. Has
that stopped terrorism? No.
- One thing Israel hasn't done is honestly address the
issues that cause these attacks. Remember, anybody Israel decides to kill
is automatically a "terrorist." Israelis are as promiscuous in
their use of "terrorist" as the Israeli lobby is in its use of
- But as to the question of withdrawing from the territory
it captured in 1967, Israel has one answer: "No." As to the
of letting refugees return or be compensated for the property the Israeli
government stole from them, Israel has had one answer: "No."
As for letting U.N. peacekeepers protect the Palestinians from Israeli
violence, the answer is "No." As for obeying more than 60 U.N.
resolutions directing Israel to comply with international law, the answer
- So, will there ever be peace in Palestine? No. The
can continue to murder, imprison, isolate, torture, impoverish, brutalize
and harass the Palestinians for the next 50 years, and for the next 50
years Palestinians, generation after generation, will resist the occupation
of their land by any means they can.
- So, every time an Israeli shows up purporting to be an
expert on terrorism, we ought to laugh the person right back home. The
Israelis are pretty good terrorists themselves, but as anti-terrorists,
they are a bunch of goofs. The only thing America can learn from Israel
is how to manufacture a continuing supply of embittered enemies decade
- Neither Israel nor the United States, nor any other
can ever rationalize an injustice by killing the people who protest the
injustice. People will endure a lot, but not an injustice. It's like white
phosphorous burning a man's soul.
- The best thing for the American people to do is to end
all aid to Israel and withdraw the protection of the U.S. veto. If Israel
is indeed a viable state, then it can survive without American taxpayers
contributing nearly a tenth of its gross domestic product.
- Charley Reese is a columnist for The Orlando
Originally published 10-26-1