Four Left Wing Myths About Israel

Myth 1: “Israel was created because Europe felt guilty about the Holocaust.”

Myth 2: “European Nations Gave the Jews a Land Already Inhabited by a People.”

Myth 3. “The Creation of Israel Denied the National Rights of the Palestinian People

Myth 4. “Israel is an Artificial Entity and Racist Jewish State.”

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Four Left Wing Myths About Israel

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Israel can and must act in her own best interests.

By Ted Belman

Carpe diem quam minimum credula postero – “Seize the day, trusting as little as possible in the  future.” Horace

As I read Ettinger’s excellent piece below, I was reminded of other historical facts having to do with limiting Jewish settlement, emigration or immigration. Even before the British Mandate, Britain was actively limiting Jewish immigration to Palestine. Stalin also prevented Jewish emigration. The Mandate didn’t change much. Britain continued to limit immigration and so so did Russia/USSR right up to its downfall. Remember the “Let my people go” campaign in the seventies.

Haj Amin el Husseini, the grand Mufti of Jerusalem and confidant of Hitler, led a full scale Arab revolt against the Jews between 1936 and 1939 causing much Jewish bloodshed. In response the Peel Commission was set up and recommended limiting Jewish immigration to Palestine. Just what the Arabs wanted. In fact, the Peel Commission even recommended the abolition of the Mandate and recommended two states. Ben Gurion fought hard to maintain Jewish immigration and even supported partition while most of the Zionist movement did not. To his chagrin, friends of Zionism in England including Churchill, Lloyd George persuaded the British Parliament to vote against partition.

In 1938, Ben Gurion commented on Chamberlain’s “Peace in our time” and said “They handed Czechoslovakia over. Why shouldn’t they do the same with us?”

Shortly thereafter Ben Gurion made his case to Malcolm MacDonald, the Colonial Secretary, who suggested, that the Arab and Muslim world could rise up and threaten the British Empire and therefore to prevent this, Britain had to make sure that the Jews in Palestine remained a minority. In other words Britain was against the creation of a Jewish state.

During the war, the world conspired to prevent Jews from escaping Europe to Palestine. Britain, even after the war, actively attempted to limit Jewish immigration to Palestine. Remember the DP Camps in Cypress and Exodus.

It was due to Jewish resistance after the war that the British turned the matter over to the UN which ultimately voted for the partition that the British Parliament had turned down.. Ben Gurion preferred half a loaf to no loaf and so declared the State of Israel.

The Law of Return was quickly passed welcoming all “Jews” to come to Israel. All you needed to be eligible was one Jewish grandparent.

After the Six Day War in ‘67 the World attempted to prevent Jewish settlement of Judea and Samaria even though Jews had the legal right to do so stemming from the British Mandate. Neither Res 242 nor the Oslo Accords made mention of restricting such settlement, so the international community tried to brand the settlements as illegal pursuant to the Geneva Convention. Many legal scholars beg to differ with this and argue convincingly that the Convention doesn’t make settlements illegal.

Prior to the Roadmap, in response to atrocities the Arabs committed with their suicide bombers, Senator Mitchell rewarded them by recommending a settlement freeze just like the Peel Commission did. This freeze was incorporated into the Roadmap which came into existence in 2003.

Another refrain that developed particularly after the Roadmap, was that no one, meaning Israel, should do anything, meaning settle the land, to prejudge the outcome. Of course the Arabs could do anything they wanted to prejudge the outcome and the US cooperated with them. A case in point is opening her Consulate in Jerusalem to serve the Arabs while at the same time refusing to open her Embassy in Jerusalem to serve the Israelis. The US also supports illegal Arab construction and condemns Jewish construction, legal or otherwise.

The demand in the Roadmap that Palestine be “viable” and “contiguous” also prejudges the outcome as does the demand that Jerusalem be divided.

And now Obama is demanding a settlement freeze. Fortunately he doesn’t have the support in the US or in Israel to bring it about.

As Ettinger points out, Israel can and must resist the pressure and act in her own best interests.

US Pressure on Israel – A Guide for the Perplexed

By Yoram Ettinger,

Fact: In 1950, the US Administration pressured Israel to refrain from Jewish construction in Jerusalem and from declaring Jerusalem the capital of Israel – Prime Minister Ben Gurion built, relocated government agencies and thousands of immigrants to Jerusalem and declared Jerusalem the capital of the Jewish State. In 1967, the US Administration pressured against annexation of East Jerusalem – Prime Minister Eshkol annexed, reunited Jerusalem, and built the formidable Ramat Eshkol neighborhood. In 1970, the US Administration pressured Israel to relinquish control over parts of
Jerusalem – Prime Minister Golda Meir constructed the neighborhoods of Gilo, Ramot and Neveh Yaakov (current population over 100,000!). The US Administration pressured, Israel constructed, Jerusalem expanded and the Jewish State earned strategic respect.

Fact: In 1948, the US Department of State, Pentagon and CIA pressured Ben Gurion to avoid a declaration of independence. In 1961, President Kennedy pressured to stop the construction of Israel’s nuclear reactor. In 1967, President Johnson pressured against pre-empting the Egypt-Syria-Jordan military offensive. In 1977, President Carter pressured Prime Minister Begin to abstain from direct negotiation with President Sadat and participate –
instead – in an international conference, focusing on the Palestinian issue and Jerusalem. In 1981, President Reagan pressured Prime Minister Begin against bombing Iraq’s nuclear reactor.

Defiance of pressure entails short-term cost but enhances long-term national security. Submission to pressure exacerbates pressure. Fending off pressure is required, in order to attain strategic goals. Avoiding pressure – through concessions – leads to departure from strategic goals.

Fact: US public and Congressional support of Israel is robust. “The Rasmussen Report” documents a 70% support (Aug. 10, 2009) and “Gallup” ranks Israel as the fourth-favored ally (March 3, 2009). 71 Senators signed an August 10, 2009 letter calling upon President Obama to shift pressure from Israel to Arab countries. The Democratic Chairman of the House Foreign Relations Committee, Howard Berman, called upon Obama to end his preoccupation with settlements. The Democratic Majority Leader, Steny Hoyer, resents Obama’s opposition to Jewish construction in East Jerusalem. The strongest (Democratic) Senator, Daniel Inouye, Chairman of the Appropriations Committee, is the most effective supporter of the US-Israel connection since 1948. Obama cannot get his legislative agenda without Inouye’s support. While Congress has reservations about Israel’s settlements policy, Congress opposes sanctions against Israel.

Fact: Following the 1991 Gulf War, Israel asked for emergency assistance, which Bush/Baker rejected, Congress supported and Israel received $650MN in cash and $700MN in military systems. In 1990, Bush/Baker attempted to cut 5% of the foreign aid to Israel, on account of Israel’s settlements activity. Congress opposed and the initiative was rescinded. The Legislature and the Executive are equal-in-power and fully independent of each other. The US Congress has been a systematic bastion of support of the Jewish State since before 1948.

Fact: President Obama has been transformed from a coattail President to an anchor-chained President, taking a dive from a 65% approval rating in January to less than 50% in September, the sharpest decline in recent decades, other than President Ford’s (due to his pardon of Nixon). Thus, Democratic House candidates/members are experiencing the lowest ebb in two years, while Republicans enjoy a systematic edge. Obama is confronted by an effective Blue Dog Democratic opposition.

Fact: President Obama exercises psychological pressure against Israel. He cannot exert an effective tangible pressure. He was not elected to uproot Jewish settlements and prevent Jewish construction in Jerusalem. His political future – and that of Democratic legislators – does not depend on these issues. The Arab-Israeli conflict is not among Obama’s top priorities, and his position on Israel is not compatible with most Democrats. Obama needs the support of Israel’s friends on Capitol Hill, in order to advance his primary domestic and national security/international agendas.

Ted Belman
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PMW: Full text:Al-Aqsa [Mosque] is ours, Oh Muslims, Al-Aqsa is ours, our Al-Aqsa screams and shouts, Al-Aqsa is ours. Oh Arabs and Muslims, no, no, Al-Aqsa is ours. Oh [Sons of] Zion, no matter how much you dig and no matter how much you destroy, your imaginary Temple will not come into being… My land, my Jerusalem, my blood and my honor will not be scorned. Al-Aqsa is ours, how you suffer! How you have bleed for years! How you scream! How you call out to the millions! What are you hoping for, what are you crying for? Saladin [Muslim conqueror of Jerusalem in 1187] ! Al-Aqsa is ours. Oh Allah, protect Al-Aqsa, Oh Allah, Al-Aqsa is ours, [protect Al-Aqsa] from every thief and every oppressor.” [PA TV (Fatah) Sept. 23, 2008 – June 26, 2009]

Ancient synagogue found in Israel

JERUSALEM (CNN) — In what was slated to be the site of a new 122-room hotel, archaeologists say they have discovered one of the world’s oldest synagogues in Northern Israel.

The site, which was unearthed as preparations were being made for construction of the hotel near the Sea of Galilee, is believed to date back some 2000 years from 50BCE to 100CE.

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Enough is enough

Ahmadinejad’s local fifth column:

“The city of Jaffa was Palestine’s main cultural hub until 1948.” This seemingly factual statement fails to mention a little detail: There was no such thing as Palestine prior to 1948. The city of Tel Aviv was founded in 1909 in a Turkish colony, later a British colony and once upon a time a Roman colony, consisting of lands from which the indigenous Jewish population had been forcefully — though never fully — evicted.

The headline of her “open letter” protesting the presence of films by Tel Aviv filmmakers, “No Celebration of Occupation,” implies that Tel Aviv is “occupied territory.” That is more than just a lie. That is a regurgitation of terrorist slogans. We are not talking about the West Bank or the Golan Heights here. We are talking about the biggest population centre in the heart of Israel, where the first neighborhood was built in 1887. If that is “occupied” or “disputed” territory, then Ms. Klein and her armchair storm troopers are clamouring for nothing short of the annihilation of the Jewish State. They are effectively Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s local fifth column.

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Spencer: The Qur’an does not promise Israel to the Jews

“The Qur’an: Israel Is Not for the Jews” is a piece I’ve written in the Fall 2009 issue of the Middle East Quarterly. Here is the editor’s note:

Editors’ preface: Who has rights to the land between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River? Zionists cite biblical passages in which God awarded them Eretz Yisrael, the Land of Israel, in perpetuity in his covenant with the children of Israel. Muslims make a counter-claim based in part on verses of the Qur’an that describe the Jews in terms of contempt and in part on rulings in Muslim law that reject Muslims relinquishing rule over a territory under Muslim rule to nonbelievers. But other Muslims cite different Qur’anic verses in support of the Jewish claim. The conflict has a religious quality that makes it the more difficult to resolve.

The Middle East Quarterly commissioned two essays presenting different views of the Qur’an and its passages dealing with the Holy Land and Jews. The first author, Robert Spencer, argues that Islamic law has not recognized and will never recognize Jewish rights to this territory. Muhammad Al-Hussaini, a Muslim scholar, understands the text of the Qur’an to award the Holy Land to the Jews for all time, and he holds that Muslims can be convinced of this interpretation.

That would be great if it were so. But I do not wish to extend false hopes. Here is the beginning of my essay:

The status of Israel has become a pivotal issue in all talks about the Middle East. Israel’s legitimacy rests, not just on United Nations resolutions or Zionist aspirations, but, for many, on Biblical narratives and the historical connections of Jews with the Holy Land. A minority of Muslims find justification for the Zionist enterprise equally in the Bible and the Qur’an and believe that the Qur’an offers divine sanction for the establishment of a Jewish state in southern Syria. However, the majority cite other Qur’anic verses and passages from the Hadith (purported records of the Prophet Muhammad’s actions and sayings), stating the exact opposite. This second, negative attitude toward Jews is expressed in sacred texts and in the body of Shari’a (Islamic law) where Jews, like all non-Muslims, are assigned a status that does not permit their becoming rulers over Muslims or over Muslim territory.

Traditionally, this has not been an issue. Under the different Muslim empires, Jews were kept firmly in their place and represented no sort of threat to the ruling order. It is only in the modern period that this has become a burning issue. Thus, the transition from the Ottoman Empire to the British Mandate to modern Israel has been as much a religious as a political clash. The Arab onslaught of 1948 was religiously motivated, as is modern opposition to Israel by Islamist groups.

The Hamas charter asserts that “the Islamic Resistance Movement [i.e. Hamas] regards Palestine as an Islamic Waqf consecrated for future generations until Judgment Day.” A waqf is a religious endowment bestowed by God. Consequently, “neither it, nor any part of it, should be squandered: Neither it, nor any part of it, should be given up. Neither a single Arab country nor all Arab countries, neither any king or president, nor all the kings and presidents, neither any organization nor all of them, be they Palestinian or Arab, possess the right to do that. Palestine is an Islamic Waqf land consecrated for Muslim generations until Judgment Day.”1

The charter is not unique: It represents a mainstream view among Muslims today.

Read it all here.

11 thoughts on “Four Left Wing Myths About Israel”

  1. 1 right wing myth about the Jews and Israel.

    1. The Jews are God’s chosen people and God promised them real estate in the Middle East somewhere between Lebanon and Egypt.

  2. Items over the last four months have raised serious concerns about the religious radicalisation in Israel and its influences over governement and worse – the military. Now there are disturbing items appearing about how the instructions by Jewish clerics imbedded with troops were to a degree runnign the show in Gaza, and as we all know, the way the Gaza events have been now criticized globally as being the dirtiest.

    In July of this year, the Guardian Newspaper in the UK, wrote a serious item of concern called:

    “Religious dogma has no place in the IDF – Secular Israelis are increasingly concerned that the army is falling into the clutches of the national religious camp” The item is available at

    Today, the BBC has shown in full the very disturbing study that was even at times blocked by IDF personnel but still made with effort.

    The study, in two parts, the first one “The rise of Israel’s military rabbis” and the second part “God’s army? – Military rabbis are changing the face of the Israeli army. ” (see

    I just watched the programme and it is very disturbing. There has obviously been a concerted effort to put settler youth into the Army and many of the officer corp are also from this community. Rabbis are no longer available at base but are imbedded with the soldiers and as they are considered “officers” and have weapons training, they are able to lead units in battle.

    Examples of written material that was distributed to soldiers was also shown, claiming the soldiers are the same holy warriors of ancient Israel and that the Palestinians are the evil Philistines and killing them is not a sin.

    A former general was interviewed and he condemned the move as the strength of the IDF’s morale superiority has always been its secularism and stated the one factor that must not be forgotten. If you put religion into the IDF then they automatically become “jihadists”.

    What is clear is this, the blog-owner believes that the Occupied West Bank Palestinian authorities are really God’s given land for the Jews and yet he condemns constantly the “jihad” concept and the claims that God gives these islamists the right to fight and kill and yet the same concept exists within elements of the IDF of which the blog-owner supports.

    Double standards.

    1. “Double standards?”

      What’s good for the goose is sauce for the gander.

      Why shouldn’t Israeli soldiers have the support of their rabbis on the battle field?

      Because they’re fighting against Hizbollah, the ‘army of Aallah?”

  3. This from a Jew-hating racist who at one stage claimed “Jews don’t even look like Middle Easterners”-

    whom do you hate more, ‘atheist?’ G-d, yourself or the thought of Israel being a miracle?

  4. Is it support from their rabbis or is it instructions from them blog-owner? Are they now on their own holy war to conquer the ancient lands promissed by God and slay the philisitines blog-owner? You support that? Will they obey the Government when they are told to remove the settlers? Is the world all wrong when they support the creation of the Palestinian State?

  5. Rabbis in the IDF are Chaplains, they do not lead troops into battle. If you know of any examples where IDF Chaplains have led troops in combat, be sure and post them here. And last time I checked US chaplains hold military rank.

    The rise of the percentage of “religious” Jews in the IDF, whether from the settlements or not, is due to the growing number of left wingers dodging IDF service. The odds are there’s probably something similar going on in a lot of militaries, including in the US. If the left has a problem with this, perhaps their kids should serve instead of going backpacking in India.

    And really citing Guardian and BBC news stories on Israel is like citing Der Sturmer. Why not cite a source that isn’t rabidly bigoted?

  6. Sorry, I forgot that the far-right, of which you obviously are, does not consider Main Stream Media to be journalism and that only politcally affiliated political commentators are somehow correct.

    The documented evidence cited in the BBC clearly shows that unlike US military “chaplains”, Rabbis are now trained with weapons and are embedded with the front line troops since Gaza. These are confirmed with direct interviews with serving soldiers and a retired General, all whom considered it wrong, it affected the actions of the soldiers and it encouraged brutality. That also is confirmed by the accussations and evidence that is mounting about the handling of that event.

    In addition, the increased presence of theologically based efforts within the IDF will only encourage a religious zeal that has been in the forfront of the criticism of Muslim terrorists and insurgents.

    But mostly, it puts into doubt and to question the impartiality and level of obedience of the IDF in matters dealing with the Occupied Palestinian Territories as ultr-orthodox rabbis will appose the eventual evacuation and dismantling of settlements and will treat the Arab/Muslim residents as being invaders on what they believe to be goly Israeli land.

    1. “blogowner does not consider Caliphate News Networx Fareed Zakaria, Zain Verjee, Hala Gorani et al freakin’ lefty Media to be journalists”-

      there. Fixed it for ya.

  7. just more propoganda there blog-ower. The enemy of the far-right is journalism, pointing out the indefencible. So you think FOX is?

    I notice you have no comment on the exchange above, the loser was caught out and that is that and you are tainted way to much to make a fool of yourself to make your own contribution.

  8. * Are they now on their own holy war to conquer the ancient lands promissed by God and slay the philisitines blog-owner?

    Have you seen any evidence that Israel has sought to “conquer” the
    covenant lands, Solkhar? Any gains to Israel’s current tiny land come
    as a result of “allah’s” slaves attempting to invade – the God of Israel
    will not permit any weapon formed against Israel to prosper.

    Tell your fellow muslims to stop attempting to destroy Israel, if you
    have any concern at all for their well-being in this life, and in the

    “No weapon that has been made to be used against you will succeed. You will have an answer for anyone who accuses you. This is the inheritance of the LORD’s servants. Their victory comes from me,” declares the LORD.” God, via the prophet Isaiah – 54:17

    Nothing that allah, his false prophet, you and 1.x billion doomed muslims can do about it, Solkhar.

  9. If Israel would have had bad intentions;
    There would hardly be any palestinians left in the region
    and parts of southern Lebanon, Jordan and Egypt would have
    been part of the greater Israel.
    If arabs would have co-operated palestinians would have had
    their homeland years ago.
    Truth is the palestinians (fatah) want it all ;the one state solution,
    others prefer the two state solution (hizbollah-hamas). no israel!
    Solution; give the palestinians a state in the sinai desert and buffer
    zone Israel from all its neighbours.

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