The Jewish State in a Morally Sick World

Let’s drop the names “Hamas” and “Israel” and make a list of the characteristics of two imaginary warring entities. We’ll call them Entity A and Entity B.

Entity A:

—Declares that its raison d’etre is to annihilate Entity B.

—Sends missiles to explode in the most populated parts of Entity B in order to kill as many civilians as possible.

—Uses families and individual civilians as human shields to protect its own leaders from attack.

—Tortures and kills domestic political opponents.

—Has no political or religious freedom and has no freedom of speech, press, or assembly, and no independent judiciary.

—Is a theocracy.

—Violently oppresses gays.

—Saturates its education and airwaves with a demonic hatred of Entity B.

—Rated a “6” by Freedom House in its 2013 report on freedom in the world. Seven is the worst possible rating. Entity A ranks 6 in freedom, 6 in civil liberties and 6 political rights.

Entity B:

—Recognizes the right of Entity A to an independent existence.

—Has never begun a war with Entity A.

—Has never targeted civilians in Entity A. In fact, it has sacrificed soldiers in order to avoid killing Entity A civilians.

—Domestic political opponents — including even supporters of Entity A — not only have freedom of assembly, press and expression; they have political parties with representatives in Entity B’s parliament.

—Has freedom of the press, assembly, religion, and a completely independent judiciary.

—Allows gays full civil rights.

—Has innumerable human rights groups dedicated to the welfare of people belonging to Entity A.

—Has no education or broadcasts comparable to the daily hate in Entity A.

—Freedom House rating for 2014 is 1.5 in freedom (“1″ is best possible); 2 in civil liberties; 1 in political liberties.

So, then, with which entity does nearly every government in the world side? Entity A.

And what is the primary concern of the United Nations, nearly all the world’s media, and nearly all the world’s intellectuals? That Entity B, while hundreds of missiles are launched at its most populated cities, not kill any of the civilians among whom Entity A’s leaders hide.

The moral gulf between Israel, our Entity B, and Hamas, our Entity A, is as clear and as great as the one that existed between the Allies and Nazi Germany. It is one of the few instances in today’s world when the Nazi analogy is accurate.

It is clear that while free and democratic countries such as those in Western Europe value the freedoms of speech, assembly, and press for themselves, the absence of these freedoms among Israel’s enemies means nothing to the Europeans in morally assessing the Middle East conflict.

The news media, too, have no moral focus. They are preoccupied with Gazans who have died, and with the disparity between the number of Gazans killed and the number of Israelis killed — as if that is morally dispositive. Imagine that during World War II, the Western press had converged on German hospitals and apartment buildings and repeatedly announced the huge disparity between German civilian deaths and British civilian deaths. More than 10 times the number of German civilians were killed as were British — but did that have anything at all to do with the morality of the British war against Germany?

The big question, then, is why? Why is decent, free, democratic Israel not fully supported by decent countries against the genocidal Islamist regime of Gaza?

Is there any other example in history of a free state and a police state at war in which the free state was deemed morally equivalent to the police state, or, even more implausibly, deemed the aggressor? Last week, a New York Times editorial put the equivalence this way: “an atmosphere in which each side dehumanizes the other.”

Here, then, are some reasons:

1. The West has lost its way. Europe gave up on its values after World War I. And the American left, which dominates the media, gave up on America’s distinctive values after the Vietnam War.

2. Unlike during World War II, there is a United Nations today, and it is dominated by over 50 Islamic countries, their dozens of allies, and a Security Council on which sit Russia and China as permanent members.

3. The current American president is a product of the postwar leftist morality. Wherever the left is in power, Israel is unpopular at best and loathed at worst. Thus, Israel’s best friend today is the conservative government of Canada.

4. The world’s news media relentlessly show images of wounded and dead Gazans. Israel, on the other hand, though the target of mass-killing missiles, has thus far been able to avoid such casualties.

5. Israel is Jewish.

If there are more valid reasons for why the world equates Israel and its morally primitive enemies — or actually deems Israel the villain — I have yet to hear them.

Dennis Prager’s latest book, “Still the Best Hope: Why the World Needs American Values to Triumph,” was published April 24, 2013 by HarperCollins. He is a nationally syndicated radio show host and creator of PragerUniversity.com.

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  • gold7406

    and if the palestinian’s got their own state, what would it look like?
    a. somalia
    b. syria
    c. yemen
    d. libya
    e. the same as it does now, but with a higher palestinian body count.
    f. all of the above

  • Brian Stover

    Israel left Gaza as a test for an independent Palestine on the West Bank.
    By launching rockets into Israel, Gaza proved the hard-line Israeli politicians correct in assuming that a West Bank Palestine would be just a closer launching point for an attack.
    I feel bad for the innocent Palestinians caught between Hamas and Israel fighting.

  • chuck.tatum

    National Brotherhood Week by Tom Lerher-
    Oh the Protestants hate the Catholics
    and the Catholics hate the Protestants
    and the Muslims hate the Hindu’s
    and everybody hates the Jews
    But during, National Brotherhood Week…
    The world wouldn’t be a perfect place if there was no religion, but each one of these conflicts would disappear if every religion threw their “holy” books down. Throw down your Quran
    Throw down your Bible
    Throw down your dead sea scrolls.
    You are killing each other over silly sorcery, incantations and generational stupidity. Stop killing each other over whose god is the right one. You’re all wrong.

    • Grits Burgh

      Yep, throw out religion and you can enjoy the utopia of North Korea, Mao Tse Tung, Joseph Stalin or Robspierre. Now there’s peace and love, humanist/atheist style.

      • chuck.tatum

        I said the world would NOT be a perfect place if there was no religion. Every conflict in north Africa and the middle east are caused because of religion.
        Believers flew 4 jets on 9/11. Can we stick to this 21st Century’s war and terrorism for examples, please? I mean, you say Stalin, I say Inquisition. It gets tiring.
        And North Korea believes in a god. Their dear leader is their god.

  • Brian Fr Langley

    You got it right on your point #5. Just a couple of modern historical facts. 1. The Poles (and Soviets) kicked out nearly 10, million Germans from their ancestral homes in East Germany, (as agreed upon in Tehran in 1943 by the allies) following the German surrender. (1946-48ish) While stats vary some 1/2 million – 2 million Germans perished as a result of these forced deportations. Where today are the 10, million regugees? They were taken in by their German bretheren. India declared independance in 1948. Dislocated were tens of millions of Hindu’s and Muslims. The Hindu’s left the new Pakistan for India while Muslims left the new India for Pakistan. Muslim’s accounted for a staggering 14% of (then) Pakistans total population. And the millions of refugees went where? Taken in by their ethnic kin on both sides. The list goes on (and on). China in 48-50, Greece, 46-50. And of course ethnic Arabs from British mandatory Palestine. (When Israel declared Independance in 1948). While the numbers are argued, virtually all agree the numbers of Palestinians displaced was under 1, million ethnic Arabs. Displaced into a population of over 200, million other ethnic Arabs, with some 24+ seperate nations. (totalling over 5 million square miles of territory, an area bigger than Canada). And where are these refugees? Of all the tens of millions displaced following WW2, only the Arabs refused their displaced kin sanctuary. Why? The Arab league summed it up best. Without Arab refugees (with no where to go) Arab’s could make no claims on the new Israeli territories. (Palestinians already had the territoritories of most of mandatory Palestine, they renamed it Jordan). The cause celebre of the “Palestinians”, is simply left wing propaganda to cover what has always been their intactable and implacable, anti-semitism.