We are good, Israel is strong, but the Jewish state and Jews around the world are still vulnerable.
In this post-Holocaust era, as the world tries to come to grips with and to grasp the extent of Jews murdered and victimized during World War II, when profuse apologies are still being offered by governments that allowed the Nazis to commit atrocities in their countries, something else seems to be amiss.
And, unfortunately, though we are largely safe and secure, as are all Americans today, it seems that there are tremors, that our otherwise sturdy foundation is being shaken.
The American Jewish community is not going to collapse under the knee-jerk hatred from freshman Congressional representatives like Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib. Even if they are supported by media darling Alexandria Cortez, the attention they grab with their incendiary comments is nothing more than a flash in the pan, words strung together seemingly to be featured on headline news.
If anything is shocking about any of this, it is the passivity of Democratic Party leaders and the absolute silence of the two dozen folks vying for the nomination to be the presidential candidate for their party. While mostly not critical about any of these anti-Israel or anti-Jewish comments, when some party leaders spoke out on these matters it was either to excuse or to support what these borderline haters of Jews had to say.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said of Congresswoman Omar that she does not understand the sentiment her words had evoked in others, especially Jews. Perhaps Ms. Pelosi is the one who does not understand how much Ms. Omar really understands.
And earlier this week, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer also spoke out, demanding that Republican leaders apologize to Congresswoman Tlaib for taking out of context a statement she made about the Holocaust on an obscure radio podcast that would ordinarily receive very little or no attention at all.
This is what she said on the program:
“Absolutely. Let me tell you — I mean, for me, I think two weeks ago we celebrated, or took a moment I think in our country to remember, the Holocaust. And there’s a kind of a calming feeling, I always tell folks, when I think of the Holocaust and the tragedy of the Holocaust in the fact that it was my ancestors — Palestinians — who lost their land and some lost their lives, their livelihood, their human dignity, their existence in many ways had been wiped out, and some people’s passports — I mean, just all of it was in the name of trying to create a safe haven for Jews, post-the Holocaust, post-the tragedy and the horrific persecution of Jews across the world at that time. And I love the fact that it was my ancestors that provided that, right?, in many ways. But they did it in a way that took their human dignity away, right, and it was forced on them.”
Now, Congresswoman Tlaib, as she has said and as we know, has an awful anti-American and anti-Israel agenda. There are many problems with her, but, in reality, that silly, inaccurate, rambling statement above is not one of them.
Rashida Tlaib is not so dumb as to say that she gets a calm and warm feeling when she thinks about the Holocaust. So if we are going to assign some knowledge and intelligence to her and her standing in the U.S. Congress then it is the wrongheadedness about how Israel came into existence that should be criticized and corrected. And this is what those who took umbrage at her silly comments should have objected to.
The Palestinians hardly existed at the time of the founding of the state of Israel in May of 1948. It is well-documented that the mufti of Jerusalem at the time met with Hitler to try to coordinate a plan that could help facilitate the Nazi leaders’ efforts to murder as many Jews as they could.
Is that what Rashida Tlaib gets a warm and comforting feeling about? Let’s hope not.
Characters like her and her cohorts open up the channels to facilitate marginalizing Jews and Israel. It is these efforts that indirectly and easily lead to terror attacks like that in Pittsburgh and Poway. It is the unrelenting criticism of Israel and Jewish leaders by The New York Times and the denigration in particular of people like Prime Minister Netanyahu that communicate a message that harming Jews or Israel may not be altogether illogical.
Fortunately, however, there is an antidote to all this. And that is, to a great extent, the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital exactly one year ago. For almost 23 years, the law on the books of the U.S. was that the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv was to be moved to Jerusalem.
For more than two decades, the built-in waiver to delay the mandate was exercised by presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama.
Donald Trump will tell you that as he prepared to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move the embassy, he was warned by numerous world leaders that the move would be devastating and would spur uncontrollable violence in Muslim cities in Israel as well as around the world.
Here’s what happened following the announcement of the move. Nothing.
A few months ago, while Nikki Haley was still ambassador to the UN, the Trump administration decided it was time to defund the United Nations Relief and Works Agency that supports Palestinians mostly in Gaza to the tune of $400 million annually. UNRWA is an international joke, but the Trump administration was warned that stopping all funding to the agency would result in riots in Gaza and other Palestinian areas.
There are lots of issues with UNRWA, chief among them the fact that they allow Hamas terror tunnels to be built under their schools. UN officials deny any knowledge of the cooperation with the terrorists, though their claims are simply not credible. So the Trump administration has stopped all funding to UNRWA and here’s what happened as a result. Nothing.
The recognition of Jerusalem a year ago and the move of the embassy, plus the recognition of the Golan Heights as part of sovereign Israel, is the best way to counter the cheap, pusillanimous shots taken by people who believe it’s in vogue to attack Jews and Israel. Tlaib, Omar, and Cortez claim that they are just speaking truth to power. What they say contains no truth and they possess very little power. This is true one year later: that there is nothing truer or more powerful than a unified city of Jerusalem. They can criticize, condemn, and denigrate, but it means virtually nothing. It makes for good news headlines and panel discussions. But that is just about it — nothing more.