By Simon Fischler
Besides attempting to kill Israeli citizens Hamas has been making every effort to get the EU, UN and others to support its government.
In contrast Khaled Mashal, the leader of Hamas, insists that Hamas will never recognize Israel.
This is not just curious, it is sick and ironic: every Israeli government since that of the late Yitzhak Rabin has respected and acknowledged Palestinian rights.
Even Likud, the Israeli political party that CNN, The New York Times and the BBC love to call the ‘far right,” has recognized that the Palestinians must achieve statehood to reconcile this conflict and achieve peace.
What is sad about Palestinian Nationalism or Palestinian Victimism is its failure to see that it simply will not defeat the Jewish Nation of Israel.
Israel has fought hard to develop the nation and a thriving country.
Israel sports an economy that withstood Arafat’s war, the 2006 war with Hezbollah and the Cast Lead operation in the Gaza Strip.
Israel’s unemployment is lower than that of the United States of America.
The Tel Aviv stock exchange has done nothing but become stronger over the last decade-and-a-half.
Israel has a world-acclaimed Universal Health system -- something most Americans would love to have -- along with medical centers on a par with America’s best.
Israeli technology is at the cutting edge and places such as the Weizmann Institute in Rehovot and the Technion in Haifa are renowned for their contributions to the world of science.
The IDF is as strong as ever. Furthermore, it is taking the lessons of its last conflicts with Hezbollah and Hamas and incorporating them in future battle plans.
Although there were 1000-plus Israeli civilian casualties during Arafat’s war, Israeli society proved its resilience and healthy survival instincts.
This point is most cogent in evaluating Jewish-Arab relations in the Middle East: Israelis will never sign off on their freedom or their nation:
No matter how many leftists may call Israel fascist, Colonialist or an apartheid state.
No matter how many Carters, Chomskys or Finkelsteins commit to the Palestinian side (verbally, at any rate), Israelis will always fight for their country.
And no matter how much the Palestinians attempt to whine their way to statehood, it will not happen until they assume the responsibility that Israel did in 1948.
Israelis know they have every right to live in their country, which they built.
Come to Tel Aviv and Jerusalem and look upon them with your own eyes, then go look at Ramallah, Cairo, Damascus or Beirut!
When you do this you will see where Palestinian/Arab victimism has gotten them!
Hopefully, the Palestinians and the Arabs will one day face up to this harsh reality, although if history is any indication, there is little likelihood of this.
Recently, after Israel had warned the Egyptian government and Army of an impending terrorist attack by the Global Jihad cells in the Sinai peninsula, it was carried out!
Sixteen Egyptian soldiers were killed by Sinai Beduin and Palestinians from Gaza.
Not a single Israeli soldier or citizen was killed. Obviously Israel took the warnings from its intelligence services seriously, while the Egyptians did not!
So who did the Muslim Brotherhood and their new government blame for the attack?
The Israeli Mossad!
After all, taking responsibility for ignoring the warnings given by Israel would be too much to ask of the new Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood government!
The outside world immediately presented this episode in the Sinai as an opportunity for new (Muslim Brotherhood) President Mohamed Morsi to address the treaty which hypothetically still exists between Israel and Egypt. Instead Morsi began to lop heads off of the Egyptian military/intelligence/security bigwigs, who were supposedly invulnerable!
The irony highlights the complete and utter inability of the Western so-called Middle Eastern security and media experts to grasp reality on the ground, the Arab Street.
The reality is that Egypt’s new Islamist government has every intention of eventually eliminating U.S. hegemony in the Middle East.
Despite the billions of dollars the U.S. has poured into Egypt, what does the Islamist-controlled government (as well as most surrounding Arab nations) see as the biggest conduit of U.S. money and control?
Israel, of course.
It is absolutely high time that the U.S. Government realize that the intention of every single Islamist in power throughout the Middle East and North Africa is to wipe out American influence in the area.
And Israel is the symbol of that U.S. power.
The levels of reality that are being denied by so many in the Middle East are absolutely astounding.
But one reality that everyone must face at some point is that ... Israel WILL NOT CEASE to exist.