Madinat al-Muslimeen Islamic Message Board
|London evening standard today|
|10/22/01 at 10:44:24|
The evening Standard is basically the only LOndon UK evening post noon newspaper - Its the sold absolutley everwhere in London in the afternoon/eve. Having just read -- I wanted to share a very intresting and honest article with you guys from this evenings edition of the paper. asallams MC
objective comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Those of you who are not familar with the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, this is a good introductory article.
Article: The Evening Standard
The tragic reality of Israel
by A.N. Wilson.
Disillusioned optimists, who hoped that the Palestinians and the Israelis
could somehow find a working compromise, nurse bitter feelings against Ariel Sharon for the provocative policy that he has so relentlessly pursued. In
yesterday's Mail on Sunday, Gerald Kaufman, a Jew and a lifelong Zionist
wrote a courageous denunciation of present Israeli policies. He said that,
having visited Israel over 50 times, he never intended to go back, so deep
is his revulsion against Sharon's warmongering.
There are still plenty of hawks in the Western media who take the opposite
view. For them, the only way for the Israelis to defend themselves is by
constant belligerence. Conrad Black, the recently ennobled peer who owns the
Telegraph group of newspapers, is one of the most vigorous exponents of this
idea. He brands as anti-semitic anyone who hopes that the Jews would
withdraw from the so-called occupied territories, in accordance with UN
resolutions and international law. Black has also said that what critics of
Ariel Sharon, are too cowardly to say is that they do not really believe
Israel has a right to exist.
I have reluctantly come to agree that Lord Black is right - not about the
cowardice or anti-semitism, but about the state of Israel's "right to
exist". Those of us Gentiles who have seen ourselves as friends of Israel
over the years, have gradually watched any hope of a peaceful "solution"
being destroyed by the policy of Israeli settlements in land that no
international lawyer believes to be theirs. This policy, if pursued by any
other nation on earth would be universally condemned and they would be
forced to withdraw.
Until President Bush is prepared to put American ground-troops into the
disputed lands and force out the illegal Jewish occupiers, then no one in
the world is going to believe in American foreign policy in the Muslim
world. What greater act of "terrorism" can there be than Sharon's policy of
invasion, backed up by (American-made) tanks and bombs? Israel is by
definition an aggressor, since it is occupying land that was already someone
else's homeland. Conrad Black and his allies are right.
The logic of supporting the Palestinians is to question the very right of
the state of Israel to exist. It is to that bitterly sad conclusion that the
policy of Ariel Sharon has driven so many of us. Of course we do not want
the Israelis to be "driven into the sea" (as in the ominous phrase of 1967).
But the 1948 experiment, - claiming the "Israelis" had the "right" to exist
as a state just because a few brave terrorists such as Menachem Begin killed
some British army officers - this was lazy thinking, and it was doomed to
failure. One now sees that Israel never was a state, and it can only be
defended by constant war. Is that what we want?
Individual posts do not necessarily reflect the views of Jannah.org, Islam, or all Muslims. All trademarks and copyrights on this page are owned by their respective owners. Comments are owned by the poster and may not be used without consent of the author.The rest © Jannah.Org