LOS ANGELES, December 27, 2016 — The end of 2016 is gestating the biggest existential threat to Israel’s existence since 1948. The dates and names change, but the blind hatred for the world’s only Jewish state continues. As Jews celebrate Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, the world’s anti-Israel forces remain mired in intellectual and ethical darkness.
In 1948, the United Nations partitioned Palestine into two states. The Jewish state of Israel would live next to an Arab state for a people who would eventually call themselves “Palestinians.” Arabs already controlled 22 nation-states.
World history that showed Jews living for thousands of years has never found a trace of Palestinians existing before 1964. The people calling themselves “Palestinians” are displaced Jordanians and Egyptians with no connection to Judea and Samaria. They were nevertheless given their own state in 1948. Rather than live there peacefully and build it into a prosperous state, they made the first of many terrible choices.
Arabs from six nations attacked Israel in the first of many attempts to wipe the Jewish state from existence. Israel won the war, and Israel’s enemies whipped themselves into greater rage. Their 1948 defeat by Israeli Jews is called by Arabs the “Nakba,” or catastrophe.
In addition to Islamist attempts to destroy Israel, other entities have contributed to the anti-Jewish hostility. The United Nations is a playground for Islamic nations obsessed with destroying Israel. Over the last 40 years, global leftists have joined to bash Israel at every turn. Some are anti-Semites, while others are horrendously misinformed.
The results are the same. Palestinian suicide bombers get a free pass while Israel is attacked for building new homes.
The latest excuse for hatred of Israel is the Israeli settlements. Israel won the West Bank and the Gaza Strip in the 1967 war, after Arabs again prepared to destroy Israel, and failed. Winning a war usually means keeping the land. Israel never formally declared ownership of the land, but they won it and the Arabs lost it. Arabs call these territories occupied. They are disputed, not occupied.
Global leftists including President Obama believe that Israeli settlements in the West Bank are an obstacle to peace. This position is as morally bankrupt as it is intellectually bankrupt. The obstacle to peace is that Arabs keep trying to murder Jews. Israel withdrew every Jew from Gaza and gave it to the Palestinians. The Palestinians were given beautiful greenhouses. Rather than cultivate produce in them, they blew them up and then wondered why their living conditions were so squalid.
Now Obama, in a middle finger gesture to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has decided to use the United Nations to further try and delegitimize Israel. The U.N. Security Council passed a resolution on Friday that could even make it illegal for Jews to live in the Jewish Quarter of the Old city of Jerusalem.
Palestinians live in misery because they never stopped referring to Israel as the Nakba. Obama has now become a catastrophe. His bullying of Israel will not bring peace. The inevitable backlash has already brought American anger toward the United Nations. Calls to defund and even withdraw from this corrupt institution are escalating. While leftist Jews continue to back Obama, many of them have a history of anti-Israel attitudes every bit as noxious as non-Jewish global leftists.
Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry have rewarded the Palestinians by forcing concessions on Israel without any requirement that Palestinians give up their life of terrorism. President-Elect Donald Trump has vowed that things will change upon his taking office on January 20th, 2017.
For Israelis and Jews who are not self-hating, this day cannot come soon enough.
The man who won the Nobel Peace Prize has fomented war around the globe. He has destabilized Egypt, Libya, Iraq and Syria. He then tried to destabilize Israel, first by trying to overthrow democratically elected leader Netanyahu and then by using the United Nations to attack Netanyahu’s country.
Israel is not the catastrophe. Her enemies are the catastrophe. The United Nations has always been every bit as much of an enemy as the Islamists and the Arabs inventing themselves as Palestinians.
Now an American president, with the full aid of naive, blind politically liberal Jews, has added himself to the list of those who want to bring down Israel.
President Obama was a catastrophe on many levels, but now he is officially The Catastrophe.
Long after he leaves office, he will forever be Barack “Onakba.”