Dear American Media, the Israel-Palestine conflict is your doing

Published: June 3, 2015
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A Palestinian protesting for peace next to Israeli soldiers. PHOTO:REUTERS

Dear American Media,

I’m just asking you to tell America what’s going on in Gaza. Reveal without decreasing Palestinians to dehumanised numbers and rough generalisations, as have oppressors all through history.

I am not requesting that you quit loving Israel but rather give Palestinian suffering the same weight as Israeli enduring, and report all the facts.

I understand.  This is hard for you.

You’ve been recounted to one tale about the Israeli-Palestinian clash your whole lives.  However, you’ve most likely started to notice that the latest advancements do not generally line up with that story. You realise that accusing Israeli government approaches can be harmful to American politics, and you are probably struggling with your own questions about Israel’s justification for its current bombing of Gaza.

The truth however is, the US has facilitated an environment in which the Israeli government does not see an incentive to find a just peace, but is content to keep building settlements, and brutally beating back Hamas, and Palestinian civilians who stand in the way.

The US and Israel are so deeply intertwined politically and economically at this point, that a climate has developed to stifle criticism of Israel within the US, even more than within Israel itself.  American politicians can’t hope to question the unconditional nature of US support to Israel without seriously risking their careers.

America has been an interventionist and has time and again chosen to be the superhero who tries to save countries and people who are victims to treacherous leaders, terrorist attacks and lack of humanitarian policies… so what about Palestine?  Is it easy to choose when it’s a good time to start a war and a bad time not to because it would impact political relations?

More than 370,000 children have been left shell-shocked by last year’s Israeli attack on Gaza and after their crying fits, nightmares and frequent violent outbursts, these children are officially suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Due to this, they can never go to school again or for the rest of their lives without frequently being visited by visions of the blast. There is no shortage in Gaza of stories of severely traumatised children, still gripped by the after-effects of the war.

The 50-day conflict left 539 Palestinian children dead and close to 3,000 injured, but according to United Nations, the mental scars were just as devastating, if harder to quantify. Children who saw their siblings or parents killed, often gruesomely, have been left stricken and around 35 to 40 per cent of Gaza’s million children are suffering from shell-shock.

You watched Palestinians being targeted, as you silently symphatised the aftermath that unfolded, in this game of blood between Israel and Gaza. You watched, but you chose to tell Americans that Hamas simply began firing rockets at Israel with no clear rationale, and that Israel had no choice but to defend itself.

You chose to paint Americans a picture which portrayed an oppressed community as an insane aggressor, and Israel, a nation with one of the world’s most advanced militaries, as a victim that must defend itself by bombing Gaza.

It is a blessing  that more media and more overtly partisan media outlets are present now. The internet has given rise to champions of the left. Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms have helped spread the word and have facilitated facts with gruesome videos drawing out the harsh reality and pointing out the real victim in the story.

This is when people realised that your narrative doesn’t fit the facts, and this time, they noticed. Cowering behind the curtains of American politics and watchdogs, the existence of media institution comes to question.

This is a plea to the American media that you still shape the mighty arena of public opinion. You do play a role in affecting the electoral fate of political candidates who stands unabashedly against the never ceasing US support of Israel’s military.

You hold huge power in your hands, and it’s your will how justly you exercise it.

Yours sincerely,

Mishaal Shirazi

Mishaal Shirazi

Mishaal Shirazi

The author is a Portfolio Management analyst in New York.

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • ab1990

    I dont why people like this author live in usa and then criticize the country when they have given you citizenship.Recommend

  • Romaine

    And the “clear rationale” was?Recommend

  • unbelievable

    You can find more information about Palestine, Gaza and the Israeli conflict in USA than anyplace on the planet …. that includes the good, bad and ugly. Blaming the USA media is rather pathetic.Recommend

  • numbersnumbers

    Wow, what a biased article selling half-truths!
    Let’s see, Hamas declares that Israel should be wiped off the map, and that ALL ISRAELIS (including children!) are legitimate targets worthy of slaughter!
    During the last Gaza war, Hamas members kidnapped and murdered 3 Israeli teens, followed by Israelis killing a Palestinian teen, followed by Hamas launching near 100 rockets directly into Israeli civilian areas, followed by Israel retaliating UNTIL HAMAS QUIT LAUNCHING ROCKETS!
    As for poor Palestinian children, I find it interesting that Hamas could acquire a huge arsenal of military surface to surface rockets solely to launch into Israeli cities to kill civilians BUT BUILT NOT A SINGLE BOMB SHELTER TO PROTECT PALESTINIANS when those rockets were launched and the Israelis fired back!
    Since you, like so many others, feel that the Palestinians should be free to kill as many Israeli civilians as they wish, whenever they wish, but those big bad Israelis shouldn’t be allowed to shoot back, then that is the story line the American media will run with to expose your hypocrisy!
    BTW, curious how few ARAB countries ever want to accept Palestinian immigrants! Wonder Why?????Recommend

  • Taabish Khalani

    you being in NEW YORK can write this but EVEN THEN if we copy the whole material and paste it we will get killed by these bloody americans…THEY CAN NEVER TOLERATE SOMEONE STANDING AGAINST THEM
    EXAMPLE: CHINARecommend

  • Ari M. Eden

    When you look back at the entire history of the Arab Israeli conflict, the Arab claim to another homeland in Palestine is tenuous at best. The original Mandate of Palestine was declared to set up a Jewish and Arab homeland in the geographic region of Palestine. When Transjordan, today Jordan, was given to the Arabs it should have satisfied the requirement for the Arab half (actually more like 80 percent) and the Jews should have been left alone in their sovereign area. As we know, that was still too much for some Arabs to accept and we’ve seen continued fighting since 1948. Rather than go into any more history, let me just say that today’s Palestinian Arabs don’t have much of a case until they weed out all terrorist groups from among their presence and disarm. Until then, any claims of abuse by Israel are largely ridiculous IMO. Even UN groups and other bodies have found that Palestinian terrorist groups abuse and kill their own, so you can just imagine the evil tactics they attempt against their sworn enemy of Israel and the Jews. We see evidence of this by all the arm shipments they have received from their terrorist proxies and all the terror tunnels dug right into the heart of Israeli territory. An expose during the last Gaza war showed just how elaborate, time-consuming to build, and expensive these tunnels really are to anyone actually paying attention (and unfortunately many liberals don’t). Ironically, they used aid money to finance them, instead of helping their own. Now they have become infiltrated by ISIS on top of it. There is simply no way to take the word of people who have been infiltrated by such ruthless, sadistic, and evil elements. Until the so-called moderates stand up to them and weed them out, there will be no peace in the Palestinian territories, let alone with Israel. The answer is also not for Palestine to try to get their way with disingenuous, unilateral efforts as they have been trying. After starting all the wars, and losing them, they are not in the position to negotiate from strength that they seem to think they are. This has become a joke already. Get your own house in order and stop complaining. You talk about a just peace? Israel deserves that as well. They are by far the more aggrieved party here and the entire narrative has been hijacked by the deluded left, if not outright terrorist supporters. If Israel were really a ruthless aggressor as some falsely claim, the IDF could do away with the entire Palestinian population in about five minutes. Instead, they actually show empathy, perhaps too much so and to their detriment security wise, to neighbors who have been starting the conflicts, by in large, over the last 70 years. Ironically, it is the Arab brethren of the Palestinians who have truly ethnically cleansed the rest of the Middle East, besides Israel, of Jews, and now Christians, and other religious minorities. They’re even cutting the heads off children in the most sadistic manner imaginable these days. Yet these same Arabs have the nerve to endlessly complain about Israel, a country where they actually live better than in their own lands. If the Arab world truly cared about a just ending to this conflict, it would have ended years ago and any refugees could have been absorbed into the 20 plus Arab nations surrounding Israel, or even stay in Israel, a generous offer given the overall history and context, if they agreed to live in peace and refrain from hostilities. Those are the facts that the left conveniently ignores, and I’m sick and tired of reading biased and one-sided critiques of the sole Jewish state. It has to stop and the narrative needs revert back to telling the truth. I know that’s a novel concept for many on the left to accept, but they better try. Recommend

  • Ari M. Eden

    That’s a great point and I always find it especially infuriating. Some nerve actually. If we are so bad, why come here in the first place? Of course, most of them are hypocritical phonies, lol.Recommend

  • Milind A

    Why are Pakistanis obsessed with all the losers of the world – Palestinians, Rohingyas etc…? None of the other Muslim countries give a hoot to these… Most of these guys are enemies of progress, their problems are self-created by the obduracy and fundamentalism exhibited by Palestinians, Rohingyas..its better these are better left ignored..
    Surprisingly all the Pakistani canons fall silent, when oppression of Uighurs in China is discussed…Recommend

  • Ali

    Because inferiority complex is only in Pakistanis who are living in Pakistan.

    Its everyone’s RIGHT in USA to say and criticize in human activities by a n oppressive regime as Israel. But the point highlighted is that the media in America is also sold and hard to see that. Even Americans are writing such articles. It has nothing to do with citizenship.

    Tomorrow if I start criticizing NS or Zardari for its foreign policy that does’nt mean I have to leave the country.Recommend

  • Ali

    Looks like you don’t live in USA thats why your saying this.Recommend

  • Faulitics

    Another idiotic article which is inspired more by religious affinity than by any facts.Recommend

  • Basiclife1

    So in your world view, because a country gives you citizenship, you give up the right to criticise any of their actions?Recommend

  • seismann

    When whole of the Arab world,and Muslims all over the world are ready to push Israel into the sea,somebody has to stand by them. And your reading is probably too selective.Lots of media criticizes Israel for its aggressiveness.Have any newspaper or media in the Muslim world anything positive to say about israel and Jews?Recommend

  • Elbot

    IF Pakistani continue to think with their islamist mindset then days are not far when US will stop issuing visa to Pakistani.Recommend

  • Gullu Guddu and Gomnath.

    ‘…If we are so bad…’ ? Huh? Wha? Say again? But sir, you
    are an Israeli. When did you become an American?Recommend

  • Gul Zaman Ghorgasht

    Two of them ! In one photo ! Saving money?Recommend

  • Yitzhak Shamir Levy

    Did you practiced in front of the mirror? How best to deliver your
    monologue? It fell flat. Nobody reads a 10 page diatribe. Not even
    the hindu trolls. Who are your main audience. Try Bombay Mirror,
    Fox News, Hindustan Times, Daily Mail, Rupert’s Gazette, Murdoch’s
    Journal, The Hindu, Madras Times…Recommend

  • Visibly

    Of course she has the right to criticize her own country. Who are better to criticize that their own citizens?
    Whether the author is right in her criticism is another matter.Recommend

  • Gratgy

    This article is a classic case of blaming the messengerRecommend

  • Gratgy

    Try criticising the Pakistani army. Ask Hamid Mir. Too late to ask Saleem Shahzad thoughRecommend

  • Gratgy

    Pakistanis do not give a damn either. Its all part of the bluster. ZIa ul Haq took command of Jordan’s 2nd division during Black September and killed 25,000 Palestinians at the behest of Jordan. Zia ul haq was later awarded Jordan’s highest honor for the services rendered
    Founding fathers of Israel Moshe Dayan said: “Hussein (with help from Zia-ul-Haq) killed more Palestinians in eleven days than Israel could kill in twenty years.”Recommend

  • Janfrans Zuidema

    So in your world view, because a religion gives you membership, you give up the right to criticize any of their actions?Recommend

  • Ari M. Eden

    How on earth would you know, Gullu? Proud to be an American, born and raised, not that it’s any of your business.Recommend

  • Ari M. Eden

    If you are going to lie about them, yes.Recommend

  • Gullu Guddu and Gomnath

    Americans are nice polite people, sir. Not like you sir.
    The rednecks and white supremacists do make comments
    like yours. But they are computer illiterates, don’t own computers, sir. No sir, you are not American. Very sorry.
    Even your English is not American English, sir. We Indians
    can tell thisRecommend

  • Taabish Khalani

    does facebook charge us for not coming in a singal pic -_- ?????Recommend

  • Gul Zaman Ghorgasht

    You got a raise, it’s in the mail. Ranath Singh, Home Minister, approved.
    You will be getting Rs.15 a day now ! Rejoice. Ghanesha be praised.
    Hindustani postal service is ridiculous. You might get it by August.
    All senior trolls will receive Rs 15 now. Two month delay. Please
    use part of the money to build toilets.Recommend

  • Jor El

    Theres no Bombay Mirror … there’s a mumbai mirror though …Recommend

  • Ari M. Eden

    Excuse me good Sir, Gullu Guddu. You are of course quite wrong once again. If you care to point to some facts in my comments that you would dispute, be my guest and let’s have a discussion. Until then, deflection is an attribute of the uneducated in my view.Recommend

  • Maratha warrior

    Muslims should first apologize to Jews for crimes committed earlier. Jews have first right over Israel.Recommend

  • Gullu Guddu and Gomnath

    Sorry sir. have no desire to engage in a discussion with a
    bigot and a racist, sir.. We are not Muslims, but YOUR next
    target will very likely be Indian Hindus? Sikhs?…Buddhists?
    Thank you for the offer, sir, but we respectfully decline, sir.Recommend

  • Basiclife1

    It’s totalitarian thinking like that which causes so many problems.

    People are people, some good, some bad. You’ve either got to protect their rights all of time (even when they’re doing things you don’t like) or not bother at all.

    I can’t tell you how glad I am not to live in a country which behaves the way you described.Recommend

  • Basiclife1

    Not at all, where did I say/imply that? I think religion is ripe for endless criticism.

    All religion.Recommend

  • Basiclife1

    Not at all, where did I say/imply that? I think religion is ripe for endless criticism.

    All religion.Recommend

  • Basiclife1

    Not at all, where did I say/imply that? I think religion is ripe for endless criticism.

    All religion.Recommend

  • Basiclife1

    Not at all, where did I say/imply that? I think religion is ripe for endless criticism.

    All religion.Recommend

  • Basiclife1

    Not at all, where did I say/imply that? I think religion is ripe for endless criticism.

    All religion.Recommend

  • Basiclife1

    Not at all, where did I say/imply that? I think religion is ripe for endless criticism.

    All religion.Recommend

  • Basiclife1

    The problem is, nobody is ever happy with land being given away to someone else, especially when it’s imposed by foreign governments.

    In fact, I can’t think of a single example which hasn’t resulted in violence. Northern Ireland being a closer-to-home example.

    It’s hard to see Israel as the poor underdog when they keep grabbing more land (settlements), targeting hospitals in revenge for killed soldiers (was caught on radio), shooting anyone who doesn’t clear out of any area they dictate (on assumption that only combatants would stay behind), rigidly control imports to keep the economy barely above subsistence levels.

    If Israel could wipe out the Palestinians tomorrow without an international backlash, I think they’d take the opportunity.Recommend

  • Basiclife1

    The problem is, nobody is ever happy with land being given away to someone else, especially when it’s imposed by foreign governments.

    In fact, I can’t think of a single example which hasn’t resulted in violence. Northern Ireland being a closer-to-home example.

    It’s hard to see Israel as the poor underdog when they keep grabbing more land (settlements), targeting hospitals in revenge for killed soldiers (was caught on radio), shooting anyone who doesn’t clear out of any area they dictate (on assumption that only combatants would stay behind), rigidly control imports to keep the economy barely above subsistence levels.

    If Israel could wipe out the Palestinians tomorrow without an international backlash, I think they’d take the opportunity.Recommend

  • Basiclife1

    The problem is, nobody is ever happy with land being given away to someone else, especially when it’s imposed by foreign governments.

    In fact, I can’t think of a single example which hasn’t resulted in violence. Northern Ireland being a closer-to-home example.

    It’s hard to see Israel as the poor underdog when they keep grabbing more land (settlements), targeting hospitals in revenge for killed soldiers (was caught on radio), shooting anyone who doesn’t clear out of any area they dictate (on assumption that only combatants would stay behind), rigidly control imports to keep the economy barely above subsistence levels.

    If Israel could wipe out the Palestinians tomorrow without an international backlash, I think they’d take the opportunity.Recommend

  • Basiclife1

    The problem is, nobody is ever happy with land being given away to someone else, especially when it’s imposed by foreign governments.

    In fact, I can’t think of a single example which hasn’t resulted in violence. Northern Ireland being a closer-to-home example.

    It’s hard to see Israel as the poor underdog when they keep grabbing more land (settlements), targeting hospitals in revenge for killed soldiers (was caught on radio), shooting anyone who doesn’t clear out of any area they dictate (on assumption that only combatants would stay behind), rigidly control imports to keep the economy barely above subsistence levels.

    If Israel could wipe out the Palestinians tomorrow without an international backlash, I think they’d take the opportunity.Recommend

  • Basiclife1

    The problem is, nobody is ever happy with land being given away to someone else, especially when it’s imposed by foreign governments.

    In fact, I can’t think of a single example which hasn’t resulted in violence. Northern Ireland being a closer-to-home example.

    It’s hard to see Israel as the poor underdog when they keep grabbing more land (settlements), targeting hospitals in revenge for killed soldiers (was caught on radio), shooting anyone who doesn’t clear out of any area they dictate (on assumption that only combatants would stay behind), rigidly control imports to keep the economy barely above subsistence levels.

    If Israel could wipe out the Palestinians tomorrow without an international backlash, I think they’d take the opportunity.Recommend

  • Basiclife1

    The problem is, nobody is ever happy with land being given away to someone else, especially when it’s imposed by foreign governments.

    In fact, I can’t think of a single example which hasn’t resulted in violence. Northern Ireland being a closer-to-home example.

    It’s hard to see Israel as the poor underdog when they keep grabbing more land (settlements), targeting hospitals in revenge for killed soldiers (was caught on radio), shooting anyone who doesn’t clear out of any area they dictate (on assumption that only combatants would stay behind), rigidly control imports to keep the economy barely above subsistence levels.

    If Israel could wipe out the Palestinians tomorrow without an international backlash, I think they’d take the opportunity.Recommend

  • Ari M. Eden

    Well, if you read what I wrote, you can see Israel as the victim IMO. You just have to take the entire history and context into consideration. Very few do, which is why Israel is not seen as the underdog anymore, but it’s a simplistic and quite foolish reading of history. The settlements are largely a red herring btw. It’s really not much land in total and Israel can lay out a clear legal and moral reasoning for taking that land. As I mentioned, it’s still far less land than Jews were forced to evacuate and give up at the hand of Arabs. Instead of placing all the pressure on Israel, it’s time for the international community to place some on the Arabs and force all the surrounding Arab countries to take some responsibility for the Arab refugee problem they are more guilty of creating than Israel IMO. I don’t blindly advocate wiping out a bunch of people, but in some sense, the Arab world has done this to Jews and Christians, without the world really caring. Would Israel be justified in returning the favor? Good question. Still, there are more diplomatic and humane ways to solve the problem and it’s time for the Arab world to step up if they really want peace, but I’m not sure they do. In fact, I kind of doubt it sadly.Recommend

  • Ari M. Eden

    It’s my point exactly that the Arabs don’t protect the lives of Jews, Christians, and other minorities, than they cry at the retribution. Their behavior is hypocritical, not Israel’s.Recommend

  • Basiclife1

    Yes, blame it all on “Arabs”. Any Arabs in particular or just all of them generally? Can you see the racism in your statement?

    And let’s be frank, the “retribution” you talk of is illegal under international law. No two ways about it. By your own argument, they deserve some retribution of their own, don’t they? If not, why not?

    Germany attacked a fair portion of Europe. They were bombed, beaten and sanctioned, but nobody started building settlements…Recommend

  • Basiclife1

    So what you’re really saying is that while Israel was given half the area, they actually deserve all of it and it’s up to the surrounding countries to absorb the people you want to displace?

    Easy to understand why Israel is so disliked.

    Let’s move on to history… Which reading of history justifies Israel taking land from beyond its borders? In fact, let’s start a little simpler – what does Israel consider to be its borders?

    Claiming the settlements are a small percentage of the land is disingenuous. The settlements themselves may be but the associated infrastructure including roads, military bases, exclusion zones, etc… The figure goes up considerably. More to the point, NONE is the only acceptable answer. It’s not your land. I don’t understand why it’s such a difficult concept for you?

    “. I don’t blindly advocate wiping out a bunch of people, but in some sense, the Arab world has done this to Jews and Christians, without the world really caring. Would Israel be justified in returning the favor? Good question.”

    No, atrocious question that nobody with a shred morality would even consider. You’re supposed to be a modern society (at least that’s how you try to present yourselves). How about acting like one?Recommend

  • Ari M. Eden

    You show a complete lack of understanding of history. If you did, you would realize that Israel is actually 80 percent smaller of what was originally promised to them under the Mandate of Palestine. That original ruling still holds legality despite any attempts of the UN to undermine it. The creation of Jordan should have satisfied the requirement of a partition between Jewish and Arab land. The Jews accepted. The Arabs did not and now want a second state at the expense of Israel. Actually, they are the ones who want it all if you read their charters and see their long refusal to recognize the Jewish state by in large. Israel has never defined her borders, but there are historic considerations you can point to. One, is biblical Israel. That country was far bigger and even I’ll admit returning to those borders is not too likely. More reasonable would be the borders defined by the creation of Jordan or the borders Israel won fair and square in the defensive war of 1967. At the very least, they should get Jerusalem as it has only been the capital of 1 state in history, to add to the current territory. The Arabs don’t get to dictate terms after starting and losing all the wars, as well as after their despicable treatment of Jews in all their vast lands where they persecuted Jews for centuries and displaced them of more rights, property, land, etc., etc. You really think it’s fair for Arabs to displace all the Jews and then get the claim to her territory too, lol. IF the world only focuses on the Arab plight and ignores the history, they are simply a bunch of hypocrites in my book.Recommend

  • Ari M. Eden

    You are ignoring the part of what the Arabs did to Jews. I see you don’t want to focus on that and then you have the nerve to cry racism too, lol. You are the one who wants to blame it all on Jews and you’re not racist, calling me racist instead, lol. Of course Arabs are Arabs, hence the name Arab, given to the people who originally spread out of Arabia. That is not racist. That is simply fact, as is the deplorable treatment Jews have received at their hands since the creation of Islam, well before the rebirth of Israel. They don’t deserve retribution of their own because they are the ones who started it. Pretty simple to understand, no? Unless you have blinders on, which I have a feeling is the case sadly. Don’t think I’ll be changing your view of things, so let’s leave it there.Recommend

  • Basiclife1

    “Biblical Israel”… FFS Yet another example of warped religious thinking screwing up the planet. Who cares what the situation was 2,000 years ago? Let alone questions about the veracity of the document in question.

    “The Arabs don’t get to dictate terms after starting and losing all the wars” Interesting reading of history there. Begin admitted in 1982 that Israel started three of them.

    Who cares how many states Jerusalem has been capital of? Why is that relevant?

    It’s this sense of entitlement mixed with brutal treatment of anyone who disagrees that results in the global condemnation of Israel as an unreasonable bully.

    If you’d stuck to the 1948 borders, repelled some (unjustified) attacks and maintained the moral high ground, you’d have overwhelming support internationally. Instead you used the attacks as an excuse to start a land grab which has continued to this day. Is it any wonder you’re international pariahs?Recommend

  • Basiclife1

    Ok, let’s be clear. I couldn’t give a damn what religion anyone is. Frankly I think Muslims, Jews, Christians and all the others are equally deluded but as far as I’m concerned, it’s your right to believe any myth you choose.

    So to be explicit, it isn’t Jews I have an issue with, it’s the Israeli government’s actions. You can try and conflate the two as much as you like but it doesn’t change the fact.

    If you’re arguing that Jews have been badly treated by Muslims over the centuries, I won’t disagree. I can’t think of _any_ religion that hasn’t treated other religions badly.

    The question is, how far back do you go to justify your actions? Pick any point in time and one group has a moral right ot be upset with another, but I have to ask “who cares”?

    Instead, why don’t we look at the situation _today_. It’s the only thing we’re able to change.

    Unfortunately, it seems Israel is singularly unable to let go of the hatred, the persecution complex or the desire to grab ever more land.Recommend

  • Ari M. Eden

    I am looking at the situation today. I see this. Israel is the only country that comes close to a democracy in that region by far. Is she perfect? No, but what state is and Israel is surrounded by enemies geographically and politically across the globe. She has a very good reason to be testy at times, especially given the overall context and history. Again, as for today, Israel is clearly in control of the land and the facts on the ground. It’s the Muslims who don’t want to let things go and continue to incited hatred and violence vs. the tiny Jewish state. The Jews are never going to give up the nation they fought so hard to reclaim and the Muslims just have to learn to accept that. Many haven’t yet, but this is going back to 1948 and Israel has won all the wars and only strengthened her positions. She now has a majority in all of Jerusalem and those are the facts. Then actually could be peace tomorrow. It’s the Arabs who have rejected countless land for peace deals in Gaza and most of the West Bank, not Israel. Nothing is enough for Arabs and if you’re really paying attention you see that their agenda is really to destroy the sole Jewish state at all costs. When Israel left Gaza, all she got was more rockets and terror tunnels dug into her territory. Israel has absolutely no basis to offer more when the Arabs have never kept their pledge to disarm. When Israel is hit, she will respond back hard, and maybe sometimes some innocents die who are being used as shields for terrorists. That’s an unfortunate fact of any war, but if you don’t want that, don’t start conflicts. I don’t know where you see that it’s Israel who can’t let go of the hatred. Any reasonable person should see that there is far less hate coming from the Israeli side than the reverse. Do Israelis allow 2 million Arabs to live in greater Israel and relatively well? Do Israelis allow Arabs to participate in governments? To live and pray freely? How many Jews are allowed in the Palestinian territories? Virtually none and they cry every time a new settlement pops up. Even if the land were to remain a part of a future Palestinian state, why can’t any Jews live there? The answer is racism, pure and simple. They want the areas Judenrhein, like virtually the rest of the Arab and Muslim world and people have the nerve to target Israel and the Jews as racists? This is selective moral outrage and completely disingenuous. With all due respect, I believe you’ve been brainwashed by the Islamist or deluded liberal side of things who look at things in a vacuum. I probably won’t change your mind, as people tend to be stubborn, but I suggest you do some more reading on the history of the conflict, with sources from all sides, before sticking to your conclusions. Things don’t happen in isolation and revenge and vindication are indeed a part of the equation whether you like it or not too. It is a fact that Israel and the Jews were treated far worse by Muslims and they don’t have to bend over backwards now for them at every turn, especially when doing so will endanger the one Jewish state and Arabs have 22 nations of their own surrounding her, and there are many other Muslim and Christian nations on top of that. If you could convince all these lands to give up their religious identities, you would have a much stronger case in singling out Israel. That’s not happening any time soon, so the sick and singular focus on Israel is laughable and pathetic, and in almost all cases, truly anti-Semetic. Picking on the Jews and Israel alone fits that description to a T. Sorry, that’s just the way I see things.Recommend

  • Rajiv

    If you don’t want to be slapped , don’t poke others in the eye.
    Philistines should learn to live peacefully.Recommend

  • http://solomon2.blogspot.com/ Solomon2

    Nuts. You want a fact-filled picture of why Israel and Arabs are still in conflict? Read Catch The Jew! by Tuvia Tenenbom. It’s the Europeans and NGOs who fund and encourage Israel-hatred among the Arabs and themselves. In return Europe gets to feel relieved of their Holocaust burden and “moderate” PLO leaders have pledged not to commit terrorism in the West.Recommend

  • His Excellency

    Why do you support Islamist Hamas’ actions?Recommend

  • His Excellency

    Israel didn’t start any of the wars. It was the Islamists and Baathists that started the wars.Recommend

  • His Excellency

    No they wouldn’t. On the other hand, if Hamas could, it would wipe Israel off the map, as its charter clearly states. The reason why that hasn’t happened is because of the free world.Recommend

  • His Excellency

    Simple criticism is one thing, but it’s another thing to hate your adoptive country. Recommend

  • Basiclife1

    The reason it hasn’t is America attempting to support a state in the Middle East who doesn’t hate them. The rest of the free world is vehemently opposed to Israel’s endless land grab/purging. (See all the UN resolutions).

    As to Hamas, yes it’s clearly a terrorist organisation but if your people had been brutalised for generations, I doubt you’d be thinking “Hmmm I should write to someone and complain…” also, let’s be realistic, Hamas is no threat given the disproportionate military strengthRecommend

  • Basiclife1

    It was the surrounding Arab nations that started the first war, agreed.

    As to the rest, I guess Begin was just wrong and you know Israeli history far better than one of its Prime Ministers?Recommend

  • Basiclife1

    I don’t, but I understand them. Keep a population oppressed long enough and eventually you’ll create a resistance movement. Happened in the US once, remember?Recommend

  • razdanraz

    Shirazi’s article is honest and truthful. Recommend

  • Myrna Minkoff

    American the author is not helping feed the Muslim outrage machine! How can we continue to radicalise young Muslim men with videos about Israel, Palestine, Kashmir, Iraq etc etc if the media doesn’t help us?
    Recommend

  • Myrna Minkoff

    You are fighting a losing battle. You can try to educate and reason but Pakistani media and society prefers to listen to terrorist propaganda.
    It helps them recruit young idiots to their myriad terrorist groups. Don’t try to make them see sense or they will be upset, just like the author.Recommend

  • Myrna Minkoff

    Dear moderators, You mutilated my comment beyond comprehension.
    Maybe you should change it to “American media is not helping the author to”
    I can’t believe you are editing the comments, just dont approve them if they do not fit your sensibilities. You have no right to modify the meaning of the comments!Recommend