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Initiative to Support Israel Poses Questions for Countries

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A new global group of leaders warns of the dangers to democracy itself by failing to support Israel. It seeks to change a growing trend that questions Israel's right to exist.

An international group of leading politicians, business and thought leaders have formed a new group called “Friends of Israel Initiative”. As the name suggests, the purpose of the group is to support Israel. The support for Israel is different than what one would expect. Its stated goal is to bring reason and decency back to the discussion of Israel which in some circles is considered a pariah.

The group is composed of prominent individuals from both western democracies and third world countries. The list includes leaders from the U.S. (John Bolton, former ambassador to the United Nations and George Weigel of the Ethics and Public Policy Center), Spain (Jose Maria Aznar, former prime minister and Carlos Bustelo, former minister of industry), Northern Ireland (David Trimble, former 1st minister), Peru (Alejandro Toledo, former president), Italy (Marcello Pera, former president of the senate and Fiamma Nirenstein of the Committee on Foreign Affairs), England (Andrew Roberts, acclaimed historian) and France (Robert Agostinelli, managing director of the Rhone group LLC).

This eclectic group is tired and more so, afraid, of the unfair bashing that Israel has suffered especially in situations where it acted in its own self defense like the recent flotilla crisis and the conflict in Gaza. It seeks to change the negative image Israel has in the minds of many people and to turn the focus to its right as a democracy to self defense and peaceful coexistence. The Group also stresses the linkage between the U.S. and other democracies to the fate of Israel implying that what hurts Israel will eventually hurt other democracies.

In an article published in the Wall Street Journal, the Group set forth its beliefs, principles and aims.

First, Israel is a normal Western democracy with characteristics common to Western society like a parliamentary and legal system and strong educational, cultural and research institutions.

Second, Israel has the right to exist as a country and derives its legitimacy from internal law through the 1947 U.N. resolution that created it. It is established on land that has had unbroken Jewish connections for thousands of years.

Third, it has the basic right to self defense as all countries do. This is all the more important as it is surrounded by terror groups like Hamas and Hezbollah.

Fourth, countries that oppose terrorist and radical Islam need to remember that Israel is on their side and is on the front line of that fight. The democratic world cannot sacrifice Israel to appease Islamism without losing their own battle eventually.

Fifth, the Israelis and Palestinians must know how to and construct a viable peace on their own. Other good intentioned countries can try to facilitate the process but the two parties must find the solution.

Sixth and finally, all people need to be aware that the campaign against Israel today in many parts of the world and in institutions like the U.N. has the possibility of reawakening anti-Semitism that has plagued the world in the past.

This is a good and important start for a global effort to restore Israel’s standing in the world community. Strong voices and actions by individuals like these who can see clearly the ugliness and the unfairness of attacks on Israel and who seek to change the mindset of nations and their leaders is an important step to protect Israel and thereby democracy itself. It is proof once again of how interlocked countries are to each other. The days of appeasement have to be over or the lesson learned in the 1940s will be repeated. This time with more deadly consequences.

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By JJFCPA on July 09, 2010 at 12:01 pm

I do not believe that Israel always makes the right decisions or takes the right actions. However, I do believe 2 points very stronly. First, they are unfairly attacked by many countries for acts of self defense like the Goldstone report endorsed by the U.N. The 2nd is that they are a country surrounded by radicals and terrorists who would annihilate the country and the Jews if they could. They are an ally of the U.S., a democracy and a country that wants peace. They want to allow the Palestinians to have their own country and have attempted to do so many times before - take the Oslo accords as 1 example. I applaud the new Initiative. While I am not Jewish nor Muslim, I see the threat they face and know that they need as much support as possible.

Many of the Israeli actions that bother you are the result of actions taken against them. Who sent rockets into Israel before the Gaza war?

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By Dan Ehrlich on July 09, 2010 at 06:53 pm

Do you see how Hurricane gets his juices flowing...he has nothing else in his shallow life. Everytime Israel or Jews are mentioned here, Hurricane Idiot has to chime in with his ill informed one sided views, the standard motis for the anti semite. For here is a prime example of a racist in liberal clothing...a guy who somehow feels he can ignore the real world around him so he can home in one one people.

Oh, and lacking original thought, Hurricane loves to quote other writers. So, taking a page from his book, read the UK based Prospect Magazine's assessment of the Middle echoes much of what I have written on this site.

What people such this guy does isn't too different from what the people of York did during the Middle Ages. Told a lie that the Jews of the town had ritually killed a Christian child to drink his blood, the townspeople massacred the entire community.

First, he wants us to believe that survivors of WW2 concentration camps, who had never even seen an Arab, came to Israel to kick Arabs out of their homes. Now, he feels a the settlement policy is ethnic cleansing. Well, there are still plenty of Arabs in the region. And there probably wouldn't be so may settlements if the Arabs had made peace with Israel. To the victor belongs the spoils. And the more settements the more pressure is put on the Arabs to make peace.

The other day I read a piece from the Al Jazeera website, of all places, about the last Jew in Baghdad. It told the story of a once large Jewish community decimated by the Iraqis. That's ethnic cleansing.

This is all part of the grand liberal hypocrisy...the same people who campaign for human rights, homosexual rights, civil rights and women's rights, support the Palestinians, extremely conservative people, who reject all of these causes to the point of murder.\

Before Hurricane and people like him mouth off about Israel, they should take a look at our own country. If there ever was a place that has no right to exist it's America, a land stolen from the native inhabitants by non indigenous foreigners.

And, more and more in the USA, when the state or local authority wants your home, they hit you with a compulsory purchase order.,,,forcing you an American into the street. Of course, the banks are also great at this.

But, Hurricane never mentions this because it's not Israel. But, like America, Israel's main right to exist is simple because its there. So once again I will offer him some advice: Get a job, get a life, get a wife.

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By Marga on July 09, 2010 at 07:16 pm

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By boazl on July 10, 2010 at 07:05 pm

aparthide is an ideoligy that praises segregation. it's a semi nazi idology that talks about reletivness of races and nations. zionisim started as a spiritual national( not nationalist) movement that talked about a change for the jews living as second class citizens around ther world especialy in eastern europe. zionisim is about alowing the jews like other nations in the world to have there own state in there new old land they were exlide from. the arabs which since the 20th century (1923) call them self palastinains are decendts of the arab invasion to israerl or palastine or whatever you call it in 650 a.d.

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By boazl on July 10, 2010 at 07:07 pm

the moment palstinan society turned towards suice attacks on civilians it lost its support and empathy among israeli peace camp. because a society that praises suicide of its own people is a very sick one. and im sorry but its funny to here from them about human rights.

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By boazl on July 10, 2010 at 07:10 pm

israeli law system:

in israel ther is no law who prohebits the 1.3 milion arab citizens from any right. they are elected to paraliament although most there members attack israeli government on a daily basis. there are israeli arab generals in the idf and judges including in the supream court. arabic is one of three official languages in israel and all government publications are in both hebrew and arabic.

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By boazl on July 10, 2010 at 07:16 pm

after israel unilatraly withdrew from gaza including evacuation of all the jewish viliges it got more and more and more rockets. who talks about the poor isralei children living around gaza that where shot rockets at every day for 9 years. is that a colecrive punisjment or what? does that even make any sense? the blockade on gaza started as an initive by israel, the palastinian authority, egypt and the six super powers after a militiray revolotuion occured in gaza wich overthrew the elkected government and hijacked the ppor gaza citizens for hamas is agenda which includes more war, and no willing to talk to israel or the palastinian autority.

no as an israeli leader what you do? put yourself in israeli position and tell me what would YOU have done?

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By boazl on July 10, 2010 at 07:25 pm

zionisim means returnig the jews what has been taken from them. colonialisim means taking someone elses land cause i am superior. the plasatins have invaded israel since the jews were exiled. and now what is left from the jews came back to israel and demanded there share in the land. almost every arab village's in israel or the west bank is an arab translation of the old hebrew name of the village. the el aksa mosque of jerusalem was built on top of the rouns of the jewish temple. that was the original crime against humanity. so its either you agree to the archioligcal facts, historical ones of were the jews came from or you dont.

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By boazl on July 10, 2010 at 07:28 pm

"Anti-Zionism = Anti-Semitism"

- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

". . . You declare, my friend, that you do not hate the Jews, you are merely 'anti-Zionist.' And I say, let the truth ring forth from the high mountain tops, let it echo through the valleys of God's green earth: When people criticize Zionism, they mean Jews--this is God's own truth.

"Antisemitism, the hatred of the Jewish people, has been and remains a blot on the soul of mankind. In this we are in full agreement. So know also this: anti-Zionist is inherently antisemitic, and ever will be so.

"Why is this? You know that Zionism is nothing less than the dream and ideal of the Jewish people returning to live in their own land. The Jewish people, the Scriptures tell us, once enjoyed a flourishing Commonwealth in the Holy Land. From this they were expelled by the Roman tyrant, the same Romans who cruelly murdered Our Lord. Driven from their homeland, their nation in ashes, forced to wander the globe, the Jewish people time and again suffered the lash of whichever tyrant happened to rule over them.

"The Negro people, my friend, know what it is to suffer the torment of tyranny under rulers not of our choosing. Our brothers in Africa have begged, pleaded, requested--DEMANDED the recognition and realization of our inborn right to live in peace under our own sovereignty in our own country.

"How easy it should be, for anyone who holds dear this inalienable right of all mankind, to understand and support the right of the Jewish People to live in their ancient Land of Israel. All men of good will exult in the fulfilment of God's promise, that his People should return in joy to rebuild their plundered land.

This is Zionism, nothing more, nothing less.

"And what is anti-Zionist? It is the denial to the Jewish people of a fundamental right that we justly claim for the people of Africa and freely accord all other nations of the Globe. It is discrimination against Jews, my friend, because they are Jews. In short, it is antisemitism.

"The antisemite rejoices at any opportunity to vent his malice. The times have made it unpopular, in the West, to proclaim openly a hatred of the Jews. This being the case, the antisemite must constantly seek new forms and forums for his poison. How he must revel in the new masquerade! He does not hate the Jews, he is just 'anti-Zionist'!

"My friend, I do not accuse you of deliberate antisemitism. I know you feel, as I do, a deep love of truth and justice and a revulsion for racism, prejudice, and discrimination. But I know you have been misled--as others have been--into thinking you can be 'anti-Zionist' and yet remain true to these heartfelt principles that you and I share.

Let my words echo in the depths of your soul: When people criticize Zionism, they mean Jews--make no mistake about it."

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By boazl on July 10, 2010 at 07:52 pm

you havent responded to a thing i said. and im sorry i prefer to listen to dr. king.

you are just one track minded, you dont know a thing about geography or demography of the middle east. and then you interfere in other countries lifes and stories.

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By boazl on July 10, 2010 at 07:54 pm

you cant even state a list of 5 of the first zionist leaders say how do you know what they said. have you evre travelked to the middle east or israel? i guess not

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By boazl on July 10, 2010 at 08:09 pm

when did a plastinin state ever exist?

give us one attribute of the palstinian cultre.

one plastinan leader before the 20th century.

when was jerusalem ever a capital of the paslatinians ?

where did the jews arrive in europe from if not from israel?

how does islam refer to jews?

which zioinst leader ever talked about argentina?

what did the zionist congress have to say about the british suggestion for uganda? if not a big NO! (1903)

who in gaza elected hamas to have a military revolotion? and does election of a party allow it to ban democratic elections for ever?

what international commitee investigated the suiciad bomb attacks who killed 1500 israelis?

didnt the 1967 crisses start with nasser imposing ablockade on israeli harbor of eilat? swearing it will destroy it?

what did the palstinain leadreship say about the 1947 un decision to cut the land in to two: NO.

what diud the israeli leadrshup have to say: YES

which is country is controlled by a minority in a deadly dictatorship: syria by the allawy fraction (9% of syrian population who control all of the goverment).

which country has been obducted by iranian imperalism: lebanon by the hizbaalla shiay party who is an iranian pupet

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By boazl on July 10, 2010 at 08:14 pm

and by the way hirsch was a rabbi and this is not a theolgical debate.

its not a religion question? does god want the jews to come back to israel. its a secular discussion about the right of nations to define there own course and self determination.

israel belongs to the jews not because of god but becuase histrocial and archilogical facts show its right.

zionism was never a religious movement. never. its was and is a freedom movement.

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By boazl on July 10, 2010 at 08:17 pm

so herzel said in his diary? so...

did the jews except it? no. did the zioinst congress agree? no. becasue that would of been colonialism.

herzel wanted to save the jews and he didnt realy care how from the european attitude towards them and israel was a country with no infstructe and no water and controled by the ottomans. so thought of a quick solotion. and the zionists didnt agree. so it dosent matter today at all

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By boazl on July 10, 2010 at 08:32 pm

hirsch was one rabbi who presented one theoligcal thought of his. most rabbis disagreed with him and would disagree with him. in the mean time you have enough homework to answer. and i only hope youll start being open minded towards middle eastern history and not try implementing post colonilistic theories which just dont fit this story. but i prefern beeing on the side of the great leaders of this world who gave the jews ther right to go back home. I hope youll start researching abit more about history.. :)

good night from Jerusalem

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By boazl on July 10, 2010 at 09:01 pm

i dare you to respond to the questions i have asked you

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By boazl on July 11, 2010 at 06:40 pm

:) even your bible you havent read...poor you!

The jews came from israel to egypt and then returned back.

I considered you as more knowlidged person about the middle east history but i guess your not so let me enlighten you: Palastine is a name which was given to israel at 130 ad after the won the last big rebbelion of the jews before the exile. the name of jerusalem was changed to ilia capitolina and judea changed into palastine to commemorate the philistinanes who were long vanished from the face of the earth. it was a very common strategy among the romans in lands the conquered.

from 1490 until 1917 the whole middle east was controlled by the turks and the israelqpalastine area was part of the syrian province. until 1923 no one ever refferd to it as plastine.

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By boazl on July 11, 2010 at 06:53 pm

The palsatinas were never a nation and they never had any common history before. most of them ara arabs who moved here during the british colonalization period just like the jews. some decentens of the arabs who invaded israel in 650 A.D. and were the last to exile jews.

If you were a real historian you would of known that islam can not deffer the palastina from there fellow arabs cause its the same religion. like a frenchman would never say hes french because only because of his catholic.

They dont have a language, common history, any famoul leaders, writers, poets. scientists and thats because they never were a nation until the jews started returning to israel and the started to creat them self as the comunity who opposes the jewish return to israel.

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By boazl on July 11, 2010 at 06:56 pm

oh and by the way jesus and john the baptist and all the first christians were.... JEWS. so they can claim they came from jerusalem for that reason exacly.

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By boazl on July 13, 2010 at 06:53 pm

jews are the from the judean tribe (one out of 12). the area of judea is from jerusalem to hebron. judaism as we now it started in jerusalem. I wont even answer your thelogical discussion cause nobody realy cares about it. and it is totaly irelevent. Im sorry to tell you but everyone knows that south africa has nothing to do with the israeli story. except in your sick mind. palastine as i said before is a name used for israel since the romans. but the first arabs who started calling them self palastinans started to do so only on 1923.

The word indiginous which is so not relevent to this conflict is by the way a total reletive one. your problem is lack of recognitian the the jews actualy lived in israel in the part and that is just untrue. you claim jews come were planing to establish a state in argentina or god knows were and that only because of your ignorance about the place of israel and jerusalem in jewish cultre, religion and history.

Any way, We the majority of Israelis have recognized the palastian right for an establishment of a state in plastine. but not on our account of taking our rights back since they were the ones who conquered our land last. we our the true indigionus as you call them. I guess its hard for you to understad that since you probably dont know how your family even got to america and what indigionus indian territory your family is living right now.

As Martin Luther King said before. zionism is the letting the jews go back to their land and excepting there history and rights in palastine. your nothing more then a history denayer and a brain washer.

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By boazl on July 14, 2010 at 04:47 am

Again you use your pseudo-academic theories do disguise your hatred towards israel. milions of refugese were sent out since 1945 in the world and have never got any right to return. from the 15 milion germans forcley kicked out after the war from all over easter europe to germany to the turks, greeks, russians. All over the world refuges settled in their new countries and nobody will ever say they have "A right to return". But In the Israeli-Arab conflict the refugues all still live in the u.n camps, their host "brother arab" countries wont move a finger for them. All brainwashed with faulse hopes as if israel a country of 21000 skm which is today one of the most highly populated states in the western world will just let them come in and give them the whole country.

That is not realistic- and its a shame cause those refugues could gone on with their lifes instead of been pawns in the hands of the DICTATORSHIP brothers who surrond Israel and our just enjoying the fight.

The arab should learn fom the german refuges of the WWII who settled in germany and went on with their life.

and the greeks and turks and jews from arab states that all went over with their life.

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