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Obsessive Compulsive Israel Disorder

February 6, 2011 – 9:57 pm42 Comments

By Kovi Rose

Enough With The BDS and OCID, it’s time we SAFRLFG, and accept that JIP.

Having just returned from my year away in Israel, I come back with a fresh and more informed perspective on the conflict in the Middle East. I no longer find myself wondering why Israel left Gaza, nor why people seem to think that Israelis are rude narcissists. However, what does trouble me now, is the world’s inability to step away from the rhetoric, and look at the facts on the ground (SAFRLG). In addition to this, the world media constantly ignores supporters of Israel who advocate facts and justice; often dismissing them as  ‘extremist zionists’. And whilst the entire world is calling for a two-state solution, it naively ignores the fact that such a solution was already put in place almost 90 years ago.

If Israel were among a number of countries being dealt with harshly for human-rights abuse, it would be understandable. In reality though, “while millions of people world-wide are massacred, raped and starved… The U.N. and world media suffer from Obsessive Compulsive Israel Disorder [OCID]” (FreeMiddleEast). One can ignore the fact that by 2006, U.N. resolutions condemning Israel equalled those of all other country-specific resolutions combined. Similarly, approximately 5.4 million people have been killed over the course of the conflict in Congo alone, yet Israel – a country with a total population of only 7.4 million – has featured in the news far more often. From this we can see how caught up the world has become with OCID and consequently, organisations calling for the Boycotting, Divesting, and Sanctioning of Israel have been formed.

In contrast however, there are of course many people out there who continue to advocate strongly for Israel. Although people like Anna Baltzer (see here) will say that Israeli Settlements in the ‘West Bank’ are “built illegally on Palestinian land”, the Israel Advocacy group, StandWithUs, proves otherwise. StandWithUs produces an information booklet (West Bank: Settlements, Communities, and Facts on The Ground) that includes a lot of important information related to Judea and Samaria, including the fact that the Oslo Accords granted full Israeli control over all Israeli settlements (known as “Area C”) .Aside from organisations like StandWithUs, and people like Neil Lazarus (see here), there are many impartial supporters. The late Sir Robert Jennings, for example, was a fellow of the Jesus College, Cambridge and had no connection to Judaism or Israel, yet was able see the “morally shocking… [and] unlawful” maltreatment of Israel within the United Nations.

Similarly, Geert Wilders, has advocated Israel as an unbiased Dutch politician. Most famously (or infamously depending on your perspective), Wilders is known for his view that “Jordan is Palestine, [and that] changing it’s name to Palestine [would] end the conflict”. Although his opinions on Islamic ideology in general may be considered far-right wing, Wilders was correct given that Jordan, since its annexation from then Palestine in 1922, did in essence create a Palestinian state. It is undeniable that Jordan has a 60% Palestinian majority, hence, would the creation of a Palestinian state in Judea and Samaria not be creating a second state? Current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu himself said, in relation to this matter, that “there is no right to establish a second [Palestinian state] on my doorstep, which will threaten my existence.”

A two-state solution is already in place, and has been since the British partitioned 78% of then Palestine to create the trans-Jordanian state which become Jordan in 1950, and until 1967, no-one, not a single Islamic scholar or Western politician, ever demanded that there be an independent Palestinian state in the so-called West Bank. Must Israel trade land for peace? Should it assign Judea and Samaria to another Palestinian state – a second one, next to Jordan? The conflict in the Middle East is not a conflict of territory, but rather an ideological battle.

“Ideologies cannot be defeated by territorial concessions. They are encouraged and emboldened by it. Ideologies must be confronted with the iron will never to give in.” – Geert Wilders

Kovi Rose is a Mount Scopus graduate who is making Aliyah in April, and plans to study international law/advocacy after he completes his army service.

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