Monday, February 27, 2012

Existential Threats…All Shapes and Sizes

Along with the buzzword of “Two State Solution” is the up and coming new contender for attention… “Existential Threat”.

Because of Iran’s almost definite and soon to be acquisition of a nuclear arsenal, Israel will be facing a clear and imminent existential threat… yeah, and?

Don’t get me wrong, I am not belittling the evil Ahmadinejad at all, indeed, I admit to taking vicarious pleasure at the idea of seeing his carcass pulled apart by his own countrymen…(many of whom apparently would enjoy this activity) saving us and the world the trouble.

But this term: “Existential Threat”, why is it unique just to the threat from Iran? What does it mean? A risk to our existence in Israel? To Israel itself, to the Jewish people? Seems to be getting a lot of hype…it is in all the headlines, you know.

I would like to look into the concept of this “existential threat”. What would be the results? No more…what... country…people?

It seems to me than if this is the designed and desired threat, that we should be aware that it's not unique to Iran.

As a people we have been faced with existential threats since skipping out on Pharaoh. Throughout history it would seem that almost every neighbor we have had, wherever we were, took on the desire to blot us out…one time or another. But let's keep it in the present.

As I said, the buzzword today is Iran…guaranteed to be The Starring Topic at the upcoming AIPAC conference. Here is a guy (Ahmadinejad) who says straight out that he wants to wipe us off the face of the earth, not us Jews, mind you, just Israel (the country/state), so all of you out there who don’t live here, no worries.

Now, you have to at least give the guy some credit, he is trying to give some body to his words. He will soon be able to produce weapons grade uranium and will be able to deliver it to our doorstep here in Israel and not in a good way.

Over here, the “brainiacs” have worked out the numbers, at least for some of the possibilities. In one attack scenario Israel stands to lose “only” 800,000 people before our retaliations make Iran a radiated box of kitty litter for a very, very, long time.

Now, there are many people in Iran who realize this, but little Hitler/Haman over there has a way with his subjects, so they are just sitting on the side for now.

But are they the only threat out there to our “existence” here in Israel?

Norman Finklestein, the “light” of the Anti-Israel BDS Movement, and his partner in crime, Noam Chomsky, were quoted and “You Tubed” admitting that the goal of the BDS (Boycott, Divest and Sanction) Movement is the destruction of Israel. Now, I could be wrong but isn’t the destruction of Israel by any means also an existential threat? So how come no one is shouting about that or them?

BTW, the BDS movement comes also in all shapes and sizes… just go to your local college campus to get a peek at the spectrum of variety. All have the same goal in common, the disappearance of Israel as we know it…you know the existence of Israel as we know it, looky there, another threat to our existence, or in other words, another existential threat. Yet, the quiet is deafening.

The Hamas Charter, and yes, even Mr. Moderate himself, Mahmoud Abbas are working towards the vanishing and vanquishing of the Jewish State. Gal Pals, The Muslim Brotherhood, Al Qaida and the so many others all share the same wishes and dreams…aren’t they also existential threats?

What about the hidden threats, you know, the wolves in sheep clothing.

Movements like the Olive Tree Initiative, International Solidarity Movement, Jewish Voice for Peace, the Harvard (no less) upcoming conference on One State, among others, so many, again also working towards the same goal, even though their poker faces may say different. Their dream of an Israel free Middle East allies them with the worst of Israel’s enemies.

Yes, of course there are various levels and imminent dangers each to be addressed in their own way, but a threat is a threat, and results are results, and all of the above are achieving them.

What I find frustrating is that the Israeli government chooses only to address one seriously, in fact not only the Israeli government and politicians, but most of the “Pro Israel” political activists today seem to view Iran as the only major threat to Israel.

I demand equal rights and treatment for all enemies of Israel, none of the others should be discriminated against, as they hate us as much as anybody. The fact that they do not control a sovereign nation means that they should be considered less than the others, “sub” threats? Is there no limit to Israeli racism?

I pray that we see an end to this bias and all of our Israel’s enemies receive equal treatment.

May it be swift, strong and final…before it is too late.

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