Sunday, May 15, 2016

Probably not what Israel’s founders had in mind in 1948 - Stephen Flatow

...which brings us to the final and most misleading part of the ad—the part that concerns Israeli independence. The Abraham Center demands the creation of “a demilitarized Palestinian state.” That’s an oxymoron if there ever was one. No Palestinian Authority (PA) official has ever accepted the notion ofa demilitarized Palestinian state. The very concept was dreamed up by Peace Now activists and State Department officials as a way to get the Israeli public to swallow the Palestinian statehood idea. But let’s say, for the sake of argument, that the PA did sign an agreement promising that their state would be “demilitarized.” Who, exactly, could Israel rely upon to enforce it?

Stephen M. Flatow..
12 May '16..

Marking Independence Day by making Israel more dependent

Just when you think they’ve run out of ideas, the American Jewish left has found a novel way to commemorate Israel’s Independence Day—by trying to make Israel more dependent.

In a full-page ad in the New York Times on Thursday, the S. Daniel Abraham Center demanded that Israel withdraw to the pre-1967 boundaries and accept creation of a Palestinian state.

The Abraham Center’s solution is a recipe for total Israeli dependence—on the goodwill of the Palestinians and the assurances of the international community. Which is probably not what Israel’s founders had in mind in 1948 when they established what was intended to be a free, proud, and genuinely sovereign state.

The New York Times ad began with the usual misleading claims. For example, it alleged that “the Jewish democratic character of Israel is at risk” because “Arabs are today 50% of the population between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River. Jews are 49% of that population.”

Well, if that’s the case—if the Arabs are already a majority—then how is it that Israel still exists as a Jewish state?

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Stephen M. Flatow, an attorney in New Jersey, is the father of Alisa Flatow, who was murdered in a Palestinian terrorist attack in 1995.

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