UN Vote on Palestine an Effort to Punish Israel

Wednesday, 18 May 2011 01:15 PM

By Herbert London

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In September the United Nations will attempt to create a Palestinian state through political mandate. It should be obvious to anyone who has observed U.N. action in recent years that this is not merely an attempt to justify the political aspirations of Palestinians, but rather to punish Israel. This initiative should be seen against a backdrop of Muslim imperial ambitions.

In fact, Israel is directly on the fault line of Islam’s territorial aims. This tiny nation of 6 million is the bulwark in the war with jihadists. Facing close to 300 million enemies in nations nearby, Israel stands between survival and defeat of the West.

Those Israeli 18-year-olds who are sent into battle allow parents in the United States to sleep restfully as their 18-year-olds go off to college. But make no mistake, Israel is the defender of our interests, the first line of defense in “the long war.”

This, of course, is a thin reed on which to rest a civilization, but it is a steel reed that time and again has demonstrated its mettle.

Many in Europe and a growing population in the United States contend Israel should be abandoned in order to address Muslim grievances. But should this position gain traction, it would not bring solace to the West. It would merely mean our principles have been compromised. A world without Israel would not be a safer place; it would usher in a tide of aggression as Islamists see the West bend to their will. If Israel goes, the fragility of the West will become apparent.

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