Iranian, American, and Israeli Grievances: A Question of Revolution

Iran’s fraudulent presidential election of June 12, which kept Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in power, was enough to trigger a revolution—not civil disobedience Israeli style. Many Iranians lost their lives in violent protests against the fraud. The revolution is not over. Report has it that even Iranian soldiers are helping opponents of the regime.

“No taxation without representation” was the clarion call of the American revolution of 1776. The Americans were fed up with protests and civil disobedience. Ponder these words of the American Declaration of Independence:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

I contend that the people of Israel have suffered “a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism.” I say despotism, although that will only be conspicuous when the government expels 300,000 if not more Jews from Judea and Samaria to facilitate the establishment of a Palestinian state. But now, let’s enumerate the long train of abuses suffered by the Jews of this country.

1.  The Labor government of 1992 violated its pledge to the nation by negotiating with the PLO, a terrorist organization whose charter calls for Israel’s destruction. The pledge was made because polls indicated that a majority of the public opposed surrendering Judea and Samaria to the PLO. So Labor came to power and concluded the Oslo or Israel-PLO Agreement of September 1993. (By the way, Labor leaders held clandestine meetings with the PLO before the 1992 election—in violation of the law).

2.  In the May 1996 election campaign, Benjamin Netanyahu led the public to believe he would not negotiate with Yasser Arafat. This deception enabled him to win that close election. Netanyahu then met with Arafat and proceeded to implement the Oslo Agreement by surrendering part of Hebron and parts of Judea and Samaria.

3.  Moreover, despite daily reports issued from his own office about Arab terrorism, Netanyahu failed to abrogate the Oslo Agreement.

4.  In December 2003, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon of the Likud Party adopted the Labor Party’s policy of unilateral disengagement from Gaza, a policy rejected by no less than 70 percent of the electorate in the January election of that year.

5.  In 2005, the Sharon government expelled 10,000 Jews from their homes, destroyed their synagogues, their schools, their farms and factories, and thereby traumatizing hundreds of men, women, and children. Many families were left unemployed and without homes of their own to this day. (Note well that Netanyahu, as a member of the Sharon cabinet, voted for this expulsion and inevitable devastation.)

6.  Since Oslo 1993, one Israeli government after another has pursued the supine policy of self-restraint against Arab terrorists, in consequence of which Jews have thus far suffered some 10,000 casualties. Any government that fails to protect the lives of its people forfeits its legitimacy.

7.  In the February 2009 election, Benjamin Netanyahu repeated the deviousness he displayed in the 1996 election: he said nothing about his position on the so-called two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict—which enabled the Likud to win enough seats to make Netanyahu prime minister. On June 14, however, he formally supported a Palestinian state. By so doing, he is guilty of the following ignominious deeds:

a.  He negated the Jewish people’s God-given right, as well as objective international legal right, to Judea and Samaria—and, by extension, to the remainder of Eretz Israel.

b.  He desecrated God’s Name by making nonsense of the teachings of the Prophets and Sages of Israel.

c.  He nullified the entire Zionist movement, one of whose goals was to restore the dignity of the Jewish people. (No nation can respect a people whose government would yield their sacred birthright.)

d.  By negating the birthright of the Jewish people, he made Israel virtually responsible for the suffering of the Arabs in what is called “Palestine.”

e.  He has thereby magnified contempt and hatred of Jews everywhere.

As to what may be learned from this comparison of Iranians, Americans, and Israelis, suffice to mention this. The grievances against which the Iranians and the Americans rebelled are trivial compared to those suffered by the Jews of Israel.

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