Countering the Lies About Israel
It doesn't matter how many times Israel's leaders say they want peace, or how many times the Palestinians' leaders (whether in the West Bank or Gaza) say they will accept nothing less than the destruction of the Jewish state and a new Palestinian state on its ashes. In the minds of Israel's critics, the formula is always reversed.
The best way to counter this perverse contradiction of reality is to keep telling the truth, Jonathan Danilowitz says:
The Hamas Charter explicitly calls for the annihilation of Israel. As does the Charter of the Palestine Liberation Organization (established in 1964 by Yasser Arafat), not to mention the charters of assorted smaller but similar Arab terrorist groups. When next you hear someone explain that the “settlements” are the obstacle to peace, do remember that the PLO was founded at least 3 years BEFORE the 1967 6-Day war (when Egypt, Syria and Jordan attacked Israel in unison), and several years before there were any so-called “settlements”. It is clear from Mashaal’s words then, that Tel Aviv and Netanya (and Jerusalem for that matter) are also “Illegal settlements” that Hamas sees as part of the legitimate “judenfrei” Palestinian homeland.
Jerusalem, capital of Israel, was established over 3000 years ago and has had a continuous (if sometimes tenuous) Jewish presence ever since. There has never been a country called Palestine, although until World War 1 there was an overseas province of the Ottoman Empire called Palestine – a backwater desert, populated by nomadic tribes and the small Jewish and Christian communities of “the Holy Land”, all struggling to eke out a living as well.
But the genie is out of the bottle and it can never go back. For peace in the region there has to be a Palestinian state alongside Israel. Israel recognizes that. But it will only happen when the world recognizes that Israel has the right to exist in peace and security. Nothing less. Nothing more.