One-forties, one-shmorties…

When I first came up with the idea for this “140s” blog post category, I had intended for it to be more or less daily. They say sometimes that less is more, but sometimes I think that’s just a dodge.

shofar_1967_RS Not that I’m trying to dodge the issue here, but it occurred to me recently that in some ways the whole “nakba” (catastrophe) complaint is not much more than a way for the Arab inhabitants of Israel’s territories to dodge the fact that they lost, fair and square, in 1948 and again in 1967. Well, not fair or square at all, actually. Each time, they attacked Israel with what they thought was – and truly should have been, all things being equal – overwhelming military advantage. But all things were not equal – the Arab legions were willfully ignorant of the possibility that there was indeed a God in Israel, Who would fight for His own. And the Arabs today undoubtedly prefer to remain ignorant of this prominent aspect of their existence. To acknowledge the actual situation would be, in their eyes, a true nakba.

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New_Gaza_Mall_Opens_July_2010 An ongoing theme in attempts to de-legitimize Israel has been the falsehood that Israel is supposedly keeping Gaza in a state of poverty by means of the military blockade. The funny thing is, we keep seeing more reports of the burgeoning economic prosperity of the enclave. The latest tidbit concerns the opening of a new luxury shopping mall in Gaza City. Poor things. Not.

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It’s gotten so bad, even, that I’ve read comments suggesting that Egypt or other Arab nations might do well to request their own blockade. Hmm, I wonder what Israel should charge?

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Obama Netanyahu I was speculating earlier on whether the latest Obama-Netanyahu summit was going to yield any tangible results. The reports are still coming in from various angles, but there seems to be a building consensus that Obama is in fact realizing how badly he’s been getting his fingers burnt in the Middle East. The latest report I’ve seen is here, from World Jewish Daily.

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On a similarly positive note, alert Tweeter (& Israel Deputy Foreign Minister) Danny Ayalon reports on a recent agreement reached with organizations from  around the world to fight anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial. Read the report here. Any way you look at it, this development is welcome news.

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Less welcome, and not really news at all, is this reminder that while the Arab world goes on happily bashing Israel for what they imagine is poor treatment of “Palestinians,” they turn a blind eye toward (or at least keep their mouth shut about) the way they treat them on their own turf:

The demolition of an Arab-owned illegal building in Jerusalem is, for most correspondents, much more important than the fact that hundreds of thousands of Palestinians living in Lebanon are denied the right to own property, do not qualify for health care, and are banned by law from working in a large number of jobs.

And so on.

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And just to round things out, this report would be hilarious if it weren’t deadly serious. It seems a small health food store in the State of Washington has burst upon the world scene as a major player in global politics. Or it thinks it is. The sad but true tale is that anyone who starts frothing at the mouth over how wicked and evil they think Israel is will get the attention the world so badly longs to give them. Vultures of a feather flock together, I suppose.

Talk to y’all later.

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