Vince Dhimos commented on an answer to the question “Why is Israel attacking on the Syrian ground when it claims that Arab countries are the evil ones?”
The answer on which I commented is typical of the Israeli Establishment’s arguments. They point, for example, to the Six Day War, which started with a pre-emptive strike by Israel on the air forces of Egypt and Syria, both of which were destroyed on the ground. Yet they shamelessly claim the Arabs started the war.
The Israeli narrative was that the Arabs, notably Jordan, Egypt and Syria, had been plotting to destroy Israel, but this story has been debunked. Israeli officials later themselves admitted that narrative was a lie. (The allegation that someone is “going to” harm Israel is commonplace. Israel has been saying for over a decade that Iran “has the bomb and is about to annihilate us.” It is their standard excuse to attack Iran or talk the US into doing so).
According to The Intercept,
“The thesis according to which the danger of genocide hung over us in June 1967, and according to which Israel was fighting for her very physical survival, was nothing but a bluff which was born and bred after the war,” declared Gen. Matituahu Peled, chief of logistical command during the war and one of 12 members of Israel’s General Staff, in March 1972.
“A year earlier, Mordechai Bentov, a member of the wartime government and one of 37 people to sign Israel’s Declaration of Independence, had made a similar admission. “This whole story about the threat of extermination was totally contrived, and then elaborated upon, a posteriori, to justify the annexation of new Arab territories,” he said in April 1971.”
My interlocutor at Quora wrote:
“Incapable of defeating Israel together with five other Arab armies in 1948, unable to defeat Israel together with two other Arab armies in 1967 and with another Arab army in 1973, the Syrian government has returned to its cowardly tactic of 1949–1967, acting as a staging area for terrorist organizations to operate against Israel.“
He also excused Israeli actions based on his interpretation of "international law."
These “terrorist” organizations were in fact Arabs who had either lost their homes or were sympathetic to those who lost their homes as a result of Israeli ethnic cleansing – a topic practically forbidden even today in the US-controlled Western media. This ethnic cleansing is described in detail by Israeli historian Ilan Pappé in his book The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine, available as a free download. We had described a heart-breaking grisly scene from the massacre at Deir Yassin, where early Jewish settlers – with memories of the Holocaust still fresh in their minds – burst into Arab homes and killed men, women and children in the most blood-chilling manner possible. How was it possible that they, whose people had suffered unspeakable atrocities, would not sympathize with the suffering of their Semite brothers? How was it possible that the people who had given the world the Ten Commandments could behave so unrighteously?
The greatest irony in the Israeli narrative is that, while the Israeli Establishment is willing to accept the widespread belief in Israel and among “Christian” Zionists, that “God gave the land to the Jews,“ they are uncomfortable with the fact that, according to their own Torah, God also gave them commandments (not just the ten), notably the commandment in Leviticus 19:18 “You shall love your neighbour as yourself.” Reading in Ezekiel 37 the prophesy of the resurrected Israel, on which Evangelicals base their “Christian” Zionism, I was struck by verse 24 declaring that this resurrected Israel would be “obedient to God’s decrees.” and I became convinced that modern Israel was not Ezekiel’s prophesied Israel! Upon further investigation I discovered the WIN/Gallup poll showing that 65% of Israelis had no religion at all! Yet, the Israeli Establishment relies on US “Christian” Zionists to support the idea that God gave modern Israel the land and was therefore happy to see the IDF murder unarmed protesters in Palestine with guns donated thanks to US taxpayers.
In response I wrote to the Israeli interlocutor:
Israel’s policies toward Syria and Iran defy the commandments in the Torah, which ought to be your law-book. If you need the UN to tell you that the atrocities committed by the early settlers in Deir Ezzor were atrocities and not acceptable to the international community, then therein lies your problem. Morality is inborn in humans. We know right from wrong as babes and children. Only strong Satanic propaganda can root out this important inborn human trait. Israel needs to start cultivating the innate recognition of morality and the Judaic scriptures instead of using sophist arguments to defeat it. Ezekiel prophesied a resurrected Israel that would be “obedient to God’s decrees.” For some reason unknown to me, Christian Zionists believe that is your Israel. If you want that to be true, then live up to that prophesy and start loving your neighbour as yourself. John Lennon was right. All you need is love. When was the last time Israel attempted to reconcile with the Palestinians, Syria or Iran? You can start by returning the Golan Heights to its rightful owner.
When I went back to that page, my comment had been deleted.
By the people who believed that God had given them the land but not that He had given them instructions on how to live righteously.
Now when they heard this, they were pierced to the heart... Acts 2:37