Iran and Hizbullah Plan New Front Against Israel on Golan Heights - Amos Harel (Ha'aretz)
High-ranking Hizbullah figure Jihad Mughniyeh, who was killed in
Sunday's airstrike in Syria, appears to have been responsible for
upgrading the operation of Iran and Hizbullah on the Golan Heights
with an eye toward opening an additional front against Israel.
Mughniyeh commanded dozens of carefully selected fighters who
received intensive training from Iranian and Lebanese instructors in
deploying explosive devices and firing rockets and anti-tank missiles,
as well as carrying out major terror attacks in Israel after sneaking
over the border.
The new Hizbullah network fired Katyusha rockets at Israel on four occasions during last summer's war in Gaza.
According to Israeli intelligence, Mughniyeh was engaged in advanced preparations for additional attacks.
See also Strike Against Hizbullah in Syrian Golan Was Warning Not to Prepare Another Front Against Israel - Jonathan Spyer (Jerusalem Post)
The Israeli strike was a response to a clear attempt by Iran and Hizbullah to violate the status quo with Israel.
The action by Israel should not be seen as a casting aside of the
rules of engagement on the northern border, but rather an insistence on
maintaining these rules, and a warning of the consequences of continued
violation of them.
See also IDF Increasing Presence in North to Defend Against Potential Hizbullah Attacks - Yaakov Lappin (Jerusalem Post)
Scotland Yard Reveals Huge Rise in Anti-Semitic Crime in London - Rosa Doherty
The latest figures from Scotland Yard showed there were 299 hate crimes
against Jewish people between the start of April and the end of
That represented a rise of 128% on the same period in 2013, when there
were 131 hate crimes. The period included the months during the Gaza
conflict last summer.
Police said last week that they were increasing patrols in areas
with large Jewish communities following the terror attacks in Paris.
Hamas Forms "Liberation Army" in Gaza - Khaled Abu Toameh (Gatestone Institute)
Instead of directing its resources toward the reconstruction of Gaza,
Hamas has begun recruiting thousands of Palestinian youths between 15 and 21 to its new "Liberation Army."
The new recruits will undergo military training by members of Hamas' Izaddin al-Qassam Brigades.
"The main purpose of these training camps is to prepare an army for
the liberation of Palestine and its holy sites in the near future," said
Hamas spokesman Mushir al-Masri.
Pro-Palestinian Demonstrators Ejected from New York City Hall - Michael Gartland (New York Post)
Pro-Palestinian demonstrators had to be ejected from New York City
Hall for screaming at a meeting in which the City Council passed a
resolution commemorating the Holocaust.
Councilman David Greenfield of Brooklyn said, "We can stop
pretending that this is about Israel...what you saw here today was
naked, blind anti-Semitism."
See also Palestine Activists Disrupt Auschwitz Commemoration - Ben Cohen (Algemeiner)
Human Rights Watch and the Destruction of Rafah - Elliott Abrams (Council on Foreign Relations)
The government of Egypt is destroying Rafah, a town in Egypt on
the border of Gaza, leaving thousands of Egyptians homeless, in an
effort to create a buffer zone along the border.
Human Rights Watch, which put out report after report criticizing
Israel for its conduct along the same border and near Rafah, appears to
be dead silent about the same conduct when Egypt undertakes it.
The writer served as deputy national security advisor in the
administration of President George W. Bush, where he supervised U.S.
policy in the Middle East.
Egypt Uncovers Explosives-Laden Smuggling Tunnel between Sinai, Gaza (Maan News-PA)
Egyptian security sources said Saturday they had uncovered and
destroyed a smuggling tunnel running under the Gaza-Egypt border that
contained a large amount of explosives and mortar shells.
Sources in Cairo said the tunnel ran about 1,200 meters and is
believed to be one of the biggest in the area.
The tunnel interior was covered with steel boards and the floor was made of iron bars covered with wood boards.
The tunnel was outfitted with electric lights and an internal communication network.
Army intelligence suggested there were other smuggling tunnels in
the area which could potentially run up to three km. into Egypt.
Tel Aviv Engineering Students Bring Clean Water Solution to Tanzania (No Camels)
With a lead donation from Arison Group's Shikun u'Binui construction
company, five engineering students from Tel Aviv University went to
Tanzania to build a system that would provide hundreds of students at a
local high school with clean drinking water.
Engineers Without Borders (EWB) initiated and supervised the project, which
installed a 48,000-liter rainwater harvesting and advanced filtration system.
They also trained school officials and volunteers on how to operate and maintain the system.
The team created the system with the help of Israeli rainwater harvesting expert Amir Yechieli.
When funding permits, the team plans to return to Tanzania to
expand the existing system to 160,000 liters and to create a similar
one for the village's medical center, for which they will also install
Visualead, the Israeli Start-up Alibaba Just Invested In - Orr Hirschauge (Wall Street Journal)
Alibaba Group Holdings Ltd. announced it has invested in QR codes
technology company Visualead Ltd., in its first ever investment in an
A Quick Response code is a square shaped, two-dimensional barcode
originally intended to track parts in the automotive industry. QR codes
are widely used in China and Japan.
Visualead developed technology that enables graphics, and even
animation, to be integrated into QR codes, making the integration of QR
codes into ads, commercials and products much easier.
Doctors from Israel, Morocco and Jordan Perform Facial Surgery in Vietnam (Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
Two Israeli doctors from Rambam Hospital joined "Operation Smile" in
Vietnam, performing operations on children with cleft palate with
doctors from 18 countries, including Morocco and Jordan.
Israeli Solar Power Technology to Light Up Ethiopia - Anav Silverman (Tazpit-Ynet News)
Ethiopia signed an agreement with the leading Israeli developer of
solar-biogas hybrid power technology, AORA, to provide power for
rural communities in Ethiopia.
AORA's technology runs not only on solar radiation, but also on
almost any gaseous or liquid fuel, including biogas, biodiesel and
natural gas, helping to generate full power when sunlight is
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- Saudi King Abdullah Dies, Crown Prince Salman Is New Ruler
King Abdullah, 90, has died, state television reported on Friday, and
Crown Prince Salman became king.
King Salman, 79, was named crown prince in June 2012 and had been
representing the king at most recent public events because of the
monarch's poor health.
In March 2014, King Abdullah named Prince Muqrin as a second crown
(Arab News-Saudi Arabia)
See also Salman Ascends Throne to Become Saudi King - Ben Hubbard
The new king of Saudi Arabia, Salman, is best known for overseeing the
development of the Saudi capital, Riyadh, during his nearly 50 years as
its governor. He became the country's defense minister in 2011. But
Salman's own health is in question. He has had at least one stroke and
lost some movement in one of his arms.
Prince Muqrin, 69, is next in line to the throne. A former air force
pilot, Muqrin served as governor of Madina Province and head of Saudi
intelligence, a post he held until 2012.
(New York Times)
- UN Hosts First Ever Meeting Dedicated to Combating Anti-Semitism
The UN General Assembly gathered Thursday for its first ever meeting
dedicated to global action against anti-Semitism.
The informal meeting, attended by about half the 193 member states, was
organized by mainly Western nations in order to address an "alarming
outbreak of anti-Semitism worldwide."
Planning began last October in response to the murder of three people
outside the Jewish Museum in Brussels, Belgium, and the killing of a
rabbi and three children in Toulouse, France. (TIME)
See also below Observations: Even If the Palestinians Were Granted a State, Anti-Semitism Would Not Dissipate One Iota - Bernard-Henri Levy (Huffington Post)
- Argentine President: Prosecutor Nisman's Death Not a Suicide - Mariano Castillo
President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, who initially called special
prosecutor Alberto Nisman's death a suicide, reversed her thinking
In a statement, she called it "the suicide (that I am convinced) was not
Nisman was investigating the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center
in Buenos Aires which killed 85. (CNN)
- U.S. Fears Chaos as Government of Yemen Falls - Shuaib Almosawa and Ron Nordland
The American-backed government of Yemen abruptly collapsed Thursday,
leaving the country leaderless as it is convulsed by an increasingly
powerful force of pro-Iran rebels and a resurgent al-Qaeda.
(New York Times)
- Egypt's Sisi Urges New Muslim Religious Discourse to Fight "Terrorism"
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi told the World Future Energy
Summit in Abu Dhabi on Monday that the fight against "terrorism" needs a
new Muslim religious discourse in addition to security and military
"The fight...should include a reformed religious discourse from which
false ideologies that could lure some into adopting violence to impose
their ideas have been removed." (AFP-Al Arabiya)
Global Commentary and Think-Tank Analysis (Best of U.S., UK, and Israel):
- Mossad Chief Denies Opposing New Sanctions on Iran - Barak Ravid
Mossad chief Tamir Pardo issued a rare statement on Thursday denying
reports that he told U.S. senators he was opposed to further sanctions
Pardo noted that he did meet with a delegation of senators on Jan. 19,
at their request, and with Prime Minister Netanyahu's approval.
"Contrary to what has been reported, the Head of the Mossad did not say
that he opposes imposing additional sanctions on Iran," read the
statement. Rather, "the Head of the Mossad emphasized in the meeting
that the exceptional effectiveness of the sanctions imposed on Iran in
recent years are what brought Iran to the negotiating table."
"The Head of the Mossad noted that in negotiating with Iran, it is
essential to present both carrots and sticks and that the latter are
currently lacking....In the absence of strong pressure, the Iranians
will make no meaningful compromises....The Head of the Mossad pointed
out explicitly that the bad agreement taking shape with Iran is likely
to lead to a regional arms race." (Ha'aretz)
- Israel Calls on Europe: Take a Stand Against Anti-Semitism
Israel's Ambassador to the UN Ron Prosor told the UN General Assembly
meeting on anti-Semitism Thursday:
"The struggle against anti-Semitism must be a priority for every nation
because the hatred that begins with the Jews never ends with the Jews.
History has shown us time and again that when a nation's Jews are not
safe, the entire society is at risk."
"We don't need any more monuments commemorating the Jews who were
murdered in Europe, we need a strong and enduring commitment to the
living Jews in Europe."
"The days when Jews were the world's victims are over. We will
never again be helpless and we will never again remain silent. Today we
have the State of Israel standing guard.
We have seen the evil that man is capable of, and so we must be
vigilant." (AP-Ynet News)
See also Quotes from UN General Assembly Meeting on Anti-Semitism (AP-ABC News)
See also Israeli UN Ambassador Speaks at Commemoration of the Liberation of Auschwitz
A commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the
Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi death camp was held on January 21, 2015, at UN
Headquarters in New York, organized by the Permanent Mission of Poland
to the UN.
(Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
- Israeli Delegation Visits India to Strengthen Strategic Relationship - Lidar Grave-Lazi
A delegation from the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs was in India
this week to strengthen the strategic relationship between Israel and
The delegation signed a collaborative agreement with Vivekananda
International Foundation (VIF), a leading New Delhi-based think tank
close to Prime Minister Modi. The parties discussed the security
situation in West Asia, including in Pakistan and in Iran. In addition,
they analyzed new trends in international terrorism.
"Israel and India share many strategic interests, as both countries are
dealing with a radical Islamic threat and are engaged in territorial
disputes," said Ambassador Dore Gold, president of the Jerusalem Center
and former Israeli ambassador to the UN. "This is a tremendous
opportunity for strategic dialogue that is open and productive, at a
time when there are those trying to portray Israel as isolated and
ostracized." (Jerusalem Post)
- Saudi Arabia's Coming Struggle - David Ignatius
The death of King Abdullah begins a period of generational change.
Crown Prince Salman, the nominal successor, is elderly and infirm, as is the next in line, Prince Muqrin.
The nightmare for moderate Saudis is that the extremists of the Islamic State have a significant following among young Saudis.
Decades have shown that the West's ability to influence the royal family in moments like this is limited, to put it mildly.
- Royal Roulette: The Succession Battle within the House of Saud - Simon Henderson
Crown Prince Muqrin, the son of a Yemeni slave girl, is the youngest
surviving son of Ibn Saud, the kingdom's founder.
Where will the throne go after Muqrin? Once all of Ibn Saud's sons are
dead or incapacitated, which grandson of Ibn Saud will inherit the
The writer is director of the Gulf and Energy Policy Program at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
- The Long Arm: Iran Is Expanding Its Influence Abroad
Officials in Tehran are not shy about their aim of spreading influence
abroad, nor of their apparent success. Tehran can claim, with only a
pinch of hubris, to run three Arab capitals: Baghdad, Damascus and
Beirut. This week it may have added a fourth: Sana'a, Yemen's capital.
Moreover, an Israeli strike on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights
that killed Mohammad Ali Allahdadi, an Iranian general, exposed Iranian
meddling in another part of the Middle East. To its critics, Iran
alarmingly holds sway from the Mediterranean Sea to the Fertile Crescent
and the Gulf of Aden. "The Iranians are experts at taking advantage of
chaos," says Shimon Shapira, a retired military man now at the Jerusalem
Center for Public Affairs. (Economist-UK)
See also Iran's Emerging Empire - Charles Krauthammer
Iran's march toward conventional domination of the Arab world has been
largely overlooked in Washington.
For the Saudis and the other Gulf Arabs, this is a nightmare. They're
engaged in a titanic regional struggle with Iran. And they are losing -
losing Yemen, losing Lebanon, losing Syria and watching
post-U.S.-withdrawal Iraq come under increasing Iranian domination. The
nightmare would be hugely compounded by Iran going nuclear. (Washington Post)
- Fact Checker: Has Iran's Nuclear Program Been "Halted" and Its Nuclear Stockpile "Reduced"? - Glenn Kessler
In his State of the Union address on Jan. 20, 2015, President Obama
"Our diplomacy is at work with respect to Iran, where, for the first
time in a decade, we've halted the progress of its nuclear program and
reduced its stockpile of nuclear material."
Olli Heinonen, who headed the IAEA's safeguards section, said, "It is
true that 20%-enriched uranium stocks have decreased, but Iran is still
producing uranium enriched up to 5% uranium. The latter stocks have
actually increased when you talk about stocks of UF6 [uranium
hexafluoride] and other chemical compounds." Moreover, "it appears that
the production of centrifuge components continues. Same with the Arak
reactor. No new nuclear components have been installed, but it does not
mean that the production of those came to halt."
David Albright, who heads the Institute for Science and
International Security, said
it was not correct that the 3.5%-enriched stock had been reduced;
instead it has been converted from one form ("hexafluoride") to another
("oxide"), a step that he said was taken largely for cosmetic
(political) purposes. As a practical matter, the conversion of 3.5% to
oxide form would only add about two weeks to the break-out period, since
Iran could reconvert it back into hexafluoride. In effect, the amount
of nuclear material available to Iran has gone up "about a bomb's worth
during the JPOA [interim agreement]," Albright said.
- How Congress Can Use Its Leverage on Iran - David B. Rivkin Jr. and Lee A. Casey
Tehran's insistence that existing U.S. sanctions be lifted as part of a
nuclear-weapons agreement gives U.S. lawmakers substantial leverage.
Congress should insist that any Iranian agreement take the form of a
treaty. The Constitution requires that treaties be made only with the
advice and consent of the Senate.
Congress should pass legislation now clearly stating the parameters of
an acceptable nuclear deal with Iran, emphasizing the need to eliminate
any Iranian breakout capability. It should also put the Iranians and our
allies on notice that, absent congressional approval, the president
cannot deliver comprehensive and permanent relief from the existing
Messrs. Rivkin and Casey served in the Justice Department under
Presidents Reagan and George H.W. Bush. Mr. Rivkin is also a senior
fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies.
(Wall Street Journal)
- Canada's Foreign Minister: The Way to a Palestinian State Is through Dialogue with Israel - Raphael Ahren
The Palestinians would like Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird to
say he's sorry for his government's unabashedly pro-Israel stance. They
shouldn't hold their breath. Baird said Tuesday in Tel Aviv, "It's
always wise to speak with moral clarity." While Palestinian protestors
booed and hurled shoes and eggs at Baird during his visit to Ramallah,
ex-chief Palestinian peace negotiator Saeb Erekat released a statement
denouncing Baird and urging him to ask the Palestinian people for
forgiveness for his country's consistent support for Israel.
Baird told the Times of Israel, "We strongly support a
Palestinian state. We just believe it's a byproduct of peace
negotiations with Israel. The way to accomplish a Palestinian state is
dialogue with Israel and not taking unilateral action."
"With the anti-Semitism rising in so many parts of the world, it's
probably more important today than it was even a few short years ago
that there be a Jewish state where people can seek refuge."
On Iran, Baird said, "Iran could be a stabilizing element in the
region - if they gave up their support of terrorism, cleaned up their
human rights record and took a different path on the nuclear program.
Iran can play a leadership role in the region and the world. But they
have to change course." (Times of Israel)
- An Attack Against Coexistence - Ben-Dror Yemini
Jews and Arabs ride the No. 40 bus in Tel Aviv, but the terrorist from
Tulkarm didn't really care who was Jewish and who wasn't. Make no
mistake. The terror attacks of the past few years are not aimed at
protesting a certain injustice. Does anyone seriously think that the
terrorist used a long knife so that the Palestinians would have a
sovereign state, prosperity, welfare, advanced education and human
Nearly all the attacks of the past few years are aimed at imposing
Islam on central Tel Aviv, just like they are aimed at imposing Islam on
- The Unsettling ICC Gambit - Melanie Phillips
It is intolerable that the ICC has first of all accepted that
"Palestine" is a state, and second that it may put Israelis in the dock
while they are the victims of true war criminals, the Palestinians.
Whether the ICC will actually proceed with a prosecution, however,
remains very much to be seen. The Palestinians think that, since the
world is on their side, the ICC will be too. This, though, is far from
clear, particularly since the ICC knows if it doesn't display judicial
integrity it is finished.
Originally, Israel strongly supported the formation of such a court
to end the injustice of impunity for war crimes or crimes against
humanity. But it pulled out after a group of Arab states inserted a
provision in the ICC's governing Rome Statute specifically to target
Israeli settlements. It's the settlements, rather than nonexistent
Israeli war crimes in Gaza, which the Palestinians are thought to want
to place in the ICC's sights.
They know that the West endorses the view that Israel's settlements
are illegal. But this widely held view is simply wrong. As
international lawyers and eminent jurists and scholars such as Eugene
Rostow, Howard Grief, Eugene Kontorovich, Alan Baker and others have
attested, the only fair and logical interpretation of the relevant
treaties and statutes is that the settlements are legal several times
Israel is entitled to retain territory seized in a war of
self-defense while the people there remain belligerent. The claim that
the settlements are illegal under the Geneva Convention is based on a
clear misreading of its prohibition of population transfer; the Israelis
living in the West Bank freely chose to migrate there. These
territories were never "Palestinian" lands, because such a collective
entity never existed - until it was invented purely to destroy the
Jewish people's legitimate claim.
The writer is a columnist for The Times (UK).
- A Persistent Threat: The Evolution of Al-Qaeda and Other Salafi Jihadists - Seth G. Jones
This report argues that the U.S. faces a serious and growing Salafi-jihadist challenge. Beginning in 2010, there was a rise in the number of Salafi-jihadist groups and fighters, particularly in Syria and North Africa.
There was also an increase in the number of attacks perpetrated by al-Qaeda and its affiliates.
The broader Salafi-jihadist movement has become more decentralized among four tiers: core al-Qaeda in Pakistan, led by
Ayman al-Zawahiri; formal affiliates that have sworn allegiance to core
al-Qaeda, located in Syria, Somalia, Yemen, and North Africa; a panoply of Salafi-jihadist groups that have not sworn allegiance to al-Qaeda
but are committed to establishing an extremist Islamic emirate; and
inspired individuals and networks.
The threat posed by this diverse set of groups varies widely,
though several pose a substantial threat to the U.S. homeland or U.S.
interests overseas. The writer previously served as the representative for
the commander, U.S. Special Operations Command, to the Assistant
Secretary of Defense for Special Operations. (RAND Corporation)
- How Images of the Prophet Muhammad Became "Forbidden" - Terrence McCoy
Dozens of Pakistani lawmakers rumbled through the streets of Islamabad chanting: "Death to the blasphemers."
The "blasphemers" in this case were the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists
who recently published a fresh depiction of the prophet Muhammad on
their weekly newspaper's cover in remembrance of the journalists who
were killed in the Paris terrorist attack. "Making blasphemy cartoon of
Prophet is the worst act of terrorism," declared a banner at the
rally. "The Sketch Makers Must Be Hanged Immediately."
The Koran, in fact, does not directly forbid the portrayal of
Muhammad, Christine Gruber of the University of Michigan has written.
The ban is a very modern construct.
The most explicit fatwa banning the portrayal of Muhammad, she notes, arrived in 2001. Its creator was the Taliban.
Hundreds of years ago the depiction of Muhammad in artwork was not
all that uncommon. In non-Arab regions, researchers have unearthed a
panoply of remarkable and detailed portraits of Muhammad that date
before the 16th century. But such drawings were far rarer in the Arabian
In modern times, Muhammad's image continued to appear in Muslim nations, including Iran, where until recently, the Guardian reported, carpets showing his image as well as postcards were openly sold. (Washington Post)
See also The Koran Does Not Forbid Images of the Prophet - Christiane Gruber (Newsweek)
See also Islam's Hidden History of Muhammad Images - Emma Graham-Harrison
- The Dire Consequences of Meddling in Libya - Con Coughlin
Downing Street prided itself on the fact that the overthrow of Col.
Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 was accomplished without the need for any boots
on the ground and without incurring a single British combat casualty.
Since then, the country has descended into chaos, with roaming, lawless
bands of Islamist militias killing and kidnapping their opponents.
Prior to 2011, Libya was producing 1.6 million barrels per day of
crude oil, with significant quantities being sold to British
refineries. Daily output now stands at around 350,000 barrels, barely
sufficient to keep Libya's own refineries operating - those whose oil
tanks have not been set ablaze by rogue rockets fired by Islamist
militias. There are around 100 different Libyan militias operating in
the country. (Telegraph-UK)
See also Wider Chaos Threatens as Fighters Seize Branch of Libya's Central Bank - David D. Kirkpatrick (New York Times)
- Amazon to Buy Israeli Hardware Firm for $350M - David Shamah
Online retail giant Amazon was set to buy Israeli semiconductor
development firm Annapurna Labs for $350-400 million, industry sources
Annapurna works on communications and processing systems for data
Amazon is one of the world's biggest cloud service providers. "Like
other cloud platform providers, Amazon has a large number of data
centers, and is constantly looking for faster and more efficient ways to
enable their customers to use their services," a source said.
On Wednesday, document storage firm Dropbox announced that it was
buying Israel-based CloudOn, which allows users to edit Microsoft Office
documents from mobile devices. Sources said the deal was worth about
(Times of Israel)
- Samsung Invests in Israel - David Shamah
Korean tech giant Samsung will invest $10 million in Israel patient
monitoring firm EarlySense. EarlySense developed a system that uses
sensors embedded into a mattress or chair cushion to monitor heartbeat,
respiration rate, and movement. It operates on the theory that the more a
patient moves around in bed, the healthier they are, in general. The
data is transferred to a monitoring station, with the system setting off
alarms in the event that something appears amiss.
Samsung also invested in Rounds, which lets users set up chat
groups with friends, allowing any member of the group to communicate
with others at the same time, or individually - but with Rounds, users
get to see their friends, with the app utilizing not only text, but
voice and video as well.
Samsung has two Israeli R&D centers, which develop telecommunications products, and do semiconductor work as well.
(Times of Israel)
Even If the Palestinians Were Granted a State, Anti-Semitism Would Not Dissipate One Iota - Bernard-Henri Levy (Huffington Post)
French philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy told a special session of the UN General Assembly on Thursday:
- In Europe and elsewhere, faulting the Jews is once again becoming
the rallying cry of a new order of assassins. The United Nations was
founded to fight this plague. This assembly was given the sacred task of
preventing those terrible spirits from reawakening.
But they have returned - and that is why we are here.
- It is not accurate to say that the policy of a particular state
- I am referring, obviously, to the State of Israel - generates
anti-Semitism. I have seen European capitals in which the destruction of
the Jews was nearly total, yet where anti-Semitism still thrives. I
have seen others, farther away, where no Jews have ever lived - yet
where the word "Jew" is a synonym for the devil.
- Even if Israel's conduct were exemplary, even if Israel were a
nation of angels, even if the Palestinians were granted the state that
is their right, even then, alas, this old, enigmatic hatred would not
dissipate one iota.
- Today's anti-Semitism offers three shameful new propositions:
- The Jews are detestable because they are assumed to support an
evil, illegitimate, murderous state. This is the anti-Zionist delirium
of the merciless adversaries of the re-establishment of the Jews in
their historical homeland.
- The Jews are all the more detestable because they are believed
to base their beloved Israel on imaginary suffering, or suffering that
at the very least has been outrageously exaggerated. This is the shabby
and infamous denial of the Holocaust.
- In so doing, the Jews impose on us the memory of their dead,
to completely stifle other peoples' memories, and to overshadow other
martyrs whose deaths have plunged parts of today's world, most
emblematically that of the Palestinians, into mourning. And here we come
face to face with the modern-day scourge, the stupidity, that is
- Let us imagine a UN General Assembly in which Israel would have
its place, its full place, one country among others, no more and no
less flawed than others, bound by the same responsibilities but enjoying
the same rights - and let us imagine, while we are at it, that you
unanimously acknowledge it to be what it truly is: an authentic, solid,
and rare democracy.
world in which the Jews once again became the scapegoats for all
people's fears and frustrations would be a world in which free people
could not breathe easy and the enslaved would be even more enslaved.