Friday, January 15, 2010

What's With Israel?

What the heck is going on with the Israeli mentality?

The title link is the best summation I could find of the latest flap of the dying birds wings. Here's what I understand about this situation (I am trying to be objective and present both sides of this story):

Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon, SUMMONS the Turkish Ambassador to Israel to a meeting. (Meeting topic: Israeli displeasure with a privately produced Turkish TV drama that depicts Israel in a negative light)

Minister Ayalon then invites the Israeli Press to cover the beginning of the meeting

When the Turkish Ambassador arrives he is forced to wait in the hallway with the Press while Minister Ayalon did who knows what?

When the Turkish Ambassador is finally called into the room Minister Ayalon directs him to a very low sofa, refuses to shake his hand and points out the presence of only an Israeli flag on the table
(a blanked violation of international diplomatic protocol).

Apologies were made after the issue was brought to light by the international media, but the apologies were weak and indirect.

I see something bigger here than just a violation of international diplomatic protocol. It seems as though Israel (I am speaking of the government) believes they can do whatever they want, whenever they want, however they want, to whomever they want and no one is going to hold them accountable to it. I see a bigger picture with a very sour coloring.

When is Israel going to stop using the German Holocaust, and the global delay in stopping it as an excuse to do pretty much anything. When is Israel going to take the lessons they so directly learned about genocide to detect and prevent further genocide, i.e. Darfur, Somalia, Uganda, and Zimbabwe. I have never heard anything of a warning or an opening of dialog like:

"You know, when the Germans did this they first restricted the movement of Jews, relieved them of all their property, divided families, concentrated the population in relatively small geographic areas and limited food rations before they started an extermination campaign. We can see the same thing happening in Darfur. Maybe we should stop it before this gets out of hand and millions more people die needlessly"

Actually there is a reason I believe they do not take the lead on matters of war crime prevention; they would have to take a look at what they are doing. HMMMMM think about the Palestinian issue for a moment. What has Israel done to these people who are different from them:

Restriction of movement - check
Relieved them of property - check
Divided families - check
Concentrate the population in small geographic areas - check
Starve that population - CHECK
Began an extermination campaign - ? (If you ask the people who live in Gaza, Lebanon and the West Bank they would probably give a big check)

So the final question I have is this: When is the world going to start holding Israel accountable for the deeds they are perpetrating in the same fashion as the Holocaust they use as an excuse to perpetrate one of their own?

How many wrongs does it take to add up to a right?