Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Response to Andrew Klavan's Video "Klavan's One-State Solution: Give the Middle East to the Jews"
1. President Obama does not want the State of Israel to consider being “annihilated by its enemies” in its negotiation terms.
2. It is not Barack Obama who wants the State of Israel to return to its 1967 borders, it is the United Nations. The Israelis rejected the U.N. plan that the state have these borders, but with Jerusalem as an international city, so the Israelis are violating international law.
3. Hamas and other anti-Zionist groups are not “bent on Jewish genocide” and “extermination”; they are against Israeli occupation of their home territory, and Israeli meddling in the internal affairs of their governments.
4. Hamas was democratically elected in Gaza after the Israelis encouraged the Palestinians to hold elections between Fatah and Hamas.
5. Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu does not “subtly indicate his displeasure with” other world leaders; he is a hard-liner who has a reputation as one of the toughest negotiators in world politics.
6. A one-state solution is not “the only plan likely to bring tranquility, freedom, and justice to the region”; nor are the one- and two-state solutions the only solutions. There is also a three-state solution which would have Gaza under Egyptian control, and the West Bank under Jordanian control. There is also a no-state solution which rejects outright the concepts of statism and territorial government.
7. The claims that “turning the entire Middle East into one big Israel will secure religious freedom for everyone in the area” and “Muslims and Christians have full freedom of religion in the Jewish state” are false. Israelis spit on Christians, the Zionist regime has been accused of attacking Christian worshipers, and many Israeli schoolchildren are taught that ultra-Orthodox Hasidic Jews are crazy.
8. The claim “Muslim states either ban other religions completely, or torment their practitioners to the point of extinction” is misleading. The U.S. and the State of Israel are currently trying to cast Syria and Iran as the most dangerous places for Westerners and non-Muslims, although Syria has a reputation as the most religiously diverse country in the Middle East, and there are Jews who say Iran is tolerant of its Jewish community.
9. Jimmy Carter is not an anti-Semite. Anti-Semitism is not the same as anti-Judaism, and neither is the same as anti-Zionism. There are Arab Semites, and 2/3 of the world's Jews (the Ashkenazim) are not Semitic, but rather Eastern European. Also, there are Jews who oppose Zionism.
10. The claim that Muslims and Christians “can and do volunteer in the Israeli Defense Forces” is false; service in the Israeli military is compulsory (i.e., selective service / draft), not voluntary.
11. The claim that “Only under the Jews are the religious sites of the Holy Land open to all” is false.
Although Muslim Israelis are normally allowed to enter and pray at al-Aqsa Mosque, for security reasons the Israeli government restricts the prayer of certain groups of Muslims - depending on their age and where they are from – at the mosue, due to customary times and dates of prayer.
Since 1967, the Chief Rabbinate of Israel has prohibited Jews from walking on the Temple Mount, because they may step on the site of the Holy of Holies; only the High Priest (the Nasi) may enter the Tabernacle, and only on Yom Kippur.
Some Jewish religious and political leaders have demanded that Jews be permitted to pray at the site on Jewish holidays. The Israeli Supreme Court has supported individual prayer there, but Israeli police prohibit Jews from praying on the Temple Mount in any overt manner. Overt prayer is strictly regulated, but visiting rights as tourists are less strict.
Also, the Jordanian Islamic Waqf permits and denies the right to pray to certain individuals and groups at certain dates and times, but some Jews and Christians in Israel interpret the prophecy that the Temple will become a house of prayer for all nations as urging that members of any religion whom are living today should attempt to pray on the Temple Mount.
Some Jews believe that prayers on the Temple Mount by people of all nations should only take place once the Third Holy Temple has been built and Mashiach has arrived. This is because it is only after Mashiach arrives that all of humanity will be converted to Judaism, which means that the people of all nations would then become Jewish, and all the prayers they would make on the Temple Mount would share the same significance.
12. The State of Israel has a much lower quality of human development if one includes the occupied Palestinian territories, which suffer from water shortages and pollution, lack of education and economic opportunity, and from having their communities cut off from one another by Israeli walls and road checkpoints.
13. Women in the State of Israel are not given full human rights. Israeli women are subject to selective service (the draft) and must serve two years in the Israeli Defense Forces.
14. “If the Jews ran America, we wouldn't be $14 trillion in debt” appears questionable in light of the fact that the Federal Reserve has not had a non-Jewish chairman since 1987, when the national debt was $2.4 trillion.
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