I think the UN resolution condemning Israel, the only democracy in the middle east and region, should include a map of the middle east, so that the nations of the world supporting a condemnation of the only Jewish and democratic state should take a good look: really ? Is this the world’s greatest issue that demands so much attention and condemnation ? Building on tiny bits of lands while in Syria masses of human beings are being massacred without condemnation ?
The UN resolution comes at a special time , the celebration of the Jewish boy who has the majority of the world believing him to be a god figure, then why is it that his people have no right to built homes on their tiny microscopic land? And why is that the vast lands surrounding Israel are never condemned for their human rights abuse towards their own people ? !
The New York times article today mentions Benjamin Netanyahu and his vision of the land of Israel, the UN has condemned Israeli settlements , which are at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict ,but for me it is a bit difficult to comprehend how in a world where a terrorist from Tunis drives over people in a Berlin Christmas market , the world condemns a tiny land for not sharing its tiny territory with its tyrant militant extremists neighbours .Yes, there was supposed to be a two state solution but since there are already 22 countries exporting extremism and violent intolerance , is there really a need for one more state whose leaders repeatedly vow to destroy the one tiny Jewish state?
US policy shows a great hypocrisy, a vast country made of so many territories which once were settlements, has never compensated the native people properly for their occupied land, now does not go against the demonised absurd bias towards the one tiny Jewish state, i immediately thought of the poem put to music by Shlomo Artzi, that reminded me that we still wonder where that promised land is and why we must keep having to struggle for its recognition so many years after the poem had been written in Berlin, of all places..
Here is the song, the poem, the translation by me, and the article by the New York times.
Yes, this is the land where the biblical stories we are told, had happened, and now so many millions celebrate the birth of their god figure there, and yet there is so little support and recognition by the majority of world nations.
Shaul Tschernichovski was a poet , a medical doctor and a translator , he had written this poem in Berlin in 1923.
אוֹמְרִים: יֶשְׁנָהּ אֶרֶץ / שאול טשרניחובסקי They say there is a land /Shaul Tschernichovski
אוֹמְרִים: יֶשְׁנָהּ אֶרֶץ, They say there is a land
אֶרֶץ שְׁכוּרַת שֶׁמֶשׁ – – – a land drunk with sun,
אַיֵּה אוֹתָהּ אֶרֶץ, where is that land
אַיֵּה אוֹתָהּ שֶׁמֶשׁ? where is that sun?
אוֹמְרִים: They say :
יֶשְׁנָהּ אֶרֶץ, There is a land
עַמּוּדֶיהָ שִׁבְעָה, she has seven pillars,
שִׁבְעָה כוֹכְבֵי-לֶכֶת Seven planets
צָצִים עַל כָּל גִּבְעָה. appear on every hill
אֶרֶץ – A land
בָּהּ יִתְקַיֵּם in which will be fulfilled
כָּל אֲשֶׁר אִישׁ קִוָּה – everyting man has hoped
אֵיפֹה הִיא הָאָרֶץ? where is that land ?
אַיֵּה אוֹתָהּ גִּבְעָה? Where is that hill?
כָּל הַנִּכְנָס, each person who enters ,
פָּגַע בְּאָח כְּהִגָּמְלוֹ, meets a brother as his way –
פּוֹרֵשׂ אֵלָיו שָׁלוֹם – greets him with peace
וְאוֹר לָאִישׁ וְחָם לוֹ. and light to the man and he is warm.
אַיָּם: Where are they ;
אוֹתָהּ אֶרֶץ, that same land ,
כּוֹכְבֵי אוֹתָהּ גִּבְעָה? the stars of that hill?
מִי יַנְחֵנוּ דֶרֶךְ who will show me the way
יַגִּיד לִי הַנְּתִיבָה? who will tell me that path?
עָבַרְנוּ כַמָּה we had passed a few
מִדְבָּרִיוֹת וְיַמִּים, deserts and seas,
כְּבָר הָלַכְנוּ כַמָּה, we have walked a few and
כֹּחוֹתֵינוּ תַמִּים. our strengths are at an end.
זֶה תָעִינוּ? Did we go wrong?
טֶרֶם הוּנַח לָנוּ? we had not yet had
אוֹתָהּ אֶרֶץ-שֶׁמֶשׁ, that sun filled land,
אוֹתָהּ לֹא מָצָאנוּ. we had not found the field.
אוּלַי – – – Maybe
כְּבָר אֵינֶנָּהּ? she is gone?
וַדַּאי נִטַּל זִיוָהּ! For sure her beauty has gone
דָּבָר בִּשְׁבִילֵנוּ nothing for us
אֲדֹנָי לֹא צִוָּה – – – the lord has done.”
This poem had been written by the poet in Berlin in 1923 riding a tram on his way to attending a zionist conference .
In another version The poet wrote about meeting Rabbi Akiva , he meets him and he asks where are the Maccabim? Those who fought against the occupying Greeks ?
Rabbi Akiva answers that all of Israel is holy people and are the Maccabim.
The New York Times
JERUSALEM — On the wall of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office is a giant floor-to-ceiling map with Israel at its center. Mr. Netanyahu likes staring at the map. He regales visitors with stories about how Israel has made friends with so many of the countries shown, some nearby, others far away.
His point is that Israel has moved beyond the days when its conflict with the Palestinians defined its relations with the world. But even as he celebrates the ascension of President-elect Donald J. Trump as a steadfast ally, Mr. Netanyahu may find that it complicates management of his own conservative coalition and undercuts the very diplomatic outreach that has been his central priority.
The 14-to-0 vote by the United Nations Security Council condemning Israeli settlements, permitted on Friday by President Obama, who ordered an American abstention, served as a reminder that the Palestinian issue remains a powder keg. Mr. Trump’s clarion call supporting Israel on settlements and his promise to move the American Embassy to Jerusalem could easily stir new antipathy among the Sunni Arab states Mr. Netanyahu has been courting most, analysts said.
“It doesn’t take a lot to imagine an American move that could provoke violence on the ground or just demonstrations on the ground with potential to become violent,” said Tamara Cofman Wittes, a former State Department official who is now at the Brookings Institution’s Center for Middle East Policy. “And that would not only create an Israeli-Palestinian crisis, but it would create a broader Israeli-Arab crisis.”
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Mr. Trump’s election and his choice of David M. Friedman, an ardent settlement supporter, as his ambassador to Israel have already emboldened the Israeli right to push for more aggressive policies in East Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank.
Some have even declared the death of the two-state solution that for years was, according to an international consensus, thought to be the way to settle the conflict.
Since the American election, pro-settlement leaders in Mr. Netanyahu’s cabinet have pushed for legislation retroactively legalizing outposts on privately owned Palestinian land that had been declared illegal by Israel’s Supreme Court. Mr. Netanyahu has been reluctant, even warning colleagues that it could lead to an investigation by the International Criminal Court, according to an Israeli news report.
“Israeli leaders have used American pressure as an excuse to avoid doing something they really don’t want to do but are being pressured to do by coalition members,” said Daniel C. Kurtzer, a former American ambassador to Israel who is now at Princeton University. If Mr. Trump advances views even to the right of Mr. Netanyahu, “this will put the prime minister in an awkward position with no excuses for not doing what right-wingers want him to do,” Mr. Kurtzer said.
Now in his fourth term, Mr. Netanyahu has focused lately on keeping the Palestinian conflict relatively contained while he forges new bonds around the world. He travels widely these days, and has just returned from a trip to Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan, two predominantly Muslim countries — a demonstration, he said, of Israel’s transformed global relations. He boasts that so many foreign delegations are coming to Israel that he barely has time to meet with them all.
He attributes this to what he calls T.T.P. — terrorism, technology and peace. Other countries, he argues, see Israel as an ally in fighting Islamist terrorism, a source of technological innovation and not an obstacle to peace, as it was once viewed. If so, though, the unopposed United Nations resolution could chip away at that impression, and Mr. Netanyahu retaliated against two of its sponsors, New Zealand and Senegal, by recalling ambassadors and canceling visits.
Most important, in his view and that of independent analysts, is the improvement of Israel’s relations with its Arab neighbors, not just Egypt and Jordan, with which it has peace treaties, but with Sunni states like Saudi Arabia and other Persian Gulf countries.
While many of those states still maintain a public reserve about Israel, they have quietly collaborated in important ways out of a shared belief that the greater threat in the region is the theocratic Shiite leadership in Iran.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel in his office. Mr. Netanyahu celebrates the ascension of President-elect Donald J. Trump, but may find that it complicates management of his own conservative coalition. Credit Uriel Sinai for The New York Times
“Our relations with the Arab world are rapidly changing,” Mr. Netanyahu said at a security conference sponsored by The Jerusalem Post last month. “More and more countries in our region, more and more people in this region, don’t see Israel as an enemy but as an ally — I’d say an indispensable ally — in the fight against radical extremism.”
But to the extent that is true, it could quickly change if the Palestinian issue returns to prominence. Saeb Erekat, the longtime Palestinian negotiator, said in a conference call sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars this past week that an embassy move to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv would prompt the Palestine Liberation Organization to withdraw its recognition of Israel that was granted as part of the Oslo peace accords.
While many Arab leaders have tired of the Palestinian leadership, even cutting off financial support, they may have to respond if their citizens are stirred to outrage.
“If the street’s reactions get too heated, it will be easier for these Arabs to jettison the Israeli relationship than to stand in the way of their own people’s anger,” Mr. Kurtzer said.
That may explain why even some conservatives in Israel are nervous that Mr. Trump may push provocative policies. Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, known as a hard-liner, said at a recent Brookings conference that there were other pressing issues aside from moving the American Embassy to Jerusalem, which both Israelis and Palestinians consider their capital.
Zalman Shoval, a former ambassador to the United States from Mr. Netanyahu’s Likud Party, doubted that an embassy move would set off a major backlash, but said an invigorated political right could press for more aggressive policies that would.
“If that were to happen, that would create a problem for Netanyahu,” Mr. Shoval said. “Netanyahu basically does not want to annex all of the West Bank, does not want to rule over the Palestinians. He realizes the risks of that from Israel’s point of view.”
Still, some allies of Mr. Netanyahu’s, including Mr. Shoval, argue that what increasingly binds Israel with its Sunni neighbors will still matter more than momentary flare-ups of the longstanding Palestinian conflict.
“Even when you forge new alliances, it doesn’t mean you’re going to be in sync on every issue,” said Dore Gold, a longtime adviser to Mr. Netanyahu who recently stepped down as director general of the Foreign Ministry. “Things go on inside Arab countries that we don’t agree with, and things go on inside Israel that they don’t agree with. But the fundamental interests are aligning.”
Some analysts said it might depend on how new initiatives were presented. Ehud Yaari, a commentator on Arab affairs on Israel’s Channel 2, said moving the embassy would not lead to serious problems with Sunni states beyond ritualistic protests. American encouragement of settlement construction in new areas “would prove much harder for the Sunni leadership to swallow,” he said.
Even so, Mr. Yaari added, “Arab public opinion may force rulers to demonstrate objections, but it seems they are all relieved to see Obama go and do not want to start on the wrong foot with Trump.”
Others suggested that nuanced diplomacy by Mr. Trump could work in Mr. Netanyahu’s favor. While the right may press the prime minister to acquiesce to more settlement construction, the Trump administration could endorse keeping any new housing within established blocs, said Robert Satloff, the executive director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
“That would be a major victory for Netanyahu,” Mr. Satloff said. “And if linked to real suspension of growth outside the blocs, it may even advance Israeli ties with Sunnis.”