The war against Israel waged by Muslim Arabs and other Muslims who follow the Arab lead is merely a classic Jihad. After the Six-Day War, the Arabs made every effort, because they realized that a military “solution” was not at hand, to repackage their opposition to Israel. They would use the fact of Israel’s victory against it. Among the territories that Israel took possession of were two — Gaza and the “West Bank” — to which Israel had good, even clear, title according to all the legal and historic (not to mention moral claims) — which were soon re-presented to the world as the land of a suddenly-invented “Palestinian people,” (never mentioned before by any Arab rulers, diplomats, historians, or others), and the careful fabrication continued as part of the so-called “construction-of-the-Palestinian-identity” project, right down to the renaming of a few banal Arab folkdances as “Palestinian” in nature. For the Arabs have always been very clever about manipulating the Western publics, while Israel has endured a political and media elite that takes pride in its absence of guile, its blunt forthrightness, save that the blunt forthrightness of Golda Meir’s dismissal of the “Palestinian people” did not continue, and the Israelis became unwitting collaborators in their own propagandistic degringolade.
The Arabs understood, after the colossal defeat of June 1967, that they would need more time, and other strategies, to defeat and then destroy Israel. They realized that they would need the outside world, and particularly the Western powers that had affinities with, and even gave moral and sometimes other kinds of support to Israel, to take the Arab and Muslim side. They worked hard to make sure that those Western powers, little by little, stopped seeing the conflict as what it was, but as something else, in which tiny Israel could be depicted as the o’erweening bully, and the Arab side depicted as the much weaker victims.
Considering that the Arabs alone outnumber the Jews of Israel 60 to one, and that the land in the possession of the Arabs is about 14 million square miles, while Israel in the 1949 armistice lines is about 10,000 square miles, and even with the “West Bank” does not even contain the 14,000 square miles that would make Mighty Israel, Greater Israel, all of one-one-thousandth the size of the Arab-ruled lands (where Berbers, Kurds, Copts, and all other non-Arab or non-Muslim peoples, are treated with contumely, or discrimination, or persecution, or worse), this was a neat trick.
But the Arabs managed it. They began by carefully renaming the Arabs in the territories won by Israel in the Six-Day War as the “Palestinian people,” a phrase not used, not once, by any Arab diplomat or leader prior to the Six-Day War. Thus a new “people” was created — see Zuhair Mohsain’s admission to the Dutch newspaper “Trouw” about the propagandistic motivation for the “Palestinian people.” But then the Israelis, so desperately eager for peace, failed to respond. They failed utterly to recognize the propagandistic case that was being built, by which the Jihad against the Infidel state of Israel was to be disguised as merely a conflict between two “tiny peoples” (though the Arabs never hide the fact that they consider themselves one people, a people united in language, customs, religion, and all the other outward and inward markers of ethnic identity).
In this scenario, Israel was cast in the role of bullying “occupier.” In reality, it was no such thing, for its historic and legal claim to the “West Bank” did not begin with, and was not dependent on, the possession that resulted from the Six-Day War. For Israel’s “occupation” of territory deliberately set aside for the Jewish National Home according to the League of Nations’ Mandate for Palestine could hardly be seen as similar, say, to “Occupied Paris” (to which the Germans had no legitimate claim) or “Occupied Vienna” or “Occupied Berlin” (both cities which the Allies occupied with military forces after the war, but to which they did not have, and did not wish to fabricate, any kind of permanent claim). The same goes, of course, for “Occupied Japan,” to which the Americans of course had no claim other than of being military occupier. That is quite different from Israel, which in the Six-Day War came into possession of territory to which it had a claim, and a right — legal, historic, and moral — recognized by those who established the Mandate system after World War I.
The Arabs have had a good run, aided and abetted by a series of mediocre Israeli governments, and by media and political elites in Israel largely ignorant of Islam, almost willfully so, and thus blind to the war being waged, for all time, against the state of Israel. Perhaps to allow themselves to understand the nature of Islam, and thus to recognize the endless nature of the war being waged on Israel, has simply been too painful for Israelis to face up to. So instead they — like the Western Europeans — simply prefer to deny it all, and thus to end up collaborating with the propaganda put out by their enemies, aiding those enemies to conceal the nature of the war being waged.
But now, it seems, each new killing or attack, in Madrid or London or Mumbai, in Amsterdam or New York, in Washington or New Delhi, in Moscow or Manila, in southern Thailand or in southern Nigeria or in southern Sudan, of Muslims against Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, and all others, chips away at that Arab propaganda, and begins to allow us once again to see, revealed, the true nature of the war against Israel. As this war is seen, and seen more clearly, soonest by the keenest, and then afterwards by the less keen, it will be harder and harder for the farce of the “legitimate rights of the ‘Palestinian’ people” business to be uttered with a straight face. And if Israel can hold on, and can start to see things straight, and help others in Western Europe and North America, by making its own new understanding of things clear, to themselves come to grasp the meaning, and permanent menace, of Islam, then it is just possible that Israel will have a chance. Further appeasement will not and cannot work. Islam is triumphalist. Every victory, anywhere, against any Infidels, only whets, and never sates, Muslim appetites. This needs to be understood. Not after the next concession of tangible assets to the Arabs, but before any more such disastrous concessions, by the likes of the olmerts of this world, are made.