Sorry to Remind You! Golda Meir Was Right by Burak Bekdil

From Dr Naomi:

I have never understood why leaders of the Jewish and Christian Zionist communities have not expressed outrage at the discrimination against Israel and Israel alone by many countries in the world. It seems that most Jews have accepted this. Now we have BDS. Is this a consequence of thinking that the fact that israelis are not allowed to travel freely and they are the people in an "open air prison" surrounded by enemies and no one has spoken out against this outrage? Soon there will be no one left to speak out for Americans.

It was Israel, where Golda Meir was then prime minister, that spontaneously recognized Bangladesh on February 4, 1972. But unfortunately and interestingly, Bangladesh was not even gentle enough to accept the recognition. It is still mysterious why the first government of Bangladesh did not shake the outstretched hand of Israel. In course of time, Bangladesh adopted the "No peace, no recognition, no negotiation with Israel" policy of the Khartoum Conference that took place a few months after the Six Day War.

Bangladesh -- no matter who has been the ruler or what has been its form of government -- still has not changed her policy on Israel. Many of the Arab countries, where Islam was born, at least have diplomatic relations with Israel.

But Bangladesh, a distant country of 170 million people, that officially declares itself secular, does not have any relations with Israel. It is even prominently written on Bangladeshi passports, "ALL COUNTRIES OF THE WORLD EXCEPT ISRAEL".

Sorry to Remind You, but Golda Meir Was Right - Part II of IV

Sorry to Remind You, but Golda Meir Was Right - Part III of IV

Sorry to Remind You, but Golda Meir Was Right - Part IV of IV

by Burak Bekdil

Hamas spokesman Sami Abu-Zuhri said: "All Israelis are legitimate targets." What would the Palestinian death toll have been if Mr. Netanyahu's spokesman declared all Palestinians as legitimate targets?

Underdog-nation romanticism tells us Israel should not respond when under rocket attack because it is capable of intercepting the rockets.

That there are fewer Israeli casualties does not mean Hamas does not want to kill; it just means, for the moment, Hamas cannot kill.

Once again, half the world is fighting alongside the Hamas jihadists and their Jewish nemesis. 

So in the EU-candidate Turkey, a pianist should be punished for his re-tweets, but a pop-singer should be congratulated for her first-class racist hate-speech. This is contagious.

No reporter present at Mr. Ihsanoglu's campaign launch speech thought about asking him if his commitment to the "Palestinian cause" included any affirmation of the Hamas Charter, in particular a section that says, "…The stones and trees will say, 'O Muslims, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.'"

Turkey is also the country where a few years earlier, a group of school teachers (yes, school teachers!) gathered in a demonstration to commemorate Hitler.

If the Turkish crowds were wherever they were to protest against Israel for killing Palestinians in a political dispute, why Koranic slogans? Why were they protesting in Arabic rather than their native language? Do Turks chant German or Portuguese slogans when they gather to protest nuclear energy, or negligence regarding the deaths of more than 300 miners in Soma? So, what makes Arabic the lingua franca at every anti-Israel (more realistically, anti-Jewish) protest? Is this a mere coincidence that repeats itself every time, everywhere?

The title of this four-part series was intended to be a forceful reminder at times like this that Hitler was right to think that (religious) emotion is reserved for the many and reason for the few.

Golda Meir, the fourth prime minister of Israel, had a perfectly realistic point when she said that peace in the Middle East would only be possible "when Arabs love their children more than they hate us." I now think her line was incomplete: Peace won't come just when Arabs love their children more than they hate Jews; it may come when they also love their children more than they hate 'other' Muslims.

Burak Bekdīl, based in Ankara, is a Turkish columnist for the Hürriyet Daily News and a Fellow at the Middle East Forum.