The anti-Israel propaganda by the Liberal Left is so great and so effective that, according to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, “many of the youths who survived the [Norway] massacre said they thought the killer, dressed as a police officer, was simulating Israeli crimes against Palestinians in the occupied territories.” This report reinforces the understanding that the anti-Israel forces working in earnest for the past decade have succeeded in making Israel the Liberal Left’s number-one enemy.
Yet, most American Jews still think that Christians and conservatives are their political opponents, when in fact they are the best friends that Jews and Israel have in the world today. From the present Conservative-led Canadian government, which is probably the most vocal pro-Israel country at present, to every major conservative talk-show host in America (including the fiercely pro-Jewish and pro-Israel Glenn Beck, who has been labeled as an anti-Semite), to the leader of Holland’s Party for Freedom and member of the Dutch parliament Geert Wilders (one of the most eloquent pro-Israel voices in Europe today), to the Wall Street Journal’s editorial page, the Right is where the Jews’ and Israel’s friends can be found.
Today’s global environment dictates that no one person and no one organization can battle alone the forces dedicated to the destruction of Israel. Creating coalitions and partnerships with conservative supporters of Israel and working together, pooling resources, and pooling political support on Capitol Hill is the most effective way in which to strengthen Israel. By creating these coalitions, we can change the tide sweeping the democratic world and expose the true agenda of those masquerading as the champions of liberty and freedom. By creating coalitions and partnerships, we can mobilize political and international pressure to support Israel; we are giving Israel the ability to take the offensive and defeat the demonization and delegitimization of Israel.
I returned to Israel last week from a two-week visit to the United States and found mass demonstrations demanding immediate economic reforms. This is only the latest effort by the Liberal Left to attack the right-wing government of Israel and its leader, Prime Minister Netanyahu. In America, President Obama, in the classical liberal mindset, never takes personal responsibility for the current economic crisis and continues to blame the Republican Party for America’s economic problems, with the full support of the national media.
In Israel, the Liberal Left and the media have initiated a mass movement to blame the government for the lack of economic reform, despite the success of Israel in weathering the current world economic crisis under Netanyahu’s watch. This economic crisis has paralyzed most of the Western world for the past three years. However, here in Israel we have almost full employment; the standard of living has remained steady and even risen for many; and the housing market has remained strong, with a continuing demand for new housing. Israel is a world leader in information technology, whether in the field of medicine or in defense industries; her ability to attract foreign investors as well as foreign tourists has never been better. In comparison to other Western nations, the situation in Israel is good. So why the demonstrations?
Here in Israel, the public has learned over recent years that the Oslo agreement orchestrated by the Liberal Left was a scam. Ideas like land for peace and disengaging from the Arabs of Judea, Samaria, and the Gaza Strip only invite more terror and more missile attacks on the center of the country. The public has voted into power right-wing parties in the last elections and has sent a message to the Liberal Left that we don’t believe them any longer. The Left has dismissed any expression of doubt as to the prudence of its ideology and how it is manifested in the political and economic arena. The Liberal Left uses a long line of derogatory “isms”: right-wing extremism, racism, or fascism. No matter how compelling the argument produced, they claim to know that their way is the only way, regardless of how destabilizing and dangerous the outcome may be.
In 1999, the Liberal Left in Israel used a similar strategy of invoking a message of economic and social unrest to defeat the elected right-wing government, also led then by Netanyahu. The political strategy was a success, and a left-wing government was elected—only to bring upon us the war of terror in the years 2000–2004, in which thousands of Israelis were killed and injured. The Liberal Left, supported by social activist organizations like the New Israel Fund and similar ideological NGOs, funded many of the demonstrations then and now. Their goal is to bring down Israel’s elected government using this campaign as a backdrop for their fundraising efforts among liberals abroad.
By creating coalitions and partnerships with our Christian and conservative supporters, we can hold the Liberal Left at bay and eventually defeat them. Today, the conservative public, whether in America or in Israel, understands that the real threat to democracy and the ability to make the right decisions arises from the Left, which aspires to put itself above and remain unbounded by the results of the democratic process.