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No Thank You, Peter Beinart; Your Plan Puts Israel and my Family at Risk

No Thank You, Peter Beinart; Your Plan Puts Israel and my Family at Risk

Beinart is not naïve. Yet he seems utterly committed to playing make-believe, disregarding a 3,000-year history, and is willing to put the lives of us Israelis, our families and our friends at risk in the process.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYxHXGq_7hc

In a drawn out 7,000 words and an abridged New York Times version, Beinart, a controversial Jewish leftwing intellectual,proposes a utopian one-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that would be laughable if it weren’t so condescending and dangerous.

As a former editor of The New Republic, columnist for The Atlantic, and frequent guest on CNN, Beinart has been a staunch advocate for a two-state solution. After years of denigrating a potential one-state solution, however, Beinart seems to have made a drastic U-turn by embracing a binational Israeli-Palestinian state. And lest you think Beinart is alone in his newfound epiphany, you’d be wrong.

As noted by Jonathan Tobin in the New York Post, noteworthy Democratic foreign policy experts like Ben Rhodes and Robert Malley tweeted support for Beinart’s utopia. Given the current political climate and growing prominence of anti-Israel congresspeople like AOC, Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar, it is easy to foresee a scenario in which Beinart’s idea becomes increasingly accepted in the US, which would shake the very nature of the US-Israel relationship to its core.

As far as the article itself, Beinart’s distortion of history and international law is deeply disturbing. But what’s most troubling is his complete ignorance of what it means to be a young Israeli and the world we live in.

As one such Israeli, I am offended at the way Beinart speaks of us as bigoted fools who cannot see Palestinians as anything other than terrorists. Strange concepts like human rights and equality mean nothing to us simpletons, or so Beinart would make it seem. Beinart celebrates the notion that all humans are created in the image of God, yet he appears to view us as a monolithic group of vicious racists, instead of individuals with nuanced opinions.

Beinart writes that for most Jews, being Jewish means supporting the existence of a Jewish state above all else. According to him, “The reason is rarely spelled out, mostly because it’s considered obvious: Opposing a Jewish state means risking a second Holocaust.”

Wrong.

We don’t live in constant fear of extinction, nor do we see ourselves as victims.

We see ourselves as a perfectly imperfect little country that, despite occasionally stumbling over itself, inches closer and closer to achieving the lofty ideals set out in our Declaration of Independence: a state built on freedom, justice, peace, and equality of rights irrespective of religion, race or sex. We haven’t always lived up to these standards, but we are certainly trying.

Beinart’s claim that his vision doesn’t require “abandoning Zionism” is manifestly false. Zionism is not just the creation of a “home” for Jews, as Beinart deceptively claims, but the establishment of a Jewish State in our ancestral homeland; the same homeland that contained a continuous Jewish presence for thousands of years. Zionism is not just the manifestation of a peoples’ right to self-determination – it is the ultimate fruition of a three-thousand-year dream to return to the birthplace of our national, spiritual, religious, cultural and political identity. The revival of our Jewish State solidified the revival of this identity, and like so many other Israelis, I beam with pride at what our state has accomplished.

In addition to the moral goodness of Zionism, the establishment of a Jewish State fulfils the just causes outlined over decades of international law. Beginning with the Balfour Declaration in 1917, developing with the British Mandate for Palestine in 1922, and culminating with the UN Partition Plan in 1947, the Zionist dream has been acknowledged and accepted by the international community.

It is therefore profoundly amoral and unjust for Beinart to petition the end of such an enduring idea that would rarely (if ever) be asked of another nation.

These reasons are what compel me, like so many other Israelis, to enroll in institutes of higher learning studying government, sustainability, medicine and innovation; to realize the Zionist vision of creating a better country for our citizens, and a better world for all.

And yet we Jewish and non-Jewish Israelis alike postpone our studies, often for half a decade, to wear the sacred IDF uniform and protect our loved ones from the likes of Iran, Hamas and Hezbollah.

As a young Israeli who would reside in Beinart’s proposed bi-national state, I am particularly worried about his complete disregard for the terror that’s been facing innocent Israelis since our state’s inception.

Beinart’s warped vision is devoid of Palestinian terror. In fact, variations of the word “terror” only appear twice in his entire opus (he euphemistically writes “armed struggle,” as if that’s fooling anybody).

But the stark reality of life in Israel is that Palestinian terrorism has impacted every single Israeli. During a slew of terror attacks in 2015, my former high school homeroom teacher, Yaakov Don, was murdered five minutes from my hometown of Efrat while on his way to study Torah with his son. Another victim in this attack was 18-year-old Ezra Schwartz, a US citizen from Sharon, Massachusetts. In 2018, Ari Fuld, a resident of Efrat originally from New York, lost his life while heroically trying to save innocent bystanders from a terrorist at a mall where my mother shops almost every day.

These anecdotes are not unique; most Israelis can recount similar stories that happened to people they know and love. Yet Beinart has the audacity to refer to these attacks as simple “nihilistic rage” and “despair expressed with knives.” This threat would intensify tenfold under his horrific fantasy.

According to Beinart, the traumatic legacy of the Holocaust prevents us from entertaining the possibility that Hamas is open to peaceful coexistence. I scoff at this ridiculous notion because my older brother, whom I so greatly admire, spent 60 days in Gaza fighting Hamas during 2014’s Operation Protective Edge, where he lost many dear friends. I scoff because Hamas fired rockets at my family in the middle of the night, and I had to rush downstairs, pull my little brother out of the shower, and hold him in my arms as I ran with him to the bomb shelter. We all scoff because one look at the Hamas charter shows their true goal.

The crux of Beinart’s premise is that we don’t need a Jewish State in Israel. Tell that to the million Jews who fled Russian oppression or the 850,000 Jews who were forcibly expelled from Arab lands whose descendants now make up the majority of Israel’s population. Tell that to the millions of Jews who cry for joy at the sight of a nation reborn.

Beinart is not naïve. Yet he seems utterly committed to playing make-believe, disregarding a 3,000-year history, and is willing to put the lives of us Israelis, our families and our friends at risk in the process.

Thanks, Peter, but you can keep your fantasy to yourself.

[Featured Image: Screenshot via YouTube]

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Eitan Fischberger is an Israeli student and veteran of the Israeli Air Force. His writing has appeared in The Jerusalem Post, Jewish News Syndicate (JNS), Legal Insurrection, The Daily Wire, Algemeiner Journal, and the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs.

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“controversial Jewish leftwing intellectual.”

Kinda like “Obama the Constitutional lawyer:” obama is no constitutional lawyer.

And Beinart is no Jewish intellectual, if he’s “Jewish” at all.

    Likely a “nominal Jew”, a person who’s mother was Jewish (whether practicing or not) and thus he is “Jewish” and quite probably not an observant Jew.

For almost 2,000 years, Jews constituted a minority in each country in which they lived and without the power to defend themselves. In return, Jews were persecuted, killed, limited in their abilities to own land or participate in various professions, denied citizenship, chased out of the country in which they resided as guests and, in the case of the Spanish Inquisition, not just kicked out but chased all over the world just to kill them. When the Nazi machine turned to modern technology to implement genocide, not only were the Jews defenseless, no other country in the world truly opened its borders, leaving Jews trapped. The US not only refused, but pressured others not to admit Jews. The British ruled the Mandate in Palestine due to a resolution of the League of Nations with the express mandate to create a Jewish nation. Not only didn’t the British do this, they blocked Jews from entering before the Holocaust, during the Holocaust AND after the Holocaust. So, does Peter Beinart wish to trust his fate to a world where there is no Jewish State? I suspect Beinart will be among the first back on the Nazi train. He can plead to his oppressors just how enlightened he is as he shuffles to the back of the car on the way to the next concentration camp.

    DaveGinOly in reply to Stuytown. | July 15, 2020 at 4:53 pm

    The British also exercised an option concerning the Mandate for Palestine, splitting off 4/5ths of the mandate that became the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, an Arab nation.

    The “two-state solution” has already been put into effect.

I love Israel… and not for any reason other than they will not compromise on their own national security. They understand the evil they are facing know all kum bah yah BS will get them killed.

Live like YOU ARE Israel and you will always be safer than if you had not.

    DaveGinOly in reply to Andy. | July 15, 2020 at 6:13 pm

    “Xenophobia will keep you alive far longer than xenophilia.”
    “Em Jay” in a comment left at YouTube video

    Milhouse in reply to Andy. | July 16, 2020 at 1:03 am

    Andy, unfortunately you are incorrect. Israelis will compromise on their own national security, and have done so regularly. Their history has been one long litany of concessions and compromises that end up biting them in the behind. And yet they never seem to learn; they always seem to be looking for the next compromise they can make. Even when they’re forced to fight, they’re already planning the concessions they’ll offer when there’s next a lull. It’s difficult to explain.

      HImmanuelson in reply to Milhouse. | July 16, 2020 at 2:34 am

      Some of it is due to international pressure, especially from the US. Some of it is just baffling like trading 1000 (live) terrorists in jail for 1-2 Israeli citizens.

      I think they’ve gotten a little smarter over the years as far as their concessions go. I think we’ll find out before too long because they are negotiating with Hamas now for another prisoner exchange.

This is ridiculous and beyond manifest idiocy and foolishness.

Even putting aside Arab Muslims’ unwavering fealty to the supremacist, totalitarian, belligerent and hate-filled ideology of “Submission,” and, its genocidal aspirations against non-Muslims, how about holding the Arab Muslims responsible for the self-inflicted miseries which predictably and inevitably flow from their ideology of hate? The so-called “Palestinians” have been given billions of dollars in financial aid, over decades, and, have squandered myriad opportunities to build an economically successful and self-sufficient state, but, they have chosen the path of jihad, every single time. The bankrupt ideology of “Submission” is to blame; not Jews, not Christians, nor, any other group of non-Muslims.

It’s like trying to marry 2 people when you know that one of them really really wants to kill the other.

    Stuytown in reply to Exiliado. | July 15, 2020 at 3:21 pm

    It’s more than like that. It is that. One person does want to kill the other. In fact, it’s ingrained in their laws, their prayers and their children’s school books.

JackinSilverSpring | July 15, 2020 at 2:01 pm

Eitan Fischberger’s statement is indeed very powerful.

Peter Beinart is the worst kind of fool: Self righteous.
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    Edward in reply to DSHornet. | July 16, 2020 at 7:35 am

    He’s an idealistic fool IF he actually does not understand the guaranteed result of an adoption of his proposal. I’m not convinced the people who make or agree with the one state proposals are that stupid.

Jews were living in the middle east millennia before the ideology of “Submission” was ever conceived, and, millennia before such a thing as a “Muslim” ever existed.

It’s time to stand up to the jihadists’ and Dhimmi-crats vicious propaganda lies and slander that posits that Israeli Jews are “colonizers” who have “stolen” Arab Muslims’ land.

What Israelis and Israel have achieved, in the face of unrelenting, infantile and perpetual jihadist belligerence, violence and genocidal aspirations from Arab Muslims, and, financial and political support of the same, from their dhimmi, useful-idiot allies among western Leftists, is remarkable.

“noteworthy Democratic foreign policy experts ”

This phrase from the post contradicts itself several times.

healthguyfsu | July 15, 2020 at 3:37 pm

This would have been like England offering Germany the right to vote in their elections during WW2.

LukeHandCool | July 15, 2020 at 5:55 pm

An Israel with a majority Arab population would be akin to the old saying “democracy is two wolves and one sheep voting on what’s for dinner.”

Not a perfect analogy. Wolves kill to eat, not out of hatred and ideology. The same cannot be said of a not insubstantial percentage of Palestinians.

Palestinians are just as human as everyone else. But their culture is not in the healthiest place right now.

I’m not saying it would be certain disaster. But we’ve seen many movies in this genre throughout history with bad endings. You’d be tempting fate at this point in time.

Mr Beinart, seems to be running afoul of the catechism of the woke mob cancel cultural. Why? His position is at odds with the requirement to respect the rights and tradition of all ‘indigenous people’.

If the historical and archeological evidence of a group exists that shows them to be more indigenous than the Jewish people residing in their homeland, I would be shocked.

George_Kaplan | July 15, 2020 at 7:40 pm

Before the Nakba, Jews lived all throughout the Middle East just as before the Holocaust they were once found all throughout Europe. Unlike Europe there is little to no tolerance for Jews in the Middle East and so the only place home to them in the Middle East is Israel. Nations like Saudi Arabia even go so far as to deny or downplay their Jewish pasts. Embracing a one state solution would be suicide – dissolving the notion of Israel, forgetting Zion, and Jews returning to minority status in a country that doesn’t want them, where the powers that be want to see them dead!

Well, here we go again, another idiot intellectual American (nothing against your normal American, as I are one) who comes up with a grandiose plan to solve Israel’s problems, without seeking, or gaining their permission for his input.

Arrogant @$$hole barely suffices to describe him and his ilk.

“Beinart is not naïve. Yet he seems utterly committed to playing make-believe, disregarding a 3,000-year history, and is willing to put the lives of us Israelis, our families and our friends at risk in the process.”

Please, for the love of logic, stop prefacing examples of naivete or stupidity with words like “So and so isn’t naive, yet…” or “So and so isn’t stupid, yet…”

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