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Gerald Honigman is a Florida educator who has done extensive doctoral work in Middle East studies, has lectured on numerous university and other platforms. He has debated many of the best Arab and pro-Arab academics in public debates and on television. Mr. Honigman is widely published in academic journals, magazines, newspapers and other publications.

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PostThu Jan 20, 2011 12:16 pm     The Israeli Goose & The Russian Gander...    

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The Israeli Goose and the Russian Gander
by Gerald A. Honigman

There are certain verbal expressions which seem to clarify specific situations…they really hit the nail right on the head, so to speak.

On January 18th, America and Russia took steps towards recognition of the Arabs' twenty-second state, joining a growing list of South American and other countries who have already done so since the collapse of latest round of Jew arm-twisting--er "negotiations"--in Washington late last year.

While there's more to be said about the American moves in this direction, I have addressed this side of the coin previously. So, let's focus on the Russians for now…

During his visit to the Palestinian Authority in Jericho, Russian President Dimitry Medvedev reiterated his country's previous recognition of what amounts to the creation of the Arabs' second--not first-- state in Palestine.

It cannot be repeated too often that Jordan had already been gifted to Arab nationalism in 1922 from almost 80% of the original, post-Ottoman Turkish Empire, 1920 Mandate's territory.

It was noted that Medvedev's stopover was the first time a major world leader visited the PA without traveling to Israel first--giving concrete evidence to support his words.

Now, none of the above would be intrinsically wrong except that the new Arab state the Russians, President Obama's Administration, and others are gifting recognition to still refuses to grant Jews--in one tiny state which sits on about 11% of the original 1920 Mandate of Palestine's land--that same recognition.

As has been noted often (and forgetting about the more honest Hamas folks), the allegedly moderate, latter-day Arafatians of the PA have stated that they will never recognize Israel--regardless of how much it concedes for peace--as a state of the Jews. And they have called any negotiations with Israel simply a "Trojan Horse."

Furthermore, the Arabs' openly-admitted plan since their failed attempt at Israel's destruction in 1967 has been one which they dubbed the destruction-in-phases scenario…first force Israel back, via international pressure and "negotiations," to its pre-'67, nine to fifteen mile wide, '49 armistice line (not border) existence, and then move in for the kill when the time is ripe. And the time gets riper by the day as Israel gets surrounded by even more heavily-armed surrogates of Iran and others as well.

Arafat called this false peace "the Peace of the Quraysh," the temporary cessation in warfare Islam's prophet, Muhammad, granted his Meccan enemies in the 7th century C. E. until he was ready to deliver the final blow. Arafat's "moderate" successors also call it their Trojan Horse… as we've already seen. Add to this the Arab demand that Israel allow itself to be inundated by millions of real and alleged Arab refugees, and the picture becomes complete. By the way, the above were all part of the alleged "peace plan" Israel recently rejected in the failed negotiations being pushed by the current White House and for which it has been blamed.

The results of Israel's unilateral withdrawal from Gaza (a staging area for assault against Jews in Israel for millennia)--frequent attacks upon it from Arabs living there--are but examples of what Arabs have in mind elsewhere if Israel does not get the territorial compromise it was promised in the disputed territories by the final draft of UNSC Resolution 242 in the wake of the '67 fighting.

While Arabs insist that they will never recognize the sole State of the Jews, scores of millions of non-Arabs--Kurds, Copts, Imazighen ("Berbers"), black Africans, native Jews, and others--pre-date and live in the twenty-one states which make up the "Arab" League on lands Arabs simply refer to as (via murderous conquest and forced Arabization) "purely Arab patrimony." And that's the problem with granting recognition to Arab state #22--by anyone.

Okay-- now back to the Russians…

Moscow insists that Israel return to its 9-15 mile wide armistice line existence and backs this up by recognizing a PA state on the east side of '49 armistice lines.

Given this reality, it's long overdue that Israel do likewise in the Caucasus Mountains and declare its support of the Russian-conquered Chechen people.

Russian imperialism engulfed many different peoples throughout Asia and elsewhere, especially during the 18th century. Chechnya has periodically been in revolt against its expansionist Russian conquerors ever since.

The Russians have slaughtered countless numbers of Chechens over the years whose overall general crime was to simply want freedom from Moscow.

Some Chechens have resorted to murderous terrorism in response, and kidnapping and lawlessness have become too commonplace in the land. Additionally, warring factions (reminiscent of other lands where positive nationalism has not been allowed to take root) add to this picture of the legacy of Russian conquest.

Unlike Arab nationalism in its various stripes (claiming some two dozen states at the expense of scores of millions of native, non-Arab victims), the Chechen people--like the Jews before, the Kurds and Imazighen ("Berbers") today, and others in the region as well--do not yet have one independent state, let alone two dozen.

With the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, temporary independence was proclaimed, but the Russians squashed that hope in wars throughout the late 1990s. Horrendous acts of terrorism, committed by Chechens in response, only backfired on the cause of the people in whose name the atrocities were committed.

Some will draw parallels between the above situation, involving Russia and the Chechens, and Israel and its assorted Arab enemies.

But there are some very crucial differences…

For starters, how does a nation like Russia--which conquered vast territories and peoples, making it the largest country, geographically speaking, in the world today--dare tell Israel, which one needs a magnifying glass to find on a world globe, that its desire for a territorial compromise in lands in which Jews have thousands of years of history (unlike the Russians) is "expansionist colonialism?"

Those who live in glass houses should not be throwing stones--and the Russian house is indeed one of the most transparent on these issues.

Fatah and Hamas are Arab factions determined to destroy Israel--one sooner, the other later. They are, nonetheless, Arabs…and while there are differences between Arabs, there are also differences between Jews--and so forth.

Perhaps Jews, playing the same Arab game, should demand multiple states for themselves too because of their own differences. There are more Jews (as just one of many examples) in Israel, France, the Americas, and elsewhere whose origins are in Morocco than Arabs who got to have independent states in Kuwait and the Gulf Emirates.

While it's understandable that Arabs--given their own subjugating "purely Arab patrimony" mindset towards the region--refuse to recognize the rights of Jews (half of whom in Israel were refugees from the "Arab"/Muslim world) and others as well, this does not mean that their attitude is not morally nauseating. Think about what has been happening in the Sudan's south and west if you need just another horrendous example of this…

No matter how Arabs and their supporters spin it, what they want is that twenty-second state for themselves created on the ashes of the resurrected one that the Jews have. And furthermore, what they really want is a 23rd too--expecting Israel to be turned into that after it's swamped by Arab refugees (not a one which would have existed if a half dozen Arab states did not attack a new born Israel in 1948).

There is no question, in Arab minds, that the new state(s) they demand will replace Israel, not live along side it. Official Arab websites, maps, textbooks, media, sermons, children televison shows, and so forth leave no doubt about this--regardless of the sweet talking and taqiyya practiced on an all-too-willingly-gullible West.

Chechens don't have one state, let alone dozens, and their unfortunate resort to extremism should no more exclude Chechnya from independence from Moscow than the frequent barbarism committed against non-Arabs by Arabs have affected the latters' own political quests.

What's good for the Israeli goose must indeed be good for the Russian gander…



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