The talk by President Obama and Vice President Biden denouncing Israeli actions in response to Arab provocations, demands that the state of Palestine be realized along with demands by Abbas that any pullback of IDF (Israeli Defense Force) troops be complete from across the entirety of Palestinian cities and populated areas has finally been addressed by the Security Cabinet with praise all around and back slapping congratulating all on reaching the point in security accomplishments that such a consideration could seriously be discussed is plain and simple proof that our fears of an establishment of Palestine and the setting of borders has now become imminent. The immediate leaks of information has indicated that Netanyahu is admitting in meetings to the establishment of a free of Israeli presence Palestine be established in Area A while Mahmoud Abbas is pushing the idea that all areas where Arab Palestinians reside be vacated for…
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The day after the Brussels terror attack, landmarks in the UK were lit up in the colors of the Belgian flag. Portions of the press in Britain excoriated the country on this. Why, they asked, had the now-traditional, mawkish ceremony occurred the day after the attacks rather than on the evening of the attacks themselves? Why were we a day late with our lights when other cities had managed to do their “solidarity” gesture straightaway? Such are our times. And such are our questions.
If there is a question in all this, it is not why it took more than 24 hours for the UK to find its Belgian-colored lights, but why after 67 years of terror, it still has not found the simple blue and white lights it would need to project the flag of Israel onto any public place.
It is not as though there haven’t been plenty of opportunities. Israel’s enemies have provided us with even more opportunities for light displays than have now been offered to the light-infatuated by the followers of ISIS.
You could argue that in the last seven decades, public attitudes have changed; that today futile gestures of “solidarity” are all the rage, but in generations past they were not. It might have been unheard of for any British institution to beam the colors of the Israeli flag into buildings in 1948, 1956, 1967 or 1973. But when sentimentalism came to Britain, it came in a big way. If it had not struck us by the time of the first intifada (1987-1993), it certainly had by the time of the second one (2000-2005).
During that period, thousands of Israelis were killed and wounded by Palestinian terrorists. Yet there were no projections of the Israeli flag onto public buildings. Again, during the 2006 Hezbollah War, landmarks went unlit — the same as after each salvo of rockets launched into Israel from the Gaza Strip, freshly evacuated by Israel to allow the Arabs there to create the Singapore or Côte d’Azure of the Middle East.