The convenient war against the Jews

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In the end, the global jihad, and the West's fickle response to radical Islam's assault on its civilization, is about hating Jews. This truth, never wholly hidden from view, was exposed in all its ugliness in recent months with startling disclosures by former Italian president and Senator-for-life Francesco Cossiga.

In a letter to Italy's Corriere della Serra in August, Cossiga acknowledged that during the early 1970s, then Italian prime minister Aldo Moro signed an agreement with Yassir Arafat's PLO and affiliated organizations that enabled the Palestinians to field terrorists, operate bases and store weapons in Italy in exchange for immunity from attack for Italy and Italian interests worldwide. Cossiga also acknowledged that even when the Palestinians murdered Italians, the government still protected them. Indeed, he admitted for the first time that the largest terror attack ever to take place on Italian soil – the bombing of the Bologna train station in July 1980 which killed 85 people – was the work of PLO-affiliated terrorists from George Habash's Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

At the time of the bombing, Cossiga was Italy's prime minister. Right after it occurred, he blamed the atrocity on neo-fascists. In his words at the time, "Unlike leftist terrorism, which strikes at the heart of the state through its representatives, black terrorism prefers the massacre because it promotes panic and impulsive reactions."

In August, he claimed that it was the work of the PFLP and asserted that the bomb exploded inadvertently. That is, the Palestinians hadn't meant to kill non-Jews – so Italian authorities protected them.

On Friday, Cossiga expanded on his disclosures to Corriere della Serra in an interview with Yediot Aharonot's Rome correspondent Menachem Ganz. Cossiga admitted that it wasn't just Israeli targets that Italy permitted the Palestinians to attack with impunity, but Jewish targets as well. Indeed, in at least one and probably two incidents, the Italians colluded with the Palestinians in their attacks against Jews. On October 9, 1982, six terrorists opened fire on worshippers leaving Rome's Great Synagogue. Dozens of Jews were wounded and two-year-old Stefano Tache was murdered. Hours before the attack the Italian police detail charged with securing the synagogue was withdrawn.

Then too, in December 1985, Palestinian terrorists opened fire on the El Al ticket counter at the Rome airport. Ten people were killed. Another seven people were murdered in a simultaneous attack against the El Al ticket counter at the Vienna airport. According to Cossiga, Italian intelligence agencies received prior warning of the attack but didn't bother to share the information with Israel.

Cossiga explained to Yediot, "No Italian targets were hit. They attacked the Israeli airline at the airport. The murdered were all Israelis, Jews, and Americans."

Then there was the hijacking of the Italian cruise liner Achille Lauro off the Egyptian coast in October 1985. Palestinian terrorists led by Abu Abbas commandeered the ship. They shot wheelchair-bound American Jewish passenger Leon Klinghoffer and threw him overboard while he was still alive. The Egyptians freed the hijackers and sent them off on a flight to Libya. American jets forced a plane to land at a NATO base in Sicily. The Italians refused to permit the Americans to take the hijackers into custody and freed Abbas. The Italians cast the standoff as a victory against American bullies. But it really amounted to a surrender to Palestinian murderers. As Cossiga explained, "Since the Arabs were capable of harming Italy more than the Americans, Italy surrendered to them."

COSSIGA ALLEGES that his country's agreement with the Palestinians has recently been expanded to include Hizbullah. After the Second Lebanon War, Italy agreed to command the UNIFIL force charged with preventing Hizbullah from reasserting control over southern Lebanon and blocking its re-armament efforts. Yet Cossiga asserts, "I can state with absolute certainty that… Italy has a deal with Hizbullah according to which UNIFIL forces turn a blind eye to Hizbullah's rearmament so long as no attacks are carried out against soldiers in the force."

Ganz notes ruefully that although Cossiga's statements provoked the Italian Jewish community to demand that Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi investigate the government's collusion with Palestinian terrorists, no such investigation is likely to be forthcoming. Ganz explains that Berlusconi himself is not immune to the anti-Semitism that caused his predecessors to abstain from protecting Italy's Jewish citizens. When he addresses Italian Jews, Berlusconi often calls the Israeli government "your government," and so exposes his adherence to the view that Jews are not true citizens of any country other than Israel.

The anti-Semitic belief that all Jews are Zionists and therefore all Jews are fair game in the war against Israel – itself simply another round of the age-old war against the Jews – allows anti-Semites to obfuscate the fact that their anti-Israel rhetoric is simply warmed over Jew-hatred. People like Iranian leaders Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Ali Khamenei, and Palestinian terrorists from the PLO and their progeny in Hamas and Hizbullah nearly always limit their threats to "Zionists," and so pretend that they aren't actually anti-Semites.

Their razor-thin deception is eagerly embraced by their fellow travelers in the West – from university professors like Juan Cole, Steven Walt and John Mearshimer, to policymakers like Brent Scowcroft and Zbigniew Brzezinski, to Western decision-makers and European heads of state, and an alarming number of American politicians.

This deception is par for the course of anti-Semitism. Throughout history anti-Semites have used Jew-hatred as a way to rally their troops. By attacking Jews as the collective enemy, tyrants have given their people a convenient, weak culprit to attack to deflect criticism away from their own failures or to hide real enemies from pacifistic publics uninterested in fighting. Anti-Semitism appeals to people's basest instinct. But people don't like to acknowledge how much they hate Jews, and Jews have always preferred to deny that they are hated.

So anti-Semitic leaders have disguised their appeal to base instinct by pretending that they are actually appealing to sublime aspirations. In the case of the Nazis for instance, Adolf Hitler and Josef Goebbels appealed to Germanic pride and love for the Fatherland. Today, the Left appeals to people's aspirations for peace and justice. It is only by permitting and indeed enabling Jews to die and the Jewish state to be destroyed that "peace" can be secured and the Palestinians can receive "justice."

THIS STRATEGY appeals to European – and to greater and lesser degrees American – policymakers for two reasons. First, as French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner made clear in an interview with Ha'aretz on Friday, while the West understands that Islamic jihadists seek the destruction of Europe and the US, they believe – in part because their own anti-Semitism leads them to exaggerate Jewish power – that they will get away with coddling the Arabs and Iran because Israel will protect them.

Referring to Iran's nuclear weapons program, Kouchner said that no one is particularly worried about Iran's nuclear threat because everyone believes that Israel will attack Iran for them. In his words, "I honestly don't believe that [a nuclear arsenal] will give any immunity to Iran. First, you [Israel] will hit them before [they acquire nuclear weapons]… Because Israel has always said that it will not wait for the bomb to be ready. I think that they [the Iranians] know. Everybody knows."

What is ironic about this view is that it exposes the inver
sion of anti-Semitic rhetoric. Five years ago, former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamed told an approving audience of Islamic heads of state, "The Jews rule the world by proxy. They get others to fight and die for them."

But the West's belief that Israel will protect it from Iran shows that the opposite is true. The West is absolutely certain that Israel is its proxy, and that Jews will fight and die protecting it from the forces of global terror and jihad.

THE SECOND reason the Western champions of "peace" have opted to sell Israel and the Jews out to the jihadists is because as anti-Semites, Western "anti-Zionists" fear Jewish power and therefore want us to be weak. So it is that for the past 40 years, European governments and the US State Department have bankrolled anti-Zionist groups in Israel like Peace Now, B'tselem and Four Mothers. So it is that they have blamed Israel for Palestinian terrorism. And even when Israel succumbs to all their demands for territorial withdrawals, they always manage to demand still more.

In the same interview with Ha'aretz for instance, Kouchner on the one hand praised Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni for their willingness to surrender Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria to the Palestinians, but argued that this is still not enough. Israel must also accept the free immigration of the hostile descendants of the Arabs who left Israel in 1948. That is, Israel must also agree to its own destruction in order to pave the way for "peace." In his words, "The main problem is the refugees and Jerusalem, but more the refugees. Olmert and Livni do not have the perception of this."

Kouchner for one is certain that Livni will come around to recognizing the need to allow hostile foreign-born Arabs to move here. "I think she will change. This is always the case for people that are in charge for politics and for life," he claimed.

Kouchner soothed the reporters' fears of national destruction by claiming that he's probably not talking about more than 100,000 hostile Arabs immigrants. But that's today.

If Livni does form a government and comes around to this view, leave it to the West to explain that placing "arbitrary" limits on Arab immigration is a human rights abuse, and that Israel's Zionist racism is compelling the Arabs and Iran to kill Jews and Westerners around the world.

AND THIS brings us to perhaps the greatest irony of the West's collusion with the Arabs and Iran in their war against the Jews. The logical outcome of the twin delusions of anti-Semitism – that Jews are all powerful and that the Jews must be cut down to size – is the destruction of Israel. And if that happens, the West will find itself in jaws of the Islamic jihadists they have been feeding the Jews to for four decades.

The West's subversion of the Israeli elite has fomented a situation where many Israeli leaders have embraced their anti-Semitic views of Israel. Leaders like Livni and Olmert, and the media and academia in Israel, have largely accepted the notion that Israel is to blame for the global jihad. Today these leaders uphold Jewish weakness as an ideal. The longer these Western-supported elites remain in power, the larger the chance that Israel won't attack Iran and that Israel will allow itself to be destroyed in the interest of pursuing "peace" with Palestinian terrorists.

And if Israel is destroyed, the West won't be able to depend on us Jews to fight and die for them anymore. They will be all alone.

Originally published in The Jerusalem Post.

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  • Timothy Kriete FOR ISRAEL (GENESIS 12:1-3,ISAIAH 53-63,HABAKKUK 2:1-3) AMEN 10/06/2008 at 23:04

    Hey Sis Did You See This Article???
    Pro-Obama, Muslim-led voter registration in
    mosques SOURCE:
    A leading critic of Islam isn’t surprised there
    has been virtually NO coverage or action taken
    against a Muslim group that has been running an
    illegal “get out the vote” campaign in swing-
    state mosques. May The LORD God Of ALL Flesh
    (Jeremiah 32:26-27 AMEN) Circumcise ALL HEARTS

  • Dave 10/07/2008 at 3:08

    Ms. Glick – Thank you for this level-headed yet depressing analysis of the hatred of Jews by Europeans today.

  • Doug 10/07/2008 at 4:40

    This thesis raises the question of the fundamental truths of the Zionist movement. Are we Jews better off in our own country, Israel?
    Or will the existence of Israel merely be one more reason to hate us wherever we may be?

  • Dan 10/07/2008 at 6:44

    It’s not “all about” hating Jews.
    It’s more “all” about raw cowardice than it is about residual anti-Semitism.
    The idea of taking on a religion of over a billion people, a good chunk of whom are foaming at the mouth fanatics simply scares the hell out of your typical Westerner, who prefers to hit the club scene, dress well, and look to score on the opposite sex.
    The idea of actually getting into a shootout with fanatics simply isn’t part of what they bargained for.
    Moreover, you’re overlooking the widespread sense of ENTITLEMENT that prevails.
    People feel entitled to “the good life,” and taking your chances in a shootout with lunatics doesn’t figure in.
    Whereas before people understood that sometimes you had to assume your place in the line, stand there and exchange volley fire with your enemy, and then fix bayonet and go after ’em.
    That whole idea is gone.
    Sure it still obtains in certain types, historically minded, ———— but by and large, ——— that’s gone.
    So I see more fear, more of a sense of entitlement, than I see indicia of residual anti-Semitism, THOUGH that DOES exist, and does figure into the formulation of policy.
    I’ve no doubt that a not inconsiderable chunk of the State Department is tired of all things Jewish and Israeli, and has, at first rather sheepishly, but now, rather openly, embraced the Arab narrative.
    BUT not the people.
    As for Europe, ——————– I’d say the breakdown is roughly similar. But there you have to be mindful of a media that has taken sides long ago in the enduring “Arab-Israeli drama.”

  • Dan 10/07/2008 at 6:51

    And I always thought Reagan made a mistake allowing the Italians to take custody of the terrorists that we forced down.
    Reagan should have instructed his SEAL team to fight out if necessary, but to get back on the plane, and simply take off, and don’t let the Italians intrude.
    The Italians were willing to get involved so long as they sensed that Reagan was going to be reasonable about the whole thing.
    He never should have allowed the Italians to take custody.
    And if pushed, he should have ordered his SEAL team to simply take the terrorists outside on the tarmac, and execute them then and there.
    And present the Italians with corpses.
    But that should have been made clear to the Italians, that we were going to shoot them outright before ever delivering them over.

  • epaminondas 10/07/2008 at 13:30

    This is why it will never be more than corollary that jews are hated because of what Israel does.
    Jews are not hated because if what Israel does, Israel is hated because it is full of jews.
    Europe is no place for jews. Only 135 AD made that so.

  • marcel cousineau 10/07/2008 at 13:56

    Statement from the International Community
    Our plan is so advanced that we no longer need to hide it.
    Even with so much evidence of our true intentions the majority of Jews especially their leaders go far out of their way to assist us with our very successful plan.
    We were sure that after the Hamas takeover of Gaza that this would slowdown our plan. Not at all in fact with our Olmert’s help we have gone way past that to the next and sure fatal blow,the West Bank.
    We the international Community will finish what Germany’s WWII Chancellor started,only this time with more guile and treachery under the ruse of ‘peace’,removing Israel to appease the Arabs.
    Of course the naive Jews will again assist us in their own destruction.

    Caroline ,maybe someday you and so many other jews in denial will come to realize that the U.S. State department IS the U.S. Government and not a seperate entity.

  • Leaky M. 10/07/2008 at 14:22

    It’s hard to understand even grown up, bearded men can fantasize, laugh and escape from reality. Who will children look up to, How will they know Israel is God’s first – born ? West grow up!

  • Marc Handelsman, USA 10/07/2008 at 18:48

    Anti-Zionism and Anti-Semitism are not mutually exclusive. An attack against Israel is an attack against the Jewish people. Although many would like to see Israel “go quietly into the night,” that won’t happen. Israel is capable of defending itself, and will ultimately win in the next Mid-East war. The West is in jeopardy of losing its way of life to Islamic extremism. Europe is gradually becoming more Islamic, and will eventually be taken over, if it doesn’t resist. And Israel needs to seek G-d’s guidance during Yom Kippur and always.

  • bob 10/07/2008 at 20:30

    Caroline–you are certainly one of the hardest hitting journalists I’ve ever read–I am sickened by these revelations–and sent a copy of your article to Robert Spencer–hope he puts a link on his Dhimmi Watch website

  • Wake Up Jews! 10/07/2008 at 22:46

    Wake up America! Obama is another brutal dictator in the making. He is supported by the most radical Anti-American, Anti-Establishment haters in the world. The Muslims, The Dictators and the Socialists all support him and they are praying for his Victory. This upcoming election is a vote to save our way of life-freedom of religion, tolerance, women’s rights, Capitalism and having freedom!!!

  • Timothy Kriete FOR ISRAEL (Genesis 12:1-3,Isaiah 53-63,Habakkuk 2:1-3) AMEN 10/08/2008 at 9:50


  • Ron Grandinetti 10/08/2008 at 15:49

    I agree with “Posted by Wake Up Jews” Obama is not going to be a friend of Israel.
    Funny thing, this AM on FOX and Friends they asked the question, who won the debate between McCain and Obama. Majority voting for Obama came from Europe. What does that tell you.
    When the Palestinians and Europians push for Obama, that’s scary.

  • Jay 10/10/2008 at 6:01

    This is one of the scariest articles i have ever read – great work of uncovering the truth…Caroline can you turn your skills next week to a story about who the real Barak Obama is? I cannot understand why he has so many Jewish Supporters?

  • davis,br 10/10/2008 at 6:32

    If I didn’t absolutely know how the story ends, I would be even more depressed than I am over what I see happening in this age. As for me and my house ….
    …For I, saith the LORD, will be unto her a wall of fire round about, and will be the glory in the midst of her.
    Even so.


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