February 8, 2011 at 8:20 am Leave a comment

What would an alien from outer

space think?

By Ralph Dobrin

Excerpt from his book “How to Avoid Armageddon”

An alien from a planet in outer space landing on earth and relying solely on the media and United Nations resolutions of the last few decades, would probably conclude that this planet consists of four very large countries and lots of other medium-sized and smaller states. Initially our alien would assume from international press reports and international forums, that the four large countries are Russia and China – two entities quietly striving for the good of their people – and the U.S.A. which meddles in the affairs of the rest of the world. The fourth large country, he would understand from the extensive attention focused on it, is a pariah, apartheid entity that came into being by brutally seizing the land belonging to the persecuted Palestinian people, and inflicting upon them atrocities reminiscent of another group of evil people who wreaked havoc upon the world during the nineteen thirties and forties – called Nazis.

He would find that Israel, more than any other country on earth, is subject to censure and condemnation by the U.N. – the global organization whose goal is universal peace. He would learn that the Palestinians, from whom the land was stolen, are part of the Arab nation, which (at the time of writing this book in 2010) has an overall population of 350 million, occupying a land mass larger than China’s, Canada’s, or the whole of Europe. Our alien would have to conclude that in order to contend with the huge Arab nation, Israel must itself be a gigantic country. So he looks at the map to find Israel. It takes him a long time because on most maps of the world, Israel is hardly noticeable because it’s so miniscule.

Further examination would show our intrigued alien that Israel, which is one of the most ancient peoples on earth, in a similar age category to the 1.4 billion strong Chinese, nevertheless has a Jewish population that is only about a third of the size of some of China’s larger cities. He would also find that the entire area of Israel is smaller than the Adirondack National Park in New York State.

If  Israel is such a tiny nation, he must wonder, why the intense focus? Clearly Israel’s acts must be infinitely worse than the atrocities in Sudan and other African countries – where millions of people have been wantonly slaughtered in the last generation, or China’s brutal record in Tibet and the Xinjiang Muslim region, or the ruthless repression practiced in Iran, Zimbabwe and North Korea – to mention just a tiny list of inordinately inhumane regimes. Israel must be the most evil nation that ever existed to be so universally condemned, when these other cruel, totalitarian regimes are seldom even censured in international agencies such as the U.N. or by the world’s media.

So the alien checks up Israel’s past. He finds that the ancient Israelites developed a code of morality that has been adopted by half the world. And while most nations have had terrible catastrophe inflicted on them from time to time by other peoples, few if any have suffered so intensely and continuously as the Jews. Also no nation has been the target of so many grave accusations over the ages, such as the poisoning of wells and water supplies, causing the Black Plague and using the blood of gentiles to make ritual, unleavened bread for Passover, as well as secret plans to dominate the world through subterfuge.

By dint of neutrality, perspective and recourse to impartial, trustworthy references, the alien would register that there had always been Jews living in Palestine, right up to modern times. Indeed, the country had once been known as Judea (the etymological source of the word “Jew”) or the Land of Israel. He finds that in the Bible, compiled over two thousand years ago, it is written that the Creator of the Universe had promised this land to the Jews, who had built their Temple in the capital Jerusalem. He learns that the Ancient Romans had been so infuriated by the Jews’ stubborn resistance to their paganistic occupation that they had burnt and razed Jerusalem to the ground and expelled a large part of its inhabitants. They had even changed the name of Judea to Palaestina, from which the modern, anglicized “Palestine” is derived.

The alien would find that the Jews preserved their identity, culture and belief system despite the fact that for the next eighteen hundred years, most of them dwelt outside their land, wandering from place to place, looking for a safe refuge where they could live in peace. But In most places this was not to be, so they kept wandering.

Actually, there were very few places in the world were people could live in safety and enjoy the bounty that life could offer. Each place had its chief honcho in the form of a bishop or a baron, duke, prince, king or thuggish warlord. These people seldom had the welfare of the ordinary people at heart. They exploited their subjects who exploited those beholden to them – the vassals exploited the serfs who exploited their children and wives. And at the mercy of all were the despised Jews, who deserved whatever cruelties and calamities they suffered, because after all, they had killed Christ, hadn’t they?

What would have made all this so unique for the alien, was the fact that despite their rootlessness and generally harrowing lives that were the direct result of their religion and their peoplehood, they chose to keep existing as an ethnic group. Over the centuries they clung resolutely to their customs and their religion, sustained by the hope that their redemption would come one day. The Messiah would come; they would return to Jerusalem and to their ancestral land. And over the ages, many did return to the Land of Israel, either as individuals or small groups. Others had ruled there – Byzantines, Persians, Arabs, Crusaders, Turks, and lastly the British.  

Our alien would notice that it was under British rule that the land had undergone its greatest change since ancient Roman times. The British introduced a modern, orderly system of administration; they encouraged land development and commerce; they tried to impose public order in a land where for hundreds of years lethargic and often corrupt Levantine-style bureaucracy, indigenous bandits and malaria had tormented the lives of the Arab peasants and town dwellers and their Jewish neighbors. An additional central factor to the drastic change in Palestine at this time was Zionism in the form of thousands of young Jews coming from Europe and the surrounding countries to revive and build up the desolate parts of the land. They labored eagerly, planting fruit trees and vegetable gardens on arid, rocky wastes; they drained and transformed disease-ridden swamps into thriving agricultural settlements and towns, and with spades and shovels they paved roads to connect them. They also set up businesses and factories, and suddenly for the first time in many hundreds of years, Palestine was beginning to prosper. The prosperity also attracted thousands of Arabs from the neighboring countries.

Prosperity wasn’t the only new development. It was a time when many nations in Europe and the Middle East were getting independent statehood, including a number of Arab countries. The Arabs of Palestine also demanded an end to foreign rule. So did the Jews of Palestine. There was nationalism in the air. Arab nationalism and Jewish nationalism.

And nationalism raises powerful emotions. Add religion and it becomes uncompromising. Add other involved parties and interests and you have an explosive issue. A major conflict was unavoidable.

But other far worse conflicts were being played out in other parts of the world. A world war – the second in a little over two decades – led to the death of over sixty million people on four continents and devastation on a totally unprecedented scale. A different world order emerged.

For the Jewish people, it was their darkest hour. They had just lost a third of their entire people in the Nazi Holocaust, during which time, most countries had cynically closed their borders to Jews trying desperately to escape. Even the British ruling Palestine at the time, in order to mollify Arab sentiments, had done their best to prevent Jews from reaching shores of their ancient homeland and they continued to severely limit Jewish immigration after the Holocaust.

But sometimes, at the hour of greatest darkness, dawn emerges. For the Jews it was the United Nations Assembly Resolution passed in November 1947 to partition Palestine into two separate states – one for the Arabs and another for the Jews. The Jews saw it as a long-awaited, defining moment of national redemption and accepted the Resolution. For the Arabs – those living in Palestine and those in the rest of the Arab world – partition of what they regarded as their land, was regarded as a terrible historical injustice and they rejected it and promptly went to war against the Jews. When comparing the differences in size, weaponry and resources, when hostilities broke out, it seemed impossible that the Arabs could lose this war.

But contrary to all expectations, the Jews prevailed over the local Arabs and pushed back the invading Arab armies. Hundreds of thousands of local Arabs fled to neighboring countries and to our alien’s bewilderment, he would find that now over 60 years later, most of the people who fled their homes – and their descendants – are still refugees. (The bewilderment is dealt with in Chapter 8 – The Enforced Arab Refugee Problem.) Ceasefire agreements were subsequently signed between Israel and most of the Arab countries with whom Israel had been at war. Tentative armistice lines were drawn.

But the Arab countries never accepted Israel’s existence and nineteen years after this first Arab-Israel war, the Arab countries, overwhelmingly more powerful in military logistic terms, once again massed around Israel’s borders, again with the declared aim of destroying the country. There seemed to be no possibility that Israel could survive this terrible line-up of enemies. Yet, for the second time Israel prevailed, within six days repulsing all its would-be destroyers from the same areas that they had used to launch their first invasion against Israel nineteen years earlier.

In 1973 yet another invasion was launched against Israel by Egypt and Syria. This war proved to be much harder for Israel, and could easily have ended in her defeat and that could have meant the end of Israel and its people.

Amazingly – at least for any extra-terrestrial or alien with a real sense of logic and fairness – following these last two wars, waged defensively by Israel, she was ostracized by most of the nations in the world. Dozens of countries broke off diplomatic and trade relations. Israel’s few supposed friends – the western democracies – pressed her to withdraw from the territories which she had conquered in her wars of defense. No one seemed to care that this was the third time that these territories had been used to launch attacks and invasions against Israel. Also of no apparent consequence to these countries, is the fact that these are regions to which the Jewish people have had a physical and spiritual connection for thousands of years.

Apart from the three above-mentioned invasions, there have been literally thousands of attacks on Israel in the form of suicide bombings in its cities, hijacked planes and indiscriminate rocket bombardment – attacks initiated and planned by large militant organizations, often with the aid of the governments of surrounding countries.

In the same way that any other sovereign country would have done in a similar situation, Israel has responded militarily in order to defend its citizens – often after waiting for a while to see if the attacks would cease on their own accord. And every time the international response is the same: angry censure by all leaders of Muslim, African and other totalitarian states; condemnations in international forums; rebuke in major western newspapers. Governments that are supposedly friendly to Israel often join in the castigation, invariably ignoring or downplaying what set off Israel’s response in the first place.

The Arab militant organizations usually wage their wars from within their own populations, launching their rockets and setting up defensive positions, close to, or within homes and public buildings, thereby purposely precipitating terrible destruction that is then seen on TV screens all over the world, and thereby casting Israel in a contemptible light and naturally drawing serious international condemnation.

Our unbiased alien would undoubtedly conclude that the main reasons behind the almost exclusive castigation of Israel, trying desperately to defend itself against these ruthless attacks, cynically launched from within the residential areas of their own people, while the world is full of unmitigatingly brutal countries plundering the lands of neighboring states and committing terrible, wanton suffering, has little to do with genuine concern for justice or the welfare and rights of the Arabs of Judea, Samaria and Gaza. Observing the general, narrow perspective and one-sided pressure on Israel by a large part of humanity – including its supposed friends – our bemused alien would probably recognize that the concern is rather for Middle East oil, global power struggles and possibly old-fashioned racial dislike.

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