It’s always nice when a little joke on my Twitter feed sets off alarm bells (I don’t care if I upset Twitter trolls; I consider it a public service to distract them so they don’t leave their parents’ basements and do something genuinely harmful to themselves or others.) But I admit that I was only about half-joking when I referred to CNN’s breaking news coverage on the US Embassy opening in Jerusalem as “breaking wind.”
I am in Israel, and I was at the ceremony, which was one of the most important and most moving public events I’ve ever witnessed. It’s tragic that this historic moment was marred by the terrorist group Hamas’ disregard for the lives of the Palestinian people in urging them to surge toward the security fence and over the border to attack Israeli soldiers. They knew it would result in deaths and injuries, but were more than willing to trade other peoples’ lives and suffering for a PR advantage.
The coverage of Monday’s landmark news from Israel did not focus on the US finally keeping its word 23 long years after Congress voted to recognize Jerusalem as the Jewish capital (and after 3,000 years of it actually being the capital of the Jewish people, and no others). Instead, the media focused on the violent Palestinian protests, with many cable news commenters openly blaming President Trump and Israel for the violence, not those who actually caused it. Tell me, is there any nation on Earth that would allow violent mobs to rush across its borders and physically assault its soldiers and not stop them by force if necessary? Hamas knew what the result would be, but they didn’t care. They expected the predictable press to spin the responsibility for their criminal behavior onto Trump and Israel, and they were not disappointed.
I appeared yesterday live via satellite on Laura Ingraham’s show on Fox News, and she put together a montage to illustrate the stunning difference between cable news coverage of Obama upending generations of US foreign policy to reestablish relations with communist Cuba (this was a new era for peace and diplomacy; they were so congratulatory, they were practically passing out Cuban cigars) and of Trump ending decades of America shirking its responsibility to obey its own duly-passed law and recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital (it’s gloom and doom and the end of the world!) Of course, they trotted out old liberal diplomats who were never able in 70 years to broker a real peace agreement with the Palestinians, to carp that Trump has made it less likely that the Palestinians would agree to a peace deal.
Einstein defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. The liberal media and diplomatic corps may not like what Trump is doing, but at least it’s different from what got zero results for 70 years. Maybe it’s time we tried something totally different: recognizing reality. And the reality is that the terrorists who proclaim themselves as Palestinian leaders are desperate for attention and relevance because Arab nations are deprioritizing their endless threats and complaints and making alliances with Israel against the rising common threat of Iran.
If the Palestinians truly want to form a homeland and join the brotherhood of civilized nations, then it's long past time for them to put aside their Anti-Semitism and opposition to Israel’s existence and – to use a phrase I’m sure the left knows – get on the “right side of history.”
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