A couple of days ago, and on the occasion of the Persian new year, Peres decided to be nice to Iranians and sent them an open happy new year. It started on a friendly note offering blessings etcetera. Then came the usual 'but' - and when Peres says something nice there is always a 'but' soon to follow.
Peres goes on to suggest to the Iranian people that their leadership is leading them to on wrong path, and he 'informs' them that in their own country there is "There is great unemployment, corruption, a lot of drugs and a general discontent?".
Then the father of the Israeli atomic bomb opens their eyes to the fact that they "cannot feed their children enriched uranium."
I do not swear obscenities, but for those who would like to swear, permission to swear is granted.
".. [your children] need a real breakfast. It cannot be that the money is invested in enriched uranium and the children are told to remain a little hungry, a little ignorant."
This is supposed to be a message of friendship to the Iranian people. But for the arrogant Israeli politicians, such an insult to one of the proudest people on the planet is meant as a nice thing to say. That does not surprise me thought. Israel has always been an arrogant nation. And arrogance has always run deep into the behavior of its institutions: religious, diplomatic, political and military.
And it is easy to be arrogant when you succeed quickly. But it is important not to forget that while, establishing yourself as a country, your back side was covered at all times by one or two superpowers that provided you with money, weapons, veto power on regular basis in the UN and other world communities (not to mention nuclear expertise, heavy water to start your nuclear weapons program, and turned a blind eye to your nuclear activities). I guess an adolescent that gets that kind of blind support while growing up ends up being an arrogant spoilt brat.
And what is more aggravating is that while Peres was preaching civility to Persia, and advising Iranians to 'reclaim their place among the enlightened nations his own country was facing the uncovering of some not-so-enlightened things itself.
And I am not talking about occupying parts of several countries around it, oppressing whole people under inhumane and demeaning occupation, confiscating Arab land, 'administratively' detaining Palestinians for years with no charges, and demolishing homes in East Jerusalem as well as in the west bank.
I am talking about the 'enlightened' military policy that Israel's army - famously claimed as the 'most moral army on Earth' - has freely exercised in Gaza while punishing Gaza people and Hamas fighters. The same day Peres was pouring his wisdom into the ears of Iranian people, some of his military personnel; were pouring their hearts out trying to relief their conscience of the guilt that Israel government has burdened them with.
In part Two of this posting, I included few paragraphs and photos taken verbatim from the Israeli Daily Haaretz (by various authors), from New York Times article by NYT Jerusalem Bureau chief Ethan Bronner, and Richard Silverstein's blog Tikun Olam. They include some opinions but are mostly quotations from Israeli military individuals who were fed up, to their credit, with the hypocrisy they were forced to live through : claiming moral high grounds, and behaving like criminals. So, let us hear it from horse's mouth.
Peres concluded his speech, at least as per what Haaretz published, with some rant about Ahmadinejad and his silly stance towards the Holocaust with this:
President Peres: After close to 40 centuries, most of it in diaspora, you should have learned that arrogance and condescension may not the best foundation to a long lasting survival as a people and a nation. Jews worked hard for their national revival, but that revival occurred over the shoulder of world superpowers. It is not a reflection of your will alone, but also of how the powerful ones in the world deemed your existence 'acceptable' (or even necessary) at this moment of history.
They are destroying their people, but they won't destroy us so fast. We've heard, over the 4,000 years of our existence, many speeches, many anti-Semites, many people who wanted to destroy us - we survived and they didn't.
Do not forget that many of the powers that helped you exist today, were the powers that lead to your people's demise and your near extermination in the past, so do not count on their eternal commitment. And when you brag about the survival of your nation that barely cerebrated its 60th birthday, have some humility when you speak to a nation, like Iran, that has some 50 centuries of lasting and significant existence in the world.
And given your own people's painful history, and the shakable racial and ethnic foundations of your modern country, if one has to bet on which country will be around in another century or two: Iran or Israel in its current shape, which one you would put your money on?
And remember this:
"Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall" (Proverbs 16:17-18)
See Part 2 of this posting:
See Part 2 of this posting:
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- IDF T-Shirts Boast of Killing Babies, Pregnant Women, Sodomizing Hamas Leaders - Tikkun Olam
- A Religious War in Israel’s Army - NYTimes.com