Musings on the Holy Land

June 12, 2010 at 4:38 am (Israel, Palestine) (, , , , , , , )

Miranda                                                                                (Miranda Devine) 10/06/10

I read with interest your piece in today’s Herald but I must confess that I see some logic in Helen’s remarks about Israel. 

The 20th century is replete with unwise geopolitical responses that divide and alienate peoples and territories leading to endless problems. To mention but a few: partition in Ireland, the Indian Subcontinent, Korea, Palestine and the Indonesian takeover of Western New Guinea. 

Below are two comments I sent to letters to the Herald (not published). 

The Holocaust is often cited as a justification for the establishment of the State of Israel. As far as I know the Arabs had nothing to do with the Holocaust, but the Germans did. Why wasn’t a Jewish State created in, say, Bavaria? The Palestinians were certainly made to suffer for the sins of others. 

Veteran White House reporter, Helen Thomas, apologized for her comments telling Israelis to “get the hell out of Palestine” and go home to Europe and America. Her off-the-cuff remarks don’t reflect the official State Department position but they should make one consider and question the geopolitical wisdom of the West establishing a Jewish State in the midst of the Arab Middle East. It has hardly led to peace and harmony in the world. 

Your articles are always worth reading and I appreciate the inescapable moral imperative rather than political correctness that runs through them. 

With kind regards 

David 

Helen Thomas and free speech       11/06/10

What a sorry day for free speech when veteran White House reporter, Helen Thomas, was more or less forced to retire for saying what she thought. (“Tormentor-in-chief to 10 presidents was a rule unto herself”) Her comments were not diplomatic and perhaps a little extreme but in telling the Israelis to “get the hell out of Palestine” she is in accord with much of United Nations resolutions. Resolution 242 calls for the withdrawal of Israeli armed forces from territories occupied…  Surely she should be at liberty to comment on the wisdom of the geopolitical decision to establish a Jewish State in the midst of the Arab Middle East after World War II.

David Wall

“It is a ferocious beast, the Jewish lobby.”

Mike Carlton      12/06/10

 See:

Acid tongue sinks the scribe who swam with anti-Israel sentiment by Miranda Devine, The Sydney Morning Herald, June 10, 2010

Tormentor-in-chief to 10 presidents was a rule unto herself by Chris McGreal, The Sydney Morning Herald, June 11, 2010

Funny, they remember their epithets but not their manners By Mike Carlton, The Sydney Morning Herald, June 12-13, 2010

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2 Comments

  1. dersankt said,

    well written!

  2. yura sharmutta said,

    Ugh.

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