One of the most penetrating comments about the Goldstone report was made by Israeli President Shimon Peres, who said that the report “makes a mockery of history”.
Mocking history is a specialty of Zionophobes, from the murderous fanatics of Hamas, through the thugs of Fatah, by way of the morally corrupt scum of the Saudi Arabian elite and the Europeans who are becoming less and less able to hide their Jew-hatred, via Goldstone’s farcial ‘United Nations’, including Terrorism Appeasement Headquarters and Saudi Appreciation Society — the US Department of State — and finally arriving at the man in the street who believes what he hears and reads in the media.
The Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) has presented a good, readable defense here, and undoubtedly they will soon produce a formal response to the 500+ page sliming from the UN.
There are a lot of evil slanders in the report, but there is one overarching falsehood that characterizes it as well as all of the NGO reports. In the words of IDF Judge-Advocate General Brig.-Gen. Avichai Mandelblit,
The baseless claim in the report that Cast Lead was planned and launched to intentionally harm the civilian population in the Gaza Strip and to punish it, effectively illustrates the radical distortion and one-sided character of the report and proves, in my opinion, that the decision not to cooperate with the mission was the right one. [my emphasis]
The fact is that such a motivation would be entirely irrational. Punishing Palestinian civilians would not reduce Hamas’ fighting capability and would only damage Israel’s diplomatic position. High civilian casualties would increase pressure on Israel to end the operation prematurely.
But the consequences for Israel described did occur, not because it was actually guilty, but because the world believed Arab lies.
Part of the Zionophobic world-view is to always interpret actions of Israelis as manifestations of evil motives. The more depraved the motive, the more convincing it is. This is combined with the propensity to believe every horrible accusation, because for the Zionophobe Israel is capable of anything. Palestinians gleefully make claims, Hamas provides ‘evidence’, and the audience laps it all up.
Israel’s MFA is not a Ministry of Propaganda. Its job is to manage Israel’s foreign policy and incidentally to explain why Israel takes the actions that it does.
In fact, Israel does not have a Ministry of Propaganda, so it’s left to amateurs like me to tell you that the Palestinians are liars. Their audience is so ready to believe and their lies have such concrete benefits that they have turned the creation of falsehood into a major industry, probably their biggest after rocket manufacture and construction of bunkers and tunnels .
Actually, they are more than just liars. They are objectively one of the worst cultures in recent history, really a pathological bunch:
- Who violently attacked and murdered Jews for at least the last 100 years out of sheer racism;
- Who time and time again refused to accept that Jews had any legitimate rights in the Land of Israel;
- Who insisted that they were the ‘owners’ of all of the land between the Jordan and the Mediterranean;
- Who expressed their belief by murder, particularly of women and children;
- Whose leaders consistently sacrificed their people on the altar of unending war;
- Whose leaders and supporters made and kept them refugees;
- Whose leaders indoctrinate their children to aspire to martyrdom;
- Whose poets and artists celebrate the bloody death of Jews and yearn for a world where the land is occupied only by Arabs;
- Whose national heroes are terrorists like Samir Kuntar or Dalal Mughrabi;
- Who see Yasser Arafat, the man who more than any other popularized terrorism against civilians as a political tool, as the father of their nation;
- Whose every communications medium and institution is a source of antisemitic hatred;
- Who, because of their prioritization of ‘resistance’ above all else, have not developed a normal economy and live parasitically, receiving more international aid per capita than any other national group;
- Who believe that historical truth is determined by what is good for the Palestinians, and made up a history to match;
- Who believe themselves not responsible for anything bad that happens to them, always finding someone else (usually ‘the Zionists’) to blame;
- Whose political consciousness hasn’t advanced beyond loyalties to clans, gangs and militias;
- Whose social consciousness is racist, misogynistic, homophobic, and generally cruel;
- And who have developed ‘projection’ — turning truth upside down and accusing their victims of the vile behavior that they themselves display — into an art.