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Thursday, December 6, 2012

An Italian Writer Compares Israel With Czechoslovakia

Giulio Meotti
On September 29, 1938, the Czechoslovak state was truncated and deprived of defensible borders by the “Munich Agreement”. Six months later, abandoned by its allies England and France, and bullied by Hitler, Czechoslovakia lay down and died. Like Israel today, the Czechs were accused of “intransigence” and of being “disturbers of the peace.” They were so disheartened that in the end they chose not to fight, but to surrender. “Peace” meant capitulation. The same situation exists today.
Czechoslovakia’s situation in 1938 is in fact similar to Israel’s in 2012.

Like Israel’s IDF, the Czechs had one of the strongest armies in Europe. Like Israel, Czechoslovakia was a very young and vibrant state.
And like the West in pressing Israel to give up its land to the Arabs, the Nazis demanded the annexation of the Sudeten, settled by three million Germans.
And the Sudeten mountains, like Israel’s “occupied territories,” were the only position from which the Bohemian plain, and the capital Prague, was defensible.

And does anyone remember how Lord Trenchard got up in the British parliament after Munich and declared that the Czechs didn’t need the Sudeten territories for security? “The best security border,” Trenchard said, “is peace.”
Sound familiar?

A Palestinian state, to not mention Hamas, is a mortal danger to Israel because it will immediately absorb 700,000 Palestinians who are living in Syria, another 750,000 Palestinians who live in Lebanon and hundreds of thousands of others who will flock to the new state from all over the world. They will settle in villages that overlook Jaffa, Haifa, Tel Aviv, Ben Gurion Airport, Kfar Saba and Jerusalem.

I am ashamed that my country adopted the same method used by the Sudeten Nazis in Czechoslovakia in the late 30s, destroying the country from within. Yesterday it was then the SS, today it's the PLO, which murdered at least 1,500 Jews (comparable to 82,000 American fatalities).

Who will guarantee that the moment a Palestinian state is declared, the rifles won't start shooting again? The Italian police?
Will bloody attacks be planned against Jews at the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem?
Will the Jewish holy sites – Rachel’s tomb in Bethlehem, Cave of Patriarchs in Hebron and Joseph’s tomb in Nablus – be destroyed by local mobs?
Will Jewish areas in eastern Jerusalem be subjected to Arab sniper fire?
Will Katyusha rockets start falling on runways at Ben-Gurion Airport or on the Tel Aviv-Jerusalem highway, so that Israel’s economy would simply cease to exist?
Will the Hebron Jews could be the victims of a new Jihadist pogrom like in 1929?

I am ashamed that my country would vote for a state that will conclude treaties with Arab countries and with Iran serving as a tripwire for a pan-Islamic attack to exterminate Israel.

I am ashamed that my country will vote for a state where the "Mein Kampf" is a best seller.

I am ashamed that my country will be remembered among those who legitimized Palestinian terrorists as "victims", that tacitly maligned Israel as the villains, letting off the true villains with a single objective: the "final solution" of the Jewish problem.

Seventy years ago, in what had become one of the opening acts of the greatest tragedy in European history, Italy betrayed its own Jews. Very few came back from Birkenau.

Today, Italy capitulated again in the battle against those who seek to finish the job started by the Nazis.

Now that we are approaching Israel's Stalingrad, where have all the "allies" gone?

This is only part of what Giulio wrote.  I was so impressed, since Italy has taken a hard stand against Israel, that someone understands things as Israel sees the situation.  The writer, an Italian journalist with Il Foglio, writes a twice-weekly column for Arutz Sheva. He is the author of the book "A New Shoah", that researched the personal stories of Israel's terror victims, published by Encounter. His writing has appeared in publications, such as the Wall Street Journal, Frontpage and Commentary. He is at work on a book about the Vatican and Israel.  Nadene

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