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With Abbas it’s about Expediency, not Right and Wrong

abbass1Relatively quiet during this most recent crisis in Israel is the Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.  Abbas once again has been presented with an unprecedented opportunity, and rather than make the most of it, he did what he usually does, willingly and cynically disregard it. The opportunity of which I speak was for him to make believers of even the most extreme skeptic as to whether or not he truly is a worthy peace partner.  Instead, as always,  Abbas chose to take the easy and corrupt way out.

There are two types of dangerous politicians.  The evil ones whose intentions are to cause division or suffering, and the weak ones who make all their decisions based on their own personal standing and position.  Abbas, now a politician with a terrorist resume, has traded in his militant status to become one of the most transparent politicians in the region, if not in the world.  His every move is a calculated way of dancing between appearing willing to make a lasting peace with Israel and conning the world, while appeasing the hardliners not only within his ranks but with Hamas in Gaza as well.  His comments generally are indicative of the poor character of the man, as he does what so many of those who are truly his partners, the ones who do not want peace do, fabricate statements because of their expedience.   Case in point, his comparing Israel’s current military action to the Nazi death camps that killed 6 million Jews.  The ridiculous dishonesty of the statement surely can not be based in ignorance.  Does he not know that the Nazis openly stated their desire to wipe Jews off the planet?  Does he not know the Germany’s campaigns and raids targeting Jews were not attempts to provide a safer non-violent Germany, but solely to kill them?  Does he not know that the death toll of Palestinians is significantly lower than it could be because the Israeli Defense Forces make every attempt NOT to kill civilians, in sharp contrast to Hitler’s Germany that hunted down Jews and murdered them?  Of course Abbas knows.  But what good would it do politically for him to acknowledge that?  Where does he gain by doing what is right?  His place as head of the PA is dependent on motivating the angry mob and placating the ambitious terrorists in his midst.  What better way to do this than to demonize Israel once again at what he sees as another opportune time.  While Israeli politicians will speak out against and act against bad behavior of their constituency, Abbas makes excuses or distorts the facts for his.  It may not be right, it may not be moral, but for a politician with a poor character such as Abbas, it certainly is expedient.

And here in lies one of the biggest problems facing Israel.  Should by some miracle the terrorist organizations get eliminated from the equation they still have a major problem.  They are left with a so-called peace partner who is nothing more than a terrorist turned self-serving politician.  To put this in the harshest and scariest of perspectives, consider this point.  He’s seen as the good one.

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Do we forgive Germany?

It goes without saying that there is no forgiving Hitler’s Nazi Germany for the atrocities they committed against mankind.  At one point in writing the book “Jew Face” I went to the library and took out 3 books about Auschwitz and other concentration and death camps.  I did this in order to get an even stronger awareness of what took place so that in my writing I would give the proper respect and attention to the Holocaust perpetuated on the Jewish people.  Even though the book does not focus on this aspect, I believe I accomplished that goal.

The question I present is this. Do we forgive Germany today?  Today’s modern Germany is progressive, tolerant, and in many ways more friendly with Israel and the Jewish people than many other nations.  I have not been there, but it has been told to me by many that this generation is not only accepting but apologetic and that they do not hide or avoid the truth.  Nevertheless, the horrors committed by this one nation were so great that an argument can be made that forgiveness is never in order.  I would love to know what you think, but for those who wish to respond without a comment I am adding a poll.


Holland’s Experience:Test your knowledge

In a continuous effort to increase Holocaust awareness, I have put together a series of questions regarding what the Dutch community went through during the Nazi-occupation.  The answers are at the bottom of the page.  Comments are welcome and well be posted after moderation.

1-What percentage of Amsterdam was Jewish in 1940?

2-How many Dutch Jews were murdered in the Death camps?

3-What was the name of the concentration camp in Holland set up to accommodate German refugees in the 1930s and later used as a transit center?

4-What was the name of the Death camp where an estimated 34,000 Dutch Jews were murdered?

5-In what concentration camp did Anne Frank die?

These are just 5 questions but they will give an indication of what you know about what Holland experienced during this time.  The more we know, the more we can increase awareness and fight those who try to claim it never happened.  Again, your feedback is welcome.

 

Answers-10% 2-104,000 3-Westerbork 4-Sobibor 5-Bergen-Belsen