How nice to know that the Palestinians need the IDF to protect them from Hamas. (Hang on a minute! Didn’t the Palestinians vote overwhelmingly for Hamas in 2006?) And how kind of the Israelis to offer the Palestinians so much help as they move toward an “independent Palestine”. (I thought Israel said in 2003 that even if a “Palestinian state” were set up, Israel would retain control of its external security, borders, airspace, and underground water resources, and would have a veto over its treaties with other countries. But those are minor points, I suppose.)
The above article is from the January 2010 edition of Australia/Israel Review.
This article was published in Challenge Weekly, New Zealand’s Christian newspaper, on November 30, 2009. It’s typical of the articles on Israel that are published by Challenge, and contains a routine reiteration of the Christian Zionist crackpot eschatology that Challenge apparently espouses. Note how it (1) continues to portray Israel – the aggressive nuclear-armed superpower of the Middle East – as the party under threat, and (2) ignores the fact that Israel’s settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank are illegal under international law (and were once acknowledged to be illegal even by the United States). Although Challenge, as an evangelical Christian newspaper, has a limited readership, I think the opinions expressed in its pages, on the subject of Israel/Palestine, are a reflection of the opinions of most New Zealanders. Like most Westerners, New Zealanders avidly follow sport, gossip and other trivia, and let the “authorities” do their thinking for them on serious world issues.