The Foundation for Constitutional Democracy

02-Mar-2008

A Dialogue on Revolution

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American: You Israelis never cease to amaze me. Since Oslo you have suffered more than 10,000 casualties—Jewish men, women, and children killed, wounded and maimed for life. Yet you do nothing. Your government expelled 10,000 Jews from their homes in Gaza and northern Samaria and turned this land over to your enemies, yet you do nothing. Kassam missiles fall on Sderot and Ashkelon, and still you do nothing! Why haven’t you people rebelled and thrown your cowardly government out?

Israeli: Just a minute. We like to believe Israel is a democracy; so if the public is not happy with the government’s policies, we need only wait for the next election and change the prime minister or party in power.

American: But don’t you see it makes no difference which party or party leader is in power: you are still retreating toward your indefensible 1949 borders. Americans would never tolerate this state of affairs. Certain Mexican nationalists are now making territorial claims on Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California—once Mexican territory. If the American government yielded any part of this land to Mexico, rest assured there’d be a revolution.

Israeli: But you forget we are Jews, and for a Jew to shed the life of another Jew—inevitable in a revolution—is simply out of the question. Look at what happened after Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated. This was a national trauma from which we are still suffering.

American: Trauma? Tens of thousands of Jewish children are suffering the trauma of suicide bombings. But let me go back to my Mexican example. Suppose year after year a few hundred square kilometers of the increasingly Mexicanized American southwest were returned to Mexico, and that thousands of Anglo-Saxon Americans were expelled from their homes each month. We Americans would be up in arms, animated by the revolutionary zeal of those who signed our Declaration of Independence. Let me quote a few passages from that document:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.—That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.—That whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and provide new Guards for their future security.

American (continued): Perhaps some will say that these immortal words do not justify a revolution in Israel. It seems to me, however, that your government’s 15-year failure to put an end to the murder of Jews by Arab terrorists is surely a “long train of abuses.” All your talk about democracy deceives only children. What say you to this?

Israeli: Look, all that you say about revolution may be true when applied to America and perhaps other countries. As concerns Israel, however, you have to bear one obvious and one not so obvious thing in mind. Since the government obviously controls the army, the police, and the intelligence services, your proposed revolution would be nipped in the bud. Less obvious is this: even if ten thousand or more Jews were to march on the Knesset and had the wherewithal to withstand water-canons and tear gas, this would only lead to a civil war. So all your talk about revolution is futile. We Jews are a long-suffering people. Indeed, to endure suffering is part of our nature. We have had inept and wicked rulers before. Nevertheless, we have survived, and we shall survive those who now betray us in the deceitful name of “democracy.”

American: But how many Jews must perish before you take your future into your own hands instead of behaving like sheep led to the slaughter? Don’t you realize that, sooner or later, the Arabs called “Palestinians” will obtain biological or chemical weapons of mass destruction? Don’t you see that your government’s policy of self-restraint vis-à-vis Arab terrorists means that your prime minister and the wimps in his cabinet are willing to tolerate the on-going murder of Jews, and that this cheapening of Jewish life can only make the Arabs more determined to annihilate you? Don’t you see that if you don’t stop this government now Israel is doomed?

Israeli: You speak as if we are threatened by another holocaust!

American: That’s right, but this time you will have no one but yourselves to blame for such a catastrophe.

Epilogue

The American Declaration of Independence concludes with these words:

“And For the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”

Divine Providence? What? In the secularized State of Israel?

“Lives?” Whose lives? The people of Sderot?

“Fortunes?” Whose fortunes? Shimon Peres’s?

“Honor?” But honor is the first casualty of Democracy!