Farewell Israel: Myth and Reality
- "Farewell Israel": Myth and Reality
By Alan Hart
With his political documentary FAREWELL ISRAEL, Bush, Iran and The
Revolt of Islam, American director Joel Gilbert has launched what
could be described as Zionism's propaganda weapon of last resort.
The film is described by its promoters as "An historic journey, from
the birth of Islam, through its 1,200 year reign over the civilised
world, to the last 300 years of Islamic decline, overtaken and
dominated by the West - then humiliated by a Jewish state In this
groundbreaking film, the total rejection of Israel by Muslim states
since its inception in 1948 comes to light as a religious duty for
Believers." (My emphasis added).
According to the same promotional script: "The Iranian agenda for
acquiring strategic weapons to eliminate Israel comes clearly into
focus. Today, at the direction of Iran, Islamists are preparing for
a fateful war for Islam - and Israel is the number one target and
obstacle in the path of Islamic revival for Muslims."
For the sake of discussion, let's suppose that sometime in the
foreseable future Iran does have nuclear weapons. Would it then go
for a nuclear first strike against Israel? The answer, I assert, is
no. Never! So what really is all the Zionist and American neo-con
Perhaps without realising that he has let a great, big cat out of
the bag, Joel Gilbert has provided the answer. He says (my empasis
added): "Even without attacking Israel, the mere capabilty of
Iranian missiles to lay waste to Tel Aviv would create a `strategic
umbrella,' preventing Israel from using its superior strategic
assets in a conventional war. With Israeli missiles neutralised,
Muslim countries could overwhelm Israel with their superior numbers,
conventional armor and short range missiles."
And that's the real point. Israel's military leaders and their
political yes-men don't believe, and never have believed, that Iran,
if it possessed nuclear weapons, would unleash them in a first
strike against the Zionist state. The real problem for its leaders
is that the moment Israel ceased to be the only nuclear-armed power
in the region, would be the moment it lost its ability to impose its
will on the region. And actually the world.
I don't doubt that Joel Gilbert is "one of the few Western scholars
of historic Islamic-Jewish relations", but that has not prevented
him from closing his mind to the reality of events and the truth of
history. The statement that Muslim states have totally rejected
Israel from its birth in 1948 is nothing but a manifestation of
Zionist propaganda nonsense. As documented in THE IRON WALL, Israel
and the Arab World by Professor Avi Shlaim, one of the two leading
Israeli "revisionist" (which means honest) historians of our time,
de-classified Israeli state papers and the diaries of departed
leaders leave no room to doubt that it was Israel, not the Arab
states, which never missed an opportunity to close the door to peace.
And still today the impotent but pragmatic regimes of the Arab and
wider Muslim world are prepared, with the consent of the
overwhelming majority of their citizens, to make peace with an
Israel inside its pre-1967 borders. It's true that Zionism is not
interested in a genuine two-state solution because it's mission was
and is to take for keeping the maximum amount of Arab land with the
minimum number of Arabs on it; but that doesn't change the fact that
most Arabs and other Muslims would, even now, accept an Israel
withdrawn from all the territory it grabbed in the 1967 war.
The main message of FAREWELL ISRAEL, Bush, Iran and the Revolt of
Islam is addressed in particular to the present and the next
occupant of the White House. It, the message, is something like
this: "Don't push Israel to do things it doesn't want to do because
it's facing the real danger of annihilation, and that being so, it's
prepared to tell the world to go to hell if necessary." (If
necessary means in the event of the major powers led by America
requiring Israel to be serious about peace on terms virtually all
Palestinians and most other Arabs and Muslims everywhere could
From reading between the lines of what Zionists and other supporters
of Israel right or wrong have been saying and writing for the past
year and more, it's clear that at least some of them do believe that
the day is coming when an America administration will conclude that
the Zionist state is more of a liability than an asset, and will be
prepared to apply all necessary pressure in an effort to cause it to
make peace on terms the overwhelming majority of Palestinians and
other Arabs and most Muslims everywhere could accept.
And that's the context in which I suggest that Joel Gilbert's
documentary could be described as a Zionist propaganda weapon of
last resort. Its purpose is to explain in advance why Israel might
one day tell an American President to go to hell.
On the subject of Joel Gilbert's vision of Israel one day being
overwhelmed, I recall the words spoken to me many years ago by Golda
Meir, Mother Israel, when she was prime minister. At a point during
an interview I did with her for the BBC's Panorama programme, I
interrupted her to say: "Prime Minister, I want to be sure I
understand what you're saying You are saying that if ever Israel
was in danger of being defeated on the battlefield, it would be
prepared to take the region and the whole world down with it?"
As stated on the second page of Waiting for the Apocalypse, the
Prologue to Volume One of my book Zionism: The Real Enemy of the
Jews, Golda replied, without the shortest of pauses for reflection,
and in the gravel voice that could charm or intimidate American
Presidents according to need, "Yes, that's exactly what I'm saying."
Within an hour of that interview being transmitted at eight o'clock
on a Monday evening, The Times (pre-Murdoch and not then a cheer
leader for Zionism) had changed its lead editorial. Its new one
quoted what Golda had said to me and then added its own opinion -
"We had better believe her."
I did and still do.
Alan Hart, author of Zionism: The Real Enemy of the Jews
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