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PAGE 4A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JUNE 27, 2014 are a By Ben Cohen. Unlike the Palestinians, whoseobjectionsto American troops from Iraq, the Kurds are determined not to hand George W. Bush any Israel's very existence have stymied repeated rightly skeptical that Washington will assist kind of triumph that it abandoned the major attempts to create a Palestinian state, the them in confronting the predators around battlefieldandpoliticalgains, paidforwiththe DuringthewarinIraq, when Iwas still living 30 million Kurds have never enjoyed similar their territories, lives ofAmerican troops, achieved during the in London and coordinating news coverage of international backing in their quest for inde- More and more, the Middle East looks "surge" of 2007-08. the overthrow of Saddam Hussein for various pendence. Instead, they have been repressed like a failed region, rather than a collec- The results are trulY frightening. Terrorist international media organizations, I was 'in and even exterminated by the regimes in the tion of failed states. The disintegration of violence has, according to State Department regular contact with a brave Iraqi Kurdish countries in which they are concentrated: Syria has caused the disintegration.of Iraq figures, increased by nearly half over the last journalistnamedAyubNuri.WhenAyubandI Turkey, Syria, Iraq, and Iran. But thanks to and could eventually consume Lebanon as year. Up to 20,000 foreign jihadis are travel- finally met in person, several years later in New the U.S.-led victory over Saddam--a Hitler- well: The obvious winners are jihadi groups ing back and forth fromthe region; one such York, we spent a couple of hours talking about like figure for the Kurds, who remember his like ISIS--the Islamic State of Iraq and the was Mehdi Nemmouche, the French citizen the region generally, and specifically about genocidalwar against them in the mid-1980s, Levant, one of the most brutal Islamist ter- accused of carrying out last month's terrorist whether Israel had a natural alty in the Kurds. including the 1988 murder of around 5,000 rorist organizations we have encountered to atrocity at the Jewish museum in Brussels, So it was with some pleasure, in the midst mostlywomenandchildrenduringachemical date--and the Iranian regime, which has who fought with the jihadis in Syria and was of a horrible news week for the Middle East, weapons attack on the town of Halabja the exploited the general meltdown to boost the arrested carrying a flag with the ISIS symbol that I came across an interview with Ayub in Kurds were able to consolidate a Kurdistan Assadregime in Damascus and the Hezbollah in his pocket. Negotiations with Iran over its which he said the following:"Kurds are deeply Regional Government (KRG) in the north of terrorists in Lebanon and Syria (and whose nuclear program are collapsing, again fueling sympathetic to Israel and" an independent the country, murky relations with the jihadis are closer speculationaboutanlsraelipre-emptivestrike Kurdistan will be beneficial to Israel. It will Over the last decade, talk of Kurdistan than many people understand). Meanwhile, on Tehran's key nuclear facilities. create a balance of power. Right now, Israel splitting from Iraq has continually surfaced, the Americans are stoking the sense that Most Americans however, knowdeep down is one country against many. But with an ManyJews, moved by the shared experience of nothing short of a repeat of 9/11 in other tha*theMiddleEastwillinterruptourforeign independent Kurdish state, first of all Israel our two peoples of genocide, and sympathetic words, another terror spectacular on Ameri- policyslumbersoonerorlater.That'swhy, more will have a genuine friend in the region for tothe fact that the Kurds. likeus, have been can soil--will reverse their determination to than ever before,we need. to be bolstering the the first time, and second. Kurdistan will be the victims of Arab chauvinism in both its wash their hands of this wretched region, only peoples in the region we can truly trust: like a buffer zone in the face of the Turkey, nationalist and Islamist forms, have rightly All those Obama Democrats who complain the Israelis. who have created a model liberal Iran and Iraq." supported such a move on moral grounds. Yet so loudly about anti-Muslim prejudice in democracy in one of the most reactionary re- Think about the meaning of those words, we shouldn't forget that this is one situation in the west apparently have little to say when gions on earth, and the Kurds, whose modest "a genuine friend." In this cootext, it means which, happily, moral considerations fitneatly it comes to the Islamist violence that has wish to join the family of democratic nations a country in the region that not onlyrespects with strategic ones. created 800,000 Muslim refugees in Iraq this is one we should actively be seeking to grant. Israel's right to exist as a Jewish state, but As of this moment, the Kurds have little year alone, as well as snuffing out the lives of Ben Cohen is the Shillman analyst for also actively seeks to strengthen their mutual reason to hold back from declaring indepen- thousandsofotherinnocentMuslims.Unless JNS.organda contributor to the WallStreet bonds. A country whose population is over- dence, as they have done in the recent past. the blame for atrocities can be pinned upon Journal, Commentary, Haaretz, and other whelmingly MuSlim but secular in political For as long as the ff.S. was seriously engaged the U.S. or Israel. they are simply not inter- publications. His book, "Some Of My Best orientation, andonewheretheanti-semitism in Iraq, and helping to guarantee de facto ested. Iraq is heading for an appalling civil Friends: A Journey Through Twenty-First that dominates elsewhere in the Islamicworld Kurdish control of the oil-rich north, the KRG war. and a large part of the blame for that lies CenturyAntisemitism" (Edition Critic, 2014), isstrikinglyabsent. Kurdistanactuallyiswhat was wise not to upset the delicate balance withthe Obamaadministration.whichwas so is now available through Amazon. many Jews mistakenly supposed Turkey to be: by making a move that would have caused a a Muslim-majority state with no ideological m~ajor headache for American relations with or theological objections to the~ilea of Jewish Turkey and other neighbors. Now. almost three t national self-determination, years after President Barack Obama withdrew Letter from Israel Life and politics between borders Jim Shipley Terror--large and small By Ira Sharkansky MK Hanin Zoabi has put herself back in the headlines--where she's been off and on since Life on the borders of cultures has beenparticipating in theeffort of the Turkish ship brought again to the fore in the crisis of Marmara to reach Gaza--byasserting that the three boys. kidnappers were not terrorists, but Palestin- We are seeing how far apart we are from ians seeking to express their frustration at Palestinians who celebrate the kidnapping, Israel's refusal to recognize their rights. compare it to Israel's imprisonment of their Against this is aYouTube makingthe rounds heroes who we see as murderers. And how that features a relative a Zoabi identifying far apart we are from Americans and other himself with Israeli Zionists. westerners who criticize us for overreacting The realities are varying shades of gray against Palestinians. and cannot see what we rather than black and white. There has been do in the preaching and actions of Muslims. both cooperation and condemnation from Cultures are fuzzy, andthebordersbctween Palestinians of the Abbas regime in Judea them are not impenetrable to some degree of and Samaria. That has continued in dealing understanding and sharing. There are friend- with the kidnapping, and shows that some ships, conversations, and a few love affairs Palestinians would rather deal with Israelis across those cultural borders, but those do not than Hamas. overcome the larger reality Of people who talk Israel itself is not entirely of one culture. past one another, and cannot reach agreement There are differences of perspectives be- on proposals for accommodation, tween religious settlers and secular Israelis. Palestinian rejection goes beyond its leader- Ha'aretz marked thatwith a cartoon published ship turning a blind eye to Israeli proposals, in the midst of the kidnappingcrisis, under the It extends to the very lowest levels, including headline usually used for Israel and Palestine: Israeli Arabs voting for Knesset members To states for two people. who are implacable critics and cannot bring Perhaps even more pronounced, but not themselves to bargain for the sake of their currently in the headlines, is a cultural border constituents. Jerusalem Arabs boycotting between the secular and the Orthodox on one elections where they hold the potential bal- side. and the ultra-Orthodox on another. ance and the keys to public policy, activists in There is also a border between Israelis and Jerusalem Arab neighborhoods who insist on the populations of Western democracies, not being photographed at joint Jewish-Arab including many who are Jews. meetings or agreeing to projects meant to I have heard from one American Jew. a for- serve their neighborhoods and to be financed by the municipality. Sharkansky on page 15A THE VIEWS EXPRESSED ON THIS PAGE ARE NOT NECESSARILY THE VIEWS OF HERITAGE MANAGEMENT. x~ ~ ~ CENTRAL FLORIDA'SINDEPENDENTJEWISHVOICE ~ ~ ISSN 0199-0721 Winner of 43 Press Awards " EWISH N HERITAGE Florida Jewish News (ISN 0199-0721) is published weekly for $37.95 per year to Florida ad- dresses ($46.95 for the rest of the U.S.) by HERITAGE Central Florida Jewish News, Inc., 207 O'Brien Road, Suite 101; Fern Park, FL 32730. Periodicals postage paid at Fern Park and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes and other correspondence to: HERITAGE, P.O. Box 300742, Fern Park, FL 32730. MAILING ADDRESS PHONE NUMBER EO. Box 300742 (407) 834-8787 Fern Park, FL 32730 FAX (407) 831-0507 email: Editor/Publisher _ Jeffrey Oaeser Editor Emeritus Associate Editor Assistant Editor Gene Stare Kim Fischer Chris DeSouza Society Editor Bookkeeping Gloria Yousha Paulette Alfonso Account Executives Lori Apple Marci Caeser Contributing Columnists Jim Shipley Ira Sharkansky David Bomstein Ed Ziegler Production Department David Lehman * Gil Dombrosky Joyce Gore Today I want to write about the three kidnapped teenagers in Israel. That's today. However. by the time this is printed, the crisis may well be over, for good or evil. This act, however it plays out. is terror, plain and simple. For the three sets of parents in Israel. it is of little concern whether just these three or another 100 were kidnapped. Terror of any kind is really a personal.experience. When terrorists blew up the Sbarro pizza~ restaurant in Jerusalem. most of the dead were teenagers. Koby Mandel-was 13 when he and a friend were bludgeoned to death by adult Palestinians. That was an act of terror. The Israeli Olympians in Munich were murdered by terrorists. All of these despicable human beings called the murders and the kidnappings "political." No. There is noth- ing political about murder. Not in Israel. not in Serbia or Rwanda or Poland. Hungary, Germany, Romania and France in the 1930s and '40s.Murder is murder. Terror is murder. Children become tools in a terrorists' mind- set. Arabs kill Jewish teenagers and use their own teenagers as human bombs. Muslims. mostly Arabs. have killed more Muslims, mostly Arabs, than all the armies of the West fighting futilely in the Middle East. The great sectarian war that has been brewing since France and England carved up the Middle East into a group of non-countries in 1919 is now at a boil. So. Sunni militias under the name of ISIL (The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) slaughter surrendering Shia soldiers from the Iraqi army. This is also terror. This war, which will escalate to cover most of the region, is re- ally one group of terrorists attacking another group of terrorists. We have not encountered a situation like this since the Middle Ages. The Caliphate destroyed the Roman armies. Roman armies that were a long way from Rome. The Catholic kings of Europe set about a Holy War to destroy the Caliphate. What the Crusaders did in taking Jerusalem was clearly an act of terror. One can grow weary in a hurry trying to figure out where the next threat lies or even to sort out the good guys from the bad guys. One thing history has taught us: When strife occurs, when economies falter, Jews will ultimately suffer. We are "The Other." We are that in every nation on earth save one: Israel. Israel is our homeland. It is the only place on earth Where an undefeated air force proudly displays the Star of David on it aircraft. Zionism became a word when a Hungarian journalist came to theconclusion that the only way Jews would ever be truly safe would be in their own land. There was discussion over the years debating, where that land should be. Ridiculous. The Jews had a land of their own. They were driven from that land by the Romans. The Romans were followed by the Caliphate. which was followed by the Turks and then the British. There was no indigenous government in the land until the Third Jewish Common- weaJth was declared in 1948. That piece of desert with few natural resources had little value some 60 years ago. The Jews. returning to their land. have changed all that. The desert blooms, the main export of the country is not so much tulips, roses and oranges. It is brains. The tiny land has produced the most Nobel Prize winners per capita of any nation on earth. And as Iwrite this, three Jewish teenagers are missing and could be used as trading pawns for Palestinian terrorists in Israeli prisons. There is no peace process. There can be no peace process as long as sections of the Palestinian government are sworn to wipe Israel off the face of the map. And the worst is yet to come. The U.S. entered into the age-old schism between Sunni and Shia with little forethought, little knowledge and on the basis of lies perpetrated by a few misguided souls within the Bush administra- tion. And. now we reap the whirlwind: Terror- ism on a grand scale. Never mind what we "should have done." Done is done. As the Sunni-Shia conflict con- sumes almost all the Middle East as it must. Israel stands alone. The only nations not really involved are Tunisia and the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan !nterestingly enough, the only two areas of the Middle East in which the U.S. did not become involved. This is the time that all Jews must stand together. Israel, as this plays out, will face its strongest test since the 1973 war. They will need real support and a unification of all Jews. No matter what you may believe of the government of the Jewish State, no matter your political leanings, Israel is going to need our total support. i do not expect American Jews to go there and take up arms. But you can defend Israel in a number of ways. Just do not be a bystander or a nay-sayer. If you are a Jew you are in one way or another a Zionist. s.