So you think Israel – that nation of ‘bullies, imperialists, Zionists, brutalities, illegal occupiers, human rights abusers’ etc. – should concede something?
Israel says: You first.
Here’s what they mean…
You say: Israel should tear down the apartheid wall, open up the borders with Gaza and end the inhumane embargo!
Israel says: If Palestinians stop sending suicide bombers and gunmen across the border to kill schoolchildren on buses, then we won’t need to restrict entry in the first place.
You say: Israel should let the aid convoys through to supply starving Gaza!
Israel says: If Hamas would stop using the resources to build and launch rockets at us, we would have no reason to check through every last item coming in to Gaza. Which has plenty of supplies delivered by us daily, by the way. And hey, wonder why Egypt tightly controls their border with Gaza too?
You say: Israel should use only proportionate responses when ‘retaliating’ against Hamas – air strikes, tanks and helicopter gunships are far more brutal than unguided rockets!
Israel says: If you’d prefer that Israel launch an unguided rocket into Gaza for every rocket from Gaza that lands in Israel, no problem – that would save us a lot of resources, manpower and world opinion. Maybe the UN will actually side with us for a change.
You say: Israel should recognize Hamas as the democratically elected representative of the Palestinian people!
Israel says: Sure thing, just as soon as Hamas changes its official charter that currently calls for the total destruction of Israel. Until that happens, Hamas is by its own choice defined as a mortal enemy of Israel.
You say: Israel should grant the unconditional right of return to all Palestinians who were driven from their homes and all their descendants and the descendants of their descendants etc.! They must also be given democratic voting rights!
Israel says: Not a problem, as long as all Jews and their descendants who originate from the area (in other words, all 13.2 million of the Jews in the world) have the same privilege.
You say: Israel should give back the land to the Palestinians and retreat to the 1967/1948 borders!
Israel says: If the surrounding Arab nations will never ever attempt to attack, invade and conquer Israel again – which, if you’ll remember, is what led to Israel defeating them and capturing the land in war in the first place – then sure!
You say: Israel should obey the many UN resolutions that condemn its brutal actions!
Israel says: If Hamas similarly obeys the UN resolutions calling for an end to all hostilities, and the Palestinians and Arab states and Muslim world similarly respect the 1948 UN resolution ratified by more than 2/3 of a majority vote that created Israel in the first place, and no one kicks out UN peacekeeping forces the way Egypt did prior to the 1967 war… Then of course Israel will start paying attention to the UN.
You say: America should stop its biased, unobjective, unquestioning, blind support of Israel!
Israel says: If the Muslims of the world can stop their biased, unobjective, unquestioning, blind support of the Palestinians just because they are Muslim, then… Um, well, good luck with that!
You say: Israel should give back the land, homes and rights of all the Palestinian refugees displaced by the Zionist entity since 1948, as well as their descendants!
Israel says: If a similar arrangement can be worked out for all the Jews who were kicked and chased out of the surrounding Arab nations during the same time span… Good luck with that too.
You say: Israel should stop forcing the Palestinians to live in squalorous, crowded refugee camps!
Israel says: If the surrounding Arab nations would have accepted the Palestinians into their lands back in 1948, or even today, then this would not be an issue. Then again, if the Palestinians who are allowed into those nations wouldn’t try and overthrow the host country the way they tried with Jordan…
You say: Israel should return Jerusalem to its rightful Muslim owners! The Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa mosque are the third most holy site in Islam!
Israel says: Jerusalem? You mean the city mentioned by name 657 times in the Old Testament and about ZERO times by name in the Quran? The site of the Second Temple of the Jews is the first most holy site to Jews. Yet we still allow the Muslims to have their ‘third most holy site’ sit on top of the ruins of our Wailing Wall! You still have Mecca and Medina. What do we have?
You say: Israel and all the Jews should just die already!
Israel says: At least you’re finally being honest. However, we’re pretty much used to this being the reality of life for, oh, say… 2000 to 3000 years. Not gonna happen.
In conclusion, you really should stop assuming that Israel intentionally wants to cause trouble, pick a fight and brutalize the Palestinians. They have good reasons for doing the things they do.
After all, the Jews are accused of many things… But seldom are they ever accused of being stupid.