Changing the Tune
Here’s my poster on the call to recognize the changed times and, therefore, to abandon the obsolete thoughts and words for something else, something new yet very old:
Top: Yossi Beilin and Uri Avneri represent the Israeli Peacenik Left, which still believes in a diplomatic solution for the conflict. They make a difference between the 1949 Armistice territories and the 1967 territories. They believe this is all a nationalistic land dispute that can be defused on the lines of “Land for Peace”. No matter that the facts show otherwise.
Center: Hugo Chávez represents the Left, and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad represents Islam. Both allies in this covenant of the damned are agreed that Israel is a mistake and should be dismantled (G-d forbid) as reparations for its “dispossessed” Muslim “indigenous inhabitants”. They make no distinction whatsoever between the 1949 and 1967 territories.
Bottom: We Jews need to realize that the view of the above two is in a vigorous process of becoming mainstream. It’s already politically correct to blame Islamic terrorism worldwide on Israel (see for example the words of John Reid regarding the possibility of a terrorist attack on Britain on Christmas: “He said it was important to resolve the issue of Israel and Palestine because it ‘fuels international terrorism’.”) The leaning on the Holocaust as justification for the state of Israel carries no more weight today (see the following from Daily Kos, by commenter VoiceFromTheOuterWorld: “Ahmadinejad is highlighting the fact that the Holocaust occurred in Europe NOT Palestine and that, therefore, Palestinians should not be paying for European crimes.”), and even the argument that we have made the desert bloom is beaten back by the moralistic argument, “But those are still lands you stole from another people”. Now that the masks have fallen, it’s time to unashamedly claim that all this land is ours, using the title deed that G-d has given us, as narrated in Rashi’s very first commentary to the Torah. Of course, in order to be worthy of that title deed, we must keep G-d’s commandments; happily, it looks as if many Jews are headed that way.
As for the quality of the poster: I already said, way back in August, that I got my photoshopping skills at the Reuters school of digital image manipulation, so don’t go expecting anything from me beyond making the picture clear enough to convey its message.