Tachles with Aviel – Too much consideration is given to the Palestinians

In my opinion there is too much concern for the Palestinians. They are spoiled and have lost a lot as a result – especially the billions in financial aid.

By Aviel Schneider | | Topics: palestinians, Gaza, Hamas
Activists hold banners during a solidarity demonstration for the Palestinians on October 18, 2023 in Berlin. Photo: EPA-EFE/CLEMENS BILAN
Activists hold banners during a solidarity demonstration for the Palestinians on October 18, 2023 in Berlin. Photo: EPA-EFE/CLEMENS BILAN

People are often considerate of the most difficult people. Why? Because they’re just always offended and can’t even take themselves into consideration. And for fear of spoiling their mood, everyone wants to please them. And politics also plays a role for the Palestinians. This is how difficult people always get their way, and probably the Palestinians, too. That’s unfair, yes – but not for everyone.

Israel is being called on all sides to show consideration for the 1.4 million Palestinians who have fled the fighting in the northern Gaza Strip to the southern area of Rafah on the border with Egypt. Of course these families are suffering, especially now in the cold and wet winter. But 10 million Israelis are also in need, wedged between the Gaza Strip in the south and Hezbollah and Iran in the north. Hundreds of thousands of Israelis were also evacuated due to rocket attacks in the south and north. Not only that, people in the country understand that without a total knockout in the south and north, normal life as before cannot return. And which foreign government shows consideration for the Israeli population? Israel is surrounded by enemies who all pursue the same goal: the destruction of the Jewish state.

Palestinians evacuated from their homes in Khan Yunis in tents in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, on February 15, 2024. Photo: Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90

Last week, EU Foreign Policy chief Josep Borrell said that “an Israeli invasion of Rafah would lead to a terrible humanitarian catastrophe and high tensions with Egypt.” Over the weekend, two Egyptian sources and a Western source were quoted by AP as predicting a massive influx of Palestinians into Egypt, which could threaten Egypt’s longstanding peace agreement with Israel. But this assumption has now been dampened by Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry. “There is already a peace agreement between Egypt and Israel that has been in force for 40 years and we will stick to it,” Shoukry said at a press conference in Slovenia. According to foreign sources, Egypt has set up a refugee camp on its side opposite Rafah that can accommodate 100,000 Palestinians in an emergency, should there be a mass influx of Palestinians crossing the border.

The upcoming Israeli invasion of Rafah comes after Israeli forces fought Hamas in the population centers of Gaza City and Khan Yunis. But the high concentration of civilians in Rafah, most of whom had fled from other parts of the coastal region, has raised international alarms. Even Israel’s so-called best friends are often more on the side of the Palestinians these days. “I can tell you that military operations at this time – without regard to the civilian population on this scale in Gaza – would be a disaster for these people, and that is not something we would support,” said John Kirby, communications director for the US National Security Council.

Trucks carrying relief supplies arrive on the Palestinian side of the Kerem Shalom border crossing in the southern Gaza Strip on February 17, 2024. Photo by Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90

Various sources have emphasized in recent days that US President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are no longer BFFs. Biden is said to have yelled at Bibi on the phone and hung up on him. Biden and Washington are angry that Israel does not listen to them and instead intends to continue the war in Rafah. But not only that, Washington and Arab governments are planning to declare a Palestinian state without Israel’s consent, according to American sources. If that happens, Israel will have lost the war and Hamas will have won October 7th.

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After four months of war, the world is losing patience with Israel and is demanding more consideration for the Palestinians. No other army would have shown more consideration for the Palestinian civilian population than the Israeli army – but the world public does not see this because it perceives the Israeli-Palestinian conflict differently. Leaflets were dropped and hundreds of thousands of text messages were sent to Palestinians so that the population could escape the Israeli attacks in time. To this end, Israeli soldiers opened escape corridors in the Gaza Strip. The target is not the population, but the barbaric Hamas regime. And so the Israeli army will also take the Palestinian civilian population in Rafah into account.

But sometimes I feel like it’s less about genuine consideration for the Palestinians and more about Israel – in particular, preventing a glorious Israeli victory in Gaza. The world also seems to pay more attention to Hamas than to the suffering of Palestinians. Instead of liberating Palestinian civilians from the brutal Hamas regime, the world wants to artificially keep Hamas alive. Martin Griffiths, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, recently said: “Hamas is not a terrorist group, for us (UN) it is of course, as you know, a political movement.” He added that it was necessary to negotiate with terrorists because you can’t defeat them. This is precisely why the world pays more attention to the Palestinians than to Israel.

The biblical story and the divine promise of this land to Israel mean nothing to the UN and the majority of the world public. This is a fact that we must accept. What is biblically correct is not politically correct. And Israel represents the tension between the Bible and politics, between God and the world. This explains why the world is more interested in the 1.4 million Palestinians in Rafah than with the 10 million Israelis. In their view, the State of Israel was born in sin, a kind of excuse to show less consideration for Israel. The nations have never really taken Israel into account anyway, just as the nations have pampered the Palestinians. And that is exactly why Israel has become what it is today. No one can accuse Israel of being a spoiled people after everything it has been through in its history. The endless consideration for the Palestinians has made them somewhat dependent on the nations, and they cannot be relied upon. Israel, on the other hand, had no other choice and nearly always had to manage alone, and this brought the people closer to God. God’s consideration for His people is a thousand times more effective than the consideration of the nations.