According to Danny Ayalon, accusations about Israeli warcrimes are inappropriate because they come from those who “are the mouthpiece of autocratic regimes”. In his op-ed piece in the Jerusalem Post today, he states that the Goldstone Commission was initiated by the Organisation of Islamic Conference and that attempts to arrest Israeli officials in Europe “are initiated, supported and funded by those in our region who will not allow a woman to vote and [who] kill and oppress their own people”.
Ayalon’s childish attempt to deflect accusations of warcrimes by arrogantly pointing out the foibles of other nation’s cultures would simply be laughed at if it were not for the fact that this man is Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister and is a member of Israel’s hard-right Zionist party, Yisrael Beiteinu. It’s a bit like a child being told off for bullying and the child responding by saying something derogatory about the behaviour of the kids in the classroom next door as though it will somehow excuse ones own bad behaviour.
Ayalon is a classic Zionist who believes that the way the world has treated Jews throughout history gives Israel exclusive rights to behave outrageously and with impunity toward all those that stand in the way of what they perceive as their God-given right to create a state from lands that are not theirs.
One should note that nowhere in Ayalon’s article does he attempt to defend the warcrimes accusations. He does, however, happily applaud Israel’s ‘successes’ in creating the state of Israel based on the ability of Israel to defend itself against victimhood. He ends his piece ominously with:
“We have continued Herzl’s vision, even after our independence, and are dreaming of bigger and better things. This is why we have a bright future, and we can make it even brighter, not only for Israel, but for all the people who are inspired, assisted and supported by Israel.”
‘Dreaming of bigger and better things’? Like what? Expanding Israel into south Lebanon, the Gaza Strip and the West Bank?