Israel is in a constant win/lose situation, where actions can be interpreted as against Israel or in its favor. For much of the past Israel has been on the losing side in the media, although on the winning side where it counts most, in the wars forced on it by the Arab countries. But, now there are some signs that the tide is turning.
- At the UN, for the first time, a bloc of 11 European countries plus a few others, including Brazil and Colombia, voted against an annual GA resolution supporting a special program for the Rights of the Palestinian people. Note that they never vote to support the rights of the Jewish people. But, for the first time these countries including Germany, Czech Republic, Holland, Austria, Bulgaria, Denmark, Greece, Estonia, Lithuania, Slovakia and Romania actually voted against the annual resolution (Malta and Cyprus voted for and the UK, France and Italy abstained). Nevertheless the resolution passed with the overwhelming support of the Arab countries and those who they have bought. Hopefully this will start a trend.
- UNRWA is a corrupt organization, whose Director just resigned amid investigations, that is an active part of the Palestinian movement controlled by Hamas in Gaza and which perpetuates the so-called refugee problem. After the US stopped all payments (m$135) to UNRWA, several other governments followed suit, including Holland and Switzerland. Altogether UNRWA has a m$200 deficit, but was supposedly able to collect m$135 from its supporter countries. It is also collecting funds from private sources in the US. But, it is about time, after 70 years, that this supposedly temporary agency was closed down.
- Saeid Mollaei an Iranian judoka, defected from Iran because he was ordered to lose a match in Osaka, Japan, so that he could not compete with an Israeli. He said this was against his beliefs and against the rules of the sport and he finally refused. Not only does this prove that Iran practices this banned activity, but he is now supported by the International Judo Federation and hopes to compete soon in Israel at a preliminary qualification for the 2020 Olympics in Japan. Another Iranian Judoka has also followed Mollaei’s lead and defected.
- Delegations of Arabs have been visiting Israel, so far two groups of Saudis and Gulf States have toured Israel to see Israel for themselves and how Israeli Arabs are treated. Israeli athletes have been allowed to compete in the UAE and Oman, even though those countries do not have diplomatic relations with Israel. We are hoping and waiting for the first Arab country, apart from Egypt and Jordan, to establish diplomatic relations with Israel.
- A prominent Saudi Journalist visited Israel under cover and mingled with people all over Israel and was amazed at how well he was received, not at all like an enemy. He concluded that he “loved” Israel and hopes that relations between Saudi Arabia and Israel will be established soon, although maybe not full relations yet. He criticized the Palestinians for not resolving their conflict with Israel.
- An annual survey of 73 countries countries in the world by US News and World Report recently determined that little Israel is the 8th most powerful country in the world. This results from surveys of 20,000 people on many subjects and includes military, economic and technological aspects. Of course No. 1 is the USA, then China and so on on, but to come 8th out of 73 is indeed an achievement for a small country with only 8 million people!
- The French parliament voted by a majority to declare that anti-Zionism is anti-Semitism. The French can’t be wrong! To deny only the Jews the right of self-determination is indeed anti-Semitic.
While improvements of relations with the Arab states are continuing under the mutual Iranian threat, anti-Israel activities are growing stronger throughout the West. Hardly a day goes by without an attack on religious Jews in Germany, Britain, the US, or swastikas daubed on Jewish gravestones or synagogues. And the BDS movement appears to be gaining strength on campuses, including the involvement of young disaffected Jews. Shouldn’t they be working to improve relations with Arabs rather than trying to destroy Israel and expressing anti-Semitic tropes. But, the future is with us.