The Cleveland Jewish Jews recently reported that Jeremy Ben-Ami, founder of J Street, was disappointed with the unenthusiastic welcome from the rabbis of the Cleveland Board of Rabbis, and that local congregations had not extended him invitations to speak at their congregations. Although he paints his J Street as being pro-Israel, it seems that more people are beginning to judge him by his deeds, not rhetoric. While his words insist that J Street is the home for American Jewry who want peace for Israel, his actions are disturbing.
Ben-Ami ignores 14 centuries of Islam's violent history of conquest over Jews, Christians, and other civilizations in the Middle East. Beginning with Muhammad's expectation that Jews and Christians would accept him as a prophet, and his rejection by both in Mecca and Medinah, Muhammad's position changed to uncompromising hostility and justification for brutality, and his adherents follow his examples to the letter.
There is nothing to suggest that there has been a revision of the Koran to dictate otherwise. If anything, a careful study of events worldwide substantiates that the Giant has awakened, and the goal is complete Islamization. So why would Ben-Ami assume that Israel could suddenly be looked upon with favor by the Muslims if Israel were to relinquish one more Israeli neighborhood to the Arabs? Why would Ben-Ami imagine that Mahmoud Abbas's declaration to never accept the sovereign Jewish Nation in the region was reversible? And why would Ben-Ami expect that Abbas's vow to use a new Palestinian state to wage war against the diminished Israeli state could be overturned if Israel would only give up more land?
The answer is simple. He doesn't assume; he doesn't imagine, and he doesn't expect. He knows his stance is antithetical to peace between the Arabs and the Jews, but he is a Jewish stealth jihadist. Whatever his motive, he knows his words and actions could cost the Jews their homeland.
It takes only one glance at the map to understand that a two-state solution isn't viable, with Israel having to cede more land from her one/one-thousandth fraction of the Middle East to the Muslims who occupy the remaining 999. With each passing day, more threats and plans for Israel's destruction emanate from the Palestinian-Arab territories. Now we hear that thousands of jihadists (perhaps a million) will march into Jerusalem and claim it for their own, and will Ben-Ami agree that Israel should give up her capital of 4,000 years "for peace" to a people who only invented themselves in 1967? Would he, in fact, delight in leading the peaceful onslaught?
History proves that Arabs have always wrought violence against the Jewish and Christian people, since their beginning. Jihad is a permanent state of war, always in existence among the Arabs, first as tribal wars — rivalry that created a permanent state of instability and unrest. Jihad shifted the focus of attention from the tribes to the outside world as religious zeal and so that they could sustain themselves economically from the booty. Elements from Judaism (although Judaism was not a missionary religion) and Christianity (that was not a redemptive or state religion at its outset) provided Islam with a dual nature, a defensive-offensive character that permanently declared war against the world. It became a politico-religious mission that conditioned the Islamic attitude as a conquering nation, with a demand for perseverance, endurance, and steadfastness, until "the vanquished become brethren of their conquerors."
The day after Israel became a Jewish State, seven Arab armies declared war and fought the fledgling state as their permanent obligation to impose its rule upon the non-believers. When there was no housing construction, there was Arab violence; when there was housing construction, there was a Arab violence. Surrounding circumstances do not affect Islamic violence. Ben-Ami and his likeminded followers do not appear to recognize that the same imposition is occurring in America and, indeed, throughout the world.
Ben-Ami appears to be either disingenuous or oblivious to the Koran's directives of having anything but an Islamic state. When I last challenged his statements, he was astounded that I called him a turncoat, but it happened to be the most appropriate term I could find.
Never critical of Palestinian actions, Ben-Ami, under the guise of being pro-Israel, believes it acceptable to be openly critical of Israel's policies, yet his criticism goes beyond the acceptable when Ben-Ami criticizes Israel at every turn for not acquiescing to every Palestinian demand, thereby putting Israel in the path of destruction. When dealing with an enemy that admits and even boasts that there will never be peace with Israel, Ben-Ami insists that ceding a good portion of the land to the enemy is going to bring peace. What now, that Mahmoud Abbas has taken to demanding all of Israel?
Ben-Ami blindly supports our President's actions toward Israel, although Obama has come to be known as America's most anti-Semitic President. Ben-Ami refers to diversity of opinion within Washington, and is proud that he has brought about more choices for dealing with Israel, but the diversity is driven by our administration's associates, an incredible array of anti-democratic radicals, from Ayers to Wright. In fact, J Street receives financial support from one of these radical friends, George Soros.
In the words of Joseph Conrad, "You shall judge a man by his friends." I salute Cleveland's Jewish organizations for eschewing the visitor from J Street.
© Tabitha Korol