Europe is Still in Denial about the Threat from Radical Islam

Radical Islam is at war with Western civilization, argues Ezra Levant, and has been for years. But many in the West have preferred to pretend otherwise—and in that respect, Israel is at an advantage:

It’s almost irrelevant whether or not you acknowledge there is a war. But it’s not totally irrelevant, because if you do not acknowledge you are in a war, you probably don’t stand a chance to win that war.

Last year alone, 6,000 Jews left France, many for Israel. Why would they leave France—a strong, free, liberal country of 66 million people in the heart of Europe, a nuclear power, a NATO power, a country with a seat on the UN Security Council—to go to Israel, a country of just 8 million, surrounded by hostile dictatorships and terrorist groups? Who would imagine that could be safer?

Israel is besieged, it’s surrounded. But it has one advantage over the West: it is not in denial. No one in Israel, not even the far left, pretends that there is no jihad; no one in Israel talks about terrorists being just “lone wolves” or “crazy”; no one in Israel, not even the left-wing media, starts the coverage of any terrorist attack by denying that a Muslim was really Muslim, or denying that terrorism was really terrorism. They don’t blame the victim—those cartoonists were so mean to Muhammad, what can you expect as a response to George W. Bush, et cetera, ad nauseam.

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More about: European Islam, France, Israel, Radical Islam, Western civilization, Zionism

The Diplomatic Goals of Benjamin Netanyahu’s Visit to the U.S.

Yesterday, the Israeli prime minister arrived in the U.S., and he plans to address a joint session of Congress on Wednesday, but it remains uncertain whether he will meet with President Biden. Nonetheless, Amit Yagur urges Benjamin Netanyahu to use the trip for ordinary as well as public diplomacy—“assuming,” Yagur writes, “there is someone to talk to in the politically turbulent U.S.” He argues that the first priority should be discussing how to keep Iran from getting nuclear weapons. But there are other issues to tackle as well:

From the American perspective, as long as Hamas is not the official ruler in the Gaza Strip, any solution agreed upon is good. For Israel, however, it is quite clear that if Hamas remains a legitimate power factor, even if it does not head the leadership in Gaza, sooner or later, Gaza will reach the Hizballah model in Lebanon. To clarify, this means that Hamas is the actual ruler of the Strip, and sooner or later, we will see a [return] of its military capabilities as well as its actual control over the population. . . .

The UN aid organization UNRWA . . . served as a platform for Hamas terrorist elements to establish, disguise, and use UN infrastructure for terrorism. This is beside the fact that UNRWA essentially perpetuates the conflict rather than helps resolve it. How do we remove the UN and UNRWA from the “day after” equation? Can the American aid organization USAID step into UNRWA’s shoes, and what assistance can the U.S. provide to Israel in re-freezing donor-country contributions to UNRWA?

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More about: Benjamin Netanyahu, Gaza War 2023, U.S.-Israel relationship