Remember when you were away from home for the first time, like summer camp or college, and homesick? You really looked forward to mom sending you “care” packages with cookies and other treats? Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) says that the Palestinian movement against Israel is non-violent: “In the situation of Palestine, what we are doing right now is having hypocrisy in not celebrating non-violent movements there and condemning it.” So I suppose those rockets that Hamas frequently sends over from Gaza contain treats for Israeli schoolchildren?
Israeli Ofir Gendelman posted a YouTube video of Senior Hamas leader Fathi Hammad saying, “Hamas has built a new factory for making suicide vests that will be given to Palestinian girls (and boys) in order to storm the Israeli border and blow up Israeli families.” Now you know why Israel protects the border with Gaza from Hamas. Omar, who according to herself, “loves America more than any native born American”, takes lies and hypocrisy to greater apogees than those Hamas rockets. There is a sense in which she is right, though not in the way she intended.
There is a story in the NY Times by Isabel Kershner:
BILIN, West Bank — On a recent weekday, Muhammad Abu Rahma returned to the place where Palestinian protesters and Israeli soldiers used to clash in weekly confrontations that made the West Bank village of Bilin a symbol of resistance against the Israeli occupation. But this time, he came not to protest but to picnic with his wife and three children. He had served three terms in prison for his activities at the height of the protests. But now, at 33, he had a family and a job as a garbage collector. “People want money to live, and permits,” he said, referring to the Israeli permits allowing laborers to work in Israel, where they can earn twice as much as they do in the Palestinian territories.
In a 2011 analysis for Asia Times, David Goldman counseled Israel not to attempt to make peace with a Palestinian population heavily tilted towards hot-headed youngsters, and to wait until the declining Palestinian fertility rate had raised the average age of the West Bank population. Like Northern Ireland, the militants would find themselves married with mortgages (at least those who survived). He further writes about the situation, below.
Non violent? “Around 80,000 Palestinian men are employed by one or another of the “security forces” in Gaza and the West Bank. The Palestine Authority’s grossly inflated numbers claim that there were 587,000 men aged 20 to 40 in the territories; the actual number is probably around 400,000, which means that one in five has a job carrying a gun. Taking unemployment into account, that implies that one in three Palestinian men with a full-time job is a gunman.
Hopeful? “That may change over time. 5,800 Palestinians are working at technology companies on the West Bank, and the booming Israeli software sector is outsourcing to the West Bank, with a third of Palestinian software companies filling orders for Israeli firms, Bloomberg News reported March 15.
“And the top school for Palestinian computer science students is Ariel University in Samaria, in the midst of a settlement near Nablus. ‘Administrators at the Ariel University Center are proud to have the Arab students, saying their enrollment is an example of loyalty and equality among Israeli citizens. For their part, the Arab students seem not to feel uncomfortable attending the college despite its reputation and location,‘ wrote the Chronicle of Higher Education. ‘On campus the fact that we are in occupied territory is irrelevant—it doesn’t affect us at all. We leave all the politics outside,’ the Chronicle quoted Manar Dewany, a 20-year-old student in math and computer science who commutes each day from the Israeli Arab town of Taybeh. ‘I never even considered it a reason for not coming here,’ Ms. Dewany added. ‘I have no problem with it. Why not come here? This place is full of Arabs‘.” What? This is in Israel, don’t you want to strap on a vest? What about all the suicide vests that will go to waste in Hamas warehouses?
“No one outsources computer technology to Egypt, where very few of each year’s crop of 700,000 college graduates meets world standards. The education that young Arabs receive at the settlers’ university on the West Bank is better than anything available among Israel’s Arab neighbors. In a quiet way, the settlers of Samaria may do more for peace than the diplomats.
“By 2040, the stone-throwing kids of the First Intifada will be close to retirement age, and the gun-toting young men who dominate today’s Palestinian employment picture (or those who still are alive) will have families. If they missed out on high-tech jobs, the spillover from the West Bank’s economic growth—driven in turn by Israel’s economic miracle—will keep them employed in service industries. Absent additional violence, the West Bank will flourish while Egypt and Syria descend into penury and chaos.
“There is no urgency to make peace, except in the minds of the Palestinians’ present leaders. The world has allowed them to rule a little fiefdom as warlords of private armies, with little accounting for billions in foreign aid, and the opportunity to indulge in a grand ideological tantrum on the tab of Western donors. The window is closing for radical Islam. That makes the present an exceptionally dangerous period, because the radicals know that it is closing. The Palestinians of the West Bank are better off than any other Arabs in the region by any tangible measure—health, literacy, higher education, per capital income.”
This hopeful picture can also be applied to our country. The young firebrands of Antifa and the Democrats will eventually move out of mom’s basement, get a real job, grow up and look around the world, finally appreciating the words of Proverbs 20:29. “The glory of young men is their strength, but the splendor of old men is their gray hair.” (gray hair bringing wisdom folks!).