In 2004 Israel assassinated Hamas leader Ahmed Yasin. All members of the UN Security Council except America approved a resolution condemning the Israeli raid.
In 2005 the police of Saudi Arabia, a major US ally and weapons buyer, arrested forty Christians in a private house in Riyadh for non-Islamic worship. The Saudi action caused no official condemnation.
For if the nations of the world should say to Israel, “You are robbers, for you conquered by force the lands of the seven nations [of Canaan],” we will reply, “The entire earth belongs to the Holy One, blessed be He; He created it and gave it to whomever He deemed proper. When He wished, He gave it to them, and when He wished, He took it away from them and gave it to us.” Rashi on Genesis 1:1.
It is simplistic to imagine that Olmert is in any rush for Palestinian statehood. Olmert is a master of political intrigues and unfulfilled promises. He repeatedly promised to remove the checkpoints, but most of them are still in place. He also vowed to remove the outposts, but has preserved them for two years now. He faces a powerful peacenik lobby of self-hating Jews bent on destroying the Jewish state. They strive to give the Temple Mount to Muslims and effectively relinquish Israeli control over the Old City of Jerusalem. Divestment from the Temple Mount has nothing to do with helping the Palestinians, but with crushing Jewish nationalism. The unnecessary destruction of Gush Katif was the first step. The defeatist camp successfully destroyed a huge community of Jewish zealots; most of them cannot recover from psychological trauma and have no place to live. Giving away the Temple Mount, the Old City, Hebron, and Judea will extinguish Jewish hopes for a return to the Promised Land. Tel Aviv beaches lack biblical significance. Jews conquered Jewish land and gave it away; no nation can recover from such a shame for generations. The leftists need to give away the Temple Mount to ensure their continued rule over the demoralized, ideologically emptied Jews.
What is the alternative? The Palestinians won’t sign a peace deal with us unless we give them the Temple Mount. Fine, forget the Palestinians; why do we need peace with that primitive crowd? An alternative to peace is pacification, and Israel has enough tanks to pacify the hostile mobs. Palestinians fight for the Temple Mount; conservative Jews can fight too. With similar methods, and more efficiently. Those Knesset members who would consider voting to relinquish Jerusalem to the Arabs must understand the resultant mortal danger to themselves and their families. The police can’t protect them forever, and cannot protect thousands of their relatives and associates. Voting to relinquish Jerusalem to the Arabs would be a suicide, literally.
But we cannot rule millions of Palestinians indefinitely. Nor do we need to. The number of Palestinians is vastly exaggerated both for political and economic reasons (UN subsidies). The real number is closer to two million. Polls indicate that at least a third of them want to emigrate, including 70 percent of the young. Leftist Israel actually impedes their emigration instead of wholeheartedly encouraging it. If they were helped with visas and resettlement bonuses, young Palestinians would leave the West Bank and Gaza an aging society, one that would die out in a matter of a generation. Blockades and curfews, limited water supply, and the closure of Israeli markets would force working-age Palestinians to emigrate.
Even now, one percent of Palestinians live on the 58 percent of the land in Judea and Samaria. The land is empty, ripe for Israeli annexation without significant dislocation of the Palestinians.
But the world, what would it say about Israel? It will keep saying the same things Jews should have gotten used to during the last two millennia.