Tulisan di bawah sih boleh2 aja dianggap promosi Israel, tp kita bisa 
bandingin promosi Israel ini dg apa yg ada di Indonesia.
Misalnya, Israel ngaku orang Arab itu ga diapa2in setelah ada orang Israel yg 
mati dibunuh teroris Arab. Kalo di Indonesia, hehehe.... gw masih inget koq 
cuma gara2 tukang becak disrempet mobil Cina, pertokoan sepanjang jalan utama 
sepanjang beberapa km diserang. Atau, gara2 preman rebutan jadi penguasa tempat 
judi, 22 gereja dan beberapa sekolah kristen diserang.
Israel dituduh ngebantai orang Palestina, nyatanya selama puluhan thn yg mati 
itu "cuma" beberapa ribu. Sebaliknya, Indonesia yg dibangga2in orang ini thn 
1965-66 ngebantai 1/2 juta orang yg dituduh PKI, ngebantai orang TimTim 
sebanyak ratusan ribu orang, belum lagi yg ga pernah diungkap spt di Irian, 
Biak, Aceh, Lampung, Jawa dll. 
Tp maklum deh, yg namanya orang Islam itu sbg umat terbaik yg doyan nungging2 
ke batu, tentunya berhak dan wajib ngebantai orang (termasuk sesama Islam), 
jadi mereka ga akan ngaku kebejadan mereka sendiri, dan selalu paling rajin 
nuding orang lain.
The surprise of it all
10/02/2010 23:15

The world's astonishment at Israel’s response to the Haiti disaster is 
insulting. What we saw there was Israel's true face.
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Israel’s rescue mission in Haiti won universal praise. Most remarkable is the 
astonishment expressed by the media at how efficient and humane IDF soldiers 

What? Efficient and humane Israelis? We can accept that Israelis can be 
efficient. We were told, for years, how adept IDF troops are in fighting 
terrorists. So it is understandable that they managed to arrive so quickly at 
the scene of the disaster, even though it is more than 5,000 miles fromIsrael, 
and that before anyone else set up even a dingy clinic, they had assembled a 
state-of-the-art field hospital and were busy saving lives.

But humane? Are these the Israelis who use tanks against children armed with 
slingshots; an army that everyone accuses of habitually using excess force?

Mon dieu, it could not possibly be that the army of “that shitty little state” 
is acting with such touching humanity. It is not how we are accustomed to think 
about Jewish troops.

To those who really know Israel – that is, not exclusively through the 
distorted lens of the media – the efficiency of its rescue effort and its 
humanity are not surprising. It’s a country that has had to contend with 
terrorist atrocities for decades. It’s people’s army is mostly composed of 
reservists literally defending their homes. So they are strongly motivated to 
excel in rescue, even at a risk to their own lives.

IDF troops have a lot of painful experience removing the dead, the mauled, the 
burned and the bleeding from under tons of collapsed concrete and twisted steel 
in many countries, from Turkey to Thailand. They unfortunately became very 
proficient in this task.

The country’s citizen army reflects Israeli mores, the good and the bad. The 
world media does an excellent job publicizing the latter (yes, Israelis are not 
always as polite and obsequious as the foreign media wants them to be; and yes, 
they can be rather aggressive; otherwise they could not survive a day in the 
bloody Middle East).

SO LET us try to slightly balance the picture with a few facts.

Despite the image of Israelis as warlike, intolerant people, the fact is that 
they are perhaps the world’s most restrained and tolerant..

Ludicrous? Consider the fact that in the wake of dozens of horrendous 
Palestinian-Arab terrorist attacks on civilians, when the bodies of children, 
women and the elderly have not yet been removed, Palestinian Arabs whose 
compatriots and possibly relatives committed these atrocities continued to walk 
safely in every part of the country.

Sure, the media can always produce shots of small gangs of hysterical 
adolescents in the aftermath of such terrorist outrages, waving their fists and 
shouting “Death to the Arabs!” But no crowd actually ever formed to kill Arab 
passersby. Deeply pained and sometimes very frightened Israelis (you never know 
when or where the next bomb will strike, since terrorists often plant 
additional delayed-response bombs to kill  those rushing to the rescue, and you 
never can be certain that your kids, who left for school or to visit friends, 
will return safely home), nevertheless repeatedly showed an almost superhuman 
restraint and refrained from discharging their rage on Arab bystanders.

For decades, hundreds of thousands of Palestinian (before the Oslo Accords, and 
tens of thousands after) found employment in Israel. Except for about three 
incidents involving mentally deranged assailants, they were never hurt and 
always enjoyed freedom of movement.

How many countries can boast that their citizens would act with such 
self-control? That they would, like the Israelis, exhibit extraordinary 
tolerance and refrain from attacking Arabs whose compatriots just committed 
acts of great brutality?

Or how many citizens of other countries would tolerate, like the inhabitants of 
Sderot and other villages bordering on Gaza, years of random and relentless 
rocket attacks? In most countries, we can assume citizens would put 
irresistible pressure on their governments to do everything – yes, even 
retaliatory and targeted strikes against the terrorist leaders – to put an end 
to such attacks.

Yet Israel did not.

It took Israeli governments more than seven years (!) before they reacted. Is 
this warlike and aggressive behavior? Is such extreme restraint reasonable 
under the circumstances? There are many other examples of Israeli tolerance. 
Just visit any Israeli hospital and you will be amazed at how many West Bank 
Arabs are there for treatment. They are treated like any Israeli, with not a 
scintilla of discrimination.

So yes, occasionally what we see with our own eyes is reality, even if it 
contradicts media-created spins. What we all saw in the reports from Haiti – 
the remarkable scenes of Israelis risking their lives to save people only 
because they are fellow human beings – is the true face of Israel. It 
faithfully reflects the true nature of a people that even under extended, 
excruciating bloody attack manages to preserve its humanity.

This piece was written in memory of Abigail Radoszkowicz, z”l, a lover of Zion.

The writer is director of the Israel Center for Social and Economic Progress 


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