Why Can American and European Parents Sleep Easily? Because Israeli Parents Cannot

UPDATE 6 pm Wednesday: More than 250 Palestinian “demonstrators” rioted outside of Ofer Military Prison this afternoon throwing “rocks” at IDF soldiers to show “solidarity” with Palestinian prisoners on a hunger strike. At 12:31 pm, there were  incoming rocket sirens for Shaar Hanagev. In the last 24 hours at least three Qassam rockets have been fired by the Palestinian terrorists in Gaza in attempts to kill Israelis in southern Israel.


As you may or may not know, dear reader, Geert Wilders is a 49 year old conservative Dutch politician who is the founder and leader the third largest political party in the Netherlands–the Party of Freedom (Partij voor de Vrijheid – PVV).

What Wilders is fighting against.

What Wilders is best known for is his highly critical view of Islam: “I don’t hate Muslims, I hate Islam.” He has been instrumental in instituting some of Europe’s toughest immigration laws in his country as part of his campaign  to stop “the Islamization” of Holland–and in the process has become a lightning rod for all those seeking to stop the Islamization of Europe. Wilders supports the banning of new mosques in the Netherlands, and produced the movie “Fitna” in 2008 to detail his objections to the Islamic religion.

It is in this context that numerous Muslim groups and individuals have threatened to kill Wilders, and he and his wife have been moved to a different location every night for the last 10 years by security guards provided by the Dutch government.

Yesterday, Wilders appeared on the American television show Hannity to promote his recently written book “Marked For Death.”

The cover of Wilder's new book

As Wilder’s interview came to an end, the host asked him about his feelings about Israel. What follows are his comments:

“I believe we should be in full support of the state of Israel.

Israel is not only surrounded by people, by countries, that at the end of the day because of the Islamic doctrine want to remove Israel from the face of the planet. Israel is also a brother to us when it comes to sharing the values that we have.

I believe that parents in America and in Europe can sleep easily at night because Israeli parents are lying awake worrying about the security of their sons.

The border of jihad, the border between the West and the barbarism of the East, of Islam and reason of the West, is exactly the border between Israel and the Arab countries.”

Rarely has your humble servant heard it put so succinctly. The border between the Islamic barbarism of the East and the reason of the West is the border between the Arab countries and Israel.

There is no other country in the world which is subject to daily missile attacks on its people. There are few other countries in the world which are subject to daily terrorist attacks on their people. There are few other countries in the world where parents have to worry about their children every second of every day.

Finally, it is worth noting that every time Israel’s borders shrink such as after the unilateral withdrawals from southern Lebanon and northern Gaza, not only are Israel’s men, women, and children put at greater riskbut also, Islamic jihad marches ever closer to wherever you live, dear reader. 

As noted in recent blogs, a list of vocabulary for Israel supporters to begin using is appended to this blog (and every blog for the next month).

1. Use ‘Judea and Samaria’ instead ofthe West Bank.

2. Use ‘Jewish community’ instead of settlement.

3.  Use ‘construction of Jewish homes, schools, and hospitals’ instead of settlement activity.

4. Use ‘new Jewish communities’ instead of outposts‘.

5. Use ‘Jewish community member’ instead of settler.

6. Use ‘conservative politicians’ instead of right-wing politicians‘.

7. Use ‘PLO’ or  ‘Palestine Liberation Organization’ instead of Palestinian Authority.

8. Use ‘Palestinian Islamic Terrorist Organization–HAMAS’ instead of merely Hamas.

9. Use ‘Israeli men, women, and children’ instead of  Israeli citizens‘.

10. Use ‘Palestinian cities’ instead of  Palestinian refugee camps.

11. Use Palestinian ‘settlements’ instead of  Palestinian ‘villages’ or ‘hamlets’.

12. Use Palestinian ‘settlers’ instead of Palestinian ‘farmers’ and ‘villagers’.

13. Use international ‘lawbreakers’ instead of international ‘activists’.

14. Use ‘the suicide bomber prevention fence instead of the ‘separation fence’ or ‘wall’.

15. Use ‘eastern Jerusalem’ or the ‘eastern neighborhoods of Jerusalem’ instead of East Jerusalem. The city of Jerusalem must never be divided again.

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