It is easy to blame America for the lack of Palestinian-Israeli peace. Critics from the left argue that America is biased in favor of Israel. Critics from the right argue that America has not allowed Israel to end the Palestinian terrorist regime on its borders.
It is easy to blame the Palestinians for the paucity of calm in the region. Palestinians incite their children to murder Jews. Palestinians encourage and celebrate homicide bombings. The Palestinian end goal is the destruction of the state of Israel.
It is also easy to blame the other Arab nations for the failure of the Middle East peace process. They fund Palestinian terror. They refuse to take in Palestinian refugees. They use Israel as a scapegoat for their own domestic problems.
But the cardinal blame for the Middle East conflict lies with Israel. Why? Because the other nations in the region despise Israel and wish it ill. Because the rest of the world condemns Israel if Israel so much as attempts to defend itself. And yet Israel chases after international praise rather than protecting its own citizenry by any means necessary.
Israel's apologies for its own existence can be directly linked to its ideological foundation. Israel was built by men who sought to separate religious Judaism from the concept of a Jewish state. They were socialists and secularists. They aspired to create an Israel that would take its place among the "family of nations," as the Israeli Declaration of Independence puts it. These secular Zionists were certainly heroes, but they built Israel on shaky ground from the beginning.
This was, and is, the problem for Israel. Israel still strives to be admitted to the "family of nations." Israeli leaders have still failed to realize that there is no family of nations, that the countries of the world have independent interests and values, and that they share no common vision.
Israel's secular Zionism has always provided the seeds of its destruction. Secular Zionism requires that Arab citizens of Israel be guaranteed equal rights. Even though many Arabs within Israel wish for Israel's obliteration and vote as such, Israel does nothing. In January, the Israeli Supreme Court overruled a Knesset ban on Arab Members of Parliament Azmi Bishara and Ahmed Tibi, despite both Bishara's and Tibi's support for Palestinian suicide bombings. Israeli Arabs compose about 20 percent of Israel's population. Demographic trends indicate that within decades, Israeli Arabs will compose a voting majority in Israel, allowing them to vote the Jewish state out of existence. Secular Zionism will let it happen.