For several problematic reasons, the State of Israel and the Jewish people have become the punching bag of many entities across the globe.

Among these reasons is the malice of anti-Semitic and anti-Israel dictatorships that depend on the 56-state bloc of Muslim countries in the United Nations—for oil, investment and protection. In their eyes, these benefits outweigh the values promoted by the honorable and democratic State of Israel, as well as its scientific contributions to the world.

These days, too, self-absorbed individuals and political leaders have a need to convince themselves that they are doing good by bashing Israel and the Jewish people. Unfortunately, there are too many oblivious Jewish leaders, students and others in this category. It seems that these individuals—even the well-connected and influential ones—are intimidated by the aggressive promoters of anti-Israeli and anti-Jewish agendas, and justifying their positions with irrational claims.

Perhaps they believe that if they stand against their own people, they will earn some benefit or respect from vicious Jew-haters. They probably hope that in the case of a confrontation, they will be able to weather the storm.

Honorable people should look at the overall situation with open eyes, check the facts independently and put them into the correct context. This will allow them to stand up for what is right, and defend themselves and their communities proudly against evil.

Any objective observer will see that in general, the Jews, like many other peoples of the world, are good. In addition, it is clear that those Jews living in the State of Israel have the absolute legal right to do so, for many reasons. Including the fact that it is their continuously inhabited ancestral homeland; they are not illegally occupying any foreign country.

The sooner critics of Israel realize that by bashing it and the Jewish people they are supporting the agendas of corrupt, self-serving actors, who stand for everything that they oppose, the better it will be for the free world. It is not difficult to see that these corrupt, self-serving actors support terrorism and do not care about human rights, equal rights, women’s freedom or even their own innocent children.

Unfortunately, many, if not most, of those who support these bad actors will end up becoming their victims, as we are seeing across the globe. Examples of this have been well-documented—some became human shields to protect dictators, others lost their personal freedom due to becoming accomplices to terrorists.

Once one understands the ways many of these bad actors think, it becomes obvious that they cannot be appeased, accommodated, or converted into peace-loving individuals. For the radical Muslims, even if Israel made the most generous concessions, including committing national suicide and closing down the country, the march to conquer the rest of the free world would continue.

Nor would Israel’s disappearance halt the radical left’s quest for absolute power and totalitarian domination, as we are seeing currently in China, Russia, Cuba, Venezuela and North Korea.

As for the radical right, the key to reversing their extensive brainwashing is education. Any rehabilitation program would have to start at an early age, and include the adults, too.

Providing any of these groups with financial support and political recognition and connections will only make them better-financed and better-connected malicious actors. It will not make our world a better or more peaceful place.

To achieve a better future for all good people, we must wake up and unite, we must educate as many people as possible with truthful facts and honorable values, and we must expose and marginalize the bad actors.

Dr. Shmuel Katz was born in Hungary and raised in Israel. He served as an IDF officer in the Six-Day War and gained extensive trauma experience during the 1973 Yom Kippur War. He is double-boarded in surgery, a fellow of the Israeli Surgical Society and of the American College of Surgeons and other medical societies, and is on the board of many pro-Israel organizations.

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