THE recent Nobel Prize announcements were dominated by Barack Obama's award. Although it attracted less fanfare, the latest crop of recipients also included Israel's Ada Yonath, the first female Nobel laureate for chemistry since 1964 and Israel's ninth Nobel prizewinner (more than Spain and China and one less than Australia). Yonath's award underscores the Jewish state's disproportionately positive contribution to humanity.
This reality utterly undermines the image of a brutal pariah state portrayed by those promoting a boycott of Israel, chiefly the non-government organisation community buoyed by the UN's recent Goldstone report. Yonath's achievement exposes the moral bankruptcy of an NGO campaign, divorced from reality, that has little to do with human rights and everything to do with a visceral dislike for Israel.Groups such as Oxfam, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and others would have you believe that Israel has plundered the depths of depravity unlike any other country on earth. All have erroneously pronounced Israel guilty of war crimes, collective punishment and similarly grave offences. Other countries are rarely accused of such misdemeanours. Less so are they subject to hysterical calls for a boycott.Full article here.
I am the former commander of the British forces in Afghanistan. I served with NATO and the United Nations; commanded troops in Northern Ireland, Bosnia and Macedonia; and participated in the Gulf War. I spent considerable time in Iraq since the 2003 invasion, and worked on international terrorism for the UK Governments Joint Intelligence Committee.Mr. President, based on my knowledge and experience, I can say this: During Operation Cast Lead, the Israeli Defence Forces did more to safeguard the rights of civilians in a combat zone than any other army in the history of warfare.Israel did so while facing an enemy that deliberately positioned its military capability behind the human shield of the civilian population.