In 1966, the great American artist Frank Stella explained modern art with a simple but not simplistic epigram: “What you see is what you see.”
Stella was demystifying abstract art. He was saying: There are no metaphors, no hidden meanings. There is only the surface, and for Stella the surface is a worthy reality.
I often think of Stella when I survey the Arab war against Israel.
Frequently, I hear presumably intelligent people saying things like: “Well, it’s a very complicated conflict.”
That is not true. It is a simple conflict: The Arab Muslim world wants to destroy the Jewish state, while the Jewish state wishes to live in peace with its Arab Muslim neighbors.
For generations, scores of Arab and Muslim leaders have called openly for the destruction of the Jewish state and for the genocide of the Jewish people.
The Hamas covenant is explicit in its goal of genocide.
And the PA are no different from Hamas, who are no different from Islamic State, Boko Haram or Al Qaida.
At the moment, Arab Muslims are engaged in a Jew-killing frenzy using their latest weapons, stabbings and car rammings. This is not because the Arabs are persecuted or oppressed second-class citizens. On the contrary: They attempt to kill in such vast numbers and with such frequency because they are pious Muslims who live in a democratic state. They are doing it because their greatest religious and national aspirations are to murder Jews and destroy the Jewish state.
The Arab-Israeli journalist Khaled Abu Toameh is the Frank Stella of the Middle East. He is telling us to view reality.
As President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were talking about the two-state solution during their meeting in the White House yesterday, the Palestinian Hamas movement reiterated its intention to destroy Israel.
Hamas’s announcement shows that the two-state solution is not a recipe for peace between Israel and the Palestinians. The announcement also shows that all those who have been talking about a change in Hamas’s position towards Israel continue to live in an illusion.
As the Obama-Netanyahu meeting was underway, senior Hamas figure Musa Abu Marzouk issued a statement in which he declared: “We will never negotiate with the Zionist entity and we will never recognize its right to exist. We will continue to resist the Zionist entity until it vanishes, whether they like it or not. The soldiers of the Qassam [Hamas’s armed wing] were founded to liberate Palestine, even if some have recognized Israel. We want a state from the (Jordan) river to the [Mediterranean] sea.”
Read more at The Gatestone Institute.