There is very little going on in Norway with regards to Israel, all eyes are firmly locked on the Easter weather forecast and whether skiing will be safe.
But there have been the usual small stink bombs. small enough to pass under the radar, but eventually they end up making a stink.
Our very knowledgable professor in history, Hilde Henriksen Waage has been hauled in by the NRK as some sort of media expert on Israel to spar with a man with an opposing view on Israel (positively pro) Jan Arild Snoen (Ekko, NRK P2, March 21, 2013).
First of all, NRK is to be commended for having presented a balanced presentation of views on the so-called Israel lobby in the US. I am sure they would much rather have been allowed to carry on as per previous practice, but since they have been put in the uncomfortable spotlight .
To be fair to Ms. Henriksen Waage, she does acknowledge that the alleged power of the Israeli lobby in the US (neatly summed up as AIPAC) are far from as influential as they themselves would like to pretend, but then proceeds to present a string of very unusual or perhaps just weird statements.
First of all, she cannot get her head around the fact that the US in general tends to be pro-Israel, she appears to be personally insulted that the average North American have not seen the light (or her light anyway), but continue to hang on to their religious identities and therefore tend to not buy the anti-Israel substitution theology that has become all the rage in Europe. This is inconceivable for the learned professor, and she seems to be in quite a huff over it. She also presents some other remarkable points of view such as:
There has never been a Jewish presence on the West Bank (or to be very precise, on the topic of settlement construction, she claims that construction is not only going on in areas which are generally expected to fall under Israeli jurisdiction after a negotiated settlement with the PA). On the topic of the failed Camp David Summit where Arafat famously walked out after having gotten almost all he asked for, only to instigate the second intifada; Jan Arild Snoen points out that in the US perception (minute 19 – 20) , the responsibility for the failure to sign the negotiated agreement lies squarely with Arafat and the Palestinians. This is sharply rejected by our professor, who says that this is plainly not true, and that there is no documentation for this allegation, and further that during this particular Camp David Summit, not one proposal was put on the table and that nobody actually knows what happened. Snoen quips back: well we do know that Bill Clinton sides with what I (Snoen) say. Now brace yourself for the brazen reply of professor Henriksen Waage: But he had his own good reasons for meaning this!
Wow, such eloquence! Such refined use of referenced sources! Such a sophisticated argument! Such an idiotic and dangerous woman who when reason is lacking, has no compunction about giving herself to wild speculations.
At a grey little office in one of the Northern towns, a grey little man produces his regular amount of half truths, omissions and outright lies. From what I can gather, he can only have his musings published in Dagsavisen or Vårt Land, on their moderated debate forums. In a longwinded and emotional oped he charges that Israel’s treatment of Palestinian children is cruel and demeaning, citing a UNICEF report he has read in the most selective way possible. This, to our little North Norwegian friend, is evidence that Israel is becoming a military dictatorship.
What a tosser you are Kjetil Nilsen. True, Israel is forced to enforce tough and strict safety regulations on what every Israeli gladly will admit are occupied territories. Yet, they sigh, we have nobody to talk to, and we are tired of being butchered. Only a few days ago, did an infant narrowly escape death after Palestinians pelted the car he was traveling in with rocks. The child is still in critical condition. More or less at the same time, soldiers enforcing a closure of the territories, to prevent such horrific blood shed as we saw in the bloody Passover of 2002, were also exposed to the real danger of coming into close contact with rocks thrown by Palestinian youths. All of this is of course very well known, presumably also by this Mr. Nilsen. Yet, this is totally absent from your “analysis”. Why?
Also, any Israeli will laugh heartily at the allegation that Israel has become a military dictatorship. Perhaps Mr. Nilsen does not know the meaning of the expression and therefore throws it around with such lightness. In a similar manner does Mr. Nilsen appear to be unfamiliar with the agreements regarding Hebron, specifically the H1 and H2 arrangements. A strict separation is enforced to prevent more tragic deaths such as caused by deranged Baruch Goldstein, or for that matter, the wild blood lust exhibited by Palestinian lynch mob that went on a carnage in Ramallah in 2000. Although resisted by many of the pro-Pal buffs in Norway, the fact remains that Hebron has been the home of Jews for literally thousands of years. Until the Palestinians murdered a bunch of them in 1929, and whoever remained after this, were brutally kicked out by Jordan, who quickly settles the areas with their own people.
It is fine if you admit to being not generously endowed in the art of analyzing facts and proof reading before pressing send button, but it is a mistake to assume that everybody else shares this disability. By the way Kjetil, did you know that Norway has been severely criticized in by the UN for both failing to protect children’s rights as well as subjecting children to torture, year on year, but have as of yet not implemented even one bullet point to correct this embarrassing situation. Does this make Norway a dictatorship?