Feb. 8, 2019
Israel: Still the Underdog in Today’s Middle East – James Sinkinson (JNS)
Israel is the Middle East’s ultimate scrappy underdog. Few countries in the world are more threatened by more belligerent enemies than Israel.
Certainly, no country is hated as vehemently for its very existence. Iran threatens Israel on virtually a daily basis and makes belligerent military gestures on Israel’s borders through its sponsorship of Syria and terror groups.
Israel is the only rule-of-law democracy and Western ally in the Middle East, struggling to defend itself against a deadly array of Islamist forces – including Iran, Syria, Turkey, Hizbullah and the Palestinians – all of whom are attempting to destroy the Jewish state.
In truth, Israel is no less an underdog today than it was in 1948.
It struggles under a constant international diplomatic barrage at the UN, daily attempts to violate its borders via land and sea by designated terror groups, murderous attacks against its civilians and bellicose threats from an imperialist nation with one of the world’s largest armies – one that’s on the threshold of acquiring nuclear arms.
The writer is president of Facts and Logic About the Middle East (FLAME).