“Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it.” – Edmund Burke (1729-1797)
Since its inception again as a nation, Israel has been in a battle to have the right to do just one thing, exist. In this battle for legitimacy as a nation it has faced invasions from Muslim countries and constant rocket attacks by militant Islamic groups. Now it would seem that search engine giant Google has entered the fight against Israel.
Since Israel’s re-creation in 1948, they have been in a constant battle to simply survive. Not only have they faced unending physical threats, but waves of online attacks too. Militant groups have joined in with Hacktivists groups like Anonymous to put constant pressure on Israel’s online presence. Last month Israeli systems were hammered in a co-ordinated denial of service attack called #OpIsrael.
Many of these groups believe that they are helping the Islamic Palestinian people gain their freedom to form a state called “Palestine”. They believe (falsely) that creating a “Two State Solution” will bring peace to the Middle East and protect the Palestinians from “Israeli aggression”.
FOLLOW THE LEADER
Just this week, Google jumped into the political arena on the Palestinian’s side by changing their “Google Palestinian Territories” site to simply say Google Palestine. A small name change, that has very large political repercussions.
“In this case, we are following the lead of the UN, Icann [Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers], ISO [International Organisation for Standardisation] and other international organisations,” Google Spokesman Nathan Tyler, told the BBC.
Well beyond just “following the lead of the UN“, the move was a direct blow to Israel and it’s right to exist peacefully. Google also decided to side against their home nation as the UN recognizes Palestine as a state, but the US does not.
As you will see recognizing Palestine as a state, and the whole creation of a “Two State Solution” will not bring peace to the Middle East.
As it has been done before, and it failed…
THE BRITISH MANDATE
After WWI it was agreed that the British Mandate Palestine, land that Britain took control of from turkey, would be divided into two countries. At first Israel was to be given the entire land (reminiscent of the land promised to Israel by God in Genesis 15:18-21) but after strong Islamic objection, it was agreed between Islamic authorities and Britain that a two state solution would bring peace to the Middle East.
Jewish Palestinians would be given a small section of land (which would be eventually be called Israel) and the Muslim Palestinians were given a very large section of land called Trans-Jordan.
ISLAMIC NAZI SS TROOPS
Not all of the Muslim leaders fell in line with this decision. Radical Islamic leaders believed that Israel should not exist and began resisting the change. By the time WWII came around some of these leaders joined in with Germany to place Muslim troops in Nazi SS divisions.
After WWII members of these Islamic Nazi troops banned together to form many of the radical Islamic groups which still fight the legitimacy of Israel to exist.
PALESTINE AS A LAUNCHING POINT FOR TERROR
Radical Islamic fighters swarm into these “disputed Palestinian territories” to continue the fight against Israel by constantly firing mortars and rockets into their cities. According to Wikipedia, “as of November 2012, over 2,256 rockets had been launched at Israel from Gaza since January 2012.”
Google has decided to use it’s clout to support the creation of a Palestinian state.
As you can see, Google’s choice to side politically with the UN, along with Anonymous and radical Islamic groups, is a huge blow to both peace in the Middle East and Israel’s daily fight to simply survive.
Update 5/5 –
Okay, now I understand a little bit better, Google has business interests in Palestine:
“Palestinians have such a unique position,” says Gisel Kordestani, Google’s director of new business development. “They’re well educated. They have strong English-language skills. With 88 million people in the [Middle East and North African] region getting online, they have the opportunity to build something for the Arab world.”
Google stands to benefit from whatever is built. Currently less than 1% of the searchable content online is in Arabic. If it grows, Google can sell ads against the new content.
As they say, follow the money…