I am pleased to report that last month saw the largest number of pageviews in the history of Israel Thrives.
Our previous record was 16,942 pageviews in the month of May. Last month, October, 2013, we received 17,128 pageviews.
We are still, of course, a small blog and I anticipate that we will be for the life of Israel Thrives. This is not the least little bit surprising as my friend David Swindle, of PJ Media, could tell you, because we represent a niche of a niche.
Nonetheless, Israel Thrives is part of a larger network of thinkers and writers that are concerned about the well-being of the Jews in the Middle East (if not the Jewish people, more generally) and that addresses the many centuries long Arab-Muslim aggression against us.
What we are doing here is having a conversation about a topic that is of particular concern for people throughout the world. I have no agenda beyond the fact that I want the Jews of the Middle East to live in peace without having to constantly fight off violent and diplomatic and economic aggression by the far larger hostile majority population in that part of the world and their allies in the west.
What we need to do, it seems to me, is nudge western public perception around the conflict toward a direction that more closely resembles historical and contemporary reality. That is, we need to endeavor to get people to understand that the Jews of the Middle East are not militaristic interlopers in that part of the world, but the indigenous population that has been under constant assault by a far larger invading power for fourteen hundred years.
The Jews have at least 3,500 years on Jewish land and we need to advocate for Jewish sovereignty on that land. This does not imply, or suggest, opposition to a two-state solution, but it does suggest that Jewish people throughout the world are entitled to our historical homeland and that aggression against us should be met with total resolve.
If Israel wishes to give up a portion of her tiny bit of land for another Arab state, that is fine with me so long as it actually leads to something resembling peace. But the stakes are far too high and our alliances are far too weak. Israel, under the Obama administration, cannot count on the goodwill of the United States. While the US military maintains a close and friendly relationship with Israel, the US Department of State does not, and neither does the Obama White House.
But, in the mean time, this blog continues to gather attention and my anticipation is that it will expand in readership on into the future. The reason for that is because we have thrown off the Delusions of Oslo and thus seek an understanding of the conflict that is fresh and not grounded in the failed conceptions of the past.