Why Is Pakistan More Legitimate than Israel?
By Dennis Prager
Published April 28, 2015
Whenever I have received a call from a listener to my radio show challenging Israel’s legitimacy, I have asked these people if they ever called a radio show to challenge any other country’s legitimacy. In particular, I ask, have they ever questioned the legitimacy of Pakistan?
The answer, of course, is always “no.” In fact, no caller ever understood why I even mentioned Pakistan.
There are two reasons for this.
First, of all the 200-plus countries in the world, only Israel’s legitimacy is challenged. So mentioning any other country seems strange to a caller. Second, almost no one outside of India and Pakistan knows anything about the founding of Pakistan.
Only months before the U.N. adopted a proposal to partition Palestine into a Jewish and an Arab state in 1947, India was partitioned into a Muslim and a Hindu state. The Hindu state was, of course, India. And the Muslim state became known as Pakistan. It comprises 310,000 square miles, about 40,000 square miles larger than Texas.
In both cases, the declaration of an independent state resulted in violence. As soon as the newly established state of Israel was declared in May 1948, it was invaded by six Arab armies. And the partition of India led to a terrible violence between Muslims and Hindus.
According to the final report of the United Nations Conciliation Commission from Dec. 28, 1949, the 1948 war of Israel’s independence created 726,000 Arabs refugees. Many sources put the figure at about 200,000 less. A roughly equal number of Jewish refugees — approximately 700,000 — were created when they were forcibly expelled from the Arab countries where they had lived for countless generations. In addition, approximately 10,000 Arabs were killed in the fighting that ensued after the Arab invasion of Israel.
Now let’s turn to the creation of Pakistan. According to the United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees, the creation of Pakistan resulted in 14 million refugees — Hindus fleeing Pakistan and Muslims fleeing India. Assuming a 50-50 split, the creation of Pakistan produced about seven million Hindu refugees — at least 10 times the number of Arab refugees that resulted from the war surrounding Israel’s creation. And the Mideast war, it should be recalled, was started by the Arab nations surrounding Israel. Were it not for the Arab rejection of Israel’s creation (and existence within any borders) and the subsequent Arab invasion, there would have been no Arab refugees.
And regarding deaths, the highest estimate of Arab deaths during the 1948 war following the partition of Palestine is 10,000. The number of deaths that resulted from the creation of Pakistan is around one million.
In addition, according to the Indian government, at least 86,000 women were raped. Most historians believe the number to be far higher. The number of women raped when Israel was established is close to zero. From all evidence I could find, the highest estimate was 12.
Given the spectacularly larger number of refugees and deaths caused by the partition of India and the creation of Pakistan, why does no one ever question the legitimacy of Pakistan’s existence?
This question is particularly valid given another fact: Never before in history was there a Pakistan. It was a completely new nation. Moreover, its creation was made possible solely because of Muslim invasion. It was Muslims who invaded India, and killed about 60 million Hindus during the thousand-year Muslim rule of India. The area now known as Pakistan was Hindu until the Muslims invaded it in the year 711.
On the other and, modern Israel is the third Jewish state in the geographic area known as Palestine. The first was destroyed in 586 Before the Common Era., the second in the year 70. And there was never a non-Jewish sovereign state in Palestine.
So, given all these facts, why is Israel’s legitimacy challenged, while the legitimacy of Pakistan, a state that had never before existed and whose creation resulted in the largest mass migration in recorded history, is never challenged?
The answer is so obvious that only those who graduated from college, and especially from graduate school, need to be told: Israel is the one Jewish state in the world. So, while there are 49 Muslim-majority countries and 22 Arab states, much of the world questions or outright only rejects the right of the one Jewish state, the size of New Jersey, to exist.
If you are a member of the Presbyterian Church, send these facts to the leaders of the Presbyterian Church USA who voted to boycott Israel. If you are a student in Middle Eastern Studies — or for that matter, almost any other humanities department — and your professor is anti-Israel, ask your professor why Pakistan is legitimate and Israel isn’t.
They won’t have a good answer. Their opposition to Israel isn’t based on moral considerations.
The Mystical Monasteries of Meteora
Meteora, Greece, is a special place. It is home to one of the world’s wonders – six magnificent monasteries still exist there, perching on huge pinnacles of stone as high as 1,300 feet (396 meters) from the ground. To reach these high places of worship, the believer had to climb, as there were no steps (added in the 20th century), using crude ladders, ropes and their own hands.
These strange but stunning buildings are part of history, and are centuries old. They are listed by UNESCO as world heritage sites, and for good reason. Enjoy and learn about the stunning monasteries of Meteora.
|For over fifty millennia, say scientists, the caves of Meteoa, Greece, were inhabited. But over time, the inhabitants were raided, again and again, until the ‘hermit monks’ of the caves moved, in the 9th century, to monasteries they built high upon the cliffs. “Access to the monasteries was originally (and deliberately) difficult, requiring either long ladders lashed together or large nets used to haul up both goods and people. This required quite a leap of faith — the ropes were replaced, so the story goes, only ‘when the Lord let them break.’” –Wikipedia.|
|A view of some of the monasteries.Far left: The Nunnery of Roussanou, perched on a cliff.Middle: Villa of Kastraki. To the right of the village is Doubiani Rock, and to its right is the Monastery of St. Nicholas Anapafsas. Upper right: Great Meteroa Monastery. Only 6 monasteries are still without damage, of those, only one – the Holy Monastery of St. Stephen is inhabited. Nuns reside there today.|
|Meteora Monastery of the Holy Trinity, ‘Agia Triada’. This monastery was built in 1475, and has been remodeled and rebuilt many times since then.|
|The Holy Monastery of Varlaam. This is the second largest monastery in Meteora, and dedicated to All Saints.|
|The Nunnery of Roussanou. It was built during the early 1500s, and was not rennovated since 1560.|
|St. Stephen’s Holy Monastery is the only one in Meteora not built on a high cliff. It was built upon what was known as the ‘plain’ during the 16th century, and decorated in 1545. It also has a recent story: During the second world war, the Nazis were convinced that this little church was hiding insurgents, they attacked and damaged the structure and it was abandoned until nuns came back to it and reconstructed.|
|The Holy Monastery of Varlaam, who was a hermit that lived on this rock around 1350. He built a small church there. In 1548, two Greek brothers devoted the wealth of their rich family to building the current monastery we can see today. The stairs, however, were only added in 1923, breaking four centuries of relative isolation.|
|The Holy Monastery of St. Nicholas Anapausas.|
|Did the monks jump from one cliff to the other to keep in shape?|
|Another amazing monastery perching on the high cliff in Meteora.|
|Great Meteoron & Varlaam monasteries.|
|Another angle of the ancient Monastery of St. Nicholas.|
|The area of the Meteora Monasteries has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.|
|Today’s monks residing in the Great Meteroron Monastery use this mode of transportation to bypass all the stairs, not to mention the tourists!|
|Late afternoon on the cliffs of Meteora.|
|Hanging between heaven and earth – was this what they saw in their vision of the buildings to come?|
|Meteora under the moon light. You can see the great stone pillars and some of the monasteries built there. The lights below belong to the town of Kalambaka.|
|The silhouette of Meteora, seen from the village of Kastraki.|
|Panoramic view of the Greek-Orthodox monasteries of Meteora.|
|Another day comes down with mist and fog over the Meteora and the village of Kastraki. What a beautiful and special place|