NOW, before we head to the specifics of the most recent self-flagellation displayed by Israel’s leaders and self-appointed elites, let’s clarify what they are wailing and railing about: yes, the entire Jewish house is ‘guilty’, on ‘fire’, and that is that! Say whaaat?
LET’s separate two attacks perpetrated by Jews, a rarity, in and of itself: one against a ‘Palestinian’ household, and another towards several participants in the Gay Pride Parade in Jerusalem – of all places!
REPORTEDLY, a Jewish terror attack caused the death of a ‘Palestinian’ baby (injuring others) on July 31 in the village of Duma, located in Judea and Samaria, aka the ‘West Bank.’ Said act led and fed Israel’s news cycle – print, tv and radio – non-stop, as if it was Priority Number One, never mind all the terror attacks perpetrated by ‘Palestinians’ upon Jews on a continuous basis, atop the encirclement by Hamas, ISIS, Hezbollah, etc! Hmm. Pardon the bluntness, but Israel’s talking heads act as if attacking Jews is ‘business as usual’, therefore, they can’t bother to get all worked up about it. It is almost as if Jews ‘deserve’ all their punishment. Really.
NOW, most will agree that said attack in Duma was completely out of civilized bounds. Moreover, the perpetrators, if anything, should have gone after those who were directly responsible for murdering Jewish innocents. Yes, there are ways to find out this and that. In other words, let there be no doubt: ‘vigilante’ justice is not a bad thing, but the targets have to be picked carefully and not indiscriminately. Enough said.
NOT only that, Israel’s leaders continually (despite their self-righteous excuse-making) release bloody terrorists in exchange for prisoners, be they dead or alive. Effectively, Jewish citizens are subjected to the leadership’s freeing of stone cold killers – and always with the bizarre mantra – to move the ‘peace process’ forward! Did you ever?
In perhaps the most gut-wrenching of all Israeli prisoner exchanges, in 2008 Israel released Samir al-Quntar, a Lebanese terrorist who in 1979 brutally destroyed an entire Israeli family, for the bodies of Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev. Goldwasser and Regev were captured in the July 12, 2006, cross-border raid that sparked the Second Lebanon War. Prior to the swap, Israel had no concrete information on the soldiers’ status and was still holding out hope that the two men would be returned alive. In addition to the release of Quntar, who during his terror attack was seen bashing in the head of four-year-old Einat Haran with rocks, Israel also set free an additional four Hezbollah fighters and returned the bodies of some 200 others.
MOREOVER, freeing terrorists is so fraught with minefields that this investigative journalist wrote several op-eds on its egregiousness. The following was written in 2007 ‘No Crime Without Punishment’ and nothing has changed. You got that?
MOVING right along to the Gay Pride attacks, it is imperative to internalize the following: the fact that the leadership gives permission for said parade to wend through the holiest (and most contentiously fought over) city in all of Judaism is akin to setting a match and watching it go alight. Indeed.
INHERENTLY, one must ask these questions: isn’t a huge parade in Tel Aviv more than enough of a display of ‘tolerance’, as demanded by radical leftists and Israel’s very own Gay Mafia? and, what are their motivations, that they would poke fingers in the eyes of those who uphold Jerusalem as a city imbued with monumental holiness?
MIND you, the leadership has ZERO problem with saying NO CAN DO – forbidding this and that – at least when it comes to avoiding the ruffling of Islamic feathers. Hence, the continuously outrageous discrimination against Jews on the (Jewish) Temple Mount in Jerusalem! More than indicative.
IN any case, absorb the above while reading the following:
Shira Banki, 16, succumbed to her wounds, and her organs will be donated, Hadassah Medical Center spokeswoman Hadar Elboim said.
The girl was among six people wounded Thursday by an ultra-Orthodox Jewish man, Yishai Schlissel, who had carried out a similar attack on a gay pride parade in 2005. He had angrily spoken out against the parade after his release from prison three weeks earlier.
The parade was proceeding as planned, with party music, Israeli flags and rainbow-clad marchers wending their way through central Jerusalem, when the attacker lunged into the march, stabbing people with a long-bladed knife before being apprehended by police.
MOST significantly, cogitate over the ‘timing’ of Yishai Schlissel’s release from prison and ponder: why the hell didn’t the leaders make sure that he stayed in prison, at least until the parade was over and done with, as ill-conceived as it was to begin with?
HERE’s the thing: those of us who are very familiar with the tactics of Israel’s entrenched left (and they are the ones in charge of policy-making, this is a fact) also know what their modus operandi is. Clear as a bell.
EFFECTIVELY, their end goal entails vilifying the religious sector, whether it entails the more moderate national religious, or those who are considered Haredi and less inclined to integrate outside their communities. But, as is said, what does this have to do with ‘the price of tea in China?’ A whole lot.
WITHIN the left’s idée fixe the ends always justifies the means. Along these lines, who recalls (ex) PM Ariel Sharon’s brutal expulsion of over 8,600 loyal Jews from their homes/communities in Gush Katif and the northern Shomron in 2005? How many realize that as a result of said anti-democratic expulsion/destruction, terror from said ‘gifted’ area ratcheted up exponentially? In effect, appeasement…capitulation…self-debasement…begets MORE terror!
EVEN so, once again, why is it being mentioned within this commentary? Well, several high-powered leftists (including their captured media mouthpieces) spilled the beans, relative to why they supported said brutish and wanton Jewish destruction. In effect, they were hoping to finally put the so-called ‘settler’ movement in its ‘proper’ place within Israel’s pecking order, by extrapolation, religious Zionism.
IN concert, the expectation was to evoke a level of incitement towards a ‘war of brothers’, aka milchemet achim, one in which the mostly national religious sector would be tarnished and never recover from, if they dared to fight against the revered IDF (no less, of which the national religious are overwhelmingly represented within the ranks of IDF officers) who were ordered to expel them! Understood? Alas, said twisted mindset underlies why they released, 3 weeks prior, a very religious (unbalanced) man from jail (who previously ! attacked others during a Gay Parade in Jerusalem in 2005) into that which is heralded as the ‘holy’ grail for the secular leftist public.
And religious Zionism has to be destroyed in order to destroy Zionism.
This true purpose of the Gaza withdrawal was made clear by leftist ideologues in the months that preceded the withdrawal.
For instance, Haaretz published an editorial a month before the withdrawal explaining, “The real question is not how many mortar shells will fall, or who will guard the Philadelphi Route [between Gaza and Egypt], or whether the Palestinians will dance on the roofs of [the destroyed communities].
“The real question is who sets the national agenda. The disengagement of Israeli policy from its religious fuel is the real disengagement currently on the agenda. On the day after the disengagement, religious Zionism’s status will be different.”
As the leftist ideologues perceived things, it wasn’t enough to simply kick the settlers out of their homes and destroy their communities. They had to be humiliated and made to suffer in order to ensure that no one would dare to identify with them.
As a consequence, when the idea of building a new settlement for the evacuees in southern Israel was floated a few months before the withdrawal, the Left firmly opposed it.
Haaretz columnist Avirama Golan explained that doing so would empty the expulsions of political significance.
In her words, “Transferring the evacuees from Gush Katif to a brand new neighborhood built especially for them along the beautiful strip of Nitzanim transmits a problematic implicit message. This is a message that says to the Jewish settlers in the territories: ‘You are a chosen group. You will not be like all the other Israelis.’ If this is what the government does in the evacuation of Gush Katif, the main sting of the evacuation of the settlements will be neutralized. It will be as though nothing has been done.”
The goal of the Left in destroying the Jewish communities, and indeed the goal of the so-called peace movement was laid out explicitly in November 2013 by Ron Pundak, Yossi Beilin’s partner in negotiating the Oslo Accords with the PLO in 1993.
In an interview with the International Crisis Group Pundak explained, “Peace is not an objective by itself. It is a way to transition Israel from one era to another: to an era of what I consider is a normal state. Israelization of society rather than its judaization”….continue reading…
ALAS, aside from many provocations linked back to powerful leftist fronts within Israel (this site possesses enough evidence to fill a book), there is an underlying sickness within the Jewish (leftist) psyche. It is the same besieged mentality of Israel’s leaders which refuses to bring victory to its beleaguered Jewish citizens, even though possessing the superior fighting force in the Middle East. How could this be?
WELL, relative to Israel’s national security and geo-politics – and not one to re-work the wheel – much of this contributory dynamic and psychosis has been explored through various interviews. However, the most recent one (March 2015), ‘Can Israel Survive As The Jewish State’ , encapsulates the phenomenon’s dire knock-on effects in stark detail.
WOLFF BACHNER: And speaking of responsible world leaders, why isn’t the Prime Minster of Israel bringing up these serious issues with the nations involved in the peace process and especially with Obama and demanding an end to all military threats to Israel before Israel will negotiate again? Is he trying too hard to appease Obama and the various European talking heads, and by doing so, weakening Israel’s position even further in a peace process that is already an anti-Israeli charade?
ADINA KUTNICKI: It is this lock-step and debasing march which stopped him (during 9 years as PM, from 1996-1999 and 2009-2015) from declaring victory over Hamas during the 2014 summer-long war, one which blanketed/blitzed the entire country with missile and rocket barrages. More indicting, instead of laying waste, years ago, to Iran’s mushrooming genocidal WMD program, he is still begging President Obama to lead the charge, knowing full well that he has no such intention. Chasing ghosts….continue reading…
IN tandem, the following excerpt from another interview (May 2013), ‘The Reality Of Life For An Israeli Patriot’, couldn’t be any starker:
As to the mental aberration, why Jews (hailing chiefly from the left) side with sworn enemies, well, this is a question which Dr. Kenneth Levin, a Harvard psychiatrist, as well as a PhD historian from Princeton, answered in his masterpiece; a monumental, epoch feat of scholarship ‘The Oslo Syndrome: Delusions of a People Under Siege.‘ To make a long story short (and to save myself from a throbbing headache…this subject irks to no end), a chronically besieged people – and the Jewish people qualify like none other – often end up internalizing the hatred and delude themselves about the malevolent intent of their enemies. The visceral, non-quenching hatred is too onerous to bear, therefore, fantasy becomes blurred with reality. Feeling totally out of control, they invent a fairy tale, not unlike chronically abused children. But this is just its tip, the rest must be gleaned through the book itself. It is an eye opener and jaw dropper….continue reading….
AND it is into this reality check which the inestimable intelligence site, DEBKAfile, enters the fray via ‘Israel’s Hysterical Self-Blame Spree Will Fuel More Terror and Violence: Not Everyone Is Guilty.’
Israeli leaders and media indulged in their knee-jerk responses -‘We’re all to blame” and “”We all ignited the flames” – to two separate, individual Jewish hate crimes, repulsive though they were. It should be a far cry from universal condemnation of the fire bombing of the home of a sleeping Palestinian family, burning a toddler to death and critically three members of his family, to collective self-flagellation and loud laments that “The whole house is on fire,” and “Israel has fallen.”
The whole house is not on fire and we are not all guilty, although this was the message President Reuven Rivlin offered the nation Saturday night, July 1, in an outpouring of raw emotion that will inflame passions instead of offering remedies.
Equally counter-productive was the linkage of the murder of a Palestinian baby Friday, July 31, with the stabbing attack by another individual from a separate fringe group of radicals on the Jerusalem gay pride parade Thursday night. This linkage was made by far-out groups of protesters in order to point the finger at their standard culprits – the ruling parties – and force the entire nation to bow their heads in shame. It did not matter that the heads of all government factions, from Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu down utterly denounced both crimes and condoled with the victims.
But gay protest leaders saw fit to deny Education Minister Naftali Bennett and MK Magal Yinon a platform for speaking in support of their Tel Aviv rally, because they refused to sign a document put before them enumerating the gay community’s demands. While not at all funny, this incident recalled a scene from the Seinfeld comedy series when Kramer was pushed out of a gay parade in New York, when he refused to attach the parade’s official pin to his shirt. (blogger’s note: thus, the universal Gay Mafia appellation)
The same Israeli opposition groups never used the superlatives they are throwing out now when three Israeli teenagers were brutally kidnapped and murdered in cold blood by Hamas terrorists on June 12, 2014. There were no cries that the “house is on fire” then, or when a Palestinian firebomb brought 11-year old Ayala Shapira close to death in an Israeli car driving on a West Bank road near her home, least of all for the countless Palestinian terror attacks committed during the years before and after the 1967 war.
No one makes a fuss, certainly not President Rivlin, when hardly a day goes by without fire bombs and firecrackers being tossed into Jewish homes in Jerusalem and civilian and law enforcement vehicles as a matter of course. By some miracle, no one has been burned to death, only their homes and cars trashed.
None of this of course justifies in any way the murder of Palestinian children or a knife attack on a gay parade in Jerusalem. But living in the nostalgic past when we believed we were different and special is unrealistic. Life in Israel is tough, hardscrabble and fraught with security threats never far away. People are rougher than they would like to be. The self-styled “liberal” media, by falsely depicting two Israels – one enlightened and progressive, the rest hooligans, murderous mobsters and trigger-happy soldiers – pour kerosene on fires set by certain parties for personal or political advantage.
In an environment of crisis such as Israeli society is undergoing today it is more important than ever to keep a sense of proportion.
Equating an undoubted act of terror by Jewish individuals against Palestinians with the organized, self-condoned Palestinian terrorism against Israelis and Jews, decade after decade, is an oversimplification that clouds the path to a constructive approach. Both should be energetically addressed, but they are different in nature and call for different remedies. It is important to de-emotionalize the atmosphere, put a stop to the orgy of self-flagellation and collective blame and turn to a professional, objective course of action.
A lesson in calm and good sense in a crisis came from an unforeseen source: Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas. His first reaction was a decision to turn to the International War Crimes Court at The Hague – over the top, like that of Israelis. But the next day, he instructed Palestinian security forces to act firmly to prevent the outbreak of violent Palestinian protests and, above all, the use of firearms.
TO wit, while Israel’s professional breast-beaters (never mind the world’s gang bangers) wail and flail over two clearly wrongful and condemned terror acts (akin to needles in haystacks, comparative to the other side!!), they would do well to take a collective deep breath and regain their self-composure, if they can help themselves. If not, they will bear the onus for inciting even MORE terror attacks from the ever murderous Arab/Muslim jihadis! Do they understand this calculus? Do they even care?
AFTER all, Israel’s leaders are blaming the entire Jewish nation, so why the hell shouldn’t the ever fiery barbarians feel ‘justified’ in killing every Jew they can get their hands on? Consequentially, do they really want to be responsible for pouring additional fuel on the (Arab/Muslim) fire? Resultant, the house will literally be on fire!
POST haste, they must visualize in their mind’s eye the tens of thousands of Jewish victims of Arab Islamic terror and gain a (mental) grip.
TO this end, perhaps they require reminders: out of COUNTLESS victims of Palestinian terror, presenting 2 families: The Hatuel Family, in 2004, one such Jewish family wiped out in an instant, and depicted in the attached video.
ADDITIONALLY, Danny, Einat and Yael Haran – among Jew-killing terrorist Samir Kuntar’s victims!
MEMO to the leaders (elected and self-appointed) of Israel: ENOUGH. MASPIK. די .מספיק!
SAVE your crocodile tears for those who truly deserve it!