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August 25, 2016 / 21 Av, 5776
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Nelson Mandela Friendly to Jews But Not to Israel

Israel did send an impressive delegation, but it didn't include Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

The Israeli delegation to the Mandela funeral.

The Israeli delegation to the Mandela funeral.

The Israeli Left, which is chareidi extremist in its worship of all Leftist projects and issues has been bombarding the media, which they actually run, with what they call the disgraceful lack of “a senior delegation” to “Memorial Ceremony” or whatever has been going on is South Africa.

On Thursday evening, Channel 10’s Or Heller, reporting from Johannesburg, expressed disappointment “as an Israeli” that neither Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu nor President Shimon Peres would be attending Tuesday’s memorial service for Nelson Mandela or Sunday’s funeral.He also stressed that the South African Jewish community was angry and ashamed that only a second-tier delegation (Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein and MKs Pnina Tamano-Shata, Dov Lipman, Nitzan Horowitz, Gila Gamliel and Hilik Bar) would be representing Israel at the events. Ruthie Blum, Israel Hayom

Actually, Israel did send an impressive delegation, but it didn’t include Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. Considering Mandela’s anti-Israel policies and statements, there was no reason for Netanyahu to go.  The media has been parading various Jews who had very good personal relationships with Mandela, but that didn’t make Mandela a friend of the State of Israel.

Mandela was very old; he was of my father’s generation, born just a year before him.  Mandela’s contacts with the Arabs were from very early on.  Mandela was obviously an intelligent man, and I found via professor google a very interesting public letter he had written to Thomas Friedman:

Perhaps it is strange for you to observe the situation in Palestine or more specifically, the structure of political and cultural relationships between Palestinians and Israelis, as an Apartheid system. This is because you incorrectly think that the problem of Palestine began in 1967. This was demonstrated in your recent column “Bush’s First Memo” in the New York Times on March 27, 2001.

You seem to be surprised to hear that there are still problems of 1948 to be solved, the most important component of which is the right to return of Palestinian refugees. The Palestinian-Israeli conflict is not just an issue of military occupation and Israel is not a country that was established “normally” and happened to occupy another country in 1967. Palestinians are not struggling for a “state” but for freedom, liberation and equality, just like we were struggling for freedom in South Africa.

In the letter to Friedman, he wrote that he didn’t see the Arabs as demanding a state. I have no doubt that was the case fifty years ago, before the Left, international and Israeli, convinced the Arabs here that they are “Palestinian” and needed their own state Mandela brings up one of the points which I use to prove that Israel’s victory in the 1967 Six Days War and the land we thereby liberated is not the cause of the “problem” between us and the Arabs.

This so-called “Palestinian nation” is something very new, and it doesn’t have a long history. It was invented by those who wanted to delegitimize Israel.  And unfortunately the “cause” has been adopted even by Israelis who refuse to see that such a  state would cause the destruction of the State of Israel, God forbid.

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14 Responses to “Nelson Mandela Friendly to Jews But Not to Israel”

  1. Ohi Unuigbe says:

    If you love your friends you will love their homes and protect it no matter what. This doesn’t make sense to me.

  2. David Blatt says:

    By not going Bibi gave the BDS crowd the best Christmas present ever.

  3. Yosef Shomron says:

    That any Jews/Israelis attended his funeral or memorial service is shameful. Mandela is not only on record as supporting the PLO and hugging Arafat, y'mach shemo; he supported their "armed struggle" ie the killing of Jews. He referred to Israel as a "terrorist state". See Giulio Meotti's op ed piece on Israel National News describing Mandela's hatred of Israel.

  4. Julian Kaye says:

    the letter is a fake, it was never written by Mandela.

  5. Yechiel Baum says:

    Israel had no business to send any delegation to represent Israel at manelas burial party. As seen on tv, his people danced in celebration of his death. If the need was there, the entire delegation should have comprised as Ethopian Jews showing the world the equality and morality of the Jews to its variety of Jewish from around the world without any bias that mandella and the black world never achieved as seen in the turmoil of Africa, including north African Eygpt, Morrocco, Tunisia, Algeria and other moslem countries that still incarcerate and sell blacks as slaves which we embrace our Jewish black brothers and sisters. The balance of the flight should consist of illegal Africans that somehow got past the border guards and dumped back home to their continent for their leaders to take care of.

  6. Shaun Rimer says:

    Firstly as a South African Jew I am ashamed and embarrassed that neither the Israeli Prime Minister nor President thought that death of an Icon the likes of which will never be seen again a man who spent 27 years in prison for both black and White South Africans including Jews, the only man ever that has his own day declared by the UN. One can not blame Nelson Mandela for embracing Arafat and the like they are the ones that provided support, training and arms to the ANC armed struggle, when Israel against UN conventions supplied the Sourh African government with arms and nuclear technology, arms and technology used by Apartheid South African security forces to oppress black South Africans. Let's not forget that South African Jewry has supported Israel other than the US more than any other Jewry outside Israel and by not sending a delegation of very senior officials is a slap in the face to South African Jews, while we are Jews South Africa is our country and Nelson Mandela our president and someone we held in the highest esteem someone whom we loved, Israel you have embarrassed us and Jewry all around the world Viva Nelson Mandela Viva

  7. Shaun Rimer says:

    Israel supported the Apartheid government with weapons used to oppress and murder black South Africans it was the PLO and the like that provided support to the ANC they were his friends and while we as South African Jewry were not happy about that it is the truth, it is a complete insult that Israel who gets huge financial and other support from South African could not honour someone who we hold in the highest esteem and love. Take a look at my picture and you will see Mandela wearing a Yarmulke he respected us yet the Jewish nation can't show him respect, I am embarrassed I am a proud South African and love my country and while the scriptures may say "next year in Jerusalem" I say next year in Joburg" Viva South Africa long live Nelson Mandela

  8. Billy Maximus says:

    Israel is a terrorist state once usa dies economically you will also follow nelson was 100% correct the world does not respect israel and never will just wait till no donations from uncle sam

  9. shulamith says:

    Absolutely disgraceful that no Prime minister or President
    came to show respect. This article is baseless and incorrect
    .Treat human beings how you wish to be treated.

  10. Julea Bacall says:

    You must know that that was a MOCK letter sent to Thomas Friedman by the Electronic Intifada! Tell me surely you knew! This was NOT sent by Mandela at all. How can these rumors and SLANDER get so out of hand.

  11. Julea Bacall says:

    Many leaders could not attend this funeral. The Dali Lama could not for political reasons. The Czech Pres could not go Doctors order, but sent a PM. The Queen on England could not go, doctor order, so sent Prince Charles, so Pres Peres could not go, doctor order, but sent representatives. I don't want to hear any more made up slanders. And that letter to Thomas Friedman was a MOCK letter written by the Electronic Intifada, for Gds sake! Mandela made them make a retraction but no one talks about the Real Mandela response. Only the Electronic Intifada FAKE.

  12. Rachel Yane says:

    Shaun Rimer, Though Mandela was friendly to the Jews (wearing a Yarmulke), he was no friend of Israel. I am glad Netanyahu didn't attend his funeral, and you can keep on loving South Africa. We don't want you in Israel anyway. I just wonder, if ever the blacks come after you, what country will you go to…

  13. Billy Maximus says:

    Rachel Yane Only usa is israels friend only because jews have a lobby to push their agenda the world despises you

  14. Shaun Rimer says:

    Rachel Yane, It is very well documented that Israel collaborated very closely with the Apartheid regime on weapon programs and nuclear technology which as I mentioned before was used to murder and oppress anyone that was not white in South Africa. Would you or any other Israeli be a friend of Iran, NO? I wonder why? simple they supply Hammas and the like weapons and training which kill Israeli's. When he embraced the likes of Arafat he was simply saying thanking a riend who had supported him in the struggle, the opposite of what Israel did at the time, thats called loyalty its normal. Despite Mandela not being a "friend" of Israel he and the ANC always stated that they believe in Israel's right to exist. Apartheid discriminated based on colour and culture and saw the white race as superior! Remember last time that happened? It was called the Third Reich and there are many many parallels between what Hitler did to the Jews and what the Apartheid regime did and Mandela fought his whole life against it and so did many South African Jews. Again I ask at the end of World War 2 were the Jews friends of Japan and Italy of course not.

    By the way the beauty of my country is its people and their forgiveness so besides crime, "they won't be coming for me" some of South Africa's billionaire's are Jewish and they choose to live here when they could live anywhere in the world and secondly, its funny how many thousands of Israeli's live in South Africa, I wonder why, because its a great country and me I can live anywhere in Europe I have a German passsport why would I want to live in a country consistently at war. Like I say "Next year in Joburg" Viva Mandela, Viva South Africa

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