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David Grossman – The Pain And The Pity

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In a July 27 New York Times op-ed (“Stop the Grindstone of Palestinian-Israeli Violence”), Israeli author David Grossman’s call to end violence appears to be motivated by idealism.

Grossman’s pain is authentic; he abhors violence.

The pity is that such a gifted writer is so tangled in politics (the two-state delusion) that he fails to understand the danger of Arab terrorism, and has abandoned his own people and the army in which his son sacrificed his life.

Blaming Israel for the violence in Gaza, he ends up justifying Hamas’s terrorism.

Acknowledging the legitimacy of Israeli fears of Hamas violence, he balances it with Hamas accusations that Israel is “occupying Gaza” by prohibiting entry into Israel, restricting access to Judea and Samaria, and preventing smuggling of weapons.

Presenting suicide bombers and missile attacks as merely defensive weapons of the helpless and oppressed, he justifies terrorism:

“What is the response to Gazans who say that the tunnels and rockets are their only remaining weapons against a powerful Israel? In this cruel and desperate bubble, both sides are right.”

This confuses perpetrators with victims.

Does preventing Hamas from acquiring weapons give it the right to murder Israelis? Is Hamas terrorism justifiable because Israel is more powerful? This turns morality inside out.

Grossman equates the two sides: “They both obey the law of the bubble – the law of violence and war, revenge and hatred.”

That seems to characterize Arab societies, but what evidence is there that it is true for Israelis?

Grossman naively asks: “How can it be that we have been suffocating together inside this bubble for over a century?”

Inside that bubble of Arab violence and terrorism, Jews have been building a state, while Arabs try to destroy it. For Grossman, apparently, it’s all the same. “How could [Israel],” Grossman asks, “have wasted the years since the last conflict without initiating dialogue, without even making the slightest gesture toward dialogue with Hamas, without attempting to change our explosive reality?”

Grossman makes no reference to Israeli assistance, concessions, and negotiations with the Palestinian Authority – which pays Hamas’s salaries – nor PA incitement, nor the tolerance of the Israeli branch of Hamas, nor the daily supply of water, electricity, food, and building materials that pour from Israel into Gaza, nor Hamas/Islamic Jihad missile and terrorist attacks, nor the unambiguous vows to wipe out Israel.

He accuses Israel of ignoring “the Arab League initiative that could have enlisted moderate Arab states with the power to impose, perhaps, a compromise on Hamas” – although there is no evidence to support his conclusion.

This is a “conflict that could have been resolved years ago,” he says simplistically, without discussing the responsibilities of Arabs and Palestinians for what has happened.

If only Israel would “alleviate the suffering of the Palestinian people, especially those in Gaza, by making peace with the Palestinians [which] can also be a basis for peace with the other Arab states.”

We assume that means compliance with all of their demands: withdrawal to the 1947 UNGA Partition Plan lines, or the Armistice lines of 1949; the return of all Arab Palestinian “refugees” and their descendants to Israel; and dividing Jerusalem.

He seems oblivious to Hamas’s weapons smuggling and the role of Hamas terrorists in fomenting terrorism in the Sinai Peninsula and assisting Muslim Brotherhood groups in Jordan, Syria, and Iraq. Should Hamas be given a safe harbor in a failed state?

Nor does Grossman fault UNRWA for allowing its facilities to be used by terrorists, and using civilians as human shields.

Grossman seems incapable of condemning Arab and Islamist terrorism, the indiscriminate targeting of civilians, placing rocket launchers and weapons in schools, hospitals and mosques. Instead, he rationalizes it as a response to legitimate grievances.

About the Author: Moshe Dann is a writer living in Jerusalem.


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36 Responses to “David Grossman – The Pain And The Pity”

  1. John Dyer says:

    someone shoot him

  2. John Dyer says:

    someone shoot him

  3. Sheli Shahal says:

    He is one of the worst enemies of Israel from INSIDE! May he choke on his poisonous words!

  4. Sheli Shahal says:

    He is one of the worst enemies of Israel from INSIDE! May he choke on his poisonous words!

  5. I have to fight for his freedom of speech, else I lose my own, butI don’t have to listen to his manure . Changing the channel… Click.

  6. I have to fight for his freedom of speech, else I lose my own, butI don’t have to listen to his manure . Changing the channel… Click.

  7. Neeta Green says:

    Another one braindead. Verbal and non verbal are words describing communication not intelligence.

  8. Neeta Green says:

    Another one braindead. Verbal and non verbal are words describing communication not intelligence.

  9. Boy , is he wrong and a threat to Israel .

  10. Boy , is he wrong and a threat to Israel .

  11. Some people should never speak. What a moron

  12. Some people do more harm with their mouths.then they ever could with a gun.

  13. Eva Perl says:

    He can go and hide himself from himself forever

  14. What an IGNORANT POS GROSSMAN IS !

  15. Subject: Hard to argue with this
    Islam; a German view!!!
    Hard to argue with this:
    A German’s View on Islam – worth reading. This is one of the best explanations of the Muslim terrorist situation. His references to past history are accurate and clear. Not long, easy to understand, and well worth the read.

    The author of this email is Dr. Emanuel Tanya, a well-known and well-respected psychiatrist. A man, whose family was German aristocracy prior to World War II, owned a number of large industries and estates. When asked how many German people were true Nazis, the answer he gave can guide our attitude toward fanaticism.

    ‘Very few people were true Nazis,’ he said, ‘but many enjoyed the return of German pride, and many more were too busy to care. I was one of those who just thought the Nazis were a bunch of fools. So, the majority just sat back and let it all happen. Then, before we knew it, they owned us, and we had lost control, and the end of the world had come.’

    ‘My family lost everything. I ended up in a concentration camp and the Allies destroyed my factories.’

    ‘We are told again and again by ‘experts’ and ‘talking heads’ that Islam is a religion of peace and that the vast majority of Muslims just want to live in peace. Although this unqualified assertion may be true, it is entirely irrelevant. It is meaningless fluff meant to make us feel better, and meant to somehow diminish the spectre of fanatics rampaging across the globe in the name of Islam.’

    ‘The fact is that the fanatics rule Islam at this moment in history. It is the fanatics who march. It is the fanatics who wage any one of 50 shooting wars worldwide. It is the fanatics who systematically slaughter Christian or tribal groups throughout Africa and are gradually taking over the entire continent in an Islamic wave. It is the fanatics who bomb, behead, murder, or honor-kill. It is the fanatics who take over mosque after mosque. It is the fanatics who zealously spread the stoning and hanging of rape victims and homosexuals. It is the fanatics who teach their young to kill and to become suicide bombers.’

    ‘The hard, quantifiable fact is that the peaceful majority, the ‘silent majority,’ is cowed and extraneous. Communist Russia was comprised of Russians who just wanted to live in peace, yet the Russian Communists were responsible for the murder of about 20 million people. The peaceful majority were irrelevant. China ‘s huge population was peaceful as well, but Chinese Communists managed to kill a staggering 70 million people.’

    ‘The average Japanese individual prior to World War II was not a warmongering sadist. Yet, Japan murdered and slaughtered its way across South East Asia in an orgy of killing that included the systematic murder of 12 million Chinese civilians; most killed by sword, shovel, and bayonet. And who can forget Rwanda , which collapsed into butchery? Could it not be said that the majority of Rwandans were ‘peace loving’?

    ‘History lessons are often incredibly simple and blunt, yet for all our powers of reason, we often miss the most basic and uncomplicated of points: peace-loving Muslims have been made irrelevant by their silence. Peace-loving Muslims will become our enemy if they don’t speak up, because like my friend from Germany , they will awaken one day and find that the fanatics own them, and the end of their world will have begun.’

    ‘Peace-loving Germans, Japanese, Chinese, Russians, Rwandans, Serbs, Afghans, Iraqis, Palestinians, Somalis, Nigerians, Algerians, and many others have died because the peaceful majority did not speak up until it was too late.’

    ‘Now Islamic prayers have been introduced in Toronto and other public schools in Ontario , and, yes, in Ottawa , too, while the Lord’s Prayer was removed (due to being so offensive?). The Islamic way may be peaceful for the time being in our country until the fanatics move in.’

    ‘In Australia , and indeed in many countries around the world, many of the most commonly consumed food items have the halal emblem on them. Just look at the back of some of the most popular chocolate bars, and at other food items in your local supermarket. Food on aircraft have the halal emblem just to appease the privileged minority who are now rapidly expanding within the nation’s shores.’

    ‘In the U.K, the Muslim communities refuse to integrate and there are now dozens of “no-go” zones within major cities across the country that the police force dare not intrude upon. Sharia law prevails there, because the Muslim community in those areas refuse to acknowledge British law.’

    ‘As for us who watch it all unfold, we must pay attention to the only group that counts – the fanatics who threaten our way of life.’

    Lastly, anyone who doubts that the issue is serious and just deletes this email without sending it on, is contributing to the passiveness that allows the problems to expand.

    Extend yourself a bit and send this on. Let us hope that thousands world-wide read this, think about it, and send it on before it’s too late, and we are silenced because we were silent!!!

  16. I am so offended. The problem with these people is this: if they were personally attacked with a knife in the their own homes, the attacker makes it clear his mission is to kill them and they had a gun with them, each one of this terrorist apologists will do the same thing Israel is doing and even more.

  17. I am so offended. The problem with these people is this: if they were personally attacked with a knife in the their own homes, the attacker makes it clear his mission is to kill them and they had a gun with them, each one of this terrorist apologists will do the same thing Israel is doing and even more.

  18. He’ll find out (I hope) that kissing gentile ass just gets you sh– on.

  19. He’ll find out (I hope) that kissing gentile ass just gets you sh– on.

  20. Another self-hating Jew that is an imbecile and fool.

  21. Another self-hating Jew that is an imbecile and fool.

  22. Mark Rader says:

    Another self hating Jew. Put him in gaza and see how his scumbags buddies will take care of him

  23. stop. we don;t shoot our fellow jews because they are misguided. grossman lost a son. he is affected by his loss. israel must remain strong. terrorists do not want peace no matter what israel does or doesn’t do.

  24. His is another dumb A___.

  25. His is another dumb A___.

  26. Lisa Cohen says:

    What happened to you David?????

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