web analytics
January 31, 2015 / 11 Shevat, 5775
 
At a Glance
InDepth
Sponsored Post


Home » InDepth » Op-Eds »

Israel’s ‘Leftists Are Idiots’ Fence

Plaut-051112

I recently was challenged by an academic who claimed to be dumbfounded that I rejected as absurd his use of the term “Apartheid Wall” to refer to Israel’s security barrier fence.

He demanded to know why I objected to the term and what I thought was a more appropriate name for it.

I responded that the more appropriate and correct name would be the “Leftists are Idiots” fence. Indeed, I would urge everyone to adopt that name for it and insist that no other be used in polite company.

The security barrier should be dubbed the Leftists are Idiots fence because the very need for its construction was as a countermeasure to the countless acts of murder and other violence triggered by the imposition on Israel of the Left’s political agenda with regard to making “peace” with the Palestinians.

The building of the Leftists are Idiots Fence became necessary because of the recognition of the PLO by Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres and all the fruit of that poisonous tree which followed.

The series of agreements to allow the PLO to import its army of assassins and terrorists into the West Bank and Gaza produced so many massacres of Israelis that the only way to reduce the level of violence was with large fences and barriers that prevented Palestinians from getting close enough to Jews to murder them.

The Leftists are Idiots fence is only the latest byproduct of leftist theology.

The Left believes Israel can appease its way to peace by making endless concessions. The fact that every round of appeasements and concessions to date has produced an escalation of terror never persuades leftists that something is flawed in their political theology. Rather, they insist that their theology has failed only because Israel makes too few concessions.

The Israeli Left has been wrong about absolutely everything for at least 20 years, and it would be very difficult to uncover anything about which it was not wrong going back some 60 years.

The Israeli Left of the 1950s believed in Soviet-style economic central planning. It built and then preserved a command-and-control economic mechanism that resembled that of Soviet regimes in many ways. It was designed to place near totalitarian control of the economy in the hands of the ruling socialist Mapai party (which eventually evolved into the Labor alignment).

Israel was essentially a one-party state until 1977, and that single ruling party was Mapai.

Thanks to its command-and-control structure, Israel remained an impoverished, underdeveloped Third World country until well into the 1980s, complete with Third-World levels of corruption, primitive technology and insufferable tax rates. By the late 1980s the command-and-control regime had largely though not completely been dismantled – this thanks to a complex set of causes – and Israel morphed into a prosperous first-world country, to the chagrin of its socialists.

But the more harmful and longer lasting element of leftist ideology has been the belief that Israeli surrender to Arab demands, no matter how unreasonable, would lead to everlasting peace.

When Israel became independent in 1948-49, the new state went to great lengths to prevent the emigration of the Arab population of what became Israel. (Never mind that anti-Semites later invented a pseudo-history in which Israel carried out “ethnic cleansing.” The truth is, the War of Independence itself was an attempt by the Arabs to conduct a genocidal ethnic cleansing of Jews.)

The early Israeli governments of the 1950s and 1960s, all led by Mapai, allowed many tens of thousands of Arab “refugees” quietly to return to Israel. The Israeli government in 1967 went out of its way to stop the emigration of the Arab populations of the West Bank and Gaza Strip during and after the Six-Day War.

The Labor government of Yitzhak Rabin signed the Oslo Accords, converting Gaza and most of the West Bank into large terrorist bases and launching pads for mortars and rockets.

Since every single round of concession and appeasement by Israel has produced escalated Arab violence, the idea of a security fence was proposed – initially, it may surprise readers to learn, by the Left.

But Israel’s leftists quickly recovered from their momentary bout of common sense, and within weeks of the commencement of the fence’s construction they were busily denouncing the fence as Israel’s “Apartheid Wall.”

The irony, of course, is that no other country would have responded to the atrocities and murders coming from a hostile population located at the fringes of its cities by building such a wall. Every other country would have bombed the attackers into the Stone Age and then driven them out en masse.

Steven Plaut is a professor at the University of Haifa. His book “The Scout” is available at Amazon.com. He can be contacted at steveneplaut@yahoo.com.

About the Author: Steven Plaut is a professor at the University of Haifa. He can be contacted at steveneplaut@yahoo.com.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

No Responses to “Israel’s ‘Leftists Are Idiots’ Fence”

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
Jeremy Bird, working for Israeli campaign outfit V15, shown at Ted Talk, May 20, 2014.
V15 US Political Operative Marinated in Hate-Israel Activism
Latest Indepth Stories
Eli Weiss

Shepherding in the Shomron isn’t your usual kind of shepherding – despite his business-minded beginnings, Eli has discovered that a strong ideological impetus powers the job.

Resnick-013015-Pilot

I said to myself, “This story has got to be told. We’re losing this generation of World War II and if we don’t listen to them now, we’ve lost it.”

Eller-013015

His entire existence was about spreading simcha and glorifying G-d’s name on a daily basis.

IRAN-US-POLITICS-MILITARY

An Israeli strike could theoretically damage Iran’s nuclear program; only US can terminate program

At some point we need to stop simply defending and promoting Israel and start living in Israel

“We Jews are the only people who when we drop a book on the floor pick it up and kiss it.”

Though Zaide was the publisher of The Jewish Press, a big newspaper,I always remember him learning

Speaker Silver has been an extraordinary public servant since his election to the Assembly in 1975 and has been an exemplary leader of that body since 1994.

He spent the first leg of his daylong visit to the French capital at Hyper Cacher.

Drawing Congress into the Iran nuclear debate is the last thing the White House wants.

Great leaders like Miriam and like Sarah Schenirer possess the capacity to challenge the status quo that confronts them.

Obama’s foreign policy is viewed by both liberals and conservatives as deeply flawed

Many journalists are covertly blaming the Charlie Hebdo writers themselves through self-censorship.

Why does the Times relay different motivations and narratives for jihadists in Europe and Israel?

More Articles from Steven Plaut
"Today, I am a DOLPHIN!"

Why does Israeli health services refuse to finance species reassignment surgery as well?

The flag of France, flown during a White House ceremony. (archive photo)

Proposals for France to achieve a full, lasting, and just peace with their historic opponents

The iconic image is baby Shani in the arms of a policewoman frantically searching for Shani’s mother

“Oppressed people unfortunately often are forced into use of violence.”

“Mr. Prime Minister, declare a unilateral ceasefire! Remember, Blessed is the peacemaker!”

Israelis now know Arab terrorism isn’t caused by Israeli occupation but by ending Israeli occupation

The Mid-East conflict is a unidirectional campaign of Arabs murdering Jews, not the inverse.

Judah concedes he was wrong&feels regret; THAT is precisely what qualifies his house for leadership

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/opinions/israels-leftists-are-idiots-fence/2012/05/09/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: