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Roger Cohen Praises AJC’s Harris Attack on Bennett

Every once in a while, you can glean from the Chutzpah an entire world view.
A.J.C. Executive Director David Harris said Bennett’s remarks were “stunningly shortsighted.”

A.J.C. Executive Director David Harris said Bennett’s remarks were “stunningly shortsighted.”

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There’s no doubt that liberal U.S. Jews are becoming alarmed that fewer and fewer Israelis are prepared to support the delusional view that, in order to gain acceptance on paper by the Arabs, Israel must first render itself completely vulnerable by handing over its most important territorial assets.

Roger Cohen praises, in this morning’s NY Times (Why American Jews Matter), A.J.C. Executive Director David Harris, who rebuked Minister Naftali Bennett’s comment about the need to “build, build, build” in Judea and Samaria, and to accept that the Palestinian issue, like that by now notorious shrapnel in his friend’s backside, will continue to cause us the occasional, but not critical, pain.

Harris said the minister’s remarks were “stunningly shortsighted,” that they must be “repudiated by the country’s top leaders,” and that they offered “only the prospect of a dead-end strategy of endless conflict and growing isolation for Israel.”

Roger Cohen praised “Harris’s shots inside the troops carrier,” writing admiringly: “To say such language is unusual at major U.S. Jewish organizations is an understatement: Israel has had near carte blanche from them, with negative consequences.”

Did you get that part? Israel was enjoying a carte blanche, as if the Jewish State actually needs the approval of possibly three million, loosely organized but oh so vociferous American Jews in order to carry out its policies.

Some cases of Chutzpah run deeper than its mere insolent bruising. Every once in a while, you can glean from the Chutzpah an entire world view.

Roger Cohen, sitting on West 46th Street, sipping a cool lemonade, actually believes that his opinion matters. That the good people of Israel, having buried thousands of their dead after two intifadas and two Gaza wars, will actually take into account some leftist American Jew’s view about giving the Arabs a fourth chance to annihilate us. Or that we will continue to accept a policy of construction freeze in our population areas that are literally bursting with the highest birth rate in the country.

Sitting on 46th Street, a member of an economic elite in a country whose middle class is mired in poverty, in a country so panicked by the fear of terrorism, it has annulled at least five of the first amendments to its constitution, Roger Cohen is calling the views of Bennett and Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon, “messianic:”

“This Messianic view of the Jewish state’s destiny has grown for the past 46 years, despite undertakings from various leaders, including Netanyahu in 2009, to seek a two-state peace. If the number of Israeli settlers in the West Bank, outside East Jerusalem, has almost doubled in the past dozen years to over 350,000 (Bennett put the number at 400,000), it is because the notion that all the land belongs to Israel by divine decree has been ascendant and compromise increasingly seen as a deficit of faith. Construction has spelled out what official government policy could not quite say: We have no plans to leave.”

You understand that the Jewish person Roger Cohen uses “messianic” as a pejorative term. In his world, faith in the Messiah is inherently delusional. Faith in our life here, in Eretz Israel, being part of an ongoing messianic redemption – that’s as foreign a concept to him as voting Republican.

But now, that Bennett and Danon have shown their true faces—as, I’m sure, will be the case with the majority of the Likud-Beiteinu delegation, should the day come for an up or down vote on the 2-state—now, says Roger Cohen, we caught those messianic perversions in time, and we can stop them.

“It is in this sense that Bennett’s statement is a true public service. Far better to have clarity about the meaning of Israel’s actions in the West Bank than to have a fait accompli — the growing settler presence — cloaked in governmental opacity about the ultimate objective. If the aim is known then a judgment can be made, not least by American Jewish organizations.”

How marvelous. There’s a story that was told by the Holy Rizhiner, that in the end of time, Elijah will have another bout with the Baal prophets, except this time they will be able to set their alter ablaze, while Elijah will not. They will look grand and victorious, and Elijah will appear like the defeated fool.

And then says the Rizhiner, we’ll have to choose. Do we follow the Baal prophets with their fantastic pyrotechnics, or do we follow Elijah who has nothing but the word of God to give us.

I pray that, come that day, our brethren in America will be able to tell the difference.

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About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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11 Responses to “Roger Cohen Praises AJC’s Harris Attack on Bennett”

  1. Noah Farbstein says:

    Yori – So true.

    FINALLY, AFTER APPROX. 20 YEARS, BILLIONS OF WASTED FUNDS (MOSTLY TO THE TERRORIST ORGANIZATION THE PA), TIME AND EFFORT, IT APPEARS THAT THE OBVIOUS HAS BEEN REALIZED, WHICH IS THAT THE POSSIBILITY OF AN ARAB "PALESTINIAN" TERRORIST STATE ON JEWISH LAND (E.G. THE 2-STATE SOLUTION) IS DEAD.

    IN FACT, NOT ONLY HAVE MOSHE YA'ALON (DEFENSE MINISTER / LIKUD), DANNY DANON (DPTY. DEFENSE MINISTER / LIKUD), URI ARIEL (HOUSING MINISTER / JEWISH HOME), AND NAFTALI BENNETT (MINISTER OF INDUSTRY…) FINALLY STATED PUBLICLY WHAT EVERYONE KNOWS TO BE TRUE, BUT SO TOO HAS EVEN DAVID HORROWITZ OF THE LIBERAL 'TIMES OF ISRAEL.'

    ITS ABOUT TIME!

  2. Noah Farbstein says:

    YORI – I AGREE.

    FINALLY, AFTER APPROX. 20 YEARS, BILLIONS OF WASTED FUNDS (MOSTLY TO THE TERRORIST ORGANIZATION THE PA), TIME AND EFFORT, IT APPEARS THAT THE OBVIOUS HAS BEEN REALIZED, WHICH IS THAT THE POSSIBILITY OF AN ARAB "PALESTINIAN" TERRORIST STATE ON JEWISH LAND (E.G. THE 2-STATE SOLUTION) IS DEAD.

    IN FACT, NOT ONLY HAVE MOSHE YA'ALON (DEFENSE MINISTER / LIKUD), DANNY DANON (DPTY. DEFENSE MINISTER / LIKUD), URI ARIEL (HOUSING MINISTER / JEWISH HOME), AND NAFTALI BENNETT (MINISTER OF INDUSTRY, ETC. / JEWISH HOME) FINALLY STATED PUBLICLY WHAT EVERYONE KNOWS TO BE TRUE, BUT SO TOO HAS EVEN DAVID HORROWITZ OF THE LIBERAL 'TIMES OF ISRAEL.'

    ITS ABOUT TIME!

    MORE SO, MESSIANIC VIEW OR NOT, THE ARAB "PALESTINIANS" DO NOT DESIRE PEACE WITH ISRAEL, BUT MERELY AN END TO JEWISH SOVEREIGNTLY. THUS, IF THE ISRAELI WITHDRAWAL FROM GAZA IN 2005 SERVES AS AN EXAMPLE, 2-STATES WILL NOT RESULT IN PEACE, BUT INSTEAD WILL PROVIDE THE ARABS WITH ANOTHER PLATFORM FROM WHICH TO LAUNCH ATTACKS AIMED AT DESTROYING THE JEWISH STATE. THIS HAS BEEN THEIR GOAL SINCE BEFORE ITS INCEPTION.

    FURTHER, AS AN ASIDE, EVEN IF THERE WAS CAUSE TO SUPPORT AN ARAB "PALESTINIAN" STATE NEXT DOOR THAT DID NOT SEEK OUR DESTRUCTION, WHICH FOR THE RECORD, I DON'T, NEVER HAVE AND NEVER WILL, NOW CLEARLY IS NOT THE TIME. CERTAINLY, WE NEED NOT GIVE BIRTH TO ANOTHER ARAB STATE AT A TIME WHEN THE ENTIRE OUMA IS MIRED IN CHAOS AND THE "COLLAPSE OF THE ARTIFICIAL ARAB STATES BASED ON THE SYKES-PICOT AGRREMENT" IS IMMINENT.

    THUS, JOHN KERRY, DAVID HARRIS AND ROGER COHEN EITHER ARE DELUSIONAL OR SELF HATING.

  3. I agree with the general direction of your article, but I am afraid that most American Jews are not able to get free from the view of the false prophets in America, Europe and Shimon Peres and miniscule but influential number of friends here in Israel. I hope that situation improves, but we have a way to go.

  4. I agree with the general direction of your article, but I am afraid that most American Jews are not able to get free from the view of the false prophets in America, Europe and Shimon Peres and miniscule but influential number of friends here in Israel. I hope that situation improves, but we have a way to go.

  5. I agree with the general direction of your article, but I am afraid that most American Jews are not able to get free from the view of the false prophets in America, Europe and Shimon Peres and miniscule but influential number of friends here in Israel. I hope that situation improves, but we have a way to go.

  6. Anonymous says:

    TO all those leading the fight against the holocaust claims conference. Things have become to quiet. They just want the bad news to go away..I BELIEVE I AM THE ONLY RABBI OUT IN FRONT. I HAVE SENT REQUESTS FOR HELP TO HUNDREDS OF RABBIS. THEY JUST DO NOT CARE OR DO NOT WANT TO GET INTO POLITICAL TROUBLE. MY PARENTS HAVE BEEN LONG DEAD. THIS FIGHT IS FOR THE SURVIVORS AND IN MEMORY OF MY PARENTS AND RELATIVES MURDERED BY THE NAZIS. I NEED YOUR HELP. I am willing to take whatever they throw at me. my reputation as a fighter for holocaust memory and the survivors is well known. We are DAVID FIGHTING GOLIATH. SOME OF YOU HAVE MAJOR CONTACTS I DO NOT HAVE AND MANY OF YOU WRITE BEAUTIFULLY.. RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG

  7. Charlie Hall says:

    While I agree that decisions on Israel's security should be made by Israelis and not Americans, the past four Israeli Prime Ministers and Israel's current President all support a Palestinian State. Don't blame Americans for supporting the official position of Israel's government!

  8. Yori Yanover says:

    Yehoshua Friedman · We have only to count on our Father in Heaven. Honestly. This one is a situation where the world is by definition going to be united against Israel, because this time it's about the real prize, and no one really wants the Jews to be truly independent in their God-given country. They want us here, but uder their thumb.

    But the gentiles are not the ones being tested here. The Jews are,especially American Jews.

  9. Yori Yanover says:

    Yehoshua Friedman · We have only to count on our Father in Heaven. Honestly. This one is a situation where the world is by definition going to be united against Israel, because this time it's about the real prize, and no one really wants the Jews to be truly independent in their God-given country. They want us here, but uder their thumb.

    But the gentiles are not the ones being tested here. The Jews are,especially American Jews.

  10. Bear Klein says:

    The Two State Solution needs to be buried.Naive people like A.J.C. Executive Director David Harris keep trying to resurrect it. They even slam people like Bennett who speaks the truth. Bennett wants to annex Area C where all the Jewish Towns are and a small amount of Arabs. The Arabs would get citizenship.
    Areas A/B where only Arabs live would be governed by the Arabs. Coexistence not war. Two state solution is just more war.

  11. Any country that bases their decisions on the whims of others, is a country that will not survive. The Jews are the only group that turns its back on their own in favor of support for Israel's antagonizers, it's a true enigma. However, the pathology doesn't rest with Israel, it is squarely on the shoulders of people like Friedman, Finkelstein, Chomsky, and others. These people are out of touch and I have long advocated that these lunatics conduct an experiment that will get them out of their cocoon. Why don't these people go and live in some of the Arab countries that they spend so much time defending and see what happens. Go over to Egypt, Syria, Iran, and " Palestine" among others and see what happens when they try to write a story that isn't cleared with the government or is unedited. See what happens when they try to speak out against an Arab dictatorship. Try to practice another religion. Do they see a representative government in the Arab states? Do the Arab states even have free and open elections. What sort of response will they get when they try to stand against terrorist groups. Would they like to see a school bus that their children just boarded being blown up? What would their response be if they opened the door to their house only to see their family slaughtered like cattle. What about having their daughter abducted, raped, and murdered. Perhaps, they may have a change of heart. Let them experience the pain and suffering that Israelis endure at the hands of sick, evil, and twisted Arab regimes, terrorist groups, and citizenry. If after experiencing all this they still feel the same way, I suggest they go live in an Arab nation of their choice, become a Muslim, and get the hell out of the way.

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