Chillul Tefila Bifarhesia, as well as halachicly challenged verbiage and dress, are external manifestations of a critical lack of personal yiras shomayim which has lethal consequences.
If the Oslo carnage in Israel continues at its current pace, the number of Israelis murdered since the signing of the Rabin-Arafat ‘Peace Accord’ in 1993 soon will be larger – when measured as proportional to population size – than the total losses by the United States in the Vietnam War.
Let me repeat that. Israel’s mindless politicians will have produced a death rate that exceeds the losses of the United States in Vietnam when measured as proportional to population size. With the obvious difference that almost all Americans who died in Vietnam were military personnel killed in combat, whereas almost all Israelis murdered by Oslo since 1993 were civilians sitting on buses and in cafes, and a huge number were children. This is the ‘peace process’ produced by the Cult of Oslo.
I believe that one of the most harmful aspects of the Oslo psychosis has been the convincing of Israelis of the fallacious doctrine of inevitability. The argument goes something like this: Everything that has occurred until now and that likely will occur soon, down to and including Palestinian statehood, was always inevitable. It was pre-ordained and predetermined. Israel never had any alternative to Oslo and has none today. Israel has no choice now but to seek dialogue and negotiations with the PLO.
The Six Day War made the first intifada inevitable, or so this argument goes, and that made Oslo inevitable, and that made Palestinian statehood and Israel returning to the 1949 borders inevitable. The first Camp David of Menachem Begin made Palestinian violence and ‘liberation’ inevitable, leading to the inevitable second Camp David.
But is it true that Israel never had any choices, that everything was inevitable? Is it true that Israel today has no choice but to continue Oslo?
The simple truth is that not only was it not inevitable, but Israeli policy always had a clear and successful role model it might have followed to defend itself and bring about peace.
That role model was denazification. The denazification programs applied by the Americans and Allies to Germany, Italy and Japan. Israel could have adopted the main features of denazification starting in 1967 (and maybe earlier among Green Line Arabs), with its own innovations and adaptations as needed.
How would denazification of the Palestinians work?
First, after restoring complete Israeli martial rule over the entire West Bank and Gaza Strip, those Palestinians who were involved in suicide bombings and similar atrocities at any level (including planning and financing), would be quietly taken away and properly disposed of.
Other members of terrorist organizations would be jailed without trial for indefinite periods or deported. The political leadership of the PLO and Hamas would be tried as war criminals and as enemies of humanity in Nuremberg-like trials and executed. Israel would make it clear that terrorism is war and not civil crime.
Second, democratic institutions would be imposed upon the populations of the West Bank and Gaza ruthlessly, without niceties and regardless of their acquiescence. The Palestinian schools would be managed directly by Israel, which would dictate the curriculum and oversee informers to weed out radicals among teachers and students. Ditto for the Palestinian mosques and churches. The Temple Mount would be controlled by Jews and Israel; the control over its mosques would be granted to Turkey.
The territories would be under permanent martial law with no apologies. They would be closed to Israeli and foreign journalists. Reporters entering these areas would be arrested and deported — and risk being shot by snipers overseeing the tranquility of the streets.
The media would be closely monitored, and the slightest hint of approval for Palestinian terrorism and violence would be grounds for immediate loss of press credentials and confiscation of equipment; for foreign correspondents the penalty would be swift deportation.
Every Palestinian teacher and public servant would be required to take loyalty oaths on sacred books, swearing to oppose violence and inform on terrorists and acknowledging the legitimacy both of Israel’s existence and its martial rule in the territories – all in writing and filmed signing. Those who will not sign will not work.
Israel would then prepare two lists – the White List and the Black List. On the White List would be names of people, families, clans, villages and towns who are entitled to privileges.
The privileges would include simple mobility around the territories (as opposed to indefinite house arrest); the right to day jobs in Israel, to electricity, water, sewer service, phone service; the right to have a bank account; and the right to vote in local elections for municipal representatives.
A White List political organization would be set up, based somewhat on the Northern Alliance set up by the United States to govern Afghanistan. It would be a political puppet controlled by Israel, not an independent Palestinian political entity, although its members would enjoy certain privileges.
About the Author: Steven Plaut is a professor at the University of Haifa. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Slaughter is a routine, widespread practice among many Moslem families.
parently an affront to J Street’s worldview, the focus of which appears to be the creation of a Palestinian State, whether or not that will bring peace.
The importance of the caucus on organ harvesting in China, sponsored recently by the Liberal Lobby in the Knesset, cannot be exaggerated.
My mother, the eldest daughter of Reb Yaakov Kamenetsky, zt”l, was niftar last month at the age of 92. She took her last breath in her home in Efrat, Israel, next door to the shul that was my father’s for 24 years before his passing in 2007.
It comes down to his being famous.
Following the Boston Marathon bombing, one crucial point will likely remain overlooked. The most loathsome aspect of this or any other terror bombing attack on civilians will always lie in the inexpressibility of physical pain. While all decent people will abhor the idea of bombs expressly directed at the innocent, whether here or in other countries, none will ever be able to process the very deepest horrors of what has been inflicted.
It’s only natural to see increasing evidence of Jerusalem’s glorious Jewish past being unearthed, quite literally, under modern Israeli sovereignty. The new archaeological finds are also very timely – as the Arab onslaught attempting to detach Jerusalem from its Jewish roots gains steam, the facts on the ground, or “under” the ground, show quite otherwise.
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The news that the Internal Revenue Service unfairly targeted conservative groups has brought renewed spotlight on a 2010 lawsuit filed by the pro-Israel group Z Street, which alleges it was also singled out by the IRS when applying for tax-exempt status.
In an editorial last week (“Circling the Wagons”) we noted the efforts by the administration and its supporters to dismiss allegations that the government’s spin on the Benghazi attack was designed to shield the president and that the IRS was improperly used to stifle opposition to Mr. Obama’s reelection.
As the controversies besetting the Obama administration continue to grow in number and intensity, the prospect that President Obama would seriously consider military action against Iran, should that country continue its drive to become a nuclear power, becomes more and more remote. So we welcome the current enhancement of sanctions against Iran on the federal and New York State levels.
To his parents’ friends, he was “Mrs. Greenberg’s disgrace,” but to sports fans he is one of the greatest – if not the greatest – Jewish baseball players of all time. Long before Sandy Koufax, Hank Greenberg excited Jewish sports fans with his prowess on the baseball diamond.
To eat is to live – to keep our physical bodies alive. For without the body, there is nothing. No experience. No memory. No joy and no hardship. But man, unlike animals, eats to live and to enjoy. So how should a Jew respond when he is challenged as to why he imposes upon himself not just ceremonies dedicated to the enjoyment of eating but even more to the limiting of what he can eat?
April 16, 2013
Dear Mr. President,
My heartfelt sympathies to you and the American people for the acts of protest carried out in Boston this week during the Boston Marathon. This really is a wake-up call for us all.
Honest Abe used exactly the same blockade tactic against the Confederacy over which the Israeli Left is now sobbing its eyes out.
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There is a widespread misconception that the Middle East conflict is complicated. In fact, it is really rather simple.
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There is a species of radical leftist that believes the main purpose of taxpayer-funded universities is to indoctrinate students in radical left-wing ideology. Such people believe the only legitimate form of scholarly research and teaching is to force upon students the ideas and agendas of the left because only these represent correct thinking.
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