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There’s Nobody Here But Us Bennetts

Many forget that Netanyahu's score on his actions during the Disengagement was a floor hugging 14%.
HaBayit HaYehudi leader Naftali Bennett visited clubs in Tel Aviv,. December 27 2012.

HaBayit HaYehudi leader Naftali Bennett with a friend, Tel Aviv,. December 27 2012.
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The ultimate hypocrisy: MKs who voted in favor of the crime of the Gush Katif Disengagement condemn a man whose Jewish values prohibit the transfer of civilians.

The Likud said nothing new in its wild attack this week against Naftali Bennett. As early as 1,936 years ago, King Yanai warned his wife, Salome, against the hypocrites: “Fear not the Pharisees nor the Sadducees, but the hypocrites, who commit the act of Zimri and demand the wages of Pinehas.”

The hypocrisy in our story belongs to the Likud—the very same Likud which did not bat an eyelash when it engaged, with noticeable glee, in the incomparable crime of deporting the Gush Katif settlers—is now attacking Bennett, who simply stated that there are situations in which Jewish and universal values supercede any other value, and that in the case of expulsion, an individual soldier is obligated to request that his commanding officer release him from that despicable assignment. The Likud, which led the ethnic cleansing of Jews—simply because of their being Jewish—in Yamit (1987), Gush Katif (2005), Amona (2006), and Migron, Yair Farm and Ulpana Hill (2011-12) is the one bitterly decrying Bennett’s moral stance. It’s the peak of hypocrisy, it’s a case of the robbed Cossack.

It’s hard to tell what exactly bothers Netanyahu the most when he looks at Bennett. Maybe because of Bennett’s statement: “Right now they’re viewing us as the state’s chaplain. We don’t matter to Netanyahu. Not regarding Supreme Court cases, not regarding the settlement freeze, not regarding the appointment of Barak as Defense Minister. This has to change.” Maybe that’s scaring Netanyahu.

In his eagerness to block Bennett, Netanyahu behaved like the Hollywood gangster who commits robbery in broad daylight, discovers to his alarm that a group of citizens are chasing him, yelling “Stop, thief!” and so he points his finger at an innocent bystander and yells: “Stop, thief!”

The gangster in this fable is, forgive my insolence, Benjamin Netanyahu. This major partner in the crime of deportation of Jews, who avoided emphatically any attempt on his part of halting that unforgivable moral- security- and national disaster, now joins the chase after Bennett, yelling “Refusnik! Refusnik!” This leader who could have bought his place in Heaven if only he had refused, back in 2005, to partake in Ariel Sharon’s immoral gimmickry, is pillorying the one human being who speaks for Jewish values. It’s the ultimate absurdity.

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Hypocrisy has been celebrated in earnest recently over at Likud. Because, had Netanyahu been a man of truth, promising that he would not admit into his government anyone who called on soldiers to refuse orders (although, in fact, Bennett did no such thing, he merely expressed a personal opinion) he would have had to fire Minister Uzi Landau who read into the Knesset transcript in May, 1995, during a debate over coming down from the Golan Heights: “A law that does not pass the values test does not exist in the eyes of people with values… A government order to evacuate a Jewish settlement does not pass the values test… Whoever dares to send our security forces to evacuate a settlement would be committing a clearly illegal act over which flies a black flag.”

The same Netanyahu must also remove Likud MK Tzipi Hotoveli, who said in April, 2010: “There’s such a thing as proper refusal… When a soldier is willing to give his life to defend this country, for this nation. If the soldier is willing to die in Gaza to defend Sderot and Ashkelon, and he experiences a real problem of conscience – that would be his litmus test. If he is truly ready to give his life, it means he is not a politician, he’s not waving signs. He is a man with a high sense of conscience and morality.”

Except that only Uzi Landau and Tzipi Hotoveli are the true Likudniks in this story. Like Menachem Begin, who said clearly at the Knesset, back in 1955: “The free man is entitled, and sometimes even obligated, regarding issues of irrevocable rights, to transgress formal directives, should said directives threaten those rights, provided that he is then willing to accept responsibility for his action.” And even Ariel Sharon said, during the struggle over Oslo (in the summer of 1995): “If a soldier feels that the command he was given contradicts his conscience, he must approach personally… appear before his commanding officer, and explain it to him, and be prepared to accept the consequences.”

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About the Author: Born in Tel Aviv in 1943. Graduated Bar Ilan University (Political Science and History) and Haifa University (Political Science). Chaired the Maariv political desk for 24 years. Married with children and grandchildren. Living in Raanana.


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9 Responses to “There’s Nobody Here But Us Bennetts”

  1. Liad Bar-el says:

    Yori: “The gangster in this fable is, forgive my insolence, Benjamin Netanyahu.”.

    There was a time on the news that GW Bush visited Israel and in a meeting with Shas leaders, Eli Yishy said that he will vote against the government that was ready to pass what GW Bush supported. Here’s the conversation in part: GWB to Eli, “So, you’re willing to vote against the government?” Eli: “Yes”. GWB: “We have to have a little talk before you vote to see if you are willing to do that.” Since that time, Eli dropped out of the spot light of news, was quiet as a mouse on all issues, didn’t vote against the government and has not voted against the government to this day.

    Now, if one would do an analysis/review of all government actions, one will see that no matter who is in the PM position (Left, Right), his actions are the same and right in line of what the American Administration wants.

    What Bibi and Bennett are saying now is ONLY for election results and nothing more. Disengagements, demolitions and housing freezes is what Obama wants and that is what he will get…………..until the Mosiach comes. Bibi is spineless facing Obama's request, Bennett is spineless facing Bibi's request (regarding going against IDF orders of which he retracted); so, if/when Bennett faces Obama, there were will be a complete OBAMAnation and nullification of Bennett's housing values. There seems to be only one who is willing to stand his ground on the values of Judaism and we'll see how many votes he gets.

  2. Yori Yanover says:

    Liad — you're showing tremendous insight and understanding of politics in general and Israeli politics specifically. The article is not wriotten by me, however, but by Menachem Rahat, who used to be the news desk chief at Maarive for decades. I'll ask him to respond after Shabbat. I don't think he will disagree with you either.

  3. DON'T LET THESE JERK DICTATE TO WHAT YOU CAN DO, HELL LOOK AT THE MESS WE'RE IN. WE SHOULD CLEAN OUR OWN DOOR STEP BEFORE TELLING OTHERES WHAT TO DO.

  4. DON'T LET THESE JERK DICTATE TO WHAT YOU CAN DO, HELL LOOK AT THE MESS WE'RE IN. WE SHOULD CLEAN OUR OWN DOOR STEP BEFORE TELLING OTHERES WHAT TO DO.

  5. Liad Bar-el says:

    Sorry about that Yori and thanks for your kind comments.

  6. HoneyBee Deborah says:

    The debate should be whether the IDF should be used against their own people. The premise should be that the army should never be used for such goals, as it is an illegal order to remove a Jew from their home. A soldier has no obligation to participate in a civil war against Jews. IT is a criminal misuse of the IDF. If we argue whether the soldier should obey or not, the debate is lost. As long as the debate is reduced to the argument about a soldier's private conscience, the debate is over.

  7. Anonymous says:

    I don't understand all the love for Bennett.
    First he says he supports soldiers refusing orders. The next day he backs down off of his statement.
    He also is on record supporting giving autonomy to the Arabs in 39% of Judea and Samaria.
    He also went on CNN recently and said that the Arabs "should've turned Gaza into their Singapore".
    And by the way, he was Bibi's Chief of Staff from 2006-2008, and afterwards he ran the Yesha Council, which has been shown over the past 20 years to simply be a tool of the government instead of being a force trying to stop Oslo and Expulsions.
    Why do we like this guy?

  8. HoneyBee Deborah says:

    Bennett did not back down, as it was reported. We like him because we already know who Bibi is and what he does, and this man is independent, and has given no cause to believe he will betray us. What do you know about him in terms of positions he has taken that signify he will betray the right? The fact that he worked for Bibi is not enough in my book. I want to see something specific. He also provides competition for BIBI- and competition is healthy for any democracy.

  9. HoneyBee Deborah says:

    PS Milousdad What specific thing did Bennett do in Yesha Council that you are aware of that leads you to believe he will betray Israel. Ia m well aware of Yesha Council's betrayals. Also when did he serve in the Yesha Council, was it after 2005?

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