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Left Targeting Jewish Home Housing Minister for Ouster

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

Gush Shalom, which defines itself as the “hard core” of Israel’s peace camp, is going after Jewish Home Housing Minister Uri Ariel, who is, apparently, to blame for anything that has and will surely go wrong in the explosive Middle East.

The reason Gush Shalom, headed by the aging but still very charismatic journalist Uri Avneri, who was the first Israeli newspaper publisher to meet openly with the late PLO chairman Yasser Arafat, is going after Minister Ariel has to do with something he said this month:

“We should make clear to Secretary of State Kerry that Israel will never return to the Auschwitz borders, will not freeze the settlements endeavor, and will not agree to be sacrificed so that he could receive the Nobel Peace Prize. I am sure the prime minister will not be partner to abandoning Israel’s security.”

And on Sunday, on the occasion of the inauguration of the new neighborhood of Leshem in the town of Alei Zahav, a few miles away from the city of Ariel in Samaria, Minister Ariel said:

“It should be clear to any thinking person: there are no two states for two peoples west of the Jordan River, there will be no such thing, even if we’re sitting at the negotiations table, this is not on the agenda.” He then added: “We will build everywhere in the Land of Israel, and certainly in Samaria, and certainly in Judea.”

The reaction from the left was furious:

“With the winds of war blowing in our region, Housing Minister Uri Ariel pours more oil on the flames by establishing the new ‘Leshem’ settlement on the West Bank. In the inflammatory speech which he delivered on that occasion he shows himself a dangerous extreme right provocateur,” reads the Gush Shalom press release, responding to the Minister’s relatively benign, if somewhat excited statement.

The entire press release reads like the stuff Avneri used to dish out on a weekly basis, back in the roaring 1970s. The next paragraph is vintage Avneri:

“This is far from an unexpected development. Ariel’s rampage could have been predicted from the moment when the settler cat was placed in charge of the housing cream. Ariel is not a private individual, he the Minister of Housing in the government of Israel.”

It’s interesting to note that Alei Zahav, established a little over 30 years ago, in 1982, is more likely to vote Likud-Beiteinu than Jewish Home: its 130 families (now a few more, with the opening of the new neighborhood) are 80 percent non-religious. So you can’t quite accuse Minister Ariel of being the cat taking all the cream to himself – not if he shares the cream with other cats…

Also, Deputy Minister Ophir Akonis of Likud Beiteinu, who also graced the inauguration with his presence, repeated everything the minister had said: “There are indeed negotiating with the Palestinians, but that does not stop anyone from building homes in Israel,” he said. “Out of this place, a message is emanating, that a Palestinian state will never be established.”

“Look around you,” Akunis said, “who needs another Arab country in this area?”

Nevertheless, Avneri et al are after Uri Ariel, despite the fact that his message is not different at all from what’s being said these days by the majority of the Likud Beiteinu ministers. The reason is obvious: if you portray the situation as it is, meaning that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Justice Minister and chief negotiator Tzipi Livni are way to the left of the government in which they serve, then you must abandon hope of the two-state solution becoming a reality in the near future.

But if you portray Jewish Home as the extremist, settler holdout in a government eager to plant a second Hamas entity right next door to Ben Gurion International Airport – then you’ve got something to work with.

This is precisely Avneri’s next point:

“There is not one government which is busy building settlements and spitting in the face of the Palestinians, and a different government which is supposed to negotiate and reach a peace agreement with the same Palestinians. It is the same government, and all its ministers are responsible for Ariel’s acts of provocation.”

Are They So Blind?

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

 

Today is a very special day; it is the fourth day of Chol HaMoed Sukkot; it is the first day of the end of the building freeze in our community. Will the freeze end or will the cute trick of the Arabs work? They demanded a 10-month building freeze in Judea and Samaria, and then they waited nine months before they decided to sit down to start negotiations with Israel. When they finally did sit down, the first declaration of the Arabs was that the freeze must continue. The world leaders promptly agreed and declared that it is only right that if the Arabs finally agreed to negotiate, Israel should freeze building in Judea and Samaria. “How could we evil Israelis start building again when the Arabs so graciously agreed to talk to us?”

 

            Few, if any, world leaders thought to ask the question, “Why did the Arabs wait nine months to finally sit down to talk?” The Arabs knew, of course, that if they did not sit down with the Jews, the freeze would automatically end. So they waited nine months to sit down and then demand that the freeze continue. World leaders and Israeli leaders should be smart enough to explain to the Arabs what they can do with their demands. But, as usual, the world makes demands of the Israelis because they know that the Arabs will not listen.

 

            What is more disturbing than the Arab tricks and the attitude of the world leaders, is the reaction of some Jews who have strayed so far from Judaism so that even the sharp mind, usually attributed to Jews, no longer is their heritage. Each day I receive messages from “Gush Shalom,” the so-called peace movement in Israel, in my email inbox. Today’s message lauded the “courage” of the Jewish peace activists working to end the Gaza siege on the “Jewish Peace Boat.” Their stated goal is to “get for Gaza’s inhabitants the natural right to come and go, like everywhere else in the world.”

 

            Can Jews actually be so blind as to believe in this lofty goal for the Gaza residents who are governed by the Hamas terror organization? The Arabs of Gaza do not hide their goal of destroying and overrunning the Jewish Israel. They shoot off rockets into civilian enclaves of Israel and openly state that their goal is murder and mayhem. Do these foolish Jews actually believe that the terrorists will not murder them and their children and grandchildren? Do they actually believe that the goal of Hamas is peace with the Jews? Can our supposedly “smart” Jews be so innocent and dense and not hear what the Arab terrorists state openly.

 

Can they not understand that the purpose of the blockade is to prevent as many weapons of destruction as possible from getting into the hands of those who will murder innocent men, women and children without any problem of conscience? Do they really believe that by living in Tel Aviv, Hertzlia, Haifa and the surrounding areas, that the Arabs will not murder them and their children? Have they forgotten the terror attacks in Tel Aviv and Hertzlia?

 

            Now that almost every country in the world has introduced anti-Arab terror procedures that include searches of passengers boarding planes and ships, the scanning of vehicles about to enter bridges or tunnels and the entrance of people with packages into public buildings, why should Israel not search ships about to enter Gaza? Why do these so-called peace activists want to prevent Israel from taking measures to stop Arab terror? Do they not realize that they, too, will become targets in the near future?

 

The concern by these Jews against their own people and for Arab terror seems so phony and foolish. The Arabs send missiles against Israel almost every day and it is only good fortune or the Hand of G-d that prevents these instruments of murder from harming many more Jews. Yet, the members of this “Gush Shalom” screw shut their eyes, ears and brains and loudly demand that Israel stop defending itself. How is it that they have forgotten what happens every time Israel dismantles another barrier? Are they so foolish as to believe that they and their families will be spared?

 

            I read their self-deluding propaganda, but do not understand. Are the murdered Jewish children to blame for Arab terror? Do we send suicide murderers against the Arab population? It seems that to this “Gush,” the Israeli government can do nothing good, and the Arab murderers can do nothing bad. It is not surprising that in Hebrew the word “Gush,” means a cancer, and they themselves took that name for their group.

 

            When Arab leaders suppress and murder even their own people, these activists call it democracy and self-determination. How twisted they are! How self-hating! When will we ever learn?

Notes On A Pair Of Pinheads

Wednesday, June 20th, 2001
Would it be a tad tasteless for the Monitor to break into a hearty chorus of ‘Ding Dong, the Witch Is Dead’ at the welcome news that Deborah Sontag is soon to vacate her post as New York Times Jerusalem bureau chief? (Not that anyone wishes for Sontag’s literal demise, of course; she should live long and prosper – as far away from Israel as possible.) But it’s true, it’s true: According to The New York Observer, Sontag, arguably the most insidiously biased American reporter currently based in Jerusalem, will be returning to New York to write for The New York Times Magazine. Her replacement in Israel will be veteran Times reporter James Bennet.No word on the status of Mr. Deborah Sontag, otherwise known as William V. Orme, though one assumes he won’t be staying behind in Jerusalem, or of correspondent Joel Greenberg, whose work so much resembles Sontag’s in tone and style that he could well be her clone (hmmm…has anyone ever seen those two together?).

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The execrable Letty Cottin Pogrebin is at it again. Pogrebin, a left-wing feminist who helped found Ms. magazine in the early 70′s and whose hectoring of Israel becomes shriller by the year, is complaining about those who urge Israelis to unify behind the Sharon government.

Writing in Moment, the magazine that tries to be all things to all Jews with predictably unsatisfactory results, Pogrebin notes approvingly that fringe left groups like Gush Shalom, the Coalition of Women for a Just Peace and Rabbis for Human Rights have no intention of falling into line for what Gush Shalom spokesman Adam Keller calls ‘a bad government.’

Even better, Pogrebin breathlessly announces, ‘Peace Now is stepping up its dialogues between Jews and Arabs and continues to monitor settlement activity.’ (The myth that settlements are the main obstacle to peace, a central article of faith for Pogrebin and her ilk, is brilliantly refuted this week by Charles Krauthammer in his nationally syndicated column, which appeared locally in the Daily News on Monday and can be seen at JewishWorldReview.com.)  Consider: Eight months into a bloody Palestinian intifada, which came on the heels of Yasir Arafat’s rejection of then-prime minister Ehud Barak’s unprecedented concessions, and Pogrebin still swoons over the concept of ‘dialogue’; eight years into the Oslo process, with no indication that Palestinians are anywhere near ready to accept the existence of Israel, and all Pogrebin worries about is ‘settlement activity.’Frankly, Pogrebin has never been one to let inconvenient facts intrude on her Utopian fantasies. Remember the controversy back in late 1992 and early 1993 over a documentary called ‘Liberators’? The film purported to tell the story of how black soldiers liberated Jews from the Buchenwald and Dachau concentration camps in 1945, and its release was celebrated by liberal Jews as a landmark event in black-Jewish relations.

But then the investigative journalist Jeffrey Goldberg reported in The New Republic that black soldiers had never liberated those two camps, and the American Jewish Committee issued its own report which concluded that the film was riddled with ‘serious factual flaws.’ The credibility of the film and its producers vanished almost instantly.

None of that seemed to matter to Letty Pogrebin, who came up with a truly asinine piece for the radical magazine Tikkun in which she essentially downplayed the importance of truth when measured against political expediency.

‘The film presents us with a problem of ethical slippage and well-intentioned embellishment,’ she sheepishly acknowledged, but ‘not a hoax.’

And then Pogrebin got right to the heart of her intellectual dishonesty: ‘Truth must be defended, yes,’ she wrote, ‘but so must the liberal vision of black advancement and the struggle for black-Jewish harmony.’

Something to bear in mind the next time you read or hear Pogrebin’s brainless bleating about the struggle for Palestinian-Jewish dialogue or similar pabulum.

Jason Maoz can be reached at jmaoz@jewishpress.com

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