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Rabin’s Granddaughter’s ‘Black Humor’ Mentions Killing Netanyahu

Sunday, October 18th, 2015

The annual “RabinFest” in memory of the assassinated Prime Minister is in high gear

Noa Rotman, a granddaughter of assassinated Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin, posted a message on Facebook this week that “perhaps there will be a holiday after the murder of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.”

She later explained that her posting simply was “black humor,” according to Israel’s Hebrew-language Maariv website.

Rotman’s mention of murder was in reply to a question if there is a holiday on the anniversary of the death of Rabin, which is being marked this week.

Rotman, taken aback by a reply that asked her “what is your intention” concerning the suggested holiday after Netanyahu us killed, wrote:

Whoa! Stop. Can I ask you a question? Is this worth an item? 20 years after the murder? It was black humor in the specific context of the reaction to a status.

If all you are asking from me is a reaction…every status that I wrote is in appeasement. Have a good and quiet work for all of us, Allah willing [with] a bit more important items than secondary ones.

The “RabinFest” media have ignored the article by Maariv, and if it remains buried, government prosecutors don’t have to go through the motions of investigating Rabin’s granddaughter for incitement for murder, contrary to an immediate criminal probe that would have been sprung into action if a right-winger had written, God forbid, that maybe there will be a holiday after the murder of a leftist leader.

The Left has Learned Nothing from the Rabin Murder

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

The Left has learned nothing from the Rabin murder.

The media can stop this and calm the spirits.

Mr. Herzog – the writing is on the wall, and you can stop this and calm the spirits. You do not have the right to remain silent. When leftists, including members of your party, take part in violent events against my party, you may not remain silent.

Last night I arrived to a Bayit Yehudi campaign event in Haifa. My security detail would not let me enter the building. We argued for 30 minutes. My security team told me that there was danger to my life if I enter an event being held by my own party, because of radical leftist activists who had entered the hall.

When the event began, shouting and violence by the leftists began, and the security people asked to take me out of the hall. I refused, and soon afterwards refused for a second time.

Two days ago, leftist activists drew swastikas on a picture of me and they also gave me a Hitler mustache. After this incident it was decided to provide me with personal bodyguards. Earlier this week I was forbidden from entering an event at an academic institution in certain hours, ‘because there are Arabs at the same time and security-wise, you cannot be allowed into the event’.

That is not all. A Channel 10 journalist compared me to a fascist leader. A journalist in The Marker says that ‘I have the blood of five soldiers on my hands.’ In the Haaretz peace conference a few months ago, hundreds of leftists shouted ‘fascist’ and ‘murderer’ at me and force was even used against me. The organizers did not denounce the occurrence – after all, it was just Left violence against the Right.

We still haven’t mentioned Ayelet Shaked. Just the other day, someone wrote her before she was supposed to appear at a panel: ‘You had really better not come to the Gimnasia Harealit High School on Sunday – or I will carry out a Stalin-style purge against the Bayit Yehudi people’.

The violent leftists dress up as someone different each time. Sometimes they are activists for public housing, other times they are LBGT activists or organizations against the ‘occupation’. There is one small problem, these are political activists, and they include activists in Herzog’s Labor party.

All of their violent events are planned, documented, everything is written, and everything is saved.

I know, if a group of right wingers went to crash leftists’ events, and provoke violence there time after time, they probably would already be under administrative detention somewhere, and the media would probably be agitated.

I really can’t tell you that I have any expectations here.

Let me clear on this. I am a representative of the public.

Our public cares about this nation, opposes a Palestinian state and opposes releasing terrorists. I will not give up one centimeter of the Land of Israel.

This violence by leftists will not change my schedule by one inch. No one will silence us. No one.

The Nazis Are Coming, The Nazis Are Coming

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

Published on Jewish Business News

Would I be shocked if some day an investigating committee discovered it was a secret agent of the internal security service who posted those pictures of Israeli politicians in Nazi uniforms? Honestly, I wouldn’t be. It’s what Israel’s internal security does—cast blame on the right.

Back in 1996, the Shamgar committee investigating the Rabin murder ruled “without any doubt” that it was Avishai Raviv, an agent provocateur of the Jewish Department of the internal security police, who created and disseminated a poster of Rabin in Nazi uniform. Agent Raviv did a lot of bad things, according to the committee, including inventing the idea that the prime minister had the status of “rodef,” one who is about to commit murder and so must be killed first.

And he created the Nazi Rabin poster, with government funds, to cast false blame on the right.

Lest I be misunderstood, I join all the voices in Israel who, over the past week or so, have expressed various levels of disagreement, even shock, at the images of several key Israeli politicians dressed in Nazi uniforms, courtesy of Photoshop and Facebook.

I happen to believe that the first party to mention the Holocaust in a debate loses. Comparing any post-Holocaust event, including some holocausts, to the Holocaust belies a deep misunderstanding of the scope and monstrosity of the European Holocaust. Certainly comparing the quality of service at some roadside motel to Auschwitz would betray a deep ignorance of the suffering of Humanity in general and the Jewish people in particular.

In Israel, the images of leading politicians, such as Finance Minister Yair Lapid and Judiciary Minister Tzipi Livni in Nazi uniforms have created a stormy news cycle complete with police investigation, the closing down of the Facebook page that featured those images, and a vehement condemnation by the outgoing Chief Justice of Israel’s Supreme Court, the final arbiter of democratic values.

To an American who enjoys the luxuries of a well honed First Amendment to the Constitution, this must seem very strange. Why would a fairly amateurish artistic effort to dress up some politicians in Nazi uniforms be perceived as a danger to the rule of law and democracy? Isn’t democracy a place where one can express oneself offensively as long as they like, provided they don’t yell fire in a crowded theater?

But the Israeli media response to the Nazi posters is a masterpiece of propaganda, borrowing heavily from the father of modern communications, Hitler’s Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels, who wrote: “The essential English leadership secret does not depend on particular intelligence. Rather, it depends on a remarkably stupid thick-headedness. The English follow the principle that when one lies, one should lie big, and stick to it. They keep up their lies, even at the risk of looking ridiculous.”

In Israel, anyone would tell you that the 1995 murder of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in a main square in Tel Aviv began with posters that depicted Rabin in a Nazi uniform. Surely, goes the argument, if the public is drenched once again with these offensive images, we’ll end up with yet another political murder.

You see, the average Israeli is remarkably stupid and thick-headed when it comes to the sanctity of freedom of speech. They simply don’t remember it was their government which paid for and delivered the Rabin Nazi poster, they only remember the poster, with horror, because after the poster some nut job killed Rabin.

And so, with zero regard to the value of free speech in a democracy, Israeli police is pursuing the new Nazi poster offenders indefatigably.

But even if the anonymous person calling himself or herself Natan Zuabi (an inside joke at the expense of an Arab MK and an Israeli radio broadcaster) is not a police agent—the pursuit of those images constitutes the suppression of free speech. And a supreme court justice who can’t recall it was the government who invented those Nazi posters is asleep at the wheel of democracy.

Alas, the only democracy in the Middle East just got a little less democratic. And it could get worse.

Nazi Montage on Facebook

Kerry Versus Rabin on Israel’s Security

Friday, January 17th, 2014

Two months ago, on November 5, Secretary of State Kerry attended a ceremony in Tel Aviv marking the eighteenth anniversary of Yitzhak Rabin’s assassination. Kerry lauded Rabin as “a great man of peace,” praised Rabin’s efforts to resolve Israel’s conflict with the Palestinians, and urged rededication to Rabin’s vision.

Kerry is now striving to achieve agreement between the parties on elements of a peace accord, including security arrangements and future borders. Media reports say that in the coming weeks he will present his own blueprint addressing these issues. Kerry has repeatedly insisted Israel’s security is a non-negotiable priority in his quest for a path to peace.

Given his warm praise of Rabin and Rabin’s perspectives on the parameters of a genuine, durable peace, one would expect any blueprint from the secretary of state to incorporate what Rabin defined as areas vital for Israel’s defense.

Rabin, like the authors of UN Security Council Resolution 242 – still the foundation stone of Israeli-Arab peace negotiations – recognized that Israel’s pre-1967 armistice lines left the nation too vulnerable to future aggression. He insisted Israel must hold onto a significant portion of the West Bank to block traditional invasion routes and to protect both Jerusalem and the low-lying coastal plain, the latter home to some 70 percent of the nation’s population.

In his last speech in the Knesset before his assassination, Rabin declared:


The borders of the State of Israel, during the permanent solution, will be beyond the lines which existed before the Six-Day War. We will not return to the 4 June 1967 lines.

And these are the main changes, not all of them, which we envision and want in the permanent solution:

A. First and foremost, united Jerusalem, which will include both Ma’ale Adumim and Givat Ze’ev — as the capital of Israel, under Israeli sovereignty, while preserving the rights of the members of the other faiths, Christianity and Islam, to freedom of access and freedom of worship in their holy places, according to the customs of their faiths.

B. The security border of the State of Israel will be located in the Jordan Valley, in the broadest meaning of that term.

C. Changes which will include the addition of Gush Etzion, Efrat, Beitar and other communities, most of which are in the area east of what was the ‘Green Line,’ prior to the Six Day War.

D. The establishment of blocs of settlements in Judea and Samaria…


Nothing has changed in the last eighteen years that would diminish Israel’s need to retain the areas referred to by Rabin. The topography of the region has, of course, not changed, and the nations around Israel have not become more peaceful or more reconciled to Israel’s existence.

Prime Minister Netanyahu’s vision of defensible borders for Israel essentially conforms to the parameters laid out by Rabin.

However, Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas has categorically rejected the territorial accommodations upon which Rabin insisted. He has indicated he will never recognize the legitimacy of Israel as a Jewish state, as the product of that national self-determination universally accorded other peoples, including Arab peoples.

He denies any Jewish historical link to the land of Israel. He praises those who seek Israel’s destruction and clearly aspires to an accord that renders Israel more vulnerable and ultimately indefensible.

According to media reports, aspects of likely proposals by Kerry include, at most, a time-limited Israeli presence in the Jordan Valley and, in general, fall far short of the areas cited by Rabin as vital to Israel.

Some media reports even claim that Ambassador Martin Indyk and others working under Kerry have been trying to persuade former and present Israeli security officials to issue public statements downplaying Israel’s need for defensible borders.

Whatever alternatives Secretary Kerry, and the Obama administration, might propose to Israel’s having borders it can defend, and however much those alternatives are characterized as assuring Israel’s safety, they will in fact be a repudiation of Rabin’s legacy in his defining of key territorial requirements for Israel’s survival and well-being.

Any such dismissing of the Rabin parameters should be rejected by Israel and challenged by all those genuinely concerned with Israel’s security.

Aryeh Deri Feints Right

Friday, December 6th, 2013

Aryeh Deri, the head of the Shas party, has been trying to paint himself as a right-winger these past few weeks, or at least not a leftwinger, in an attempt to rid himself of the deeply ingrained image that he supported and enabled the Oslo Accords.

While Deri toured sites in Gush Etzion on Wednesday with his family, Deri’s close associates were busy conveying messages of love for the Settlers, according to a report in Makor Rishon.

Everyone who went through the Oslo years remembers Shas and Deri’s support for Oslo as they sat and enabled the Rabin-led government, allowing Oslo to pass. Deri’s associates told Makor Rishon that Deri and Shas never actually voted for Oslo, but rather they abstained from voting for it.

But they never add that Deri and Shas didn’t vote against Oslo either.

In fact, at the time, Shas’s 6 seats were absolutely required to keep the Labor-Meretz coalition alive, and if Shas has pulled out of the government, Oslo could never happened.

For good measure, as part of the rehabilitation of Deri’s image, Deri’s associates added the stain of Oslo on Deri are just lies spread by the extreme right.

Israel Will Stand Alone

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

Millions watched Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as he eloquently addressed the United Nations General Assembly on October 2. The video was instantly available on YouTube and the transcript was available online and in newspapers.

But how many of us can, with certainty, recognize the prime minister’s most important message? I daresay only those of us who know our holy Torah is the revelation of God’s master plan for the world.

After our exodus from Egypt, it was none other than the non-Jewish prophet and leader Bilam who described the Jews to the world: “They are a nation that dwells alone and will never receive universal recognition from the other nations of the world” (Parshas Balak).

Thus, Netanyahu’s declaration that “Israel will stand alone if we must” marked a new beginning to the end of the failed Oslo process, on its 20th anniversary.

The Oslo Accord was sealed with the famous handshake on the White House lawn that also set the stage for the Nobel peace prize being awarded to Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and arch-terrorist Yasir Arafat.

To me, the biggest joke of it all was the gleeful announcement by Rabin that “We are no longer an am livadad yishkone, a nation that dwells alone!”

Oh, how I laughed. I was sitting alone by a TV set, but I knew that every Torah-true Jew was also laughing, for we know our Torah is forever true, that Eisav hates his brother Yaakov, and that Israel must be vigilant in standing alone.

This was the highlight of Netanyahu’s speech. Both Torah-true Jews and non-Jewish lovers of Israel felt this was the proper response to the overtures made by the new president of Iran to President Obama – overtures based on the idea that Tehran’s nuclear program is strictly for peaceful purposes so the time has therefore come to lift economic sanctions against his country.

Netanyahu gave me personal satisfaction with his public response to my Shanah Tovah greeting to him. My front-page Jerusalem Post ad urged him to continue to stress the security needs of Israel while following the principle of my YouTube clip “V’lo Yinatshu” (Amos 9 – “We shall never be uprooted”).

In his UN speech, the prime minister read the very verses from Amos featured in my song.

To my pleasant surprise, on YouTube the very next day there was a combined clip of Netanyahu speaking and me singing. In a moving rendition of the words of Amos, he told of his grandfather Nathan’s suffering at the hands of anti-Semites and he declared that Israel, if need be, will stand alone. All the while I was seen dancing and singing my original composition of the words of Amos.

The clip was prepared in Israel by Yaakov Lepon at King David Studio and is worth watching. Google or insert the following into your address bar: Dov Shurin and Binjamin Netanyahu (with “Binjamin” misspelled) or type the following into the YouTube address bar: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ebl-bJQjKwE.

The very next day, Wednesday October 3, the new issue of The Jewish Press included a ten-inch ad with a birthday message to the prime minister headlined “STOP!!”

I wrote in that ad, “Today is your Hebrew birthday, the 28th of Tishrei. It is time to stop fearing Obama. Stop releasing convicted terrorist murderers and stop talking about an interim peace agreement which would endanger Israel’s security….” I ended with, “I love you very much; Happy Birthday.”

The very next day I was praying in a Brooklyn shul (I was on a visit to the U.S.) when a man approached me and said he’d seen the video clip of me and the prime minister and loved it.

And then he shocked me by saying it was my holy grandfather, Reb Yaakov Kamenetsky, zt”l, who had influenced the prime minister.

“But how?” I asked. “My grandfather left this world in 1986!”

“Yes, but when Prime Minister Begin met with the leading rabbis in the home of Reb Moshe Feinstein on the Lower East Side, your grandfather advised Begin to learn the portion of Vayishlach – the story of Yaakov meeting Eisav, before Begin was to meet with President Carter and Sadat. I told this to Netanyahu. He wanted proof, and I was able to get a letter from a rabbi who was present at the meeting.”

The man then showed me the letter, along with the fax he sent Netanyahu urging him to follow my grandfather’s advice.

And then he said, “The night before Netanyahu was to address Congress, his speechwriter, a religious Jew, asked Netanyahu to be the tenth man for the evening prayer. Netanyahu answered, ‘I can’t, I have no time, tomorrow is my speech and I must study the portion of Vayishlach right now!’

“So you see, Dov, it was not you as much as it was your grandfather who prepared Netanyahu for the battles and the vigilance that lay ahead.”

If only there were a clip of Menachem Begin’s meeting with the gedolim. What an inspiring video that would be – for me and for our entire Charming Nation.

Peres Stains the Memory of Rabin with the ‘Status Quo Fallacy’

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

Wednesday was “let’s fight over the meaning of Yitzchak Rabin’s death” day in Israel, with President Shimon Peres and leading center-leftists still defaming the memory of the slain Prime Minister and exploiting it for its agenda that was signed long ago by the U.S. State Dept.

President Peres headed the hit parade at the Mount Herzl Cemetery in Jerusalem and began by rightfully noting that Rabin was a veteran warrior who fought for Israel’s independence and survived the enemy, only to die at the hands of a Jew whose “crime never will be forgiven.”

He then went on the usual peace tangent, equating Rabin with the quest for peace as if he knows better than God what Rabin would have said had he lived long enough to see dozens of suicide bombings, missiles on Jerusalem neighborhoods and trading 1,000 terrorists, many of whom returned to their favorite pastime of killing Jews, for some bodies of soldiers or the return of one live soldier.

But this is nothing new. We go through this every year, for 18 years now, since Rabin was gunned down. The inherent assumption is that there is no peace because the government does not do enough for peace. The government, if it’s not headed by Labor, is to blame and never mind the Arabs’ rejection of Labor government leader Ehud Barak’s offer to give it almost everything it supposed wanted plus the silver platter.

Everyone is entitled to an opinion, but when Peres “remembered” Rabin on Wednesday by declaring, “Those who delude themselves that the status quo between us and the Palestinians will continue may become a victim of their delusions,” the only one who suffers delusions are Shimon Peres and his  flock of cluckers.

It was 25 years ago, in mid-1988, when the Intifada was six-months old. Any armchair Zionist from the United States or Europe who drove through the winding hills of Judea and Samaria saw the isolated Jewish communities under the shadow of hundreds of Arab villages tucked away in every valley and exposed in every turn of the back road.

“This cannot continue” was the refrain I remember hearing.

On the surface, nothing much has changed. There are dozens more Jewish communities, but there also are hundreds more Arab communities.

Politically, the same gap remains.

But the status quo has changed because what really matters is not Bush’s Roadmap nor John Kerry’s peace plans. United Nations resolutions in favor of the Palestinian Authority don’t matter. Not even Israel’s “goodwill” gestures matter.

What matters is that the Arab population at large couldn’t care less about a Palestinian Authority state.

If there is a status quo that exists and cannot continue it is the corrupt and impotent Palestinian Authority. The only meaningful riots among the Arabs are those against their own so-called leaders.

There is not one dominant urban center in the Palestinian Authority. There is Ramallah north of Jerusalem, Jenin further north, and there is Jenin even further north, closer to Lower Galilee than to the Ramallah.

There is Kalkilya bordering Kfar Saba on the northern edge of metropolitan Tel Aviv; there is Jericho, in the middle of nowhere in the Jordan Valley; and there is Tulkarm overlooking Netanya. In between all of these cities, there are miles and miles of rural villages.

Each city has its only culture and identity. Hevron Arabs never would feel at home in Jericho, and those in Shechem would not feel at home in Hevron. They all have different mentalities, as different as Ashkenazi and Sephardi Jews.

But those two Jewish tribes are bound together by Jewish blood and the need for a State of Israel.

The Arabs are not.

Nothing binds them. Even a common hate of Israel does not bind them because facts on the ground show that while they would love to see Israel annihilated, they would choose three square meals a day if given the choice between the two. They can’t have both because the Palestinian Authority never has had a will to become a ruling entity.

Israel has relinquished rule over most of the Palestinian Authority, but it cannot function. The security it provides for its own people is far less than Israel provided before the Intifadas.

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