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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.

Rabin’s Grandson Demands Peace from Netanyahu, Ignores Abbas

Sunday, October 13th, 2013

Peace with the Palestinian Authority and even with Iran is to be made only by Israel and not by the Arabs and Persians, if one is believe the remarks by the grandson of Yitzchak Rabin Saturday night at an annual rally to mark  the former Prime Minister‘s assassination in 1995.

Yonatan Ben-Artzi made absolutely no demands of Palestinian Authority  chairman Mahmoud Abbas nor of the new Iranian regime but instead placed the task of making pace on the shoulders of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu

“For the first time in years, a special opportunity has been put in your path, to take advantage of a unique situation in order to bring peace and solve both the Iranian and Palestinian conflicts at the same time. All of this with support and encouragement from the international community,” said  Ben-Artzi.

The rally drew approximately 30,000 people and was held under the banner of “Remembering he murder, struggling for democracy.”

Letter Reveals Rav Ovadia Retracted ‘Land for Peace’ Ruling in 2003

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef reversed his famous “Land for Peace” ruling of 1993 after the Palestinian Authority literally exploded in Israel’s face a decade later with large-scale terrorist attacks, including suicide bombings.

The revelation of the letter, seen below, explains Rav Ovadia’s incredibly strong statements in recent sermons, such as one of the most famous ones three years ago when he said of the Palestinian Authority, “All these evil people should perish from this world. God should strike them with a plague, them and these Palestinians.”

In 1993, when the prospect of peace turned into a mantra that mass media used to blind themselves and wishful-thinkers, the idea of Israel’s surrendering Judea, Gaza and Samaria for peace with Yasser Arafat was pushed by U.S. President Bill Clinton.

The Israeli government was split, and the Shas party, which obeyed whatever Rav Ovadia said, withstood arguments from nationalists and kept the Rabin-Peres coalition government alive with his famous ruling in favor of giving up “land for peace” because it is a matter of “pikuach nefesh,” saving the lives of Jews.

After Rav Ovadia died, Israel’s populist but rather ignorant media turned the funeral into a peace festival that obliterated the greatness of the rabbi, who wrote 50 books and who was cited all over the world as one of the greatest Torah sages ever.

The “expert analysts” on Israel radio and in the mass media explained that Rav Ovadia was a great man, but not because of  his brilliant mind that lived and breathed Torah and not because of the Shas party that he founded and turned into a kingmaker in Israeli politics.

“Land for peace” was the reason 800,000 Jews from all sects of Israeli society came to the funeral.

What they did not say is that 10 years after Oslo, during the Second Intifada that also is known as the Oslo War, Rav Ovadia ruled exactly the opposite.

Instead of “land for peace” being an issue to save the lives of Jews, it had become clear that it was a concept that endangered Jews.

Arafat’s “peace,” which murdered more than 1,000 Jews, wounded thousands others and which continues until today under the invisible hand of Mahmoud Abbas, is not the peace Rav Ovadia had in mind.

He wrote, “My dear brothers of Israel, residents of Judea and Samaria:

“It is my intention to make clear my position concerning Judea and Samaria. I have explained more than once since my Halachic ruling, that giving up land for peace has no validity in light of the current situation.

“I intended there be a true peace, in which Jerusalem and its surroundings will be secure in peace and quiet. But now, our eyes see that surrendering our holy land causes a danger to life.

“This is not the peace for which we prayed. Therefore, the Oslo Accords are null and void.”

Rav Ovadia then cited the verse form Psalms that states, “I speak peace and they speak war.”

Just as populist media falsified Rav Ovadia’s ruling, it has turned Jews in Israel and all over the world into victims of ignorant and slanderous reporting of Rav Ovadia’s Saturday night sermons. They took phrases out of contact and without any understanding that the rabbis was speaking the language his constituents understood, which is not the style of the pseudo-sophisticated Ashkenazi elite and certainly not that of the bleeding-heart media.

The Aish HaTorah website once quoted Rav Ovadia with comments that stated much clearer his idea of land for peace.

It quoted Rav Ovadia as saying, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef stated: “If the heads and commanders of the army, together with the government, state that saving of life is involved; that if areas of Israel are not given back, the danger exists of immediate war on the part of our Arab neighbors;

“And if the areas are returned to them, the danger of war will be averted; and that there is a chance of permanent peace; then it seems that according to all opinions it is permitted to return areas of Israel in order to achieve this aim, since nothing is more important than the saving of life.”

The Palestinian Authority war or terror on Israeli in the 1990s, after the Oslo Accords did not satisfy Arafat’s appetite to swallow up Israel, took a breather towards the end of the decade when the Barak government was on the verge of giving Arafat almost everything he wanted.

Anti-Nationalist Media Caught with its Left-Pants Leg Down (Video)

Monday, September 16th, 2013

Israel’s anti-rightwing media has exposed itself. It had planned a satirical anti-right wing TV series, but the promo was so disgusting and inciting that Channel One yanked it off the air.

If you are a really serious leftist with no boundaries of bad taste, sing along with this little ditty in the promo:

“Sometimes I am a hero/Sometime I kill/Sometimes I assassinate/Sometimes I slaughter.”

Isn’t that great satire?

But there is more. It also is anti-Semitic, to wit:

Sing, “I am a right-wing murderer” as script appears on the screen stating, “The Jews are coming, they have no God.”

Isn’t that funny?

During the 17-second promo, a baby’s dummy is dipped in cup of wine, on the table with all the accessories for a circumcision that prepares nationalist Jewish babies for their future.

It is something one would expect from a neo-Nazi cult, but , no, this comes from Israel Broadcasting Authority’s Channel One television,  a bastion of the left that through innuendo, prejudice, and outright hate has fed the Israel public two decades of hate of Orthodox Judaism and nationalists, depicted as the source of all of Israel’s problems.

Of course, Channel One sometimes puts a check mark to “balanced journalism” and says settlers are often called the “salt of the earth,” one of the favorite media expressions it used while manipulating the news to promote the plan in 2005 to expel more than 9,000 Jews from their homes, which were demolished afterwards.

The promo was for a “The Jews Are Coming” satire series that was supposed to be the clincher of a deal to air the nationalist Latma satirical program.

However, the Broadcasting Authority could not come to terms with airing a right-wing satirical program, and Latma, out of funds, died last month.

Latma founder Caroline Glick explained here :

“We were supposed to be broadcast on Israel TV’s Channel 1 as the station’s prime time satire show. We were approved by all the professional committees not 1, not 2, not 3 but 4 times over the past two years.

“Time after time, they told us they were about to send us the contract. We even sat down and negotiated a contract with them a year ago, but then, each time, they put us on hold. In this fourth iteration of this farce, we have been waiting to receive a contract since Shavuot. Maybe one will arrive in the mail…

“Or maybe our assessment at the outset, that the Left’s control over the Israeli media is so enormous that leftist commissars are willing to break their own rules to keep a satirical voice of Zionism off the air was spot on, and they will continue leading us by the nose and pretending they are a meritorcracy and don’t discriminate against Zionists for the next generation….

“Over the past year, believing the stories we were told by the powers that be on Channel 1 that we would be moving to the small screen almost immediately, we built up the production capabilities of a top line prime time television show. And the costs, for a donation based project are just too high. So we’re ending our run.”

Channel One’s promo for The Jews Are Coming series was pulled off the air because of widespread objections, but the satirical The Jews Are Coming series nevertheless is to debut next month.

If the promo is any indication of what is in store, the new series might be the best thing for nationalists, for the simple reason that it will continue to expose its own vile.

Not even the grossest right-winger would create a satire making fun of the dead murderer of Arabs, but the promo’s lyrics were listed on screen as written by “Baruch Goldstein, Yigal Amir and Yona Avrushmi.” The trio, toting rifles, happily chant the lyrics while dancing around flowers in the promo.

Goldstein was the American-born doctor who treated dozens of victim of Palestinian Authority terror. Many of them died in his arms, and he went off the deep end on Purim in 1994, dressing up in an IDF uniform, carrying his rifle in to the Muslim area of the Patriarchs’ Cave in Hevron and gunning down 29 Arabs. The stampede out of the mosque to escape Goldstein’s massacre crushed him to death.

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