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Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai

The mayor of Tel Aviv, Ron Huldai, has blamed Israel’s occupation of the ‘Palestinian territories’ for an attack on a cafe in his city that left four Israelis dead.

Should the mayor be sent to a psychologist’s couch or to court on charges of incitement and treason?


One might expect that the “New Middle East” serum concocted by the high priest of national self delusion, Shimon Peres had long expired its shelf life. Experimental potions based on dangerous cliches such as “land for peace,” “sacrifices for peace ( a euphemism for ‘terror victims’)”, moderate peace partner, “two state solution,” ” Peace now,” “one makes peace with one’s enemies” have run their course and done their damage

The Tel Aviv mayor seems to be among the dwindling number of Israelis who have not yet woken up from their tranquilized stupor and still cling to the “Oslo addiction.” Most Israelis are indeed waking up after being administrated the ultimate antidote – reality- like the latest terror attack.

The mayor’s comments were not greeted with the same glassy eye acceptance as they would have in the post Oslo period of mass hypnotism. He and his electorate in Tel Aviv must know that their hopes for leadership in this country are gone. Their hopeful vision of Israel looks like San Francisco on the Mediterranean. That would probably include safe haven for illegals who have committed crimes. Mr. Mayor is proud of his city’s title as the international gay capital of the world. They want a genuine Jewish state.What can be more Jewish then that?

It is a package. In Sodom there were judges and laws and “progressive” ideology too. How coincidental that some of Sodom ‘s values and those of Mr. Huldai sound so similar.

The Torah does not agree with the idea that Jews are “occupying any part of the Promised Land.
The Torah would never lend a sympathetic ear and tongue to the killers of Jews.
The Torah also would not support raising the flag of what it refers to as an abomination,” as a defining moral and social value of the “Jewish state”.

I could not help but ponder the stark contrast last week of the annual Jerusalem Day parade.

I was there, in the midst of tens of thousands of Israeli teens waving the nations flag with joy and pride.
At the Western wall the entire tightly packed plaza rang out in unison, “Shema Yisroel.” “The Lord is God!”
If you have only one day of the year to be in Jerusalem, do come on Jerusalem day. You will know at that moment that there is indeed a healthy future for this country.

There will be more Arab attacks on Jews, in Tel Aviv and other “occupied” parts of our country. There will be more “sacrifices for peace.”
There will be more incorrigible Oslo addicts, blabbering about the occupation – to, mercifully, a decreasing audience.

The process is slow and painful but if you look at a graph spanning our modern history, it reads like a long term stock performance graph: Lots of zig and zags, with some dramatic jumps and steep drops – but a great long term investment. In fact it was the most undervalued stock when it hit the big board but now it’s appropriately recognized as the miracle country that defies all conventional wisdom.

It seems to me that our current “nationalist” leadership does not get it yet either.

Always looking over their shoulders in fear of their image”abroad” and in the opinion pages of the “important” circles, they fear any accusation of being “intransigent.”
This of course means “keeping the door open” to a “peace settlement.” blah, blah, blah…
We know what that code word means and where it has gotten us until today. Our current leaders can explain the dangers wonderfully, but can not jump off the out of control train. The seats are too comfortable.

The average Israeli has disdain for the Ron Huldais of Israel. His language is open, honest and–revolting to most Israelis.

I am convinced that the future leadership of Israel will come from the beautiful youth I was swept up by on Jerusalem Day.

And it will come – soon.


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Shalom Pollack, a veteran Israeli tour guide, served in the Israeli Navy and lectures on the Mideast.