THEATER OF THE ABSURD:  THE CONSEQUENCES OF NOT BEING HITLER

 

[Note: For the past 3 months, based upon the concocted pretext that Likud Party leader Ariel Sharon had "offended" the Arab masses by visiting the public plaza atop Jerusalem's Temple Mount just before Rosh HaShana of 2000, Yasser Arafat and his Palestinian Authority have waged an accelerated and uninterrupted war of annihilation against the Jewish population of Israel. In what will surely turn out to be a futile effort to appease this Nazi-like regime, U.S. President Clinton has just improved upon Israel's overly-generous July 2000 Camp David statehood proposal by offering to the "Palestinian" Arabs a state comprising virtually all of the ancestral lands of biblical Israel which the Jewish people had reacquired, as a result of the 1967 Six Day War, from Egypt and Jordan. After all, it is more than apparent that Clinton's misguided offer will only reinforce Arafat's Hitlerian belief that he need not terminate his aggression against the Jewish people in exchange for being given merely a portion of that which he will eventually be able to seize from a weakened Jewish State that has openly embraced a Chamberlainian course of appeasement. -- Mark Rosenblit, January 1, 2001]

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Arafat drove through Jerusalem

By: ETGAR LEFKOVITS, Jerusalem Post correspondent, 29 December 2000

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Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat travelled through the streets of Jerusalem with an Israeli escort in the wee hours of Christmas morning after attending a midnight mass in Bethlehem on Christmas Eve.

Due to the stormy weather in Israel that night, Arafat was unable to use his helicopter to fly out of PA-ruled Bethlehem. With Israeli permission, and a police escort, he drove through the darkened and deserted streets of Jerusalem at about 2:30 a.m. Christmas morning.

His motorcade passed by the walls of the Old City as he was driven down Road No. 1 out of the capital on his way to the Allenby Bridge, where he crossed over to Jordan for a meeting with King Abdullah II.

A Jerusalem police spokesman refused to comment on the report, which was first broadcast on Army radio Thursday morning. Jerusalem Mayor Ehud Olmert said Thursday that he saw nothing wrong with the Palestinians' leader being driven through the capital.

"If Arafat needs to cross the city of Jerusalem, I could think of no more appropriate way than under the protection of Israeli security forces," he said at a press conference at the opening of his temporary office near the Western Wall plaza.

"As the leader of the Palestinians, we have to treat Arafat with the appropriate dignity on the personal level. This does not mean, however, that we have to give him everything he does not deserve on the political level...Anyway by seeing the city, he knew we are here," Olmert said.

(c) 2000 The Jerusalem Post

 

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Ha'aretz: Sharon sends card to Arafat

By: Yossi Verter and Danny Rubinstein, Ha'aretz correspondents, 31 December 2000

Likud chair MK Ariel Sharon sent a greeting card to Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat over the weekend in honor of the Id al-Fitr holiday. Along with the greeting for a happy holiday to "Arafat and his family," the note also expressed hope that the holiday would bring with it full peace for Israel and the Palestinians, enabling all in the region to live in peace and security and enjoy economic prosperity. Sharon's staff reported that this was not unusual because Sharon sends similar greetings every year to Arab leaders, including Arafat.

In response, MK Eli Goldshmidt, who heads [Prime Minister] Ehud Barak's campaign headquarters said, "The masquerade orchestrated by Likud's campaign spin doctors continues."

Sharon's holiday greeting was met by surprise by Palestinians. It received broad coverage in the Palestinian press and in an official report by the Palestinian news service.

© Copyright 2000 Haaretz. All rights reserved

 

Commentary: Kever Yosef (Joseph's Tomb), together with its synagogue, is destroyed in Shechem (Nablus). The Shalom Al Yisrael (Peace Upon Israel) synagogue is destroyed in Jericho. Rocks rain down upon Jewish worshipers at the Kotel HaMa'aravi (Western Wall) in Jerusalem. Jewish school buses are attacked, and bombs are detonated all over Israel. Jews are afraid to travel on the roads or to congregate in public places. Jews, including children, are being murdered and maimed on a daily basis. The "Palestinian" Arabs (with moral, diplomatic, financial and tactical support from "Israeli" Arabs) are waging a war of terroristic attrition against the Jewish communities of Israel, while -- at the very same time -- they are dulling our senses by their feigned participation in the "Peace Process".

And, in deference to the honor and respect that the gentile nations shower upon Yasser Arafat, y'mach sh'mo (cursed be his name), Israel insists on treating him in the same manner -- despite the fact that his hands are red with the bloods* of more Jews than any monster since Adolf Hitler, y'mach sh'mo! Is this not the height of Yirat HaGoyim (fear of the nations) and, consequently, a negation of Yirat Elohim (fear of God)?

"As the leader of the Palestinians, we have to treat Arafat with the appropriate dignity on the personal level." What can one say about the immorality of Jerusalem Mayor Ehud Olmert who applauds and justifies the monster's escort under Jewish protection when, instead, he should have demanded the monster's arrest and execution for crimes against the Jewish people?

"Anyway by seeing the city, he knew we are here." No, Mr. Mayor! By being able to continually murder and maim Jews with impunity, the monster knows that we are here; once he runs out of Jews to annihilate, then he will know that we are no longer here.

And then there is Likud party leader and prime ministerial candidate Ariel Sharon who sends a greeting card to the very same monster! Is this really the "ariel" (lion of God) who seeks to be the ruler over the Jewish nation or, rather, just another frightened Jew who places Yirat HaGoyim above Yirat Elohim? In an effort to ingratiate himself with the gentile nations which have already begun to preemptively demonize him prior to the Israeli elections -- and to thereby "prove" to them that he is, in fact, quite "civilized", and that they are, in fact, quite wrong about him -- Ariel Sharon now supinely demonstrates for them how, despite the hemorrhaging of the Jewish people, he is, nonetheless, able to return Kindness for Cruelty.

Is there any moral basis for a Jewish leader to wish well the enemy leader who, on a daily basis, orchestrates the murder and maiming of the very people whom that Jewish leader is sworn to protect? Let us suppose that during the Shoah (Holocaust), Adolf Hitler, y'mach sh'mo -- in order to weaken the resolve of the Allies -- entered into peace negotiations while the furnaces of Auschwitz continued to consume our people. Would any Jewish leader have provided him with safe passage through Jewish territory? Would any Jewish leader have wished him well on his holiday? It is because we have unfortunately placed Hitler, y'mach sh'mo, in a special category of "One" that our Jewish leadership is simply unable to view and to treat any contemporary adversary, including Arafat, y'mach sh'mo, as we viewed and (had we but been given the blessed opportunity) as we would have treated Hitler, y'mach sh'mo -- namely, as an irredeemable enemy of the Jewish people who is deserving, not of respect, but of death.

Indeed, the case of Hitler, y’mach sh’mo, is the exception that proves the rule; for, past and present Jewish leaders have habitually committed the great sin of respecting the dignity of those who comprise the leadership of our enemies. 

For example, Saul, first king of united Israel, was commanded by God to annihilate the evil nation of Amalek. However, after Saul had defeated and eradicated the Amalekites, he was no longer able to view or to treat their captured leader Agag, y'mach sh'mo, as an enemy of the Jewish people.  As the Hebrew Bible states: “He captured Agag, king of Amalek, alive, and the entire people he destroyed by the edge of the sword.  Saul, as well as the people, took pity on Agag …” (I Samuel 15:8-9).  It seems that Saul -- like many a leader of the modern State of Israel -- essentially viewed the Amalekite king and himself as belonging to an exclusive club, namely, that peer group comprised of all-powerful national leaders.  As such, Saul perversely felt a greater kinship with his fellow monarch than he did with the Jewish people.  Due to his exhibition and application of misplaced kindness, mercy and respect towards the evil Amalekite leader, Saul was stripped of his crown in favor of another -- David, son of Jesse. And it was left to the Prophet Samuel to administer the very Justice that King Saul was simply unable to contemplate, let alone effectuate: "Samuel then said, 'Bring me Agag, king of Amalek.' And Agag went to him submissively. And Agag said, 'Surely, the bitterness of death has passed.' And Samuel said, 'As your sword made women childless, so shall your mother be childless among women.' And Samuel cut Agag into pieces before HaShem in Gilgal. Samuel went to Ramah, and Saul went up to his home at Gibeath-shaul. Samuel never again saw Saul until the day of his [Samuel's] death, for Samuel mourned over Saul, but HaShem had reconsidered His having made Saul king over Israel." (I Samuel 15:32-35).  

Similarly, Ahab, y’mach sh’mo, a subsequent monarch of the northern kingdom of Israel, who was himself an exceedingly evil person, was ordered by God to crush the evil empire of Aram, which had invaded Samaria in order to loot the country and carry off its women and children into slavery.  Although, in two great battles, the Aramean and allied armies were decimated, Ben-hadad, y’mach sh’mo, the Aramean king, escaped to the City of Aphek and hid inside a closet.  Then: “His servants said to him [Ben-hadad], ‘Behold now, [since] we have heard that the kings of the House of Israel are merciful kings, please let us put sackcloth on our loins and ropes upon our heads, and go out to the king of Israel; perhaps he will permit you to live.’ So they girded sackcloth on their loins and [put] ropes upon their heads, and they came to the king of Israel and said, ‘Your servant Ben-hadad said, “Please let me live.”’ -- and he [Ahab] said, ‘Is he still alive? He is my brother!’ Now the men took this as a [favorable] omen, and quickly catching the expression from him, said, ‘Your brother Ben-hadad.’ Then he [Ahab] said, ‘Go, bring him.’ -- and Ben-hadad came out to him, and he [Ahab] helped him up into the chariot. Ben-hadad said to him, ‘The cities which my father took from your father I will restore, and you shall control markets for yourself in Damascus, as my father did in Samaria.’ -- [Ahab responded:] ‘And I -- with that covenant -- shall send you [on your way].’ So he [Ahab] sealed with him a covenant, and sent him [on his way].” (I Kings 20:31-34).  Due to the fact that Ahab, y’mach sh’mo, had ignored God’s Instructions in favor of misplaced kindness, mercy and respect towards the evil Aramean leader, God sent an unidentified prophet to the disobedient monarch to pronounce Judgment upon him:  “He [the Prophet] said to him [Ahab], ‘Thus said HaShem, “Because you have sent from [your] hand the man whom I had condemned to destruction, it shall be your soul instead of his soul, and your people instead of his people.”’ So the king of Israel went to his house depressed and upset; and he came to Samaria.” (I Kings 20:42-43).

Furthermore, it should be recalled that Haman, y'mach sh'mo -- the villain of the Purim story and a descendant of King Agag, y'mach, sh'mo -- is expressly described by Scripture as " ... Haman, the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, the enemy of the Jews." (Esther 3:10); and later as: " ... Haman, the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, the enemy of all the Jews." (Esther 9:24).  For his crimes against the Jewish people he was summarily executed (see Esther 7:1-10); and he is, consequently, deemed to be the archetypal adversary of the Jewish people. Yet he earned the death penalty and the everlasting enmity of the Jewish people without ever having harmed a single Jew. His punishment and infamy were due solely to his unfulfilled intentions. In this respect, Arafat, y'mach sh'mo, is much worse than Haman, y'mach sh'mo, because Arafat, y'mach sh'mo, has been able to commence fulfilling his intentions.

Moreover, it is perverse that that our Jewish leadership continues to rage -- through innumerable Holocaust memorials and endless Holocaust research projects -- against the Nazi enemy which has not harmed a single Jew in more than half a century, but that it is unable to redirect even a fraction of that rage against the Arab enemy which is presently directing a war of annihilation against the Jewish people in the Land of Israel.

May God provide us with a leader who has Yirat Elohim and not Yirat HaGoyim. And may God provide us with a leader who understands when the exhibition and application of kindness and mercy constitute a Kiddush HaShem (sanctification of God's Name) and when such exhibition and application, instead, constitute a Chillul HaShem (desecration of God's Name). And may God provide us with this leader quickly!

© Mark Rosenblit

* Why do I say "bloods" and not "blood"? -- this is because, by murdering even one person, the monster exterminates, as well, all of the martyred one's unconceived descendants (see Gen. 4:10: "Then He said, 'What have you done? The voice of your brother's bloods [in Hebrew:  d’mai achicha] cries out to Me from the ground!'"; see also Mishna, Sanhedrin 4:5, concerning the murder of Abel by Cain: “... it does not say, ‘your brother’s blood’ but ‘your brother’s bloods’, [indicating] his blood and the blood of his succeeding generations.”).

 

Note:   Israel’s leaders continue to be more interested in ingratiating themselves with the leadership of the nations than in protecting the Jewish people.  Read on! -- Mark Rosenblit

Arise, Shimon Peres, knight commander?

By HERB KEINON and JONNY PAUL

(Jerusalem Post, October 24, 2008) Efforts to have President Shimon Peres "knighted" during a visit to London next month may have been set back by premature publication of the move, Foreign Ministry sources said Thursday.

Yediot Aharonot, under a headline "Sir Peres," reported Wednesday that Peres was expected to be appointed an honorary knight by Queen Elizabeth II in appreciation of his contribution to peace efforts in the Middle East and to furthering Israeli-British ties.

While admitting that the embassy in London was working on the issue, the sources said that revealing these efforts prematurely could lead anti-Israeli forces in Britain to try to scuttle the idea.

What is at issue is an appointment for Peres as an honorary member to the Order of St. Michael and St. George. Appointment to this Order, according to the Encyclopedia Britannica Web site, is conferred mostly on officials in colonial affairs, foreign-service officers and diplomats, and others who have performed important duties in Commonwealth countries.

Foreigners may be admitted as honorary members, but they cannot prefix "Sir" to their first names. They can, however, place the initials of the order after their last name. In Peres's case, therefore, he would become President Shimon Peres, KCMG, for Knight Commander of St. Michael and St. George.

[Microsoft Corporation founder] Bill Gates and [former New York City Mayor] Rudolph Giuliani are among foreigners with honorary knighthoods.

The honorary appointment of Peres to this order is still under discussion between Buckingham Palace and the Foreign Office, which refused to comment on the matter Thursday.

Peres will be making a three-day visit to the UK on November 18. Although this is not an official state visit, Peres will be a guest of the Queen. The Israeli Embassy in London said it was currently putting together Peres's schedule with Buckingham Palace, the Foreign Office and Downing Street.

(©) The Jerusalem Post

 

Note:  Although Egypt tirelessly demonizes Israel in its state-controlled media, in United Nations forums, and in the Arab and Muslim organizations of which it is a member (such as the League of Arab States and the Organization of the Islamic Conference) and then turns a blind eye to the hundreds of tunnels originating in Sinai which are used by Hamas to smuggle explosives and weaponry into Gaza, Israel habitually responds to Egypt’s systematic aggression by showering it with flattery.  Read on! -- Mark Rosenblit

Lieberman: Mubarak can go to Hell

By Jerusalem Post staff

(Jerusalem Post, October 30, 2008) Both President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Ehud Olmert acted swiftly Wednesday to try and contain any diplomatic damage from Israel Beiteinu head Avigdor Lieberman's unflattering remarks about Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, phoning Mubarak to say Lieberman's words did not reflect Israeli policy.

Speaking at a Knesset memorial session Wednesday marking the seventh anniversary of former tourism minister Rehavam Ze'evi's assassination, Lieberman said, "[Ze'evi] would never agree to the self-effacing attitude of Israel vis-a-vis Egypt. Time after time, our leaders go to meet Mubarak in Egypt, but he has never agreed to come here for an official visit as president. Every self-respecting leader would have made those meetings conditional on reciprocity. If he wants to talk to us, he should come here; if he doesn't want to come here, he can go to Hell."

Olmert, according to his office, called Mubarak immediately afterward and apologized for the "crude" comments. The prime minister told Mubarak that it would have been better had comments like those not been made, and that once they were uttered it was clear they were "unnecessary and harmful."

According to Olmert's office, the prime minister said Israel viewed Mubarak as a "strategic partner and a close friend," and that Israel attributed great importance to the relations with Egypt and to strengthening the ties between the two countries.

Peres also phoned Mubarak and issued a statement expressing "sorrow" at Lieberman's statement.

"The State of Israel has deep respect for President Mubarak and his country for their important and leading role in furthering peace in the region," Peres said, adding that one "lone call" would not harm relations that were wide, varied and full of content.

The quick and unequivocal response by Peres and Olmert indicated concern in Jerusalem that Lieberman's remarks could complicate relations with Egypt if they were not sharply and quickly denounced.

Nevertheless, Mubarak's refusal to make a state visit to Israel has periodically been a point of contention between the two countries. Former prime minister Ariel Sharon, for instance, entered office in 2001 saying he would not make pilgrimages to Cairo as his predecessors had, at least until the Egyptians released alleged Israeli [Druze Arab] spy Azzam Azzam [because the latter was falsely accused, convicted and imprisoned by Egypt for the sole purpose of humiliating Israel and its Druze Arab population which is largely loyal to the Jewish State]. Indeed, Sharon did not meet Mubarak in Egypt until after Azzam's release in December 2005.

Mubarak is expected to host a meeting of the Quartet -- the US, EU, UN and Russia -- on November 9 in Sharm e-Sheikh [located in Sinai], a meeting that Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni is scheduled to attend. There is also a likelihood that Livni and Palestinian Authority negotiator Ahmed Qurei will brief the Quartet representatives on the status of the Israeli-PA negotiations, charting out what has and has not yet been agreed upon.

In preparation for that meeting, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is expected to arrive in Jerusalem on November 6, just two days after the US elections, in an indication that the US does not intend to put the diplomatic process in deep freeze until after the Israeli elections or a new US Administration is sworn in.

Another indication that the US wants to try and keep some diplomatic momentum going is an invitation US President George W. Bush issued to Olmert Wednesday for another meeting in the US. Olmert's office said the two men spoke by phone Wednesday and that the visit would take place "shortly."

(©) The Jerusalem Post

 

Note:   While Hamas-controlled Gaza rains down thousands of rockets and mortars upon Israel, the latter continues to transfer to Gaza, not only fuel, electricity, food, potable water, and medical supplies, but also cash.  Why cash? -- because, ironically, Gaza uses the Israeli shekel as its main currency.  And what is Israel’s justification for keeping Hamas-controlled banks supplied with Israeli shekels?  The rationale given by Israel is that it has an obligation to protect the integrity of any banking system -- even one controlled by one of its enemies -- which chooses to utilize the shekel as its currency. It does not get more absurd than this. Read on! -- Mark Rosenblit

Fischer defends Gaza cash transfer

Dec. 12, 2008

Sharon Wrobel, THE JERUSALEM POST

The government's decision to transfer NIS 100 million in cash to Gaza Strip banks was justified, Bank of Israel Governor Stanley Fischer said Thursday.

"It is the Bank of Israel's role to maintain the quality of notes and coins and to adjust the volume of cash to economic changes in places where the shekel is the main currency," he said. "The Bank of Israel stepped in, among others, because it cannot be responsible for the collapse of a banking system that uses the Israeli shekel."

Amid harsh criticism from Knesset members and dozens of family members of victims of terrorist rocket attacks, an armored truck carrying NIS 100m. arrived in Gaza from Israel on Thursday to help ease the cash crisis so that 70,000 local salaries could be paid.

Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Wednesday approved the cash transfer from Palestinian banks in the West Bank to Gaza. His decision came in response to a "personal appeal" from Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salaam Fayad and a request from Fischer.

Israel has not allowed cash into Gaza since October, causing severe shortages in local banks. The refusal to let Palestinian banks send money to their Gaza branches was one of the restrictions Barak imposed in response to the rocket attacks.

In recent months, disagreements have emerged between the Bank of Israel and Bank Hapoalim and Israel Discount Bank over the provision of banking services to Gaza. Following the government's decision to declare Gaza a "terrorist entity," Hapoalim and Discount have been considering an end to dealings with Gaza banks. They are the only two Israeli banks still working with the PA in correspondent relationships with Gaza banks, including providing clearing services.

The Bank of Israel cannot force Israeli banks to do business with Gaza banks, but it can prevent them from suspending clearing activity, since the main currency in Gaza is the shekel.

The central bank recently asked Hapoalim and Discount to delay cutting off ties with Gaza banks and continue activity, at least until the end of January [2009].

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Note:   Israel’s elected government habitually permits its collective authority to be undermined by errant ceremonial officials, rogue Cabinet Ministers, ambitious Members of Knesset and politically-influential private individuals and to thereby be disregarded by colluding foreign governments.  Read on! -- Mark Rosenblit

Another Tack: Where fools have been before

By SARAH HONIG

(Jerusalem Post, May 22, 2014) All too many Israeli politicians brazenly seek to star in compulsive remakes of Shimon Peres’s original London and Oslo escapades.

The Israeli penchant for dismissing official authority and embarking on freelance diplomatic endeavors could presumably be dismissed as an almost endearing eccentricity. The problem is that it’s anything but endearing. It triggers real disasters.

The hubris to flout the authority of any government – no matter who heads it – exclusively emboldens left-wing players. They range from relatively unknown individuals (though they’re always well-connected to the real clout-bearers) all the way to top-ranking ministers who, fired up by their own chutzpah, set out to hijack history-making prerogatives.

Soon-to-retire President Shimon Peres still does it in his ostensibly ceremonial role of president. But he already behaved badly as foreign minister to both prime ministers Yitzhak Shamir and Yitzhak Rabin.

The latest to dabble in unauthorized diplomacy is Justice Minister Tzipi Livni. She recently conferred with Ramallah figurehead Mahmoud Abbas in London, despite the government’s decision (which she supported) to freeze contact with him for his kiss-and-make-up with Jihadist Hamas.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was reported to be displeased with this rendezvous (by way of significant understatement).

It cannot be easy for him (again, by way of significant understatement). His hold on the reins of Israeli diplomacy is continuously challenged by cliques of conceited self-appointed competitors. Livni’s controversial initiative came only days after Peres informed the nation straight-faced that he had single-handed all but achieved a comprehensive peace agreement (no less) with Abbas in 2011 and that said salvation from all of our existential woes was summarily scuttled by none other than Netanyahu.

More precisely, Peres claimed that Netanyahu asked him to wait “three or four days,” then “the days went by,” and the deal disappeared with them. Of course, one would assume that had there been any substance to whatever it was that Peres claims to have cleverly concocted – and had it been bolstered by any authentic Palestinian commitment – it would have survived for a few additional days.

However, Peres’s aim isn’t to make peace or to make a sense. It is, as per many a precedent on his part, to impart innuendo and garner glory for himself.

Both of these should be fundamental no-noes for anyone who accepts that it is the right of an elected government to determine its own diplomatic strategy. It’s one thing for the opposition or for overly ambitious coalition members to carp and take potshots domestically but quite another to launch their own foreign policy projects. So, anyway, it ought to be wherever the basics of the voters’ democratic verdict are minimally respected.

Back in 1947, in what was dubbed “the speech heard around the world,” Republican Senator Arthur Vandenberg urged that Democratic President Harry Truman be allowed to pursue his foreign policy unhindered because “politics should stop at the water’s edge.” In other words, honorable politicians present a united front to other countries and to external entities, regardless of home-turf disagreements. *Conducting a separate foreign policy, especially vis-à-vis inimical forces, is illegitimate in any democracy. The proactive sabotage of an elected government’s policy overturns electoral results by means other than the ballot box.

Wherever and whenever foreign policy doesn’t remain free of tinkering inspired by partisan rivalries and aspirations, the consequences may prove calamitous. Remember: the entire Oslo fiasco began as private diplomatic enterprise behind the back of Israel’s elected government.

The prelude occurred in 1987, when Shimon Peres, then serving as Shamir’s foreign minister, cooked up the London Agreement with Jordan. Peres kept Shamir in the dark, while leading King Hussein to believe Peres had Shamir’s blessing. Only the Americans eventually let Shamir in on the scheme. Peres even refused to show Shamir a copy of the agreement, something the Americans in due course provided for Israel’s head of government.

Shamir sacked Peres. Rabin didn’t, although Peres pulled the same stunt on him. Instead, Rabin fell for the fait accompli, which came to be known as the Oslo Accord.

In an Oct.31, 2008 Yediot Aharonot interview, Yossi Beilin unabashedly admitted that during the Oslo process, he “had to do things behind peoples’ backs. I was deputy foreign minister. The foreign minister and prime minister [Peres and Rabin respectively] didn’t know that I was conducting talks with the PLO until I decided to inform them.”

It all began in November 1992, when Beilin’s buddies, Ya’ir Hirschfeld and the late Ron Pundak hobnobbed with Hanan Ashrawi, spokeswoman for the PLO delegation to the moribund Madrid Conference. Hirschfeld and Pundak disapproved on the way both the Shamir and Rabin governments handled the talks and undertook unilaterally to overrule them – as they saw fit.

They began holding stealthy get-togethers with a host of PLO hotshots, despite this being explicitly illegal under Israeli law at the time. But laws were obviously intended for other people, not for those considered too exalted in their own eyes to abide by what binds ordinary mortals.

Ashrawi introduced them to Ahmed Qurei (Abu-Ala) one of the more senior PLO honchos. Soon pseudo-negotiations ensued despite Hirschfeld’s and Pundak’s lack of standing. After Beilin was briefed, he prevailed on Peres, whose fondness for going behind any government’s back was already well-established by then. This was after Rabin had already publicly scorned Peres for being “a relentless underminer.”

But crucially, when push really came to shove, the irresolute Rabin failed to stand up to Peres’s wiles. Having made a ruinous bet, he kept throwing more good money after the bad. Essentially Oslo came to be because Beilin successfully pitched the notion that the Palestinians had undergone a strategic metamorphosis to his boss Shimon Peres, who proceeded to bamboozle his own boss, Rabin.

Then, with fantastic fanfare and self-congratulation, the furtive deal was unveiled to the citizenry as a glorious masterstroke. The intelligence community didn’t raise a ruckus, the intellectual elites celebrated and the obstinate opponents were lumped with Hamas as “enemies of peace.”

Beilin’s 2008 confession should have generated a furious political maelstrom. Our opinion-molders should have been scandalized. Our entire public discourse should have reverberated with outrage. But nobody was appalled. Perhaps it was because Beilin’s conspiracy was right up Peres’s alley and he enticed Rabin into it.

Ultimately, irresponsible dilettante negotiations without government sanction or foreknowledge do more than undercut Israel’s strength. They cause disregard and derision for us internationally. Jewish sovereignty ends up treated with impertinence nobody would ever dare demonstrate even toward any minor third-world potentate. What foreign governments and their local envoys allow themselves here, they wouldn’t begin to countenance in relation to any other government anywhere, even of the less-than-strictly-democratic variety.

The erosion is continuous and the damage is wrought in increments, over so many years, until collective memory of most individual episodes of subterfuge quickly fades.

Here is one seemingly negligible yet very telling instance from January 2004, when astonished members of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee were informed that Norway’s embassy hosted a clandestine meeting between then-opposition leader Shimon Peres of Labor and then-Palestinian premier Ahmed Qurei (yes, the very one who back in 1992 got the ball truly rolling with Hirschfeld and Pundak). In 2004, Qurei assiduously resisted all pressure to meet with Israel’s elected premier, Ariel Sharon.

But that was hardly all. Qurei was chauffeured to Tel Aviv, without prior coordination with IDF authorities, by non-other than Norwegian UN envoy Terje Roed-Larsen – one of Oslo’s progenitors, with political and personal links aplenty to Peres. Larsen had transported Qurei illicitly across the lines in blatant contravention of the legitimate authorities’ regulations. Larsen thereby thumbed his nose at Israeli self-determination and this was no isolated instance of such contempt by him.

The fact that the Norwegian embassy thought it desirable to go behind its host government’s back attested to a flagrantly disrespectful attitude and inappropriate conduct, hardly conceivable elsewhere.

In this forgotten but seminal case, senior diplomats sought to further agendas in cahoots with Israel’s opposition against the expressed policies of the legal government. In blunter terms this should have been called subversion.

Even in 2004, moreover, it wasn’t an isolated instance. It came hot on the heels of the bizarre financial largesse and tireless efforts of the Swiss to sponsor the Geneva Accords, in impudent defiance of the government which represented the overwhelming majority of Israelis.

Worse yet, this wasn’t solely the oddball undemocratic indecency of misguided Europeans. Then-American ambassador Dan Kurtzer, representing what was hyped as Washington’s friendliest-ever administration, engaged in similar hanky-panky.

He hosted a get-together between senior Palestinians – though they boycotted Israel’s elected leadership – and leading activists in Israel’s leftwing opposition from both Labor and Meretz.

Particularly disconcerting was the fact that at least some of this session was devoted to trashing Israel’s duly elected government. If anything, that signaled to potential Palestinian “peace-partners” that they needn’t respect their Israeli interlocutors and that they can take it for granted that Israel doesn’t enjoy American backing. In itself, that constituted a treacherous message.

Intensifying the insolence was the fact that the surreptitious nature of assignation diplomacy wasn’t what then bothered Labor or Meretz. They were up-in-arms about the fact that officialdom was aware of whom they saw and what was said. They vociferously protested what they asserted smacked of McCarthyism.

Magically, they shifted focus from their underhandedness to the supposed violation of their rights, just as they do in recurrent imbroglios about who funds the Left’s front-organizations, those which spare no effort or tactic to demonize Israel worldwide.

All too many Israeli politicians brazenly seek to star in compulsive remakes of Peres’s original London and Oslo escapades. Indeed, once Peres – his advancing years notwithstanding – is freed of the presidency’s most nominal obligations and restrictions, we can expect his ultra-invigorated attempts to reprise his antics of old.

Such folly is inherently dangerous, because the Pereses, Beilins, Livnis and their numerous think-alike cronies/groupies dominate the media, dictate the national agenda and may inspire/impel a future government as they did the one that gave us Oslo.

Their unconscionable recklessness casts a lingering portentous pall over us. Someone once wisely observed that fools rush in where fools have been before.

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Note:  Even while Gazan missiles and mortars are again raining down upon Israel, the Jewish State continues to supply, inter alia, de facto free electricity to Gaza -- power which Gaza uses to conduct its war of genocide against the Jewish people.  Ironically, although a Gazan missile has recently destroyed one of the Israeli power cables that supplies electricity to Gaza, it is almost certain that Israel will repair that power cable once there is a pause in Gaza’s missile barrage.  All of the foregoing is absurd.  Read on! -- Mark Rosenblit

Hamas’s own goal

By JPost Editorial

15/07/2014 [July 15, 2014]    

It was almost poetic justice – a rocket that Hamas fired at Israel on Sunday night knocked out a high-voltage line that supplies electricity to some 70,000 Gazans. This was a blackout waiting to happen.

Literally biting the hand that feeds it, Hamas persistently aims at the very Ashkelon power plant upon which Gaza depends for its electricity. Israel has refrained from switching the power off lest it incur censure from abroad.

Neither Gaza nor the Ramallah half of the Palestinian Authority pays for the power consumed. Gaza alone, it’s estimated, owes the Israel Electric Corporation NIS 220 million (out of the staggering NIS1.5 billion of unpaid Palestinian debts).

The downed electricity line is one of a dozen high-tension lines with 120 megawatts per hour transmission capacity. Its loss means that the entire area between Khan Yunis and Deir el-Balah has been plunged into darkness.

The damage is reparable, but there’s no quick fix. In the best of times this job could take a long time. As things stand, with more rockets flying out of Gaza, no IEC employees would be willing to risk life and limb and expose themselves to Gazan predations just in order to restore electricity to Gazans. Moreover, no one asks them to.

The IEC states that attempts to mend the severed line wouldn’t be made before full calm is restored and workers could assume they were operating in uncompromised safety. This has received unstinting government backing. Indeed, it is reported that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and National Infrastructure Energy and Water Minister Silvan Shalom had both personally instructed IEC chairman Yiftah Ron-Tal to abstain from endangering the lives of IEC personnel for the Gazans’ sake.

Moreover, Israel’s supplying electricity to Gaza is part of a larger anomaly.

Despite the 2005 disengagement, Israel has not been able to fully disengage from Gaza. Thus while Hamas lobs rockets indiscriminately at Israeli civilians in nearly every corner of the country, Israel continues to supply the Strip not only with electricity but also water, foodstuffs, medications, and more. This continues during spates of fighting because Israel seeks to deflect PR [public relations] damage and legal travail.

The IEC has gone so far as to petition the High Court of Justice last month either to allow it to disobey government directives to continue supplying electricity to Gaza or to order the government to deduct the sums owed the IEC from tax money collected by Israel for the PA.

The alternative would be to pass on the costs to ordinary Israelis who are already burdened with inordinately high bills. The upshot would be that Israeli households would end up paying for the electricity which Gazans inter alia use to manufacture the rockets with which they threaten the lives of the very same Israelis who pick up their tab. The current is likewise used to dig and maintain tunnels through which much of Hamas’s deadly arsenal is smuggled and through which incursions against Israelis are also plotted.

Surely the disingenuous humanist outcry anticipated in case of a power cut from the Israeli side cannot arise when Gazans cause their own comeuppance. It would be too much even for biased foreign opinion molders and political pontificators to expect Israeli technicians to put their lives on the line for the sake of their would-be killers. It shouldn’t be too much to presume that there’s a limit to how unreasonable the international community can be.

But the just deserts which Hamas rocket launchers brought on their own people should also light the way for future Israeli policy. If Israel is loath to outright pull the plug on the electricity it supplies Gaza, it can at least a priori publish a price list for Gazan infractions of whatever future accommodation is reached. Whenever any projectile is fired from Gaza after the truce, it should automatically mean a blackout for given periods, depending on the severity of the aggression. Thus both Gaza and world opinion would be apprised in advance of the consequences of any attacks from Gaza.

Those who wish to keep Gaza supplied should encourage it to cease firing.

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Note:  Now that a temporary cease-fire has been declared, Israel has, indeed, begun to restore power to Gaza.  Read on! -- Mark Rosenblit:

[Dr. Aaron Lerner - IMRA, 6 August 2014:  In reply to a question from IMRA, IEC Deputy Spokesperson Iris Ben-Shahal replied that the total debt of the Palestinians to Israel Electric is today NIS 1.5 billion (close to USD 440 million)]

Israel Electric Corp. Begins Repairing Power Grids for Gaza Residents

Last night, Tuesday (5 August 2014), Israel Electric Corporation  employees of the Be'er Sheva district, as instructed by the political echelon and authorized by the IDF, began working (near the border with the Gaza Strip) to repair the power grids that were damaged due to rockets fired from the Gaza Strip.

Repairing the lines that deliver electricity to Gaza requires very meticulous and complex work, under difficult working conditions. IDF soldiers are guarding the IEC employees with tanks and APCs.

IEC provides 120 megawatts of electricity to Gaza on 10 high voltage lines. Most of the power lines were damaged due to rocket fire.

IEC will continue to work on repairing the damaged lines on the Israeli side. There are also a number of damaged power lines within the Gaza Strip.

All IEC work is in full coordination with the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT).

For further details, please contact IEC Deputy Spokesperson Iris Ben-Shahal at <mailto:iris.ben-shahal@iec.co.il>, 076-8642046 or 052-3997683.

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Another tack: Goebbels on the BBC

By SARAH HONIG

No sane Briton would have tolerated the notion of the BBC broadcasting German propaganda to Londoners as they ran for shelter from German bombs.

(Jerusalem Post, July 31, 2014) Imagine Josef Goebbels invited to speak his mind on the BBC, smack dab during the Battle of Britain and the blitz. Sound absurd? Sure, but only in the context of normal nations. No sane Briton would have tolerated the notion of the BBC broadcasting German propaganda to Londoners as they ran for shelter from German bombs.

Abetting Nazi belligerence would have been a nonstarter even under the guise of a detached reporter’s interview, part of an evenhanded approach, a sporting consideration for the aggressor’s point of view.

But not so in Israel. Here we operate in an alternative universe. Nothing that would be unthinkable anywhere else is out of bounds for our broadcasters.

As Protective Edge [which is Israel’s latest military operation to stop Gazan rockets and mortars] raged, they kept us tuned to nonstop nattering, most of it superfluous, speculative and narcissist. But in many prattle panels, there was an Arab-Israeli MK or a hotshot from some Arab “anti-racism” group (since in this country only Jews are accused of racism and never Arabs, the term is used as a loaded euphemism for anti-Jewish, anti-Zionist and/or anti-Israel).

The rules of our deranged game oblige media hosts to treat Goebbels’s latter-day torchbearers with courteous deference, or – put less diplomatically – with obsequiousness.

These hostile guests all do their absolute darndest to get our goat and compete fiercely with one another for the title of most abusive and abrasive. That distinction is worth political gold in Israel’s ominously radicalized Arab sector where it becomes a prime vote-getting asset.

In this round, though, [Arab] MK Ahmed Tibi (Ta’al) must be judged as a formidable contender for top prize, much as his ambitious competitors tried to outdo him. He railed and he rebuked. He vituperated and he vilified. He shouted down everyone else and shrieked till his eyes bulged and stared daggers. If looks could kill, Tibi’s viewers would all be promptly dispatched to the netherworld.

The Tibi horror show included hardly veiled allusions to the Holocaust, in which he made full use of our Jewish idiom. He’s well aware that on each Holocaust Remembrance Day we recite long roll calls of exterminated Jews, under the heading of “Each one had a name.”

Mockingly mimicking our commemoration, Tibi thundered: “You know the names of the children and men and women you slaughtered in Gaza. They each had a name!” He thereafter proceeded to holler them out in a confrontational and stentorian provocation.

Tibi’s chutzpah is so colossal that it’s hard to know where to begin taking him on. We could remind him of the avid enthusiasm of his parents’ generation both locally and throughout the Arab world for Hitler’s industrialized execution of Jews.

The spiritual forefather of both Fatah and Hamas was Haj Amin al-Husseini who spent the war years in Berlin as Hitler’s guest, recruited Muslims to some of the most heinous of SS units, called for the shedding of Jewish blood “to please Allah,” foiled every plan to rescue Jewish children and sealed the fate of Hungarian Jewry even as WWII ebbed. Despite having been declared a wanted war criminal, Husseini remains exceedingly popular among Tibi’s cheerleaders.

Then we arrive at Tibi’s implied analogy. Did European Jews lob rockets at German civilians going about their daily lives? Did they abduct and murder German schoolchildren? Did they dig tunnels from which to perpetrate mega-massacres in German villages? And did the Jews doomed to unspeakable deaths – for no other rationale than their lineage – use noncombatants as human shields to protect fanatical rocketers and their installations? Did the ill-fated Jews hoard vast military arsenals? Did they endanger 70 percent of all Germans? Tibi can be accused of a whole lot but he cannot be called stupid. He knows full well he’s lying big (as per Goebbels’s instruction) and he scornfully resorts to the most spiteful of lies.

What can we do about it? Not much. Our ultra-liberal Supreme Court will defend Tibi’s right to defame us to the last drop of our Jewish blood. Tibi will continue messing with our minds from the podium of the Jewish state’s parliament and he’ll rouse his electorate’s fervor with ever-more inflammatory rhetoric.

Ours is decidedly a suicidal democracy and its aberrations are unlikely to be eradicated. That said, why invite Tibi to our radio and TV studios? Why give his sedition resonance? Why aggrandize his unconcealed antagonism? Why play into his hands? The simplest thing would be not to request his subversive participation in endless on-air talk-fests. No court can oblige any anchor or producer to relay Tibi’s rants.

Tibi and his ilk would have us believe that the entire conflict with Gaza began with callous Israeli bombardments aimed intentionally at frightened tots. No mention is made of the thousands of rockets rained down on Israelis before Israel lifted a finger in its defense.

No mention is made of how long Israel waited to react and how we repeatedly accepted cease-fires that Hamastan disdainfully rebuffed. Tibi doesn’t concede that the rockets from Gaza aren’t launched for benevolent ends but are meant to sow death and destruction.

He cynically dismisses our acute distress as resentment against “barbaric Palestinians for preventing saddened Jewish kids from going to dance class.” However, only the technology ingenious Israelis developed – after years of Gazan shelling – keeps us from bleeding out.

Ironically, the very Iron Dome which deflects harm from us, inter alia allows assorted Tibi to misrepresent this as a one-sided war, one in which only hapless Arabs are walloped. The travesty, though, doesn’t end here. The same TV presenters who stomach Tibi’s distortions, shower effusive praise on Amir Peretz, one of the more incompetent defense ministers we’ve had, because during his erstwhile stint he agreed not to nix the anti-rocket system.

Nobody stops to ask why our lives must now so crucially depend on this super-defensive cutting-edge contraption, awe-inspiring as it most truly is.

It’s politically expedient for Israel’s Left (and most of our news-purveyors lean leftward) to obscure the fact that were it not for the 2005 disengagement, the Iron Dome wouldn’t have been indispensable. As long as we maintained military control of the Gaza Strip, no rockets reached Ashkelon, Ashdod, Rishon, Tel Aviv, the Sharon region and all the way up north to Haifa and even beyond. This nightmare is indisputably disengagement’s byproduct.

Each territory we relinquish becomes a terror base. So it still is in south Lebanon and so it was in Judea and Samaria until we reasserted control in Operation Defensive Shield in 2002. Our ongoing presence there is the only reason that Ben-Gurion Airport isn’t permanently closed, that rockets from Kalkilya don’t flatten Kfar Saba and that Tulkarm doesn’t demolish Netanya.

OUR SURVIVAL depends on not surrendering territory. Making nice to still-viable foes won’t safeguard us from their predations.

Are there any rueful reevaluations on the Left – any breast-beating? Of course not. Disengagement’s promoters prefer we not recall their arrogant sales pitches.

On October 25, 2004, as he urged the Knesset to approve the reckless retreat from Gaza, then-PM Ariel Sharon assured the nation that “this disengagement will strengthen Israel’s hold on the territory essential to our existence and will win the blessing and gratitude of those near and far, will lessen enmity, will break besiegement and boycotts and will further us on the path of peace with the Palestinians and with all our other neighbors.”

In the same vein, Sharon’s deputy Ehud Olmert energetically peddled the dodgy merchandise: “Disengagement will bring better defense, greater security, significantly more prosperity and much joy to all who live in the Mideast... Together we will move forward in the direction of forging new relationships, improved mutual understanding and enhanced trust. We will sit with our neighbors, talk to them, help them, cooperate with them, become their partners, so that the Middle East will indeed transform into what it was supposed to be to begin with – the Garden of Eden upon this earth.”

As the shattered shards of these sham inducements tumbled menacingly all around the Garden of Eden, not only weren’t Olmert and his sidekick Tzipi Livni the least bit contrite, but both vigorously concocted a disengagement sequel, which they dubbed “Realignment.” It was to bring the dubious bounties of Gaza’s disengagement to the elongated eastern flank of our densest population concentrations.

This is what we must be forever wary of. Flare-ups and ensuing military operations come and go but our collective memories soon fade away, overtaken by the inexorable march of fresh news superimposed on yesterday’s banner headlines. Once the current fighting in Gaza recedes into the past, new schemes will be spawned for more giveaways of strategic holdings.

To this day our political arena bristles with know-it-alls who adamantly refuse to connect cause and effect, who deny the direct link between the evacuation of Gush Katif (along with the three north Gaza buffer settlements) and the emergence of Hamastan – armed to the teeth with all manner of flying projectiles, capable not only of imperiling the Negev but of harassing most of Israel.

It wasn’t coincidence that propelled an emboldened Hamas to power hot on the heels of our withdrawal and that freed it to fire at will on us from the very Jewish settlements we razed. It was Israel that granted Hamas the capacity to decide how and when it might disrupt the lives of Israeli civilians. Gaza’s monstrous gunrunning was plainly facilitated by the IDF’s absence.

By ignoring all this and sustaining the two-state chimera on artificial life support, we erode our own commonsense and undermine our self-preservation prospects. It’s the same folly that impels us to suck up to Tibi and allow Goebbels’s redoubtable disciple into our living rooms. Masochistically we suffer his depictions of IAF pilots as “repugnant murderers.”

It’s as if the Third Reich’s chief propagandist had told BBC listeners that the RAF’s heroic pilots, who dealt Hitler his first major defeat, were homicidal beasts. Bombed and battered Britain never countenanced the notion that it shouldn’t differentiate between its own casualties and those of the enemy who started the war in the first place.

An attacked nation doesn’t worry about the welfare of those who strive to annihilate it. Perceiving ourselves through enemy eyes means losing the psychological war. This is just what Tibi wants.

www.sarahhonig.com Debunking the Bull, Sarah Honig’s book, was recently published by Gefen.

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Note:   The jurist who will determine the definition of “Zionism” for purposes of Israel’s upcoming Knesset elections is an anti-Zionist Arab who refuses to acknowledge Israel’s national anthem at official ceremonies.  It’s absurd.  Read on! -- Mark Rosenblit (Thanks to Michael Rosenblit for submitting article)

Court Appeal to Stop Labor-Hatnua Running as 'The Zionist Camp'

Jewish Home candidate Ronen Shoval says 'anti-Zionist' statements by party members make the name 'Zionist Camp' misleading to the public.

By Hezki Ezra, Cynthia Blank

Arutz Sheva, First Publish: 1/22/2015, 12:45 PM

Jewish Home Knesset candidate Ronen Shoval filed a petition Thursday morning to prevent the Labor-Hatnua joint list from running under the name "The Zionist Camp." 

The founder and former chairman of Im Tirzu, Shoval made his request to the Chairman of the Central Elections Committee - Judge Salim Joubran

Shoval submitted the appeal based on "anti-Zionist statements" made by the party's candidates and the existing prohibition on political parties running under names that may mislead the public.

Several more radical members of the new Labor party list have made controversial comments including calls for dodging IDF service, which many see as beyond the pale for a self-declared "Zionist party".

As he submitted the petition Shoval said, "without regard to the legality of the statements, which are themselves problematic and need to be taken care of, deceiving the voters by running under the name 'Zionist' is unacceptable."

"Just as the campaign of Hanin Zoabi running under a list called 'Supporters of the IDF' would be disqualified, so too should a list of Buji [Herzog], Tzipi [Livni], Merav Michaeli, Yossi Yona, Stav Shaffir, etc," he explained.  

The petition comes a week after Jewish Home published a series of posters with images of top Labor candidates along with their troublesome quotes.

These include remarks by Labor Chairman Yitzhak Herzog stating that "the term 'Jewish state' is totally wrong." 

The posters also feature MK Stav Shaffir's comment that "Hatikva is racist" and MK Merav Michaeli calling "not to send children to the army."

Additionally, Yossi Yona, it was revealed this week, signed a letter ten years ago praising soldiers who refused to serve in Judea and Samaria. 

"We must tell the truth to the public and the truth shall prevail. That's the way it goes in democracy, even if it's not always pleasant for the Left," Shoval concluded. 

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