By Ted Belman –
I should not be surprised anymore when reading Haaretz, but I am. It continues to undermine Israel at every turn and runs cover for the Palestinians.
Here are some of today’s headlines:
Don’t deny prisoners the right to hope. Guess what that is about. How perverse. Israel should bring back the death penalty.
Empowering dissenting US Jews. In other words, shilling for J Street.
Palestinians to U.S., EU: Add Israeli hate crimes to terror lists. See what the left has wrought. Livni and others on the left have equated price tag attacks with terrorism. In doing so they have given voice to the Palestinians to claim the same thing.
The Palestinian Authority has officially asked the United States, Canada, Russia, and the European Union to declare “price tag” perpetrators and “hilltop youth” activists as terrorist organizations, and include them on those countries’ list of terror groups.
The chances of success for this Palestinian campaign are not slim; there is already a precedent in the United States of including a Jewish Israeli group on the list of terror organizations. In the 1990s, the U.S. government declared Kach and Kahane Chai as terrorist organizations and put them on the list.
Furthermore, for the past several years both the U.S. and the EU have vehemently condemned anti-Arab hate crimes. So-called “price tag” attacks are regularly included in the annual State Department report on terrorism. In addition, EU member states have been mulling the option of barring the entry of “settlers who are involved in violent incidents” into the European Union.
Denial, delusion and Jewish settlements are killing the two-state solution
There is nothing wrong, they (most Israelis) believe, with Israel building or planning thousands of housing units in what right-wingers insist are “disputed territories” – despite the fact that even that neutral label implies that it’s a dispute that has yet to be settled.
With breathtaking self-persuasion, most Israelis have convinced themselves that the physical, geographic and demographic transformation that has taken place in the West Bank as a result of four decades of Jewish settlement does not constitute a unilateral act that undermines a peace process, while Palestinian letters to international bodies such as the United Nations or the World Health Organization are irrefutable indications of bad faith. And the only possible reason for the world not to concur is that it is anti-Semitic.
You see it is not prepared to see the lands as “disputed” and attributes such claim as a right wing thing. Also there is no prohibition against unilateral acts which undermine the peace process, yet it along with its anti-Israel friends want to impose such restriction on Israel. They want to tie us down like the Lilliputians tied Gulliver down.
Loving Israel to death is a polemic against banning criticism of Israel.
Within major American Jewish organizations and many mainstream synagogues, the above (saying positive things) is the only permissible definition of love; criticism of Israel is anathema. Israel faces enough attacks …read more