The USG Open Source Center translates or paraphrases statements from the right wing and settler Israeli press
Highlights: Review of Israeli Right-Wing, Settlement Commentaries 16 Oct-3 Nov 09
The following are highlights of reports in right-wing and settlement news websites carried by the Israeli media between 16 October and 3 November.
Israel — OSC Summary
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Posters advertising an event in memory of ultra-nationalist rabbi Meir Kahane have appeared throughout Jeursalem recently. (Jerusalem Post photo, caption) Peace Process Is ‘Final Solution’ Perpetrated by Knesset ‘Judenrat’ Cartoon by Ronny Gordon, posted on Arutz Sheva on 31 Oct, shows Clinton searching for the peace process, while the peace dove lies liefelessly nearby.
In an 800-word commentary entitled “A Judenrat, Right-Wing or Left-Wing, Is Still the Judenrat!” published 17 October on the Kahana Hay website, Y Rosen writes: “War is being waged in the information arena. They are trying to impose a suicidal path on the Jews, to talk them into an organized march into the gas chambers of the ‘peace process.’ It is noteworthy that the Israeli Government (regardless of whether right-wing or left-wing) has adopted all the functions of the Judenrat on this issue and is openly pursuing a defeatist course. The construction of yet another, 23d Arab state on the territory of 0.1% of the territory of the Middle East has only one purpose: the Final Solution. Therefore, everyone who is talking about more concessions, who sits at the negotiation table with terrorists, or who panders to Muslim expansion is the enemy! The only thing that should be discussed is an exchange of refugees, specifically: the removal of Arabs and their descendents from the territory of Israel, where they suffer and blow themselves up, to the 22 Arab states! The conflict will be forever resolved!” “If you want to remain among the living, form your own forces of self-rule! Do not lend support to the Judenrat and understand: They are your enemies! The most dangerous wolves are wolves in sheep’s clothing. The most dangerous SS officers are the ones who escaped to Israel with the documents of their victims and are sitting in the Knesset! By participating in elections, you are legitimizing the system of lawlessness in the country!” “No mandate for the Judenrat! Boycott the villains!” (Kahana Hay in Russian — Website of Rabbi Me’ir Kahane’s followers; URL: http://kahane-hi.info)
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World ‘Hatred’ of Israel Promoted by Leaders’ Willingness To Make Sacrifices for Peace Gary Cooperberg’s 21 October commentary, entitled “Why do the Nations Hate Israel?” argues: “The Jewish people is physical proof of the existence of G-d. It is this very fact which causes so many to hate us.” “When the leaders of Israel seek to make Israel like all of the other nations and insist that we are not a product of Divine intervention, they only encourage those who wish Israel would just disappear. No other country in the world ever compromised on its very existence. No other country in the world would as much as suggest building a new county upon its own soil, especially for enemies who seek its destruction. Our leaders have fallen into a trap of their own making by engaging in a so-called ‘peace process’ which, in fact, is a process of self destruction.”
“Yet, despite our hapless leaders, and despite the overwhelming number of enemies who actively seek our destruction, the Jewish State continues not merely to exist, but to grow and thrive! This too is clear proof of Divine intervention. There is simply no other explanation. Yet most choose not to see. They prefer to continue their denial of our Creator. As such their hatred for the Jewish State grows and is encouraged by the willingness of our leaders to ‘make sacrifices for peace.’
“No power on Earth can destroy Israel. Those who seek her destruction will themselves be destroyed. The only genuine peace process is the one leading to Biblical Redemption which the rebirth of the Jewish nation upon her ancient soil clearly portends. Those who stand against logic by standing with the tiny Jewish State for Biblical, not political, reasons will survive. Those who don’t won’t. The Exile is coming to an end. It cannot co-exist with Redemption. Jews have an opportunity to express their faith in G-d by coming home now. No one knows how long that opportunity will last before the choice is taken away and either they will escape from an unwelcome Exile, or perish within it.” (Hebron A Voice From Hebron in English — Website operated by Qiryat Arba Yeshiva spokesman Gary Cooperberg, representing right-wing settler views; URL: http://www.projectshofar.org)
Judaism-Based Policies To Be Israel’s ‘Lifeline’ Moshe Feiglin’s commentary, entitled “The Land of Israel in Exchange for Goldstone,” posted on the Jewish Leadership’ s website on 22 October, says: There is something positive that is coming out of the Goldstone debacle. The State of Israel has its back to the wall and is being forced to re-think its basic assumptions. The ‘normalcy’ idea is officially bankrupt. The commentators and pundits are still attempting to blame the IDF or Israel’s diplomatic efforts. ‘We should have cooperated with Goldstone,’ they say. But here and there, we already see individual journalists, like Ari Shavit in Ha’aretz, who at least understand that the problem is not tactical, but rather the essential negation of Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state.
“Understandably, the solutions that they suggest are the very same ‘political processes’ that have brought us to this crisis. Their horizons are as broad as an ant’s. But as the crisis continues, wider and wider circles in Israeli society will begin to listen to the voices outside the media bubble. Policies that base their justice on Judaism will become Israel’s lifeline.” (Ginot Shomron Jewish Leadership in Hebrew — Website of Jewish Leadership movement, led by Likud member Moshe Feiglin; URL: http://he.manhigut.org) Israel ‘on Brink of Annihilation,’ Can Win by Losing Hope in ‘Earthly Friends’
Cartoon by Roni Gordon, posted on Arutz Sheva on 24 October, shows the HAMAS bull goring PA leader Abbas.
features a commentary entitled “Iran or Armageddon?” on 24 October, asserting: “In the past decades, history has continually repeated the same story with Jews, as if to teach us a lesson. First, we had a carbon copy of Exodus: the Promised Land lay open and European Jews refused to leave for it. Just as 4/5 refused to leave Egypt and perished, a similar proportion died in Europe. Only the Hebrews hardened by decades of roaming the Sinai desert entered the land; the Israeli pioneers were likewise different from the Exile type of Jews. Like in Egypt, our murderers and oppressors were ultimately ravaged. Both times, we were a step from total annihilation: The first time it was the Pharaoh’s order to kill male babies, and later the standoff between the Egyptian army and the Jewish crowd at the Reed Sea shore; the next time it was the Holocaust.
“Two years after the slaughter, Jews still refused to build a Jewish state, relying rather on socialist idolatry; and they were slapped with the 1947–1948 war of survival. In 1967, the entire nation again appeared in danger of annihilation: it had been conveniently gathered from all corners of the earth so that Syrians and Egyptians could easily eliminate it. In both wars, Jews won only after they lost hope in any earthly friends: the US arms embargo in 1947 and arm-twisting in 1967 assured their annihilation.
“Now here comes Ahmadinejad, eerily similar to his German counterpart: a clown, a charismatic leader, a gifted speaker, completely irrational, and openly professing his genocidal aims. The world wonders what he has in mind, refusing to listen to his clear words. Iran strives for regional dominance, perhaps world dominance, as it builds Shiite beachheads even in the Far East and Africa. Iran symbolically picked up where the Germans left off: at creating a nuclear bomb.
“Again, Jews are on the brink of annihilation with the whole world against us: no one supports our strike on Iran. We can win this round by losing all hope in our earthly friends.” (Samson Blinded in English — Website operated by “Obadiah Shoher,” pen name for a USSR-born “veteran politician” calling for action against Arabs and the Israeli left and citing Rabbi Kahana as a model; URL: http://samsonblinded.org) Obama ‘Unaffected by Demonic Evil,’ Believes He Can Make Ahmadinezhad ‘Mirror Image of His Own Amorphous Self’ Prof Paul Eidelberg 26 October commentary, entitled “Mirror-Imaging: What Does Obama See in Ahmadinezhad?” expounds on Iran President Ahmadinezhad’s actions and sums up: “This is the Ahmadinejad that was allowed entry in the United States to address the United Nations–a venue for diseased and decadent minds. Ahmadinejad is one of the most admired leaders of Islamdom. He is the patron of Hezbollah and Hamas. An obtuse judge in South Africa — I have other names for him — did not know that Israel’s war in Gaza, and previously in Lebanon, was actually a war that Israel alone has waged against of Iran.
“To conclude this discussion of Ahmadinejad, I must link him to Barack Obama. Year after year, Obama heard his preacher say ‘God damn America.’ This did not offend him. Nor was he offended by Ahmadinejad’s imprecation “Death to America.” Alas, Americans have elected a president who does not love America or its Founding Fathers, who is fond of disparaging America abroad, who tries to befriend America’s enemies, above all Ahmadinejad. Obama’s hatred of America has been confirmed by newly released writings of his from Columbia University. But this is not all.
“As I pointed out at the beginning of the 2008 presidential campaign, Obama has been tainted by the university-bred doctrine of moral relativism. Hence he is intellectually and emotionally unaffected by demonic evil. Moreover, by denying objective moral standards, relativists readily succumb to egoism or arrogance — the arrogance of ignorance. This is why Obama believes he can make Ahmadinejad, a necrophiliac, a mirror image of his own amorphous self!” (Jerusalem Foundation for Constitutional Democracy in English — Website of right-wing group led by Professor Paul Eidelberg, promoting a constitution based on Jewish principles, electoral and judicial reforms, and a free-market economy; URL: http://www.foundation1.org)
Temple Mount, Not Goldstone Will Restore Israel’s Legitimacy Moshe Feiglin’s 29 October commentary, entitled “From the Temple Mount to Goldstone and Back,” asks: “From where do we draw our moral justification? What is the point that, in its absence, our right to exist as a sovereign nation in our Land comes into question? ‘He who rules the Mount rules the Land,’ wrote the poet of rebuke and faith, Uri Tzvi Greenberg. When the State of Israel descended from the Temple Mount and gave it to the Moslem wakf immediately after its liberation, it charted the course to Goldstone.”
“The encouraging part of this story is that those who understand the source of the problem also know how to deal with the Goldstone Report. A commission of inquiry will not restore Israel’s moral justification. But a house of worship for Jews on the Temple Mount will.” ‘Entire Army’ Filling ‘Whims’ of ‘Leftist Politicians,’ Do ‘Work of the Enemy’ A 29 October commentary by Rabbi Sholom Dov Volpo of SOS, entitled “Cut Off the Army Away From Politics? Now You Remembered?” charges: “After the two dear soldiers were sentenced to 20 days of detention (for protesting the Gaza disengagement at a military ceremony), the Chief of Staff announced that this matter would not be tolerated, that ‘the army must disconnect from politics.’ But the ears of the glorious commander apparently do not hear what he himself was talking about. An entire army is mobilized to fill the whims of a few leftist politicians. Instead of protecting the people of Israel and country, they do the work of the enemy, and expel Jews from the inheritance of their fathers.” (Zefat Our Land of Israel in Hebrew — Website of right-wing Habad group acting against territorial concessions, led by prominent rabbis and affiliated with National Union party; URL: http://www.sos-israel.com)
Palestinian State Without Final Status Accord To Augment Region’s Instability Dr Aaron Lerner’s “weekly commentary,” entitled “Palestinian State Without Final Status Agreement Recipe For Disaster,” disseminated on 29 October, maintains: “Who would gain from the creation of a sovereign Palestinian state before an agreement is reached on final status issues? President Shimon Peres claims that this will somehow promote peace and stability, but he doesn’t offer much substance to his argument beyond a ‘best case assumption’ that things will be so good for the Palestinians when they have a sovereign state that they will bend over backwards to behave themselves.
“This is a pretty insulting take on the will and determination of the Palestinians to achieve their aspirations. It doesn’t require much imagination to come up with a Palestinian plan of action to exploit Palestinian sovereignty to facilitate increasing security and other pressures against the Jewish State. And this with most of the world ‘understanding’ if not downright accepting and even applauding the argument that the Palestinians had every right to continue with their ‘struggle against the occupation’ given that final borders and other key issues had yet to be agreed upon.
“Israel’s enemies would come to the aid of sovereign Palestine on a scale magnitudes greater than current clandestine operations. Israel’s friends would counsel the Jewish State to show more ‘flexibility’ and accept various Palestinian demands, in order to bring peace, arguing that ‘after going so far and making so much progress’ (aka concessions) it would be irresponsible for Israel to jeopardize this by taking a ‘hard line.’
“All this while Israeli security operations would be subject to even greater international review, criticism and even sanctions as they are carried out within sovereign Palestine. And let’s not forget that a sovereign state is a sovereign state even if it should violate the conditions under which it was formed.
“When Mr. Peres makes this proposal he shows himself to be more an anarchist than a diplomat. And the last thing we need in this region is to add to its instability.” (Kfar Saba Independent Media Review & Analysis — Website of Dr Aaron Lerner, right-leaning analyst of Arab-Israeli relations; URL: http://www.imra.org.il) MK: Foreign Workers Should Be Deported To Preserve State’s Jewish Character A 30 October commentary by MK Ya’aqov Katz, the National Union Party leader, published in Arutz Sheva Online under the title “Deporting Illegals,” says: “The status of the children of the foreign workers who have swamped Israel’s shores legally and illegally is only one aspect of a complex, growing problem exacerbated by the infiltration of fleeing refugees and illegal transients who find their way to our already beleaguered country. This problem is reaching crisis proportions and therefore was the subject of a heated meeting last week at the Knesset Committee that was created to deal with the issue.”
“Behind the battle to keep foreign workers and their children here are left wing groups who wish to turn Israel into a ‘land of all its citizens,’ that is, not specifically a Jewish homeland. The high fertility rate of National Religious and Haredi families has galvanized them into action. We who see Israel as the land of the Jewish People must act as well. This does not in any way negate the natural, humanitarian values of our people, but is simply a way to ensure that this country, earned with blood and tears, continues to be what it was created to be.” UNESCO Acting as ‘Arab League’ An unattributed 31 October commentary on the website of One Jerusalem, entitled “United Nations Agency Boosts Arab Claims to Jerusalem,” charges: “If one needed any more proof that UNESCO is an Arab League you can just read the statement that Jerusalem was chosen to highlight the Palestinian cause.
“UNESCO, which is charged with preserving historic sites should be protesting the Muslim campaign to rid the Temple Mount of archaeological evidence that Solomon’s Temple existed. Their destruction of precious materials on the Temple Mount is greater than the Taliban destroying the Buddhas in Afghanistan. But while the world condemned the Taliban destruction the world is silent when the Muslims destroy Jewish and Christian History.” (One Jerusalem in English — Website of right-wing Israeli-US group seeking to keep Jerusalem under Israeli sovereignty, funded by donations; URL: http://www.onejerusalem.org http://www.onejerusalem.org )