Thursday, August 10, 2006
The Rhythm Method of Protection, and - Meretz returns to the Jihad Fold
1. For the first month of the fighting, the Israeli government of
Ehud Olmert, Shimon Peres, and Amr Peretz was following a very clear
strategy to stop the katyshas. It was simple. Israel would sit and wait
for the Hezbollah to finish firing its 15,000 or so rockets at Israeli
children and civilians,and then, when all the rockets had been fired, the
Hezbollah would be out of ammo and there would be peace.
In the face of growing public rage over dealing with the rockets by means
of Quaker quietude, the government yesterday decided that one of these
days it might actually order Israeli troops forward away from the border
areas from which Edward Said threw rocks, but not now and not yet and who
knows. Maybe when the weather cools off, or after Succos, or when the
Hezbollah has run out of rockets. When the timing is good. I suggest we
all call this the "rhythm method of protection."
2. Meanwhile, until now, the "Zionist Left", which is how Meretz and
Peace Now like to describe themselves, were keeping a low profile. Having
created the entire situation in the first place where rockets are
blanketing northern Israel, they preferred to help that fact be forgotten
by posturing as part of the national consensus. When 99% of Israeli Jews
want to see the Hezbollah annihilated militarily by Israel, discretion was
the better part of valor.
The pro-Hebollah and pro-Hamas street protests in Tel Aviv and Haifa were
pathetic and small, organized by the communist party and its front groups,
like "Women in Black," and some tenured traitors and Arab fascist
But in light of yesterday's cabinet vote to expand the fighting in Lebanon
one of these days, Meretz and Peace Now have now seen the light and
henceforth will be standing shoulder to shoulder with the communists in
the protests, demonstrating solidarity with the katyusha launchers. (see
Peace Now had already been placing ads in the papers (paid for by guess
who?) demanding a ceasefire and instant "negotiations" with the Hezbollah,
and of course some nice UN troops from Borneo to make sure that the
Hezbollah rockets allowed to remain on the Israeli border are not fired
too often. David Grossman, perhaps the most radical of the Literary
Left, is re-joining the ultras in Left, after a very short hiatus as a
Zionist, although AB Yehoshua is still holding out
3. For decades the Arab propagandists, by which I mean the Jewish
leftists, have been trying to deny that the Arab leadership in 1948
ordered all the Arabs in Israeli territory to flee, clearing the way for
the manly Arab armies to drive the Jews into the sea, and thus created the
"Palestinian refugee" problem.
By repeating over and over that no such calls to flee had come from the
Arab leadership, in spite of so much historic documentation of those
calls, the Left hoped to create the myth of "ethnic cleansing" of Arabs by
the Jews in the 1948-9 "Naqba".
Well, thank goodness for the Hezbollah, helping to correct the historic
record, which this week is working to prove how wrong the Left always was
and how true were those reports of calls by the Arab leaders for local
Arabs under Jewish rule to flee in 1948. The Hezbollah has issued
identical calls for Haifa Arabs to flee so that Haifa can now be
obliterated by Hezbollah rockets:
Nasrallah urges Arabs to leave Haifa
By JOSEPH PANOSSIAN, Associated Press WriterWed Aug 9, 3:25 PM ET
Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah on Wednesday warned all Israeli
Arabs to leave the port city of Haifa so the militant group could step up
attacks without fear of shedding the blood of fellow Muslims.
Haifa, Israel's third-largest city, has been the frequent target of
Hezbollah's rocket attacks.
"I have a special message to the Arabs of Haifa, to your martyrs and to
your wounded. I call on you to leave this city. I hope you do this. ...
Please leave so we don't shed your blood, which is our blood," Nasrallah
Nasrallah heaped criticism on the assistant U.S. secretary of state for
visiting Beirut Wednesday as the Israel's Security Cabinet decided to
expand the ground offensive in southern Lebanon.
"We will be waiting for you at every village, at every valley. Thousands
of courageous holy warriors are waiting for you," he warned the Israelis.
4. From: Edward Alexander <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Jewish stupidity
You can't accuse Seattle Jews of learning nothing at all from the
shootings of two weeks ago. Here, e.g., is today's comment from one of the
wounded, Dayna Klein, about the attack: "I see this as an amazing
opportunity. I see this as a chance for Seattleites and people across
America...to look at some serious issues about workplace safety, gun
control, gun violence and empowerment."
Otherwise Jewish community leaders are every day "reaching out" to Muslims
in the joint effort to show--if you glance at the Seattle papers over the
past ten days you'll see what I mean--that Islam is indeed "the religion
5. Medved on anti-Semitism:
6. From Wall St Journal:
August 4, 2006
How Do You Spot
Ask About Israel
By BRET STEPHENS
August 4, 2006; Page W9
So Mel Gibson, arrested in Malibu, Calif., for drunk driving, tells a
police officer that "the Jews are responsible for all the wars in the
world." Pity the actor for not substituting the word "Israelis" for
"Jews." The latter apparently confirms his long-suspected anti-Semitism.
The former would have made him a darling of right-thinking progressives
the world over, especially at this moment of Middle East stress.
How do you spot an anti-Semite? An old joke tells the story of an elderly
traveler at the Vienna train station asking passersby whether they hate
Jews. After a score of indignant "No's," one fellow finally admits that,
why yes, he does hate them. "Thank goodness for an honest man!" exclaims
the traveler. "Would you mind looking after my bags while I run to the
Real-life efforts to identify anti-Semites tend to be more complicated.
When French synagogues were torched at the height of the intifada three
years ago, Tony Judt, a Jewish scholar at New York University, described
them not as incidences of anti-Semitism but as "misdirected efforts, often
by young Muslims, to get back at Israel." Last Friday, a Muslim-American
named Naveed Afzal Haq forced his way into the offices of the Jewish
Federation of Greater Seattle, shot five people and killed one. "These are
Jews, and I'm tired of...our people getting pushed around by the situation
in the Middle East," Mr. Haq reportedly told a 911 operator. Perhaps this,
too, was just another misdirected effort to combat Middle East injustice.
Then there is the tricky matter of criticism of Israel and whether those
who dislike the Jewish state dislike Jews as well. "Anyone who criticizes
Israel's actions or argues that pro-Israel groups have significant
influence over U.S. Middle Eastern policy...stands a good chance of being
labelled an anti-Semite," write Stephen Walt of Harvard and John
Mearsheimer of the University of Chicago in a recent controversial paper.
The professors allege that the so-called Israel Lobby manipulates the
media, infiltrates the academy, blackmails politicians and gets the U.S.
to finance or fight immoral wars on Israel's behalf -- familiar
anti-Semitic tropes, at least when directed explicitly at Jews. But
Messrs. Walt and Mearsheimer insist that their criticism is only of the
Lobby, not of Jews per se, and suggest that their harshest critics are
latter-day Joe McCarthys.
Barring some Gibson-like indiscretion on their part, it may be impossible
conclusively to prove them wrong. But a study in the current issue of the
Journal of Conflict Resolution (http://jcr.sagepub.com) by Yale University
scholars Edward Kaplan and Charles Small offers solid statistical evidence
that the harsher one's views of Israel, the likelier one is to be an
7. Where are the bleeding hearts?
8. The Jack Benny Jewish Liberuhs:
9. The Barbarian Left: