Sunday, March 16, 2008
Israel's Pusillanimous "Leaders"
Cute story for you.
As you know, Isracampus contains a new feature, Alef Watch, which exposes
what is spread via the ALEF list, often anti-Semitic and even Neo-Nazi
Well, the heads of Haifa U are feeling the pressure about this. In a new
posting on ALEF, its head - Avraham Oz (a Pappe clone) reports that he has
been summoned to the Dean to explain himself!
Here are his words:
This message was posted last night to the faculty circuit of the
University of Haifa by the notorious Steven Plaut, a radical right wing
Professor of Business Administration at the University, who has recently
resorted to energetic political activism on the circuit, having reduced
for some reason his regular contribution to (web site) (sic), in which he
urged his readers to send hate mails to a group of Israeli dissenting
university professors, providing our addresses.
Do open the link below: it speaks for itself. You may be relieved to know
I have immediately been summoned to the Dean. Let's see what happens.
For better days,
Message cited from Haifa U professors' chat list:
Please open http://isracampus.org.il/ALEF%20Watch.htm
2. Article published Mar 15, 2008
Israel's fear of world opinion
March 15, 2008
By Edward Bernard Glick - As Israel's enemies see the Palestine problem,
the Jewish state, with the weakest and most unpopular prime minister in
its history and an army that failed in the second Lebanon war, is in
political, military and public-relations free fall. Its military neither
intimidates nor defeats its enemies. In spite of repeated assassinations,
barrages and incursions, the terrorists continue to lob rockets and
missiles into Israel at will. The principal reason, in their view and in
mine, is Israel's paralytic fear of negative world opinion and of
inflicting enemy civilian casualties. As Fouad Ajami of The Johns Hopkins
University has observed, the terrorist "always works with the winks and
nods of the society that gives him cover."
So, if the Jewish state does not conquer its fears and inflict more, not
less, collateral damage in the places from which the terror emanates, it
will surely die.
Those who wish and work for Israel's destruction do not shrink from
killing innocent civilians. So they are unimpressed by Israel's failed
policy of limiting and apologizing for such casualties, and then begging
for forgiveness from a world that masks its politically incorect
anti-Semitism with politically correct anti-Zionism.
Israel's foes would be more impressed if it followed the dictum of its
late chief of staff, Lt. Gen. David Elazar. After a commando raid in
Beirut in 1973, during which a 70-year-old Italian woman was killed, Lt.
Gen. Elazar expressed his regret but added: "Israel won't play by the
rules of partial war; wars are not won with a strong defense."
Israel's enemies remember, even if Israel's leaders do not, that Germany,
Italy and Japan surrendered in 1945 only because Allied might overwhelmed
them and made them lose their will to fight and to be led by political and
military losers. Israel's enemies remember, even if Israel's political and
military leaders do not, that the Axis Powers were defeated only because
the Allied Powers applied slow, sustained and superior force over a number
of very bloody years. And Israel's enemies remember, even if Israel's
political and military leaders do not, that avoiding enemy civilian
casualties was never a serious issue for America's Franklin Roosevelt,
Russia's Joseph Stalin or Britain's Winston Churchill.
Israel must also stop going berserk whenever one of its soldiers or
civilians is captured. This happens in war. It must cease releasing
hundreds or thousands of enemy combatants in exchange for one or two of
By any calculation, it is proper to sacrifice one soldier in order to save
10, 10 to save hundreds, hundreds to save thousands, and thousands to save
millions. Because of the symbiosis between victory and casualties, Israel
must also apply this principle to its civilian casualties. In their 1948
war of independence, in order to establish their state, at least one
percent of Israel's population of 650,000 gave their lives. But, now, when
Israel's population is 10 times larger, its leaders erroneously believe
that Israelis will not endure a far lower percentage of fatalities in
order to preserve their state.
The Israelis must stop fretting about world opinion. The only opinion that
matters, and only to the point where it does not threaten Israel's
existence, is that of diaspora Jewry and American opinion. During the 2006
Lebanon war, Americans from President Bush down to the proverbial man and
woman in the street hoped and prayed that the Israelis would be much more
audacious and victorious than they were. To survive, Israel will have to
fight by the rules of its neighborhood. The first rule is "Never let the
fear of casualties trump your military judgment." The second rule is "If
you don't win in this neighborhood, you lose, and you deserve to."
Edward Bernard Glick, author of "Between Israel and Death," is a professor
emeritus of political science at Temple University.
3. Of course he is not:
(see talkbacks, esp #90, which is the most accurate)
4. Forget Eliot Spitzer! Look at THIS scoop:
Tehran police chief caught with 6 prostitutes
Reza Zarei, who was in charge of 'moralizing the city,' forced to step
down after being caught nude in local brothel
Tehran's police chief, Reza Zarei, has been arrested after he was found
nude in a local brothel with six naked prostitutes, the Farda news website
Zarei stepped down from his post following the raid, the report said.
According to another popular Iranian website, Gooya, the order to raid the
brothel was given directly by Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi, chief
of the judicial authorities.
Over the past year Zarei was in charge of enforcing the Islamic dress
code on Iranian women with the purpose of "moralizing of the city."
It is alleged that in the past six months, hundreds of young people have
been arrested in Iran for not respecting the Islamic code of behavior.
Rumors of the brothel incident had been spreading in Iran for the past two
weeks, and last week Zarei was replaced after four years as chief of
police in Tehran.
The arrest was not reported by any of Iran's official news agencies. Farda
News, which broke the story, is a website said to be close to the mayor of
Tehran and former chief of the police forces, Mohammed Bagher Qalibaf and
is considered reliable.
Bill Clinton said to be considering bid to be nominated Tehran police
5. More ex-Israelis working for a second Holocaust:
6. Those loyal Israeli Arabs:
7. Will the Israeli Prosecutor indict these inciters against peace?