Tuesday, November 25, 2008
IDF Soldiers Prepared to Just Say No
'1 in 3 soldiers won't evacuate Golan'
Nov. 24, 2008
Herb Keinon , THE JERUSALEM POST
One-third of the country believes it would be legitimate for soldiers to
refuse orders to remove settlements from the Golan Heights, according to a
poll released on Monday.
The poll was carried out by Ma'agar Mohot for a conference entitled "War
at home? from disengagement to the Golan Heights" that will be held
Thursday at the Kinneret College on the Sea of Galilee.
Asked what soldiers should do if ordered in the future to evacuate Jewish
settlements from the Golan Heights, 67% of the respondents who had an
opinion said the soldiers should carry out the evacuation, while 33%
percent said they should not. Among respondents who identified themselves
as voters for right-wing parties, the number saying the soldiers should
not carry out the orders reached 41%.
Udi Lebel, a political scientist at Kinneret College, said this was the
first time such a large percentage of the population gave legitimacy to
refuse IDF orders. Lebel said that according to polls that would be
presented at the conference on Thursday, opposition to withdrawal from the
Golan was greater even than opposition to dividing Jerusalem.
"If we are talking about a representative sample that reflects the
positions of the population, and the army is a people's army, then every
third soldier will oppose evacuation, and in light of this it is doubtful
it would be possible to carry out a withdrawal," Lebel said.
The poll also found that a majority of the population is opposed to a full
withdrawal from the Golan in exchange for full peace with Syria.
When asked, "in your opinion, does the Israeli government need or does it
not need to agree to a full Israeli withdrawal from the Golan Heights in
exchange for full peace with Syria," 58% said that it does not need to
agree to a withdrawal, while 27% said it did, and another 15% said it
depended on the conditions and circumstances.
The poll also found that 54% of the respondents said that the Golan
Heights issue would either "influence" or "greatly influence" which party
they decided to vote for in the upcoming elections.
The telephone poll was carried out November 21-22 among 520 people, and
had a 4.5% margin of error.
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3. The Arabs for Israel:
Why Reporters - Judges and Professors - Are Biased
By Dennis Prager
FrontPageMagazine.com | 11/25/2008
That the news media were biased in the 2008 presidential election is now
acknowledged by fair-minded people, left or right.
As Time Magazine.s Mark Halperin said this weekend at a Politico/USC
Conference on the 2008 election: .It's the most disgusting failure of
people in our business.It was extreme bias, extreme pro-Obama coverage."
Given how obvious this bias is, the question is not whether liberals in
the media tend to offer biased reporting. The question is why? Why can.t
liberal news people report the news without any slant?
The answer is that for people on the left, all . I repeat, all .
professions are a means to an end, not ends in themselves. That end is the
social transformation of society, meaning the promoting of .social
justice. as the left understands that term.
For most liberal news reporters, therefore, the purpose of news reporting
is not to report news as objectively as possible. The purpose of the media
in general and of reporting specifically is to promote social justice and
the social transformation of society.
For most liberal judges, the primary purpose of being a judge is to
promote social justice and transform society. That is why liberal judges
are so much more likely to be judicial activists than conservative judges.
Most liberal judges do not see their roles as merely adjudicating a
dispute according to the law. They see their role primarily as using the
law and their power to rule on the law to promote social justice.
For most university professors . and many high school teachers, as well .
outside of the natural sciences and math, the same holds true. The task of
a teacher is to teach, i.e., to convey the most important information as
honestly as possible. But, again, this conflicts with the social justice
goal of the left. History teachers who merely teach history are of little
use to the left. History . and English and political science, and
sociology, and other liberal arts . teachers must use their classroom to
produce young people who will wish to engage in society-transforming work
for social justice.
For most liberals in the arts (there are very few conservatives in the
arts) there is no denial of their having an agenda. They state quite
candidly that the purpose of the arts is to challenge the (conservative)
status quo, to raise political and social consciousness by advancing a
.progressive. political and social agenda. The artist whose agenda is
merely to produce beautiful art is looked upon as a reactionary buffoon,
and is not likely to be taken seriously -- no matter how talented -- in
the worlds of music, dance, painting, and sculpture.
Even the natural sciences are increasingly subject to being rendered a
means to a .progressive. end. There was the pseudo-threat of heterosexual
AIDS in America . science manipulated in order to de-stigmatize AIDS as
primarily a gay man.s disease and to increase funding for AIDS research.
There are the exaggerated secondhand smoke data popularized so as to
decrease smoking and fight .Big Tobacco.. And now we have the
scientifically questionable belief in man-made carbon emissions causing
global warming leading to natural catastrophe . and recommended
.solutions. many of which, if adopted, will serve the goal of undermining
The best analogy of the directing of all human endeavors toward a
left-wing purpose would be those early medieval centuries of European life
when just about everything man made was supposed to reflect a religious
consciousness. Virtually nothing stood apart from the Church. The arts
were religious, the sciences were handmaidens of theology, and schools
were religious in nature.
Most moderns look upon that period as a dark age . perhaps a bit unfairly
at times. But the people who most scorn what they deem the religious .Dark
Ages. are trying to building a secular-left dark age in our time. Because
the left is a religion, a substitute for the Christianity it seeks to
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7. Another reason to bomb Gaza? Gaza man refuses to recycle glass
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8. One jihad front down, countless to go:
9. Being nice causes terror: