by Prof. Ron Breiman
The current public and media discourse in Israel is riddled with lies, adopted by the masses without a second thought.
One of those lies is the concept of a political "bloc" made up of the political parties to the left of Likud. Everyone knows that these leftist parties are all vying for each other's voters. But this hasn't stopped supportive commentators and the heads of those parties from referring to a "Center-Left bloc." This term is wrong and misleading, but it continues to star in the election process even as former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Hatnuah Chairwoman Tzipi Livni — the architects of the disengagement debacle — outflank Meretz on the Left, and cannot be defined as centrist or draw votes away from Likud.
Another so-called "bloc" is the European Union, whose membership numbers have only grown since its establishment, with the collapse of the Soviet Union, Yugoslavia and Czechoslovakia. More may even be on the way, with growing pressure for Basque, Catalan and Scottish independence, as well as a possible Belgian split into two separate states. Another process threatening the "bloc" is the slow but steady conquest of some European nations by Muslim immigrants.
But these processes haven't prevented the European "bloc" — especially those members that have shady colonialist histories — from condemning Israel over its plan to expand construction in Jerusalem. In fact, these countries, some motivated by anti-Semitic sentiments and others by defeatist ones, stand steadfastly by the Holocaust denier from Ramallah, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. In other words, they support the "good" terrorists from the Palestine Liberation Organization — all of Palestine.
It is no wonder, then, that precisely on the day that the European "bloc" was so perturbed by Israel's construction plans and efforts to protect itself from the Arab occupier — the Arabs are the true occupiers in the land of Israel — the hypocritical Europeans were awarded the Nobel Prize for ... peace. The same prize that has lost all meaning ever since it was awarded to the biggest of archterrorists, Yasser Arafat.
But who are we to complain about the Europeans misreading reality in such an egregious way, thinking that Israel is an occupying force in its own land and pushing for the foolishness that is the two-state solution? How can we fault the Europeans for distinguishing between "good" and "bad" terrorists and for preventing Israel from going after either kind when our very own leftist "bloc" keeps making the exact same statements and spreading the same lies?
We are talking about President Shimon Peres, the man who brought the bottle of Oslo poison to Israel, who is now warning against the perils of Hamas but still encouraging Israelis to drink the poison he brought. We are talking about Tzipi Livni, who established her own personal movement (with her party, Hatnuah, “The Movement”), which is supposed to be based on the diplomatic "experience" of the woman who afflicted Israel with the Oslopolis (Oslo and Annapolis) process and whose every diplomatic move has been based on appeasing those who exert pressure on Israel from within and without. That was her plan for combating diplomatic isolation. In reality, however, she left nothing but scorched earth behind her in Israeli foreign policy.
In this reality that has been created, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has no choice but to smash the lie linking a Palestinian state with peace once and for all. These two things are direct opposites, and anyone who supports the establishment of an Arab state west of the Jordan River — whether he or she is an Israeli, an Arab, a European or an American — is only pushing peace further away. As long as Netanyahu continues to recite the two-state solution foolishness, he makes himself complicit in the "bloc" mentality and the above-listed lies.
Prof. Ron Breiman
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