Israel’s Israel-Bashing Left

P. David Hornik is a freelance writer and translator living in Beersheva and author of the book Choosing Life in Israel. 


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The rabbis’ letter was denounced by other rabbis and by leading right-of-center Likud politicians like Minister Benny Begin, Knesset speaker Reuben Rivlin, and Netanyahu himself. The “Bat Yam rally” attracted about 200 fringe-Right activists from various places in Israel and only a handful of people from Bat Yam—population 120,000—itself, while being denounced by the town’s mayor.

As for the southern Tel Aviv rally against migrants, it in fact drew sympathetic responses from left-of-center figures. Tel Aviv mayor Ron Huldai of the Labor Party said that “The residents’ protest is justified and understandable” and called on the government to “set a clear immigration policy.”

And prominent, Tel Aviv-based, left-of-center media star and political aspirant Yair Lapid wrote, in an op-ed called “This is not racism,” that

these migrants cause a real problem.

The participants in the rally…in Tel Aviv Tuesday tried to explain to the media, almost desperately, that their motives have nothing to do with whether the migrants are white or black…. Their problem with the infiltrators is not their origin, but rather, what they do to their neighborhoods.

Meaning that the migrants have brought to these neighborhoods a major infestation of crime and drugs and made walking the streets a constant peril.

But do not look to the “elite,” Haaretz-type Israel-bashers of the Left, most of whom have socialist roots, to show a whit of sympathy for the problems of the working-class residents of southern Tel Aviv.

For that matter, while both the rabbis’ letter and the Bat Yam rally were legitimate targets of criticism, in many cases ordinary Israelis’ concerns about Arab encroachment stem from real problems, and should be well within the bounds of human sympathy without resorting to epithets of “racism” and worse.

There, however, is the crux of the matter.

For while the pro-Israel community works hard to draw a distinction between legitimate criticism of Israel and outright slander, in that regard the Israeli Left is not a friend but, instead, one of the enemies—and among the most virulent of them.

And too busy at its work to give true, systematic racism like that promoted by the Palestinian Authority—and epitomized by Abbas’s statement on Saturday—even a passing notice. Or too in synch with it.

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  • muchiboy

    "READ: While here in the western context my red armband with a swastika and my white hood might seem extreme, but in the context of an Aryan Nations rally or a KKK meeting they are received with sympathy and understanding."

    With my mixed background,MixMChess,I would be as much of a target as you might be.If indeed Hitler had been victorious,it would only have been a matter of time that me and mine would have suffered for our race and opinions.Your views of the Palestinian People is disturbing and goes beyond historical fact and accusations.Your level of debate is disappointing and at a university level or even a high school level would merit a failing grade.Please try to debate facts and opinions without vile and untrue name calling.It adds nothing to the debate,merely highlighting your immaturity and lack of intellectual rigor and judgement.You have the makings of a good debater,but act like a punk at the keyboard.smarten up! muchiboy.

    • MixMChess

      "Your views of the Palestinian People is disturbing and goes beyond historical fact and accusations."

      Pot. Kettle. Black. What's more disturbing, what I say about the Palestinians or the fact that they are all true?

      "Please try to debate facts and opinions without vile and untrue name calling."

      Oh, boo hoo! So you are free to defame Jews and accuse Israel of unconscionable crimes but I'm not allowed to speak the truth about you and call you out for what you really are? I guess its only fair if we play by YOUR rules huh?

  • muchiboy

    "Why is it that Israeli textbooks can move past the rhetoric and provide an unbiased history whereas you and the Palestinians can't?"

    We all need to remember that with few exceptions,e.g.Nazism,most wars and conflicts ,including the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,are not simply good vs evil,not black and white,but rather something in between.You and me,we have taken sides in a conflict that is both contentious and complex with valid and legitimate grievances, if not recognized and acknowledged, on either side.
    Like settlement and peace talks between the two or three combatants themselves,we need to find common ground and that means give and take,recognizing past wrongs,legitimate but fair security concerns,etc.Even putting yourself in the other sides shoes is an option.One only has to look at the fair,successful some might say magnanimous treaties of WWII vs the one sided treaty of WWI to recognize what can come out of wisdom and fairness.And above all,we need to see the others as human,in every way,not unlike us.muchiboy

  • muchiboy

    "Why is it that Israeli textbooks can move past the rhetoric and provide an unbiased history whereas you and the Palestinians can't?"

    We all need to remember that with few exceptions,e.g.Nazism,most wars and conflicts ,including the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,are not simply good vs evil,not black and white,but rather something in between.You and me,we have taken sides in a conflict that is both contentious and complex with valid and legitimate grievances, if not recognized and acknowledged, on either side.
    Like settlement and peace talks between the two or three combatants themselves,we need to find common ground and that means give and take,recognizing past wrongs,legitimate but fair security concerns,etc.Even putting yourself in the other sides shoes is an option.One only has to look at the fair,successful some might say magnanimous treaties of WWII vs the one sided treaty of WWI to recognize what can come out of wisdom and fairness.And above all,we need to see the others as human,in every way,not unlike us.muchiboy

    • MixMChess

      While your musings on the philosophy of debate and conflict may be interesting you still haven't answered my very simple question…

      Why is it that Israelis can move past the rhetoric and provide an unbiased history whereas you and the Palestinians can't?

  • muchiboy

    "Why is it that Israeli textbooks can move past the rhetoric and provide an unbiased history whereas you and the Palestinians can't?"

    We all need to remember that with few exceptions,e.g.Nazism,most wars and conflicts ,including the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,are not simply good vs evil,not black and white,but rather something in between.You and me,we have taken sides in a conflict that is both contentious and complex with valid and legitimate grievances, if not recognized and acknowledged, on either side.

  • muchiboy

    Like settlement and peace talks between the two or three combatants themselves,we need to find common ground and that means give and take,recognizing past wrongs,legitimate but fair security concerns,etc.Even putting yourself in the other sides shoes is an option.One only has to look at the fair,successful some might say magnanimous treaties of WWII vs the one sided treaty of WWI to recognize what can come out of wisdom and fairness.And above all,we need to see the others as human,in every way,not unlike us.muchiboy

  • muchiboy

    Like settlement and peace talks between the two or three combatants themselves,we need to find common ground and that means give and take,recognizing past wrongs,legitimate but fair security concerns,etc.Even putting yourself in the other sides shoes is an option

  • muchiboy

    "Let me know if you need more proof Ronald Grant, otherwise shut the heck up and quit trolling. We are all sick of you're garbage and rantings. Go back to your Hamilton Ontario inmates you neo-Nazi corrections officer"

    Your posts are both disturbed and alarming,MixMChess.They have become irrational and unacceptable.I enjoy debate,even intense,heated debate,but you continue to cross the line.From this point on,I will simply block your comments while continuing to subscribe to FPM and engage in debate with all mature,rational subscribers.muchiboy

  • MixMChess

    "Your posts are both disturbed and alarming,MixMChess.They have become irrational and unacceptable.I enjoy debate,even intense,heated debate,but you continue to cross the line.From this point on,I will simply block your comments while continuing to subscribe to FPM and engage in debate with all mature,rational subscribers.muchiboy"

    Oh that's right you are allowed to cross the line and defame Jews and Israel but no one is allowed to call you out on it. Do us all a favor and block yourself from posting any of your rhetorical garbage.