The Livni Fallacy

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During its 2011 campaign, UJA of Greater Toronto honored Israeli Opposition Leader Tzipi Livni (Kadima) at a fundraiser event, where she pledged to “take account of the concerns…of Jews beyond [Israel’s] borders.” Naturally, the community welcomed her with a thunderous ovation, confirming that, we, the Jews of the Diaspora, support Tzipi’s “inclusive and pluralistic agenda,” her “articulat[ion of] a Zionist vision…that respects our traditions without denying the legitimacy of difference,” and that we share her commitment to “achieve peace with the Palestinians.”

The problem is that not everything is about “we.”

In fact, our shared values are irrelevant within the context of determining “what is best for Israel,” and the incessant focus on “we” is ethnocentric. The key question—which Diaspora Jewry often fails to consider—is whether these common principles, when translated into Israeli political action, always benefit Israel.

The answer, unfortunately, is no.

In an interview with Ha’aretz in 2009, Ms. Livni described her two greatest political achievements as her roles in the disengagement from Gaza (2005) and in the Second Lebanon War (2006). It is certain that Ms. Livni had Israel’s best interest at heart—so as to “leave [her] children a secure state in the land of Israel.” However, when examining the direct effects of her policies, we are forced to conclude that Ms. Livni has achieved the exact opposite.

Israel is less secure today because of Tzipi Livni.

It is highly unlikely that the Gaza disengagement proposal would have garnered enough ministerial support without Ms. Livni’s influence. Only by way of intricate political maneuvering, including the “reorganization” of various offices, was Ms. Livni able to conjure up the necessary votes from Israeli Cabinet members. Ms. Livni described her involvement in the 2009 Ha’aretz interview: “I led the disengagement, thanks to the Livni compromise [which reconciled rival parties to the plan].… I led the disengagement legislation and [subsequent] processes.…” Livni also explained her reasoning to the Washington Post: “We decided that we could take some risky steps…[to convey] that Israel is no longer the Palestinian excuse for not fighting terrorism. Our expectation now is that the Palestinians will implement their word.”

Accordingly, we have Ms. Livni declaring, on record, that she orchestrated the “risky” 2005 disengagement plan, in order to pave the way for the Palestinians to “rehabilitate” themselves.

Regrettably, the Palestinian answer to fighting terrorism was not rehabilitation, but to further terrorize, followed by the validation of terrorism through the “democratic” election of Hamas. Since then, Gaza has essentially become an Iranian military base—located 75 km from Jerusalem—committed to fighting the “struggle against the Zionist invaders…[by spreading] Allah over every inch of Palestine.” More specifically, Hamas has consolidated its power, enhanced the destructive capacity of its weaponry (with Iran’s help), and murdered an untold number of Israeli civilians.

And what does Ms. Livni have to say for herself during her speech in Toronto? “I can assure you that Hamas doesn’t fight for…any legitimate right of the Palestinians; they are fighting in order to deprive us of our right to live.… To these extremists…we need to fight, literally, with military forces.”

Why on earth then, Tzipi, did you devise and implement the Israeli military evacuation from Gaza all but assuring that Hamas would be emboldened?

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  • zsqpwxxeh

    She's not insane. She is simply foolish, that's all. But when you elect a fool to high office you can end up in a World of Hurt.

  • Asher

    Appeasement never makes things better, it only aggrevates the problem. Land for peace has not worked, and will not work in the future….If Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria are divided watch out!

  • Guest

    I don't think Livni is foolish…I think she is delusional. Every time I read her comments I am just amazed. She assumes that individuals on both sides of the issue will conduct themselves with honor and no deception. How could she possibly assume this after looking at the history she helped write? Land for peace did not and will never work…until everyone really wants peace.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    Tzipi Livni brags about being responsible for two of the biggest strategic blunders in Israel’s history as major achievements.

    That’s sort of like Jimmy Carter bragging about pulling the Persian rug out from under the Shah of Iran because he was too brutal so that the country could be taken over by Islamic strongmen, and never mind the fact that the reason for the Shah’s brutality was because he was forced to defend himself and his government from a very violent and extremely brutal jihad being waged against the Shah exactly because he was trying to lift his country out of 7th century Islamic barbarianism and into 20th century modernism.

    It’s also like George Bush bragging that he wasted trillions of taxpayers dollars, sacrificed American's rights and freedoms, and needlessly caused the casualties and deaths of thousands of Americans in response to 9/11 by doubling the size of the federal government ostensibly to protect the homeland from Islamic terrorist attacks, but really to continue accommodating mass Muslim immigration with all of its excess baggage while also at the same time tying up America’s military pursuing too silly and asinine fantasy based nation-building mission to win the hearts and minds of Muslims by lifting them up out of poverty via the imposition of democracy, and never mind the fact that winning the hearts and minds of Muslim who are obligated to hate our unbeliever guts no matter what is absolutely impossible, the fact that poverty, despair, and hopelessness has exactly nothing whatsoever to do with the reason why Muslims wage jihad against unbelievers, and the fact that in the Islamic world democracy is always used as a vehicle for Islamic strongmen to cease power.

    Meanwhile, at the same time Iran has continued its pursuit of nuclear weapons with impunity while also making a mockery of America as a weak horse in the Islamic world, that Pakistan has used America’s billions of dollars in foreign aid to not only finance the jihad it has been waging against us, but also to expand its nuclear arsenal in anticipation of becoming the nuclear supermarket of the Sunni Islamic world when Iran inevitably acquires nukes and at the same time renders the NPT treaty not worth the paper it is signed on, and Saudi Arabia continues to proliferate the jihad ideology with impunity throughout the world.

    Indeed, at the rate we are going, it will be sooner rather than later before we have all been reduced to violently oppressed and systematically persecuted dhimmis and the world enters a new era of darkness that it may never be able to escape.