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After the flotilla incident, Grossman charged that Israel behaves like “a band of pirates.” He said the blockade on Gaza was “despicable,” attacking the Israeli government “which is prepared to embitter the lives of a million innocent people in the Gaza Strip, in order to obtain the release of one imprisoned soldier.”
The so called morality of these Jewish writers is not longer in tune with Israel’s security, very existence, identity and memory. Their publications attract so much attention abroad because of the baleful influence they have on Israel’s reputation, as they promulgate the most vicious distortions about their people and state.
Like Amos Oz, who has compared Gush Emunim members to Khomeini killers, or Abraham Yehoshua, who likened the Israeli public’s “silence” about the “oppression of the Palestinians” to the silence of Germans during the Holocaust.
Israel’s secular leftist intellectual community, to which Grossman and Oz belong, developed an enmity toward anything it conceived as representing Judaism or the Jewishness of Zionism. This came to include the Bible, Jewish history, the history of the Land of Israel and the classical Hebrew literature.
They join with those who “debunked” Zionism, which is, to them, not one of the most pristine and just movements of national liberation in history, but a colonialism uglier than anything perpetrated by the British, French or Spanish.
Astonishingly, these writers express only alienation, suicidal temptations, and self-hatred to the point of automatic identification with Israel’s enemies in their writings.
When Ariel Sharon sent back the IDF into Judea and Samaria to defeat the terrorists, both Grossman and Oz went to help the Palestinians with their olive harvest.
It didn’t stop Hamas from slaughtering two Jewish girls in a nearby “settlement,” Linoy Sarussi and Hadas Turgeman.
There is much more truth and honor in one of their classmates’ eulogy than in all Grossman’s ruminations: “You had many plans and hopes for the future, but you will remain 14 for ever. We’ll go on to have families of our own, but you’ll never grow.”
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