Peter Beinart: Trojan Horse in the Temple


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There is no truth at all to Beinart’s claim that it is Israel that has refused to make peace with the Palestinians. The Palestinian leadership refused generous Israeli proposals for a Palestinian state alongside Israel in 2000 and 2008. They now refuse even to talk to Israel’s government without preconditions. For that matter, the Palestinian Arab leaders refused the proposal of the United Nations General Assembly in 1947 for a Palestinian state twice the size of the present “West Bank” and Gaza Strip combined—which Israel accepted. Of course the Palestinian leadership has, since 1947, refused even pro forma to accept the existence of Israel as a Jewish state. It still refuses to do so.

But as outrageous as Beinart’s outright falsehoods are, his omission-distortions and false implied assumptions are more damaging because the listener may not even be aware of them.

Beinart repeatedly denounces Israel for denying the Palestinians equal rights with Israelis, without mentioning that the Palestinians are waging war on Israel, and have been doing so continuously for the past 65 years. No nation has ever granted equal rights to members of a nation at war with them. Nor can any nation that is being subjected to armed aggression and siege afford to do so. The Palestinians have been waging a relentless war against Israelis for at least 92 years, even before the independent state of Israel was established. The conflict has been an extraordinarily brutal war replete with war crimes such as blowing up civilians on buses, street corners and restaurants, executing children as hostages, and beating infants to death. That war is still very much in progress, as Beinart and everyone who reads the daily newspapers knows full well.

Beinart’s assumption that a state is undemocratic unless it grants equality of rights to everyone who lives under its jurisdiction is not valid even in relation to peaceful communities. Puerto Ricans living in their own country cannot vote for president or elect voting members of Congress, although they are subjected to the rule of the U.S government and to U.S.military “occupation.” The inhabitants of the U.S.-ruled Virgin Islands are not even allowed to elect their own governor. The inhabitants of American Samoa and the Federated States of Micronesia in the Pacific region do not have the rights of American citizens, although they are subjected to the rule of Washington. And the people of these territories are not even at war with the United States and never have been. If Peter Beinart really believes that the right to vote and all other citizenship rights must be extended to every one living under a nation’s jurisdiction, why doesn’t he tour the country demanding these rights for Puerto Ricans, Virgin Islanders, Samoans, and Micronesians subject to American “occupation”?

Beinart describes the Jewish suburb of Hebron, Kiryat Arba, as a “remote” settlement without mentioning that it is all of 13 miles from Israel’s parliament building in Jerusalem or about the same distance as Washington’s Dulles International Airport is from the White House and the Capitol building. Nor does he mention that Jews lived in Hebron continuously for almost three thousand years before they were forced to leave as a result of the Arab pogroms of 1929. Kiryat Arba is thus only a resettlement of a very ancient Jewish “settlement.” The revived community was put outside the old city of Hebron only because the Jordanian occupiers had seized the old Jewish quarter of Hebron and given it to Arab merchants. The Israeli government, which actually favors Arabs over Jews whenever there are property disputes, has refused to permit Jews to return to the Jewish-owned but Arab-seized Jewish quarter in the old city of Hebron, thus necessitating formation of a new suburb for the city’s Jewish quarter.

Beinart does mention that the “settlement” of Ariel is thirteen miles inside the “Palestinian territories,” but only in the context of expressing indignation at Israel permitting some “settlement growth” in a place so ”deep inside” Palestinian territory. He does not mention that Israel’s pre-1967 “border” (actually a temporary military armistice line) nearest to Ariel is all of nine miles from the Mediterranean Sea. This would make it exceptionally easy for an Arab army to cut Israel in two in five minutes and drive the Jews into the sea if Israel were to evacuate the 20,000 inhabitants of Ariel, destroy the university campus there, and withdraw to pre-1967 lines in order to comply with Beinart’s requirements for a “democratic” Israel and a “contiguous” Palestinian state

In any case, the supposedly sacrosanct “Palestinian” territory is only the area that happened to be occupied by Jordanian troops when Israel and Jordan negotiated the armistice (not a treaty of peace) that ended Israel’s War of Independence in 1949. This is yet another fact that Beinart fails to mention when he so indignantly protests “permitted settlement growth” so deep inside the proposed territory of a projected future Palestinian state.

To return to our initial point, however, the warm welcome accorded to Beinart by Jewish communities and congregations throughout the country is far more worrisome than Beinart’s own remarks, which would make little difference if he were not so readily admitted to Jewish communities like the Trojan Horse inside Troy.  For example, in his introductory remarks to a debate between Beinart and David Suissa at Hollywood’s Temple Israel, John Rosove, the rabbi of the congregation, not only assured his audience of Beinart’s love and loyalty for Israel, but warned them in stern tones never even to question it. By shielding Beinart from any questioning of his motives and objectives for incessantly bashing Israel, Rosove and others acting as hosts for Beinart’s presentations of course give his message a “heksher” (or rabbinical seal of approval). They have accepted the gift borne by the Greeks and brought it into the temple.

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  • Bamaguje

    Beinart is a clueless blithering idiot!!

    • Choi

      and he's a Traitorous POS!

  • David

    What is so sad is that so few Jews know that Beinart's "facts" are lies. What is so sad is that they are more interested in their country clubs than Jewish history, even contemporary Jewish history.

    • Choi

      And many of the Country Club "set" give more of a "damn" about their Golf Scores than the survival of their own flesh & blood.

  • Josh

    Time has come to stop referring to Reform movement ashrams as synagogues or temples.

  • Juana

    Decent people are at a disadvantage when it comes to setting boundaries and developing strategies of response if boundaries are crossed. They tend to extend the benefit of the doubt and to trust that reason and decency will prevail, without forceful confrontation. This rarely happens.

  • dougjmiller

    Peter Beinart is as bad as they come, sneaky, vindictive and virulent. That fact that many of us Jews don't recognize Beinart's malevolence is tragic. Over the centuries anti-Semites have called us every name under the sun, everyone of them defamatory and wrong. The one name they have never called us is the one insult that's true, stupid. Although individually we may be very bright, as a group we are as dumb as door knobs. It's miraculous that we have survived for 4000 years. The fact that we have managed to survive given the continuing and never ending attempts by monsters to eliminate us, is testimony to G-d's patience and caring.

    • Dcat

      He's really just an uninformed ego-maniac. Give the guy a break.

  • SCREW SOCIALISM

    It was a so called "paleswinian" who assassinated US Senator Robert F. Kennedy in 1968.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_F._Kennedy

    • Zionista

      true – sirhan sirhan hated RFK because he was pro Israel – that's the religion of peace for you – and what could be called the first act of islamonazi terrorism in the US

      • SCREW SOCIALISM

        If the paleswinian s.s. wasn't let into the US, RFK would have lived and may have been elected President.

        Arab nazis kill Americans IN America.

        Arab nazi Major Pig Hasan killed Americans in Fort Hood Texas.

        How much longer must Americans ignore reality?

  • H&R_ Barack

    RE: "Peter Beinart, author of the recently published The Crisis of Zionism"

    In a related matter: There is an attempt to combine Christianity and Islam in a common worship service!

    Whenever we, as biblical Christians, think that things couldn’t possibly become more preposterous in Christendom, we need to call to mind the Scriptures that tell us that the time will come when Christians will not endure sound doctrine, and many will corrupt the Word of God

    Chrislam? Christian Palestinianism??
    More on the topic: http://www.thebereancall.org/content/chrislam-chr

  • H&R_ Barack

    RE: "Peter Beinart, author of the recently published The Crisis of Zionism"

    In a related matter: There is an attempt to combine Christianity and Islam in a common worship service!

    Whenever we, as biblical Christians, think that things couldn’t possibly become more preposterous in Christendom, we need to call to mind the Scriptures that tell us that the time will come when Christians will not endure sound doctrine, and many will corrupt the Word of God

    Chrislam? Christian Palestinianism??
    More on the topic: http://www.thebereancall.org/content/chrislam-chr

    Allah is a false god of man’s making.

    Unfortunately for Muslims, and considerably more so for the rest of the world, Islam is extremely strict and uncompromising,

    Over the last 1400 years, 270 million non-believers were murdered by Muslim jihadists.

  • Schlomotion

    It is so refreshing that someone like Peter Beinart has come along to put the last nail in the coffin of the crazy and rabid Zionists by offering a sensible, moderate, and less fanatical Zionism. The Israeli Wahabbists like Neuwirth and Landau will gnash their teeth about it, but Alan Dershowitz was one of these saber-toothed Imperial Zionists who tried also to quietly get Peter Beinart into the Big Tent, imploring him to not air AIPAC's dirty laundry, dissentions, schisms, and machinations bare to the public, and by all means do not offer Americans a sensible alternative and options. What Israel had hoped to do to Islam from places like Brookings and Hudson, namely engineer a more moderate, less stupid version of Radical Islamism is now thankfully happening to Radical Judaism as well.

    • Ben

      Beinart sure can inspire demented outbursts of disjointed, random, comic, fury from his supporters.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      The more apologetics and obfuscation socialist scum engage in, the sooner Americans will wake up to the threat islamofascism and its puppet master socialism are.

      Every Islamofascist atrocity put another nail in the coffin of "the religion of peace" and the FAKE "anti-war" cult.

  • Kamath

    As a non-Jewish person, it surprises me why some Jewish persons stamp and spit on their own religious, philosophical, intellectual heritage. What a tragedy!

  • YetWave

    The difficulty is not Beinart's 'brand' of Zionism. It is the willingness of Jews like Beinart to bare their necks to the arabs in exchange for nothing. Any kinder, gentler brand of Zionism is possible only after those who have sworn to eliminate Israel have recognized that the Jews are in the neighborhood to stay. Lefties think that any democracy, be it Israeli or ours here in the US, is somehow untrue to its aim if it compromises the liberties it would ordinarily extend to all in order to keep its citizens alive. Fabulists like Beinart take Israel to task harder and quicker for the perception that it may be violating its democratic charter than they do any of the arab despocracies surrounding it. For this guy to claim his love of Israel and offer the flag on his son's bedroom as testimony of his veneration is pure horsefeathers.

    • Schlomotion

      A kinder, gentler brand of Zionism is possible now too, if only we isolate and ridicule the hardcore Zionist extremists and reward the moderate, sensible Zionists with social rewards and acknowledgements. At least, this is how Jews have been speaking about dog-training the Muslims. I am sure it works on them just as well.

      • YetWave

        It doesn't matter who of our own "we" reward or isolate or ridicule. What kind of Jew would admire or see anything positive about another Jew who who advocates a moderated stance toward those who would kill us? The saying is true that if the arabs put down their guns tomorrow there would be peace; if the Israelis did so, the result would be another 6 million dead Jews. "Zionists " like Beinart and the despicable Jeremy Ben-Ami wear Team Torquemada t-shirts.

        • Schlomotion

          You remind me how it was Jesus was driven out of the Jewish community into his own franchise.

          • SCREW SOCIALISM

            When the Messiah returns there will be 1,000 years of peace.

            Has there been 1,000 years of peace in the past 2,000 years?

          • Schlomotion

            Thank you. You have proven that you are not Jewish but rather some lunatic fringe Millennialist. That's what I was hoping for. Your philosophy is cobbled together from Tertullian, Hitler, and Pat Robertson. Congratulations. You outed yourself.

  • Wallace Edward Brand

    Ms. Rachel Neuwirth has got it right. The so called debate between Peter Beinart and David Suisaa,on a two-state [temporary] solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict at the Temple Israel in Los Angles was no more debate than had occurred a few days earlier on May 15 at UCLA with a fake debate between the two radical Muslims, Hussein Ibish and Resa Aslan on a one [Arab Majority] state solution.. Where is a forum for "one lawful Jewish state West of the Jordan River" following the plan of the WWI Allies at San Remo as a solution to the Arab Israeli conflict? You can learn about the plan in a book recently published by Amazon on kindle. Salomon Benzimra, "The Jewish People's Rights to the Land of Israel". You won't hear about it from a platform at UCLA nor at the Temple Israel.
    Good work Ms Neuwirth!

  • Raymond in DC

    Toward the end of the Beinart-Gordis debate, I caught a perfect example of Beinart's obfuscation. Asked what Israel could or should do if "Palestine" violated signed agreements after Israel withdrew to the 1967 lines ("with agreed swaps"), he advised that Israel could "raise holy hell". Asked by Gordis to explain what that would entail, Beinart said Israel could turn to the US, which would pressure the Palestinians. As if Israel is inclined to further outsource its security interests…

    Going further, Beinart noted how Obama had threatened to pull funding over the Palestinian quest for recognition as a state – ignoring the fact that 1) Obama had no legal choice but to cut funding to UNESCO; 2) Obama is budgeting restoration of that funding; and 3) *No* direct or indirect aid to the Palestinians have yet been reduced.

  • SCREW SOCIALISM

    With "zionists" like peter beinart, who needs enemies?

  • dos

    Revelation 2:9 and 3:9 reveal who they are.