Celebrating Anti-Israel Extremists

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Mainstream media often remind us that right-wing Israeli “extremists” endanger lives and will ignite the “fusebox” known as the Middle East.  That said, left-wing political factions and fringe players well outside the political center of Israel are  celebrated by the media.

In the impending Israeli elections, it’s considered a fait accompli that Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu (heralded as “King Bibi” only a few months ago by Time Magazine) will receive the people’s unprecedented mandate to once again serve as Prime Minister. Netanyahu is projected to be head of state virtually unopposed. Imagine the worldwide media applause if he were a flaming liberal.

Against that backdrop, a shameful article appeared in The Guardian of the UK yesterday with a telling web address that asserts that Israelis are “scared” and “insecure.”

Scared and insecure? The Israelis are confident that they now understand the true nature of the Arabs after years of working for peace – as the woman quoted in the lead of the article describes.  And Israelis are secure that a strong Israel will keep them safe and are voting as such.

Shamefully appearing as a news article rather than an editorial, the article refers to the deputy speaker of the Knesset, Danny Danon, a member of Likud, the largest conservative political party, as an “extreme right-winger.” The basis for this hateful rhetoric: “[H]is top priority is ‘loyalty to the land of Israel’ and [he] says ‘it is a fatal mistake to try to appease Europe or America.’” Rather than celebrating nationalism as was done during the “Arab Spring,” being loyal to one’s country and representing the largest political party in the country for many years, makes Danon an “extremist.”  His task as an elected official is to protect and be loyal to his nation and resist political pressures that his electorate deems are a danger to his country.  That is quite mainstream anywhere in the world.

Meanwhile, real Israeli extremists are quoted, mentioned and celebrated throughout the article – and their names are Amos Oz, who is described as “a celebrated author,” Uri Avnery, referred to as a “veteran peace activist,” and Avraham Burg, “a former speaker of the Israeli parliament and chairman of Molad, a left-wing think-tank.”

In reality, Oz is an extremist with views well outside the consensus of Israeli politics who sent an imprisoned terrorist a personalized signed copy of his book and was barred from appearing at Assaf Harofeh Hospital to give the keynote speech at an awards ceremony.  He has called for boycotts of certain areas of Israel and shamefully said that the capital of Israel, Jerusalem, “is moving in the direction of Qum, in Iran,” referring to his nation’s religious nature. He seems devoted to harming Israel regularly using slick public relations campaigns.

His fellow extremist, Uri Avnery, supports dialogue with Hamas, the terrorist organization dedicated to destroying the State of Israel, in direct opposition to America’s policy on the group. Wouldn’t one opposing American interests be deemed as an “extremist” – especially when his political views have barely any support amongst a democratic electorate? During the Lebanon war 30 years ago, this dangerous man was accused by members of the cabinet of treason for meeting the enemy in Lebanon during a time of war.  The radical organization Gush Shalom, which he formed, has perhaps a handful of supporters and calls for Palestinian terrorists who murdered Israelis to be released from jail.

Burg is a disgraced former politician who has had numerous financial scandals and was forced to the sidelines as part of the Israeli democratic process. He has suggested amending Israel’s Law of Return and once said “to define the State of Israel as a Jewish state is the key to its end. A Jewish state is explosive. It’s dynamite.”

Oz, Avnery and Burg cannot win at the ballot box and so they travel the world demonizing Israel, as their countrymen have rejected them.  The media’s lauding of these dangerous extremists who oppose American and Israeli policies neglects the reality on the ground and the will of the people. America, Israel and Europe face a grave enemy of terrorists and despots, and encouraging these Israeli extremists is dangerous for the delicate situation in the Middle East.

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  • The Inverse

    Here is the Truth about Amos Oz
    http://docstalk.blogspot.co.il/2010/06/good-morni

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    The following are some compelling renditions, regarding anti-Israel extremists, the bane of the Jewish nation's existence – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/11/27/pm-netanyahus

    Additionally, Israel's left completely legitimizes its deligitimization, and for that alone they must be exposed – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/11/26/the-death-of-

    In no small measure, leftist academia, in tandem with its media clones and legal cheerleaders, give the "kosher" stamp of approval to avowed post/anti-Zionists. They make no secret of their affinity for Arab rights over Jewish rights.

    Basically, if not for the dysfunction permeating Israel's electoral process they would hold that mush less sway over the decision makers – http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/06/the_parado

    Adina kutnicki, Israel – http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

  • dan the pro

    not until we jews accept the RISEN SAVIOR will we not have peace, because the prince of PEACE is not with us. Remember the mohammedans saying "first saturday then sunday"–as in doing away with those days of worship–but the knowitallkommissars know all that don't you know??. the traitorous leftist weaksisters at work to undermine their countries, their religion and their own race. who needs enemies with schmucks thus. look at the voting patterns of the demented jews in america. that's all.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      Observant Jews pray to the same G-D that Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, Moses, King David, King Solomon, prayed to, all of whom lived before Jesus was born..

  • Richard Ros

    It is about time that these traitor leftists be exposed for what they are. They help the arabs with their bombs. Great article.

  • JacksonPearson

    The UK's Guardian should suck it up, because their day of reckoning with England's stupid multiculturalism with Islam is on the horizon. If the current trend continues, in the very near future, London will be flying the same al Qaeda flag as Benghazi, and that's no joke folks!

  • Indio Viejo

    These communist Israeli traitors should be followed and exposed as is being done in this article, to keep the record strait. Wherever they creep to spread their poison, they must be challenged. What chutzpa!

  • The Inverse

    Learn about Israel's academic fifth column at http://www.isracampus.com

  • Ghostwriter

    The thing is we have people like that in America too. They're as contemptible in Israel as well as here.