The Israeli Left Pursues the Treason Vote

abbasIt has long been Israel’s answer to merging Orwell with Chelm, the mythical town of amusing stupidity in Jewish folklore.  For years, the Israeli government has provided social security and other social welfare payments to convicted Arab terrorists and murderers.  If an Arab otherwise entitled to unemployment insurance, welfare payments, pensions, or other “social” payments happens to engage in terrorism and happens to be imprisoned, he and his family continue to receive the welfare payments.  If the terrorist dies, his dependents collect survivor benefits, like orphans in the US whose parent has passed away but was covered by social security.  Terrorists disabled while planting bombs or attacking Jews could collect disability insurance stipends.

In 2012, an initiative was begun in the Knesset led by David Rotem (from the Yisrael Beitenu party), to cut the stipends and pensions paid to convicted murderers and terrorists by 50%.  That is correct – the Knesset was only one-half working against welfare support for terrorists, by preserving only half of the stupidest idea in human history.  Rotem wanted to eliminate the Paychecks for Terrorists Program altogether but there was too much opposition from the rest of the Knesset and the government’s pin-headed lawyers. Israel’s Ministry of Justice bureaucrats opposed any reduction in the welfare benefits for the mass murderers.  It would be unjust, you see.  Insensitive to the needs of the families of the terrorists.  The Israeli Left denounced the initiative as “anti-democratic.”

This past week a related initiative in the Knesset sought to deny pensions to convicted terrorists freed from prison, such as in any of those mind-numbingly stupid “prisoner exchanges” in which Israel sets the mass murderers free to wander the avenues and byways.  The bill does not really strip them of welfare payments  altogether, it just says they cannot start collecting benefits until the full prison term to which they had been sentenced is finished.  That way they cannot collect early if they are released before the end of the sentence.

What is amazing is that the Israeli Left voted against the bill. How dare anyone deny terrorists and their families the benefits of Israeli welfare payments!  The Menshevik Israeli Labor Party voted against the bill, showing that its  electoral strategy seems to be to challenge the ultra-leftist Meretz party over which party will attract the most votes from the treason constituency.  But even within the Netanyahu coalition, there were dissidents who voted against the bill and in favor of the terrorists.

In particular, Amram Mitzna voted for the terrorists.  Mitzna is now a member of Tzipi Livni’s party, which is part of the Netanyahu coalition.  This is the same Mitzna who once was a contender for Prime Minister from Labor, and before that served as the Third-Worldish mayor of Haifa.

Meanwhile the Israeli Left continues to endorse boycotts and more boycotts against Israel.  In some cases it claims it “only” wants boycotts directed against settlements, and in other cases it supports world-wide boycotts against all of Israel.  Since all of Israel built and maintains the “settlements,” there really is not much of a difference. Ex-Meretz Kommissar Yossi “Call Me Ishmael” Sarid is the latest to endorse boycotts, writing in Haaretz this week.

It needs to be emphasized that these endorsements of anti-Israel boycotts show how fundamentally anti-democratic the Israeli Left is.   The Israeli Left has failed miserably over decades to persuade the Israeli electorate and public of the correctness of its “ideas.”  Since the vast majority of Israelis REJECT the platform of the Left, the Leftists stoop to anti-democratic means – by attempting to get their anti-Israel friends all over the world to subvert Israeli sovereignty and impose the will of the tiny Israeli Leftist minority on the country through extortion and economic warfare.

There is no difference between boycotts of settlements and boycotts of all of Israel.   A democratic Left would attempt to peddle its opinions in the Israeli marketplace of ideas and try to persuade the Israeli public of the correctness of its positions.  If successful, the voters would elect governments who would force the “settlers” to leave the “occupied territories.”    The “settlers” are where they are because the Israeli government and the bulk of the electorate want them to be there, in “settlements.”   The economic warfare against “settlements” is in fact a program of aggression against the electorate who decided to have “settlements” constructed and maintained in the first place, and who continue to wish these “settlements” to thrive and grow.   The settlements are the will of the Israeli people and the voting public.

The boycotters, including their amen chorus within the radical Left in Israel, are opposed to democratic rule.  They want to strip the Israeli electorate of its rights of sovereignty.  They want to coerce the country into accepting a program endorsed by perhaps two or three percent of Israelis and opposed by the rest.  The Left insists that removal of “settlements” is the path to peace.  But the rest of Israelis think that removal of settlements simply eliminates all obstacles to the erection of a new Islamofascist terrorist entity in the suburbs of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, one that will be used by the terrorists to launch endless massive rocket and missile attacks against the Jews.

Israelis who are not part of the tiny Leftist fringe see the settlements as mine canaries that measure the true intentions of “Palestinians.”   They also believe that Israelis have at least as much of a right to live in “settlements” in Judea and Samaria (the “West Bank”) as Arabs have to live inside Israel.   The Jews are the true indigenous population of the Land of Israel and they are no more “occupiers” when they live in the West Bank than Native Americans are when they live in North America.

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  • SCREW SOCIALISM

    Great. Force those leftards to live under “palestinian” rule. Let’s see how things work out for these “jews”. They will have to submit, pay jizzya, accept being inferior to Muslims.

    What these leftards need is a bit of islamofascist REALITY.

    • Silver Garcia

      Israel will have to deport all unfriendly Arab Muslims and the entire Labor Party and any weak kneed Likudnik, to Jordan, Syria and Egypt. If Israel wishes to survive in the long term in addition to taking back the Sinai. Maybe Israelis and all non Muslims in the region will have to form their own country free of Muslims and Labor politicians.

    • Drakken

      I’m good with it, I’ll bring the bourbon and cigars and watch the show, talk about cheap entertainment.

  • Irish Settler

    Advertisement: Efrat wine from THE SETTLEMENTS now only 15 NIS at Rami Levy. A lovely drop.

  • Emmanuel Goldstein

    A song for all the commies out there…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxT8m46K1w8

  • Shel_Zahav

    Most Jews living across the Green Line are hardly living in settlements. Are towns of 40,000 considered “settlements”? Are Jerusalem neighborhoods considered “settlements”?

    • Silver Garcia

      The first thing is to discard the terms imposed by the demented left on all issues: liberalism, settlements, islamaphobe, francophobe, homophobe, angryphobe and sovereignty ( for those living in Quebec). The left are twisted self loathers who infect all things. The media and even so called conservative parties ( Republicans, Likud, etc.) are infested with them so anybody not in agreement is an ultra right radical.

      Should we boycott Israel until the Israelis take out the trash in the Knesset? Do you know that the typical Israel politician earns at least 10,000 – 12,000 a month???? That is mucho money for any tiny country.

      Perhaps that is too much tough love but the only way Israel could change if they are hit with a bomb killing thousands in one blast. If Israel does not change, here comes one more. And again and again.. A cosmic battle is coming and either we all become left wing Muslims or we fight. Easier said than done.

    • BagLady

      What have the numbers got to do with the definition of “settlement”? They are new, imported plants, brought in to swell the numbers and put facts on the ground. Surely I don’t know Netanyahu better them thee on the ground!?

      Why is the conversation on this site centred so much on which political party posters may or may not follow? It stinks of ‘California’.

      According to many KnowAlls on here I do not need to explain nor justify my insinuations.

  • Bamaguje

    This is utterly ridiculous… paying welfare benefits and ‘pensions’ to Jihadist mass murderers and their families who are all sworn to Israel’s destruction.
    And I erroneously thought pensions were benefit payments enjoyed after years of honest hardwork.

    It’s not only Israel that is guilty of this nonsense of funding her enemies. In the UK, Anjem Choudary who regularly spews Jihadist hate and agitates for Sharia, lives on benefits doled out by dhimmi Britain.
    Even after Nidal Hassan’s jihad attack on Fort Hood military base, payment of his salary and allowances continued unabated. The guy was even chauffeured to court in a chopper. But the relatives of his victims had a hard time collecting compensation from the same U.S. govt.
    America has also been doling billions of dollars in aid to hostile Islamist entities such as like Pakistan, Palestinian authority.

    Furthermore, Obama recently capitulated to Iran’s nuclear weapons program and released billions of dollars to the murderous tyrannical Mullahs who do not hide their hatred of America – “great satan”, “death to America.” They have severally been implicated in killing Americans via proxies (Hezbollah, Iraqi Shiite militias).

    • RLJR1

      obama has the same wants as the terrorists hes evil and not stopped he will destroy america

      • BagLady

        Wall Street and the banks will destroy America. I see the British tax-payer bailed out banks are now announcing their bonuses. Wow! And that’s on top of their $millions in salaries and perks. Wow! And that’s even though they have made $billions in losses over the past 12 months, much of it in fines (who gets that money?) Wow!

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    • BagLady

      It’s called democracy. See English newspapers on a daily basis. The law you seem to be advocating would see anyone and their (extended?) family labelled ‘terrorist’ losing all benefits. Would you agree that, logically, this law could be open to abuse by the ruling political party of the time?

  • Jerry G

    This is just another proof of Michael Savage’s statement that liberalism is a mental disorder.

  • Tradecraft46

    I have pointed out that Israel isn’t really serious about protecting its people.

    Suicide bombers’ families get foreign death benefits and they payors are able to use an unmolested financial system.

    Money doesn’t buy love, something Jews have yet to understand.

    • Geoffrey Britain

      Agree in full with the exception that it isn’t that Jews do not understand that money cannot buy love. Judaism is at base tribal. Tribalism by definition, presupposes ‘the other’. An example is the Navajo Indians whose name translates as “the people”. There can only be alliance or conflict when all others are defined as ‘the other’. Judaism’s theological premises assume separation. The Jews historical preoccupation with money (after its 70 A.D. diaspora) is an attempt to acquire the resources so as to buy neutrality.

      • BagLady

        Words of wisdom.

  • BagLady

    Sorry, couldn’t read the whole thing. Got stuck with the epithet ‘terrorist’, which in this instance, seems to mean everyone who happens to disagree with your point of view.

    • StanleyT

      Another one who as a knee-jerk “bash the Jews” reaction. AT least you admit that you did not read the article. if you had, you would have seen that the people labelled as terrorists have actually killed innocent civilians in terrorist actions. It’s not that hard to understand, unless you don’t want to understand

      • BagLady

        You are guilty of exaggeration. If everyone labelled a ‘terrorist’ had actually killed innocent civilians the fatality figures would have been somewhat larger.

    • Insecticide

      Bag lady left her brains in her supermarket basket in the street

    • reader

      Of course, “terrorist” is not “the epithet”, and it’s not even “an epithet.” Of course, we already know that “the lady” “can’t read the whole thing” either. Can “she” read anything? I doubt that.

    • Drakken

      Your right, useless naming these savages “terrorist” I call them for what they are, muslim jihadist. Note to IDF and Shein Bet. Save yourselves a ton of time and money and take no prisoners.

  • The Facts

    The irony is writ large when Mr. Plaut accuses his fellow Jews of being internationalists. When Israelis throw the word “treason” around, it is Kach Party rhetoric. The wink and the nudge are understood. He is calling out to the Yigal Amirs of Israel in the same way that Peder Jensen called out to the Anders Breiviks of Norway.

    • StanleyT

      did you read the article? What part of paying pensions and other benefits to convicted murderers and terrorists did you fail to understand? Or is your post simply a knee-jerk “bash the Jews no matter what” reaction, as are al your posts?

      • The Facts

        Mr. Plaut is bashing the Jews. He is calling them internationalists and traitors.

        • Hang the Facts

          I suspect he is calling “The Facts” a pathetic little Neo-Nazi

      • Ken Kelso

        StanleyT thank you for putting common sense to his stupid remarks.

    • Hang the Facts

      “The Facts” is an ignoramus who cannot read, but who hates all dem Joos because his pecker is so tiny

      • The Facts

        Are you threatening my life, Paulette?

        • Erdine

          What life?

        • reader

          Apparently, the meniton of its tiny pecker is life threatening. Make a note of it.

        • SCREW SOCIALISM

          Are you threatening our lives?

        • Drakken

          I know some Russians in Chitown that would love to have a chat with you.

          • The Facts

            You keep saying that. What’s your point?

    • ZX

      “The Facts” said:

      Splutter…..treason…..spit…..Kach……retch……Yigal Amir…hack….Fjordman……puke…..Breivik……..aaarghhhhh!!!!

      Wanker.

  • http://www.allenzhertz.com/ Allen Z. Hertz

    Bravo to Stephen Plaut who says: “The Jews are the true indigenous population of the Land of Israel and they are no more ‘occupiers’ when they live in the West Bank than Native Americans are when they live in North America.” This particular theme is one that I have treated in detail in “Aboriginal Rights of the Jewish People” which is available at:

    http://www.allenzhertz.com/2009/11/aboriginal-rights-to-israel.html

    To speak of aboriginal rights suggests that there is significant moral, political and legal weight to the circumstance that then self-identified “Jews” — though periodically persecuted and perennially victims of discrimination — nonetheless for around 26 centuries always kept some real demographic and cultural ties to their ancestral homeland.

    In this aboriginal vein, the 1948 Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel referred to a “natural and historic right” to “the birthplace of the Jewish People,” where “Jews strove in every successive generation to reestablish themselves.”

    There is also the legal weight from specifically relevant treaties which are the highest source of public international law. During and after the First World War (1914-1918), a series of declarations, resolutions and treaties explicitly recognized the Jewish People’s historic connection to its aboriginal homeland. Thus, the Israel Cabinet on December 2, 2012, affirmed: “The Jewish People has a natural, historical and legal right to its homeland.”

    The concept of aboriginal rights has been well understood by other Peoples, e.g., by the Greek People in the 19th century, when it fought for independence from the Ottoman Empire. Now speaking articulately about their aboriginal and treaty rights, the Indian tribes of Canada astutely perceive that law is akin to an ongoing discussion about rights, in which it is essential to offer meaningful arguments.

    And, that legal discussion is also a place where a small People tells its own story, which can be a compelling narrative that engages the conscience of others more powerful. Exactly such a reflection of gentile conscience was the April 1799 proclamation which Napoleon Bonaparte addressed “to the Jewish People.” Therein, Napoleon described the Jews as “lawful heirs” to their “ancestral land.”

    • BagLady

      A naive question: I’m English. Where did I come from? Where is my homeland?

  • Geoffrey Britain

    While I’m much in agreement with the author’s views, however I detect a bit of conflicting assumptions and facts. If the Israeli left only composes 2-3% of Israel’s public, then how could the Knesset, a democratically elected body, vote as the left wishes? Perhaps the author leaves unsaid a distinction, that while 2-3% of the Israeli public may be leftists, a substantial minority of the Israeli public is liberal?

    The Knesset’s 58 vote conservative coalition vs its 52 vote liberal/leftist coalition would appear to confirm that demographic. Thus it is liberal appeasement (as always) that allows the left to retain its power.

    • StanleyT

      The left control the media and the courts. That’s the problem.

  • cxt

    This is insane—you reduce criminal and even terrorist acts by making the consequences severe enough to dissuade people from doing it.
    If there are no real consequences then there is no real deterrence.