INTO THE FRAY: Israel’s Left: Ludicrous, loathsome and lethal.

In reality, the Left has no genuine concern for humanitarian values . All it truly desires is dominance over the political system.

IDF soldiers after returning to Israel from Gaza August 5, 2014. Photo: REUTERS.

The Fascists of the future will be the anti-fascists. – A dictum of disputed origins, sometimes (mis)attributed to Winston Churchill

Thy destroyers and thy demolishers shall emerge from within thee. –
Isaiah 49:17

One cannot be both a Zionist and a Leftist. – Anton Shammas, Israeli-born Arab poet

Against the wishes of much – indeed, according to one recent poll, over 85% – of the public, the government has agreed to a cease-fire in Gaza.

The wages of war

As the dust of war begins to subside, it is far easier to see what Israel did not achieve in the four weeks of bloody fighting, than what it did.

True, Israel inflicted immensely more damage on Gaza than it suffered. However, despite this, opinion polls show that more Israelis believe that Israel did not win the war than believe it did.

Israel clearly failed to impose a cessation of the rocket fire which continued to rain down on its civilian population centers across unprecedentedly wide swathes of the country until the very last minutes of fighting. It failed to disrupt the senior echelons of Hamas’s chain of command and control. It failed to cripple Hamas as a fighting force, killing only a few hundred out of a total force reportedly numbering up to 20,000. Grave questions lurk in the minds of many as to what extent the threat of tunnels has been eliminated, and the speed with which they could be restored.

This is reflected in a deep sense of insecurity in many residents of the South. Indeed, according to Channel 10 News, in large tracts of the western Negev, almost a quarter of the population is considering leaving the South, and relocating either to other locations within Israel, or abroad.

It failed to deny the enemy impressive – if short-lived – successes such as disruption of the country’s international air links, and supplied its detractors with week after week of graphic scenes of devastation, to use as ammunition against it in the ongoing war to delegitimize the Jewish state and to incite hatred against Jews across the world.

No sense of victory

For this dismal harvest Israel paid a heavy price – forfeiting lives of dozens among its finest sons – extracted by an adversary hopelessly out-gunned and out-numbered, confined within a defined, constricted area with its back to the sea and nowhere to run.

Little wonder that there is no sense of victory among the public, despite the bluster of the political leadership.

But if meaningful gains seemed meager on the physical battlefield, on the diplomatic front, impending disaster looms as Israel reaps the bitter fruits of decades of dereliction of duty in presenting its eminently just and justifiable case to the world.

Anti-Israel sentiment is building rapidly across the world. There has been harsh censure in the UK, strong condemnation in France, cancellation of a presidential visit from Ecuador, renewed efforts to have IDF officers tried for war crimes.

It is far from implausible that in the talks in Cairo, Hamas will receive support for at least part of its demands – no matter how outlandish; that it will wring tangible gains from the negotiations, to which Israel will be compelled to concede; and that it will emerge from Operation Protective Edge battered, but with its overall status perceptibly enhanced – as it did in the previous rounds of fighting in 2008/9 and 2012.

In light of this gloomy outlook, it is highly improbable that this round of battle will be the last.

Time for truth, not unity

This is no time for platitudes about the need for a contrived show of unity. It is a time for unswerving pursuit of truth, no matter how searing.

We will only reach a valid solution for Gaza if we grasp the truth of that situation and its significance for the safety of the state.

Much blood has been spilt because of sadly mistaken policies. Much more blood is likely to be spilt unless those policies are corrected.

Blame for the blood already spilt must be laid at the doorstep of the authors of incorrect policies implemented until now, policies founded on utter disregard for truth. Blame for blood yet to be spilt will be laid at the doorstep of those who refrain from adopting necessary policies, refuse to recognize the truth and resist navigating with it as their lodestone.

The roots of bloodshed over the past two decades can be traced directly to the doctrine – dogma, rather – of land-for-peace and the notion that the Arabs can somehow be dissuaded from pursuing their Judaeophobic intentions – if only Israel surrenders territory to allow them self-government.

Deadly delusion

This deadly delusion has brought death and destruction on an unprecedented scale to Jew and Arab alike for over 20 years: The initial withdrawal under the 1993 Oslo Accords sparked carnage in the streets of Israel.

The violence spiraled to unprecedented highs and culminated in a second intifada that compelled Israel to undertake Operation Defensive Shield (2002) in Judea and Samaria. The operation caused hundreds of dead and wounded on both sides, and gave rise to (unfounded) accusations of genocide in Jenin.

The Second Lebanon War (2006), precipitated by the government’s capitulation in 2000 to the clamor of the Four Mothers protest movement and the IDF’s unseemly flight from South Lebanon, left over 160 dead Israelis and thousands wounded.

Then came successive rounds of violence in Gaza – Operation Cast Lead (2008/9), Operation Pillar of Defense (2012) and now Operation Protective Edge (2014).

The pattern is depressingly clear. We are told repeatedly that if Israel would accept Arab demands to withdraw, peace will reign.

Yet with every withdrawal, the result is war.

Perhaps one of the most telling examples of how out of touch with reality the adherents of the deadly delusion really are is provided by writer Amos Oz, the darling-cum-guru of the refined bon-ton echelons of society.

Intellectual tyranny & refusal to concede error

Several months before the unbecoming unilateral retreat from Lebanon in 2000, Haaretz’s Ari Shavit interviewed Oz on the importance of “emotional sensitivity in politics.”

In the interview, bizarrely titled “Try a little tenderness,” Oz gave an embarrassingly absurd assessment of the situation, which proved hopelessly misinformed ex-ante and wildly inaccurate ex-post: “The minute we leave South Lebanon we will have to erase the word Hezbollah from our vocabulary, because the whole idea of the State of Israel versus Hezbollah was sheer folly from the outset. It will most certainly no longer be relevant when Israel returns to its internationally recognized northern border.”

How’s that prophesy working out for you, Amos? Yet despite its glaring and gory failures, and the reoccurring tragedy it wreaks, the Left in Israel still clings desperately to its disproven doctrinal diktat of land-for-peace.

By the power of intellectual tyranny exercised through the Left’s stranglehold on the legal establishment, the mainstream media and much of academe, hence its dominance of political discourse in the country, the Left has imposed its mindset on successive governments.

With varying degrees of enthusiasm/ reluctance, they find themselves unwilling or unable to jettison the hazardous hallucination which jeopardizes the very foundations of the Zionist enterprise.

But for the grace of God

Adherence to this nefarious notion of trading Jewish land for Arab peace can no longer be excused or condoned by the assumption of well-intentioned naiveté.

In the light of objective experience, continued adherence to it, despite its failures, both flagrant and frequent, can only be explained by assuming motives that are either moronic or malicious, either imbecilic or insidious.

If the land-for-peace two-staters had their way, we would now be in a perilous situation indeed.

If we had complied with their supplication to relinquish the heights of the Golan to Bashar Assad – a man whom, we were assured, we could do business with because he studied medicine in the West and surfed the Internet – we would be facing the specter of al-Qaida-affiliates deployed above Lake Kinneret and overlooking Tiberius. Had we relinquished the heights of Judea-Samaria, as the Left beseeched us to do, we could well have been confronted with forces of the Islamic State group perched on the hills overlooking Greater Tel Aviv, with Ben-Gurion Airport within mortar range of their forward positions and hundreds of tunnels being burrowed under the security barrier.

Unlike Gaza, where the border is around 60-km.-long, abutting the relatively sparsely populated South, the border of Judea-Samaria is some 400-500-km.-long and adjacent to the densely populated Coastal Plain with its congested traffic arteries and vital infrastructure installations.

But for the grace of God (or good fortune) this would be the dread situation facing Israel today – courtesy of the “peace camp” and their perilous, puerile and petulant penchant for “peace in our time.”

Rank is no recommendation

It is no longer possible to reconcile genuine concern for the survival of Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people and the Left’s unremitting support for the establishment of a Palestinian state.

The events of recent years – particularly those of recent weeks – have proven beyond any reasonable doubt that the two dispositions are incompatible except under wildly optimistic, and hence unrealistic and irresponsible, assumptions.

It matters not who supports the disproven and dangerous idea, no matter how senior their former rank or how impressive the credentials of its advocates are. If anything, the past half-century of Israeli history demonstrates that an illustrious past and former glory is no guarantee of prudence in the present.

After all, it was prime minister Yitzhak Rabin, hero of the Six Day War, who brought about the tragedy and trauma of the Oslo process.

It was prime minister Menachem Begin, the intrepid leader of the Jewish underground, who relinquished Sinai, which is fast becoming one of the most brutal places on the face of the planet, Pressing against Israel’s long southern border and threatening to obliterate tourism in Eilat, this is a place where trafficking in human beings and human organs has become the savage hallmark.

Prime Minister Arik Sharon, hero of the Yom Kippur War, jettisoned Gaza and leaving it to become a fearsome garrison for Islamic radicals that led to the devastation and abandonment of much of southern Israel.

Prime Minister Ehud Barak, the IDF’s most decorated soldier, instructed the IDF to flee southern Lebanon and abandon Israel’s long term allies there to the tender mercies of Iranian proxy Hezbollah, permitting the area to become a bristling arsenal that menaces the security of Israel and the safety of Israelis throughout the country.

When illustrious warriors such as Maj.-Gen. (res.) Amos Yadlin and V.-Adm. (res.) Ami Ayalon voice support for the establishment of a Palestinian state, their counsel should be viewed with the healthy skepticism that the disastrous mistakes of their erstwhile celebrated comrades-in-arms clearly warrant.

The anti-fascist fascists

In reality, the Left has no genuine concern for humanitarian values . All it truly desires is dominance over the political system.. That is why they would shut down debate and dismiss all dissent as demagoguery.

They are willing to submit non-belligerent Palestinians to incessant rounds of death and destruction rather than relocating them to safe locations, where they could build better lives for themselves and their families, free from the cruel clutches of the corrupt cliques that have misled them for decades. Rather than debate options for humanitarian rehabilitation and economic enhancement, they perpetuate the Palestinians’ predicament.

Rather than relinquish the fatal and failed formula of land-for-peace, they prefer to denigrate competing constructive concepts as fascist ethnic cleansing.

That is why today, Israel’s Left is ludicrous (in terms of its doctrine), loathsome (in terms of its conduct) and lethal (in terms of its consequences).

First published at the Jerusalem Post

Martin Sherman (www.martinsherman.org) is the founder and executive director of the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies.(www.strategic- israel.org)

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11 comments

  1. It may not be denied that comments, analysis of this kind do not reflect realistically on the complexities of the region. When snippets of history condiment the story it seems even more compelling.
    Yet, as I see it, there are a few basics so incredibly simple which define the “complexities” that, those engaged in building up cases find it insufficient when a solid profile of authority feels the need to be seen/heard/read.
    The basics relate to simple geo-political strategies. In the conflict between ideological camps, Zionism was placed , incredibly arbitrarily, in the sphere of ONE particular ideology, one which was, at least at the time completely foreign to the driving forces of a movement based on ethno-religious principles. One Zionism was placed under the umbrage of “capitalist/imperialist expansion” a staple notion of the immediately post WWII period, at the very start of the Cold War, everything possible to attack Zionism with all available elements was put into motion. Sixty something years later, the accepted elegant political vernacular has disposed with the early rough, plebean rhetoric conceived between the walls of the Kremlin ( most of which invented by local smart Jewish politruks anyway ).. At international fora ambassadors splendidly dressed use the language of strong emotional resonance found in the”human rights” glossary, while those wearing fatigue complete with balaklavas march on their behalf among the ruins of their own aggressive exploits.
    So, what has caused the drama of the pas six decades ??!!

    a) the impetus of an expansion signaled right after the October Revolution when Lenin launched the notion of international dogma of an entire world swept by the proletarian order. The theory remained while opportunistic adjustments were made ( see the Turkish abandonment of 1922 ).
    At the end of the WWII, following Tehran and Yalta, the same Soviet Union readopted the expansionist fervour encouraged by the winks of the West. Eastern Europe on the platter was not quite enough, as the same West was carving up entire continents ( see Africa) for themselves. And so on and on and on , ending with a small slither of land which seemed vulnerable because a political status was still in the making.
    To make it short, the new palestinian entity was adopted and hugged and the obligation to change its filthy nappies came in as an inevitable and endless chore. The infant, born with serious traits of retardation, has become so well adjusted to the parasitical confines that IT defines its entire being. Skills of financial exploitation have become so refined and indispensable that WARS are waged by the parasitical being in order to perpetuate the practice. Hamas is precisely the symbol of a life of parasites worth sacrificing. The logical corollary is that, palestininas have been sustained by an industrious world with some funds to spare to such an extent that they see death as part of of the logic which can only conclude that, since we are of NO use at all for anything constructive, we can only be useful as agents of DESTRUCTION, including the destruction of our own beings.
    And here we find the necessity for Israel to establish REASON and JUSTICE by doing what is HUMANLY necessary, the elimination of Hamas and those upholding it, because ideologies do NOT have a tangible body of their own outside the so called humans at times carrying them, more or less in the way one carries a Kalashnikov.

  2. great article, really brilliant quote ‘the fascists of the future will be the anti-fascists’ would like to know who said that.
    i read the front page of the australian today where some important person says the war with radical islam will last 100 years and australia should be prepared, and thought to myself,
    well it’s about time someone said it, but the problem is it’s far to late. immigration has been used as a weapon from the left, europe is an example but so is the usa and now australia. islamic immigration has not created harmony at all. we have to understand the ideology and how this is manifested and it’s not about thinking in terms of religion, history or philosophy, it’s about looking at what is happening now on planet earth now.
    the world is divided, the left, green (watermelon) islamofascist upsurge vs the rest including those who support israel as a jewish state. the irony of this whole present circumstance is the more one side (socialist islam) vilifies another by persecuting jews again, the more the other side have no choice but to support and believe in israel. by believing in israel and indeed living there as my family do, it is a priority that the population feel secure. safety is a strange word, we are not free, constantly under attack, historically, politically, physically and spiritually. all the worlds ills projected upon the jews, not a jew but The Jews.
    for years i never felt that it was important to choose a side, left, right, pro against, in or out, it made no difference for me. the only thing i can change is my own self. however watching the way the global community has responded over the last few weeks i am disgusted by their lack of ability to distinguish between ‘reality’ and tv, the left and the media are completely conflicted in morality and unfortunately wield quite powerful influence through society. the legal system in australia is filled with jews, yet not one of them sued carlton for inciting hate. the only people that seem to be vocal supporters within the media of israel are andrew bolt and miranda divine, non jews. one could argue that there is no point inflaming the situation but there’s no point in burying our heads in the sand, 100 years after the 1st world war we are into the 100 year war, we all need to work out where we stand and whom we stand with but most importantly who represents us. there is no point in appeasing and being conciliatory again and again and again, and expecting a different result.

  3. One of the best, and most realistic articles I’ve read so far. As Sherman says “It is no longer possible to reconcile genuine concern for the survival of Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people and the Left’s unremitting support for the establishment of a Palestinian state.” I would add that it never was possible, as the Arabs never recognised Israel, but at least the earlier advocates of the two state solution had the excuse it was worth a try. Now there is no excuse.

    Incidentally, do we know were the Hamas leaders were furing this fighting? Did they stay in Gaza or were they conducting operations from the luxury of the Qatar Hilton?

  4. Otto Waldmann

    Gary and people

    we can no longer afford the luxury of thinking that the civilised world will prevail in the face of a seemingly unstoppable onslaught of a religion bent on universal conquest.
    One of the obvious reasons Western leaders appear to be appeasing , of resorting to “balanced” rhetoric is that the islamic advances in terms of strategic placings are IMPOSSIBLE to overcome. They need a HANDFUL of criminal kinds to cause havoc, not to mention serious harm. LEADERS as such are not safe at all. There is a tacit truce right now which has been sparing the very lives of “uncomfortable” individuals in the free world. Practically, if THEY want they can have ANYBODY eliminated. Nobody is safe. The only reason there is still modus vivendi is because the retaliations in the first instance by the affected parties will be very heavy.
    Just look at the “retreat” of the muslim community locally after the solid rebuff by the NSW Police a couple of years ago. They were supposed to repeat the demo, but rescinded. What happened since then:

    – Much larger demonstrations again paralising the CBD on the occasion of the Gaza situation, a few of them
    – Mike Carlton insults on behalf of the palestinian cause a Jew and the entire Jewish community as such, an accomplishment by the same mob by stealth.
    – children outside the strict confines of the same inner Western Subs.ilk assault Jews scanting the same war cries.
    – the Gov. repeals its intention to change some laws to which the same islamic community objected, accidentally also supported by others, including the …Jews
    – all TV channels in Aus. barrack for the Hamas cause by emphasising Israel’s “criminal” assaults WITHOUT even contacting during the news bulletins ANY local pro palestinian reps. Those TV Channles are doing a poerfect job for them without creating any negative reaction among the general australian islamophobic populace, should a local typical islamic face appear on the same news bulletin expressing their emotions etc.
    -when Vic Alhadeff comes out on TV and says that “Jewish children are being threatened “, the news saturated viewer can only logically react in a manner based on a “tit for tat” rationale as they generally don’t give a shite about muslim or Jew.

    So, what is happening in Israel MUST contain an element of decisive resolve simply on the basis that, by the EFFECTIVE destruction of Hamas and its allies in the region and the establishment of normality, the entire world will realise that Israel was right at all times.What is obvious today to us, by exclusion of all those farcical “principles” placed into the midst of the necessary action by Israel, is not obvious to everyone, precisely because the “strength” of the palestinian strategy resides on perversity of morals perfectly mixed with incredibly visceral prejudice against the Jew. By extirpating the cancer f Hamas terrorism nd also addressing related situations in the region a sense of greater authority, actual control, will engender the civilised world as we know and value.

  5. Graham Coffey

    For what I have watched from the very late 50’s through until the very moment, the one country on this planet that should be totally devoid of in-house National politics is Israel….absolutely! National fervour, and the want to literally survive, should alone fuel every Jewish persons guiding determination as to what is good for themselves and their homeland.

    In house National politics, with an accompanying manifestos, is not an option or luxury that Israel can afford. General consensus alone is the best Israel can hope for….with that consensus positioned solely around the principal of wanting to survive….in its most literal sense.

    Time and again, I have despaired when watching Israeli decision makers publicly arguing from a left or right perspective…in respect of the nation’s security and well being. The reality is that the world’s subversives; left or right, and Islam, along with their fellow travellers couldn’t care less as for the political caste of any Jew. Their (utopian) light is simply dead Jews….very, very dead, however arrived at.

    From my understanding of the Zionist dream, pendulum politics, with attendant ideologies – left, centre or right, is sacrilegious, and self defeating; within themselves, to that dream. As unpalatable as it is to accept in this ‘enlightened’ world, the lot of the Jew has been to survive from where he has come, through to where he is going. For my own mode of thought, I sometimes wonder, that in this day and age, some have lost sight of this fact…more concerned with the eccentricities of ‘progressive’ National politics….as if they have lived forever in a stable and secure environment.

    Personally , I worry for Israel….when Israel is placating it’s neighbouring savages…be it in the way of military/security appeasement, returning territory/land parcels, or disproportion prisoner exchanges. Israel has recently had to face up to the most base grouping of their bordering savages…along with their stone age rocketry…and at the cessation of such, it really can only be seen as a shallow victory/win. I shudder at the thought of what Israel may allow itself to be press ganged into accepting out of the Cairo ‘peace’ talks.

    Crudely put….it’s time for Israel to get a bit of ‘mongrel’ in it’s gait…as many other nations on earth have had to do when telling the spectator World where to go, and pull together as one people…i.e. in so far as the Nation’s direction when it comes to internal National politics…..to equal nothing but National survival.

    Israel has too many madmen, and savages at it’s door to think any other way….more so at it’s northern boarder, who possess far more sophisticated and lethal weaponry than the Gazan based savages.

    As is becoming the custom….an other excellent piece by Martin Sherman.

  6. agreed, the arab world functions upon different values than the western world, the arabs respect strength. israel needs to be stronger now than ever and get out of the stupid united nations. there’s nothing good about that beast. the jews need to be strong to, we need to get behind israel and support it’s right to exist and have self determination, god knows jews are not safe anywhere else. after all, we are all about unity as a people, it’s really time for uniting.