Palestinians? Hamas? Hezbollah? Iran? Syria? Lebanon? Could be any of them, take your pick.
The prime minister’s speech last night returned the Middle East to the days of George W. Bush’s “axis of evil.” Benjamin Netanyahu delivered a patriarchal, colonialist address in the best neoconservative tradition: The Arabs are the bad guys, or at best ungrateful terrorists; the Jews, of course, are the good guys, rational people who need to raise and care for their children. In the West Bank settlement of Itamar, they’re even building a nursery school.
No empathy for the refugees from Jaffa who lost their entire world, not a word for the Muslim connection to Jerusalem neither a fragment of a quote from the Koran, nor a line of Arabic poetry.
Netanyahu’s provincial remarks were not intended to penetrate the hearts of the hundreds of millions of Al Jazeera viewers in the Muslim world. Instead, he sought to appease Tzipi Hotovely, the settler Likud lawmaker, and make it possible to live peaceably with the settler foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman. Netanyahu’s demand that Palestinians recognize Israel as the state of the Jewish people didn’t even leave him an opening for forging reconciliation with the Arab citizens in the country.
The prime minister’s declaration that Jerusalem will remain he “undivided capital” of Israel – only Israel – slammed the door before the entire Muslim world. And his Hebron is solely the city of the Jewish patriarchs; the Arabs have no such rights at all. The Palestinians can have a state, but only if those foreign invaders show us they know how to eat with a fork and knife. Actually, without a knife.
The demilitarization of the Palestinian state was mentioned in the Clinton guidelines, the Taba understandings and the Geneva accord, as was the right of return to Palestine, not Israel. The difference between these documents and the Bar-Ilan address is not only that the former recognized the Palestinians’ full rights to the West Bank and East Jerusalem. The real difference lies in the tone – in the degrading and disrespectful nature of Netanyahu’s remarks. That’s not how one brings down a wall of enmity between two nations, that’s not how trust is built.
It’s hard to believe that a single Palestinian leader will be found who will buy the defective merchandise Netanyahu presented last night.
Frothing at the mouth words from real Jew-haters, from those who would like nothing better than to see Israel’s demise by the terrorist neighbors that surround it on every side. Not a surpise, except when you know where it actually came from:
I am both saddened and sickened to tell you that this article came out of Israel, from the self-hating, left-wing, liberal Jews of HAARETZ who are every bit as antisemitic as the Nazi extremist who shot up the Holocaust Museum. These so-called Jews disgrace the State of Israel with their presence and should be sent to live with their Jew-hating friends in the Arab world. Then again, I should not even flatter them by calling them Jews at all, because their true religion is the religion of liberalism. They spit on the souls of their ancestors by maintaining a presence in the Jewish State and as a Jew myself, I would spit on these people if I ever encountered them. They are a disgrace to their religion and their nation. They are the same kind of Jews who refused to see the Nazis for what they were and ended up fried to a crisp in the ovens. And they will again, if liberal Jews have any say in the matter.
But a little Schadenfreude can make your day.
Schadenfreude [schah-den-froy-day] is a German word that takes seven English words to define it: “malicious satisfaction in the misfortunes of others.” In watching the world turn its collective back on Israel, a little Schadenfreude is a welcome diversion.
From FLAME: A friend had recently come back from a trip to Russia.
He told us that he saw beautiful flowers at an expensive flower shop in Moscow and asked where these out-of-season flowers had come from. “Holland,” he was told. “Most of our flowers come from Holland, but the Dutch buy a lot of them from Israel and resell them throughout Europe. We are lucky to get them. They are so beautiful.”
Another friend spent a week in the French countryside where he enjoyed a wonderful tasty fruit, apparently some kind of a cross of a peach and a plum. He asked what it was and was told that it was imported from Israel, the only place where it was cultivated.
I am sure that at least some of the flowers, fruit and vegetables that cater to European sophisticates came from the more than 3000 Gaza greenhouses. They were all built on barren empty land by the Jews who, until a few years ago, employed over 12,000 Palestinians there. Since the start of the last Intifada and several terror attacks by the more demented employees, the number of Arabs working the greenhouses was drastically reduced, and they were replaced by Thais, Africans and Filipinos.
During the months of preparation for the Israeli withdrawal, there were many questions on what should be done with the green-houses. They were state-of-art agricultural marvels with their own sophisticated temperature and humidity control systems. They turned out millions of dollars worth of produce yearly and they were a source of employment for thousands of people in an area, where close to 40% were unemployed.
Should these marvelous structures be destroyed or moved or just abandoned? Then a wonderful and heartwarming solution was found. A small group of wealthy American Jews decided to buy the greenhouses from Israel and donate them to the Palestinian Authority. One of the donors was former World Bank president James Wolfensohn who put up $500,000 of his own money. All in all, $14 million was collected, the deal was done and an appreciative Palestinian spokesmen announced that the greenhouses would become the cornerstone of the future Palestinian economy.
So where is the Schadenfreude, you say? Happy ending for all, right? Palestinians get the greenhouses, Israelis get $14 million and the small group of admirable Jews in America get the warm feeling of having made the world a more tolerant and loving place where Arabs appreciate Jewish kindness and are less eager to murder Jews, right?
Well, no, not really!
Have you heard the old story about a scorpion that asked a turtle to carry him across a river?
The turtle refused: “You are a scorpion and you might sting me,” he said. The scorpion scoffed. “Don’t be ridiculous. Why would I sting you? We would both drown if I did that,” he said.
The turtle thought this made sense and told him to climb on his back. Halfway across the river the scorpion stung the turtle. “Why did you do that? Now we’ll both drown,” cried the drowning turtle.
“I know, my friend, but it is in my nature to sting” said the scorpion before dying.
And so it is in the nature of the Palestinian mentality: Just an hour or so after the Jews left Gaza, thousands of Palestinians swarmed into the empty settlements.
The Palestinian police stood and watched the mob demolish the abandoned synagogues and set them on fire. They also watched with interest as part of the crowd turned on the greenhouses, breaking windows, taking plates of glass, wiring, computer and electronic parts, irrigation pipes and timers.
It didn’t take long and after a few hours or so the greenhouses that it had taken years to build were just so much junk.
And so I have Schadenfreude. The Palestinians will not export flowers to Holland or fruit to France. The greenhouses will not be rebuilt. The Palestinian economy, such as it is, will continue to be mired in corruption, hatred and violence. They will suffer—Schadenfreude —but still, they’ll never admit that it was their own fault.
And I also have Schadenfreude towards the naive rich Jews who thought that the Arab reaction to their gift would be based on logic and not on inbred hatred. You silly people, didn’t you learn yet that this is the Middle East where scorpions sting even if this means their own destruction? You lost $14 million and, you know, I am glad you did.
I only hope that Israel cashed the $14 million check before it was too late.
Looks like American Jews are having buyer’s remorse over Obama. Too damn bad, they voted for him, they deserve whatever he dishes out. JEWS VERY CONCERNED ABOUT OBAMA