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                                                     February 1, 2017/3 5 Shevat 5776

 

    Haaretz’s (and the Left’s) or Bibi’s Duplicity . . . or Perfidy?

Duplicity: deceit, deception, dishonesty, unfaithfulness, treachery, fraudulence, betrayal.

Perfidy: deceit, dishonesty, disloyalty, betrayal, lying.

Before I begin, permit me to say from the outset that I consider Haaretz nothing more than a left-wing rag sheet that lives in an alternate universe bearing no resemblance to the real world in which the rest of us dwell. Fortunately, most Israelis have learned to take this tabloid’s “news” with a grain of salt but, unfortunately, the English version has a broad audience among American Jewry. Now, since the threat of BDS is tangible and being applied to the “settlements” (that’s us  in Judea and Samaria), East Jerusalem, and the Golan Heights, let us take a closer look at how this tablet of yellow journalism functions.

I pulled these two headlines off the computer on Sunday morning, January 29. Please pay special attention to the four areas I have circled and connected in red. They are most revealing as they display the duplicity/perfidy of the Left in Israel.
Both clips, by Barak Raviv, are dated Jan. 27, 2017, the first written at 8:56 a.m. and posted on line at 10:42 a.m. The second clip was written at 10:43 a.m. clearly 1 hour, 52 minutes later but there is no indication when it actually went on line. If one were to accept the second headline, it would appear that Netanyahu “backed out” of joining the EU Culture Program as a direct consequence of the “Haaretz report”, i.e. the first article.
Apparently, the editors responsible for the online edition in English were hesitant to post the first article but were quick to take credit for the subsequent change in the cabinet’s direction, although there is no indication when Haaretz posted the reversal.
Maybe the Prime Minister would have had Israel knuckle under to the EU’s pre-conditions to Israel’s participation or maybe not, but the fact that the Left was gloating about Netanyahu’s apparent abandonment of the “settlers” leaves a lingering doubt in my mind as to how firmly committed our P.M. is to the national camp. Did Bibi back out because of Haaretz’s “revelation” or, most probably because some members in the cabinet have a stronger backbone than the head of the government? Was Bibi desperate enough to have Israel admitted into any EU program at the price of giving in to those preconditions?
How can our Prime Minister even think of making such a concession, for to do so would undercut every claim he has ever made about the territories being a legitimate part of the Jewish State? Netanyahu has frequently expressed his outrage at European efforts to label product imported from the “West Bank” as the first step toward a general boycott of the State of Israel?  Have you ever seen this photo before? Nazi S.A. stormtroopers are warning shoppers:  “Germans! Defend yourselves! Do not buy from Jews!” Yes, this happened right after Hitler took power in 1933. This boycott, however, was only the prelude to what followed:

On April 1, 1933, a week after Hitler became dictator of Germany, he ordered a boycott of Jewish shops, banks, offices and department stores. The unsuccessful boycott was followed by a rapid series of laws which robbed the Jews of many rights.
On April 7, “The Law of the Restoration of the Civil Service” was introduced which made ‘Aryanism’ a necessary requirement in order to hold a civil service position. All Jews holding such positions were dismissed or forced into retirement.
On April 22, Jews were prohibited from serving as patent lawyers and from serving as doctors in state-run insurance institutions.
On April 25, a law against the overcrowding of German schools placed severe limits on the number of young Jews allowed to enroll in public schools.
On June 2, a law prohibited Jewish dentists and dental technicians from working with state-run insurance institutions.
On May 6, the Civil Service law was amended to close loopholes in order to keep out honorary university professors, lecturers and notaries.
On September 28, all non-Aryans and their spouses were prohibited from government employment.
On September 29, Jews were banned from all cultural and entertainment activities including literature, art, film and theater.
In early October 1933, Jews were prohibited from being journalists and all newspapers were placed under Nazi control.
My point? The delegitimization and eventual dehumanization of Germany’s Jews was initiated via economic means but it did not end there.  Even if Netanyahu briefly considered paying the price for joining the EU Culture Program—and this, after Donald Trump is in the White House—how can we expect the new American President to give further construction in the territories and Jerusalem the “wink and the nod” if the Israeli government even briefly considers complying with the boycott? Don’t expect Trump to be more positive on our building in Judea and Samaria if our own Jewish government vacillates ever so slightly.