Gerald A. Honigman
Why Is This So Hard
February 14, 2009
Talk about close!
The Israelis are rivaling America's Bush-Gore race of 2000 in their
recent election. As this article goes to print, either Tzipora Livni or
Benjamin Netanyahu may wind up the next Israeli Prime Minister.
Both now seek the support of an important third party to form a viable
government, that of Avigdor Lieberman's Yisrael Beiteinu.
Lieberman's party has surged and will win a substantial number of seats
in Israel's Parliament, the Knesset.
Lieberman and his growing popularity is giving heart palpitations to
many, and so that's what this article is all about.
News articles have highlighted Israeli Arabs fear of Lieberman. While
focusing on their fears, I've found in none of those articles any
attempt to seriously explain Leiberman's position--which we'll get to
shortly. Years ago I wrote of such things as well ("Treason...Tread
Carefully, Dear Arabs," and so forth).
National Public Radio has also done its usual one-sided thing regarding
Eric Westervelt interviewed Arabs regarding Lieberman's popularity, but
decided to totally ignore finding out why this is so...leaving
his listeners with same impression most of the rest of the main stream
media is dishing out.
Webster's Collegiate Dictionary defines treason as:
"...the violation of the allegiance owed to one's sovereign or state;
betrayal of one's country and, specifically in the United
States,...consisting only in levying war against the U.S. or in giving
aid and comfort to its enemies."
A few years back, Arab students attending Hebrew University demonstrated
against the visit of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, screaming--among other
things--"we are all Ahmed Yassins." Pictures of Israeli Arabs appeared
in newspapers all over the world holding up Yassin's portrait in protest
marches. Yassin was the Israeli dispatched-to-Paradise leader of
Hamas...the organization which openly calls for (and acts upon) Israel's
destruction which Israel recently was forced to go after again.
Increasingly, Israeli Arabs--who number some 20% of Israel's population
with one of the highest birth rates in the world--have attacked fellow
Jewish citizens simply because they're Jews. It has become common place
for them to hold demonstrations in their towns similar to what we've
seen above at Hebrew University.
Not only do Jews have to fear Arabs outside of their borders, but they
now have to increasingly fear those within. Israeli Arab Knesset members
openly side with those who deliberately disembowel Jews. Too many
Israeli Arabs have cheered when Jews have been targeted and terrorized
by either bad cop Hamas or good cop Fatah terrorists.
Israel was partially resurrected so that there would be at least one
place in the entire world where this sort of thing would not happen. So
such Arab actions are totally unacceptable.
In reality, however, this is nothing new. Rabbi Meir Kahane warned of
such things decades ago and was branded a racist for coming to the same
logical conclusions which Lieberman and others have come to, and for
which they too are now being portrayed as unreasonable racists,
fascists, and the like. Listening to NPR--supported by many Jewish
donors--that's certainly the message one receives.
So, what makes Israeli Arabs shudder about Lieberman?
He wants to demand that they show loyalty to the state in which they
live or be denied citizenship.
Racist...? Unreasonable...? Fascist...?
What other nation would put up with such outright treason against both
the state and its citizens? Please look at Webster's definition above
again--especially how America itself regards such things.
Let's make sure that this point is so clear that even NPR's crew can
We're not talking about American students at Kent State University
protesting American policies or the war in Viet Nam.
What we're talking about is the freest Arabs to be found anywhere
in the Middle East (those in Israel)--whose language has been made the
second official language of the State while Kurdish kids in Syria are
forced to sing songs praising their "Arab" identity--supporting terror,
murder, and the destruction of the very nation in which they live and
the murder of their fellow citizens.
If the above isn't treason, then I'm the Passover Bunny.
In any Arab country, anyone engaging in such activity against the state
would not long be of this world. For sure...
Indeed, in any other nation--including America-- jail would likely be
the minimum fate.
So, someone with clout and the nerve to once again say in Israel what
must be said has once again surfaced...Lieberman. Thank G_d!
As Lieberman and a growing number of others tired of the one-sided
destruction-in-stages games Arabs have been playing have
increasingly come to learn the hard way, it's long past time for Israel
to act in its own crucial interests the way all other nations would act.
The typical mainstream media story portrays a victory for Netanyahu,
Lieberman, and their allies as a setback for peace with Arabs. But these
are the same folks who never bother to press Arabs on what they mean
themselves regarding that alleged "peace." I don't believe that this is
an accident either.
Now, I'm not sure what Lieberman's particulars are regarding the rest of
this issue, but here are mine as I spelled out years ago...
Those Arabs who display such treachery as described above must,
preferably, be expelled from the country.
Jail time only costs Israeli taxpayers money that there's much less of
in Israel these days due to Arab rejectionist actions and attitudes --on
both sides of the Green Line. Indeed, many Israeli Arabs have been
actively involved in terrorism themselves. Jailing such folks only winds
up with Israel getting blackmailed later--trading numerous, live
Arab butchers and wannabes for the bones of a few dead Jews.
In the broader perspective of the problem, Arabs could have had their
22nd state long ago if that's all that they wanted. Any objective
assessment of the facts would show this. There's no need to rehash all
the proposals yet again. I've certainly done that enough myself.
The reality is that Arabs want their second state in mandatory
"Palestine" (Jordan created in 1922 on 80% of the original territory
mandated to Britain on April 25, 1920) to exist in place of--not
along side of--Israel. And that goes for Mahmoud Abbas's alleged Fatah
"moderates" as well.
A visit to his Palestinian Authority or Hamas's websites, textbooks,
media, maps, and so forth quickly confirms this, as does a look at the
polls which show that even if Israel withdrew to its pre-'67, nine-mile
wide, UN-imposed armistice line (not border) existence, most Arabs would
still reject its right to exist.
At the very least, kick those who articulate and exhibit such behaviors
out of the country. I'd include treasonous, self-destructive Jews as
well. Trade them for those Jews still trapped and living in fear in
"Arab" and/or other Muslim countries.
Enact a death penalty and take less live prisoners who commit crimes
aiming to murder and terrorize. One quick bullet to the head...bathed
in pig's blood first, if possible.
tell the protesting hypocrites all over the world that Israel, like all
nations, must have its lines in the sand which cannot be crossed in
terms of acceptable behavior by those wishing to live within its