Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Haaretz Portrays Judaism as the Obstacle to Peace

Commentary Magazine   Israel’s Haaretz newspaper will tomorrow host the grandly-named “Israel Conference on Peace” in Tel Aviv. In a crammed schedule across twelve hours, an intriguing array of speakers–Israelis, Arabs, Europeans, and Americans, left-wingers and right-wingers–will address economic development, human rights, access to water, the prospects for a diplomatic breakthrough, and other critical aspects of this particular Middle Eastern conflict.

As is often the case with such events, one can tell a great deal about the nature of this conference through what’s not being discussed, as well as who isn’t in attendance. Despite Israel’s location in one of the most violent and illiberal regions of the world, the conference does not deem the threat posed by Iran’s nuclear program, or the conquest of vast swathes of Syria and Iraq by the Islamists of ISIS, as worthy of a separate session–evidently, all that is secondary to the fate of the Palestinians. However, since two prominent Palestinian leaders, Palestinian Authority negotiator Saeb Erekat and businessman Munib al Masri, have already pulled out of the conference, citing as a reason “respect” for the “feelings of the Palestinian people” in the light of “the developments of the last few days,” one might legitimately wonder whether the Palestinians share the conviction of the Israeli left that in times of crisis, dialogue is of paramount importance. [...]

What is new and worrying, however, is the revival of this discredited anti-Judaic discourse by those Jews and Israelis for whom a Jewish state is, by definition, a racist endeavor. Writing in a tone that is slightly less contemptuous than that adopted by Kichko, Burg says, in his Haaretz piece, “The element of distrust of other nations is woven into the fabric of the way Jews operate. This stems not only from persecution and hatred, ghettos and bloodshed: It is also an internal and active choice expressed through our normative system of halakha (traditional Jewish law), which ensured this mode of thinking.” [...]

Doubtless, Burg’s message will resonate with those who, in another era, would have warmly endorsed Karl Marx’s maxim that “the emancipation of the Jews is the emancipation of mankind from Judaism.” The fact that we are still having this same conversation is precisely what should alarm us.


  1. Actually, it is Marxism that is the religion of the leftists. They believe in a secular messianism, and think that they will live in peace with the Arab world if they just give up the Western bank of the Jordan river. They delude themselves that iran, Hamas, Jihad, al nusra, ISIS, al qaeda, Hizbolla, Assad, etc etc will suddenly be at peace with these secular left wing Jewish Zionists, living in Tel Aviv and Haifa. The other extreme, at least one of the Satmar rebbes, NK, Munkatch etc have the same delusion.

  2. The other extreme, at least one of the Satmar rebbes, NK, Munkatch etc have the same delusion.

    I don't think that's correct. In the regular, private drasha that the Satmer Rebbe gave recently which got publicized all over, Reb Aaron clearly called it "living among known murderers". He does consider the Arabs as known murderers.

    Egypt hated Israel. They still hate us. However, for the past 35 years we have had relative quiet from them. (How long it will hold out for, is a different question.) Before hand the Egyptians behaved like the Arabs in Gaza. If Israel had been wise, they would have made similar deals with the other "occupied territories" (you know, land that they won in a defensive war). If they would have made the deals, they would be much better off now, and would have been much better off for the past 40 years.

    30-40 years ago, negotiations would have come from a Israel that was in a position of strength. Now, the Arabs view it as Israel retreating.


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