Op-Ed: Bibi Peresyahu
Prof. Steven PlautSteven Plaut teaches at the University of Haifa and is author of "The Scout" (available from Gefen Publishing House). More of his writings can be seen on the New Plaut Blog, as well as in numerous electronic and print newspapers.
For years the worst anti-democratic political hit man in the Israeli government was Shai Nitzan. Nitzan served as a Deputy Prosecutor for years and used his position as a platform from which to suppress freedom of speech for non-leftists.
Nitzan never prosecuted a single Arab or Jewish Leftist for "incitement" or "racism" or for endorsements of political violence. Yet he led the charge against rabbis who wrote a book he considered "racist," and even had other rabbis arrested when they recommended that people read that book.
Nitzan is a book-burning leftist thug. He ordered a Haifa University professor (not me) to report to the police for Soviet-style interrogation because Nitzan did not like some opinions he expressed in his classroom (see
Naturally he never prosecuted or investigated any leftwing fascist academics. He operated a special strike force and SWAT team to harass and prosecute settlers because he disliked their political positions and the entire settlement project.
For a while Ehud Olmert was trying to get Nitzan named as Attorney General, perhaps in the hope that in thanks he would not prosecute Olmert for Olmert's own corruption and sleaze
Nitzan is so openly leftist that he ruled that portraits showing Netanyahu in SS uniform are protected free speech. while anything that implies disagreement with the ideology of Yitzhak Rabin or anything that "insults" any leftist public official (like a Supreme Court judge or Shimon Peres) is "incitement" and a crime that must be prosecuted.
And according to Hebrew newspaper Makor Rishon, June 1, 21012, Bibi Netahyahu and the Minister of Justice have tampered with a competitive tender bid for the job of the next Deputy Legal Advisor to the government. They manipulated it, the paper claims, so that enemy of democracy Shai Nitzan would get that position.
Netanyahu is supporting Nitzan because Bashar Assad is too busy to take the job for himself
and Muammar Qaddafi has been terminated.
The fact that Nitzan was even allowed to keep any position at all under Likud governments for years does much to show you the level of integrity and devotion to democracy of Bibi and his Likud people. But now the fact that Bibi's Likud plans to turn Nitzan into the Kommissar for correct leftist thinking tells us pretty much everything we need to know about the ideology of the "right-wing" prime minister.
This is not the first appearance of Bibi Peresyahu. We have been seeing quite a lot of him lately. First of all, it was under him that Israel was flooded with Eritrean and other African infiltrators and it was under Bibi that half of Tel Aviv has been converted into a sub-Saharan slum. He did nothing at all to stop this or to close the border before this occurred. He, in fact, may have been the only person in the country who did NOT know about the tens of thousands of illegal Africans infiltrating Israel.
He has also stood by while the entrenched Left in the judicial system and Prosecutor's Office ran amok and suppressed freedom of speech and democracy in Israel. He did nothing at all when the book-burners and their captive Attorney General arrested and harassed rabbis and "setters" at the same time the Prosecution refused to take action against leftist academics calling for murder.
In one of his last acts as Deputy Attorney General, Shai Nitzan refused to open prosecution against Dr. Neve Gordon of Ben Gurion University, after attorney Dr. Haim Misgav provided evidence to Nitzan that Gordon was involved in treason and law breaking.
Bibi did nothing at all to rein in the anti-democratic tyranny of the "judicial activist" judges in Israel, and Peresyahu's idea of decisive action was to appoint four new judges to the Supreme Court, two of them far-left judicial activists.
Then there was the response to the "social justice" Woodstock on the Yarkon. Instead of dismissing the pampered brats and their communist party organizers, Peresyahu pandered to them and attempted to co-opt them, "adopting" many of their slogans and demands.
Peresyahu has done nothing at all to de-politicize the universities and end the reign of leftist terror by anti-Israel faculty members there, nor to fight the corruption in academic hiring and promotion processes nor to penalize the universities for coddling treasonous activities and organizations.
And then there is the attempt to make himself liked by the left by means of evicting "settlers" from their homes. He did nothing when the enemies of democracy on Israel's Supreme Court ordered a Jewish "settlement" (Migron) dismantled while refusing to order illegal Bedouin encampments in the Negev removed.
He came out all in favor of a "Two-State Solution" in which the "Palestinians" would be granted a new terrorist launching pad in the West Bank as their "state."
So if Shai Nitzan really gets this appointment, get ready for leftist kangaroo courts and Soviet-style prosecutions of everyone who fails to toe the increasingly leftist political line of Bibi Netanyahu.