Elul 25, 5768, 9/25/2008
There are some events that can be overlooked. Others, well, you have to be out of your mind to ignore them. So it is with the attack last night against Professor Zeev Sternhell in Jerusalem.
Before continuing, 2 points:
1. (To keep me out of jail) – I do not believe in leaving bombs in the homes of people I disagree with.
2. Zeev Sternhell, rather than being awarded the Israel Prize, should have been convicted for incitement. In an article in HaAretz on May 11, 2001 wrote, "There is no doubt regarding the legitimacy of the armed resistance in the territories themselves. If the Palestinians had a bit of sense, they would concentrate their struggle against the settlements…
"Fascism cannot be stopped with rational arguments. This can be stopped only by force, and when there is willingness to risk a civil war. When necessary, we shall have to forcibly deal with the settlers in Ofra or in Elon Moreh. Only a person who is willing to advance against Ofra with tanks will be capable of curbing the fascist drift that threatens to inundate Israeli democracy."
- Zeev Sternhell, Davar newspaper, April 1988
This is nothing less than incitement to kill, legitimizing murder of Jews living in Judea, Samaria (and then, Gaza). The place for people who incite murder is behind bars.
That said, last night's events must be carefully examined. A pipe bomb was left at the entrance to Sternhell's house. When it exploded, he was injured by shrapnel in his legs. Later, a poster was found near his home offering over a million shekels to anyone killing leaders of Shalom Achshav (Peace Now).
What were the immediate reactions: The police (according to the newspaper/internet headlines) concluded, within a minuscully short time that the 'extreme right' was responsible for the attack, in reaction to Sternhell's left-wing opinions.
The chain reaction continued, with interviewees and commentators reminiscing about the Rabin assassination and 'right-wing incitement' against the left. Etc. etc. ad nauseam.
Now, let's stop for a moment. What happened yesterday, or perhaps even the day before, that would make any good right-wing extremist wake up and decide that the time had come to 'take care' of the good professor? Anything?
So, what happened? Why did a 'right-wing extremist' suddenly take the law into his own hands and attempt to murder an old man?
I'll tell you what my guess is: It wasn't the extreme right.
Let's play a guessing game.
Who might really be the culprit?
Who would be interested in causing an uproar geared at smearing the right? (Keep in mind that not too long ago the Hebron police chief publicly stated that the extreme left is more dangerous than the extreme right.)
Why would anyone be interested in smearing the Israeli right?
When was the last time a major attempt was made to blacken the Israeli right?
Delegitimizaion of the right in preparation for continued abandonment of Eretz Yisrael and expulsion of Jews from their homes or
In expectation of Oslo War – Round three – and guess who's to blame?
The Israeli Government (shades of Avhshai Raviv!!!)
and to conclude – who might really have done it?
My friends, this is a classic Shabak (Israeli intelligence) kindergarten exercise: Let's make the other side look bad. Leave a small bomb at his home, causing little damage but making a 'big bang' (remember – Srak srak), and then let the Rottweilers (Israel radio, television, internet, etc) out of their cages
And then let public opinion gobble up all those nasty right wingers
And then…. Israel will continue playing 'let's make a deal,' without anyone to disturb the game.
And now, the punch line:
Which Israeli 'leader' worked for a couple of years with Israeli intelligence?
No, not Olmert
No, not Mufaz,
Ah, yes, The First Lady - the new Golda, Ms. Tzippy.