Israel’s Left—and ugly behaviour

Tuvia Brodie,

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Tuvia Brodie
Tuvia Brodie has a PhD from the University of Pittsburgh under the name Philip Brodie. He has worked for the University of Pittsburgh, Chatham College and American Express. He and his wife made aliyah in 2010. All of his children have followed. He believes in Israel's right to exist. He believes that the words of Tanach (the Jewish Bible) are meant for us. His blog address is He usually publishes 3-4 times a week on his blog and 1-3 times at Arutz Sheva. Please check the blog regularly for new posts.

Former Shin Bet (Israel’s internal security service) chief Carmi Gillon has just polished his anti-Israel/Leftist credentials. His friends should be proud of him.

He has demonized the State of Israel (Shimon Cohen, Cynthia Blank, “Gillon: 'Occupation' Responsible for 'Ugly' Israeli be‎havior”, Arutz Sheva, April 19, 2015). He is reported to have said, "the occupation of Judea and Samaria had manifested itself in ugly, aggressive behaviour” (ibid). Such behaviour included State-sponsored violence and aggression, presumably against Arabs, not Jews. He lamented, "It is not good for the State of Israel to continue sitting in the territories….The occupation corrupts …There's a very violent atmosphere here. Occupation is destroying us" (ibid).

He says a Jewish presence in Judea-Samaria is an ‘occupation’. He thinks standing up to Arab violence is ‘ugly’. He says living in ancestral Jewish homeland ‘corrupts’. He thinks settling the land in Judea-Samaria in order to fulfil the command of HaShem, the G-d of Israel, is destroying us.

His Leftist friends might cheer him for saying these things. But he’s wrong.

Wait a minute. He’s correct: accepting Judea-Samaria to be part of the Biblical Jewish homeland which we must settle does destroy someone in Israel. But the ‘us’ Gillon refers to above isn’t the people of Israel, it’s Gillon’s Left.

You see, the growing Jewish presence in Judea-Samaria destroys the Left’s narrative that Jews in Israel are European usurpers who must leave this land, not build upon it. A Jewish presence in Jerusalem (part of the ‘territories’ he references) destroys the Left’s dream of de-judaizing Jerusalem.

The more Jews settle into the so-called ‘territories’, the more difficult it becomes for the Left to argue that Jews don’t belong there. The more Jews populate this land, the more obvious it becomes that Israel’s Jews increasingly reject the Left and embrace the idea that this land belongs to Jews, not to those who would kill Jews.

Yes, the Jewish presence in the ‘territories (Judea-Samaria, half of Jerusalem and the Temple Mount) absolutely destroys. It destroys the Left’s dream.

That dream is both ugly and perverse. For example, it’s  being reported again that former Haaretz editor, Leftist icon David Landau, once told then-US secretary of State Condoleeza Rice that Israel was a ‘failed state’ and ‘wanted to be raped’ (James Lewis, “The Left, Both Here and There, Betraying Israel, American Thinker, April 11, 2015). After his words were reported, Landau defended himself. He was quoted as saying that, “this desc‎ription [of what he’d said to Rice] was "inaccurate" and "a perversion of what I said," and that he had expressed his views with "much more sophistication." But, he went on, "I did say that in general, Israel wants to be raped - I did use that word” (ibid).

That’s what the Left (in Israel and elsewhere) wants (ibid). When former Shin Bet chief Gillon speaks of ugly behaviour in Israel, he unwittingly speaks of the behaviour of the Left, not the State. His words remind us how the Left reveals its ugly hate for Jewish Israel when it demonizes Israel, supports the enemies of Israel and deliberately ignores the Arab drive not for ‘Palestinian’ statehood but for the destruction of Israel.

His words remind us how the Left ignores ugly Palestinian Authority (PA) media Jew-hate. It ignores the map of the new ‘Palestine’ that shows ‘Palestine’ completely replacing Israel—erasing Israel forever from the world map.

Gillon’s words remind us that, by ignoring PA hate, the Left supports that hate. It supports the political ‘rape’--and murder--of Jewish Israel.

That’s the ‘ugly behaviour’ the Left sees—its own ugly hate towards all things Jewish. So, yes, former Shin Bet chief Carmi Gillon is 100% correct: those who hate Israel and Judaism do indeed see the settlement of ‘the territories’ destroying something—their own insane belief that Jewish Israel must disappear. And, yes, such belief by Jews is indeed ugly.

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