Israeli television and radio programs on Wednesday praised the outgoing head of the Central Command who often has criticized Jews in Judea and Samaria -- indicating “a sign of the opening of the annual season of incitement and tongue-lashing against the [national religious] community,” National Union Knesset Member Yaakov (Ketzaleh) Katz said Thursday.
He pointed out that the same [national religious] community "contributes the most to the country,”
Programs on Channel 1 and Channel 2 television and on Voice of Israel government radio on the departure of Major General Gadi Shamni were “literally signs of anti-Semitism,” the chairman of the National Union added. “Several reporters heaped reckless praise, full of self-hatred, for the leftist general who has harassed Jewish residents in Judea and Samaria more than anyone else since the re-establishment of the State of Israel.”
MK Katz added, “The left-wing is diminishing itself into a tiny minority that has abandoned all Zionist values and all of its empty and false visions have failed except to bring us nothing but more hatred and blood.”
He charged that the “self-hatred” thrives from the “annual official festival of poisonous incitement against the religious community whose values are the only ones that have been successful.”
Former Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin was murdered by a young Herzliya resident who, at the time of the assassination, was falsely reported by media to be a resident of a community in Judea and Samaria.
Controversy and "conspiracy theories" surrounding the murder, charge that the government is covering up evidence that points to others being involved in the assassination.