Daily Israel Report

Ma’ariv: In Defense of the Settlers

Renowned columnist Kalman Libeskind explains to leftist media why the “settlers” don’t care what the papers say about them.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 7/11/2011, 3:03 PM / Last Update: 7/11/2011, 3:35 PM

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Kalman Libeskind, well-known columnist in the Maariv website, devoted his latest column to scathing criticism of the left-wing press and its attitude toward the settlers of Judea and Samaria.

Part of the column is addressed to TV anchorman Yair Lapid, presenter of the high-rating weekly news broadcast on Friday and a possible future political candidate.
 
This is an excerpt:

“On Channel 2, Yair Lapid said that the guys living at Kiryat Arba no longer care what the newspapers write about them. Unfortunately, he is right. They gave up on us a long time ago.
"Their beef is not with our views. It is about the facts. They know that inside the journalistic world of lies we inhabit, truth has no chance.
 
"For instance, Yair Lapid, did you know that not a day goes by without a vehicle being hit by a rock thrown by an Arab terrorist? Did you know that a week does not go by without casualties? Try to remember when you last head about that in the press. 
 
Let’s admit the truth: they do not interest us. For us, the new bus line between Bograshov and Arlozorov streets [in Tel Aviv] is much more exciting than a pregnant, bleeding settler whose car fell into a ditch after its windshield was smashed. The first matter was in the headlines. The second did not receive one inch.
 
"Here is another example. We have heard the settlers complaining a thousand times about the team headed by Shai Nitzan [in the Prosecution.] They are not complaining for naught. They have data that was taken from official state reports. These data show that the 'special regulations' that were drawn up by former Attorney General Michael Ben-Yair (currently a member of the board of B’Tselem), promoted by Talia Sasson (now a member of the Meretz party) and currently under Nitzan’s responsibility, discriminate illegally against the residents of Judea and Samaria. They turn them into second class citizens, not just in comparison to Jews who live within the Green Line but also in comparison to Arabs.
 
"The regulations determine that enforcement procedures against a resident of Ariel will be much harsher than those implemented against her sister in Raanana. 
 
"This is an institutionalized policy of bias that courts have criticized on numerous occasions. 
 
"With all honesty, how many times have you seen anyone in the press – that fights for the rights of African infiltrators – writing about this subject? Is there any explanation but political journalism?"