Notes from Jerusalem: Hoist by their own petards

Rochel Sylvetsky,

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Rochel Sylvetsky
Rochel Sylvetsky is Senior Consultant to Arutz Sheva's English site and serves as op-ed and Judaism editor. She is a former Chairperson of Emunah Israel (1991-96), CEO/Director of Kfar Hanoar Hadati Youth Village, member of the Emek Zevulun Regional Council and the Religious Education Council of Israel's Education Ministry. She has degrees in Mathematics and Jewish Education.

With apologies to the bard, there are some logical deductions that have escaped the purveyors of the following statements:

a. CNN's Banfield and Alan Dershowitz, 22.11.14

“Soldiers come in all forms,” CNN anchor recently Banfield told Alan Dershowitz. “And when you have mandatory consc‎ription and service in Israel, effectively the Palestinians will say, ‘it’s war against everyone,’ because everyone is a soldier.”

Dershowitz just managed to respond, “Well, that’s just racism and bigotry. To say that everyone is a soldier…” before Banfield interrupted to protest, “But everybody is.”

Dershowitz did the best he could, obviously shocked by Banfield's stupidity, lack of critical thinking, outrageous prejudice and outright malevolence, promoting the Palestinian Arab pr machine's new kafkaesque form of doublethink to justify terrorism.

She said: "But everybody is?" Really?  Everybody? Mandatory consc‎ription in Israel is a fact. But in Israel, religious women are not under mandatory consc‎ription and are not soldiers.

And women with children are not soldiers, nor are their terror-vulnerable children.

Most haredim are not soldiers.

Old, sick, handicapped people are not soldiers.

Israeli Arabs, who are free to go anywhere in Israel and thus can easily be the object of random terror, are not soldiers.

Tourists are not soldiers.

Perhaps, however, for CNN they are fair game anyway, because Banfield's logical next step would be to say that "effectively", these people support what the soldiers are doing and therefore - what was that magic phrase again –"it is war against everyone", a phrase in which the implication is that "it is [justifiable] war against everyone".  That means civilians in any country at war are fair game, as were British citizenry during the blitzkrieg.


So much for justice. So much for brainpower. It has a microphone and the damage is done. Another Big Lie has hit the airwaves

So hoist the petard. Because in that case, why the noise about civilian deaths in Gaza? Everyone there can be considered a terrorist or someone who supports the terrorists they voted into power in a free election. Every child might grow up to be a terrorist. If haredi non-soldiers are fair game, the Fogel children are fair game, three month old babies at a train stop are fair game, so are children in Gaza, because they will possibly grow up to be terrorists.

Good for you, Banfield! You must be a closet Zionist.

b. Hanan Ashrawi: Palestinians are Canaanites and therefore indigenous. Abbas: There were no Jews here, no Temples in Jerusalem.

Factually (but when did that ever matter?), it's ridiculous, we know. Palestinian Arabs are Arabs, a redundancy, but one that it is necessary to state after the above statements. There were no Arabs in Canaan in the days of the Bible and there are no Canaanites now after Assyria dispersed whomever its army didn't slaughter in the 7th century BCE, as it did the Israelite ten tribes, the Philistines and many other tribe-nations. This was done to prevent rebellions and was a smart, but cruel way to preserve power when there were no CNN anchors to help control far away conquests.

Only two tribes of Jews survived the Assyrians because the attacking hordes did not succeed in conquering Jerusalem. That is in the Bible but also inferred from clay tablets found in Nineveh, the Assyrian capital at the time. The ten tribes were scattered and disappeared, although various groups in India, Peru etc. have claimed to be relics of these exiles.

But why not enjoy the results of that Big Lie since every Arab (and probably every CNN person) believes it anyway? There are 3 major benefits:

1. This means the Palestinians killed Jesus. The Jews weren't here.  Unless Abbas denies Jesus' existence as well.

2. The Bible describes the depraved be‎havior of the Canaanite idol worshipers. They sacrificed their chidren to pagan gods, their ritual included disgusting sexual  and other degenerate practices.

Go to it, Ashrawi. I'll stick to being a descendant of Abraham who gave the world monotheism, laws against child sacrifice, Maimonides and Albert Einstein.

3. The Bible commands the Jews to destroy the Canaanites hook, line and sinker because they are so degenerate and cruel and unchangeable.  Since we erroneously thought they could not be identified anymore, this commandment was put aside. Now…(just joking...)

c. Lately, real petards seem to be gratuitously aimed in our direction in Jerusalem, those were not Shakespeare's metaphors in Har Nof. And statements to the contrary do not change gut feelings. Have Israelis begun prejudiced generalizing although "99.9% of Israeli  Arabs are loyal to the country", according to Naftali Bennett? No problem. Just make a database of those involved or connected to terror. Make it available on the web, make it illegal to hire that 0.1% and we will stop generalizing, forget Banfield's logic making everyone a terrorist and go to the makolet and synagogue without looking behind our backs nervously for petards (well, less obviously, at least).