We've established previously that Peter Beinart lied about Netanyahu not supporting the Oslo accords, when he did support the Oslo accords, and that Beinart, when not lying is distorting, such as claiming that Netanyahu opposed a Palestinian state -- which he did oppose in 1993, without Beinart adding the all-important fact that Netanyahu supports a Palestinian state today.
Today's Beinart lie (June 1) is that the Jewish State is so anti-humanitarian that "Israel prevents Gazans from importing, among other things, cilantro, sage, jam, chocolate, French fries, dried fruit, fabrics, notebooks, empty flowerpots and toys, none of which are particularly useful in building Kassam rockets."
Well, that's a pretty long grocery list, so I'll just look at the truth about Israel's blockade preventing Hamas terrorists from getting jam, because that seems really heartless, that terrorists in Hamas can't even get jam for their muffins. Take into consideration, by the way, that I'm sure Hamas is feeding Shalit the Beinart Recommended Menu of french fries, chocolates and jam.
I've been hearing for years -- and I've written before -- about how much jam and cocoa Israel has been giving to Hamas, blockade or no blockade. Here's an item from The New York Sun about what I wrote in 2008 about jam for terrorists.
Last June, to pick a month at random, Hamas was given "basketball and balloons, trampolines and swimming pools," and "air conditioning accessories." Do you think Gilad Shalit has air conditioning? Check out how much was given to Hamas in the past year and a half.
By the way, if your son or daughter was being held in a Hamas dungeon, as is Gilad Shalit, without visitors or mail for four years, and you hear about Beinart advocating not for your imprisoned child but for Hamas to be given not just the basics but chocolates and jam -- in excess of 68 tons -- would a right-minded person think that strange?
Beinart, Tikkun and J Street claim that they speak in the spirit of the Israeli left but each of their initial responses to the "humanitarian" fleet made no mention of Shalit's humanitarian crisis, let alone that the Turkish flotilla leaders refused the request of Shalit's father to visit the imprisoned and isolated captive. This case shows how disconnected Beinart, J Street and Tikkun are from the Israeli public. Haaretz reported (June 1), "It is clear that public opinion is broadly in favor of punishing Gaza for the continuing captivity of Israel Defense Forces soldier Gilad Shalit."
Gush Shalom, the israeli peace group, demanded Shalit's freedom in a full page ad in Haaretz.
To J Street's credit, while their first statement on the flotilla (May 31) did not mention Shalit, a second statement (June 1) called "for the immediate release of Corporal Shalit." That is to J Street's honor, bringing them in line with the better instincts and the heart of the Israeli left, and almost all Israelis for that matter.
So that leaves Beinart and Tikkun. For whom do they speak? Anyone?
The answer can be found in Daniel Gordis' great piece on the flotilla, in which he speaks of an American Jew who is embarassed by Israel's actions, exactly the kind of Jew you'd find on Tikkun's mailing list.
Here's the money quote from Gordis in reply: "No, you really don't have to defend Israel. No one's asking you to. We know that it's too late to expect many Americans like you to assume we're right before you assume we're wrong. As we look out at Jews across the world, we're just assessing who gets Jewish history, and who's so thoroughly intellectually assimilated that they're actually embarrassed that Jews don't have to continue to be victims." Check out the full article by Gordis.
Today is the 20th of Sivan, the day that Zechariah Baumel, the israeli soldier, "disappeared" 28 years ago. It'll be four years soon for Shalit. Surely God remembers Baumel and Shalit, and He visits where no one else will.
Pass the jam and the fries. Shalit's captors might be hungry.
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