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  • Reply to: Israel’s Assault On Democracy: Time To Speak Out   9 hours 19 min ago

    Ata boy Seymour - Israel is a real bad place - it has free elections which result in Bibi being elected - it has freedom of the press which results in the distribution of a free newspaper ( Yisrael Hayom) - its concept of freedom of expression does not permit flag burning (the US had a similar position for about two hundred years), or members of the legislature to side with the country's enemies who wish to exterminate it. What a terrible place With so called friends like you.........

  • Reply to: Israel’s Assault On Democracy: Time To Speak Out   18 hours 51 min ago

    As an Israeli citizen; as a patriotic of the State of Israel; as a person who dedicated its life for Israel- its rule of law, its democracy, and its being the home land of the Jewish people - I well come very much that article as being exstremly important and encoureging for progressive Jews and Israel 's citizens. Thank you and continue with those voices. We Israelis- need this support.

  • Reply to: Israel’s Assault On Democracy: Time To Speak Out   1 day 11 hours ago

    Is Mr. Reich proposing that democracy is ok as long as the citizens who do not care for the center/left are disallowed to have a say? Or maybe he means he no longer likes Israelis because they stopped voting en masse for Labor? Or is it that a country that provoques his displeasure cannot possibly be democratic?

    If anything, the leeway of those who govern Israel is clearly limited by what could be construed as an idiosyncratic excess of democracy and free speech! The accusations of Mr Reich are simply ludicrous and nearly delusional.

    Remember why the Israeli electorate shifted to the right as the Oslo accords were implemented on the ground:

    November 1995- PM Itzhak Rabin is murdered by an Israeli extremist. Elections are called for the following May. Dovish Shimon Peres runs for Labor and hardliner Benjamin Netanyahu for Likud.
    Early 1996: Peres leads Netanyahu overwhelmingly in the polls, is widely expected to become Prime Minister and pursue ever more eagerly the commitments drawn in Oslo.
    February-March 1996: An unprecedented, well organized string of suicide terror attacks linked to Hamas kills 60 Israeli civilians.
    May 1996: Following the bloodshed, public opinion in Israel shifts just enough to allow for Netanyahu’s victory over Peres by a minuscule margin.

    There is absolutely no question that Palestinian terror directly catapulted Netanyahu to lead the ensuing government. The Palestinian leadership has itself to blame for Netanyahu’s rise and the turn rightwards of the Israeli electorate. And just as it did in 1996, the Palestinian leadership has the tools to influence the Israeli electorate to shift, this time to the left. If only it wished so.

  • Reply to: Israel’s Assault On Democracy: Time To Speak Out   1 day 17 hours ago

    When it is posited, incorrectly, that territories are 'occupied,' the slippery slope is not only envisioned but is rather, first and foremost, enabled.

    Need not remind - but clearly the need is there - one and all that land acquired in a war for survival, not instigated by Israel but rather by all her 'neighbors' [and miraculously won], is Israel's. Why the likes of Reich, but one example, never choose to cite other victorious nations' similar post-wartime territorial enlargement is the by-product of the left-leaning tendency and habitual reaction: to measure Israel by a different, arbitrarily-arrived-at yardstick, intended - G_d spare us - to place Israel in an up-for-grabs situation.

    For shame, Seymour Reich, among the legions of Israel's like minded foes. You continue to provide fodder to Israel's enemies from the self-assumed vantage point of a noble [nobler] vision.

    The People of the Book have long recognized Amelek ... for so it is written and has come to be, over the generations, understood.

  • Reply to: Israel’s Assault On Democracy: Time To Speak Out   1 day 22 hours ago

    As an American Jew, I am proud to have gone to Israel and learned the facts for myself. I am still proud of my service in the IDF, and extremely thankful for the relationships I have formed with Israelis from all parts of the political and religious spectra. I am not proud of how the Israeli government has behaved for the past 25 years. Of the prime ministers to be least proud of, Netanyahu is about number 4.

    I have never heard of Seymour D. Reich before, so I will take his word that he is or was a leader in the American Jewish community. If what he writes here reflects the thoughts and reasoning of even 30% of the American Jewish population, it is a shameful reflection on how that population has strayed from its unique identity with a nation that has triumphed over incredible odds, and bought into popular narratives that have no relation to truth.

    Mr. Reich takes issue with Israel's policies regarding Palestinians - and fails to specify exactly what those policies are or how they damage Israel. Why does he not take issue with the Palestinian Authority's policy toward Israeli's? Perhaps because he (and most Americans who reason the same as he does) has no idea what the respective policies are.

    Mr. Reich's objection to the "loyalty in culture" bill seems to be that the state would not fund enemies of the state. Can he point to a democracy in the world whose constitution requires state funding for "those who attack or disgrace the state flag or state symbols, incite to racism, violence or terrorism?"

    Mr. Reich has not written anything to praise him for in this article. None of it resembles the truth about Israel. I think it does reflect a sad truth about American Jews: They (I guess I should say "We") have become too fond of ignorance and popular culture and popular notions, and too distant from our own heritage.

    I expect to receive all manner of insults and aspersions cast at me for writing this. So let me put some of those aspersions to rest before they are cast. I am not a rightist, and not a leftist (though on most issues in American politics I tend to lean more left than right.) I condemn Israeli terrorists (such as those who murdered a Palestinian youth for "revenge") MORE than I condemn the multiple terrorist groups that aim to kill Israeli civilians. I am pro-Palestinian, in the sense that I want all Palestinians to have the same opportunities as anyone else in Israel; and I am against the Oslo accords for they definitely do not help either the Palestinians or the Israelis.

    Thank you for allowing me to respond to this article.