Professor Alan Dershowitz still does not get it

By Jerome S. Kaufman
January 31, 2013

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Tuesday we had, in our synagogue, as guest speaker, Alan Dershowitz, renown Professor of Law at Harvard University Law School. Mr. Dershowitz gave an impassioned introduction to an important new educational institution, JerusalemOnlineU.com. It is dedicated to awakening the world to the fantastic achievements of the state of Israel and negating the malicious hatred and propaganda to which it is constantly subjected.

Mr. Dershowitz spoke of a worldwide major campaign to delegitimize Israel. The primary point of attack is in the field of academia on college and even high school campuses. Educators have been carefully selected by those in power to perpetuate the present far Left point of view with the demonization of Israel as its primary goal. Mr. Dershowitz pointed out that their students will be the leaders of tomorrow in positions of political power and professors themselves in educational institutions. They will also continue to control the media as replicas of the same clique that controls the New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN, PBS and a limitless number of other media institutions. JerusalemOnlineU.com addresses this problem head on.

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A superlative film, Israel Inside was shown after the introduction. The entire film is available online at www.israelinsidethemovie.com and viewing it is highly recommended.

After the film Mr. Dershowitz continued with his presentation:

He said, “We need strength. We need power to fight anti-Israel lies. I wish we did control the media, the Congress and the world as dedicated anti-Semites declare. But, obviously, we don’t.”

There are those that believe Jews and Israel will prevail because of some vague superior morality. Hardly. World events have proven that false. The Holocaust, the slaughters in Russia, China, Darfur, Cambodia, Rwanda and now Syria have proven that morality has no standing without the power to protect it.

Dershowitz continued that the Hebrew bible advises, time and again, that only when God has given the people strength will they obtain power. There is no question Israel must use its military strength and thank G-d for that strength. The truism continues, “If the Palestinians gave up their arms in the current conflict, there would be peace and if the Israelis gave up theirs there would be genocide.”

The session was then opened to written questions. The first question asked Professor Dershowitz to comment on the recent Israeli election?

Dershowitz said he was happy to see the electorate shift from the extremes more toward the center. Now Netanyahu has freer hands and could move more toward the center and perhaps bring the Palestinian Arabs back to the “peace process.” I personally was puzzled as to which “peace process” he was referring.

He went into his projection of what a peace process could look like. He would demand Israel security be guaranteed. In return, Dershowitz would expect Israel to stop building and expanding settlements in areas many consider part of an eventual PA State. He would arrange land swaps that would give Arab areas to the PA State and Jewish lands to Israel. He would also demand a demilitarized PA State. If Israel’s security were to be viable, Israel would of course, have to control the Jordan Valley and the Golan Hts. In any case, Dershowitz believes that Israel should persist in offering peace at every opportunity in order to curry favor with the nations of the world.

Terrific, but please don’t confuse me with the facts.

The Palestinians have not agreed to even one requirement of the infamous Oslo Accords or any other of the many peace offers made to them. They continue to demand the return of so-called refugees that now number in the millions and consist of three generations of people that have never had any connection to Israel.

The PA continues to educate its children to total rejection of any Israeli existence. Their maps do not have Israel included but rather an area consisting only of Palestine. The frequent costume of newly born babies has them outfitted in a suicide belt! Their athletic teams and town squares are named after terrorists. And, does Dershowitz truly believe the PA would ever agree to exist as a demilitarized nation?

Why does he persist in this nonsense? Does he really believe it will curry favor with the international community? Where has the “favor” been accumulated from 20 years of Shimon Pere’s pipe dream Oslo Accords and all the other peace proposals and Arab/Jewish co-existence over the last 150 years?

Has Dershowitz not learned anything at all from Israel’s suicidal concessions of Gaza and the Lebanese security zone? Have they not become entrenched areas of Arab terrorism? Is there any doubt any other territory relinquished would become exactly the same?

But, what was the worst part of Dershowitz’s lecture? He ignores his own quotations and admonitions from the Hebrew Bible, that morality only follows the possession of power. Furthermore there are severe consequences to Jews being naively mesmerized into the possibility that a peace process is possible when of course it is not. Jews are thus disarmed mentally and psychologically from the constant power, vigilance and preparedness that is desperately required.

Dershowitz and others with the same benighted mentality, make Jews suckers to a belief that can only result, G-d forbid, in another Holocaust but, this time, most likely the last one and occurring in G-d’s given homeland. That is the Arab ultimate and only understanding of peace.

How to spoil a perfectly good lunch – Invite an Israeli diplomat to speak

By Jerome S. Kaufman

The Jewish Community Relations Council of Metropolitan Detroit, that purports to be the public affairs voice of the Jewish community here, which, of course it is not, asked the Zionist Organization of America, Michigan Region to help with an event. The ZOA was to obtain an audience and sponsor a luncheon for an Israeli diplomat the Council had brought in for a tour of the local Jewish community. The ZOA-MI did so and had a nice turnout.

Generally it has been our experience that Jewish Community Councils, Federations, the American Jewish Committee, Hillels and many other establishment Jewish organizations nationwide, have a propensity for a particular political point of view and almost invariably, a speaker is hired that not so subtly proclaims it.

We were therefore not surprised with the delivery of the diplomat who addressed us. She was Orli Gil, Israel Consul General for the Midwest based in Chicago. Ms. Gil was well spoken and had a list of diplomatic credentials attained over the years. She also had a history of appearing at gatherings sponsored by such organizations as listed above.

She assumed her post as Israeli Consul General to the Midwest region in July 2008 and is a career diplomat who has served in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for 22 years. Ms. Gil holds a BA in English and Hebrew Literature from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem – hardly an education, by the way, directed toward political expertise.

Ms. Gil spoke well enough. Unfortunately, the Israeli Government message that she presented was disappointing, to say the least. It was sometimes difficult to determine whose view was being presented – the Israeli or the Arab.

The terminology used by Ms. Gil was shocking. She had somehow learned to use the pro-Arab version. She spoke of Israel having “conquered” much Arab territory in 1967 and was “occupying” it to this day. She spoke of Israel “giving back” land that Israel had “conquered” and was fully prepared to “give back” more for peace.

Never did she seem to understand and certainly did not verbalize the fact that Israel had simply regained territory that should have been the Jewish Homeland in the first place. Never did she remind the audience that the Jewish claim to the land goes back over 3000 years. Never did she state that there is no genuine legitimate Arab claim to the land and that at no time was there an Arab nation on that land. In fact, the term “Palestinian” always referred to the Jews living there.

Arabs were simply designated as Arabs who had migrated into the area when the Jews began to drain the swamps, make the land habitable, utilized Jewish genius to bolster the entire economy and thus create jobs for these Arab immigrants. They streamed in from Iraq, Egypt, Syria and surrounding areas only because in Palestine and then Israel, they finally had a chance to make a decent living and to obtain the huge benefits of a democratic nation that they do not have in their own Arab countries to this very day.

If Consul General Gil and the entire Israeli diplomatic corps had read, From Time Immemorial: The Origins of the Arab-Jewish Conflict over Palestine published in 1984 book by Joan Peters and describing, in great detail, the origins of the Arab population of Palestine, they would learn these basic facts. These facts have been studiously ignored by an Israel government too obtuse to understand their public relations significance.

Furthermore, Judea and Samaria (not “West Bank”), Gaza and the Golan Heights never “belonged” to Arabs and certainly not Jordan, Syria and Egypt, who themselves conquered them in 1948. At that time, these bordering nations invaded the newly “reborn” Jewish nation in an attempt to immediately abort its rebirth. To be perfectly accurate, these Arab nations were the “occupiers” from 1948 until they were finally expelled in 1967 by the Israelis in the Six Day war of self-defense.

But, this is all old hat and virtually beyond repair. What was even more depressing was Orli Gil’s discourse on the so-called “peace process” It appears that the Israeli Government under PM Netanyahu and his stalwarts Ehud Barak, Shimon Peres et al, who somehow, under the pathetic Israeli political system that keeps dinosaurs in power forever, are still pursuing a “peace process” which has been an unmitigated disaster.

Not one gesture of peace or huge swath of territory given to the Arabs has been reciprocated other than as a sign of weakness and a greater opportunity to enlarge their Arab terror bases against the Israelis.

Gil had the inane idea, as does her titular boss, Bibi Netanyahu, that the Arabs will eventually come to the table and give up their self determined right of return of millions of third generation “refugees”, they will agree to a demilitarized state, they will allow Israel to control the Jordan Valley, the Egyptian border, the Lebanese border, allow the IDF to police Judea and Samaria as needed to protect Israeli citizens, allow Jerusalem to remain undivided and remain only the capitol of the Jewish state and not make it the capitol of a “Palestinian” state, etc. and to recognize Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish State.

To me, this last requirement is the greatest of the abominations. How I as a Jew or Israel as a Jewish nation has to ask anyone to grant them the “right to exist” when we have over 3000 years of such an obvious existence and G-d given at that, is beyond abomination.

It is abomination enough to make me ill and to yearn desperately for the day when, G-d willing, Israel finally has political leaders with genuine self respect, genuine pride in their people and their nation and are finally able to shed off their sick dependency upon others and feel the need to plead with them to recognize Israel’s very “right to exist.” Instead, hopefully one day, we will have leaders with the confidence and strength to tell the immediate world exactly where to get off.

Jerome S. Kaufman

What Hallucinogenic Drugs Are Shimon Peres, Benjamin Netanyahu And Ehud Barak On?

I. On Friday night, in the city of Itamar, there was a horrific terror attack in which 5 members of the Fogel family were brutally murdered. They were deliberately slaughtered by Palestinian Arabs with knives, while lying asleep in their own home.
The Victims included the Parents Rabbi Udi and Ruth and three of their children Yoav, 11, Elad, 4, and Hadas, 3 months. Their crime? – Being Jews in the land that G-d had given to his people over 3500 years ago.

At the funeral yesterday, attended by some 20,000 people, the former Chief Rabbi of Israel, Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau, quoted from the book of Iyov (Job) 2:1
“So they sat down with him upon the ground seven days and seven nights, and none spoke a word unto him; for they saw that his grief was very great.”

No words can rationalize or provide comfort for such a tragedy. The only words worth sharing are those of the parents and siblings of Udi and Ruth who said that such acts of terror don’t weaken their resolve and love for Eretz Yisrael. “This land is our life, we cannot be separated from it.”

The Fogel family was murdered on Friday night of Shabbat Parshat Vayikra, when we begin reading the discussion of the sacrifices which were offered to G-d in the tabernacle…

Hashem Yenakem Damam – May G-d avenge their blood.

Rabbi Shneur Silberberg, Bais Chabad, West Bloomfield, MI

II. What hallucinogenic drugs are Shimon Peres, Benjamin Netanyahu and Ehud Barak on?

By Yehudit Tayar

What we so obviously see from here (Judea and Samaria – “West Bank”) that they are not willing to see from there! (Jerusalem, Government of Israel)

Just this past week my family sadly commemorated the brutal murders of Rabbi Elnatan and Dina Horwitz, my cousins HY”D, who were murdered in their home in Kiryat Arba, Hevron, Friday night Erev Shabbat Kodesh in 2003.

Then, just like this past Erev Shabbat, the brutal murders of the Fogel family, mother, father and three children as they slept innocently took place. The murdering terrorists went from one member of the family to the next and slaughtered them with blind hatred.

We hear Prime Minister Netanyahu, President Shimon Peres, and of course Ehud Barak – the “Minister of Defense” — condemning these horrific murders. They have the audacity to stand in front of us and demand condemnation from the world for these actions, while they along with all of the heads of the Israeli governments since the signing of the Oslo Accords in September 1993, refuse to see or accept the truth.

They continue to meet with the heads of the PLO and plan to continue to make “painful concessions” while willfully ignoring the reality that the hatred is bred inside of the official education facilities of the PLO. That no matter what Israel is willing to do in order to achieve the long anticipated and longed for “peace,” the other side will never stop hating us and trying to destroy us.

How blind can these heads of government be? We open the official web sites of the PLO and learn what they are teaching their people including the lessons of hatred and lies to their children. We learn what their maps show – that there is no Israel – not only Yesha or Jerusalem, but they do not recognize our entire Land or our existence.

We witness the official educational texts of the PLO and learn that these are identical to the official Nazi propaganda used before and during the Holocaust in Europe to annihilate six million Jews, including one and half million children.

We hear the heads of the PLO declare that they will never accept that Israel is a Jewish State. So why do our leaders continue to ignore all of this blatant hatred and incitement? Why do they continue to play into the hands of the United States and the rest of the world who do not care if we disappear tomorrow from the face of the earth?

Only a few days ago mass forces were sent with weapons against families living in Chavat Gilad in the Shomron in order to destroy two dwellings. Daily on our roads we are continuously attacked and do not see any proper response from the security forces.

No matter how many cameras, guards etc, we use in our communities in order to try and protect our lives and the lives of our children it will not resolve the problem. The infrastructure of hate that is teaching would-be murderers like those who came in the night and butchered our families will continue to train and direct more murderers like them – that it is acceptable to continue to murder innocent people as long as they are Jews and especially if they are “settlers”.

Let’s face it, the Israeli government led by the Prime Minister and the so called Minister of Defense continue to ignore the real situation in their dangerous and pathetic attempt to pretend that if Israel is only willing to make more concessions and accept a “Palestinian State” we would be left alone.

There is a popular saying, “What is seen from here cannot be seen from there”. This is constantly used to explain that we, the simple folk, are unable to comprehend what our leaders face and how they understand what is needed to be done.

I accept this theory but not in the way the media and government representatives wish for it to be understood. I accept that those heads of the government are disconnected from the reality of the situation and that they TRULY DO NOT SEE THE REAL PICTURE.

It is us, the simple citizens of Israel, who continue to pay an unacceptable horrific heart-breaking price for their refusal to accept the truth. Israel does not have nor will she ever have a partner for peace let alone peaceful co-existence.

I wish to quote a former leader of the Jewish people, David Ben-Gurion, who was also a settler. (Speech to the 21st Zionist Congress, Basil 1937) “No Jew is at liberty to surrender the right of the Jewish Nation and the Land of Israel to exist. No Jewish body is sanctioned to do so. No Jew alive today has the authority to yield any piece of land whatsoever. This right is preserved by the Jewish People throughout the generations and cannot be forfeited under any circumstance.”

Even if at some given time there will be those who declare that they are relinquishing this right, they have neither the power nor the jurisdiction to negate it for future generations to come … Our right to this Land, in its entirety, is steadfast, inalienable and eternal.”

Perhaps if our so-called leaders were reminded of these words declared long before our Nation established a Jewish State in our eternal Land, they would accept the truth. The truth that must Israel stop pretending that there is some Arab leadership, including or perhaps especially the PLO, who will ever be willing to allow us to live safely in our Land.

We do not wish to hear words of comfort, anger or sorrow, unless the remorse of these same leaders prompts them to immediately stop endangering us, and allowing the despicable murderers to come in to our homes and butcher innocent families-including infants and children.

Yehudit Tayar is a veteran spokesperson for the Jewish pioneers who live in Yesha, and lives with her family in Bet Horon in the Benjamin Region of Samaria.

Comment from reader, Rev. Legasi,
March 14, 2011

Dr. Kaufman,

May i extend our condolences to you all who are in grief to the Brutal Murder of the Foggel Family. These Muslims are like the Philistines in the time of King David, They Have NO plan but for the Elimination of Israel. Mr. Kaufman i know it is near because The E.U. is now involved in the peace process. Remember Madam Merkel of Germany betrayed Israel last week by siding with PA. As i watch Prophecy unfolding in the Middle East i felt cold on my spine for what I saw and am seeing. Example, October 14,2009 Turkey, a Friend of Israel, turned her back. Four weeks ago Egypt sold out Israel. They even permitted two Iranian Warship to pass the Suez Canal. Last December Lebanon became the nation of HeZbollah. Time will come when Israel will have no friend but their King, the Son of David and Israel Herself.
Zechariah 14:1-9

Rev. Legasi