Intro to Ari Bussel – ‘Peaceniks – Where are You Now?’
Edited by John R. Houk
June 23, 2014
Three Israeli teens were kidnapped by Hamas from Judea-Samaria. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has the proof. So when Hamas denies it, they are doing what they do best – LIE!
I’m ashamed to say I did not run into Ari Bussel’s email that is a criticism of Israeli Left Wing NGOs of basically enabling the Arabs that call themselves Palestinians to exact such racist Jew-hatred heinous crimes. The kidnapped teens are Naftali Fraenkel, Gil-Ad Shaer and Eyal Yifrah.
I have read reports that the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) initiated a vigorous search for the three teens. It is also reported that the Arabs that call themselves Palestinians have resisted in the search to the point of violence (e.g. stoning and Molotov cocktails). If think these Arabs that has gained global Leftist support to steal Jewish land to create a Palestinian State of Jew-haters will help search for the kidnapped victims, you live in a delusion. So, it is no surprise some Arab resisting malcontents have been killed protecting kidnappers. This is where the MSM begins its support of condemning Israel:
The boy, Mohammed Dudin, was taken to the Alia hospital in Hebron, where he was later pronounced dead.
The IDF said villagers had thrown stones and Molotov cocktails at troops on an arrest mission in Dura, and that soldiers had responded with live fire. The army is reportedly looking into the reports of Dudin’s death.
The Palestinian news agency Ma’an reported that another Palestinian man who was shot in clashes with Israeli forces overnight succumbed to his wounds on Friday.
Reacting to the Palestinian deaths, Israeli MK Ahmed Tibi said on Friday that “the Israeli government is exploiting a tragic event and executing ongoing war crimes in the occupied territories.” (Uncle of kidnapped teen: Intelligence indicates they are still alive; By I24 News; 6/21/14 12:50am)
Israeli human rights organisations have called on authorities to refrain from collective punishment of Palestinians as the massive manhunt for the three teenagers allegedly kidnapped by Hamas militant movement drags on.
Rights groups including Amnesty International, B’Tselem, Breaking the Silence and Rabbis for Human Rights wrote to defence minister Moshe Ya’alon and public security minister Yitzhak Aharonovich claiming that the army’s controversial raids in the occupied West Bank “raise serious concerns of unwarranted infringement on basic rights and collective punishment”.
“The large number of raids and arrests over the last week raises concerns that some of these operations are not the result of pressing operational needs. Overall, the measures adopted and their extent do not seem to serve a military need that can justify the damage they have caused,” a statement reads. “These actions have caused, and continue to cause, disproportionate harm to the basic rights of Palestinians, including the right to safety, health, freedom of movement and the right to earn a living.”
Hamas has denied any involvement in the disappearance of the students – Gil-Ad Shaer and US-Israeli national Naftali Fraenkel, both aged 16, and Eyal Yifrah, 19.
Since the trio went missing, Israel has conducted large-scale operations arresting 361 people, searching 1,350 sites and launching a crackdown on Hamas. Israel say their operation is aimed at finding the teenagers and also dealing a blow against Hamas, which now forms part of the unity government led by President Mahmoud Abbas. (Israel Accused of ‘Collective Punishment of Palestinians’ in Kidnapped Teens Search; By Gianluca Mezzofiore; IBT; 6/23/14 12:21BST)
The MSM should be reporting that Israel is taking all the steps necessary to find the kidnapped teenagers in the midst of hostile Arabs that call themselves Palestinians. Instead the MSM is utilizing the storyline of Leftist NGOs and Palestinian pundits which would rip the Jewish heritage from the grasp of Israel sovereignty. This idiotic reporting is what makes Ari Bussel’s June 17 essay still extremely relevant.
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Peaceniks – Where are You Now?
By Ari Bussel
Sent: June 17, 2014 11:33 PM
When three Israeli youths were kidnapped, Israel should have stood as one. A prayer vigil at the Western Wall, the holiest place in the world for Jews, was very well attended. Religious Jews (primarily “knitted yarmulkes,” Modern Orthodox) and “Settlers” (residents of Judea and Samaria) were present, but mainstream (secular) Israelis were noticeably absent.
The President’s Message
Shimon Peres, Israel’s ninth President, will retire next month after seven years of service.
Peres, a dreamer, is likely one of the most captivating representatives of the Jewish State. He alone, from the height of his age and a life-long dedication to Israel, is seen as a grandfatherly figure dreaming of peace; a most elusive peace.
Thus Peres stops at nothing, repeatedly stretching the boundaries of the presidency—from a mere ceremonial position to a very politically active and engaged President overstepping the Prime Minister’s authority.
A Nobel Prize winner for his peace efforts, he is most known for the Oslo Accords with Israel’s enemies. More than two decades have passed, and peace is still a mirage in the scorching hot Middle East. But Peres does not stop. Ignoring reality, he pushes onward, refusing to accept defeat.
And defeat it is, by an enemy who never wanted peace and was just pursuing an agenda of weakening the other side, taking what is given, and then demanding more.
Not only a miserable performance, Peres’s actions are a clear dereliction of duty. By going with the “President of Palestine” to the Vatican to pray with the Pope for peace, he essentially elevated a figment of Arafat’s imagination to reality: One president recognizing another; Israel’s president acknowledging there is a “Palestine.”
Despite his noble motives and unending devotion, Peres has failed the Jewish People. His tombstone will read: Tried repeatedly, naively, and wasted the great heights he had achieved.
I am not surprised, for I remember Peres always behind another great leader. There are many leaders etched in my memory, including David Ben Gurion, Yigal Alon, Moshe Dayan, Golda Meir, Menachem Begin, Yitzchak Shamir, Arik Sharon and others, but Peres was never, at least not in my mind’s eye growing up, a leader on his own merits.
Fatah-Facebook-Israel-teen-kidnappings- frightening caricature (June 2014)
Three Israeli boys are missing, likely kidnapped by our enemies. Two are aged 16 and one 19. Within 24 hours after they disappeared on the way home, President Peres called their families, and told them:
“I know that these are difficult days for you. We are one nation. We are one family. And I want you to know that all of Israel is with you during these difficult times.”
The President of Israel continued:
“All the branches of Israel’s security forces are doing everything to bring our dear boys home. You are exhibiting strength of spirit. I stand with you during this difficult time. The people of Israel are praying for their safe return.”
So said the President of Israel.
Israel’s Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi called for increased prayers and lighting of Shabbat candles. The Chassidim stood as one in prayer. Even the main Charedi (ultra-Orthodox) Rabbis called to say a chapter from Psalms. But has secular Israel, one and all, stopped what it was doing to wait for the safe return of the three boys?
Naftali Frankel, Gil-Ad Shaar and Eyal Yifrach are sons of “Settlers” in “Occupied West Bank.” To add injury to insult, they are also religious (“Modern Orthodox”), like the majority of the some three hundred thousand Israeli Jews living in Judea and Samaria. As such, their fate, as gruesome as it may turn to be, is justified—to the irrational—in some convoluted way.
The Stockholm Syndrome
We have befallen into a trap sweeter than honey, where nothing is rational, logic is absent, light becomes darkness and goodness is changed to evil. In short, we find excuses to blame ourselves for whatever the enemy does.
Prof. Alan Dershowitz does not recognize any terror attacks against Jews living outside the 1967 borders in Israel. These simply are never included in his statistics.
Many Israelis boycott any product from “Occupied West Bank.” In Tel Aviv, many will not drink wines from vineyards in that region, and mainstream artists will not travel to cities such as Ariel and its cultural center to perform.
Apparently, the BDS movement is alive and kicking within Israel proper, perpetrated by Israelis.
For many American Jews, if all Israelis returned to the pre-1967 borders (and United and Unified Jerusalem were to be divided), Chamberlain’s vision of “Peace in Our Lifetime” could be achieved.
These American Jews, representing the majority of non-Orthodox Jews in the United States, are as fervent with their cravings as Chamberlain in his historic 1938 pronouncement.
Thus, who really cares about the safe and immediate return of the three kidnapped Israeli youths, possibly the “pro-Israel, pro-Peace” coalition in the USA?
This coalition includes members of the J Street lobby, Americans for Peace Now (APN), Merez, Amenu, New Israel Fund and several other left-of-center organizations.
They are usually the quickest to react when there is a sliver of chance to attack Israel. For them, everything Israel does is wrong, detrimental to the peace efforts and to Israel’s well being. They alone know what is good for Israel, and they are actively pursuing the current US Administration (which is not sympathetic to Israel at all) to pressure Israel for more and more concessions.
I was waiting for my friends at APN to send an urgent dispatch, but realizing that words are cheap and plentiful, I expect instead some action from them.
Alas, the operation by the Arab-Islamists Heroes was just before the weekend, and as it is summertime, nothing is urgent. Hopefully the three boys will be returned safety (all Israel need do is free thousands of murderers and terrorists and make numerous painful concessions).
A Guided Tour by Peace Now
Some six years ago Hagit Ofran, Settlement Watch Director for Peace Now in Israel, took me on a day’s tour of Occupied West Bank.
We started in Jerusalem, and spent the rest of the day in one of the most impressive tours of Judea and Samaria that I have seen. It was Hagit and I, two educated people, well versed in the so-called “Arab-Israeli Conflict.”
Hagit’s skin color is whiter than mine, and she knows the area as I know Beverly Hills. She travels freely into Arab cities in areas she knows her doing so is breaking Israeli law, and she takes Arabs in her car, likely breaking some other laws and endangering Israelis.
She drives into Israeli-Jewish communities and is not stopped, as she looks “like one of us,” and then takes photos and drafts up reports that immediately circulate universally about another single family home popping up, a balcony added to a condo, another new neighborhood of six houses or some other so-called evildoing by Israel.
One of the more amazing moments was when she stopped to take pictures of a military installation. I asked my hostess and tour guide, “Is that legal?” For in my time, it was strictly prohibited.
Apparently, anything is allowed in Hagit’s mind. (Incidentally, the laws have not changed.)
Would Hagit the-warrior-for-our-enemies’-rights do anything for three kidnapped young Israelis, whose only sin is being a Jew in Judea and Samaria? A gesture that might prove she is humanely concerned about her own people?
Clearly not! These are the sons of those she maligns most. These are the culprits who sprayed her building cursing her (“Price Tag attacks”). Nobility of spirit will not be found here!
Hagit took me on the tour as her boss at that time, Yariv Oppenheimer, told her to do so, not of a real concern to the Jewish State of Israel or fairness tackling an issue.
Peace Now is an agent of foreign influence and interference, masquerading as a pro-Israel, pro-peace entity, when in reality it is fighting Israel from within. Much like Hagit’s gaining unrestricted access to Israeli communities throughout Judea and Samaria because she is mistaken for just “any other Jewish Israeli.” Peace Now is doing as much harm as possible.
The fault? Israel’s. For Peace Now’s budget streams from overseas, from Jews [Liberal American Jews] and from foreign governments [Israeli Leftist NGOs]. As long as Israel does not prohibit such flows of money into Israel, Israel haters will continue their destructive work from within.
Agents of destruction will not lament three abducted Jewish youths. Israelis who truly care about Israel and her long-term survival, would use all their contacts, not waste a moment seeking the three boys.
Hagit stopped her car for a “Palestinian” who told us stories (that became more and more impressive as the drive continued) then opened her wallet to give him money. She is so concerned with our enemies, and already justified anything that she does, that she admitted freely to have helped move people and “things” before, during the Intifada. I dared not even ask what “things.” Again, she is not stopped and looks very innocent.
I am still awaiting my friends in Americans for Peace Now and the Coalition Against Israel to show me I am wrong: in deeds, not in words. To prove that contrary to all appearances, they are first and foremost concerned Americans who really care about Israel, or Israelis who are loyal to their country.
But I expect more of another friend, a Jerusalemite for many years, who lost her first husband Oded in the Yom Kippur War. She founded an organization called Machsom Watch, to make sure that Israeli soldiers are not abusive to the population (normally it is the other way around, for anyone who is innocent of hate and terrorism, will undergo the inconveniences of having to stop and even be searched, understanding he or she is helping the fight against terrorism, similar to any one of us going through the useless TSA checks).
She knows what it means to suffer a personal loss, and she has proven before she will rise above political differences to do the right thing.
Mira Hermoni, utilize your contacts. Do not let your eyes close, even if you are tired. Three young men are missing, two of them are sixteen, one is nineteen. They committed no crime, other than being Jews in their homeland.
Mira, you and I recognize we have only one homeland for the Jewish people, in the Land of Israel. We may differ in our approaches and priorities, but we share the same love.
Do your job, for it is your job to protect Israelis first. As President Peres said: “We are One Nation. We are One Family.” I count on you, for you have amazing contacts within the “pro-Israel, pro-peace” crowd who regularly fraternize with our enemies. It was you who arranged the tour for me (one phone call to Yariv, and Hagit was my tour guide for the day).
I know you care, and I know you are true to your word. You must care, for three boys are not guilty of an elusive peace, nor should they be subjugated to the barbaric behavior of our enemies that your friends regularly put on a pedestal (the friends, not the behavior).
May Israel wake up and institute a death penalty for terrorists who are convicted in a court of law.
May Israel stop the flow of foreign funds to NGOs masquerading as human-rights organizations that care only about the enemies’ rights, but never Israel’s.
May Israel annex Judea and Samaria, something she should have done decades ago. If we live to see a peace in our lifetime, Israel has shown time and again that she is willing to make very painful concessions. Thus, annexation will not be an obstacle, but a catalyst.
I want to add a few more lines, but I realize that none of these wishes can come true until a war that changes everyone’s frame of reference erupts. It happened in 1939, and six years later, a new reality emerged.
It has to happen in the Middle East, before a New Israel emerges, alongside anyone else who may want to live in peace and prosperity.
Until then, may the three boys not suffer. May their captors not torment them. If the Arab-Islamists who abducted them did so to murder them, may it be swift and painless. If the intention is to keep them as bargaining tools, may the Israeli security forces be successful in finding where they are being held and free them from captivity.
Most realistically, if the murder of the three boys is as gruesome as our enemies usually employ as their “hero’s achievement,” may this be the turning point that will galvanize Israel’s leadership to take actions postponed until now.
Capturing Jews from within Israel must not be left unanswered and unpunished. Not now. Not ever.
This is the latest in the series “Postcards from America – Postcards from Israel,” a collaboration between Zager and Bussel, a foreign correspondent reporting from Israel.
Ari Bussel and Norma Zager collaborate both in writing and on the air in a point-counter-point discussion of all things Israel-related. Together, they have dedicated the past decade to promoting Israel.
© Israel Monitor, June 2014
First Published June 14, 2014