Prof. Paul Eidelberg, President
Israel-America Renaissance Institute
Part II. Perfidy
At the conclusion of Part I, after referring to the forced expulsion of 8,000 Jews from their homes in Gaza, I asked Mr. Netanyahu: “On what empirical grounds, on what historical grounds, on what logical grounds, on what psychological grounds, on what theological grounds, had you any reason to expect peace after this display of defeatism and this unconscionable crime against the Jews of Gaza?”
What else are we to infer from these questions but this: What motivates you is either fear or egoism—because you have no rational grounds whatsoever to expect peace from the disciples of Muhammad who have waged recurring genocidal wars against Jews and Christians and other non-Muslims during the past 1,400 years.
In your speech you rightly decry the “wishful thinking” of fools who would have Israel withdraw to her pre-1967 borders to achieve peace with the Palestinians. But what shall we call your overture of peace to the unrepentant Palestinians who murdered and maimed some 10,000 Jewish men, women, and children since 1993? What is this overture but a grotesque display of wishful thinking? Will not these Palestinians continue to genuflect to the Quran which exalts the Muslim who “slays and is slain” for Allah (Sura 9:111)?
Have not these Palestinians educated two generations of Arab children to hate Jews and to exalt suicide bombers? Do you expect these Palestinians to renounce their political religion whose distinctive imperative is Jihad, and whose foremost military tactic is taqiyya, unmitigated deceit and dissembling?
You boast of Israel as a democracy. Who gave you the authority to endorse the creation of a Muslim Arab state in the heartland of the Jewish people? You did so without Knesset or public debate, didn’t you, Mr. Netanyahu? How fitting, therefore, are these words of Ben Hecht in Perfidy: “In my own time,” he writes, “governments have taken the place of people. They have also taken the place of G-d. Governments speak for people … and determine, absurdly, their lives and deaths.”
“This was not so,” says Hecht, “of the Jewish people in days of old, when our Prophets admonished kings and kingdoms, or when our Sages taught us the laws of piety and of public morality.” In those days, “in the soul of the Jews, in his tabernacle and kitchen, there was only one Kingdom—that of G-d.”
“What happened to this fine heritage,” asks Hecht, “when Jews finally fashioned a government of their own in Israel; what happened to Jews when they became politicians, what happened to a piety, a sense of honor, and a brotherly love that 2,500 years of anti-Semitism were unable to disturb in the Jewish soul?”
What happened, Mr. Netanyahu, is that “Egoism and impersonal authority arose and removed piety and honor and brotherly love from public life.”
Hence you had the arrogance to endorse a Muslim state in Judea and Samaria and thus place in question the future of 300,000 of your Jewish brethren. What will happen to these Jews, Mr. Netanyahu? Will these 300,000 Jewish men, women, and children be made homeless like the 8,000 that were expelled from Gaza by the Sharon Government of which you were a cabinet minister? And for what noble cause will they be sacrificed? Alas, “There is no devilish or disgraceful deed,” writes Hecht, “that cannot be shined up into a patriotic necessity by the right propaganda [like the mendacity of ‘peace’ or the ignominious defeat called ‘unilateral disengagement’ or the fatuous ‘two-state solution’]. All that is needed is for people to believe in their duly elected leaders.”
If Hecht were alive today he would say, as he said in Perfidy: “The Jews have of necessity been good traders and bright salesmen, although they never before sold what a government clique has been selling … their loyalty to their dead, their moral judgment of their enemies.”
(To be continued)