Netanyahu Must First Shun Fascist Jewish Parties Before Asking PA To Disown Hamas
21 March 2015
By Khalid Amayreh
Once again, Israeli Prime Minister
Binyamin Netanyahu is trying to hide his rejection of peace and justice by
pointing an accusing finger at Hamas, the Palestinian Islamic liberation
A pathological liar in every sense of the word, Netanyahu has denied making a
U-turn with regard to the stalled "peace process" with the Palestinians by
saying he would never agree to the creation of a Palestinian state.
"I didn't retract any of the things I said in my speech six years ago,
calling for a solution in which a demilitarized Palestinian state recognizes
a Jewish state. I said that the conditions for that, today, are not
achievable," Netanyahu told Fox News channel's "The Kelly File."
Hours before the election campaign closed on Tuesday, Netanyahu was quoted as
saying that if reelected, he would never allow for the establishment of a
The retraction of his elections eve's remarks are seen as a damage-control
effort on his part intended, first and foremost, to mend relations with the
The White House has repudiated Netanyahu's reneging on the peace process,
already moribund due to Israel's unmitigated settlement expansion in the West
Bank, as well as his brazenly racist remarks against Israel's Palestinian
Netanyahu openly instigated his political allies to cast their votes,
claiming Israeli Arabs were voting in droves and being provided with money
and busing by the left and by the U.S.
His remarks have been proven absolutely baseless.
The Hamas red herring
In remarks published Friday, Netanyahu insisted the Palestinian Authority
(PA) had to cut its ties with Hamas, recognize the existence of Israeli as a
Jewish Talmudic state and engage in "genuine" peace talks with Israel.
This is not the first time Netanyahu indulges in red-herring tactics to
justify his fascist approach toward the Palestinians.
In fact, Hamas's ideology looks extremely moderate and palatable if compared
to the Nazi-like ideologies of Netanyahu's allies, including Naftali Bennet's
ha-Bayt ha-Yahudi, Avigdor Lieberman's Yisrael Beitenu and Shas.
Nothing is further from truth. Ha-Bayt ha-Yahudi advocates either the
expulsion of Palestinians from their ancestral homeland or enslaving them as
water carriers or wood hewers. And for those Palestinians who refuse to
submit, they must be slaughtered en masse. This is in their literature.
A few years ago, a leader of the settler movement (Jewish home is the settler
party par excellence) told a group of settlers in Hebron that the best and
most effective way to deal with the Palestinians was the Joshua's way, an
allusion to genocidal biblical ethnic cleansing.
This party is not only against Palestinians and Muslims. It is also
particularly vindictive toward Christians and Christianity. A few years ago,
a rabbi from the West Bank referred to Jesus Christ as "the Hitler of
Bethlehem." More to the point, Jewish youngsters are seen telling Christian
peace activists on Camera "We killed your God."
Some of the Talmudic sages associated with this party believe that the lives
of non-Jews in general have no sanctity. Unfortunately, these so called sages
are not marginal figures in Orthodox Judaism. Their followers are in the tens
of thousands or even hundreds of thousands.
I don't wish to put down Jews or Judaism, a religion I deeply respect.
However, one can't remain passive when all this filth is promoted and
justified by religion.
Shas, which has won 6 seats in the latest elections, is no less racist than
Bennet's party. The late spiritual leader of Shas, Ovadia Yosef, was quoted
as saying during a Sabbath homily in January 2013 that the only reason
non-Jews existed on this Earth was to serve Jews. "Without that, they have no
place in the world-only to serve the People of Israel.'' Shas won six seats
in this week's elections and is expected to join Netanyahu's upcoming
Yisrael Beitenu (Israel is our Home) is headed by arch racist Avigdor
Lieberman, a former Lithuanian immigrant who spews racism as often as he
breathes the oxygen of life.
Lieberman shamelessly calls for withdrawing the Israeli citizenship from as
many Arabs as possible in the context of any prospective peace agreement with
the Palestinians. On numerous occasions, the thuggish politician called for
carrying out Nazi-like crimes against humanity against Palestinians,
including carrying out sustained aerial bombing of Palestinian population
centres as well as dropping Palestinian prisoners in the Dead Sea from high
altitudes. Last week, Lieberman said Palestinians not loyal to Zionism ought
to have their heads chopped.
Hence, we are obliged to ask the following question: Is it not an expression
of brash hypocrisy and moral duplicity for Netanyahu to embrace these
Nazi-like parties while demanding the weak PA to shun Hamas?
Besides, Netanyahu has had many years to reach peace with Abu Mazen,
unquestionably the most moderate Palestinian leader ever even by the oblique
Israeli standards. Instead, Netanyahu was frantically busy expanding Jewish
colonies built illegally on land that belongs to another people, which
effectively killed any remaining chances for a dignified deal based on the
two-state solution vision.
Khalid Amayreh is a veteran Palestinian journalist and political
commentator living in occupied Palestine