Another Tack: The Bimbo or the Basher

Ayelet Shaked: Scathing scorn was heaped on her – whether in the Paritzky or Rozin idiom

Ayelet Shaked: Scathing scorn was heaped on her – whether in the Paritzky or Rozin idiom

Another Mideastern spring is in full swing (as distinct from the sadistically ongoing Arab Spring, not long ago confidently proclaimed by the never-erring enlightened ones as the hope of all democracies everywhere).

Springtime in our setting is notoriously unstable and in the lowly Coastal Plain some steamy nights already cause us to toss and turn when we ought to be chilling. In particularly wearisome instances our restlessness is aggravated by agitated replays of the day’s news when we ought to escape to cozy dreamland.

Thus on a recent nocturnal occasion, while my insomnia imperceptibly morphed into nightmare, new Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked rudely disturbed my peace by jumping off a pinup calendar in a dingy auto repair shop someplace in darkest Israel.

The garage featured the expected cast of unsavory characters – sweaty workaday letches who drooled, whooped and whistled as Ayelet nimbly and tauntingly rushed out of their macho milieu to join a chorus line of Third Reich beauties. With these fetching Fräuleins, Daughter of Israel Ayelet – a founding member of the Jewish Home faction – ecstatically raised her arm in the obligatory Nazi salute.

I bolted upright in dread. Who planted did these sleazy images in my subconscious? Continue reading

Another Tack: A Delegitimization Called Nakba

Nakba instigator Husseini giving the Heil Hitler salute to Bosnian Muslim volunteers to the notorious Waffen SS (the Hanzar SS Division) in November, 1943 [Jerusalem Post Archives]

Nakba instigator Husseini giving the Heil Hitler salute to Bosnian Muslim volunteers to the notorious Waffen SS (the Hanzar SS Division) in November, 1943 [Jerusalem Post Archives]

Delegitimization provides the sociopsychological rationale, the moral and discursive basis to harm the delegitimized group, even in the most inhumane ways… Delegitimized groups are rhetorically constructed as worthy targets of violence.

     The Oxford Handbook of Intergroup Conflict, 2012 

 

 

The above is what we Israelis, as this volatile region’s most relentlessly delegitimized group, must keep uppermost in mind every mid-May.

Whereas we celebrate our state’s Independence Day according to the Hebrew calendar, the Gregorian anniversary, May 15, is annually commemorated by Arabs as a day of lamentation for the Nakba. It’s the catastrophe according to their loaded terminology, which renascent Jewish sovereignty supposedly inflicted on the supposedly indigenous people of this land – the Palestinians.

The notion that Israel was born in sin is delegitimization in the most extreme sense. Continue reading

Another Tack: Salami slices some salami

Brigadier General Hossein Salami: “They will not even be permitted to inspect the most normal military site in their dreams.”

Brigadier General Hossein Salami: “They will not even be permitted to inspect the most normal military site in their dreams.”

Who says history has no sense of humor? Just as US President Barack Obama seeks to hide away the salami slices shaved off his deal with Iran, an Iranian named Salami exposes an extra-thick and very telling slice.

Without much ado, the Deputy Commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, Brigadier General Hossein Salami, gave the lie to one of Obama’s most significant contentions about the deal that America’s Commander in Chief is cooking up with the nuke-craving ayatollah regime.

Significantly, Salami didn’t whisper off the record. He didn’t speculate about hearsay in a back room. He didn’t impart hints given to conflicting interpretations. Salami said his piece openly on state TV. He announced out loud that, contrary to American claims, there would be no foreign inspections of Iranian military sites. Period. End of. No quibbling.  Continue reading

Another Tack: Thanks, but ‘no,’ Joe!

US Vice President Joe Biden: "If you were attacked and overwhelmed, we would fight for you."

US Vice President Joe Biden: “If you were attacked and overwhelmed, we would fight for you.”

How can any Israeli just not be charmed by good ole’ Joe Biden? Time and again, especially when courting Jewish voters or when appearing on behalf of his boss Barack Obama before Jewish audiences, America’s Vice President has ebulliently let us know that some of his best friends are Zionists.

He has even famously stated: “I am a Zionist.” He instantly then added straight-faced: “You don’t have to be a Jew to be a Zionist.” We might never have grasped this elusive truth, had he not enlightened us.

During the 2008 Vice-Presidential debate, Biden announced that “no one in the United States Senate has been a better friend to Israel than Joe Biden. I would have never, ever joined this ticket were I not absolutely sure Barack Obama shared my passion.”

Of course, it’s up to the listener to decide whether Obama is as friendly to Israel as Biden says or whether Biden has grown as unfriendly as Obama. One thing is indisputable – Biden has placed himself and Obama in the identical category. Continue reading

Another Tack: Buji and the Bomb

A victorious Hitler parades in just-occupied Prague: Does Buji’s optimism arouse howls of derision in Tehran’s halls of power?

A victorious Hitler parades in just-occupied Prague: Does Buji’s optimism arouse howls of derision in Tehran’s halls of power?

Now that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu had done the dreadful deed and sounded the alarm that President Barak Obama didn’t want heard, we can focus on the alternative point of view still cynically dangled before the Israeli voter.

All we know thus far is that Netanyahu’s rival for the premiership, Isaac “Buji” Herzog, told us often and with increasing shrillness that Netanyahu is destroying that special bond between America and its presumed Israeli protectorate.

In this Herzog gives voice to precisely the same claims as made by Obama’s National Security Adviser Susan Rice (yes, the very one who won universal distrust by disseminating the deception that the 2012 attack on the US diplomatic mission in Benghazi was a spontaneous reaction to a “heinous and offensive video”). Attempting to stymie Netanyahu, she informed us that his speech would be “destructive of the fabric of the relationship” between the two countries. Continue reading

Belated remembrance

The ill-fated Struma illustrates what happens when Jews rely on others’ goodwill.

The ill-fated Struma illustrates what happens when Jews rely on others’ goodwill.

The excesses of Chutzpah never cease to amaze. A galling example was provided by Turkey’s purportedly big-hearted recent memorial for the 768 Jewish refugees (103 of them babies and children) who drowned off its coast on February 24, 1942 when WWII already raged.

These refugees from Nazi horrors were packed like sardines on the unseaworthy Danube barge Struma which left the Rumanian port of Constanza heading “illegally” toward British-mandated Eretz Yisrael. It barely made it into Istanbul Harbor. It couldn’t continue. Its makeshift motor failed. There was no fuel, food or water.

Contrary to what was asserted at the ceremony, Turkey was hardly magnanimous. Continue reading

Another Tack: Gee, Officer Obama!

Telling Officer Krupke “a touching good story” in the 1961 film version West Side Story [Jerusalem Post Archives]

Telling Officer Krupke “a touching good story” in the 1961 film version West Side Story [Jerusalem Post Archives]

What to the more discerning observers was evident from the outset of Barack Obama’s White House tenure in 2009 is now openly touted by him as unassailable dogma. He and his mouthpieces never tire of inculcating the notion that there is nothing Islamist about the atrocities perpetrated all around this planet in Islam’s name.

The leader of the free world loses no opportunity to declare that what we see is no more than a law and order issue, a crime-fighting concern, bedevilment by individual wrongdoers. It is not, Obama claims, a global war with distinct ideological battle lines.

The democracies, he would have us believe, aren’t bullied by conquest-oriented Jihadists. At most we’re beset by a bunch of armed gangs rampaging because they are aggrieved, poor, disadvantaged and chronically unhappy. It’s a matter for police and social workers rather than for armies and statesmen.

In all, Obama recycles “a touching good story,” to borrow a phrase from West Side Story.

Wittingly or not, Obama had cast himself in the role of the ineffectual Officer Krupke whom the street-wise juvenile delinquents seek to impress with their hard-luck spoof. “Gee officer Krupke,” they chant, “we’re depraved on account we’re deprived.”

And opportunely Obama is only too eager to regurgitate the line that:

”We ain’t no delinquents,
We’re misunderstood,
Deep down inside us there is good!”

The trouble is that no jihadist ever made excuses for his choices because he couldn’t get “a good honest job,” because
“Society’s played him a terrible trick,
And sociologic’ly he’s sick!”  Continue reading

The Company Obama keeps

The Emir at the White House - there was no shadow of a hint of displeasure

The Emir at the White House – there was no shadow of a hint of displeasure

Show me who your friends are, goes the timeless adage, and I’ll show you who you are. Indeed, judging US president Barak Obama by the company he prefers to keep is very enlightening.

Obama refused to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this week and all the president’s men and women outdid each other in heaping scorn on the unwanted guest from Jerusalem. But just a few days earlier the red carpet was rolled out enthusiastically for Qatar’s emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani.

It appeared as if not enough praise could be heaped on the emir as he visited the White House for the first time since taking over from his father in 2013. Continue reading

Another Tack: Oh, to be Abdullah!

King Abdullah in combat mode:  The buzz was that Clint Eastwood’s royal torchbearer would himself participate in airstrikes [Royal Hashemite Court]

King Abdullah in combat mode: The buzz was that Clint Eastwood’s royal torchbearer would himself participate in airstrikes [Royal Hashemite Court]

Jordan’s King Abdullah may be barely hanging in there – thanks mostly to Israel’s tacit support – but there are times when we Israelis must envy him. His PR is peerless. We see him posing in camouflage combat gear and the entire civilized world can’t applaud the macho-man loudly enough.

In a photo circulated by his palace, Abdullah strikes a daunting figure – the great hope of the world’s democracies. Their hype/hope is that Abdullah will fight their fight against Islamic State (ISIS a.k.a. ISIL). To boot, Abdullah is a Muslim which is awfully handy for the spin that IS barbarities shouldn’t color our attitudes toward Islam.

But Muslims have always been fighting Muslims in numerous internecine wars between rival factions of Islam. Abdullah, moreover, isn’t the only Muslim headliner who today wages war – such as it is – on IS. Damascus despot Bashar Assad does the same.

Assad’s anti-IS tactics have included gassing thousands of his own compatriots. Does that make him a good-guy? Do Assad’s Hezbollah foot-soldiers also deserve rehabilitation because they form the actual backbone of the anti-IS campaign? Does Iran, Assad’s and Hezbollah’s senior patron, get into our good-Muslim list because it too is so incontrovertibly against IS?  Continue reading

Another Tack: Variation On the Bird-Jew Theme

Shalom Aleichem: although realizing he’s about to be put to death anyway, the bird-Jew played along with his executioner

Shalom Aleichem: although realizing he’s about to be put to death anyway, the bird-Jew played along with his executioner

In his autobiography, legendary Yiddish author Shalom Aleichem recounts a harrowing story his grandfather had told him about “the bird-Jew.”

That was how the grandfather called Noah, a pious Jewish innkeeper who lived in constant dread of his Russian landlord, the village squire. Trembling, Noah headed for the manor to renew his lease. His timing was off, because the courtyard was full of festive guests ready to go hunting.

The squire, in a jovial mood, agreed to extend the agreement if Noah would climb the stable roof and pretend to be a bird – so he can shoot him. Fearful of angering the nobleman, Noah obsequiously did his bidding. He clambered up as ordered, bent forward, flung his arms sideways and assumed a birdlike pose. At that instant the squire fired and Noah fell, as any slain bird would.

Although realizing he’s about to be put to death anyway, the bird-Jew played along with his executioner, still absurdly terrified of what might happen if he didn’t. This is the cringing mentality, the fear of giving offense to one’s mortal enemies, which Zionism was established to eradicate.

But not with full success, it seems. Continue reading