The right wing is destroying Israel - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Mark Jeffery Koch
    • 23.05.10 | 18:17 (IDT)

    Anyone doubting Gideon Levy needs to read some of the thousands of comments posted on Israeli online media sites every month to read the poison and vile directed at any Jew who supports a two State solution and dares to criticize the current Israeli government. They are branded as self-haters, anti-semites, anti-Israel, and if they are a citizen of Israel, they are called enemies of the State. When the Defense Minister Barak spoke about insubordination in the IDF from religious soldiers who refused orders he received death threats, as did an Israeli general who spoke about removing illegal outposts. Obama's chief of staff, Rahm Emmanuel travels 12,000 miles roundtrip so his son can have his bar mitzvah in Israel and thousands of posters call him an anti semite who hates Israel and some threaten to disrupt the ceremony. When the anniversary of Yizchak Rabin's assassination was memorialized last year dozens of posts accused Rabin of being a traitor. If Israel succombs to right wing extremism it will destroy the dream of Herzl and Ben Gurion and be a fortress State no different than its worst neighbors and no different than Putin's Russia or Assad's Syria.

    from the article: Israelis' ideal state: A country without criticism
    First published 01:48 23.05.10 | Last updated 01:48 23.05.10
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