A Likely Hot Slogan of Israel's Upcoming Election: 'Death to The Hague'

Demonstrators carry banners and Palestinian flags outside the International Criminal Court, urging the court to prosecute Israel's army for war crimes in The Hague, November 29, 2019.
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The adrenaline flowed strongly in their veins! Patriotic arousal was sky high, the stinging insult by the forces of darkness in the world awakened the sleeping demons, and … boom, 80 years after its birth, in its old age, Yedioth Ahronoth is placing the Jewish state alongside the Iranians, the Syrians and the Turks! Yes, that’s exactly what it’s like, read Sunday’s reverberating headline of Yedioth regarding “the hypocrisy of The Hague,” as the newspaper described it.

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At first glance I was really insulted, and here I am, protecting the honor of our brothers the North Koreans! Yes, we have to learn from Israel’s dearest friend, the previous U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, who in her great goodness compared Israel to South Korea. On the other hand, it’s a shame that the editor of the front page of Yedioth is not familiar with the Arab heritage, otherwise he would have mentioned to his subordinates, and his superiors, the Arab folk proverb “He leapt onto the mule, then fell off the other side and said to himself, ‘The story of my life.’” Just like that, he came to bless and ended up cursing.

On the other hand, the situation of the editor in chief is understandable. After all, his boss is busy with nighttime meetings spent bargaining with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to close the free daily Israel Hayom, thus to increase his profits. Maybe this motto, of profits above all, is what dictates the “gevalt” style on the front page of the newspaper, which, in the grip of this fervor, creates this type of foolish headline, which raises the pitch of the masses’ hollow patriotism.

For the editors’ information, and not only those at Yedioth: Patriotism, like fat in the blood, becomes dangerous when it exceeds the permitted limits. A surplus of fat in a human being leads to a heart attack, whereas for the masses a surplus of patriotism leads to the blocking of any rational discussion. And the attack against the International Criminal Court in The Hague, in almost all the Israeli media outlets, is a civilized version of what is happening on the streets of Tehran, where there are terrible outcries to the tune of “Death to America and Israel.”

Who knows what the future will bring? Perhaps tomorrow the masses, with the encouragement of the civilized media outlets here, will take to the streets chanting rhythmically until their throats are dry: “Death to The Hague.”

Who knows, maybe the slogan “Death to The Hague” will yet turn out to be the hot slogan of the upcoming election campaign. If the party of the minister in charge of educating our children, both Arab and Jewish, embraces Kahanist politician Itamar Ben Gvir, anything is possible.

And to think that decades ago it was the Likud itself that worked to pass a law against the party of Meir Kahane. That’s the extent to which the situation has deteriorated, and the journalists of Yedioth are continuing on their path, hardening the arteries with a surplus of hollow patriotism, and when the time comes they will roll their eyes wondering why their behavior has blown up in their faces. The answer is, simply – because you’re sowing the seeds of destruction.

Meanwhile we will explain to the brilliant editor of Yedioth Ahronoth that he would do well to return the issues of Sunday’s paper to the printer; otherwise, if the world takes his requests seriously, the State of Israel will be fated to confront towering challenges. For example, Iran is suffering from economic strangulation, which causes difficulties for the country in all areas of life, and that’s aside from frozen bank accounts of the country and its leaders, and aside from the besieging of prominent government figures, who are unable to move around freely in the world.

Instead of telling the world thank you very much for the warm and loving attitude to the Israeli occupation, which for the past 50 years has been embittering the lives of millions of Palestinians; instead of saying thank you to the world for remaining silent regarding a huge settlement enterprise on the land and at the expense of another nation – instead of that, the editor of Yedioth comes with complaints to the world. He wants treatment similar to that given the Iranians! You’ve made Iran’s “supreme leader” Ali Khameini laugh.