Opinion

Thanks to Netanyahu for Reminding Me of My Urge to Destroy the Jewish State

Netanyahu blames the Arab parties for working toward 'the elimination of the state of Israel' when in fact the prime minister himself has a few things to teach us about the art of destruction

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the Knesset, Israel's parliament, in Jerusalem, December 19, 2018.
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I couldn’t sleep all night. The joy of destroying the Jewish state coursed through every fiber of my body. I thank Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for turning my attention to the Arab parties, which are working toward “the elimination of the State of Israel.” Until he mentioned it, I hadn’t noticed the immense urge that had overtaken me; where the hell had I hidden it for so long?

The problem is that even if I harbored a fierce desire to destroy, I have no practical experience in such matters. I and all Arabs in Israel are still novices in the work of destruction. So, Netanyahu, when you bring such information to our attention, it would be better if you, at the same time, offered us a crash course in the art of destruction. All our lives we’ve been the ones who are on the receiving end of destruction, be it our houses or our lives in general.

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Teach us, for example, how to expel 80 percent of the Jewish population across the border, as happened in 1948. Teach us how to implement the law addressing “present absentees,” so that every Jew who was not home during the census, even if he was only at the grocery store, has his property expropriated and himself deported across the border. Go ahead, teach us how to destroy an entire Jewish community, say Caesarea, where you live – in order to populate it with wealthy Arabs, as is happening now in Umm al-Hiran in the Negev.

In a more serious vein, these accusations by Netanyahu came right after he worked hard to unite the Otzma Yehudit party, Israel’s Ku Klux Klan, with other right-wing parties, lest any votes be lost to the right. It’s a classic example of the pot calling the kettle black. This deed was so odious that even AIPAC, that extreme right-wing lobby group, could not stand the stench emanating from it.

But in Israel, every toxic statement requires another “balancing” one, even it does sound ineloquent and no less toxic. Thus, we had Benny Gantz come out with a sickening statement: “In our government we won’t have Kahane or [Arab party] Balad.” Well, if you’ll pardon me, my lovely friends, Arabs here will not be able to deliver the goods for you. Their supermarket doesn’t include such filthy merchandise. The Ku Klux Klan is the brand of racist white regimes. The Arabs are the victims of the discrimination and exclusion. Nevertheless, the dominant voice among their ranks is the one calling for a peace based on two states.

So please, don’t project the ills of the discriminating society onto the one being discriminated against. It’s simply illogical and doesn’t match reality. The Arabs in Israel have for years been waging a democratic parliamentarian struggle. Only a twisted mind can conjoin this with a wish to destroy Israel.

Whereas Gantz, in his malicious comparison, wanted to delegitimize the heirs of Kahane, Amit Segal, the television and Yedioth Ahronoth commentator, wished to use such a comparison in order to give legitimacy to the Israeli Ku Klux Klan. Segal, for anyone who doesn’t know, is the son of Hagai Segal, a convicted Jewish terrorist.

As I was thinking of Segal as an Israeli media star, a nasty thought crossed my mind. If an Arab who was the son of a terrorist were in Segal’s position, what could he expect? Here is what I imagined. Every time he came on air he’d be skewered with endless questions: How does he feel as a son of a terrorist? Does he identify with his father’s deeds? Does he justify those actions? But Amit Segal is exempt from all this – after all he’s the son of a Jewish terrorist, not an Arab one, God forbid.

Nevertheless, I’m happy for him. He was lucky to be born Jewish, so his parents weren’t denied their social security benefits. You’re lucky, Segal, to be the son of a Jewish terrorist.