With Left Too Scared to Talk About the Occupation, Israel's Better Off With Bibi

Some say Netanyahu's rivals are only pretending to be right-wing as an election strategy; but we can't trust them to hoist the banner of peace after hiding it in the cellar.

Saja Abu Fanni
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Israeli Labor Party leader Isaac Herzog (R) and former justice minister and Hatnuah party leader Tzipi Livni, January 14, 2015.
Israeli Labor Party leader Isaac Herzog (R) and former justice minister and Hatnuah party leader Tzipi Livni, January 14, 2015.Credit: AFP
Saja Abu Fanni
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Deep down in my heart, I thank God that Isaac (Bougie) Herzog is not prime minister. In 1996, then-Prime Minister Shimon Peres, who was the hope of the sane, wrapped himself in an army winter coat and went out to Operation Grapes of Wrath in Lebanon. An operation that both caused him trouble and did not guarantee him an election victory. It is reasonable to assume that the head of the Zionist Camp, in his maniacal rush to look more patriotic than the right, will also head for some operation against Hezbollah, which will snowball into war.

In the meantime, thanks to Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah, who despite the incitement here it turns out is the only sane one on both sides of the border. And thanks to God that we have Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who after the first entanglement knew – in the following episode – to threaten with words and remain silent in deeds.

But the assuming the whole matter of Quneitra is behind us, we should return to our affairs and tell that Arella from the Mifal Hapayis national lottery is already waiting on the line with the happy and exciting news for the peace camp: You have won right now 12 Knesset seats, a gift from your progressive Arab and Jewish brothers. All this even before the first shot was fired in the election campaign. And after that they are still coming with complaints that the Arabs are against the Jews.

Now run a campaign for the remaining 90 percent. Capture only 45 percent (49 Knesset seats), and it will be possible to say bye-bye to Netanyahu.

But with all due respect, the Arabs and Jewish progressives cannot do all the dirty work while the “Camp” not only keeps silent, but also ruins things. Here is the head of the Camp, even without being part of the leadership, already declaring on the matter of Quneitra that there is no difference between opposition and coalition here. And while Avigdor Lieberman calls for a disproportional response, Tzipi Livni explains that the Golan Heights are an inseparable part of Israel.

Their defenders will say that the Zionist Camp is only pretending to be right-wing, and it is all for electoral considerations. Here is my answer: If the Labor Party is a party of peace, and at the same time it stores away its banners for the day after, then we are witnessing an act of fraud that cries out to the heavens.

The affairs of peace demand a lot of courage, more than what is needed during war. Whoever hides their banners can be expected to continue doing so out of the fear of those who scared them before. The time has come to relate to the matter in plain terms – a Labor Party that does not present a plan to end the occupation is truly a Siamese twin of Likud. What did Netanyahu say in his “duck speech”? If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, then what is it?

If we conduct a deeper examination, it turns out that the roots of Herzog’s support for the Quneitra operation are much deeper down in the history of the Labor Party. In June 1960, David Ben-Gurion went as far as Paris to convince Charles de Gaulle’s government to continue to rule over Algeria. It’s a good thing de Gaulle did not listen to the advice, otherwise the recent terror attacks in France would have been child’s play compared to what could have happened.

The Labor Party is the party of the Zionists who get things done, the security party, and more than all – the party of “the quick fix.” The period of Yitzhak Rabin was a passing phase, and after his murder the party returned to the bosom of its love with the slogan “a Jewish majority.” And if they were careful to give advice to the French, then they should they not stand alongside Netanyahu on an issue that is the most precious to them?

Moreover, when all around is happening a war entering its fifth year, and only Israel is required to keep silent, it is generally accepted as a matter for despair. Let the security experts of the Zionist Camp teach the Arabs what it means to put in a quick fix and finish the job.

The “Zoabis” is etched deep down inside the soul of the Labor Party, which dispossessed and discriminated against the Arabs – and is willing to sell their mother at the first stall in the market. In 1999, the Arabs awarded Ehud Barak with 95 percent of their votes. He demonstrated his deep gratitude with great magnificence in October 2000.

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