Flight of fancy
Many prominent Israelis who should have known better attacked our government leaders for mishandling the situation.
Pro-Palestinian activists at B-G Airport [file] Photo: REUTERS
The coordinated arrival at Ben-Gurion Airport of hundreds of pro-Palestinian
activists from countries such as Canada, Portugal, Jordan, France, Britain,
Belgium and Turkey was designed to create a provocation.
The timing of
what is being dubbed a “flytilla” – after maritime attempts such as the infamous
Mavi Marmara to challenge Israel’s sovereignty – is no coincidence.
was purposely planned to take place precisely when thousands of Israelis
vacationing abroad for Passover or Easter made their way home via Ben-Gurion
Airport. With tens of thousands of passengers converging on the airport, the
potential for mayhem was very real.
Thankfully, our political leaders
took preemptive action against a flytilla organized by men such as the marxist
Michel Warschawski, who has close ties with the Popular Front for the Liberation
of Palestine, which is responsible for the deaths of many Israelis, including
tourism minister Rehavam Ze’evi and Mazin Qumsiyeh, a biologist who in his book,
Sharing the Land of Canaan, argues that Ashkenazi Jews are descendents of the
Khazars in order to reject Jews’ claim to a state in the Middle East.
coordination with foreign government leaders, flight officials and international
airlines, pro-Palestinian activists thought to be planning to undermine public
order at Ben-Gurion Airport were prevented from getting on planes to Israel.
Part of the reason airlines were eager to cooperate was because they did not
want to foot the bill for a return ticket for those activists denied entry to
But there also appears to be increasing understanding in the
international community that many self-proclaimed pro-Palestinian activists are
not so much motivated by the desire to improve the lot of the Palestinian people
as they are to do everything in their power to delegitimize the State of
Amazingly, however, many prominent Israelis who should have known
better attacked our government leaders for mishandling the
Resorting to a particularly unsavory hyperbole that belittles
the suffering of the Syrian people, Meretz chairwoman Zehava Gal-On claimed that
the Netanyahu government had “adopted the practices of Assad” by blocking the
In its Sunday editorial, Haaretz managed to outdo Gal-On,
comparing Israel to no other than the Holocaust-denying, terrorist-funding,
apocalyptic Shi’ite mullahs of the Islamic Republic and their henchman, Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad. Just as Iran was blocking the International Atomic Energy Agency
inspectors from investigating its nuclear program, railed Haaretz, so too Israel
was barring “human rights activists” from entering the “occupied territories” to
investigate purported human rights violations.
The insult to its
readership’s intelligence was glaring: Is it not obvious by now that Israel’s
purported actions in the West Bank are probably the most well-documented of any
other country on the face of the earth and that dozens of government and
non-government bodies carefully monitor Israeli security forces’ every move
there? Is it not obvious by now as well that peace depends as much on the
willingness of the Palestinians – and the numerous Arab states that back them –
to end the incitement against the Jewish state and sit down and negotiate
without preconditions as it does on Israel’s policies? In contrast, Iran has
flouted international law, refusing access to a nuclear program that threatens
to upset the delicate balance of power in the Middle East and unleash a new
nuclear arms race.
Even Eitan Haber, who as bureau chief to prime
minister Yitzhak Rabin should have exhibited a bit more political savvy, claimed
in a remarkably naïve op-ed in Yediot Aharonot entitled “Much Ado About Nothing”
that instead of attempting to peacefully prevent hundreds of provocateurs from
staging rowdy and potentially violent demonstrations at Ben-Gurion Airport
during one of the busiest days of the year, our government should be “waiting
for these weirdos with flowers.”
But it would have been downright
irresponsible not to take extensive precautionary measures to prevent the likes
of Warschawski and Qumsiyeh and hundreds of other “activists” from staging an
unauthorized demonstration in Ben Gurion Airport that could have easily
deteriorated into violent clashes.
Thankfully, people like Gal-On, Haber
and Haaretz’s editorial board are not running the show.