Leave Bishara alone to go traveling

I believe Bishara is an agent on the Teheran-Damascus-Hizbullah axis working to destroy Israel.

By URI DAN
September 20, 2006 20:53
3 minute read.
Leave Bishara alone to go traveling

azmi bishara. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski [file])

 
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We shouldn't interfere with the Israel-bashing expeditions that MK Azmi Bishara and his friends have made to enemy capitals. They only benefit us. In any event, the Israeli legal system has never really had the intestinal fortitude to follow up on these hate-filled incidents, instead vacillating and kowtowing to their instigators. We have heard the inflammatory rhetoric from the Knesset podium itself, from Knesset members reviling the selfsame state that enables them to incite against it. We have heard them calling for its destruction in stages - and demanding it be turned into a "state of all its citizens," which would destroy its Jewish character. Take, for example, the actions of Bishara, the most venomous of them, who on his visits to enemy capitals recommends and encourages the weakening of Israel. I believe Bishara is a traveling agent on the Teheran-Damascus-Hizbullah axis, working to destroy Israel in any way he can. NEVERTHELESS, I still say: Don't disturb him. Don't get in the way of what he is doing, unless you are MKs fearful of the fate of the Jewish state and willing to take a stand and pass laws that will expel those who spout such vitriol from the Knesset podium or floor. Meanwhile, Bishara and company are doing a wonderful service for the State of Israel. They continually remind us - and make a better job of it than the right-wing or even ultra-right wing MKs - exactly who Israel's real internal enemy is. Because our confused Jewish population is quick to forgive and forget that many among Israel's Arab population support Bishara and his ilk, having sent them to the Knesset out of a belief that undermining the Jewish state from within as well as without would precipitate its destruction. The thousands of rockets launched by Hizbullah against Israel further encouraged them to believe that Israel's demise was near. Listen to the explanations in this spirit provided by MK Bishara in front of TV cameras in Damascus and Beirut, and dare to imagine the advice he gave our enemies - his hosts in those capitals - when the cameras were not rolling. A NUMBER of courageous Israeli Arabs who are willing to personally condemn Bishara and Co. for undermining any chance of peaceful coexistence between Arabs and Jews in Israel have cropped up here and there in the Israeli media. Let us hope that their voices will multiply - because as of now they are few and far between. Still reverberating in our ears are the words of that Israeli-Arab father who, in his eulogy for his young sons killed by a Hizbullah rocket, pointed an accusatory finger, like Bishara, not at the true murderer, Hassan Nasrallah, but at the Israeli government. And what about the promise made at the latest mass rally of the Israeli Islamic movement to return Jerusalem to the control of the new Islamic caliphate? The sedition and incitement emanating from MK Bishara and his kind generally fall on inattentive Israeli ears. But these ears were, paradoxically, cured of their erstwhile deafness by the roar of the Hizbollah rockets launched at Israel from the north and Hamas's Kassams from the south. Most Israelis suddenly thrown into the pincers of this Muslim/Arab war realize that we are drawing closer to the moment of truth, and that we must rebuild ourselves and our army. And we are not talking about cosmetic surgery, about childish ideas of changing the system of government. WHAT IS needed is a complete overhaul in every area of our democracy where the rot has set in - from the corrupt government ministries to all the IDF's branches. These areas of Israeli life have degenerated because Israeli governments promised Jews false illusions - a "peace process," "disengagement," "realignment" - as if any of these could lead to peace. And if we are moving toward peace, so the logic goes, what difference does it make if the IDF degenerates, becomes corrupt and loses its national-Jewish direction? Most Israelis awoke from this pipe-dream in the second Lebanon war; except perhaps the government, which is still fighting for its survival. Bishara's junkets to enemy capitals only intensify, only hone Israelis' awareness of the Arab-Islamic anger confronting it from within, an anger that is for the time being manifested only among a radical minority of Israeli Arabs. This is exactly how similar radicals, led by Haj Amin al-Husseini, ultimately brought the "Nakba" ("catastrophe") of 1948 upon themselves; and then again, under the command of Yasser Arafat, the second nakba of the destruction in Gaza and Judea and Samaria, when Israel defeated the suicide offensive. It has happened to the Arabs every time they have become convinced that the Jews have lost their determination and weakened. A similar surprise awaits Bishara. That's why I say: Don't disturb the genius at work.

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