Monday, September 25, 2006

Amos Elon: Dumb and Dumber

Amos Elon, expatriate Israeli living the life of Riley in Tuscanny, had an article in the New York Review of Books that required a bit of fine-tuning.

Here's the letter:

By Eve Fleisher, Reply by Amos Elon
In response to What Does Olmert Want? (June 22, 2006)

To the Editors:

In reference to the article "What Does Olmert Want?" [NYR, June 22], the head of the Israel Beitenu party is not Victor Liebermann—his name is Avigdor Lieberman—and the Hezbollah is not a Palestinian organization; it is based in Lebanon.

Eve Fleisher

But Elon is too stuck-up and full of himself. He erred? Never.

So here's his reply:-

As far as I know, Lieberman is known under both names, Avigdor being Hebrew for Victor. Hezbollah may be based in Lebanon but its bombs kill Israelis in Israel.

Well, as far as I know, Lieberman was not and is not known as Victor but his nickname is Ivette (the "I" prounounced, as in Russian, as "ee").

And as for that Pal. bit., that's BS.

a) If a Brit kills Israelis, as in Mike's Place in Tel Aviv, is he Pal.?
b) Just because bombs kill Israelis, it does not have anything to do with "Palestinian" unless, of course, Israelis are Pals. according to Elon (which very well might be his esteemed opinion).

What a peacock (emphasis on last syllable).

P.S. I looked again at Elon's June 22 article and found this sentence there:-

Olmert plans to evacuate within two or three years some 70,000 settlers from the more remote or isolated settlements, leaving the rest— more than 400,000 settlers—where they are.

As far as I know, in order for there to be 400,000 revenants residing in "settlements", the eastern Jerusalem neighborhoods would have to be included. Now, I have always argued that Jews and others who seek to identify with the Arab claim that "settlements" are illegal and must be evacuated, should understand that this includes Ramat Eshkol, the Mt. Scopus campus of Hebrew University, Giloh, etc., etc.

I understand, then, that Elon is a complete concessionist.

Is that why he resides in Italy?

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