Thursday, February 28, 2019

Haaretz and Menachem Begin

Those following Israeli politics in an historical perspective are aware of the Hypocrisy Principle.

The Hypocrisy Principle is employed by the Left and what it does is act as a weapon against the Right.  How it works is whenever a current right-of-center nationalist politician is to be criticized, a position, a statement or an action by either Ze'ev Jabotinsky or Menachem Begin is exemplified as the 'proper thing' whereas the current politician is portrayed as in error.  The hypocrisy is that at the time, the very same positions, statements or actions were severely criticized but now, they are held up as a paragon of proper conduct.

An example:

'He's a Crazy Man': Decades Before Netanyahu Welcomed Heirs, Begin Warned of 'Dangerous' Kahane

In a secret meeting with the U.S. ambassador in 1980, former Prime Minister Menachem Begin voiced loathing for the racist rabbi

The context:

...Lewis asked Begin whether he would consider allowing two Palestinian mayors living in the United States to return to the West Bank. The two had been deported because Israel said they were inciting to violence. Begin was vehemently opposed to that idea. And to justify his position, he noted that Israel had also taken steps against Rabbi Meir Kahane, the leader of the Kach party. Begin then told Lewis why he nevertheless used a law he despised against Kahane. “We undertook measures against Rabbi Kahane and his friends,” he said. “Having agreed to his administrative detention I had no peace with myself for days. I believe in due process. The High Court eventually confirmed the legitimacy of our action. But still, it was not easy on my soul. I agreed because he could have brought disaster – not on our people but on Arabs. We had no choice. He is a crazy man. He could have brought on us disaster. He is a dangerous man.”


Dan Kelso said...

Is Lewis, Anthony Lewis. I remember him from the NY Times.
He was as anti Israel as they came.
He made J Street look Pro Israel.

YMedad said...

US Ambassador Sam Lewis

SabaShimon said...

Kahane was correct then (and I said so), and time has proven his thoughts to be correct now. Once proud and sovereign Jews.
No longer on either count.
And no.....we do not behave as a sovereign Jewish nation.....or as a sovereign nation PERIOD.