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Roadside Rage

An anti-Arab attack in East Jerusalem, and this week’s parasha about Abraham in Sodom

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David Be’eri’s car hitting Palestinain youths in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan on October 8, 2010. (Ilia Yefimovich/AFP/Getty Images)

David Be’eri is a man of action. A career officer in the Israel Defense Forces, in the 1980s he was the deputy commander of Duvdevan, an elite unit dedicated, in large part, to arresting Palestinians by dressing up in Arab garb and infiltrating the alleyways and marketplaces of the West Bank’s villages and towns. On one of his sorties, he visited Silwan, an Arab neighborhood in eastern Jerusalem, adjacent to the Old City. A student of Jewish history, Be’eri knew that the same streets now crowded with old women and small boys were once the site of King David’s palace and, more recently, had housed Jewish families forced to flee when the Jordanians seized eastern Jerusalem. No sooner had he hung up his military-issued kafiyeh than Be’eri took it upon himself to reclaim the ancient land. That the ancient land was teeming with modern life mattered not at all. Duvdevan’s motto, after all, taken from the Book of Proverbs, is Ki be’tachbulut ta’aseh lekha milkhama: by deception shall thou wage war.

Enter the Absentees Property Law: Passed by the Knesset in 1950, it gave the newly minted Jewish state the authority to claim for itself the property of those Arab residents of Palestine who had fled their homes during the war. A masterpiece of creative legislation, the law stated that even if said Arab residents happened to return to their homes after the war and become Israeli citizens, the very act of having fled nullified their right to their property, no matter how well documented. These unfortunates were termed, in the tart language of the law, nokhakhim-nifkadim, or absentees who are present. In a state like Israel, where the greatest natural resource is irony, few thought this law absurd.

Some soon learned how to use it as an engine. In the mid-1980s, with Ariel Sharon presiding over the Ministry of Housing, Be’eri saw his chance. He formed a foundation called Ir David—Hebrew for the City of David—dedicated to promoting Silwan as a destination for Jewish tourism and settlement. Under the auspices of the Absentees Property Law, Be’eri claimed that many of Silwan’s Arab residents qualified as absentees who are present and therefore were not entitled to their homes. Officialdom did little to investigate: Be’eri’s claims were supported without so much as a visit to the actual site. Many families in Silwan, Israeli citizens for decades, were told that the homes that had been theirs for generations weren’t really theirs at all. Incensed, the Arab residents protested loudly. Few in Jewish Jerusalem paid any attention. The state continued to support Be’eri.

And Be’eri, for his part, delivered the goods. In 2008, the last year for which data is available, his foundation succeeded in bringing in more than 450,000 visitors to the historic neighborhood, an astounding number for a country in which the tourism industry, both international and domestic, is struggling. Construction was booming, too: By 2004, more than 50 Jewish families were living in Silwan, nestled in beautiful new homes built by Be’eri and his associates. A year later, the Israeli government announced its decision to demolish 88 homes in the al-Bustan section of Silwan, making room for several other of Be’eri’s projects, including a state park.

To the Israeli Arab residents of the neighborhood, this was a baffling turn. Aware that their property was coveted, they appealed to Jerusalem’s city government to stop the land grab. Nothing, claimed the municipality, could be done without an official proposal. The Arab residents drew one up. The city rejected it. Nothing, it seemed, could be done to stop Be’eri and his men.

Which might not have been so stinging if it weren’t for the fences and the guards. A dedicated soldier, Be’eri surrounded each of his construction projects with walls and entrusted Silwan’s Jewish newcomers to the care of sentinels. Arab kids who played or loitered next to one of the Jewish constructions were told to leave. Arabs began to demonstrate. The police showed up in full force. Anger turned to rage. Rage turned to violence.

Last Friday, David Be’eri and his teenage son were driving down one of the neighborhood’s streets en route to western Jerusalem. A group of boys and men—the youngest 12, the oldest 21—were standing by the side of the road. What happened next isn’t exactly clear. This is: The boys pelted Be’eri’s car with rocks, and Be’eri ran them over. Some were hurt. None were killed.

The incident was captured on camera. Watching the video, it appears that Be’eri is gunning for the kids, swerving to the left and heading straight into the children instead of veering to the right, away from the fusillade. Be’eri has been silent, but, directly after the incident, he told the police that he was hit by a rock first and then, in panic, turned the wheel the wrong way. That may be true, but it is, in one important sense, irrelevant: The real drama of the roadside rundown isn’t the moment—looking like some ghoulish ballet—of collision between car and child; the real drama is everything that has happened for the past four decades to bring Be’eri and his victims to that particular street on that particular day with those specific consequences.

To understand the true scope of the story, we need simply to read press reports of Be’eri’s conduct alongside this week’s parasha. First, the former. Reporting about the case, most of the Israeli media stressed that Be’eri’s life was in danger, and that all things considered—the former officer, noted some pundits, was armed and could have easily stopped and fired at the children rather than simply plowing them down with his car—the incident could have ended with more bloodshed. A day or two after the incident, I called a host of friends and family members in Israel and asked them about Be’eri. A good guy, most of them said, a decorated soldier, an educator, a benefactor of Jerusalem. So, he ran over some kids. So, what? You would’ve done the exact same thing if you’d been in his place, pelted with rocks with your son by your side.

No one seemed concerned with Be’eri’s background, with his tireless work to deprive families of their homes, with his imperious conduct in Silwan, with his penchant for Kafkaesque legal loopholes. His life, they seemed to suggest, was much like the incident itself: Given the circumstances, there was little else he could have done but trick and take, fight and win. There was no other way.

But there is. There has always been. It’s detailed in this week’s parasha, as Abraham, a truly courageous Jewish hero, grapples with God. The Almighty is fixing to strike down Sodom; Abraham is moved. What, he asks God, if there were 50 righteous men in the wicked city? Would you spare the rest for the sake of 50? The Lord agrees, and Abraham, emboldened, continues to plead: Would 45 do? Would 20? Would 10? At every turn, God is moved by Abraham’s outburst of mercy to spare Sodom his wrath.

In a book as momentous as the Bible, there are few moments more profound than this. By taking a principled stand, Abraham enters into what the philosopher Susan Neiman has called resolute universalism. “The Abraham who risked God’s wrath to argue for the lives of unknown innocents,” she writes, “is the kind of man who would face down injustice anywhere.”

It is never a good idea to compare any living man to the patriarchs. We all fall short of Abraham, of Moses, of Isaiah. But it is our duty to continue and strive to lead our lives according to the examples these men had set for us. Abraham, seeing strangers—evil strangers, sinners the lot of them—was willing to take the Creator to task to try and spare their lives. Be’eri travels on the opposite side of mercy. For him, the strangers in his path are targets, rivals, foes, fit for conquest but not for compassion.

Which one of these men we choose to emulate is a matter of our own conscience. Israel, it seems, has already made its choice. After the incident, the Israeli police briefly questioned Be’eri and then let him go. An indictment was drawn up against the oldest of the rock throwers.

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Hummmm….It’s funny. Abraham did not judge the people of Sodom but here we have no problem judging Be’eri. Also Abraham did not live in “rocket range” of Sodom. I think we need to be a little more even handed in coverage of these news articles.


Happy and Proud says:

Is Tablet a Jewish or an anti-Jewish magazine? There are so many inaccuracies and downright untruths in this essay it’s hard to know where to begin. To take the most obvious, the use of the words “anti-Arab attack” in the headline is a complete lie; it is apparent from the video (and confirmed even by most anti-Israel journalists) that the car carrying Be’eri and his child, which was was being stoned, was surrounded by the (true) attackers. The reason the Arab youth was hit was because he was running towards the car with a rock in his hand, apparently intent on smashing into the windshield. The youth was not “run over”, he was hit by the car – again, look at the video. Do you see anyone being run over? I don’t, and I have watched it many, many times.

None of the stone-throwers were hurt in the incident, and the only report indicating that was corrected by the hospital almost immediately. The teenager who was hit did not even want to go to the hospital – you can see him being manhandled into a car on the video – and was released almost immediately. Why is the author making up lies?

Re the Absentee Property Law – I don’t have time to go into all of the writer’s distortions and re-writing of history, but suffice to say that the author’s own words contradicts what he claims. Liebovitz claims that the law was “soon” used as an “engine” to recover land occupied by Jordan for 19 years, but the only example he gives occurred 35 years after the law was passed! The entire article is filled with these types of mistakes and contradictions.

I am disgusted that Tablet would publish this trash. But I guess I don’t need to worry about reading anything like it in the future, as I don’t plan to visit this site again.

Here’s the full footage behind the sensationalist clip.
Sadly, Truth travels slower than Lies.

I find that The Tablet is getting mighty close to echoing the crap of Hamas and the rest of the band of anti-Israeli propagandists in the guise of Liel Leibovitz.

This incident was a set up and has been shown to be such as the reporters were waiting with the Palestinian kids to record the stoning of Israeli vehicles. To assume that this man and his son were gunning for the boys is sick and yellow journalism.

I had really hoped that the Tablet would rise above a rag sheet for the left-wing that has nothing better to do than express their personal frustrations and anger at anything Jewish and Israeli.

But once again in the name of equal time and equal BS, Liel gets a forum for his warped mentality and too much time on his hands.

I am no supporter of the right in our country but this smells like a hatchet job.

Criticism is one thing but this piece is over the line. I want my subscription back. I will never credit the Tablet for any news items again. I think it time to say so on our site and unsubscribe.

Well, I am not surprised (but saddened) that Tablet would print such an absolute pile of complete rubbish. But a quick perusal of Liebowitz’s other missives clearly show that her “writing” capabilities are no different than the ones displayed in this article with this article- nothing but a pack of lies. This represents dishonesty at its purest form wrapped in journalistic garb.

Esther says:

I am shocked and saddened to see that Tablet has embraced anti-Semitic views. I will never look at another story posted within this site without complete skepticism of its intent.
Leah, thank you for posting the link to

Wow…did you watch the same video I did?

Be’eri swerved to avoid one attacker and the one he hit was running towards the car as it hit him. They smashed his rear windshield with those innocent little stones.

And are you honestly saying he should have gotten out of the car and started shooting? If he had, what would this little essay have looked like?

If you want to write stupid comparisons between Abraham (who in last week’s parasha fought a successful war) and Israel, fine. But you do not have the right to lie about what happened, and Tablet should issue a correction.

Thank you for posting that video. This type of article makes me wonder if this website is funded by George Soros or possibly AlJazera. In any case the Torah (and more recent history) has shown us too often what happens when we act on misplaced sympathy. I sincerely hope that Liel and other writers on this website wake up before history repeats itself.


The Mohammad Al Dura Video

Check out the CAMERA website.

Today’s “well poisoning” and Host – wafer desecration big lies are skillfully choreographed documented by trained videographers and set into history by this reporter

Liel Leibovitz did you write this article after an all nighter of video games and coffee???

Where is your objectivity? Disregarding everything that happened just look at the number of camera people there? This was obviously a trap. I don’t know anything about David Be’eri. I will gladly follow up and try to learn as much as I can about David Be’eri now.

I’m not sure if I would have even slowed down given the circumstances of this attack.

One more question Liel. Would you have stopped your car? Would you step out of the car to check on the boy while the remaining savages threw rocks at you and your son? I hope this never happens to you. Liel, it’s not that difficult to put yourself in David Be’eri shoes.

You are guilty of the same crap our News Media in the USA. Misguided and misinformation. With no disregard about accuracy. Fair and balanced are not important to them, nor to you Liel!!! Disappointing article.

I’m a loyal Tablet reader, but find this article absurd. One does not have to have any sympathy for Mr. Be’eri’s politics or ideology to think that he was the victim of a violent attack and media trap.

It’s really just that simple.

The attack was not a necessary result of Be’eri’s actions over the past few decades in Ir David. Rather, rather it was a targeted lynching with a political message. For once, I am proud to say that I agree with Be’eri.

Thank you, Tablet, and Leib for publishing this excellent article. Not sure what to say to the usual right-wing responses, but the article — and the parsha — speak their own truth.

I’d add one more bit from Vayera — Avraham’s treaty with Avimelech. It’s a beautiful story. Avimelech wants to make a treaty with Avraham, but Avraham has some bones to pick with him. Does Avraham say, no, I can’t negotiate with such a treacherous partner? No, he FIRST agrees to make the treaty, and only after that does he raise his issues. Would that we could emulate him today — decide first to make peace, and then we can work out the issues.

Sorry, I got the name wrong — it’s thank you Liel.

I think that Messrs Liebowitz and Gelles ought to learn Chumash appropriately before drawing out lessons and applying it to contemporary politics or this vicious piece. Jacob knew who he was dealing with…as did Isaac and Abraham before him (and moses and Joshua, etc etc. after him).

Happy and Proud is “disgusted” and accuses Tablet of being “anti-jewish”?
Leah shows us a video celebrating David Beri, or Barry (?) as a man who works to restore “jewish land” to its owners?
Well, how about some sanity here? – Does “Happy and Proud” really think Tablet could be “anti-Jewish”? the question smacks of the “fifth column” syndrom that starts looking for “traitors” in your midst, a prelude to agression among any group and characteristic of the witch hunt organised by our extremists against those among us who still try to defend humanism and solidarity with the weak as core values in our jewish existence on this planet.
What is he so “happy and proud” about anyway? “Leah” here contributes: jews like David Beri are heroes. Why? – Because they are ready to do the “dirty work” of “reclaiming the land” by any means? Whatever the clever argumentation of “Happy” in defense of the israeli laws used to reappropriate land in Jerusalem, -they are Kafkaesque by any judgement, -absurd and designed to favor the reappropriation of land by Jews in that city. Noone even tried to defend Liel L’s attack on the Kafkaesque wording by our jewish authorities.

People like “Happy and Proud” and “leah”, and there are many of them in today’s Israel, ruin our spiritual heritage as defenders of justice and empowerers of the persecuted, a hope that was alive when the state was founded out of the ashes of the Holocaust, and the kind of image all those proud of our heritage want to bequeath our children. It is time people among us stand up against this outrage.
Liel Leibowitz talked about Abrahams’ insistenence to defend even the wicked- no one reacted to that role model. Because surely we all agree that that is a better hero than the “happy and prouds” or the “Leah’s” of the world.

I agree Marc. The problem w/ cherry picking the torah (especially w/ a personal agenda) is it always leads to bias conclusions. If you look at the WHOLE STORY about Abraham defending Sodom you will realize that G-d by spectacularly destroying Sodom subtly tells Abraham just how evil the people he was defending were.

Jerome says:

Since when are Jews who voice opinions that clash with the right wing opinions, or even the opinion held by the majority anti-jewish, anti-semetic, traitors or fifth columnists. As a strong supporter of a democratic Israel and a Jew who values open discourse, I find the response to this article, and other articles that dissent from the right-wing doctrinaire opinion disturbing. Such vehement hatred and disgust does not bode well for democracy in Israel.

” I find the response to this article, and other articles that dissent from the right-wing doctrinaire opinion disturbing. Such vehement hatred and disgust does not bode well for democracy in Israel.”

I also do not feel that vitriolic responses are appropriate however to a attribute them exclusively to conservative opinions is bias.

Jerome says:

To Aliza,
Where are the liberal zionist/jewish opinions that call those commenters traitors, self-hating jews, etc.? I have no problem with others stating their opinions, but I am not questioning the sincerity of their belief in the importance of preserving Israel. From my perspective, the reflexive seemingly tribal response that I see reflected in the majority of these responses and the majority of similar postings do not reflect a constructive approach or attitude that will ensure to Israel’s long term survival.

Hi Jerome,

Do you feel that I am a reflexive, tribal, reactionary? I am also an Orthodox Jew and I do not agree w/ the bile that comes forth FROM BOTH SIDES of this issue. The truth is that there are rabid responses on both sides of the aisle. Pointing fingers and saying that this represents what the majority thinks on either side of the fence is not realistic. Most of my Orthodox friends don’t agree with the rhetoric either but they don’t have time (try getting anything done wrangling a pile of 5 to 15 year olds!) or the verbose character to post on the internet.


rachel says:

I am sure that many of your replies suggesting that your magazine is publishing trash are from people who don’t even live in Israel.It is very east to say what is right when one is sitting in his living room in America. Jews and Israelis must not forget what happened to us Holocaust. Are we no doing something similar to the Palestinian people

hi aliza:

I am sorry, but the bile comes out mostly from the right wing side of the debate.
and if most of your orthodox friends don’t agree with the tone of your quasi-representatives but are too overburdened by raising all those children, that may be sweet behaviour,
but hardly adequate to the situation.
Religious settlers are tearing out olive trees, anti-nazis talk like nazis, nobody on the right seems to check their own integrity- there is an alarming situation here: That tone, has implications and consequences, and it threatens the substance of our identity, the stuff we want to bequeath to all those kids you are struggling with.
-at least that is what i think

Marian says:

Thanks to the author for being brave enough to bring Torah into today’s life. If we can’t tell our brother that he’s stepped off the path, we certainly have no right to complain about our neighbor when he does the same.

Shmuel says:

Liel’s articles are really below the level of everything else I read in Tablet. It is too bad. This article is filled with so many inaccuracies – so many of which have already been discussed in the media. And yet, Liel just blathers on as if this is fact & not (at least) disputed.

To me it seems Liel has got a good thing going – building a writing career bashing Israel. And Tablet – well, I guess Liel may be seen as a draw. Too bad.

Irv Mermelstein says:

Adieu, Tablet. This site had a lot of promise when it started. It looked like something fresh. Its address, it turns out, is on the left side of J Street.

Good Shabbos to all.

nikihanna says:

Thank you so much for your even-handed reporting and contextual commentary. I would not continue to read Tablet (especially the biased, ignorant comments after articles) if it were not for your and Marjorie Ingall’s pieces. Thank you for your courage and your support for a democratic Israel.

Let’s try to sort this thing impassionedly.

Was this an ambush? Obviously. There are several cameras ready in a turn in the road.

Did the car swerve toward the youth? Apparently yes.

Was the life of the people inside the car in danger? Likely.

Were the car windows and/or windshield smashed? They were hit, but apparently did not break.

Did the car run over the kids? No, it honked, stopped after hitting the boy, and then, once pelted with more stones, continued on.

Is Mr. Be’ery a hero or a villain? Well, that’s depends on your perspective.

Was this yet another crude Palestinian dramatization eagerly consumed but mess media? Yes.

Is the Bible a book of wisdom? Yes.

Is the bible a humanistic and pacifist text? Are you kidding? (Forget Abraham, who was ready to sacrifice his only son to God, how about – more to the point – the prophet Elisha, who, being taunted by children over his bald head (not pelted with stones), calls up two bears from the forest to “tear” forty two of them!)

Does the state of Israel use law and bureaucracy (Kafkaesque or whatever) in order to make Jerusalem more Jewish and less Arab? You bet.

Do the Arabs push out Jews when they can? All Arab state has ethnically cleanse Jews completely form their lands (including Iraq, Syria, Iran, Egypt Morocco, Libya, etc., as well as east Jerusalem and the entire West Bank and Gaza, while occupied by Jordan, Egypt or Hamas), often without any need to recourse to law and bureaucracy (Kafkaesque or not).

Should New York Jews, living in safety and comfort (in Brooklyn), be chastising on moral grounds Jews in Israel who are in state of struggle? I don’t think so.

Shalom Freedman says:

This article is misleading in many different ways.
I will point out one. The presumption that the incident occurred in what had been until now a placid Arab neighborhood of Jerusalem. It was not placid for the convoy of doctors and nurses on their way to Mt.Scopus murdered there over sixty years in the stages preliminary to Israel’s War of Independence.
I would also add that I am surprised that ‘Tablet’ an allegedly Jewish journal publishes this piece which demonizes Jews.

“I am sorry, but the bile comes out mostly from the right wing side of the debate.”

Can you prove this statement? In any case I see you quite religious about your view perhaps even more than myself. I guess I need to grow in emunah to completely blind myself to facts, like the video we just saw.


hello one last time aliza,

-its not about the video. wether staged or not. liel leibowitz’s article went on to bemoan our general loss of moral integrity within the political system in relation to the politics of the enlargement and jewish settlement of jerusalem,as examplified by a man like Beri, Be’eri or Barry (whatever the name).
-it is the tone of the reactions on his articles that is a tone so typical of the right wing. Not only our own right-wing, but the right wing in whatever country- including, certainly, Austria or Germany.
– not realizing how they sound is what is most striking about these reactions, and if you want “proof”, just count the comments agains l. leibowitz, replace the words “liel” or “leibowitz” by “a jew”, mark the comments that seem anti-semitic/ offensive, and then count them against agressive left-wing articles ( you are welcome to include my own if you so want). there is your anecdotal “proof” right there.
– about my being religious- maybe, but mostly I am outraged at a world where the Neo-Nazi Vlaamse block organizes patrols in Antwerp to “protect their jewish co-citizens from the Islamic danger” , and Jews don’t even see that something must be wrong in a world where Neo-Nazis feel we are there natural allies (see also the Dutch MP Geert Wilders statements on Israel)

VHJM van Neerven says:

Dear Mr. Leibovitz

I find the tale of Abraham arguing with the Lord one of the most compelling of our Bible together with the Book Job.

At least twice the Bible tells us, that our Lord is not always right and, even more importantly, that he is willing to listen to protest and change his mind accordingly. Every argument against haSjem points to haSjem: Is this really what You want? Do You really want us to hold You high if you do this?
And the Lord relents, for His mercy is with all His creation and His wisdom beyond its bounds.

Relentless are most of the commentators here. Once taken a position, no matter how emotional, disturbed or ill-informed, they will stick to it, no matter what. I suppose it’s an American machismo shining through; ‘sticking to your guns,’ ‘a man’s got to do what a man’s got to do’ and all that.
But the Lord relents, for His mercy is with all His creation and His wisdom beyond its bounds.

Mr. Leibovitz, I love your courage to make every week’s parasja speak to the modern world.
You certainly speak to me. I collect your writings on the subject, peruse them ever so often and distribute the best (per link, of course).
The above is one of your best.
But I will post no link anywhere, for most comments put us all to shame.

“Amsterdam cries where once it was laughing – one hears no longer the ‘Mazzel and Broche'” – nor “”Hob mitlaid, hob rachmones,” I have to add. Rachmones and the courage to ask for it, even from little human lordships, will bring back mazzel and broche, especially if the lordships gather the courage to show some compassion. They have their example:
The Lord relents, for His mercy is with all His creation and His wisdom beyond its bounds.

This I believe and you, dear Leil, you help me keep my faith. I thank you. Be blessed.

יְבָרֶכְךָ יְהוָה, וְיִשְׁמְרֶךָ
יָאֵר יְהוָה פָּנָיו אֵלֶיךָ, וִיחֻנֶּךָּ
יִשָּׂא יְהוָה פָּנָיו אֵלֶיךָ, וְיָשֵׂם לְךָ שָׁלוֹם


“- not realizing how they sound is what is most striking about these reactions, and if you want “proof”, just count the comments agains l. leibowitz, replace the words “liel” or “leibowitz” by “a jew”, mark the comments that seem anti-semitic/ offensive, and then count them against agressive left-wing articles ( you are welcome to include my own if you so want). there is your anecdotal “proof” right there.”

Anecdotes are nor proof and your insistence that the “right wing” is the only vitriolic voices in this issue is discriminatory and closed minded. To paint all liberal minded individuals as kind and all “right wing” minded individuals as rabid, offensive and racist is not only unfairly bias, it is not realistic. And this is my last post on this issue also. I truly hope that people are not lulled into the complacency that comes from those rosy sunglasses called political correctness. There are those that have no problem twisting the truth into pretzels to fit into their own perspective and to pigeon hole anyone who does agree with them as a fascist, racist, or any other label that lower their esteem in the eyes of others.


Carrie says:

Is the title of this article for real? A guy avoids an ambush meant to murder him and the Tablet considers this an “anti-Arab attack” and “road rage???”

I’m not a religious person by any means but I thought the Torah tells us that the most important thing is to save a life, but perhaps the authors of this website feel the driver should’ve just let the hooligans stone him to death..

“-its not about the video. wether staged or not. liel leibowitz’s article went on to bemoan our general loss of moral integrity within the political system in relation to the politics of the enlargement and jewish settlement of jerusalem,as examplified by a man like Beri, Be’eri or Barry (whatever the name).”

Yes, very typical leftist attitude towards the facts. The video? The alleged criminal’s name? Who cares as long as I believe I’m right.

Happy and Proud says:

@self loathing and fascist Jew,
Do you have anything to say about what I actually wrote, or is the only purpose of your comment to attack me and others? You don’t have anything to say about the inaccuracies I pointed out – presumably because you know that what I wrote was true. Instead of discussing what actually happened, attack the motives and politics of those who disagree with you. That’s not discourse, it’s a tantrum.

It’s interesting that you think you can read the minds of people you’ve never met and can somehow tell what they think. Usually I wouldn’t bother to respond to such idiocy, but your comment stands out as a particularly virulent version of common anti-Israel sentiment.

I can’t decide whether you are just a sad case or seriously need help. Probably both.

Leah, thank you for the link to the complete video. You must be one of those rare responsible people who research — respect, but inspect.
Leibovitz’s rant was, relative to the whole picture, egrejewous.

Abraham did go to war for his nephew Lot. David did go to war for numerous events. Moses even had priests cut down brothers. When action needs taken on any front it is admirable to observe those who act.

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