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Sundown: A Dispatch from Kerem Shalom

Plus, Romney camp chased by adoring Orthodox wedding party

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• The Times submits a long dispatch from Kibbutz Kerem Shalom, which narrowly missed an attack from Sinai on Sunday night. [NYT]

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ginzy1 says:

The Times’ piece missed the most revealing aspect of the Kerem Shalom story (AC calls that a “long dispatch”? He needs a ruler).

One of the residents of Kerem Shalom was interviewed the other morning on Army Radio’s flagship morning news & public affairs show by their star host Razi Barka’i. Bara’i noted that KS has long been identified with the far left of Israeli politics. In its early days they all voted for the MaPaM socialist / quasi-Stalinist party. When MaPaM was ultimately folded into the far left wing Meretz party, KS’ votes went there. This was a known voting pattern. KS enthusiastically supported Sharon’s destruction of Gush Katif firmly believing that by making Gaza Judenrein, peace would reign in the Gaza “envelope”.

Well as was predicted by the politically incorrect, it hasn’t worked out that way. And so Barka’i asked the KS resident, have the voting patterns changed in the last election? Did the residents still vote lockstep with Meretz or did some venture rightward toward the Labor Party or maybe even Kadima? The answer was not surprising (at least for those of us who live here) — the erstwhile lefty peaceniks of KS were voting well right of Meretz, many for Likud and some even for Lieberman’s Yisrael Beiteinu. In other words, reality had disabused them of their delusions.

It’s not surprising that the NY Times missed this. Jodi Rudoren is a naive neophyte who lacks sufficient knowledge of Israel to even ask the question. And even if she had asked & reported the results the Times would have either ignored it or downplayed it since it doesn’t fit their Israel “frames”. Intellectual honesty is a scarce commodity at Valhalla, much as it is among their Tabletarian sycophants.

Bill Clinton, the J Street jerks & jesters, & others (like AC) who want to push Israel into any agreement with the Pals under the delusion that it peace will reign often point to polls (in the case of J street it’s often their own highly distorted polls carefully designed to elicit the desired results) that a majority of Israelis are willing to accept a two state solution but somehow or another those evil right wingers manage to win elections and form the government.

What these “peace”pushers fail to understand or assiduously ignore is the caveat. Yes most Israelis would probably support separating from the Pals & the establishment of a Palestinian state **IF THEY THOUGHT IT WOULD REALLY BRING PEACE**. But Israelis have been mugged by reality at least since the outbreak of the Oslo Accords War in September 2000 and they don’t trust the Pals or the “international community” (see Syria) or written agreements or Clintonian (his and hers) fantasies or the “peace” community here or in the USA or especially Europe.

And so yes in principle to two states, but not in the foreseeable future. Unless you are a naive fool (yes we have some of those here too). What we in Israel have learned the hard way is that naivete kills.

There are some who understand this (Obama is not one of them). An good example can be found in the WSJ’s recent weekend interview with Marty Peretz, formally of TNR. (see here:

Despite its relevancy to Tablet & its readers, the interview was assiduously ignored here. Not surprised. It doesn’t fit their frame.


Jerusalem / Efrata


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