THE VIOLENT RADICALIZATION OF ISRAEL
By Rev. Ted Pike
2 June 10
Israel's PR representative, the Anti-Defamation League, accuses
the political right in western nations of moving toward increased "violent
radicalization." Yet, that description applies best to the behavior
of Israel toward the "Free Gaza" flotilla this past week.
As a result of mounting criticism of Israel's bombardment and quarantine
of Gaza, Israeli leaders now portray Israel's strong critics as potentially
violent terrorist sympathizers and insist that Israel's response be
Last December, Diaspora Foreign Minister Yuli Edelstein said “to
be anti-Israel is to be anti-Semitic.” Foreign minister Avigdor
Lieberman agreed that strong criticism of Israel is anti-Semitism:
cooperation with terrorists who desire the destruction of the Jewish
state. This week Lieberman portrayed the "Free Gaza" flotilla
as "violent propaganda."
Demonization of critics is a beginning that leads Israel to extreme,
unlawful, and—as we see in the slaying of nine peace activists—violent conclusions.
If Israel's critics are potentially violent terrorists, then, according
- No place on earth should be safe for such threats to Israel's existence.
Not Argentina, London, Dubai, or international waters. Israel
continues Jewry's millennia-old claim that they deserve special rights
since Jews are "God's chosen people" and have suffered
more than any other. These rights now include Israel's transcendence
over the national boundaries and international laws that govern other
nations. Israel is above the charge of piracy that would be leveled
against any other nation that stormed and seized a ship in international
waters in peacetime. Israel has the right to blame those who violently
oppose its takeover, being above international law which says crews
who resist pirates are blameless.
- Flotilla members who say they are concerned for the people of Gaza
are really out to destroy Israel. Their ships probably contain
weapons to aid Hamas. The cement and building materials they deliver
are to build bunkers for Hamas. Such "peace activists" have
no interest in the welfare of the Gazans, only their own anti-Semitic
agenda. The flotilla contains only quasi-terrorists on the high seas.
Israel is thus justified, as America's trusted ally in the war on
terror, to board and seize their ships, using whatever possibly violent "counter-terrorism" measures
ADL Brings Israel's Premises to the World
Ominously, the Anti-Defamation League, Israel's PR representative
and official opponent of what it calls the global anti-Semitism "pandemic," is
bringing to the western world the same dire suspicion (even paranoia)
against critics of Israel. Increasingly, ADL and "ADL South," the
Jewish Southern Poverty Law Center, portray critics of Zionism as using
legitimate criticism only as a mask for the same virulent, Jew-destroying
anti-Semitism that spawned the Holocaust. Yet ADL/SPLC are not content
to vilify critics of the Jewish state. Their negative stereotyping
extends to all in the Christian/conservative right who resist secular
Judaism's pro-homosexual, pro-abortion, pro-hate law agenda. That includes
tea partiers, militia groups, and the whole evangelical right, whom
they now portray (in their MIAC Missouri police document) as
potentially violent domestic terrorists. ADL
echoes Israel's justification of its attack on the peace flotilla.
It says the flotilla exists "to lure the Israeli military onto
the ship where many were waiting to attack them. It is deeply disturbing
that the leaders of the flotilla and their sponsors were willing to
engage in an elaborate sham as a pretext for ambushing and violently
attacking Israeli military personnel." (May 31 “ADL Calls
Flotilla to Gaza a Deliberate Provocation against Israel”)
Reality may be provided
by Knesset member Hanin Zoabi (Balad) who
participated in the flotilla. "It was clear from the size of the
force that boarded the ship that the purpose was not only to stop this
sail, but to cause the largest possible number of fatalities in order
to stop such initiatives in the future."
What is really disturbing is the predictable sympathy of evangelical
media to the transparently manipulative ADL/Israeli point of view.
Although leadership of the religious right in America is widely aware
of ADL's boast that it was behind creation and passage of the potentially
Christian-persecuting federal hate crimes bill, evangelical oracle
WorldNetDaily rushes to agree with ADL/Israel in this dispute. Through
WND's Jerusalem-based mouthpiece to Mossad, Aaron Klein, WorldNetDaily
denigrates the "violent Gaza flotilla." It
quotes the government of Israel, saying the peace activists had "clearly prepared their
weapons in advance" in order to attack Israeli commandos.
Thus, it is not just 679 peace activists who were unlawfully attacked
or threatened by Israel as terrorist sympathizers. ADL/Israel views
critical, uncooperative humanity, floating in a sea of increasingly
turbulent doubt and disapproval of Israel, as its enemies. As such,
it is you and I who must also submit and be quiet - or face similar
According to the demonstrated behavior of Israel this week, the whole
world is now subject to its jurisdiction.
Rev. Ted Pike is director of the National Prayer Network, a Christian/conservative
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