Friday, February 11, 2005

Netanyahu Attacked by Extremists

The Jerusalem Post reports that Netanyahu was attacked Thursday night -- he's fine, luckily. But what the hell are these right-wing extremists doing chanting, ""The blood of Jews cannot be abandoned, it is forbidden to uproot Jews from their home" (according to Army radio), and thinking these actions will actually help their cause? Thankfully, there was a voice of reason from the opposing camp:

On Friday, the Council of Jewish Settlements in Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip denounced the attack on Netanyahu. According to a statement the council released, "Violence and aggressiveness are not part of our way. Achieving [our] objectives and stopping the disengagement plan can only be done through a decision of the people and a democratic process."

In my mind, this is what differentiates the Jewish community from many in the moderate Muslim community -- we denounce our extremist fringe element, and we don't use the word "but" in that denouncement.


At 9:11 AM, Blogger Gindy said...

This is sad to hear. Israelis can't let itself become like their neighbors. They have to hold themselves to the same standard as all democracies.

At 10:07 AM, Blogger RomanWanderer said...

Of course, some used this as an excuse to attack chabad, saying that the spokesman was being an apologist. Nu, what can you do...

At 10:13 AM, Blogger Esther said...

Yep, Gindy, but at least we denounce this behavior. No Jew in their right mind thinks this was a good thing.

RW, attacking Chabad is horrible. Anyone familiar with the organization should know that is so not their MO.

At 12:43 PM, Blogger patrickafir said...

esther:"...but at least we denounce this behavior. No Jew in their right mind thinks this was a good thing."

Exactly. I think that is the most important point here. Not to excuse what happened to Bibi, but this is the exception to the rule.

At 6:15 PM, Blogger Gindy said...

Esther: Check out Son Spot's blog (bottom of my blogroll). He has both Haloscan and blogger comment.


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