Déjà vu in Israel

Like many people who live in Israel, I have various thoughts concerning the ongoing social protests. While most revolve around the moral and economic aspects (see “Reflections on the Protests”), the one question that remains unanswered is “Who is providing the massive organizational and logistical support, as well as the enormous funding, for the ongoing protests throughout the country?” These things don’t just “happen” without lots and lots of help.

Moreover, the warm embrace of the protestors by the predominantly left-wing Israeli media, the same media which vilified many of the protestors of the Gaza Disengagement a few years back, makes the whole thing appear a bit suspicious. This does not mean to suggest that there isn’t a problem in Israel, since there is. However, the unanswered questions and the support of the media simply strengthen the feeling that there is more to this than meets the eye.

It appears that some of the details are finally coming to light. According to a lengthy investigative report from Kalman Libeskind, a well-known Israeli journalist who writes for the Maariv newspaper, the protest movements were planned back in March by Democratic Party strategist Stanley Greenberg together with similar left-leaning Israeli counterparts in order to remove the Israeli right from power.

This group, the same bunch that helped bring Ehud Barak to power in place of Benjamin Netanyahu back in 1999, realized that on a platform of security, always the hottest election issue in Israel, the Israeli political left simply has no chance of replacing the right. Nearly twenty years of the Oslo process and the naïve attempts of land for peace have exposed the policies of the left as nothing less than disastrous.

Thus, another way was needed to replace the right in order to more easily advance the suicidal policies of the left. In such an environment, frustration throughout the country with the continually rising cost of living provided the way.

Hence the protest movement, according to Libeskind’s report, is merely a ploy to enable the creation of a new political party that will allegedly focus on social issues. Moreover, benefiting from the broad support for the protests, this new party will be positioned to take over the reigns of power. Once there, the real plan will be set in motion, namely to expedite the creation of a Palestinian state in Judea and Samaria.

Assuming that Libeskind is correct, the question is “Will Israeli’s be fooled again?” Back in 1999 the country bought into the “One Israel” campaign, a message that appeared to generate hope, and in doing so brought Ehud Barak to power. Barak in turn tried to quickly implement all the dreams of the left – a Palestinian state in 95% of Judea-Samaria-Gaza, the return of nearly the entire Golan Heights to Syria, the swift removal of Israeli troops from Southern Lebanon – and in doing so planted the seeds for the deadly second intifada and all the events since.

History is repeating itself. Let’s just hope that Israelis have learned a lesson.

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3 Responses to Déjà vu in Israel

  1. Canadian Otter says:

    A very important issue is how the USA and EU continue to practice shameless meddling and regime change in the Middle East.

    There are foreign consulates in Israel that keep tabs on every policy planned or enacted by the Israeli govt so as to redirect them according to their agendas. They also appear to operate as bases for supporting Arab demands for more Jewish territory – an obvious diplomatic sin that the Israeli govt does not seem to mind.

    Some media have exposed how the Arab Spring was planned, financed and armed earlier this year by US-EU govt operatives. Nothing spontaneous about it. There is a plan to destabilize the ME, to effect regime change everywhere, and to grab as much ME oil and riches as possible.

    In the case of Israel, the plan is of course to partition and eventually to dismantle the country as a Jewish state.

    The Israeli Spring is part of the same overall plan that has empowered the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and Al Qaeda in Libya. “Democratic” leaders in Egypt and Libya, for example, have long resumes as extremists who have either engaged in violence against the West and/or denounced democratic principles. But in the bizarre world of US-EU Middle East politics, all logic and evidence is thrown to the side and replaced by the Western fantasy script called “Arab Spring” – already becoming a horror script as Black Africans are being slaughtered by rebels in Libya.

  2. Naftush says:

    Mr. Meltzer’s service in tracing the origins of the protest movement is factual and important but would gain more importance if it acknowledged two additional facts: (1) Greenberg’s gambit was preceded by the “cottage-cheese uprising,” precipitated by an ultra-Orthodox Jew (no client of NIF) on Facebook, and (2) the country has major social distortions that demand corrective action. I am ill at ease with articles that sign off after impugning the organizers’ motives, even if accurately, without addressing these points.

    • Yoel Meltzer says:

      Thank you for your comments Naftush. As I mentioned in the article, the investigative report was done by Maariv’s Kalman Libeskind so he deserves all the credit. If you read Hebrew you should read the original article (“זו המחאה הספונטנית הכי מתוכננת שראיתם” – the link is http://www.nrg.co.il/app/index.php?do=blog&encr_id=79974780b5e0d394fddbd1a00f4f21d3&id=2804).

      Regarding the cottage cheese uprising, this was in June while according to Libeskind the planning by Greenberg and friends began in March. Thus there’s no problem with the timing. Obviously there’s no way of knowing whether the cottage cheese uprising was part of the plan but it really doesn’t matter either way (nor does it matter that the man was an ultra-Orthodox Jew). Bottom line, the article by Libeskind is very convincing and it certainly answers a lot of questions.

      Regarding the major problems in the country, no one is suggesting that they don’t exist. Of course there are various thoughts as to what are the underlying reasons for the problems and how they should be addressed (this was part of what I wrote about in “Reflections on the Protests”). But the fact that there are real problems only strengthens Libeskind’s claim! Without such problems, or more correctly without the opportunity to use these problems for political gain, the left has no chance of regaining power in this country (at least in the foreseeable future).


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