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Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu yesterday responded to a video by former ‘Amona settler Avihai Boaron, who praised Netanyahu for building ‘Amona land thieves a new settlement, by thanking him and promising to visit.

Part and parcel of the job of the most settler-friendly PM ever, you would think. Particularly one who is unusually sensitive to the idea of losing face with the “base.”

But Boaron isn’t your garden-variety settler leader. He has made genocidal statements. In 2011 Boaron attacked so-called moderate rabbis, who had opposed a “rabbis’ letter.” That letter was a call, signed by 300 rabbis, demanding Jews refrain from selling or renting houses or apartments to non-Jews. Boaron published his attack in the 117th volume of the Sabbath newszine Ma’ayanei Ha’yeshua, in January 2011– unsigned, but he did not deny writing it later – and claimed the moderate rabbis

“are clerks, who don’t want to rock the boat, who say ‘this isn’t the halacha [law], precisely,’ […] rabbis, in short, whose bread and water is political correctness […] One wonders whether they will leave the concentrating of ‘Amalekites in death camps to others, or will they rule that the wiping out of ‘Amalek is no longer relevant. Time will tell.” [My emphasis].

The ‘Amalekites are a mystical people, mentioned in the Bible and in the Talmud but not elsewhere, who are held in the Talmud to be the antithesis to Jews, a people dedicated to the destruction of the Jewish God and his people. Various nations were considered to be the modern ‘Amalek over the years. Germans became a prominent choice after the Holocaust, but before it the Romans were considered to have filled the bill, and for reasons beyond human ken, many rabbis thought the Armenians were ‘Amalekites. In contemporary Israeli Jewish parlance, however, ‘Amalekites is generally a code-word for Palestinians, who are seen as preventing the divine plan of rebuilding a temple in Jerusalem by their very presence. ‘Amalekites, of course, are destined for a genocide, hence the reference to death camps.

Boaron was editor of the newszine at the time, and in charge of editorials. The editorial caused some outrage back in 2011, and Boaron never denied or distanced itself from it. Then in 2015, a blogger named Rav Tzair (“a young rabbi”) exposed Boaron as the writer. At that time, the country was gearing up for elections, and I was surprised to find out Boaron was a candidate in the Jewish Home party, albeit in the unrealistic 19th slot. I rang up Boaron, and we had a stormy short conversation, in which I asked him to deny his writing of the article and he, refusing, shouted that I was “trying to destroy [Naftali] Bennett” and cut off the conversation. Bennett is the leader of the Jewish Home party.

As Boaron rose to prominence during the ‘Amona crisis–the evacuation last year of 42 families from an outpost ruled to be on Palestinian-owned land, which almost brought about the fall of the government– he met several times with Netanyahu and his senior aides. The Israeli media studiously ignored his 2011 article.

Yesterday Netanyahu shared a video message from Boaron, originally made on Boaron’s page, which said Netanyahu “promised and delivered” a new settlement to replace ‘Amona. Netanyahu wrote:

“Thanks to Avihai Boaron and all of the dear residents of ‘Amihai [name of the new settlement]. Of course we’d drop by and visit. Shabbat Shalom to all the people of Israel!”

Just as the writers of Torat HaM’elekh, the manual for gentile-killing, were not indicted a few years ago, so Boaron had no problem climbing up despite fantasizing publicly about a genocide and attacking rabbis who would shirk their duty and refuse to participate.

A Palestinian genocide is on the acceptable menu in Israeli thought. Just make sure you use the correct code-words, right? Don’t embarrass the hasbara people.

Yossi Gurvitz
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  1. Citizen
    Citizen
    April 14, 2018, 10:57 am

    Geez, I wasn’t depressed enough when I awoke to the latest news today…

    • RoHa
      RoHa
      April 14, 2018, 9:39 pm

      You probably still aren’t depressed enough. But keep reading the news, and you will be.

  2. Ossinev
    Ossinev
    April 14, 2018, 12:53 pm

    So as suspected a “nation” peppered with genocidal maniacs and their supporters. Has a familiar ring to it ?

  3. JLewisDickerson
    JLewisDickerson
    April 15, 2018, 4:51 am

    RE: One wonders whether they will leave the concentrating of ‘Amalekites in death camps to others, or will they rule that the wiping out of ‘Amalek is no longer relevant. Time will tell.” ~ nutty, far-right settler Avihai Boaron

    REGARDING BIBI NETANYAHU, JEFFREY GOLDBERG AND THE AMALEKITES, SEE
    “When Netanyahu described Iran as Amalek — read, Hitler– NYT passed this along as rational thinking” | By Philip Weiss on May 1, 2012

    {EXCERPT] Yesterday I pointed out that Israel advocacy is so embedded in American public life, and the concern for Israel’s survival is taken as such a solemn charge by the media, that it requires Israeli establishment critics speaking out for our media to cotton to the idea that Netanyahu is feverish and irresponsible. Specifically, it has required former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert saying that he doesn’t trust Netanyahu on the Iran issue, and former Shin Bet chief Yuval Diskin describing Netanyahu and Defense Minister Barak as “messianic” to give American media permission to openly question Netanyahu’s judgment.

    Well, American critics have been telling us this about Netanyahu for years; and they have been ignored, while the hysterics have been privileged, c.f. this cover story in the Times in January. Even President Obama’s warning about “loose talk” of war has had less effect than the Israelis speaking out.

    Here is another landmark in the American media’s passive acceptance of Israeli messianism: a huge 2009 op-ed in the New York Times, written by Jeffrey Goldberg, rationalizing Netanyahu’s extremism as a reasonable response to the next Hitler arising in Iran.

    At the time, Dan Luban at Lobelog called Goldberg out as a zealot– but who paid attention? Luban spoke out at a small news service, while Goldberg had the pages of the New York Times to promote hysteria about the next holocaust.

    First, Goldberg excerpts (Hitler boldface is mine):

    I recently asked one of his advisers to gauge for me the depth of Mr. Netanyahu’s anxiety about Iran. His answer: “Think Amalek.”

    “Amalek,” in essence, is Hebrew for “existential threat.” Tradition holds that the Amalekites are the undying enemy of the Jews. They appear in Deuteronomy, attacking the rear columns of the Israelites on their escape from Egypt. The rabbis teach that successive generations of Jews have been forced to confront the Amalekites: Nebuchadnezzar, the Crusaders, Torquemada, Hitler and Stalin are all manifestations of Amalek’s malevolent spirit.

    If Iran’s nuclear program is, metaphorically, Amalek’s arsenal, then an Israeli prime minister is bound by Jewish history to seek its destruction, regardless of what his allies think…

    there should be little doubt that, by the end of this year [2009], if no progress is made, Mr. Netanyahu will seriously consider attacking Iran. His military advisers tell me they believe an attack, even an attack conducted without American help or permission, would have a reasonably high chance of setting back the Iranian program for two to five years.

    …When I visited recently with [Israeli President Shimon] Peres, who is now Israel’s president, I asked him if there is a chance that his country has over-learned the lessons of Jewish history. He answered, “If we have to make a mistake of overreaction or underreaction, I think I prefer the overreaction.”

    Goldberg brags a lot about his access there. But Netanyahu didn’t attack in 2009. So much for that alarmism. And Netanyahu doesn’t even represent the Israeli establishment. Diskin, and Olmert, and now Livni prove that.

    Here is Dan Luban deconstructing Goldberg in 2009 as someone trying to make nuclear war acceptable . . .

    CONTINUED AT – http://mondoweiss.net/2012/05/when-netanyahu-described-iran-as-amalek-read-hitler-nyt-passed-this-along-as-rational-thinking/

    • JLewisDickerson
      JLewisDickerson
      April 15, 2018, 5:30 am

      P.S. MORE OF JEFFREY GOLDBERG’S SICK, TWISTED, APOCALYPTIC WAHHABISM:
      Saudi Crown Prince: Iran’s Supreme Leader ‘Makes Hitler Look Good’
      In a wide-ranging conversation, Prince Mohammed bin Salman also recognized the Jewish people’s right to “their own land.”
      BY JEFFREY GOLDBERG | The Atlantic | April 2, 2018

      [EXCERPTS] . . . Prince Mohammed (who is known widely by his initials, MbS) seemed eager to download his heterodoxical, contentious views on a number of subjects—on women’s rights (he appears doubtful about the laws that force Saudi women to travel with male relatives); on Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, who is, in the prince’s mind, worse than Hitler; and on Israel. He told me he recognizes the right of the Jewish people to have a nation-state of their own next to a Palestinian state; no Arab leader has ever acknowledged such a right. . .

      ✂ ✂ ✂ ✂ ✂ ✂ ✂ ✂ ✂ ✂ ✂ ✂ ✂ ✂ ✂ ✂ ✂ ✂ ✂

      . . . The prince, in my conversation with him, divided the Middle East into two warring camps: what he called the “triangle of evil,” consisting of Iran, the Muslim Brotherhood, and Sunni terror groups; and an alliance of self-described moderate states that includes Jordan, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Oman. About his bête noir, the Iranian supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Prince Mohammed said, “I believe the Iranian supreme leader makes Hitler look good. Hitler didn’t do what the supreme leader is trying to do. Hitler tried to conquer Europe. … The supreme leader is trying to conquer the world.”

      Another key—though sub rosa—member of Prince Mohammed’s alliance is Israel, a country about which Prince Mohammed did not have a bad word to say. In fact, when I asked him whether he believed the Jewish people have a right to a nation-state in at least part of their ancestral homeland, he said: “I believe that each people, anywhere, has a right to live in their peaceful nation. I believe the Palestinians and the Israelis have the right to have their own land.” . . .

      ✂ ✂ ✂ ✂ ✂ ✂ ✂ ✂ ✂ ✂ ✂ ✂ ✂ ✂ ✂ ✂ ✂ ✂ ✂

      ♦ Goldberg: You think you’ll ever be friendly again with Qatar?

      ● MbS: It has to happen, one day. We hope they learn fast. It depends on them.

      Goldberg: You speak extraordinarily bluntly about Iran and its ideology. You’ve even equated the supreme leader to Hitler. What makes him a Hitler? Hitler is the worst thing you can be.

      MbS: I believe that the Iranian supreme leader makes Hitler look good.

      ♦ Goldberg: Really? [“REALLY” IS THE EXTENT OF ANY PUSHBACK FROM GOLBBERG TO MBS’s NOTION THAT KHAMENEI IS “WORSE THAN HITLER” (AND, BY OBVIOUS IMPLICATION, THE HOLOCAUST) – J.L.D.]

      ● MbS: Hitler didn’t do what the supreme leader is trying to do. Hitler tried to conquer Europe. This is bad.

      ♦ Goldberg: Yes, very bad.

      ● MbS: But the supreme leader is trying to conquer the world. He believes he owns the world. They are both evil guys. He is the Hitler of the Middle East. In the 1920s and 1930s, no one saw Hitler as a danger. Only a few people. Until it happened. We don’t want to see what happened in Europe happen in the Middle East. We want to stop this through political moves, economic moves, intelligence moves. We want to avoid war.

      ♦ Goldberg: Is the problem in your mind religious?

      ● MbS: As I told you, the Shiites are living normally in Saudi Arabia. We have no problem with the Shiites. We have a problem with the ideology of the Iranian regime. Our problem is, we don’t think they have the right to interfere with our affairs.

      [NOTICE HOW GOLDBERG CHANGES THE SUBJECT INSTEAD OF DELVING INTO THE ACTUAL “PROBLEM” OF ALLEGED IRANIAN INTERFERENCE WITH SAUDI “AFFAIRS” – J.L.D.]

      ♦ Goldberg: I’m curious about Donald Trump and Barack Obama on this issue. It seems you think Donald Trump has a better understanding of this issue than Barack Obama.

      ● MbS: Both of them understand it. I believe that President Obama had different tactics. President Obama believed that if he gave Iran opportunities to open up, it would change. But with a regime based on this ideology, it will not open up soon. . .

      ENTIRE “INTERVIEW” – https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2018/04/mohammed-bin-salman-iran-israel/557036/

    • JLewisDickerson
      JLewisDickerson
      April 15, 2018, 5:51 am

      P.P.S. RE: “REALLY” IS THE EXTENT OF ANY PUSHBACK FROM GOLBBERG TO MBS’s NOTION THAT KHAMENEI IS “WORSE THAN HITLER” (AND, BY OBVIOUS IMPLICATION, THE HOLOCAUST) – me (from above)

      World War II casualties
      From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia ~ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_War_II_casualties

      [EXCERPT] World War II was the deadliest military conflict in history in absolute terms of total casualties. Over 60 million people were killed, which was about 3% of the 1940 world population (est. 2.3 billion).[1] Statistics of military wounded are available for the major combatants. The tables below give a detailed country-by-country count of human losses. World War II fatality statistics vary, with estimates of total deaths ranging from 50 million to more than 80 million.[2] The higher figure of over 80 million includes deaths from war-related disease and famine. Civilians killed totalled 50 to 55 million, including 19 to 28 million from war-related disease and famine. Military deaths from all causes totalled 21 to 25 million, including deaths in captivity of about 5 million prisoners of war. Statistics on the number of military wounded are included whenever available.

      Recent historical scholarship has shed new light on the topic of Second World War casualties. Research in Russia since the collapse of the Soviet Union has caused a revision of estimates of Soviet WW2 fatalities.[3] According to Russian government figures, USSR losses within postwar borders now stand at 26.6 million[4][5] including 8.5 million due to war related famine and disease.[6] In August 2009 the Polish Institute of National Remembrance (IPN) researchers estimated Poland’s dead at between 5.6 and 5.8 million.[7] Historian Rüdiger Overmans of the Military History Research Office (Germany) published a study in 2000 that estimated the German military dead and missing at 5.3 million, including 900,000 men conscripted from outside of Germany’s 1937 borders, in Austria, and in east-central Europe.[8][9][10] The People’s Republic of China puts its war dead at 20 million,[11] while the Japanese government puts its casualties due to the war at 3.1 million.[12] . . .

      • JLewisDickerson
        JLewisDickerson
        April 15, 2018, 6:57 am

        P.P.P.S.
        RE: “REALLY” IS THE EXTENT OF ANY PUSHBACK FROM GOLBBERG TO MBS’s NOTION THAT KHAMENEI IS “WORSE THAN HITLER” (AND, BY OBVIOUS IMPLICATION, THE HOLOCAUST) ~ me (from above)

        AND, RE: NOTICE HOW GOLDBERG CHANGES THE SUBJECT INSTEAD OF DELVING INTO THE ACTUAL “PROBLEM” OF ALLEGED IRANIAN INTERFERENCE WITH SAUDI “AFFAIRS” ~ me (from above)

        MY COMMENT: If Jeffrey Goldberg is a journalist (as opposed to a PR agent) then I am the idiomatic/proverbial “monkey’s uncle” (not intending at all any disrespect for monkeys).

        I’m beginning to think that in addition to believing in the need to exterminate the Amaleks, Jeffrey Goldberg might also believe in animal sacrifice* and crucifixion**!

        * Temple Mount activists ‘practice’ sacrifice in East Jerusalemhttp://972mag.com/temple-mount-activists-practice-sacrifice-in-east-jerusalem/118763/

        ** The Punishment for reading a Bible in Saudi Arabiahttps://themuslimissue.wordpress.com/2013/05/04/the-punishment-for-reading-bible-in-saudi-arabia/

        ** Saudi Arabia: Execution of five Yemeni men & public display of their bodieshttp://glykosymoritis.blogspot.com/2013/05/saudi-arabia-execution-of-five-yemeni.html

      • RoHa
        RoHa
        April 15, 2018, 9:59 am

        A couple of million for Indonesia, another couple of million for Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia, a million or so for Yugoslavia, …

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        April 15, 2018, 1:42 pm

        “JLewis”, have you taken a look at Goldberg’s actions as Atlantic Editor in the Kevin Williamson imbroglio? Kept on waiting for somebody to link Goldberg’s Zionism (and experience) with his embrace of hate speech, but I didn’t see it.

      • Leahj
        Leahj
        April 17, 2018, 3:27 am

        @JLewisDickerson, I clicked on the link you posted here under the title ‘The Punishment for reading a Bible in Saudi Arabia’, & discovered you sent me to a hate site. Phony photos, phony reports, & vile comments. When I checked out the ‘About us’ section, I read that the site’s stated mission includes the following —
        “Encourage a total ban on Islamic immigration
        Encourage the end of asylum policies.
        Encourage reversal of residency and citizenship to actively practicing Islamic migrants.”

        I know I’m not as smart as the other posters here, but I really don’t understand why you sent us there. What am I missing?

      • gamal
        gamal
        April 17, 2018, 9:24 am

        “What am I missing?”

        you can get free stuff there, I am definitely getting one of the “Trojan Pig of Islam” wall hangings depicting refugees, it’s because of the awful nature of Islam that it is sometimes hard to discern gibbering yankee racism, caliphate in seven easy steps, kicking out the Islamic black sheep, the evolution of Islam poster is free and a must have,

        who wants to think too much about the humanity of those they are slaughtering it’s a sure route to dispepsia.

        trojan pig has made my day.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        April 17, 2018, 11:20 am

        “What am I missing?”

        To read Mondo comment threads often requires mega-doses, far above the FDA daily requirements, of irony in your diet.

      • Leahj
        Leahj
        April 18, 2018, 5:10 am

        gamal, Ah, yes. I failed to consider the obvious allure of free stuff. But the 1st one’s always free, you see. That’s how they seduce you into buying their ridiculously overpriced Trojan Pig of Islam socks, boxer shorts, dinnerware, luggage, cologne, & of course those ‘I’m Free-a Shari-a’ ties, for when you want to make a good impression. Please promise me you’ll try to be strong?

      • Leahj
        Leahj
        April 18, 2018, 5:23 am

        Mooser, Thank you. I just ordered a 90 day supply of irony supplements from Amazon. I guess we’ll know it’s working if I come back & post a link to Stormfront. This could take awhile. ;)

      • JLewisDickerson
        JLewisDickerson
        April 19, 2018, 12:12 am

        RE: “@JLewisDickerson, I clicked on the link you posted here under the title ‘The Punishment for reading a Bible in Saudi Arabia’, & discovered you sent me to a hate site. Phony photos, phony reports, & vile comments. When I checked out the ‘About us’ section, I read that the site’s stated mission includes the following —” ~ Leahj

        MY REPLY: Thanks for pointing that out. I used a google image search , so I did not get a good feel for the actual site. I ‘ll try to be more careful in the future.

      • Leahj
        Leahj
        April 23, 2018, 9:31 am

        JLewisDickerson, “Thanks for pointing that out. I used a google image search , so I did not get a good feel for the actual site. ”

        I figured it was probably something like that. Or that you were making a very important point that everybody got but me. Since I’ve read so many of your posts in the past, I was sure you wouldn’t agree with the ideas on that site, though. That’s what made it a puzzlement.

  4. Boomer
    Boomer
    April 16, 2018, 6:23 pm

    People like Netanyahu judge themselves when they speak. Morally they are bankrupt. But militarily they are strong, in large part thanks to the United States. In Palestine/Israel they dominate the land and the people. And here in the United States, they dominate the narrative in the media. My local newspaper and TV stations are filled with remembrances of the Holocaust, with barely any hint of current events in Gaza. It seems strange. Somehow the effort to assure that the lesson of history is not forgotten obscures the present reality.

  5. bobbofly
    bobbofly
    September 15, 2018, 11:58 pm

    & we tell our kids there’s no such things as monsters…

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