[Freemanlist2] Stephen Plaut -The Radical Left's anti-Settler Litmus Test for Diplomats
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The Radical Left's anti-Settler Litmus Test for Diplomats
The radical left in Israel can't get more than 4% of the votes in the voting booth, so they have found a novel (undemocratic) way to try to force Israel to do as they wish.Share on facebookShare on twitterShare on emailShare on printMore Sharing Services16Published: Saturday, September 26, 2015 8:35 PM
Prof. Steven Plaut
Steven Plaut teaches at the University of Haifa and is author of "The Scout"...►More from this writer
The latest tactic of Israel's anti-democratic Fascist Left is a campaign to pressure foreign governments to refuse to accept Israeli diplomats posted to serve there if the diplomat holds opinions contrary to those of the RadicalLeft.The Radical Left represents - at most - 4% of Israelis.The current brouhaha involves Dani Dayan, who used to be head of the Council of Judea and Samaria ("West Bank") and is a "settler" who lives on the "wrong" side of the pre-1967 Green Line border. The Brazil government muttered a bit at the idea of a "settler" being appointed as Israeli Ambassador to the country, but the personal opinions of diplomats, whose mandate is to follow governmentpolicy, are generally not an issue in approving such appointments.Things escalated when several Israeli radical leftist ex-members of the diplomatic corps, led by Alon Liel, who teaches at Tel Aviv University and whose wife just happens to be the head of the BDS-supporting New Israel Fund in Israel, interfered and issued their own call to Brazil to refuse to approve the appointment.
Alon Liel...teaches at Tel Aviv University and his wife just happens to be the head of the BDS-supporting New Israel Fund in Israel.
Liel is an anti-Zionist who is a leading figure in the BDS terrorism movement that calls for a world boycott of Israel. A petition of ultra-leftists is now circulating in Israel to support the campaign for Brazil to BDS Dayan.
Liel's sidekick Amiram Goldblum, a founder of Peace Now, who together with Liel fabricated the now-infamous "apartheid" pseudo-survey, appeared on a Channel One TV newscast to defend those calling on Brazil to reject Dayan. The Channel One MC, not known for rightist views, then referred to such people as "shtinkers," Hebrew slang for informers or rats. Goldblum and Liel had earlier initiated petitions to EU governments to unilaterally recognize "Palestine."
The Channel One MC blasted Goldblum and his friends, claiming that since they are evidently incapable of persuading the Israeli public of the correctness of their positions, as the election results proved, they were using illegitimate tactics to coerce Israel into accepting the radical left's agenda, using foreign pressures and extortion.
Zionist Union MK's in Israel are denouncing the ultra-leftists involved in the campaign to get Brazil to reject Dayan and other Israelis are calling them traitors.These radical leftists are the same people who foam at the mouth whenever anyone suggests that Supreme Court appointees be people who oppose judicial activism and who therefore support the rule of law.
In general, the Far Left in Israel has never had any respect for the rule of law and democracy. Since it cannot convince more than 4% of Israelis of the correctness of its agenda, it resorts to underhanded anti-democratic tactics involving recruitment of pressures from foreign entities to coerce Israel. The Far Left opposes Israeli sovereignty and supports efforts to undermine that sovereignty.
Imagine how the Far left would react if someone were to suggest a campaign against all civil servant and judicial appointments of anyone who is NOT in favor of expanding settlements! Is their fascist campaign to have an anti-settler litmus test for diplomatic appointees any less objectionable?
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