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20 Adar-1 5738 26 February 20
1. Query on Conspiracy Theories
2. Military Technology Changes the Rules
3. Shockingly Dangerous Anti-Semitism in Britain
4. Silent, sullen 80th birthday celebrations for Ariel Sharon
5. Iran ordered to pay $33 million to family of Israeli terror victim
1. Query on Conspiracy Theories
Re Jerusalem News-737
#3. Conspiracy Theories Breed Anti-Semitism
Thank you Yair. The comments on the article were shocking in
some of their content. There is still vibrant support in America for Yisrael,
but there IS a rising anti-Semitic ?wave?, and I don?t like it. I do believe
it is somewhat ?conspiracy theory? driven. This article did not really
address that thoroughly enough, and I am wondering if you have a better
article that does so. One that addresses ?head on? the inaccuracies of ?The
We have some sources
In addition to the above, we may point out that recently we had a discussion
with a well-known Speaker and
Public Figure who supports and is somewhat of an expert on Conspiracy Theories.
We asked the person concerned to show us just one (out of the thousands that
exist) URL advocating
with Conspiracy Theories that is not against the Jewish People/and or the State
This question was not answered and we understand it will not be for obvious
There is not one!
2. Military Technology Changes the Rules
by Hana Levi Julian
3. Shockingly Dangerous Anti-Semitism in
More Efforts to Diagnose Israel's Hasbara Problem
by Hillel Fendel
Following speakers Caroline Glick, Isi Leibler, Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, and
Tzafrir Ronen, former MK Elyakim HaEtzni presented his thesis that the simple
explanation for Israel's failure at effective PR is "pathological. Israel is
sick, with a condition called 'Jewish self-hatred,' and this phenomenon must be
investigated... For 2,000 years, the world has been telling us that we're no
good - so finally, like a child who receives only criticism, he naturally begins
to believe he is no good! In addition, there is something in the Jewish
religion that is very noble, but that if taken too far, can be dangerous. Other
nations, when they are hit, blame the hitter - but we always blame ourselves; we
ask what we did wrong. We originally thought this was just an Exile-mentality
phenomenon, but that's not true; there are Jews abroad who are much prouder than
many born-in-Israel army officers..."
"For instance, in the Yom Kippur War [in 1973], we were taken by surprise.
Generally, when a country is taken by surprise, it loses - such as when France
was surprised by Germany and was conquered, or when Russia was sneak-attacked by
Germany and nearly lost Moscow and St. Petersburg. But when Israel was taken by
surprise, just 17 days later we were at the gates of Damascus and Cairo, and we
could have destroyed Egypt's Third Army - yet we declared defeat! Every year,
the Egyptians celebrate 'The October War,' and they have museums commemorating
their great victory - and all because we announced that we had lost. Kissinger
told us we should declare victory and quickly leave - yet we did the opposite!"
Only a quarter of the land, including Hevron and Shechem, originally designated
for the Jews by the League of Nations, was left for us - but ut all this is not
known by our Jewish youth!
Dry-spoken but hard-hitting right-wing British commentator Melanie Phillips next
addressed the audience, saying she hails from "Londonistan." People in Israel,
she said, "have no idea of the depth of the venom in Great Britain against
Israel. The British basically feel that Zionism equals fascism, and openly say
that it would have been better had Israel never been created. The mainstream
media often publish pieces about the world Zionist conspiracy, Jews who defend
Israel are invariably portrayed as 'Holocaust shroud wavers,' while British Jews
who defend Zionism are accused of dual loyalty... When you look at British
society, you see that the higher you go up the ladder of education and wealth,
the more Israel is viewed negatively and the more the Palestinians are seen as
the supreme moral cause of our time..."
Israeli Left Does Great Damage
"It was not always this way," she said. "The big change occurred around 1970,
when Israel was no longer seen as a tiny underdog surrounded by enemies, but as
an oppressive imperialist regime. This poison began with the universities,
which were fed, in turn, by Israeli revisionist historians who have created the
narrative that Israel was born in sin - a narrative which has done and continues
to do untold damage to the Israeli and Jewish cause...
"The media then followed suit, barely reporting on Israel's victimization, but
only on the measures it takes in self-defense. The Kassams, for instance, have
barely been reported; only when Israel takes some retaliation in Gaza does the
media mention the Kassams in passing...
"The reasons for this are many and varied, and they even pre-date Britain's
problems with its growing Muslim minority. They include it now being 'payback
time' throughout Europe to the Jews for the Holocaust, the crime for which the
Jews will never be forgiven; the specific history of the British Mandate; the
left-wing intelligentsia grip; the sympathy for multi-culturalism
(bi-nationalism in Israel); and the BBC."
"There is also much ignorance in Britain. The British widely believe there that
Israel was created in 1948 because of post-Holocaust guilt, bringing Jews who
had no connection to Palestine over from Europe to take over land in which Arab
Palestinians had lived from time immemorial, and that they now continue to
violently oppress them... Very few Brits have ever met a Jew; there are only
some 280,000 self-identifying Jews, out of a total British population of more
than 60 million...
British Jews - A Frightened People
"The Arab narrative is presented on the media, and no alternative narrative is
being presented, such that there is no reason for the average Brit to believe
anything else... Why is no alternative version being presented by the British
Jews? One reason is because British Jews are very frightened people. They are
frightened of increasing anti-Semitism, they are frightened of not getting
professional preferment, they are frightened of losing their fashionable
friends, they are frightened of losing their influence with government, they are
frightened of not getting their knighthoods and peerages, and in general,
British Jews are just frightened; that's the 'minhag Angliyah [custom in
Britain sees Israel as the principle reason why the West is under attack -
instead of seeing it as the front line of the defense of the West.
"The other reason is that Israel has abandoned the hasbara [public relations]
front. Shimon Peres said after Oslo that hasbara is no longer necessary in
"[In any event,], we are all now in a much bigger game. All of us - the US,
Britain, Israel and Europe are all conscripts in a war of ideas. If Israel,
Heaven forbid, were to go down, then they would be next. But no one sees this.
Israel doesn't see this, preoccupied as it is with the military aspects of its
struggle. And Britain sees Israel as the principle reason why the West is under
attack - instead of as it should, as the front line of the defense of the West.
"Israel is reacting defensively. When interviewed on the international media,
its spokesmen answer questions as if talking to their domestic media, instead of
taking a pro-active, aggressive approach . They should see their job as
educational, putting the facts out. Why don't we react to Pallywood, and to
other distortions? We are a nation of lawyers, for Heaven's sake, yet we are all
struck dumb! Why don't we tell them simple basic truths such as that the Jews
are the only ones who ever had a nation-state here, and that in 1920 the world
recognized our national rights to this land, and that 800,000 Jews were expelled
from Arab countries, etc. The answer is that Israel, believing it has no choice
but to accept the world's position, allows itself to be boxed into a corner.
"The bottom line is that the global Islamic jihad is threatening the entire free
world, and it is succeeding, and we don't even know what has hit us! Britain is
sliding into Islamicization, because of a strategy outlined decades ago by the
Islamic Brotherhood, which says: You set up your institutions, you then use the
mores of your designated country to give you more and more, you Islamicize the
country, and then you take it over.
"The central point of this strategy is the demoralization caused by the
intellectual confusion brought on by the psychological warfare, the essence of
which is that the victims have no idea of what is being done to them. Britain
doesn't get it, at all. Israel doesn't get it. We must fight against their
verbal fire - and realize that if our minds are enslaved, then our bodies will
be next. Israel is obligated, using our traditional skill with words, to retake
the battlefield of ideology and of the mind - and win."
What About G-d?
Speaking from the audience, Dr. Hagi Ben-Artzi, a Professor of Bible Studies and
brother-in-law of Binyamin Netanyahu, made the following point: "I have heard
the speakers here try to address the question of our current national weakness,
yet not one of them gave an answer. One speaker said it is because we are sick;
what kind of answer is that? The true answer is something that no one has said
- and that is that a Jewish national existence that is not founded on a
connection with G-d, or with Torah, or with the commandment to settle the Land,
can simply not last! Rav Kook said it clearly, and has been proven to be right.
Religion without nationalism - we saw how it ended in the Holocaust; nationalism
without religion - we see how it ends with Oslo. What we need is the
constructive combination of true Jewish spirituality, belief and observance,
together with genuine nationalism."
Moderator Caroline Glick responded: "The Jewish People have always been made up
of different kinds of Jews. We have to make every effort to explain to all Jews
that the Land of Israel is their home. Some of them may want to become
religiously observant, and some may not - but if this Land cannot be the home of
all Jews, then our State will not be able to last."
4. Silent, sullen 80th birthday
celebrations for Ariel Sharon
Former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon still lies comatose at the Sheba Medical
Center at Tel Hashomer where he remains hospitalized. Tuesday marks the former
leader's 80th birthday, and his family plans to mark the day with a symbolic
token gift, but little more.
5. Iran ordered to pay $33 million to
family of Israeli terror victim
US federal court rules Iran responsible for 1992 truck bombing at Israeli
embassy in Argentina;
orders country to compensate family of US-born Israeli diplomat David Ben-Rafael
killed in blast
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