Yeah, I know I shouldn’t but so many of the bloggers on Times of Israel seem to love controversy, why shouldn’t I get my share in too?
So, Shulamit Aloni is dead and Naomi Chazan would have you believe that Israel has suffered a great loss. She credits Shulamit Aloni with “virtually single-handedly” introducing human rights into “Israeli public life”?
So let’s start with that. She entered political life in the 1950s and was first elected to the Knesset in 1965. So, I guess our absorbing hundreds of thousands of Jews from war-torn Europe, from persecution in Arab lands had nothing to do with human rights? Good to know. The fact that women were allowed to vote in Israel since the founding of the State of Israel (just like men) has nothing to do with human rights? Good to know.
Chazan says, “no other woman has been as innovative”? Gee, I thought having a female prime minister, hello… Golda Meir… was pretty innovative but you can’t argue with someone who has decided now is a great time to rewrite history.
Chazan says Aloni had “deep pride in her Jewish identity” – wow, that is certainly not something I knew and certainly not something Aloni ever shared with the rest of Israel.
Chazan writes that Shula, as her friends and admirers knew her (I knew her as something else, but I won’t say what here). believed that all human beings deserve “respect and dignity”. Yes, that was why she compared settlers to Nazis… because that showed respect?
Chazan gets a bit whimsical when she writes, “Shulamit Aloni is the only woman in Israel’s history to successfully establish a party with a durable political presence.” I have to ask – what party is that? Shinui is, thank God, gone, and Ratz… who even remembers that one? Yes, she was involved with Meretz – they got 6 seats in the last elections, just above the Arab parties and below all other parties. That, a presence does not make.
Chazan says Aloni berated herself for supporting the release of 400 Hamas terrorists – sure, glad she realized she was wrong on that account, but tell it to the families of those murdered by those she voted to release and worse, the families of those who lost loved ones by actions taken by those same Hamas leaders after Aloni released them.
But, by far, the most accurate line is the last one. Chazan challenges those who supported Aloni to continue to work in the path she created so that Israel, the country Chazan thinks Aloni loved, “may finally rest in peace.” The country she loved? Aloni herself admitted, “It’s hard for me to say a kind word about the state today.” Oh yeah, she loved Israel… not. Instead, she referred to us as “nefarious people.”
Okay, see, this is where Hebrew speakers might want to be really careful because to be honest, I hope Israel never rests in peace. I hope we can LIVE in peace, though the chances of that are unlikely if we are naive enough to continue in anything near Aloni’s path.
You see, Aloni represented weakness and our Arab neighbors love that. The weaker we are, the more convinced they are that they can truly push us into the sea, truly achieve a Middle East in which the Jewish State rests in peace… six feet underground.
No, Shulamit Aloni was never the “moral compass” of Israel. She was a danger to the security and society in which we live. She was only tolerant to those who believed as she did – which amounts to being incredibly intolerant of the vast majority of Israel.
Those who have more tact, including my mother, don’t love the title – but it was the first thing I could think of when I heard she had died. Ding, dong, the witch is dead.