Before the Day Hereafter

“And unto your light, nations shall walk, and kings unto the brightness of your rising.[Isaiah 60:3]

Sadly, this is a story when one Israeli elected official negated Israel from being “a light unto the nations”. It is about the dark side of Israel. About an Israeli scoundrel. Of the many current reports across the media on the knavery of Gonen Segev is that of Ron Ben-Yishai ,as published in Ynet Opinion of June 19, 2018. Entitled, “Iranian Connection: Gonen Segev’s narcissism and potential damage” as an Op-Ed, it serves more in the form of an analysis of the man’s psychological makeup than his history of criminality.

Ben-Yishai’s introductory remarks in pointing to Segev’s megalomania and greed which turned him into easy prey for foreign intelligence agencies, plus the knowledge he gained in combination with Google maps, serves as a understanding to his being helpful for Iranian intelligence.

According to Ron Ben Yishai, many Israelis are prone to two main qualities:
[a] A desire for accumulating a large amount of money rather quickly and with little effort and
[b] being capable of fooling the entire world all the time, due to exceptional cognitive abilities and personal charm.

And he considers these characteristics to personify Dr. Gonen Segev. As a narcissist who is convinced that he enjoys a mental or other form of supremacy which others cannot resist, they are liable to fall into his trap. Thus, it is reasonable to believe that when he allegedly worked at the Iranian Intelligence’s Service, he was of the opinion that he was misleading them and did not conceive of them resulting in trouble for himself.

Ben Yishai sees in Segev a 3rd quality, referred to by psychologists as a “lack of superego”. As such, he lacks the mental system common to most, which informs us when it is wrong to cross the moral or legal line and to abandon the acceptable social rules. Consistent with the lack of superego, Segev frequently ran into trouble with the law. He engaged drugs, fraud and spying against his country as legitimate means to fulfill his dream to secure a huge profit.

“The gap between his real mental abilities and the way he saw himself could immediately be detected.” This is so because of his “amateurish and even foolish conduct in criminal affairs” which he involved himself in and repeatedly was quite easily confronted by the police and the Shin Bet. It applies to enforcement authorities abroad as well as the Dutch police, Nigeria’s security services, etc.

In her Jerusalem Post My Word column of June 21,2018, Liat Collins addresses, ” Political Manipulations and the Reasons for Treason”, she writes about two men who were accused of treason. Of them she found that there were early signs that they ,”—-didn’t take pledges to work for the benefit of the country seriously.” Gonen Segev was one of the two. She regarded him as the worst of the two when considering symbols of cynical manipulation of the democratic system.

Collins recalls when in 1992, Segev was elected, without prior political experience, on Rafael Eitan’s right-wing Tsomet list. She observed subsequently that Eitan’s loathing for Segev was ahead of its time. Referencing an Op-Ed in Yediot Aharonot of the same week by Yonatan Yavin, he noted that “satirist Einav Galilli wrote on Facebook that ‘Segev is such an idiot that if they were to do a James Bond movie on him it would be called Agent 000.’ I’d call him Dr. No.”

Liat Collins notes that Segev, the former energy minister turned drug dealer and alleged spy, already belongs on a long and ignoble list including a former president, prime minister, finance minister, health minister, interior minister and others who have served time in prison on a range of charges from rape (in the case of ex-president Moshe Katsav) to corruption (Ehud Olmert, Avraham Hirschson, Shlomo Benizri and Aryeh Deri).”It’s good that we can laugh, but the joke’s on us. This is not the spy who loved us.”

Quoting Yavin, “The entire system is struck by mass stupidity when it comes to casting. Fact : it allows someone with a criminal mind [not particularly bright, apparently] to become an officer, doctor, and finely also a government mister. And if you say ‘But who knew?’ I’ll tell you: Someone knew. Someone always knows and ignores it. It’s a pattern.”

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, penned his piece, “The Iranian Spy Who Helped Create Two Terror States Inside Israel” on Front Page Mag of June 27, 2018. It reverts back to Oslo. Introducing it with the words, “The price of peace is treason “he informs us that when the final vote for Oslo occurred in the Knesset, it amounted to the creation of two Islamic states [Palestine and Hamastan] within Israel. Not only that, but the legislator Segev who materially aided its passing, was the same man currently accused of spying for Iran.

Throughout his essay, Greenfield releases very strong emotions about the subject individual and the entire fiasco. He captures an entire history commencing with Segev beginning his political career on the right. However, 3 years after becoming one of the youngest members of Israel’s legislature, he aligned with the left aiding and abetting an agreement with the PLO whom he considers the second biggest threat to Israel’s existence after Iran’s nuclear weapons.

We are reminded of Segev’s cousin’s testimony in court that he was “a pathological liar who makes excuses and evades responsibilities for his actions.” But then to Greenfield, the same can be said of the left who brought Segev on board.

Gonen Segev’s strange story is one of a doctor, Minister of Energy, drug smuggler, Nigerian exile and ultimately facing accusations as an Iranian spy. It also incorporates “dirty politics” behind the “peace” process and “backroom deals with dangerously unprincipled politicians.”

The former politician and defrocked doctor offers as an excuse for his behavior wanting to be a hero. But that is not reflected in the records. What he does have is a “history of being willing to do anything for money.” His biggest bribe was not in what the Iranians offered him, but occurred at the time he became the Minister of Energy in a left-wing government. He had no qualifications for the job, “except one.”

His was a crucial seat in the Israeli Knesset during the vote on the Oslo deal with the PLO. As stated by Greenfield, “The idea of giving Arafat and his band of murderous killers a state was so politically toxic that even some members of the ruling Labor Party couldn’t bring themselves to vote for it.” But he could
and did!

To Daniel Greenfield, Segev was a nobody, a doctor in a country full of them. However, he happened to live in an area which was also the home of Rafael Eitan, “an irascible former general and fierce critic of appeasing terrorists” but having little ability to run a political movement.

Of the 3 Knesset members who joined the left, Segev became Minister of Energy while Alex Goldfarb was appointed the Deputy Minister of Housing. Segev had no qualifications for the job and Goldfarb, a Romanian immigrant, had been an electrician and a union activist. “The terror sellout passed 61-59. A brief chronology of Segev ‘s history from this time:
[a] Joined Yitzhak’s Rabin’s governing coalition in January 1995.
[b] October 1995 Knesset vote on Oslo 2 Accords.
[c] Lost seat in 1996 elections.
[d] Became a businessman and was arrested in 2004 for attempting to smuggle 32,000 ecstasy [MDMA] tablets from Netherlands into Israel. Also illegally extended his diplomatic license and committed several offenses involving use of credit cards.
[e] Convicted in 2005 of drug smuggling, forgery and fraud. He received a 5 year prison sentence as well as a $27,500 fine. Released from prison in 2007 as a result of a 3rd of his sentence being cut due to satisfactory behavior in jail.
[f] Disbarred from functioning as a doctor, he departed to Nigeria where he was able to function as a businessman and doctor.
[g] In 2016 he attempted to be reinstated as an Israeli physician to facilitate his return to Israel, but was rejected by the Israeli Health Ministry. Citing Minister Aryeh Deri, who had been jailed for bribery and yet been able to return to his former Knesset position, did not help Segev. At the time, he was allegedly working for the Islamic Republic of Iran.

According to Daniel Greenfield, Segev travelled to Iran, where he secretly received orders from Iranian officials, for passage to Israeli contacts. He also notes that former Tzomet MK Pini Badash described Segev as being a “paranoid megalomaniac who went from being the party’s most right-wing MK to selling out Israel for the bribe of a seat in Rabin’s cabinet.” He also points to former members of the conservative political party he betrayed who wanted to see him rot in jail.

One sees through Greenfield an uncaring individual whose actions many negative incidents. His treasonous acts resulted in an escalation in terrorism, leaving dead and wounded, shattered homes, blown up buses and growing cemeteries in their wake. He blames the implementation of Oslo entirely on Segev, although Alex Goldfarb was equally to blame..

On page 219, Of Sarah Honig’s book, ” Debunking the Bull: For Seekers of Another Tack”, she informs us that following Oslo, we no longer cynically refer to the victims of terrorism as “victims of peace.”She notes that the deadly tally amounted to 1,600 which when compared to 9/11 in the US proportionally amounted to 80,000 fatalities. While Americans remember the 9/11 disaster [whose relative toll is equivalent to 60 deaths in Israel], most workaday Israelis don’t instantly recognize 9/13 for the disaster it was.

Such is the profundity of the Oslo- imposed impassivity , “exacerbated by journalists and judges who failed to protect the public, which depended upon them.” Following the years, it is now abundantly clear that Oslo is a great flop, and yet establishment mouthpieces “depict it as an extraordinary breakthrough.”The interminable mind-numbing media mantra is all pervasive, while the opposition is stymied by an agenda-guided and politically interventionist judiciary unparalleled anywhere in the free world, observes Honig.

Yet, to her, the primary culprits are the politicians who brazenly betrayed our trust – from Tsomet MK’s Gonen Segev and Alex Goldfarb [who enabled Rabin to ratify Oslo by selling their votes for a ministerial appointment and a Mitsubishi, respectively]; and all the way to Ariel Sharon, Ehud Olmert and Tzipi Livni, who ditched the platform on which they were elected and cheated their voters to implement Oslo’s disengagement sequel.

Sarah Honig concludes with wisdom from historian Barbara Tuchman who asks, ” Why do holders of high office so often act contrary to the way reason points and enlightened self-interest suggests?” Her forthright answer is ,”wooden -headedness” i.e., both “the refusal to learn from experience” and “the source of self- deception.”

Such recurrent wooden-headedness, she argues “is a factor that plays a remarkably large role in government. It consists of assessing a situation in terms of preconceived fixed notions while ignoring or rejecting any contrary signs. It is acting according to wish, while not allowing oneself to be deflected by the facts.”

“And unto your light, nations shall walk, and kings unto the brightness of your rising.[Isaiah 60:3]

Sadly, this is a story when one Israeli elected official negated Israel from being “a light unto the nations”. It is about the dark side of Israel. About an Israeli scoundrel. Of the many current reports across the media on the knavery of Gonen Segev is that of Ron Ben-Yishai ,as published in Ynet Opinion of June 19, 2018. Entitled, “Iranian Connection: Gonen Segev’s narcissism and potential damage” as an Op-Ed, it serves more in the form of an analysis of the man’s psychological makeup than his history of criminality.

Ben- Yishai’s introductory remarks in pointing to Segev’s megalomania and greed which turned him into easy prey for foreign intelligence agencies, plus the knowledge he gained in combination with Google maps, serves as a understanding to his being helpful for Iranian intelligence.

According to Ron Ben Yishai, many Israelis are prone to two main qualities:
[a] A desire for accumulating a large amount of money rather quickly and with little effort and
[b] being capable of fooling the entire world all the time, due to exceptional cognitive abilities and personal charm.
And he considers these characteristics to personify Dr. Gonen Segev. As a narcissist who is convinced that he enjoys a mental or other form of supremacy which others cannot resist, they are liable to fall into his trap. Thus, it is reasonable to believe that when he allegedly worked at the Iranian Intelligence’s Service, he was of the opinion that he was misleading them and did not conceive of them resulting in trouble for himself.

Ben Yishai sees in Segev a 3rd quality, referred to by psychologists as a “lack of superego”. As such, he lacks the mental system common to most, which informs us when it is wrong to cross the moral or legal line and to abandon the acceptable social rules. Consistent with the lack of superego, Segev frequently ran into trouble with the law. He engaged drugs, fraud and spying against his country as legitimate means to fulfill his dream to secure a huge profit.

“The gap between his real mental abilities and the way he saw himself could immediately be detected.” This is so because of his “amateurish and even foolish conduct in criminal affairs” which he involved himself in and repeatedly was quite easily confronted by the police and the Shin Bet. It applies to enforcement authorities abroad as well as the Dutch police, Nigeria’s security services, etc.

In her Jerusalem Post My Word column of June 21,2018, Liat Collins addresses, ” Political Manipulations and the Reasons for Treason”, she writes about two men who were accused of treason. Of them she found that there were early signs that they ,”—-didn’t take pledges to work for the benefit of the country seriously.” Gonen Segev was one of the two. She regarded him as the worst of the two when considering symbols of cynical manipulation of the democratic system.

Collins recalls when in 1992, Segev was elected, without prior political experience, on Rafael Eitan’s right-wing Tsomet list. She observed subsequently that Eitan’s loathing for Segev was ahead of its time. Referencing an Op-Ed in Yediot Aharonot of the same week by Yonatan Yavin, he noted that “satarist Einav Galilli wrote on Facebook that ‘Segev is such an idiot that if they were to do a James Bond movie on him it would be called Agent 000.’ I’d call him Dr. No.”

Liat Collins notes that Segev, the former energy minister turned drug dealer and alleged spy, already belongs on a long and ignoble list including a former president, prime minister, finance minister, health minister, interior minister and others who have served time in prison on a range of charges from rape (in the case of ex-president Moshe Katsav) to corruption (Ehud Olmert, Avraham Hirschson, Shlomo Benizri and Aryeh Deri).”It’s good that we can laugh, but the joke’s on us. This is not the spy who loved us.”

Quoting Yavin, “The entire system is struck by mass stupidity when it comes to casting. Fact : it allows someone with a criminal mind [not particularly bright, apparently] to become an officer, doctor, and finely also a government mister. And if you say ‘But who knew?’ I’ll tell you: Someone knew. Someone always knows and ignores it. It’s a pattern.”

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, penned his piece, “The Iranian Spy Who Helped Create Two Terror States Inside Israel” on Front Page Mag of June 27, 2018. It reverts back to Oslo. Introducing it with the words, “The price of peace is treason “he informs us that when the final vote for Oslo occurred in the Knesset, it amounted to the creation of two Islamic states [Palestine and Hamastan] within Israel. Not only that, but the legislator Segev who materially aided its passing, was the same man currently accused of spying for Iran.

Throughout his essay, Greenfield releases very strong emotions about the subject individual and the entire fiasco. He captures an entire history commencing with Segev beginning his political career on the right. However, 3 years after becoming one of the youngest members of Israel’s legislature, he aligned with the left aiding and abetting an agreement with the PLO whom he considers the second biggest threat to Israel’s existence after Iran’s nuclear weapons.

We are reminded of Segev’s cousin’s testimony in court that he was “a pathological liar who makes excuses and evades responsibilities for his actions.” But then to Greenfield, the same can be said of the left who brought Segev on board.

Gonen Segev’s strange story is one of a doctor, Minister of Energy, drug smuggler, Nigerian exile and ultimately facing accusations as an Iranian spy. It also incorporates “dirty politics” behind the “peace” process and “backroom deals with dangerously unprincipled politicians.”

The former politician and defrocked doctor offers as an excuse for his behavior wanting to be a hero. But that is not reflected in the records. What he does have is a “history of being willing to do anything for money.” His biggest bribe was not in what the Iranians offered him, but occurred at the time he became the Minister of Energy in a left-wing government. He had no qualifications for the job, “except one.”

His was a crucial seat in the Israeli Knesset during the vote on the Oslo deal with the PLO. As stated by Greenfield, “The idea of giving Arafat and his band of murderous killers a state was so politically toxic that even some members of the ruling Labor Party couldn’t bring themselves to vote for it.” But he could
and did!

To Daniel Greenfield, Segev was a nobody, a doctor in a country full of them. However, he happened to live in an area which was also the home of Rafael Eitan, “an irascible former general and fierce critic of appeasing terrorists” but having little ability to run a political movement.

Of the 3 Knesset members who joined the left, Segev became Minister of Energy while Alex Goldfarb was appointed the Deputy Minister of Housing. Segev had no qualifications for the job and Goldfarb, a Romanian immigrant, had been an electrician and a union activist. “The terror sellout passed 61-59. A brief chronology of Segev ‘s history from this time:
[a] Joined Yitzhak’s Rabin’s governing coalition in January 1995.
[b] October 1995 Knesset vote on Oslo 2 Accords.
[c] Lost seat in 1996 elections.
[d] Became a business man and was arrested in 2004 for attempting to smuggle 32,000 ecstasy [MDMA] tablets from Netherlands into Israel. Also illegally extended his diplomatic license and committed several offenses involving use of credit cards.
[e] Convicted in 2005 of drug smuggling, forgery and fraud. He received a 5 year prison sentence as well as a $27,500 fine. Released from prison in 2007 as a result of a 3rd of his sentence being cut due to satisfactory behavior in jail.
[f] Disbarred from functioning as a doctor, he departed to Nigeria where he was able to function as a business man and doctor.
[g] In 2016 he attempted to be reinstated as an Israeli physician to facilitate his return to Israel, but was rejected by the Israeli Health Ministry. Citing Minister Aryeh Deri, who had been jailed for bribery and yet been able to return to his former Knesset position, did not help Segev. At the time, he was allegedly working for the Islamic Republic of Iran.

According to Daniel Greenfield, Segev travelled to Iran, where he secretly received orders from Iranian officials, for passage to Israeli contacts. He also notes that former Tzomet MK Pini Badash described Segev as being a “paranoid megalomaniac who went from being the party’s most right-wing MK to selling out Israel for the bribe of a seat in Rabin’s cabinet.” He also points to former members of the conservative political party he betrayed who wanted to see him rot in jail.

One sees through Greenfield an uncaring individual whose actions many negative incidents. His treasonous acts resulted in an escalation in terrorism, leaving dead and wounded, shattered homes, blown up buses and growing cemeteries in their wake. He blames the implementation of Oslo entirely on Segev, although Alex Goldfarb was equally to blame..

On page 219, Of Sarah Honig’s book, ” Debunking the Bull: For Seekers of Another Tack”, she informs us that following Oslo, we no longer cynically refer to the victims of terrorism as “victims of peace.”She notes that the deadly tally amounted to 1,600 which when compared to 9/11 in the US proportionally amounted to 80,000 fatalities. While Americans remember the 9/11 disaster [whose relative toll is equivalent to 60 deaths in Israel], most workaday Israelis don’t instantly recognize 9/13 for the disaster it was.

Such is the profundity of the Oslo- imposed impassivity , “exacerbated by journalists and judges who failed to protect the public, which depended upon them.” Following the years, it is now abundantly clear that Oslo is a great flop, and yet establishment mouthpieces “depict it as an extraordinary breakthrough.”The interminable mind-numbing media mantra is all pervasive, while the opposition is stymied by an agenda-guided and politically interventionist judiciary unparalleled anywhere in the free world, observes Honig.

Yet, to her, the primary culprits are the politicians who brazenly betrayed our trust – from Tsomet MK’s Gonen Segev and Alex Goldfarb [who enabled Rabin to ratify Oslo by selling their votes for a ministerial appointment and a Mitsubishi, respectively]; and all the way to Ariel Sharon, Ehud Olmert and Tzipi Livni, who ditched the platform on which they were elected and cheated their voters to implement Oslo’s disengagement sequel.

Sarah Honig concludes with wisdom from historian Barbara Tuchman who asks, ” Why do holders of high office so often act contrary to the way reason points and enlightened self-interest suggests?” Her forthright answer is ,”wooden -headedness” i.e., both “the refusal to learn from experience” and “the source of self- deception.”

Such recurrent wooden-headedness, she argues “is a factor that plays a remarkably large role in government. It consists of assessing a situation in terms of preconceived fixed notions while ignoring or rejecting any contrary signs. It is acting according to wish, while not allowing oneself to be deflected by the facts.”

“And unto your light, nations shall walk, and kings unto the brightness of your rising.[Isaiah 60:3]

Sadly, this is a story when one Israeli elected official negated Israel from being “a light unto the nations”. It is about the dark side of Israel. About an Israeli scoundrel. Of the many current reports across the media on the knavery of Gonen Segev is that of Ron Ben-Yishai ,as published in Ynet Opinion of June 19, 2018. Entitled, “Iranian Connection: Gonen Segev’s narcissism and potential damage” as an Op-Ed, it serves more in the form of an analysis of the man’s psychological makeup than his history of criminality.

Ben- Yishai’s introductory remarks in pointing to Segev’s megalomania and greed which turned him into easy prey for foreign intelligence agencies, plus the knowledge he gained in combination with Google maps, serves as a understanding to his being helpful for Iranian intelligence.

According to Ron Ben Yishai, many Israelis are prone to two main qualities:
[a] A desire for accumulating a large amount of money rather quickly and with little effort and
[b] being capable of fooling the entire world all the time, due to exceptional cognitive abilities and personal charm.
And he considers these characteristics to personify Dr. Gonen Segev. As a narcissist who is convinced that he enjoys a mental or other form of supremacy which others cannot resist, they are liable to fall into his trap. Thus, it is reasonable to believe that when he allegedly worked at the Iranian Intelligence’s Service, he was of the opinion that he was misleading them and did not conceive of them resulting in trouble for himself.

Ben Yishai sees in Segev a 3rd quality, referred to by psychologists as a “lack of superego”. As such, he lacks the mental system common to most, which informs us when it is wrong to cross the moral or legal line and to abandon the acceptable social rules. Consistent with the lack of superego, Segev frequently ran into trouble with the law. He engaged drugs, fraud and spying against his country as legitimate means to fulfill his dream to secure a huge profit.

“The gap between his real mental abilities and the way he saw himself could immediately be detected.” This is so because of his “amateurish and even foolish conduct in criminal affairs” which he involved himself in and repeatedly was quite easily confronted by the police and the Shin Bet. It applies to enforcement authorities abroad as well as the Dutch police, Nigeria’s security services, etc.

In her Jerusalem Post My Word column of June 21,2018, Liat Collins addresses, ” Political Manipulations and the Reasons for Treason”, she writes about two men who were accused of treason. Of them she found that there were early signs that they ,”—-didn’t take pledges to work for the benefit of the country seriously.” Gonen Segev was one of the two. She regarded him as the worst of the two when considering symbols of cynical manipulation of the democratic system.

Collins recalls when in 1992, Segev was elected, without prior political experience, on Rafael Eitan’s right-wing Tsomet list. She observed subsequently that Eitan’s loathing for Segev was ahead of its time. Referencing an Op-Ed in Yediot Aharonot of the same week by Yonatan Yavin, he noted that “satarist Einav Galilli wrote on Facebook that ‘Segev is such an idiot that if they were to do a James Bond movie on him it would be called Agent 000.’ I’d call him Dr. No.”

Liat Collins notes that Segev, the former energy minister turned drug dealer and alleged spy, already belongs on a long and ignoble list including a former president, prime minister, finance minister, health minister, interior minister and others who have served time in prison on a range of charges from rape (in the case of ex-president Moshe Katsav) to corruption (Ehud Olmert, Avraham Hirschson, Shlomo Benizri and Aryeh Deri).”It’s good that we can laugh, but the joke’s on us. This is not the spy who loved us.”

Quoting Yavin, “The entire system is struck by mass stupidity when it comes to casting. Fact : it allows someone with a criminal mind [not particularly bright, apparently] to become an officer, doctor, and finely also a government mister. And if you say ‘But who knew?’ I’ll tell you: Someone knew. Someone always knows and ignores it. It’s a pattern.”

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, penned his piece, “The Iranian Spy Who Helped Create Two Terror States Inside Israel” on Front Page Mag of June 27, 2018. It reverts back to Oslo. Introducing it with the words, “The price of peace is treason “he informs us that when the final vote for Oslo occurred in the Knesset, it amounted to the creation of two Islamic states [Palestine and Hamastan] within Israel. Not only that, but the legislator Segev who materially aided its passing, was the same man currently accused of spying for Iran.

Throughout his essay, Greenfield releases very strong emotions about the subject individual and the entire fiasco. He captures an entire history commencing with Segev beginning his political career on the right. However, 3 years after becoming one of the youngest members of Israel’s legislature, he aligned with the left aiding and abetting an agreement with the PLO whom he considers the second biggest threat to Israel’s existence after Iran’s nuclear weapons.

We are reminded of Segev’s cousin’s testimony in court that he was “a pathological liar who makes excuses and evades responsibilities for his actions.” But then to Greenfield, the same can be said of the left who brought Segev on board.

Gonen Segev’s strange story is one of a doctor, Minister of Energy, drug smuggler, Nigerian exile and ultimately facing accusations as an Iranian spy. It also incorporates “dirty politics” behind the “peace” process and “backroom deals with dangerously unprincipled politicians.”

The former politician and defrocked doctor offers as an excuse for his behavior wanting to be a hero. But that is not reflected in the records. What he does have is a “history of being willing to do anything for money.” His biggest bribe was not in what the Iranians offered him, but occurred at the time he became the Minister of Energy in a left-wing government. He had no qualifications for the job, “except one.”

His was a crucial seat in the Israeli Knesset during the vote on the Oslo deal with the PLO. As stated by Greenfield, “The idea of giving Arafat and his band of murderous killers a state was so politically toxic that even some members of the ruling Labor Party couldn’t bring themselves to vote for it.” But he could
and did!

To Daniel Greenfield, Segev was a nobody, a doctor in a country full of them. However, he happened to live in an area which was also the home of Rafael Eitan, “an irascible former general and fierce critic of appeasing terrorists” but having little ability to run a political movement.

Of the 3 Knesset members who joined the left, Segev became Minister of Energy while Alex Goldfarb was appointed the Deputy Minister of Housing. Segev had no qualifications for the job and Goldfarb, a Romanian immigrant, had been an electrician and a union activist. “The terror sellout passed 61-59. A brief chronology of Segev ‘s history from this time:
[a] Joined Yitzhak’s Rabin’s governing coalition in January 1995.
[b] October 1995 Knesset vote on Oslo 2 Accords.
[c] Lost seat in 1996 elections.
[d] Became a business man and was arrested in 2004 for attempting to smuggle 32,000 ecstasy [MDMA] tablets from Netherlands into Israel. Also illegally extended his diplomatic license and committed several offenses involving use of credit cards.
[e] Convicted in 2005 of drug smuggling, forgery and fraud. He received a 5 year prison sentence as well as a $27,500 fine. Released from prison in 2007 as a result of a 3rd of his sentence being cut due to satisfactory behavior in jail.
[f] Disbarred from functioning as a doctor, he departed to Nigeria where he was able to function as a business man and doctor.
[g] In 2016 he attempted to be reinstated as an Israeli physician to facilitate his return to Israel, but was rejected by the Israeli Health Ministry. Citing Minister Aryeh Deri, who had been jailed for bribery and yet been able to return to his former Knesset position, did not help Segev. At the time, he was allegedly working for the Islamic Republic of Iran.

According to Daniel Greenfield, Segev travelled to Iran, where he secretly received orders from Iranian officials, for passage to Israeli contacts. He also notes that former Tzomet MK Pini Badash described Segev as being a “paranoid megalomaniac who went from being the party’s most right-wing MK to selling out Israel for the bribe of a seat in Rabin’s cabinet.” He also points to former members of the conservative political party he betrayed who wanted to see him rot in jail.

One sees through Greenfield an uncaring individual whose actions many negative incidents. His treasonous acts resulted in an escalation in terrorism, leaving dead and wounded, shattered homes, blown up buses and growing cemeteries in their wake. He blames the implementation of Oslo entirely on Segev, although Alex Goldfarb was equally to blame..

On page 219, Of Sarah Honig’s book, ” Debunking the Bull: For Seekers of Another Tack”, she informs us that following Oslo, we no longer cynically refer to the victims of terrorism as “victims of peace.”She notes that the deadly tally amounted to 1,600 which when compared to 9/11 in the US proportionally amounted to 80,000 fatalities. While Americans remember the 9/11 disaster [whose relative toll is equivalent to 60 deaths in Israel], most workaday Israelis don’t instantly recognize 9/13 for the disaster it was.

Such is the profundity of the Oslo- imposed impassivity , “exacerbated by journalists and judges who failed to protect the public, which depended upon them.” Following the years, it is now abundantly clear that Oslo is a great flop, and yet establishment mouthpieces “depict it as an extraordinary breakthrough.”The interminable mind-numbing media mantra is all pervasive, while the opposition is stymied by an agenda-guided and politically interventionist judiciary unparalleled anywhere in the free world, observes Honig.

Yet, to her, the primary culprits are the politicians who brazenly betrayed our trust – from Tsomet MK’s Gonen Segev and Alex Goldfarb [who enabled Rabin to ratify Oslo by selling their votes for a ministerial appointment and a Mitsubishi, respectively]; and all the way to Ariel Sharon, Ehud Olmert and Tzipi Livni, who ditched the platform on which they were elected and cheated their voters to implement Oslo’s disengagement sequel.

Sarah Honig concludes with wisdom from historian Barbara Tuchman who asks, ” Why do holders of high office so often act contrary to the way reason points and enlightened self-interest suggests?” Her forthright answer is ,”wooden -headedness” i.e., both “the refusal to learn from experience” and “the source of self- deception.”

Such recurrent wooden-headedness, she argues “is a factor that plays a remarkably large role in government. It consists of assessing a situation in terms of preconceived fixed notions while ignoring or rejecting any contrary signs. It is acting according to wish, while not allowing oneself to be deflected by the facts.”

About the Author
Alex Rose was born in South Africa in 1935 and lived there until departing for the US in 1977 where he spent 26 years. He is an engineering consultant. For 18 years he was employed by Westinghouse until age 60 whereupon he became self-employed. He was also formerly on the Executive of Americans for a Safe Israel and a founding member of CAMERA, New York (Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America and today one of the largest media monitoring organizations concerned with accuracy and balanced reporting on Israel). In 2003 he and his wife made Aliyah to Israel and presently reside in Ashkelon.
Comments