Will Blesch

Brother’s Keeper: Part 2

Israeli police arrest a settler in Amona outpost in the West Bank, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017. Israeli forces have begun evacuating a controversial settlement Amona, which is the largest of about 100 unauthorized outposts erected in the West Bank without permission but generally tolerated by the Israeli government. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
Israeli police arrest a settler in Amona outpost in the West Bank, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017. Israeli forces have begun evacuating a controversial settlement Amona, which is the largest of about 100 unauthorized outposts erected in the West Bank without permission but generally tolerated by the Israeli government. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)



About a month ago, I wrote an article that gave some background on the legal case of the Amona community in Israel. It was entitled “Brother’s Keeper: Part 1” and you can Read it Here.

Now, the story has progressed to its almost foregone conclusion.

The Israeli Supreme Court ruled in favor of Yesh Din (because hey … activist judges), the IDF gave “evacuation” orders to the Amona community leaders before the court had even ruled, and yesterday (February 1, 2017) the border police carried out the forced removal (ethnic cleansing) of Jews, by Jews, from legally purchased land.

This is a story of heartbreak and betrayal.

Of course, we get the sanctimonious, hypocritical, “heartfelt sympathy” of the left wing MKs in the Knesset.

We cannot belittle the feelings of the residents. This is a hard time for them and they are uncertain about their future. My heart goes [out] to those who were misled by cynical and opportunist politicians,” (But) “We are a state of law, and our power derives from obeying the law. We cannot allow the images from 11 years ago to happen again, when soldiers and policemen were hurt. Honor the court ruling – we have no other country.” – Zionist Union MK Ayelet Nahmias-Verbin (1)

And, piously urging residents of Amona to leave of their own free will:

Do it of your own will. There is a limit on how long you can stretch the court ruling and drag [out] this story. Don’t you dare hurt a soldier or a policeman, although you are in pain and disappointed.” – Zionist Union MK Eitan Broshi. (1)

I wonder how they would feel if Yesh Din, B’Tselem, and Peace Now began making petitions to the court on behalf of non-existent Muslim residents in Jaffa or Kibbutz Gvat and their houses and homes were threatened?

Oh! But they live in Israel proper! They don’t live beyond the green line! They’re “legal” Israelis!

(They would do well to remember that it wasn’t so long ago that the world considered them Ashkenazi, European, Colonialist, interlopers … and illegitimate. But, never mind history! They would turn their noses up, wave their hands in the air in an arrogant fashion, and say “Yalla, Kadima.”)

These self-righteous Jews with their imaginary moral high ground. They make me shake my head in wonder.

But ok.

I understand them. They are holding to their radical left-wing, Ashkenazi elitism.

I get it. As a red blooded, Western minded, American who believes in the idea of “To the Victor Belong the Spoils,” their cowardly hand waving and their “we only have one country, let’s give half of what we fought for back to non-existent Muslim owners so the world will love us!” mantra disgusts me.

But, again, I know where it comes from. (Jewish Ghettos in Europe, and their mentality never changed.) I get it.

What I do not understand in the slightest is the attitude and complete cowardice of those who are supposed to be right wing. The leftwing talking heads pontificate and opine, but it has only been under right wing governments that Jews have been forcibly removed from legally purchased land.

It has only been under the administrations of Likud/Kadima/Likud governments that ethnic cleansing of Jews, by Jews, has occurred. The first in Gaza (making it Judenrein) and now in Amona.

This is cowardice, and frankly I am utterly surprised that Likud voters remain with the party.

“What alternative is there?” many whine.

No one wants Bayit HaYehudi! They’re racist! (A common epithet these days against any person or group with whom one disagrees. Label them racists, and demonize them, and poof … you isolate them, marginalize them, and they gain no support.)

The truth is, however, that it is not Bayit Yehudi, or any of the other splinter groups like Moshe Feiglin’s that are threatening Jewish communities within Israel.

(What? *hand to the ear* Oh! Ok, ok … within the West Bank … you know, that area Jews won in a defensive war, and that …you know … Americans in the same situation would have held onto … and who would have told everyone, under the same circumstances, that if they object, well they could go straight to hell.)

But I digress.

It’s the cowardice of the Likud. It’s the power of the Likud. It’s the King of the Likud.

It is cowardice because this right wing government has the power to stand up to the activist Supreme Court of Israel. It has the power to go over the objections of the radical left. And instead, they do a lot of moralizing and pontificating of their own.

MK Hazan (Likud), went to Amona and said, while screaming at Bayit HaYehudi MK Smotrich who was also there: “Don’t talk about owning the land of Israel, you take no responsibility! Tell Bennett to go home! Tell Bennett to go home! Because anyone who can look these people in the eye, and tell them, ‘You won’t leave this mountain,’ and he comes and has his picture taken and he makes commitments and then goes home – isn’t worthy of being here!

The Likud did not promise anything, did not try to make anyone feel better… It hurts me to think of this guy, it hurts me to think of these public figures. Not everything is about slogans and promises! He needs to go and learn how to act appropriately!” (2)

He’s right. The Likud didn’t promise the people of Amona anything really. Anyone who thought that the Likud had the best interests of Am Yisrael in mind was an idiot! We understand now! That’s been made abundantly clear. Likud leaders have consistently, since 2005, joined hands with the radical left to the detriment of the Jewish people.

Make no mistake. The Likud’s is a betrayal that is every bit as bad as that of Cain to his brother. And today, just like Cain denying responsibility, the Likud is shouting out “Am I my brother’s keeper?” (3)

It is my sincere hope that Likud voters will wake the hell up and either change leadership … or jump ship and join parties that actually stick to their conservative, Zionist, principles.

Cause the proudly proclaimed Zionist principles of the Likud are not worth any paper they happen to be printed upon.


(1) Smotrich to ‘Post’: I call on all Israelis to come out and fight

(2) Likud MK: Bennett needs to quit over Amona

(3) The Torah. The Book of Genesis. Chapter 4. Verses 8-9.

ח  וַיֹּאמֶר קַיִן, אֶל-הֶבֶל אָחִיו; וַיְהִי בִּהְיוֹתָם בַּשָּׂדֶה, וַיָּקָם קַיִן אֶל-הֶבֶל אָחִיו וַיַּהַרְגֵהוּ.

ט  וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוָה אֶל-קַיִן, אֵי הֶבֶל אָחִיךָ; וַיֹּאמֶר לֹא יָדַעְתִּי, הֲשֹׁמֵר אָחִי אָנֹכִי.

About the Author
Will Blesch is a marketing consultant and the CEO of Breakthrough Business Branding, a strategic marketing and advising firm. He is also politically active, a resident of the Tel Aviv area, an American immigrant, an author and an avowed film fanatic.
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