Yisrael Medad
Analyst and commentator on political and cultural issues.

If Only Ben-Ami Would Read Ben-Ami

Jeremy (“J Street”) Ben-Ami, son of Irgun hero, Yitshaq, refers to it as “a big deal’ that is “not going away”, well, as long he has enough money to advertise it.  As he writes to his supporters:

“Defying calls to postpone or cancel his upcoming political speech to Congress, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu doubled down. Not only is he still coming, he says, but he’s coming as the representative of all Jews, everywhere.”

For Jeremy, “That’s outrageous. It flies in the face of decades of custom and practice…Suddenly, he speaks for all of us?”

Jeremy and his J Streeters, “speak for ourselves”.  As for Netanyahu

He may speak as a representative of Israelis, but in undermining President Obama, who won the votes of almost 70 percent of American Jews in 2012, he doesn’t speak for us…when Netanyahu claims to represent us, he risks breaking that bond.

I believe that blog posts should be short, to the point and informative.  It helps if they have a proper degree of additional ingredients such as flippancy, sarcasm and a bit of restrained incredulity.

noSo, along those lines, may I suggest to Mr. Ben-Ami that:

a) he retreat from messing in Israel’s affairs;

b) ask his President to stop risking the breaking of the bond between Jews and America (see: “bunch of folks” and “random”) and stop being so “American first“;

c) reread his father’s book where this appears on page 544

Western political leaders have acquired a concern for ‘Arab-Palestinian homelessness’, which is selfishly economic rather than humanitarian. At the same time they ignore that three quarters of the original Palestine Mandate area is now under Palestinian-Arab rule. The sooner disaspora Jews and the Hebrew nation recognize these new realities, the stronger they will be.

The Hebrew renaissance offers a painful choice to Jews. They can live in the diaspora, often facing isolation, persecution and ambivalent identities, or they can return to their ancient land and face perils, but with a chance for honorable self-fulfillment and an end to wandering…

and a letter his father once wrote.

d) reread the title of his own book (hint: A New Voice for Israel).

After all that, even if he persists in his policy folly, I can assure him that Israel, the Zionist Israel, the historic homeland of the Jewish people, will still be willing to care for him and, should he require it, provide him with a refuge.


About the Author
Yisrael Medad, currently is a Research Fellow at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem and Deputy Editor of the English Language Anthology of Jabotinsky's Writings. American-born, he and his wife made Aliyah in 1970. He resides in Shiloh since 1981. He was a member of the Betar Youth Movement World Executive and is a volunteer spokesperson for the Yesha Council. He holds a MA in Political Science from the Hebrew University and is active is many Zionist and Jewish projects and initiatives.
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