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Over the years, I had the doubtful joy of speaking with Israeli Zionists belonging to the right and left sides of the political spectrum. Strikingly, the differences between them were not political in nature, but mainly an issue of style. Rightists were acidly sarcastic, while leftists were naively sarcastic. Both abused the Biblical language, while snatching every opportunity to offend others. On November 19, 2012, the Hebrew media provided an awesome example of that while commenting on the barbaric Israeli offensive on Gaza, Operation Pillar of Cloud.

Avner Fainguelernt

Avner Fainguelernt

Protests in Israel

Protests in Israel

Yedioth Aharonot—the largest Hebrew newspaper—published an op-ed titled like this article “Try Talking to Hamas.” The column was written by Dr. Avner Fainguelernt, an educator and independent filmmaker, who lives in a Gaza vicinity kibbutz. I won’t enter into Israeli social subtleties, but this short biography is enough to identify him as a “smolan,” a “leftist.” Yet, a Labor government was the one to allow the first settlements in the West Bank while a Likud government was the one to diminish discrimination against Mizrahi Jews. Who is right-wing? Who is left-wing? These obsolete political terms are irrelevant. All of them claim to pursue peace while encouraging violence and discrimination. Let me jump to the article's end, when addressing the Israeli leadership in general, he wrote: "You owe us the preliminary and most basic thing—talking to Hamas—if you wish to gain our trust. You have tried out all the weapons in the world. The only thing you haven’t really tried out is the simple, required dialogue." Israeli sarcasm is seldom written down; however, the author provided a rare opportunity to witness leftist naivety to the extreme.

Gaza City | Operation Pillar of Cloud

Gaza City | Operation Pillar of Cloud

 

Odd Coincidences

The following is a short table showing the dates of various elections to the Knesset (all except the first one) and military events that occurred just before the elections. During the early times, this looks innocent. The war actions were continuous and to some extent imposed by others. The turning point was probably in 1969, when casual operations drove the politicians’ attention to the fact that military operations can be used to get votes. After the disastrous Yom Kippur War, two small operations improved the self-esteem of the IDF, The 1977 elections were lost by Labor despite the success of Operation Entebbe; this was a delayed result of the 1973 war. Afterwards, it has been pure cynicism. Both government and opposition used military operations in order to improve their results. The worst events belong to Begin, who bombed the Iraqi nuclear reactor days before the elections and won (though barely so), and to a desperate Peres, who engaged in Operation Grapes of Wrath after Rabin's assassination; yet he lost after a successful use by Netanyahu of the then frequent bus suicide-bombers against Peres. Operation Cast Lead in 2009 and the ongoing Operation Pillar of Cloud just before the January 2013 elections are superb examples. It seems mini-wars have become a requested prelude to elections in Israel.

Elections Date

Military Operation

July 30, 1951

Retribution Operations against Fedayeen and Operation Ezra and Nehemiah

July 26, 1955

Retribution Operations against Fedayeen

November 3, 1959

Retribution Operations against Fedayeen

August 15, 1961

Retribution Operations against Fedayeen

November 1, 1965

Retribution Operations against Fedayeen

October 28, 1969

Operations Boxer, Bulmus 6, Raviv (the Ten-Hour War) and Escort

December 31, 1973

Yom Kippur War, Operations Doogman 5 and Abirey-Halev

May 17, 1977

Operation Entebbe on previous July

June 30, 1981

Operation Opera against Iraqi nuclear reactor

July 23, 1984

Kav 300 Affair

November 1, 1988

Assassination of Abu Jihad in Tunis

June 23, 1992

Assassination of Hezbollah leader Abbas al-Musawi

May 29, 1996

Operation Grapes of Wrath

May 17, 1999

Barak promised to withdraw Lebanon if elected

January 28, 2003

Operation Defensive Shield

March 28, 2006

Squirms between Hezbollah and the IDF previous to the elections, the Second Lebanese War right after them

February 10, 2009

Operation Cast Lead

January 22, 2013

Operation Pillar of Cloud

Right and Left

Right and Left

This table supports what I have claimed in previous articles dedicated to Operation Pillar of Cloud. This operation was born out of Benjamin Netanyahu's electoral considerations. On the same day that the abovementioned article was published, Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan publicly claimed the same, saying "Before this election, they (Israel) shot these innocent people in Gaza for reasons they fabricated," he told reporters in Istanbul and added "Israel is a terror state." Egyptian President Morsi, speaking Saturday night at a joint news conference with Mr. Erdogan, accused Israel of failing to abide by an earlier cease-fire with Hamas, which had been negotiated by Egypt a week earlier. “Israel is an occupying country, and international laws oblige occupiers with many things that Israel doesn’t abide by,” President Morsi said. “If the situation was further escalated, or if a land invasion took place as Israelis have said, this would mean dire consequences in the region, and we could never accept that, and the free world could never accept that.” We are witnessing Netanyahu's pre-election stunt; yet, the Israeli left, looking forward at its own opportunity to stage one, claims that this is a clear case of the right's unwillingness to speak and compromise. Is this naivety or the reptilian cynicism of the agressor?

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