"If not for an organization such as Palestinian Media Watch, we would know almost nothing" about Arab terror and incitement, says Israeli news
Headline: "In the name of getting rid of Netanyahu, the political party of the three [former] chiefs of staff was prepared to sit down to negotiations with a political party whose platform eliminates the Jewish state and whose heads support terrorists"
"It is no longer really important how the coalition negotiations end and whether [the Israeli political party] Blue and White will succeed in establishing a minority government or not. The ethical and moral sin that the party of the three [former] chiefs of staff has signed off on can no longer be reversed.
No matter how you look at it, you cannot escape the bottom line: Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz, Lt. Gen. [Moshe] ‘Bogie’ Ya'alon, Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi, and their comrades – the heart of the Zionist mainstream – sat down this week to negotiations with a party that rejects the State of Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people and whose people seek to abolish the symbols of the state, its anthem, and its flag, and have declared these positions that undermine the entire Zionist vision as positions worthy of bringing before the public. As noted, whether this or another coalition is established in the end, this idol has already been brought with honor into the temple of legitimate Israeli discourse.
Since there is an incessant attempt here to blur the facts, it is important to explain that the confrontation between Zionist Israel and the Joint [Arab] List is not like other arguments about raising taxes, the gas outline, or operating public transportation on Shabbat. The confrontation with the Joint List is over the basis. Over the foundation. Over the justice of our existence here.
Their Israeli Parliament members, not the 'extremists' of Balad but rather the 'moderates' of Hadash – Ayman Odeh, Aida Touma-Sliman, and Yousef Jabareen – have signed a number of documents on the vision of Arab society in Israel. What are in these documents of the vision? In one phrasing or another and in one emphasis or another, they contain revoking the Law of Return and a demand to make the question of whether someone wishing to immigrate to Israel is Jewish or not irrelevant.
They contain a demand to grant the Arab refugees from the [Israeli] War of Independence a 'right of return' that includes automatic naturalization and the return of their property by the state. They contain a demand to revoke the definition of the State of Israel as a Jewish state and to abolish the symbols of the state, including the national anthem and the blue and white flag. The meaning of what they are fighting for is the abolishment of the state of the Jews.
'What difference does it make what is written in their platform,' I heard asked this week, 'does anyone imagine that Gantz will cooperate with them to abolish Israel as a Jewish state?' An excellent question. And indeed, political agreements, including coalition agreements, are always signed between parties that do not see eye to eye on all issues on the agenda, and on their way to an agreement everyone is willing to concede something.
As long as it is an agreement between socialists and capitalists, between left and right, or between religious and secular, it is possible to find, among mutual concessions, common ground. For the socialist is no better than the capitalist, the leftist is no better than the right-winger; the religious person is no better than the secular person, and [right-wing Israeli Parliament Member] Betzalel Smotrich is no better than [leftist Israeli Parliament Member] Tamar Zandberg. They simply view the world differently.
The matter is not similar here. The union that Gantz, Ashkenazi, Yair Lapid, and Ya'alon are now leading is not a union of two legitimate positions of people who disagree. It is a union between good and evil; between those who believe in our right to a Jewish state and those who fight against it; between those who think that the murderers of Jews are heroic Martyrs and those who view them as a bitter enemy. There is no middle ground between these two. There is no legitimate median. Good and evil cannot be combined into something that is a little good and a little evil. We fight evil…
But what can be said when, after all of this, Ya'alon – once chief of staff, once minister of defense – explains on [the Israeli army radio station] Galei Zahal, woe to the ears hearing it, that 'Moving out Netanyahu is a supreme goal' and therefore 'we have no choice but to be supported by the Joint [List].'
Beyond the political battles
Countless times over the years I have interviewed Israeli Parliament members from the Joint [List], from its various parts, and I asked them to comment on Arab terror. They have never had a problem with the murder of soldiers and the murder of settlers. Ya'alon prefers to head into a partnership with them, as long as the 'supreme goal,' moving out Netanyahu, is realized.
Take, for example, Chairman of the Joint List Ayman Odeh, who the media has been marketing for years as the moderate of the group. This is a man who views Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah as 'a role model of loyalty and sacrifice.'
This is a man… who has been photographed waving hands with leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) terror organization in Judea and Samaria Khalida Jarrar.
When Muhammad (sic., Mahmoud) Jabarin was released after sitting in prison for the murder of someone who was suspected of collaborating with Israel, Israeli Parliament Member from the Joint [List] Yousef Jabareen came to celebrate with him. Before he was released, Israeli Parliament Member Ahmed Tibi made a visit of encouragement to his mother. And when Lina Al-Jarbouni, who aided a member of Islamic Jihad who committed terror attacks in which 20 Israelis were murdered, left prison, the new allies of Blue and White made a visit to welcome her and organized a rally in her honor.
Your new political partners, former Chief Officer of Education Maj. Gen. Elazar Stern, published an ad containing the pictures of Abdallah Barghouti, responsible for the murder of 66 Israelis; of Marwan Barghouti, responsible for the murder of 5 Israelis; of Karim Younes, who murdered Israeli soldier Avraham Bromberg; and of [PFLP terror organization leader] Ahmad Sa'adat, who planned the murder of [Israeli] Minister [of Tourism] Rehavam Ze'evi. Alongside the pictures they published a song of praise: 'You are the glory of our nation, you are the leaders and the crown on our heads, and you are the masters… through you we will build a more beautiful tomorrow, through you we will continue and win.'
Your new partner, Ya'alon, is Tibi, the man behind the 'Speech of the Martyrs.' …This is a man you should have disqualified, regardless of all the political battles. 'The Martyr is the glory,' Tibi shouted there, 'The Martyr is the one who forges the path and outlines the path to liberation with his blood… There is nothing loftier than those who have died for the sake of the homeland.'
And do you know what is most amazing here? That we would know almost nothing that issues from the mouths of the Joint [List] members, and almost nothing of their statements of support for terror and murderers, and almost no post of theirs embracing terrorists if we relied only on the Arab affairs journalists, who should have told us about this. They, almost all of them, have been abusing their positions for years already.
After falling in love with the subjects of their coverage, they choose not to highlight what will harm their moderate image, the same false image that these journalists have been its public relations people all these years. If not for a journalist such as Yishai Friedman from [the Israeli paper] Makor Rishon, and if not for an organization such as Palestinian Media Watch, we would know almost nothing."
Khalida Jarrar – Palestinian Authority MP arrested by Israeli authorities on April 12, 2015, for being a member of the terror organization Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), for inciting to kidnap Israeli soldiers and inciting to terror. On Dec. 6, 2015 she was sentenced to 15 months in prison, fined 10,000 shekels, and given an additional suspended sentence of 10 months for incitement to violence and belonging to the PFLP terror organization. Jarrar was released in June 2016 following an international campaign on her behalf. She was arrested again in July 2017 and is being held in administrative detention that was extended in December 2017, and again in June 2018. The reasons for her administrative detention have not been released. Jarrar was released from detention on Feb. 28, 2019.
Khalil Jabarin - 16-year-old Palestinian terrorist who stabbed and murdered 45-year-old Israeli American civilian Ari Fuld, a father of four, in a supermarket parking lot at Gush Etzion Junction, south of Jerusalem, on Sept. 16, 2018. Before succumbing to his wounds Fuld, together with another civilian at the scene, shot and wounded Jabarin, leading to his capture.
Lina Al-Jarbouni - Israeli Arab female terrorist who was convicted March 9, 2004 of maintaining contact with and helping Islamic Jihad terrorists, conspiring to commit terrorist attacks, and aiding an enemy during war. Al-Jarbouni served 15 years in prison and was released in April 2017.
Abdallah Barghouti - Palestinian terrorist who prepared explosives for terror attacks in which 67 people were murdered: Sbarro restaurant in Jerusalem, Aug. 9, 2001 - 15 murdered; triple attack at Ben Yehuda pedestrian mall, Jerusalem, Dec. 1, 2001 - 11 murdered; Moment Café, Jerusalem, March 9, 2002 - 11 murdered; Sheffield Club, Rishon LeZion, May 7, 2002 - 15 murdered; Hebrew University, Jerusalem, July 31, 2002 - 9 murdered; Bus 4 in Tel Aviv, Sept. 19, 2002 - 6 murdered. Barghouti is serving 67 life sentences.
Marwan Barghouti – Palestinian terrorist and member of the Palestinian Authority parliament who is serving 5 life sentences for orchestrating three shooting attacks in which 5 people were murdered: one attack on the Jerusalem-Maale Adumim road (June 12, 2001) in which Greek Orthodox monk Tsibouktsakis Germanus was murdered by terrorists Ismail Radaida and Yasser Ah'Rabai, another attack at a gas station in Givat Zeev near Jerusalem (Jan. 15, 2002) in which Yoela Hen was murdered by terrorists led by Mohammed Matla, and one shooting and stabbing attack at the Seafood Market restaurant in Tel Aviv (March 5, 2002) in which Eli Dahan, Yosef Habi, and Police Officer Sergeant-Major Salim Barakat, were murdered by terrorist Ibrahim Hasouna. When arrested by Israel in 2002, Barghouti headed the Tanzim (Fatah terror faction). After he was convicted and imprisoned, he was re-elected as a member of the Palestinian Authority parliament. On Dec. 4, 2016, he was elected to Fatah's Central Committee.
Karim Younes - Israeli Arab serving a 40-year sentence for kidnapping and murdering Israeli soldier Avraham Bromberg in 1980 together with his cousin Maher Younes. Younes was originally sentenced to life in prison, but Israeli President Shimon Peres reduced his sentence in 2012. In May 2017 Younes was appointed by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas to the Fatah Central Committee.
Ahmad Sa’adat - serving a 30-year sentence for heading the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) terror organization. A song at a PFLP event also praised him for planning the assassination of Israeli Minister of Tourism Rehavam Ze'evi in 2001, but he has not been tried for this crime.