The Year of Erosion

by Arieh Eldad, Ma’ariv, December 28, 2007

If one’s car is totaled in an accident, he needs to thank Heaven by reciting the blessing “HaGomel” in synagogue and take comfort in the insurance money that enables him to purchase a new car. But if one survives an accident by the skin of his teeth and the insurance assessors decide that the wreck must be repaired, he is now condemned to drive a twisted, worthless, stalling hulk that is doomed to continual and rapid erosion. In the summer of 2006, Israel came out of the war in Lebanon in pieces. Despite public clamor for the prime minister’s resignation and new elections – Olmert held fast to his chair and insisted on repairing the twisted government, and the public that was condemned to continue being led by the man who caused the crash – continues to be worn down in despair. Though we are rid of former Chief of Staff Halutz and former Defense Minister Peretz, the man most responsible is still sitting behind the wheel and speeding towards the abyss.

Ted Belman; As you read this keep in mind that the author is intending to contest the next election under the new party Hatikva and here.


So what happened this year? Hizbullah rearmed and Nasrallah is still holding our soldiers prisoner and laughing at our collapse. Hamas become a state in Gaza, established an army, and is armed to the teeth with weapons smuggled across the Philadelphia Corridor, which we in our foolishness abandoned. The Hamas and Jihad fired thousands of rockets and artillery shells at the western Negev, which is being ground down. Thousands of Sderot’s residents left the city. Sderot faces deadly rocket fire from without and the rot of corruption from within, and the State of Israel has offered no solutions. The war to eradicate Hizbullah, which was expected this summer, did not happen, because the IDF – despite a much-delayed but huge investment in training – is still not ready to fight. Another reason there was no war to eliminate Hizbullah and Hamas is that our leadership does not have clearly defined national goals; meanwhile, Hamas, Hizbullah, and Syria are getting stronger and stronger.

Corruption is eroding the state. The deputy prime minister is a convicted sex offender, the prime minister faces four criminal investigations, the Finance Ministry’s general accountant who dared reveal the prime minister’s crimes was dismissed. Former ministers are serving in the Knesset as their trials progress, and others are awaiting their trials while still sitting in their ministerial offices.

Wherever the IDF is, we are successfully defeating terrorism. And every place from which we have retreated, the terrorists are winning, grinding us down. The construction of the monstrous Security Fence, which has cost 10 billion shekels, was stopped. Only half of it was built and even that half is full of holes. Even so, terrorism from Judea and Samaria is at its lowest level since the Oslo accords. Of course, not because of the fence, but because the General Security Service and the IDF have taken the war to the Palestinians in their cities, and only thus can you defeat terrorism. But those who pushed to build the fence, with Haim Ramon at their head, never intended that the fence should protect us. They cynically played with the national fear of suicide terrorists in order to be able to establish a Palestinian state on the other side of the fence. Our entire country will look like Sderot as soon as the Olmert-Ramon-Livni plan is implemented. These three are sure they will never have to pay the price, because the nation has already despaired of any possibility of change.

Hundreds of terrorists were freed in gestures meant to strengthen Abu Mazen, who has only become weaker. He exerts no control over his own policemen in the Fatah gangs. A few days ago we learned that a special ministerial committee was established whose sole purpose is to free more murderers by more flexibly redefining the words “those who have blood on their hands.” Our words have eroded and our principles have been ground to dust. The laundering of words has grown into an industry designed to clean the blood stains from the hands of the murderers. All of our leadership has sworn its loyalty to Jerusalem and the unity of the city thousands of times. But he who has betrayed Eretz Israel does not find it hard to betray Jerusalem. Olmert, Ramon, and Lieberman are all ready to redivide the city and give half of it to the Arabs. In our post-Zionist state, Zionist values have eroded. Settlement is no longer a value. Jerusalem is no longer a value. Even self-defense is no longer a value. The leaders of Israel want to bring in a foreign army to fight for us.

The results of our military failure in Lebanon completely eroded Israel’s position in the United States. He who was unable to defeat a few hundred Hizbullah terrorists is obviously not worth having as a strategic ally. Therefore President Bush rushed to betray Israel right after Annapolis by revealing the intelligence report that claims Iran abandoned its plans to develop nuclear weapons. Israel, which has been arguing for several years that Iran is not its problem but rather the world’s problem – is now alone.

So, did nothing happen this past year?

Yes, something happened. And according to foreign news reports there was a nuclear installation there.

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  1. Eldad is starting to piss me off. We don’t need a rehash of what we already know. What are you suggesting we do not give a recent history problem, but more important what is Eldad doing to bring about the desired change?IF NOT NOW WHEN?

  2. Yamit,

    Look at this:

    “The results of our military failure in Lebanon completely eroded Israel’s position in the United States. He who was unable to defeat a few hundred Hizbullah terrorists is obviously not worth having as a strategic ally. Therefore President Bush rushed to betray Israel right after Annapolis by revealing the intelligence report that claims Iran abandoned its plans to develop nuclear weapons. Israel, which has been arguing for several years that Iran is not its problem but rather the world’s problem – is now alone.”

    If this is what Eldad thinks, forget about any real change. He is just going to be Netanyahu no. 2.

  3. Few in Israel would disagree with the analysis. Israel’s leadership is corrupt, stupid and incompetent. About the only thing it does well is keep itself in power to the detriment of the country’s future. The only thing than animates the government is what it can get for itself. The national interest be damned. Despite having a two percent approval rating, it stays in power because the Likud is not perceived to be very different except on style. In a post-Zionist era, Israel is lacking a fresh political option that can for lack of a better term, be called distinctively Jewish. And it only by returning to its Jewish roots that Israel can be saved.

  4. Norman Pls. explain part re: Jewish roots?

    n a post-Zionist era, Israel is lacking a fresh political option that can for lack of a better term, be called distinctively Jewish. And it only by returning to its Jewish roots that Israel can be saved.

  5. Yamit,

    The disagreement was not related to this article. Go to the article about Beit-Lechem. I have explained it there.

  6. Norman is 100% correct. That’s it.

    By the way, it’s a pleasure to hear this from a NormanF, for the other NormanF that I’ve read is perhaps the most antisemitic Jew in the US!

    Barukh habah, Norman!

  7. Shalom Yamit,

    Re: “Jewish roots”;

    Being too far away from the situation on the ground hinders analysis. Sometimes being too close also hinders.

    “Jewish roots” or Jewish foundations are terms with meaning and famous examples.

    One Jewish root is the 2nd and 3rd party knowledge that Jewish communities can exist under conditions others cannot. Illustrative: Rome ghetto, Pale of Settlement, China,…

    Another root or foundation stone is the social support system(s). Matzah sent to Dunshanbe, Tijikistan for less than 20 elderly Jews is symbolic of this.

    Another Jewish root is the most advanced medical care and delivery. Isn’t it an open secret the Saudi royal family uses (used?) Hadassah Medical Center, Mt Scopus ?

    King Hussain of Jordan had a Jewish MD in London.

    Another Jewish root is education in all its aspects.

    Does former Minister of Education Shulamit Aloni represent anything ?

    I had fun writing this.

    Kol tuv,

    cc: Norman F;

    Kol Hakoved Norman !

  8. South you confuse concept of Jewish roots with application of some of the the most mundane of them… I don’t think Norman and you are on the same page here? keep trying though as you do have an un orthodox way of seeing things

  9. Shalom Yamit,

    Only sought to offer applications.

    OK, a Jewish concept is not to consume human flesh or pigs. Any pork products in Israel?

    Another Jewish concept is the Sanhedrin. They’ve “sinned” before and modern versions continue the corruption,now with the consequences of mass murder of Jews.

    Are Jewish concepts different…not the practice; the concepts…between the orthodox and those not affiliated? I ask this because Jewish concepts are different within the various orthodox groups.

    Learning from stories is a concept we use. Jeremiah told Zedekiah that Jerusalem is doomed. Aren’t we to read the story and study it so as to further Jewish life?

    Am I missing something ?

    Kol tuv,

  10. Alex for arguments sake in this context I choose Orthodox as it as close as we have to original intent and they are the hereditary keepers and passers on of our primary knowledge. For practical reasons all of orthodoxy fits this definition. That is the only reason I personally tolerate them as I believe that they perform a necessary function for all Jews. The rest about them I can argue with you about. My big quarrel with them is that their Judaism has been morphed, due to 2000 years of trying to survive in a Gentile world. Their Judaism has been no less corrupted by the dominate culture than most secular Jews. At least the secular Jews are more honest but more ignorant and that is why we need the dosciim. They hold the knowledge and the secrets that need to be preserved.

    Yes we have pigs and Pig meat but we also have half million non Jewish Slavs and almost a million Jewish Slavs who like pig so what to do. At least our pig is raise on holy land eats holy food and craps holy crap. We are not allowed by law to import pig meat and products so our pigs are at least SABRA PIGS! STORIES? Everybody got stories I like Native American Indian Stories real beautiful and spiritual. Nothing particularly Jewish in this!

    Oh yes Sanhedrin as you know without the Temple no Sanhedrin but we do have an adhoc sanhedrin that makes rulings without enforcement powers.

  11. Shalom Yamit,

    Now I know why the scholars said the Babylon Talmud was more exacting than the Jerusalem Talmud.

    Holy Land is holy only for certain holy reasons. A homicide committed by a Jew against a Jew or gentile is not a holy matter.

    I still do not believe Col Mickey Marcus was killed by accident.

    As you pointed out, we are dealing in concepts and obviously not geography.

    Kol tuv,

  12. South shalom habibi! For centuries the Babaylonian Talmud was considered the primary source nostly due to it was more extensive but much like the arguments between the Houses of Hillel and Shamai since 48 the Yerushalme Talmud as gained acendency as it relates more directly to the Land of Israel then the Babylonian Talmud and the followers of Shamai as well. Difficult to hold ultra liberal concepts when being threatened both physically and spiritually. The Pendulum has swung in favor of more strict conservatism.

    We are talking concepts not geography RIGHT Any way what the hell are you still doing over there?

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