20 May '14..
Several weeks ago I traveled to London to take part in a panel discussion. The event was sponsored by the Jewish Agency and the local Jewish community and focused on the issue of two states for two people. I went for less than a day, but the impression the trip left me with hasn't even begun to dissipate. Two additional women joined me on the podium: one left-winger, who spent her childhood in picnics with Arabs (meaning she was an activist, an ideologue, not just a left wing sympathizer who hates Arabs and wants to be rid of them). The other was truly left wing. Post-Zionist. Undoubtedly a balanced panel.
I was forced to sit at the table and hear my beloved land called “Israel-Palestine,” to understand that there are Jews who think the State of Israel should be completed annulled.
Whereas the leftist was suggesting all sorts of illogical and unrealistic solutions, given that a day before the debate, Tzipi Livni’s negotiations ended in a resounding crash, the post-Zionist simply lied. With the leftist I could deal: she spoke of two states for two people, although reality has shown that neither side agrees with this concept. I disagreed with her views, but at least she spoke with dignified coherence.
The lies sounded by the radical leftie confused and delighted me. It was the only ray of sun on the trip (except for the shopping and the fact that the audience was surprisingly supportive of my views). They confused me because I had prepared myself to deal with facts, not with lies. The audience, nurtured on media which by and large leans to the left, cannot differentiate between facts and lies. It was my word against hers, regardless of what those words were based on.
Why did her lies delight me? Because ideology is useless, or so I hope, if it is not based on reality. If the post-Zionists are forced to invent and twist facts in order to buttress their view of the world - they are bound to fail.
I'll give you an example. I said: There are large red signs at the entrance to Area A (the part of the West Bank under full Palestinian control) which forbid Israelis from entering, for fear they will be murdered. On the other hand, there’s nothing stopping the Arabs from entering any place in Israel. That is - an Arab from Bethlehem can enter a settlement, and many Bethlehem residents do so, working and trading with us, whereas a resident of the very same settlement cannot enter Bethlehem for fear he will pay with his life.
This is factually true: dozens of Jews were murdered in recent years inside Area A. Not a single Arab was murdered for entering a settlement (except for those who were shot when they tried to murder Jews inside their own settlements, but that’s beside the point). This is an argument that should be seriously considered and dealt with because it basically means that the Arabs want to kill Jews, and even do so on many occasions, whereas the Jews don’t want to murder Arabs. In other words: one cannot make peace with a blood thirsty people (or religion, in this case).
The post-Zionist rejected this argument, saying it was false. Jews can enter Area A and she has done so many times. She has friends in Jenin and Ramallah whom she visits, and she was never murdered. At this point even the audience understood that she was totally twisting reality. They, too, remembered the widows of the two Israeli murdered by a lynch mob in Ramallah, and all those families in which the husband just “popped out to get his car fixed in the Palestinian Authority” and never came back.
There was no need to argue with her lie, only to say that she remains alive time after time because the Palestinians need her. They need someone who will travel the world for them and spread lies, because she is an excellent PR tool. The minute she stops doing so - she would be advised to stop and read the red sign and reconsider whether to go in.
This was one of many lies. The evening ended on a heavy note for me. I have never met anyone so consumed with self hate and shame at being Jewish, and I have no wish to do so again. What surprised me was the fact that she had been invited to speak in the first place; in the name of pluralism one could have chosen views that are more significantly represented and visible in Israeli society, and they, how shall I put it, are Zionist.
Karni Eldad is a musician, married, and a mother of two, a resident of Tekoa (West Bank).