Those pesky Israelis just can’t stop disappointing diaspora Jews

Some UK Jewish papers have already opened the ‘annexation front’, criticising Israel for unilateral action it may be about to take. I promised myself I would stay quiet on this until July – when I expected to be forced to stand up against an uproar from some of the small-but-vocal quarters of the diaspora community. It seems they are so eager to make a noise, they started early.

Most of those troubled by the annexation are also those deeply disappointed that Netanyahu successfully navigated every obstacle that he had to face. Fooled by the insane political analysis of those who actually believed their own hype, they somehow thought a coalition could be built to depose the right-wing block. For months they performed mathematical and ideological summersaults, building neverthere coalitions and putting numerous ideological enemies together in some farcical political alliance. Father Christmas had more chance of appearing in the halls of the Knesset.

According to certain elements in the Diaspora, those pesky Israelis just keep voting the wrong way. Oh, how they wish the Israelis were as clever or ‘woke’ as they are.

The ‘annexation’

To some, Israel assuming sovereignty over the Jordan Valley is merely an assertion of existing rights over highly strategic land, originally intended to be part of the Jewish homeland. To those still stuck in the mud of Oslo this is a blasphemous way of thinking. For them the Jordan Valley is in the ‘West Bank’ and therefore part of the future Palestinian state. If Israel is to hold onto it, it can only do so as part of a negotiated settlement with the Palestinians. If there are no talks – Israel must do nothing. They refer to this inaction as the ‘status quo’ and consider it holy.

This holiness only counts when it works in their political favour. When the Palestinians lobby the ICC to bring Israelis to the Hague or push the UNHRC to have companies operating in the ‘settlements’ named and then boycotted, they do not shout in protest. Some even applaud. Only Israel’s position vis-a-vis the ‘status quo’ must be maintained at all costs.

The land up for annexation comes as no surprise. In one of his final speeches to the Knesset, Yitzchak Rabin made it quite clear the Jordan Valley would remain in Israel:

jordan valley The original idea for annexation of this area had been put forward by Minister Yigal Alon to Levi Eshkol’s government as early as July 1967. All these people were on Israel’s political left. Control of the border with Jordan is of major strategic importance. Should Israel learn no lessons from its withdrawal from Southern Lebanon and Gaza, now both terrorist run enclaves. The failure of Oslo because of Arab violence taught Israel a hard lesson and has a cost – and that includes the necessity of Israel controlling the key border with Jordan.

The attack on Israel

The ‘wise and enlightened’ left-wing elements of Diaspora Jewry do not see it that way. Mick Davies wrote an article that Jewish News gave up their front page for.

Mick Davis

The piece is little more than a baby throwing his toys out of his pram because the Israeli election didn’t go his way. The piece is utter bunkum. Either Mick Davis knows the way Israeli coalition politics have ALWAYS worked – or he really should not be commenting at all. I wonder if he was as concerned about what the ‘people voted for’ when Rabin formed his wafer-thin majority to drag Arafat the terrorist from Tunis to Ramallah? Probably not.

Now I have no time for Davis and don’t particularly care what he thinks or says, but on this occasion the Jewish News clearly climbed on his back to push the opening salvo in the diaspora annexation war. They are making their own opinion known.

The Jewish news did run a response from Likud MK Sharren Haskel. As an Israeli politician, Haskel was far more polite to Mick Davis than I would have been, but it is part of her duty to nurture these ties. Unlike Mick’s front-page item, Jewish News tucked this away on page 22.

the Board of Deputies

What is taking place at the moment in the British diaspora is almost civil war. The Board did make a mistake, it over-accommodated a disproportionate number of Israel-critical voices. Once on board, the hard-left do what they always do – they seek to cause trouble, divide and rule. If you seek examples of the effectiveness of hard-left propaganda strategies – just look at how quickly they consumed the Labour Party. As with Corbynites, these lefty Jewish elements talk in pretty keywords, but act like fascists, using our own democratic principles against us. One prominent Deputy even tried to threaten me with a lawsuit UNLESS I gave up a source for one of my BOD exclusives (lol, as if that would frighten me). These people seek ever more divisive ways to push their own agenda. The failed survey was one of their goals.

Part of this annexation battle is not therefore actually directed at Israel at all, but rather at the Board and as a recruitment strategy for political groups such as Yachad. This is about using the annexation to push the BOD into being Israel critical and painting Israel as ‘anti-peace’ and in desperate need of a makeover.

The Jewish News happily oblige in giving this more room than it deserves and another opinion piece appeared recently. I am neither going to link to it nor reference the author as anything other than ‘X’. I do so not to protect him/her, but to protect me. It is part of the strategy that the left play exceedingly well. They put forward an opinion by using a young and usually female figurehead. When the response to the offensive opinion occurs, they hold the original author up as the victim of extremist, ageist and perhaps misogynistic abuse. They even managed to turn the tables after some said Kaddish for Hamas terrorists. Those poor youngsters who said Kaddish for Hamas terrorists, ticked off by older and wiser heads. How very dare we.

In my opinion these people are irrelevant snowflakes who, if they seek to air their voice in print, should grow a spine.

Included in the recent JN article is also the vile accusation that Israel is going ahead with this because it can do so under the cover of the pandemic. Lies and more lies. This is the kind of demonising ‘Jews use a virus’ nonsense expected from Electronic Intifada.

Fact: There have been three elections in Israel recently. As early as September 2019, Netanyahu vowed to annex the land as soon as he was returned to office. The only reason this is potentially happening in July 2020 and has not already occurred is because the election results brought stalemate. This has nothing to do with any virus and SHAME on any Jewish outlet that suggests it does.

Living through Oslo

There is actually a letter circulating now, from mostly Jewish youth in university. A few hundred signatures calling on the BOD to criticise Israel. There is little more twisted than seeing a letter from 400 spoilt Jewish youngsters in university whinging about Israel – at a time when their counterparts in Israel are in uniform, with guns, facing down terrorists. Do diaspora hard-left Jews have a right to speak. Yes, of course they do – just as we have a right to ridicule their privileged naivety.

Some of those who signed the letter even voted for the Labour Party in December. Some said prayers for Hamas terrorists. Other names in the list should know better. The truth is that this letter is an indictment of the British Jewish community – not of Israel. What have WE done, to create this. The letter is a mixture of ignorance and lies. It is full of the ‘end of days’ nonsense that the immature political animals on the left always use.

The pretence that Israel somehow has a viable partner at the moment is simply delusional. Those who are spreading these delusions to our children and teaching them to turn their backs on Israel by twisting the truth are almost guaranteeing that our grandchildren will not be Jewish. They think they are being clever – history will pen them as driving our community off a cliff. It may not bother them. It bothers me.

The Israeli left shifted to the centre because Oslo FAILED. No amount of shouting from Hendon or Temple Fortune will change that.

The truth is this. As much as Israelis would probably like to have the full support of all Diaspora Jewry, they know they cannot both have their cake and eat it. They are unable to look after their own security, deal with their own problems, worry about their children in the army, suppress terrorism, face down Hamas, accept there is no PA partner for peace, defend themselves, exist in the Middle East AND at the same time, manage to satisfy the naive fantasies of some Jewish residents of Hampstead or Hendon who want to be able to virtue signal in front of their friends.

Yes, you can have your opinion. But unless you are prepared to send your children to the army to defend the Jewish state, let us not pretend that opinion matters too much. You want a voice that counts? Make aliyah. But hey – July approaches – don’t forget to all write your opinion pieces and tell everyone how Israel has let you down. You are all so desperate to show it off to your friends and tell them how innovative Jews in Israel are – how dare those pesky Israelis keep spoiling it for you by worrying about their own security.



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48 thoughts on “Those pesky Israelis just can’t stop disappointing diaspora Jews

  1. Collier – “these lefty Jewish elements talk in pretty keywords, but act like fascists”

    Now, there’s a ‘keyword’, “fascists”.

  2. Good article David and you have now presumably donned your tin helmet and case-hardened codpiece awaiting the onslaught from the local worthies. I have few worries for your safety and sanity here. The standards of communal representation in the UK have been confused at best for decades and at worst are simply shambolic. But I suppose that their board rooms, golf clubs and masonic lodges are some way from Modiin, Hadera and Arad * so they’re playing to a different gallery.

    * Note to Diasporan readers. These are all places in Israel.

  3. “Those pesky Israelis just can’t stop disappointing diaspora Jews”

    Well, its minority cult in Israel and their lobbyers here in the UK are giving Jews a foul name.

    1. Which ones irk you more Michael, the 6 million here in Israel that lived or the 6 million that died?

      You have real problems with both.

      1. The 17 million that died have my sympathies.

        Israel, on the old right-wing path of occupation, annexation and striving for ‘racial purity’ has my contempt.

        1. Your contempt has my contempt as does your ignorance and prejudice.

          Have you never stopped to wonder why so many Israelis reject your left-wing philosophy and political stance? Is it because you think they’re too thick to recognise what you know is best for them? Or is it because like Mick Davis you’re arrogant enough to think that you do know what’s best for them and the future of the State?

          Why don’t you let Israelis decide what kind of government and policies which they believe will best serve their interests? After all, they’re the ones in the firing line. They’re the ones who face the rockets almost on a daily basis. They’re the people who LIVE the situation. And what do you do apart from shooting off your big mouth, giving tacit support to those who want to destroy them – read the Hamas Charter and the PA / Fatah / PLO / BDS mission statements – and spouting propaganda aimed at turning Jews in this country against Israel?

          If you were a REAL man as opposed to a Pally Propaganda Parrot, you’d pack up and move to Israel where you would be free to promote your ideology and policies to Israelis and encourage them to vote for a government that would enact them. But you won’t because you don’t have the courage or integrity to do that, do you? I guess you’re just another pathetic left-wing loser who tries to create some self-esteem and recognition by subscribing to the conventional anti-Israel rhetoric. Sad.

          1. Don’t remember mentioning Palestinians.

            You’re an idiot, Charlie.

            1. Happy 75th Anniversary of VE Day!

              Your Sand Nazi Grand Pooofti was crying his snake eyes out..

              Happy Nakba Sharmuta!

  4. Collier tweets – “Today marks the 75 anniversary since #VEday.
    That victory came at enormous cost

    There are those who seek to change its meaning. We should not let them.

    There is truth in –
    who we fought
    what we fought
    why we fought

    This freedom is ours to cherish
    We are forever in their debt”

    Enormous cost indeed. It is estimated that some 70–85 million people perished.

    “There are those who seek to change its meaning. We should not let them.”

    Yes, there are those that would seek to make the ‘6 million Holocaust’ the defining memory of that century though more than the estimated 6 million died, others swelled that figure to 17 million. As far as the Holocaust is concerned, that is the figure we must remember.

    Russia alone lost an estimated 28 million fighting Hitler.

    Two people who weren’t fighting Hitler were Jewish terrorists Menachem Begin and
    Shamir, not for them the fight against Hitler. They fought against those that fought Hitler.

    Israel later rewarded their terrorism by having them as leaders of Israel.

      1. Your outburst leads me to believe that you’re ignorant of facts.

        Which of my facts were you unaware of, Charlie?

        1. Michael, if you go back 5 articles, you were going to tell me whether you thought Yasser Arafat was as worthy a recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize as Menachem Begin. Are you ready yet?

          1. Remind me, Ian. I think you’re lying. But then you do work for David. To be expected.

            1. You always get yourself tangled up like this when you deviate from your 4 slogans Michael and express real opinions.

              You didn’t want to comment on whether Yasser Arafat was as worthy a recipient of The Nobel Peace Prize as Menachem Begin. You said you wanted to do deeper research. Have you done it yet?

              1. Wrong. I posted.

                “I would have to scrutinise his entire life were I to even attempt to answer that question. I would also have to research the value of the award.”

                Your comprehension bombs again? …. unless you’re lying.

                You do work for David remember.

                1. Michael, we’ll play this game for a while, maybe even a few more articles. You’ll do all your usual slogans and sidesteps and I’ll keep reminding you of the question and I’ll keep going as long as you do. So, do you want to consider this now or keep up the 2nd gear activism a while longer?

                    1. More 3-letter responses would do your sub-bilge resume (richly earned) some good. You could achieve the rank of scumbag troll, which right now you aren’t even creative enough to earn. Get to work, you bum!

  5. Shabbat Shalom David to you & family, stay safe and well. I am a South London born Plonker who made Aliyah many decades ago, served in the IDF & live in Tel Aviv . Nothing has changed with the timid hard left leadership of British Jewry at the BOD since the end of WW2 & probably never will, I call them “Court Jews” and members of the Tribe of Trembling Israelites. IMO its a shame that the Jewish Chronicle did not fold as it too has been a bastion of anti-Israel & anti-Zionist sentiment for decades just like the BOD . Wishing you good luck with your blog & if you have a Disqus account you are invited to comment on our pro-Israel blog ntjp news

  6. Interesting post

    Brings to mind something I read on Mondoweiss a few days ago.

    About 35 Jewish and Israeli academics wrote a letter complaining about the fact that the German Antisemitism representative had called for a BDS supporting academic from SA to be stopped from speaking at an event.

    This South African academic has previously called for Israeli academics to be banned from speaking at universities and colleges as part of the academic boycott of Israel.

    These Jewish and Israeli academics were calling for this SA academic, who wants Israeli academics to be banned, to be allowed to speak in the name of freedom of speech and expression.

    This would be akin to Jewish academics in Germany in the mid 1930s calling for support for the anti-Jewish laws of the Nazis banning Jews from working in German universities and colleges.

    This is no reference to the Holocaust, because the Holocaust only started a few years later.
    What banning Jews from academia did do, was it helped lay the foundation for the coming mass murders of the Jews, aka The Holocaust

    Sometimes Jews seem to be their own biggest enemies, by trying to get approval from those who would do them harm

  7. The Jewish people have always suffered from traitors from within–so the current Jewish left is hardly new

    1. Wow …. some Jews have different views than other Jews, different standards?

      How self-hating. How rabidly anti-Semitic. How hateful towards others too.

      Get a grip!

  8. Collier has the gall to tweet “Palestinians allied with the Nazis in WW2 to plan to destroy the Jews of the ME”

    What Collier hasn’t tweeted is that his hero Jewish terrorist Itzhak Shamir sought an agreement with Nazi Hitler to attack the British in Palestine.

    This potential Nazi ally went on to become an Israeli Prime Minister.

    Says it all about the right-wing military state of Israel. Another terrorist hero of David’s Menachem Begin was also rewarded for his butchery by being himself appointed as Prime Minister.

    Yep, Israel applauds its terrorist leaders.

    1. Begin won the Nobel Peace Prize Michael. So did Yasser Arafat – inventor of the Palestinian People in 1967. Were they both worthy winners?

        1. So your response “Yep” means you do regard both Begin and Arafat as worthy recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize Michael.

          Good. We will return to this shortly.

            1. Yes Michael I did anticipate the customary activist insults and side steps from the question. But let’s remain focused. So do you regard both Begin and Arafat as worthy recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize ? Was your “yep” your answer?

  9. Jerusalem Post – “The annexation of portions of the West Bank within the context of US President Donald Trump’s peace plan does not have the support of the majority of Israelis, according to a new poll by the Israel Democracy Institute.

    The poll found that only 44.7% would support such an annexation plan and that even fewer Israelis, 31.8%, believed that such sovereignty would be applied in the coming year.”

    Seems “Those pesky Israelis just can’t stop disappointing” David. Lol

  10. Collier tweets examples of naughty Arabs killing Jew pre-Israel.

    To give a more truthful picture (cause he won’t) …

    Irgun Jewish terrorism in Palestine

    Nov. 13 1937 10 Arabs killed by Irgun units launching attacks around Jerusalem

    Apr. 12 1938 2 Arabs and 2 British policemen were killed by a bomb in a train in Haifa

    May 24 1938 3 Arabs were shot and killed in Haifa.

    June 26 1938 7 Arabs were killed by a bomb in Jaffa.

    Late June 1938 Unknown number of Arabs killed by a bomb that was thrown into a crowded Arab market place in Jerusalem

    5th July 1938 7 Arabs were killed in several shooting attacks in Tel-Aviv

    plus many more …

    1. Yes Michael and you know who was involved with Jewish resistance at the time? That’s right our old friend and future Prime Minister of Israel, Menachem Begin. Did you know he went on to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Another recipient was Yasser Arafat; inventor of the Palestinian People in 1967. Do you think they were both worthy winners?

      1. p.s. The Palestinian people weren’t invented in ’67, Ian. Their labelling changed.

        I suppose the Israeli people were invented in ’48?

        1. No Michael, they were invented in 1967 by Arafat as you well know. Did you also know he went on to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Another recipient was our old friend and future Prime Minister of Israel, Menachem Begin. Your were going to tell me whether you think they were both worthy winners? Were they?

            1. Dont be tiresome Michael. This is not interrogation. You make arbitrary statements about former Israeli Prime Minister and Nobel Peace Prize winner Menachen Begin but are fearful of commenting about the worthiness of fellow winner, Egyptian, Yasser Arafat. If you prefer not to comment just let me know as clearly as your activist behavior will allow.

  11. Collier tweets “There are actually whole groups of people out there secretly hoping that the daily fatalities start going up again because it would give their political faction an option to keep mocking the current PM.”

    Yet Collier was the one months ago that crowed how glad he was that Corbyn wasn’t in charge of the battle against Covid-19.

    Well, here we have David’s Israel appeasing hero dithering and confusing us all with his third method of saving us all.

    It was YOU who put a political edge to the pandemic, David.

  12. Between 1917 and 1948 Jews were known as, and called Palestinians

    My father told me that when he used to enter Palestine during the Second World War, he was asked by the British military personnel controlling the airport to please not call the Arabs Palestinian as they used to resent it and sometimes caused trouble and mini rioting when they were called Palestinians

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