By Jonathan Hoffman
December 2, 2010
Mr Leibler's censure is unlikely to cut much ice with Mr Davis, who also chairs the executive of the Jewish Leadership Council. At last month's meeting, he referred dismissively to Mr Leibler as "that mad Australian who seems to be against everybody".
Davis' pathetic defamatory comment about Leibler is outrageous and will simply diminish Davis even further in most right-thinking people's eyes. Leibler turned around the Australian Jewish Community almost single-handedly, from being trembling Jews to being assertively proud of their heritage and of Israel. Then he made aliya to Jerusalem and today Leibler is possibly the most effective, most knowledgeable, most articulate and most committed advocate for Israel on the planet.
As nearly 60 of us said in our letter (an edited version of which was in the JC last week):
....if Israel’s policies make Davis uncomfortable at the golf club, let him acquire the knowledge and pride to defend a democracy under fire. If he is unwilling, he is not fit to be a communal leader and should resign (unfortunately he cannot be voted out as he was never elected in the first place).