The games people play (when they're getting desperate)

November 24, 2016 23:01

Reading the Jerusalem Post, I See some from the settler movement have become so desperate that they have invented a computer game (or should that be con-puter game?) that purports to show what would happen if Israel did the sensible thing and gave up on the West Bank.

The game first asks you to pick a Samaria settlement.

In the next frame it shows a photograph of the settlement with the words, “If the nightmarish dream of the radical left is fulfilled, this settlement won’t exist. Then what would happen?” The next frame shows two terrorists with a missile aimed at Israeli cities from that settlement. The user can chose whether they want a Grad or a Kassam missile, then press a red button and send the missile flying.

A message then appears on the screen: “If there are Jews in Samaria, there won’t be missiles in Kfar Saba.”

This is, of course, a fallacious nonsense, since of any of the toxic settlements continue to exist, Israel won't. In short, it's either settlements or Kfar Saba, you cannot have both.

It seems that Netanyahu is at last getting the message too.

To the dismay of pro-settler elements in his government, such as Limor Livnat-Habala, Uzi "Dr Strangelove" Landau as well as Danny Ayaloon, when Netanyahu said the number of Palestinians and Jews between the Jordan River and the sea "is irrelevant" and that it's more important to "preserve a solid Jewish majority inside the State of Israel."

The prime minister cut short the discussion and surprised those present with previously unspoken sentiments about the future Israeli presence in the West Bank.

"The debate over how many Jews and how many Palestinians will be between the Jordan and the sea is irrelevant," Netanyahu said. "It does not matter to me whether there are half a million more Palestinians or less because I have no wish to annex them into Israel. I want to separate from them so that they will not be Israeli citizens. I am interested that there be a solid Jewish majority inside the State of Israel. Inside its borders, as these will be defined," Netanyahu explained.

The settlers are good at playing games or calling their adversaries "Nazis". But they've contributed nothing to Israel. In fact, the settlements' toxicity has poisoned the debate between Jews in and outside of Israel.

November 24, 2016 23:01

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