From Tel Aviv to Orlando – head in the sand syndrome

After last week’s terrorist attack on the Sarona Market in Tel Aviv, in which 4 Israelis were killed, Tel Aviv’s mayor, Ron Huldai “clearly” understood the motivations of the terrorists and wasted no time in bestowing of his wisdom to us plebs. It was all, he expounded, “because of the occupation“:

Speaking on Army Radio a day after the attack at the Max Brenner cafe, which claimed the lives of four people, Huldai said Israel was “maybe the only country in which another people is under occupation and in which these people have no rights.”

Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai speaking after the Sarona terror attack

“Our leaders through the years have said that the lands [on which settlements are built] are the basis on which a future [Palestinian] state can be built. The problem is when there is no terror, there are no discussions, and when there are talks, we say there can’t be terror attacks,” he went on.

“We can’t keep these people in a reality in which they are occupied and [expect] them to reach the conclusion that everything is all right and that they can continue living this way,” said Huldai, a member of the opposition Labor Party.

The mayor said Israelis must ask themselves if they play a role, “if there’s anything we can do to decrease the levels of loathing between the two peoples.

“On the one hand, we are marking 49 years to the occupation, of which I was a part [as a fighter pilot in the 1967 war]. I know the reality and understand that leaders with courage need to aspire to reach [an agreement] and not just talk about it.

“The facts are that we [as a nation] are suffering [after terror attacks] does not lead us to really understand what needs to be done,” he said.

A change in the situation will come when Israel will show its neighbors that it has true intentions of reaching a peace deal, he argued.

It is quite mind-boggling that someone who faced the enemy when Israel was its tiniest and most vulnerable, and risked his life while fighting for the the liberation of our indigenous lands from the hands of the Arab occupiers, can be so obtuse as to now think that we are the ones occupying our own land!

He is also outright wrong that the Palestinians are occupied. The vast majority are not living under Israeli rule or “occupation” but live under Palestinian rule, which may be corrupt and brutal, but it is what was agreed between Israel and the Palestinians at the Oslo Accords.

Furthermore, Huldai is implying that Israel hasn’t taken enough “risks for peace”. If these words came out of the mouth of a European I would be outraged. Coming from the Mayor of Tel Aviv I am deeply saddened and horrified by his ignorance, not to mention amnesia. Has Huldai forgotten Ehud Olmert’s offer of 93% the territories, with only minor land swaps? Has he forgotten Camp David, where President Clinton blamed Yasser Arafat for making a fool of him and rejecting the very generous offer of land for peace made by Israeli PM Ehud Barak? Is he ignoring the Israeli disengagement from Gaza? How many more “risks for peace” should Israel make, short of committing suicide?

Sheri Oz in Jews Down Under notes an additional blunder by Huldai:

Correcting the First Fallacy: If Israel was an occupier, it would NOT be the only one.

The most famous examples are northern Cyprus that is occupied by Turkey and Tibet that is occupied by China. If Huldai does not know about these, then, . . . well . . . that leaves me speechless.

There are also Japanese islands occupied by Russia, Eritrea occupied by Ethiopia, parts of the Crimea and Ukraine occupied by Russia, and parts of the western Sahara occupied by Morocco. Just because there are other occupiers would not make an Israeli occupation okay.

However, that brings us to the second falsehood told by Huldai.

Correcting the Second Fallacy: Israel is NOT occupying anyone.

I will not go into all the legal issues here regarding why our gaining control over Judea and Samaria does not constitute occupation. If you want more information regarding the legal aspects you can click here.

Huldai is also ignoring Hamas’s welcoming of the attack and its announcement that Ramadan is to be the “month of jihad” in which we can expect more attacks. No mention of “occupation” or “settlements”, not to mention the peace process, as the prime motivator of the attack. Just plain old Jihad.

Ron Huldai’s head-in-the-sand syndrome is echoed to an even greater extent over the ocean.

In the wake of a horrific attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, in which 50 people were killed and another 50 injured by a home-grown American jihadist, President Barack Obama flatly denied that Islamic State (ISIS) had anything to do with the attack, calling it “domestic terror” and “an act of hate” – even as ISIS was claiming responsibility! From this second link:

The Islamic State terror group claimed the gunman who killed 50 people at an Orlando nightclub Sunday was “one of the soldiers of the caliphate in America,” in a radio broadcast Monday.

The IS-linked news agency Amaq said Sunday without providing evidence that one of its fighters carried out the attack, and an FBI source said Mateen had called the agency before carrying out the attack claiming he was a follower of IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Omar Mateen, the Orlando terrorist

US officials were already investigating possible links of Mateen to radical Islamism, including suspicions he may have been an Islamic State operative.

It certainly looks like the US security services dropped the ball on Mateen:

Mateen purchased at least two firearms legally within the last week or so, according to Trevor Velinor of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

Mateen was a security guard with a company called G4S. In a 2012 newsletter, the firm identified him as working in West Palm Beach. In a statement sent Sunday to the Palm Beach Post, the company confirmed that he had been an employee since September 2007. State records show that Mateen had held a firearms license since at least 2011.

A law enforcement official said the gunman made a 911 call from the club in which he professed allegiance to the leader of the Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

While Mateen’s family denied any religious link they did admit that he held anti-gay views:

But relatives interviewed by US media on Sunday said Mateen, who had a wife and young son, was not especially religious.

They did, however, describe a man who had anti-gay views.

His father Mir Seddique told NBC News his son may have been motivated by homophobia, insisting: “This had nothing to do with religion.”

But of course it had everything to do with religion. While all the three monotheistic religions strongly disapprove of homosexuality, only one religion actively calls for – and carries out – the murder of gays. That religion is Islam.

John Podhoretz slams President Obama for refusing to admit that Islam had any connection to this gruesome murder:

So determined is the president to avoid the subject of Islamist, ISIS-inspired or ISIS-directed terrorism that he concluded his remarks with an astonishing insistence that “we need the strength and courage to change” our attitudes toward the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.

That’s just disgusting. There’s no other word for it.

America’s national attitude toward LGBT people didn’t shoot up the Pulse nightclub. This country’s national attitude has undergone a sea-change in the past 20 years, by the way, in case the president hasn’t noticed.

An Islamist terrorist waging war against the United States killed and injured 103 people on our soil. We Americans do not bear collective responsibility for this attack. Quite the opposite.

The attack on the Pulse nightclub was an attack on us all, no less than the World Trade Center attack.

Podhoretz draws the necessary conclusions from Obama’s remarks:

He called it “terror,” which it is. But using the word “terror” without a limiting and defining adjective is like a doctor calling a disease “cancer” without making note of the affected area of the body — because if he doesn’t know where the cancer is and what form it takes, he cannot attack it effectively and seek to extirpate it.

To suggest we must look inward to explain this is not only unseemly but practically an act of conscious misdirection on the president’ s part to direct out attention away from Omar Mateen’s phone call.

A president who cannot name the enemy even as he anthropomorphizes the weapon the enemy is a president unable to bring anyone to his side who’s not already there.

These comments can be extrapolated to the case of Ron Huldai and his blaming of “the occupation” for the jihadist murder of Jews for the crime of being Jews. If he hides his head in the sand and can’t or won’t name the real enemy, he won’t be able to fight it and win.

This is a vital, even existential lesson for all of us fighting the scourge of radical Islam.

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11 Responses to From Tel Aviv to Orlando – head in the sand syndrome

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  2. Reality says:

    I expected nothing else from Ron Huldai. During the last intifada,when a pub was blown to bits in Tel Aviv, they all shouted, “but we understand and stand with you,so why are you killing us?” Its time the Tel Avivians realize that a Jew is a Jew is a Jew or Israeli wherever you live. Whenever there are stabbings,or shootings in Jerusalem, or Judea and Samaria, it’s sort of “accepted”,and “understandable”. The minute it reaches the hub of openness, of freedom of expression, that’s when they are shocked. The same ,too with Obama,(Not that Hillary Clinton was much better,it took her hours to finally say that it’s time the Arab states dealt with promoting terror in the name of Islam).
    Much as Donald Trump is wild, he called it like it is.
    Another infuriating message from Clinton, she went on and on comparing Orlando,and Paris etc with no mention of Israel whatsoever. No one called her out on this.

    • anneinpt says:

      I don’t think the problem lies with “Tel Avivians” as a whole. Yes, the city is much more liberal than say the yishuvim in Yosh, but the average Tel Avivi also serves in the army and miluim etc. and knows the reality. It’s the “chatterati”, the leftist media and academics, and of course the politicians who distinguish between blood and blood, or who excuse the Palis’ violence by blaming the hitnachaluyot.

      As for the US I don’t like any of their pols. Obama is a Muslim sympathiser if not one himself, Clinton says what she thinks people want to hear and is untrustworthy, and Trump is a demagogue, very volatile and unpredictable. Might be fun in the short term but makes me uneasy in the long term.

  3. Judy Prager says:

    I think mayor Huldai should be forced to resign his post for making such disgraceful remarks basically blaming the poor victims for being murdered.With friends like this who needs enemies?Does he not engage his brain befor he opens his mouth?

    • anneinpt says:

      He has the typical Israeli illness of “foot in mouth” disease. He most definitely does not engage his brain before opening his mouth. He is so convinced he is right that he does not stop to think what effect his words will have on our enemies or on our own morale.

      And precisely as you say, he is blaming the victim here.

      In any case there is hardly a nation in the world that has not been victimized at some point, no one more so than the Jews. If we all went around shooting and bombing civilians in “revenge” or “resistance”, there would not be a human left on this planet.

  4. DP-PT says:

    Has this idiot Huldai considered which “occupation” led the terrorist in Paris last night to kill a policeman and his wife? And which particular “occupation” caused the mass slaughterer in Orlando to shoot 100 people? And which particular “occupation” caused the founding of the PLO with their terrorist charter in 1964, three years before the 1967 war? What a shmuck!

    • anneinpt says:

      This is what I can’t understand. He can’t be stupid, he fought in the war as well, he hears the news, what the hell is the matter with him that he blames it on the “occupation”? It’s a kind of cognitive dissonance of the left, that they cannot accept reality if it clashes with their preconceptions.

  5. Earl says:

    I must take issue with your final sentence, and your reference to “radical” Islam (admittedly, a common-enough occurrence in the MSM). This is not so much “radical” Islam, as simply “fundamentalist” Islam. That is, the interpretation of Islam that supported the Orlando murderer’s actions is found, in back-and-white, at Koran surahs 7:80-84 and in various ahadith. That is, the immutable direction of the Islamic godhead is to kill homosexuals- so cannot ipso facto be viewed as in any manner being radical.

    /yes, the people of TA should collectively turf Huldai to the political curb at first chance.

    • anneinpt says:

      I accept your point about “radical” as opposed to “fundamentalist” Islam. My excuse is that it was 2 a.m. 🙂 I shall try in future to use the latter term as it is indeed much more accurate.

  6. ShimonZ says:

    The US is certainly occupied too… by all those English people and their former slaves… not to speak of other foreign workers who jumped at the opportunity.

    • anneinpt says:

      Good point. But I’m sure you are aware that as far as the “world’ is concerned there is only one occupation worth speaking about – and that is Israel’s occupation of its own land. All the others, no matter how real or how brutal, don’t count in their eyes.

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