Ahmad Tibi: What’s his nationality?
If one believes that the Israeli/Palestinian conflict is a struggle over land, such that once the just-right negotiated settlement is found, peace will dawn, and if one thinks that poverty causes terrorism and that democracy cures it, one will find this story profoundly shocking. For it directly contradicts those core assumptions and others that currently prevail in official Washington and in the mainstream media — not that it will get anyone who holds those views to question them.
But consider: these Israeli Arab Knesset members are not suffering refugees. They have political access and power. They are not poor, they are not voiceless. Yet they still align with the forces of jihad against those of the state they live in and represent in government. Thus Lieberman is quite right: they’re a fifth column. And when one understands the Islamic doctrine of jihad as taught by all its sects and schools, and the supra-national character of the Islamic umma, the casual treason of these MK’s becomes crystal clear.
But few, very few, wish to understand those things.
“MKs trade volleys over Gaza op,” by Gil Hoffman for the Jerusalem Post, December 29 (thanks to James):
Some 200 kilometers away from the Gaza Strip, the Knesset became a battleground on Monday between Jewish MKs, who unanimously supported the IDF operation there, and Arab MKs, who united against it.
The Knesset endorsed the assault after Arab MKs failed to pass a proposal calling for an immediate cease-fire. Balad MKs boycotted the session while other Arab MKs took turns heckling Defense Minister Ehud Barak, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and opposition leader Binyamin Netanyahu.
United Arab List MK Taleb A-Sanaa was removed from the plenum when he responded to Barak’s claim that 300 terrorists had been killed since the fighting began by shouting, “Tell the Knesset how many of them were women and children.”
“The panicking in Sderot was unfortunate, but who said the reaction had to be rivers of blood in Gaza?” Ta’al MK Ahmed Tibi said in his speech from the Knesset podium. “I am against harming any citizen. But I admit that when Arabs – people of my nationality – are harmed, it hurts me more.” Tibi accused the Jewish politicians who spoke before him of “counting bodies while they count mandates.”
If Tibi is an “Arab” as opposed to being an “Israeli,” what is he doing with a seat in Israel’s parliamentary assembly? Did anyone stand up and say, “Wait a minute. Your nationality is Israeli”? Apparently not — everyone takes this cognitive dissonance for granted.
Hadash MK Muhammad Barakei added that he was in his one and only homeland, while the Jewish MKs had other homelands to return to.
This is historical fantasy right out of Pallywood.
Israel Beiteinu leader Avigdor Lieberman called the Arab MKs traitors and a “fifth column for the Hamas.”
Netanyahu called on all citizens of Israel, Arab and Jewish, to “remain loyal to the state of Israel during this just war against our enemy.”
“We stand united in this war,” Netanyahu said. “Not every citizen must automatically support every move the government makes, but it is unacceptable for Israeli citizens to support our enemies.”
Indeed it is, and why is it happening? That is the question no one dares answer.