Matn Vilnai promises shoah for Palestinians – the word also describes the Nazi Holocaust

The BBC reported the following comments coming from Israel’s Defense Minister. Even Abbas has denounced them. Have our presidential candidates read this as they vow to back Israel and guarantee their safety and security? What about the safety and security of the people of Gaza? Who stands up for them?

Matan Vilnai said Palestinians risked a “shoah”, the Hebrew word for a big disaster – and for the Nazi Holocaust.

Mr Vilnai made the comments after rockets hit the city of Ashkelon, 10km (six miles) from Gaza. His colleagues insisted he had not meant “genocide”.

Well if he didn’t mean “genocide” then what did he mean? And just what do the Israelis expect of the Gazans? They have no control over their environment, trade, businesses, livelihoods, education, or housing. Their homes can be demolished without hearings, their lives can be snuffed out because their neighbor down the street is a suspect, tried and convicted with no chance to defend themselves.

Yes, Israel has a responsibility to protect its citizens, but after 60 years of this, they don’t seem any safer, they seem more vulnerable to attack.

Though the call for shoah comes from some segments of Israel, the article goes on to note that it is not a unanimous view:

The BBC’s Katya Adler in Jerusalem says many of Mr Vilnai’s colleagues have quickly distanced themselves from his comments and also tried to downplay, them saying he did not mean genocide.

A recent opinion poll has indicated a majority of Israelis favour a truce with Hamas.

It appears that the United States is not the only country that isn’t too particularly interested in the citizen’s opinions of where and how their money is squandered. But then again, world leaders tend to be whisked out of harm’s way when the chips are down and the battles move to the home front, so their decisions are based purely on ideology and not necessarily commonsense, a critical look at historical patterns or more basically, self-preservation.

In the case of Israel and Palestine one would not need a long critical look to see that their security policies are failing their people, just a cursory glance at the last several years should tell them they’ve failed miserably.

Hamas, of course, repeats the same message we have been hearing since their election by the people, but that the Israelis have not heeded.

The Islamist movement, which seized control of Gaza in June, has said it will cease fire if Israel stops its military operations in Palestinian areas and ends the blockade of the territory which has cut essential supplies to its 1.5m inhabitants.

It looks like the United States is not the only place where it is time for a change.

Is there an Obama in the Israeli house?

UPDATE: Reuters has reported over 46 Palestinians were killed Saturday which brings the total to 81 since Israel launched its latest offensive in Gaza on Wednesday. For the math challenged, that’s an average of 20 people per day. Here’s the Reuters video:

http://www.reuters.com/news/video?videoId=77231&newsChannel=newsOne

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One Response

  1. If you’d like to read the truth on what Vilnai said, read the following article.

    http://www.spectator.co.uk/melaniephillips/530786/the-mother-of-all-mistranslations.thtml

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