Wednesday, January 29, 2014
A Sign of Things to Come
The President of the State of Israel is not supposed to involve himself in partisan politics. In fact, to ensure the apolitical nature of the role, Israeli law states that the president may "neither intervene politically nor express personal views on issues that divide the public". [source] Not suprsingly, he routinely comments on political matters.
Once again Shimon Peres has conveniently forgotten that the office he holds is supposed to be an apolitical ceremonial figurehead role. Today he weighed in on a statement Naftali Bennett made regarding any Jews who would remain under Palestinian sovereignty after any peace agreement; specifically that they would be in mortal danger.
Peres poo pooed Bennett's warning with the following doozy:
"What is this fear that has struck us? That we will be killed? Today? The fear was well placed in 1948 when we had no cannons or tanks or planes against seven armies." [source]
Well Shimon, since you asked... let me help you out.
You are apparently so detached from reality there in the Presidential residence that you are unaware that according to the disastrous Oslo accords that you helped foist upon the state you nominally head, it is illegal for an Israeli citizen to enter any area controlled by the Palestinian Authority (the entity that would presumably become the government of a future Palestinian state).
In fact, at the entrance to all of these areas are big red signs that look like this:
The Palestinians didn't put up those signs... the Israeli government did!
Please note that it isn't just a matter of whether it is allowed or not. These signs make it quite clear that the reason it is illegal to enter areas under Palestinian Authority control is because it is "dangerous to your lives".
You are the President of the State of Israel. The state that posted those signs. Have you already forgotten what happened to reservists Vadim Nurzhitz and Yossi Avrahami in 2000 when they took a wrong turn and were literally torn to pieces by a mob in Ramallah?
Someone needs to remind our President about those signs. True, this isn't 1948... it is 2014. But Shimon... there are still a frightening number of Palestinians who, given the chance, would like nothing better than to kill us.
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Thank G-d he's just a figurehead now.
Posted by: psachya | Jan 30, 2014 4:05:29 PM
foot in mouth disease.
Posted by: Dave | Jan 30, 2014 5:01:39 PM
Peres behaves like a Monarch not a Pres.,an absolute Monarch,not a constitutional one,and fully expect him to behave in the same manner after he leaves office. I prefer to remember the younger Peres I once heard speak,but he makes it very difficult.
Posted by: Ed | Jan 31, 2014 5:14:09 AM
I'm still waiting for him to be arrested and charged with breaking the law by talking with the PLO in the early 90's when it was still against Israeli law to do so. But I'm not holding my breath.
Peres, the man who could never win an election, has decided to be the leader of the country anyway. But political statements by presidents isn't new. Ezer Weizman was the first to break the taboo. It's been done by every president since.
Posted by: Garnel Ironheart | Feb 5, 2014 12:41:33 AM