Thursday, 1 March 2012

A Dangerous Man...................by Dan Friedman

[Some say Rabbi Kahane ZT"L was a tzadak (righteous man), others think he was prophetic, others simply say “Kahane was right,” and still others describe him as a terrorist. Let’s compare MK Kahane’s statements from a speech he gave at the National Press Club in 1984 with some of today’s news. Then you decide. df]

1984:

“You think there is one Arab who enjoys living in a State where there is a law of return that applies to Jews and not to non-Jews? You think there is one Arab who enjoys living in a State, which has a National Anthem: Hatikvah with words that say, 'nefesh yehudi omia' - the soul of the Jew yearns? You can imagine how that sits with them. You think there is one Arab who enjoys living in a State, whose Independence Day celebrates his defeat? You can't buy a person by giving him an indoor toilet. ‘You see, you had no toilet, now you have one.’”

Now:

Israel Hayom

Ya'alon: Attack on Arab justice who didn’t sing Hatikvah 'reeks of racism’

Vice premier defends Israeli Arab Supreme Court Justice Salim Joubran, who refrained from singing the national anthem at the swearing-in ceremony of the court’s new chief • Ya'alon: "Why force an Arab citizen to sing the words “the soul of a Jew yearns?”

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1984:

“And I don't believe that there are boundaries that Israel cannot cross, when Jews are in trouble. And I want to tell you, that as anti-Semitism in this country (USA) grows, there will be a need for an Israel that will do things that you are not ready to do.”

Now:

BBC (of all places!)

How Israel might strike at Iran

For all the myriad challenges facing Israel over the past decade it is the potential threat from a nuclear-armed Iran that has preoccupied the country's military planners.

Dan Friedman
NYC

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