January 18, 2008, - 2:04 pm

Quote of the Day #3: Attention Olmert, Do As You Say

By Debbie Schlussel
I only wish incompetent Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert would actually listen to his own words. And DO AS HE SAYS, NOT AS HE DOES. In defending Israel’s muted and insufficient response to repeated Palestinian rocket attacks on Israeli civilians, he said this:

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert pledged to strike Palestinian militants “without compromise, without concessions and without mercy.”

And there’s this Olmert quote:

We shall continue fighting Jihad, Hamas and their allies with determination and without mercy.

Oh, really?

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In keeping score, let’s do the rundown on the this man who speaks loudly and carries a toothpick. “Without compromise, without concessions and without mercy.” Does that jibe with:
* The wholesale giveaway of Israeli land in Gaza and the so-called West Bank to the enemy?
* The forced uprooting of Jews from their homes in places like Amona, the beating of them by Israeli police, in the name of the enemy?
* The repeated release of thousands of Palestinians and Hezbollah terrorist mass-murderers from Israeli jails to freedom?
* The plan to give Syria the Golan Heights in exchange for a sheaf of paper?
* The claim by Olmert that Israeli neighborhoods and housing violate a fiction-based claim that they are illegal?
* The plan to divide up the Holy City of Jerusalem and give the holiest of Jewish sites to Muslims who previously urinated in and on them and covered them in garbage?
Without compromise, without concessions and without mercy.
If only Olmert and President Bush lived by these words. But they are more like jello pudding than anything else. The only recent Israeli prime minister who lived by these words was the great Yitzchak Shamir. But he is dead–Blessed Be His Memory–and so, too, is a strong, courageous will like his in Israeli “leadership.”
Speak Loudly and Carry a Toothpick.

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4 Responses

I keep thinking that its easier to take the Jew out of the Galut than to take the Galut out of the Jews. Jews have over the millenia, internalized all the worst things anti-semites have hated about them to the extent that many are filled with a deep rage and self-loathing of their own faith, culture and land. That’s not going to be corrected overnight. It was perhaps naive to think the establishment of the State Of Israel would banish that condition. As Melanie Phillips has pointed out, Israel’s intellectual class is consumed with an animus towards Israel as a Jewish State that is widespread. And not just animus towards Israel but identification with the goals and beliefs of the enemy. Israel’s current leadership believes that if Israel surrenders everything, she will finally find the acceptance and recognition she craves. Given the world as it is – that can never be. Jews need to accept they are different – that it is holy, healthy and life fulfilling to be special – kadosh haaretz and that Israel is meant to be different from every other nation on earth. Anti-semitism is in part stimulated by Israel’s rejection of her G-d given mission and only by returning to it can she hasten the day when the Jewish people will be hated no more – and every nation will look to the Word Of Hashem from Zion and Jerusalem.

NormanF on January 18, 2008 at 4:40 pm

I am wondering whether Olmert’s newfound verbal militancy might not be the reslt of internal political considerations. He is under tremendous pressure now, with Lieberman leaving his coalition; Shas may follow. Maybe he thinks that making militant statements will help keep him in power; look at all the fake militancy against illegal immigration by Republican candidates here.
Olmert may be influenced by the Bush method of making militant statements in the hope that enemies will be scared & he won’t have to do anything. Hopefully both will be replaced by capable leaders who can protect their nations’ interests, although at least in the U.S. it’s just a question of which one is the lesser evil.

c f on January 18, 2008 at 6:53 pm

Debbie, I think you made a mistake while typing your article. Moshe Shamir was a member of the Knesset.
Yitzhak Shamir was at one time a prime minister.
[D: OOPS! YOU ARE SO RIGHT. I'M ALWAYS MIXING UP THE FIRST NAMES OF THE TWO FAMOUS SHAMIRS. I HAVE MOSHE'S BOOKS IN MY LIBRARY AND HAD THE PLEASURE OF HEARING HIM SPEAK A YEAR AGO. THAT'S WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I'M IN A HURRY--WITH THE SABBATH STARTING EARLY ON FRIDAYS IN THE WINTER. THANKS FOR CATCHING THIS. CORRECTED. DS]

Daniel on January 18, 2008 at 9:09 pm

AND, Yitzhak Shamir is alive, may he be granted great health and longevity!

Will48 on January 19, 2008 at 9:07 pm

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