Thursday, January 09, 2014
The Israeli Knesset Shoots Down Labor's Attempt to Give Israel Away
The Israeli Knesset shot down a bill this week presented by Israel's Leftist Labor Party that would have prevented Israel from ever annexing any land unless the Palestinians okay it.
Labor MK Hilik Bar and his friends were somehow unable to comprehend that a law like this would literally hold Israel hostage to the demands of the Palestinian Authority and their new partners, Hamas.
"You are reaching a moment of truth, in which you have to look in the mirror of history and realize that we need to separate from the Palestinians," opposition leader Isaac Herzog (Labor) said to the coalition. "If you don't take this opportunity now, history will judge you, because we will become an isolated, binational state."
Actually, Herzog's plan would definitely create an isolated state, and one with indefensible borders at the mercy of Israel's enemies.
The bill was voted down with 44 opposed, including MKs from Tzipi Livni's Hatnua and Yesh Atid; only 25 MKs voted in favor, which pretty much means Labor, the ultra-Left Meretz and maybe some of the Arab Mks.
Deputy Minister for Liaison with the Knesset Ofir Akunis responded to Bar's proposal, saying that the government is in the middle of negotiations and will bring whatever agreement it reaches to the Knesset for approval.
However, Akunis added, the legislature cannot decide the guidelines for talks with the PLO.
"Why do you have such passion to give away parts of our homeland?" Akunis asked Bar.
Here's the easy answer. It's a mixture of self-loathing and stupidity.