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July 12, 2013 8:24 am

Israel’s Leaders Must Speak with One Voice

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In recent months, there has been mounting indiscriminate criticism of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s policies by government officials. Although such behavior has been a feature of Israeli politics since the onset of the post-Begin era when Cabinet responsibility began to erode, the incessant infighting is currently preventing us from acting coherently on the world political stage and is contributing to the perception that Israel is a banana republic. It also enables the Palestinians to divert attention from their intransigency and to cast themselves as victims occupying the moral high ground. The internal strife may also bring about the collapse of the government.

This situation must be rectified now, before upcoming diplomatic talks get underway. The government must totally set aside domestic political considerations, formulate a strategy based exclusively on Israel’s best interests, and speak with one voice. If not, our lack of cohesion will damage our relationship with the US and intensify the international community’s efforts to impose solutions upon us.

By any objective assessment of the current situation, nothing can be achieved with the Palestinians at this point given the absence of a genuine partner, even if we reach the negotiating table. Palestinian leaders are unwilling and unable to make concessions. Their ongoing incitement to hatred and repeated proclamations of their intent to merge with the genocidal Hamas leave no room for illusions.

Ironically, there is currently a broader consensus about the peace process among Israelis than at any time since the massive rift following the adoption of the Oslo Accords. Most Israelis agree that, under the present circumstances, the status quo is preferable to unilateral withdrawals. We have absorbed lessons from the Gaza disengagement and are conscious of the mortal threats that would confront us if terrorists in close proximity were to target Israel’s heartland, including its major cities.

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Despite shrill calls from the far right to annex the West Bank, the vast majority of Israelis remain opposed to such a move. Already facing major challenges to integrate increasingly radicalized Arab Israeli citizens, we are unwilling to absorb large numbers of additional Arabs. Recognizing that to remain a democratic state, Arabs living under Israeli jurisdiction must be granted the right to vote and, even if Jews remain the majority population, a major increase in the number of Arab citizens would transform the country into a binational state. Most of us dismiss implausible notions of Arab autonomy or dual nationality at the same time that we find a population transfer inconceivable.

Yet within the government, calls for annexation are growing stronger with prominent ministers publicly repudiating government policies that reflect public consensus. Deputy Foreign Minister Zeev Elkin is a vocal proponent of annexation of the disputed territories. If Avigdor Liebermann overcomes his legal problems and resumes his position as Foreign Minister, he will undoubtedly return to outbursts contradicting the Prime Minister’s policies. Minister for Industry and Trade, Naftali Bennett, and Deputy Minister of Defense, Danny Danon, repeatedly dismiss or mock the government-approved two-state approach.

Much of this stems from genuine ultra-nationalistic motivations, but some is simple pandering to domestic constituencies without consideration of the political consequences.

The situation is further exacerbated by the shenanigans of the Likud Central Committee, a highly organized minority within the 3,600 Likud membership that publicly humiliates the Prime Minister. Danon, the newly-elected Central Committee Chairman, has proclaimed that all future diplomatic initiatives will require Central Committee approval prior implementation. Yet most Israelis, including a majority of Likud supporters, would strenuously oppose giving faceless minority groups the ostensible right to veto government actions.

In recent years, the swiftly changing political climate has created a situation in which the government seemingly endorses the right of ministers to openly criticize its policies. In order to cobble together a coalition, Prime Minister Netanyahu was obliged to appoint ministers with opposing views. He may even deliberately have done so to prevent US and other foreign governments from succeeding in pressuring us to make excessive unilateral concessions, reminding them that if his government collapsed, a far more hawkish administration would replace it. Deputy Foreign Minister Elkin has even said publicly that internal strife is positive, because it demonstrates the variety of views within the party that the Prime Minister must take into account if he is to retain power.

Some right wing elements applaud “tough” dissent within the government. But in doing so, they unwittingly provide grist for emotions that have had costly political consequences in the past. The radical right brought about the collapse of previous national camp governments, which paved the way for left-wing takeovers. Their current behavior is reminiscent of their counterparts prior to the formation of Kadima and the disastrous Gaza withdrawal.

The “tough” right today also continues to delude itself. While it attempts to appear otherwise, it represents a narrow fringe of the electorate. The vast majority of Israelis support the implementation of a two-state solution – if Palestinian leaders emerge who are genuine peace partners willing to ensure Israel’s security. And while the far right would have us believe that Prime Minister Netanyahu is incapable of leading the way, he remains head and shoulders above any other potential Likud leader, despite his imperfections.

Setting aside the pros and cons of the issues involved, the fact remains that no responsible democratic government can grant license to ministers to publicly criticize its policies. (Such latitude is inconceivable in Europe or the U.S) Unfettered criticism from high-ranking officials within the government – regardless of whether it emanates from the left or the right – reflects a hyper-democracy that borders on anarchy. It emphasizes disunity if not disfunctionality, can result in massive blunders by impulsive individuals and chaos that can lead to a breakdown in accountability to the electorate. Unless stemmed, it will inevitably have severe repercussions both within Israel and without, including damaging our credibility with Israel’s friends in Congress and the American public.

The impending peace negotiations and the current regional chaos require the government to close ranks and demand that ministers behave like responsible members of a single political administration rather than heads of independent fiefdoms. If ministers feel sufficiently concerned about issues to break ranks and publicly criticize the government, they should resign and join the opposition. That is how real democracies function and what the majority of Israelis expect from their elected representatives.

If the government fails to reign in its officials and speak with one voice, it will continue to undermine Israel’s credibility, create doubt about our genuine commitment to a peaceful settlement and provide yet another propaganda victory for the Palestinians.

The writer’s website can be viewed at www.wordfromjerusalem.com. He may be contacted at ileibler@leibler.com

This article was originally published by The Jerusalem Post and Israel Hayom.

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  • aswanash alehim

    im translate

    yhewah ereshnak tash selahim resh enoch

    to yisraels, to jews

    yhewah got adoptid son from enoch

    , washnanasek seh ma ashna yh,

    he call his father with name yh

    iesush nsrt esh ma far from

    iesush nsrt is my step brother

    yh, radekhtas tah sah

    so is

  • aswanash alehim

    yhewah ereshnak tash selahim resh enoch , washnanasek seh ma ashna yh, iesush nsrt esh ma far from yh, radekhtas tah sah

    imri

    im

    1299

  • aswanash alehim

    and year is 2029

    when i will go to home through wormhole, as you call it, with ashwelons’ army , millions spacestars

    imri

    1299

  • aswanash alehim

    on eastern YH will destroy syria and irak

    with meteors

    234 hiroshima

    imri

    1299

  • aswanash alehim

    בַּחֵ֖צִי עַ֣ד שְׁתֽוֹתֵיהֶ֑ם וַֽיְשַׁלְּחֵֽם

    son of man

  • aswanash alehim

    master of soul calls me as erehim , higher than YH, to makedonia people you will be as hebrysh and mennonite, because you closed borders from nutte merkels politics, 2029 you will see light and i will put germans , teutons to hell

    1299

  • aswanash alehim

    you donnt understand period numbers like 1299

  • aswanash alehim

    that leutnant shoot her because there were soldiers who wished to play tsar’s doughter, YH forgive to him all

    imri

    1299

  • aswanash alehim

    if you go to through president’s save men, you are crusified

    i guess, you understand what i mean

    1299

  • aswanash alehim

    anastasia romanow was the woman or girl who saw when her family was killed in ekatenburg, one barn ,she was not killed as those , four soldier denied to kill her, some leutnant shoot her to back not to face, she was holy, shooter did not want
    to seem her ethats is why honor her eyes when she went to father

    imri

    1299

  • aswanash alehim

    i deleted all tsunamis, tornadoes, hurricanes in this year

    because you ibi publish that

    1299

    1699

    ikri
    from imri

  • aswanash alehim

    if putin’s 10 million men army in september 2017 attack to west, ashwelon will destroy them in belarus country,

    to anastasia romanow, who watched when yoyr family was killed,
    i will do something for to you and save russian men

    imri

    1299

  • aswanash alehim

    Your popes gave right to crusified second alehim, but it was
    said so, i would put yoy to hell, but YH want to save you stonekeepers

    imri

    1299

    and want to save those which i newer knew, YH gave that pri vilige to me and one if people will listen,i have said it

    imri

    1299

  • aswanash alehim

    YH will destroy california today, 9.2 and three tsunamis

    imri

    1299

    why because how yoy handled me , imanuel , son of man

  • aswanash alehim

    yh ias seh nas

    it means

    yh gave rule to yoy

    everything will change now

    as rider of white horse

    1299

  • asawanash alehim

    yh ias seh nas

    1299

  • asawanash alehim

    to you , when i child i saw a dream when two long haired white men to came to first war father, next was son, father put to my hand his hand and said sahnesh, my eldest

    imri

    if you ..

  • aswanash alehim

    yh deleted all , i wished to helped icelanders

    im

  • aswanash alehim

    rade tektas se im , hanosh seh YH

    or written in right, the same

    la net the sah seh yh, tale im seh ma ashwq, se nalehim lalehim

    YH

  • aswanash alehim

    what i said from cardinals, it came from YH

  • aswanash alehim

    i know the hierahcy from the highest, not yh, meaning of life is to find someone, to live with

  • aswanash alehim

    isi leibner , i know those destroying camps, in yishrael yoy have those people in mental places, yoy are a good man, and all yisraels, and thats you live in peace, from YH

    imri

    1299

  • aswanash alehim

    YH has show to me ewerything

    Maly Trastsjanets

    Chełmno
    (Kulmhof)

    Bergen-Belsen

    Buchenwald

    Majdanek
    (KZ Lublin)

  • aswanash alehim

    iesush nsrt twin was that man who drag cristist to golgata, red hair man

    imri

    1299

  • aswanash alehim

    YH send refugees to eu, russia and putin don’t know anything

    2 millions this year, they don’t know why they will come, to message to arab countries

    imri

    1299

  • aswanash alehim

    i asked from YH what i say to them, that they believe who i am, YH said say that maria gave twins

    imri

  • aswanash alehim

    i have spoken to YH, i call him as yhawaneshnas tah sah

    always is coming 1299, it means that when beast of bible will come soon then you can choose what you will, nakta nation

  • aswanash alehim

    arashina seh wash halom means you are my elder son

    esh ne hane ta ne im , lane tah seh sah, yh is always with you

    ta nekta eshkenash selahim

    ta nekta lale tah sah, to new god is always with yoy

  • aswanash alehim

    i call my father as 1699

    as hde said once aRASHINA SEH WASH HALOM

    IM

  • aswanash alehim

    iesush nsrt had two older sister and one older brother

    was not born from virgin, spica is in virgin, chinas know

    spica supernova
    -4 before 0

    1299

  • aswanash alehim

    imri 1299

  • aswanash alehim

    when i was yong 73 in finland, my back was screewed,

    twice seen yh, and iesush, long white dresses

    imri

  • aswanash alehim

    im not jew

    i call yoy as stonekeepers

    yoy know ibrahims cildren,

    mosesh was ibrahim, ibrm

    imri

    1299

  • aswanash alehim

    you have newer understood what son of man means,

    it is not to you, it is to him

    imri

    1299

  • aswanash alehim

    im only said

    8.3

    kscsh,

    toyo

    im

  • aswanash alehim

    YH sent those refugees to destroy new rome, eu, and you jews
    must go to yishrael before year 2029, so your will evacuate from one spot, YH will destroy this solarsystem in the year 2029

    imri

    1299

    sa nektash tah sah

    imanuel

    son of man

    alehim seh sah

  • aswanash alehim

    because of refugees which Y sent, germans will soon kill angela merkel and then eu will wanish

    imri

    1299

  • aswanash alehim

    YH will destroy russia soon

    imri

    1299

  • aswanash alehim

    to yoy hebrysh or yishraels, YH sent to refugees to destroy eu,like in ancient egypt those small animals, which had swings

    that you are in safe

    imri

  • aswanash alehim

    im not hebry, but my father is YH

    imri

  • aswanash alehim

    ra wash first alehim, yoy dont need to beliwe to it

    iesush nsrt was second

    imri

  • aswanash alehim

    what you wish from YH

    imri

  • aswanash alehim

    im call my father as imaiah

    imri

  • aswanash alehim

    yh showed me everything, yoy donnt understand how it feels to know some ones, life

  • aswanash alehim

    i don’t know whose faces those are dead or who will newer worn

  • aswanash alehim

    it’s birkenau,three yong girls was ripet with ss

    i cannt say what yh shoved

  • aswanash alehim

    eshnehane tek nak,

    lele ne in sah

    YH

  • aswanash alehim

    yhawah neshna tah sah send this strong word 5067, and always is comin 1299

    i

  • aswanash alehim

    if i now watch third finger of my left hand, jewish history was in that

    imri

  • aswanash alehim

    kaikki mitä tänne kirjoittaa menee moderointiin

  • aswanash alehim

    y h sazh seth that

  • aswanash alehim

    Y said , i don’t know his scripting

    what im mean to him

    ish

    in bible

    one white angel said

    lalena ta ne eshnekth sah seh

    imri

    kysyin isältä YH, mitä imri tarkoittaa, isä sanoi että kerrot kun tulet kotiin

    YH

  • aswanash alehim

    my father YH, said what coins is the best 2 euro, one euro or that 5 cent, i said that nothing because in yoyr kingdom there is no money

    imri

    and to to be the commander of all angel armies yoy must be something to god Y

    aswanash alehim

  • aswanash alehim

    ww2 came from unjustice of ww1,isis shits newer see my father, Y,

    imri

  • aswanash alehim

    yh write yeish name like F:: u

    withb these konsonants

    imri

    aswanash alehim

  • aswanash alehim

    Y said through me that ashwelon are always with yoy,merkel is from stasi and now with putin but we are with yoy always

    rev 19:11-16

    imri

    when hebrew nation will die, in that year tyhere ish not that solar system

    YH

  • aswanash alehim

    Isä miksi puhut violeteilla väreillä

    im

  • aswanash alehim

    nämä witun linut jo9tka alulavat yötä myöten krosin ne juuri ja laulu loppui, joka witun yö laulavat siellä, nyt se loppui

  • aswanash alehim

    my father Y said to ta ne invektaswh, what y sais i must write those words eyesh closed

    imri

  • aswanash alehim

    like supernovas

    imri

  • aswanash alehim

    lane sah la nektash seh ma ashna ta ne im

    imri

  • aswanash alehim

    in isis there ish now big the same which killed maya culture

    imri

    • aswanash alehim

      i found white paper

      imri

  • aswanash alehim

    eivät persut mene hallitukseen, sipilän linja on ollin linja,onneksi kai soini ajattelee Isänmaata ensiksi, sipilän nuijahallitus ei elä jouluun 2015

    ja sipilän poliittinen ura oli siinä, eu-ja maaahanmuutto-kysymyksissä, jotkä eivät vaikuta mihinkään isänmaan ongelmiin, no ollihan ja käteinen siellä, olisit Sipilä joskus ilman muoden vaikutteita, poikasi takia, koska hän kuoli sinun takiasi että tekisit Isänmaan takia oikeita päätöksiä

    älä ole brysselin orja

    onko köyhä suomalainen tärkeämpi kuin suomeen tullut ja täällä rikastunut tulija

    jos katsoo näiden tulijoiden vaatteita,niin ei ole si ole tavallisilla suomalaisilla niihin varaa

    eli aloita yteet hallituksen virastoissa

    imri

    aswanash alehim

    Imanuel Son of Man

    im put this to talousssanomat,im my mother’s language and my father’s language ish some old hebrysh in old egyptish

    imrui

  • aswanash alehim

    i wonder why some leaders think that they are leaders of everything, one day they will die and then those will ask what good they did to other’s not to those , because they those have everything

    imri

  • aswanash alehim

    patron or archangels raphael, gapriel, hesekiel,nahamel, shnektale salehim, ishmael

    and one woman angel from lord of soul , whos name is secret, spoke to me

    imri

  • aswanash alehim

    aswanash alehim says:
    February 13, 2015 at 2:52 am
    iesush your jesus was born in nasareth (nsrth) in march (pisches) , in that garden toomb there is red fish on the wall,
    was not first born child, because incarnation of alehim is newer firstborn child,
    because Y do it for woman’s husband to not take her virginity and wish alehim will have older sisters , brothers to protect him,
    because he is different,iesush had blue eyes and white hair,people saw him far away because of his white hear,
    spica is his borning star in virgin, binary star

    and you do know what is right and what is wrong and where to believe, it’s in you from birth, and the meaning of life is to
    be faithful to yoyr God Y, and find some and live fine
    Y = I
    YH = Y Ha , I am
    YHWH= Y Ha WaH , i am life
    it’s not jewish language, it’s the language of my father
    imri
    sanetkash selahim
    wetskanesh, imri et selahim seh ma ashna Y

    http://theboeskool.com/2013/11/24/10-things-pope-francis-has-done-that-make-me-consider-being-catholic/

    Philip W says:
    April 23, 2015 at 8:52 am
    It is too bad that he is the false prophet and an anti-pope. I wish I was wrong…
    https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B_kuGW43Hv23dDBoOHJJdUtTdFk/edit?pli=1http://www.suscipedomine.com/forum/index.php?topic=4700.0https://archive.org/details/CatholicProphecy

    1613 pages to say why god is, no 1613 pages why yoy assholes in vatican and catholic church try to delete yoyr sins

    how many of yoy assholes have heard Y to speak and yoy all ways say in the name of god… we will make these sins because we want to do it

    and my father because of this will destroy this solar system 2029, nasa have found solar systems where are not rock planets, yoy are the next

    petrus romanum yoyr patrick from argentina, ish the same shit as the ancestors

    sanektash selahim

    means sword of god

    Y have forgiven all to jewishs and germans, who did holocaust they suffer, but not those who wash not born, it’s called justice and forgiving

    Y have, it means trinity have

    aswanash alehim, one of trinity, aswa nash alehim,
    highest with alehim

    imri

  • aswanash alerhim

    my father YH destroy now isis, no help to them

    what ever they wish, no

    imri

  • aswanash alehim

    yoy yishraels, no one will attack to yoy, from my father Y

    yoy are always in save with ashwelons

    imri

  • aswanash alehim

    yoy wll ¨¨¨newer undestand what im said

  • aswanash alehim

    why they pay so much

    imri

  • aswanash alehim

    mikäs on vaikeeta

  • aswanash alehim

    Y said word hebry sais to yoy who im are

    imri

  • aswanash alehim

    my father Y wished that before the end you yishraels , you will feel how it to be romans in your country, does it feel better than to be hebry, you jews are now romans and palestinians are yishraels

    imri

  • aswanash alehim

    im glad algemeiner is living

    imanuel

    most sites write my name as immanuel or emmanuel

    it’s imanuel

    im anu el

    alehim with god

  • aswanash alehim

    Y wrote these jousipyssy kirjaimia, sanoi että et täällä ymmärrä,mutta on joku minun äidinkieli

    imri

  • aswanash alehim

    Isi Leibner, my father isd´sh here

    imri

  • aswanash alehim

    what im have said in different sites, those words came from
    YH, and now they have deleted those scriptings, and YH will punish with tornadoes, im do nothing anymore for them

    sanektash sehamel sahnaktash alehim

    aswanash alehim

    imri

  • aswanash alehim

    when yoy have make yoyr decision what yoy will make and do, and yoy like it, then yoy will not change that decision even it how many people or situation says it’s wrong, because those people don’t care of yoy they only think theirself and what they represent

    this is to obama and other leaders

    IM pashnektasnektanes seh YH

    aswanash alehim

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