Sunday, September 28, 2008
Finally, the long-awaited resignation of corruption-plagued Ehud Olmert from his post as Prime Minister of Israel took place. Many, including a considerable number of Israelis themselves, were undoubtedly so relieved to be rid of that pustulating liability that they welcomed his replacement, the former Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, with alacrity.
But do they know just what they got? Could the "cure" prove worse than the "disease"? Haaretz calls her the "Barack Obama" of Israel. To resolve these questions, it's important to take a look at Livni's pedigree. And Livni has what is considered a very distinguished pedigree among the predominant Ashkenazi ruling class in Israel (the Ashkenazi, although mostly from Europe and originally native to the Khazar Empire in what is now the Ukraine nearly a thousand years ago, have long since supplanted the native-born Sephardic Jews in Israel's pecking order; read more about this "pecking order" in Jack Bernstein's "My Farewell to Israel", archived HERE).
Part of that pedigree, according to Incogman, is terrorism and spying. Her father, Eitan Livni, was chief operations officer in the Zionist group Irgun that bombed, shot and actually tortured British soldiers and Palestinians to accelerate the British departure from Israel. Eitan was also closely involved with Menachim Begin in the terror bombing of the King David Hotel in Jerusalem that killed close to 100 British civil servants, Palestinians and even a few Jews who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. The bombers dressed as Arabs to plant the explosives. Eitan was once sentenced to 15 years for attacking a British base, but escaped from the British prison at Acre. Irgun was also responsible for the infamous Deir Yassin massacre in 1948, where they systematically killed over 250 innocent Palestinians who had already reached a peace agreement with the Haganah, another Jewish "liberation" group.
Eitan was born in Poland, and Tzipi’s mother, Sarah Rosenberg, was also a Irgun terrorist who once robbed a train while disguised as a pregnant woman. Her little cell blew up a few trains as well. The two became "plank-owners" in the new state of Israel when they became the very first married Zionist couple in the newly formed State of Israel in 1948. Her father is even buried under a tombstone with a symbol of the Irgun that has a map of “Eretz Ysrael” that includes land on both sides of the Jordan River, i.e. land belonging to the Jordanian people. With this type of pedigree, Tzipi Livni is considered Zionist "royalty".
But Livni was not content to live off her parents' legacies. She proceeded to carve out a legacy of her own. After joining Mossad, she took part in the poisoning of an Iraqi scientist in Paris; her main concern was to provide the requisite political cover to preserve deniability for Israel. More about this in a June profile from the Times of London.
However, after Livni's first election to the Knesset in 1999, her politics took a dovish turn. According to Wikipedia, after Ariel Sharon became prime minister in 2001, Livni, while serving in a number of successive cabinet positions, presented herself as an avid supporter of the prime minister's disengagement plan and was generally considered to be among the key dovish or moderate members of the Likud party. She often mediated between various elements inside the party, and gained recognition for her efforts to achieve peace, particularly her successful efforts to have the pullout from the Gaza Strip ratified by the Knesset. On 12 November 2005, she spoke at the official yearly commemoration of Yitzhak Rabin's assassination.
However, in 2006, as Chief Foreign Minister, Livni the hawk came back, when she called for the expulsion of 7,400 Black Africans and refugees from the Darfur civil war, calling them all “infiltrators”. Very little criticism ensued (imagine how the Anti-Defamation League in the U.S. would react if a patriotic American White candidate called for the expulsion of all illegal Mestizo immigrants; they would call him "anaziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews").
So the accession of Tzipi Livni to power in Israel triggers two questions. First, will we see Tzipi the dove or Tzipi the hawk? Second, will it really matter? After all, Jewish supremacists don't care if it's good for the goyim, as long as it's good for the Jews. Jews have shown that they can and will represent themselves as they need to depending upon the exigencies of the moment.
Perhaps this song should become the new Israeli national anthem.