Wednesday, January 11, 2006

God's Wrath? No "Theme Park" in Israel for Pat

"He was dividing God's land, and I would say, 'Woe unto any prime minister of Israel who takes a similar course to appease the [European Union], the United Nations or the United States of America,'" "God says, 'This land belongs to me, and you'd better leave it alone.'"

Last week I called on the Israeli government to nix the Biblical "theme park" Pat Robertson was planning to build in Israel. And what do you know... The media is reporting today that Pat would have to find somewhere else to play David and Bat-Sheba. Apparenly, "God says, "There's no theme park for Pat." (Since only my mom and personal trainer read this blog, I assume the Israeli got the idea from someone else...).
But apparently there are those who are... how should I put it?...More Catholic than the Israeli Pope when it comes to this Christian Evangelist? A friend emailed such stuff that he dug out from the bottom of the web, a call to "lay off Pat Robertson." What can I say? It takes real courage to defend Robertson, host of The 700 Club, founder of the Christian Coalition, and one of the most influential figures in the United States. And when it comes to defending a man advocating that the U.S. government expand the use of its mighty power at home and abroad, who could do that better than a self-described "libertarian." The blog that carried this "J'accuse" of all those who dared to criticize this political-religious figure for being "tactless" is being run by an intellectual charlatan,a very marginal exapatriate Israeli/South African/Canadian (she brags about that on her website), at once a Rootless Jew and a flaming Zionist. The many pics on her blog websites show her in a Femme Fatale/Cool Babe pose. She is probably fantasizing in her wild dreams of becoming Ann Coulter for Poor People ("It's Ann, here. I was invited to address the Joe McCarthy High School in Appelton, Wisconsin. Can't make it. Would you fill for me?"). For years, this shmendrick has been marketing herself on many libertarian and conservative outlets using various shticks, the latest one apparently his her defence of Robertson. You see, anyone who engages in criticism of Robertson is a critic of Israel, an anti-Zionist, and by definition, a "Marxist" and/or a "New Historian." Robertson's Emil Zola also seems to be pissed off that anyone could suggest that the Likud party and its satellite Greater Israel/Messianic Jews that were allied with it in 1995 were responsible in any way for creating an atmosphere of hate and incitement in which Rabin's assassination took place. She wants "links," as though the argument is some kind of an Urban Legend. Well, I suggest (among a long list of books and articles) Murder in the Name of God: The Plot to Kill Yitzhak Rabin, by Michael Karpin and Ina Friedman Perhaps the two authors are "New Historians" or "Marxists," which explains why they suggest (see linked review) that Yigal Amir "was neither deranged nor isolated in his belief. Far from representing a 'lunatic fringe' living on the margins of Israeli society, he came out of a world and subculture that represent an important component of Israel and its body politic," and that "several individuals on the mainstream right, most notably Binyamin Netanyahu and Ariel Sharon, did not hesitate to rely on the religious and radical right to promote their own agendas. They repeatedly indulged and lent tacit support to zealots who called for violence to thwart the implementation of the Oslo agreements." And our kvetsher also complains that the "New Historians" and "Marxists" are not attacking the nutty Arabs and Iranians (see some of the pics on my earlier posts). And she links us to pics showing smiling Arab children holding placards with the words, "Sharon Die," adding: "look at them; aren't they cute." No, they aren't and you know who they remind me of? Well, those smiling Jewish children holding plcards comparing Rabin to a Nazi in 1995 -- and their repeat peformace last year, during the withdrawal from Gaza, when they blasted Sharon for being a traitor. What Robertrson said about Sharon -- and, hey, no one denies his right to do that; but I have a right to bash him -- reflects the same kind of mindset that drives the Iranian President, Palestine's Hamas, and Israel's militant religious right. I don't need "links" to figure that out.

4 comments:

Diana said...

Good hosedown.

I don't think that Americans are aware of the level of verbal hostility that is considered normal discourse in Israel. Your Sharon quotations in previous posts are but one example. What Jean Schmidt said in Congress would have been no bid deal on the floor of the Knesset.

Gothamimage said...

It's pretty hard to lampoon Robertson. Have you ever seen James Brady talk about Robertson on the troopship during the Korean War? I'll have to find the link.

Dr Leo Strauss said...

Hey! You have a personal trainer??? Cool!

I for one hope the traditional media do not upgrade their rolodex contact sheets. Think of how he enriches our lives!

Austen said...

Well, I do not actually imagine it may work.
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