CATCH THE REAL CRIMINALSby Emanuel A. Winston, a Middle East Analyst & Commentator A pipe bomb lightly injured a prominent member of Shalom Achshav (Peace Now). Nearby were found flyers offering a bounty of one-million shekels to those who would kill members of Shalom Achshav.
This has that old familiar smell of the Left employing Shabak to cast blame on the political Right as the prospect for elections draw near.
The question is: Where to look? Of course, the first choice for the current Israeli Leftist Government and the radical Left NGOs is to blame the Right-wing settlers. The Left and Center have had a field day condemning these pioneering settlers - without a scintilla of proof. When the Left wishes to drum up hysteria against the Right before elections, the Leftist Media are happy to go along.
The (what was termed) "lightly" injured victim has gotten calls and support from all the top politicians. Actually, this event generated much more support for this Professor Sternhall who has made statements which appear to legitimize Muslim Arab Terrorism than support for those who have been seriously injured in Muslim Arab Terrorist attacks in Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem.
After years of serious bloody Terrorism against civilians and settlers, the police have put together a special team to catch "whoever" did this terrible thing. We don't recall any special teams put together for other Terrorist attacks. The Kadima mob want the Police to have a hunting license to subvert the rights of settlers with the Leftist Courts to back the attacks on those who disagree with Government policy.
The main problem is that accused (with no proof) settlers would have to be pretty good with making a pipe bomb that was so well-designed that it was not supposed to kill but rather act more like a noise-making firecracker. Who do you suppose has that skill?
What seems to be a rather deliberately incompetent job in preparing an incompetent pipe bomb does not fit the accused settler profile. It does, however, fit prior Shabak collusion at the behest of Leftist Government leaders to set up false actions so the Media and Courts can jail protesting Rightists.
In case the Leftist Media missed the point, the supposed culprits left some flyers around offering a million shekel bounty, is a similarly lame trick. So, how did the culprit manage to put together a low yield pipe bomb that seems to be more like a propaganda bomb just before elections?
Remember the infamous Shabak-Rabin "Champagne" affair - using Avishai Raviv as their provocateur? In light of that, we would wonder why the police will not consider that this crime was committed by a member of Shalom Achshav themselves - for their political reasons? Perhaps even with the cooperation of the person who was "lightly" injured?
BY THE WAY in Professor Sternhell's own words:
Sternhell has called for use of IDF tanks against Jews living in Judea and Samaria, and justified Arab attacks on the Jews living outside Israel's pre-1967 borders.
Sternhell wrote in the Davar newspaper in 1988: "In the end we will have to use force against the settlers in Ofra or Elon Moreh. Only he who is willing to storm Ofra with tanks will be able to block the fascist danger threatening to drown Israeli democracy."
In the Haaretz newspaper, in 2001, Sternhell said: "There is no doubt about the legitimacy of [Palestinian] armed resistance in the territories themselves. If the Palestinians had a little sense, they would concentrate their struggle against the settlements… and refrain from planting bombs west of the Green Line."
Police to Protect Peace Now Headby Hana Levi Julian - Arutz 7 www.israelnationalnews.com
Peace Now secretary-general Yariv Oppenheimer has been assigned a security detail in the wake of an attack on prominent political science historian, Professor Ze'ev Sternhell early Thursday morning.
The controversial professor, who was awarded the Israel Prize, was lightly injured when a pipe bomb exploded outside his front door in Jerusalem as he was locking the gate to his home at 1:00 a.m. Sternhall, who suffered light injuries to his legs, was taken to Sha'are Tzedek Medical Center .
The 73-year-old Hebrew University academic has received "ideological"phone threats in recent weeks, according to police. Nationalists had appealed to the courts in an effort to prevent Sternhell from being awarded the Israel Prize because of statements he has made, which they said appear to legitimize terrorism.
Flyers proclaiming, "The time has come for a halachic state in Judea and Samaria ! The time has come for the Kingdom of Judea!" were found in the streets near Sternhell's home, according to Ynet. A NIS 1.1 million award was promised on the flyers to anyone who kills a member of the Peace Now organization.
"The extremist Right poses an existential danger to Israeli democracy,"said Oppenheimer on Thursday, who blamed the attack on rights activists in Judea and Samaria .
"Law enforcement authorities must abandon their lenient policy when it comes to law-breakers from within the settler community and their supporters before we see another politically-motivated murder in Israel ,"he said. "He who doesn't enforce the law on violent settlers in the territories will find himself with a Jewish terror organization in the heart of Israel ."
Politicians Call for Increased Security, Left Blames Right
Defense Minister Ehud Barak vowed not to let any harm come to Sternhell or any other person who chooses to express an opinion that might prove unpopular. "We won't let any elements, from any dark corner of Israeli society, harass people who let their clear, lucid unique voices like that of Ze'ev Sternhell be heard," he said in a statement.
Kadima Knesset Member Otniel Schneller called for increased security, saying those who had bombed Sternhell's house were dangerous criminals who should face a judge for the attack.
However, warned Schneller, the attempt by the Left to "take advantage of difficult events to polarize the public is extremely dangerous. Those who automatically blame the extreme Right are stirring up discord," he said.
Meretz Knesset Member Zahava Gal-On slammed security agencies in the wake of the attack, charging them with favoring rights activists, who she also blamed for the attack. "The attempt to hurt Professor Sternhell is the result of the lenient attitude and weakness of the law enforcement agencies towards the extremist Right," she said in a statement following the bombing.
"They better not talk to us about a few bad weeds,"added Meretz party chairman Chaim Oron menacingly, who added that the "thuggish and dangerous act" came as the result of law enforcement officials not cracking down on anyone "who doesn't agree with the brutish section of the extreme right wing." Oron contended that "these phenomena spring up on the right wing."
The National Jewish Front organization denied responsibility for the attack, saying, "We're not connected to the incident and do not operate that way." However, the group also stopped short of criticizing the bombing, adding, "We will not condemn it. Sternhell legitimized attacks against settlers."
SEE ABOVE COMMENTS BY STERNHELL.