Jew vs. Jew in the Holy Land
See if you can find the connection between these 3 quotes:
1) Silvan Shalom - Candidate to lead the Likud
"Do not let extremists completely take over the Likud. This is in your hands, and we mustn't give up... The only one able to form a true barrage and stop the drift is me. We must not let extremists take over our home."
2) Shaul Mofaz - Likud defector - Member of Kadima
"I have realized that the Likud has drifted away to the extreme right, and that's just not me."
A public opinion poll released on Monday shows that half of the Israeli public believes that the Likud is moving toward the extreme right... Asked if the Likud were "heading for the extreme right," 50 percent of the respondents said yes, and 45 percent no.
Now, what is it about the Likud that has everyone referring to it as an extreme right-wing party?
What exactly is the definition of an extremist?
In reality, there is hardly anything extreme about the Likud, or even with the parties to the political and ideological right of the Likud - short of the fact that those parties may actually believe in the right of the Jewish People to a Jewish State in the Land of Israel, and in their unwillingness to make concessions to terror.
The incitement by the Israeli media and Israeli political elite against those who are committed to the above beliefs has reaped disastrous (and intended) effects on the Jewish People and Israeli society (courtesy of Yediot Achronot):
While most Israeli Jews rank Palestinians first on their hostility scale, left-wing Israelis hate settlers more, new survey reveals.
The survey revealed that the public most hated by the Jewish population are the Palestinians, followed by the settlers.
However, with respondent who defined themselves left-wing supporters, hostility toward the settlers ranked higher (67 percent), than hostility toward the Palestinians (55 percent).
We have learned to hate our brothers and sisters. We have learned to hate our fellow Jews whose only crime was their love for the Land of Israel and wanting to take part in strengthening the Jewish State of Israel.
True, not everyone may agree with the politics or ideology of those who live in Judea, Samaria and Gaza, but is that a reason to hate them!?! And, is that a reason, not only to hate them, but to hate them more than the "Palestinians" who are committed to the destruction of the Jewish State of Israel?
When will those who incite hatred against their fellow Jews learn that while in the short run, it may earn them political points, in the long run, it undermines the very foundation of the Jewish State and Jewish People?