by Yekutiel Ben Yaakov
After the arrest of American born Jewish “settler” Yaakov Teitel, the usual choir of right wing and nationalist leaders joined the leftist politicians and media commentators as they too began to raise their voices in a contest to see who could condemn Teitel in harsher language. Heaven forbid, the right wing camp should be insinuated in the action of a sole, random member of its political constituency. And the singing continues.
The following excerpt is from a recent article published on the Arutz Sheva website addressing the national ‘debate’ which continues in the headlines days after the news came public on Teitel:
“The arrest of Yaakov Teitel and his apparent confession to a series of ideological murders and attacks has aroused a lively public debate in Israel on the topic of apportioning blame. While most spokesmen in radio interviews, newspaper columns, and the like appear to agree in principle that entire population sectors should not be held responsible for the actions of lone individuals among their number, in practice the nationalist camp finds itself under attack.”
Once again the entire right-wing nationalist establishment cowers in fear and falls into the trap laid by the Israeli left. Does the right need to justify its right to live in Israel and does it need to go on the defensive because Teitel was arrested? What did the man do, after all? He confessed to attacking Arabs in retaliation for attacks against Jews. The fact that the Israeli media has turned Teitel into the most heinous terrorist since Brauch Goldstein and Yigal Amir does not mean we have to join the circus.
Let’s review how the left deals with their “terrorists”. Yitzhak Rabin openly confessed to partaking in the ideological murder of 16 Jews in commanding the attack of Menachem Begin’s Altalena – an overt attempt (and politically motivated, at that) to murder Begin and prevent the ship from reaching the Tel Aviv shoreline in 1948. He and his political bosses (Ben Gurion, et al.) undertook the action so that Begin’s Irgun wouldn’t pose a political threat to the Ben Gurion’s socialist Mapai party after the war.
The left also boasted unapologetically of its hunting “season” against young Irgun members. Former Prime Minister, now vegetable, Ariel Sharon also participated in attacks against right wing youth in his Haganah days.
The left also openly threatened to murder Rabbi Kahane should he ever achieve a position of power in Israel, and, indeed, physically assaulted him when he spoke in such leftist strongholds as Givatayim, where they bused in hundreds of kibbutznikim to do their dirty work. It was on Nov. 5, 1990 almost 19 years to the day when Rabbi Meir Kahane was assassinated. While it was the bullet of an Arab assassin that murdered the Rabbi, everyone knows the role Israeli leaders played in abandoning and cheapening his blood. A role that the Israeli left wears as a badge of honor to this day.
Yet we never saw the left pleading with the public not to judge them for the violent and homicidal crimes of the ideological extremists in their midst – including those who would later become prime ministers of Israel, or mayors of cities like Jerusalem, in the case of Teddy Kolleck, the man who led one of the Haganah’s most important departments in ‘the Season’, who ordered his charges to “beat and hand over Irgun operatives to the British police.”
Let’s put Teitel into perspective. He’s a lone Jew who, if he is guilty of the crimes he’s accused of, took arms to fight back against Arab terror – a terror, we hasten to add, that was aided and abetted by the Israeli left and successive Israeli governments, who actually gave thousands of assault rifle to PLO police who in many recorded incidents turned those weapons on Jewish men women and children in terrorist attacks. Teitel’s brother-in-law was a victim of one such recent terror attack. Occasionally, a Jew, fed up with the restraint policy of those governments and of the right wing establishment will stand up and fight back in the spirit of national heroes such as Shlomo Ben Yosef and David Raziel, who also carried out random attacks against the Arab population of pre-state Israel in retaliation for the ongoing terrorist attacks against Jews. Today, there are streets, kibbutzim and highways named after the Jewish heroes of those pre-state undergrounds. For Teitel there is a jail cell today, and on the outside, a choir of left and right wing moral crusaders who have nothing but words of condemnation, hatred and fear.
Me, I have no words of condemnation for Teitel. I condemn only the leaders of Israel, right wing, nationalist leaders included, who have brought about the murder of Jews and who ultimately bear full responsibility for Jews like Teitel taking the law into their own hands to defend themselves, their families and their communities. If the government and the right wing establishment would simply do what they are obligated to do, there would be no Teitels in jail.
If I were a Yesha official, my press release would sound a lot different from what’s been passing through the media these last few days. It would go something like this:
Teitel is innocent until proven otherwise. However, should he be found guilty of the acts alleged against him, he is still not the true or primary culprit. The government of Israel is the party to blame for arming Arab terrorists and permitting them to remain in Israel to murder innocent Jews. Until that same government is prepared to do its job, to safeguard unconditionally the Jewish citizens of this country, there may be many more Teitels rising up to take the law into their own hands. I am not condoning Jews taking the law into their own hands, however, in view of the one-sided anarchy that already exists, it is hard to join the choir that finds only words of condemnation for Teitel.
Short and simple.