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Ari Shavit vs Amos Schocken at Ha’aretz

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From honestreporting.com, Mar. 27, 2014:

Ari Shavit fired back at his boss, Haaretz publisher Amos Schocken. It started when Shavit arguedthat the Palestinians should recognize Israel as a Jewish state. In an unprecedented move, Schocken attacked his own columnist. Today, Shavit writes:

The similarity between the old Israeli left and Neturei Karta is obvious. In both cases we’re dealing with curling up in a closed system that has lost all touch with reality. Both are small communities that isolate themselves from the Israeli public and live in increasing alienation from the Israeli state. In both cases we’re dealing with rigid orders trying to silence any member who asks questions, casts doubt and wonders if the order’s premises are still valid.

I feel sympathy for people with burning faith and solid principles, who are ready to fall on their sword. But the truth must be told: The old left’s “guardians of the city” won’t evacuate a single settlement, won’t bring about the withdrawal from an inch of land and won’t bring peace a single day sooner. Why? Because their systematic disregard of Palestinian rejectionism and the region’s brutality makes them unreliable; their repulsion from the blue-and-white renders them irrelevant. This makes the Israeli public shut its ears to their justified arguments about the settlements, human rights and civil rights. The old left’s inability to prove that it is both Zionist and realistic renders it unable to carry out the great Zionist project of the 21st century – ending the occupation.

Click here for all of Honest Reporting’s report, Mar. 27, 2014

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