Sunday, September 28, 2008

Where in the world would somebody get the idea to plant a homemade bomb at the door of an ideological opponent?

I'll tell you. In 1952, a bomb was planted at the door of Transportation Minister David Zvi Pinkas. The house was severely damaged and Pinkas, who was home but not directly injured, dies two months later of a heart attack. Police caught radical writer, Amos Keinan, leaving the scene. Keinan stood trial for the bombing and was acquitted for lack of evidence, though he was widely believed to have perpetrated the act along with Shaltiel Ben-Yair.

Keinan's wife, Nurit Graetz, has just written a biography of him, in which she reports that he was indeed guilty. He confessed to her that he bombed Pinkas's house to protest Pinkas's religious world-view.

Keinan was no angry teenager. He has been a prominent spokesman for the radical left in Israel since the founding of the State. He is the toast of the very people who are certain that the very foundations of Israeli democracy are under threat because of the Sternhell ("to know him is to need an alibi") incident.

And, of course, he and Sternhell are no strangers to each other. They were co-signed on a petition to the High Court in 2003, against the appointment of Dan Halutz as Ramatkal, on the grounds that he ordered the bombing of Saleh Shehade in Gaza. The petititioners are an all-star team of pernicious characters, who further appealed to international tribunals to arrest Israeli army commanders.

Unfortunately, Keinan is too senile to offer a sanctimonious condemnation of the Sternhell bombing, but fear not. Yehonatan Gefen has decided that today is just the day to write a glowing testimonial to Amos Keinan, along with an enthusiastic recommendation of Graetz's book.

9 Comments:

Blogger Sharvul said...

So you found one. Well done.

Yona Avrushmi, Ami Popper, Yigal Amir, the Makhteret, Israel Lederman, Natan Zada, Alan Goodman, David Ben-Shimol, etc. etc. And this is only off the top of my head.

Don't try to gloss over the natural tendency of the right to violence.

2:19 PM  
Blogger Tzemach Atlas said...

Graetz must be the einikle of the famous historian Heinrich Graetz?

2:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

why do you say to know him is to need an alibi?

2:26 PM  
Blogger chardal said...

>Don't try to gloss over the natural tendency of the right to violence.

Yeah, sure. After deHaan, the Season, the Altalena, the Kastner Afair, Gush Katif, Amona, the only thing that is clear is that the left is much more organized in their violence than the right.

11:45 PM  
Anonymous Y. Ben-David said...

Chardal-
Numerous political murders were carried out by the Left against the Right in the pre-state period. Examples were the murder of Yaakov De Haan, the anti-Zionist Haredi leader who was murdered on direct orders of the Hagana in 1924. Also, Arutz 7's and Makor Rishon's Haggai Segal's uncle, who was in the ETZEL was murdered by Hagana people.
Once the state was set up, there was no longer a need for the Left to carry out "free-lance assassinations", they now had the police available to arrest and beat up political opponents.

Don't forget that the Left views the perception of violence by the "right" as the best thing that ever happened to them. That is why they had the SHABAK set up agent provocateur Avishai Ravi and his dummy EYAL organization. He assualted Arabs and Leftist polticians. Our Supreme Court President Dorit Beinish knowingly covered up his crimes at the time. Raviv was Yigal Amir's closest compatriot in the months prior to Rabin's assassination. Many witnesses heard Raviv egg Amir on to kill Rabin.
The Left loves this kind of thing. Only problem is that it won't work any more. Most Israelis know about the clique and power and their ruthlessness. There will not be any political repercussions from this, except in the Left which will be temporarily re-engergized.

10:16 AM  
Blogger aiwac said...

>>So you found one. Well done.

Yona Avrushmi, Ami Popper, Yigal Amir, the Makhteret, Israel Lederman, Natan Zada, Alan Goodman, David Ben-Shimol, etc. etc. And this is only off the top of my head.

Don't try to gloss over the natural tendency of the right to violence.<<

Sharvul,

Yisra'el Baer. The MAPAM "officer's group". Udi Adiv. Mordechai Va'nunu. Markus Klinberg.
That's just off the top of my head.

All were either convicted of treason or espionage or suspected of such by the authorities. All belonged to the extreme left.

Extremes of any political group - right or left - tend toward inexcusable behavior, so please, stop the self-righteous crowing.

10:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gonen Ginat in his column today in Yisrael Hayom makes reference to the Keinan/Pinkas story. He also points out some inconsistencies with the flyer left at the scene of the Sternhall "attack". I mean, really, how could they indeed forget to put BS"D or B"H on the top of the flyer?!?

10:45 AM  
Anonymous asher said...

amos Keinan was a member of the Lehi underground, now we know where he got it from

3:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yes but he was part of the communist wing of the Lehi - he was raised in hashomer Hatzair. The Lehi was not a homogenous group. It had communists, disaffected Revisionists, fighting Charedim, messianic types and all other sorts. his idea of throwing pipe bombs and then blaming it on others is out of Lenin's playbook.

8:43 PM  

Post a Comment

Links to this post:

Create a Link

<< Home