Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Only Three Israeli Cabinet Members Dissented from Netanyahu's Prisoner Exchange Deal

Israel's Cabinet voted 26-3 to approve the disastrous, evil deal that will exchange more than 1000 terrorists for Gilad Shalit, the Israeli soldier illegally abducted by the Hamas terrorist group. The three dissenters were Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, Vice Premier Moshe Yaalon and Minister of National Infrastructure Uzi Landau. Lieberman explained his vote by citing "the grave repercussions the deal will have on Israel." Landau declared, "Let there be no doubt--the public and the government are both praying for Gilad's safe return...But this deal is a triumph for terror and it's detrimental to Israel's security and deterrence."

Neville Chamberlain has become infamous for signing the disastrous Munich Agreement with Adolf Hitler and proclaiming that he had assured "peace in our time" when in fact Chamberlain's perfidy had paved the way for World War II and the Holocaust.

The so-called "Oslo II Accords" (also known as the "Taba Agreement" or the "Interim Agreement on the West Bank and the Gaza Strip") divided Judea/Samaria and Gaza into three entities: one jurisdiction controlled entirely by Israel, one jurisdiction controlled entirely by the Palestinian Authority and one jurisdiction controlled jointly by Israel and the PA. The PA responded to the Israeli concessions not by building up the infrastructure in the areas under PA control but rather by greatly increasing the frequency and severity of PA-sponsored terrorist attacks against Israeli civilians; that predicable outcome is precisely why most Israelis did not support Oslo II and why the Israelis voted for Knesset members who had publicly indicated that they would never approve such a lopsided deal--but Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin "cleverly" found a way to circumvent the will of the Israeli people: Rabin bribed Knesset members Gonen Segev and Alex Goldfarb with Mitsubishi cars and cabinet posts in exchange for betraying the voters who elected them precisely to halt Rabin's plan to further weaken Israel. Segev and Goldfarb's names should live in infamy, though I doubt that many people outside--or perhaps even inside--Israel know who they are.

Just like Chamberlain's name has become synonymous with appeasement and the names of Segev and Goldfarb should have become synonymous with corruption, when the terrorists Israel is about to release resume killing innocent Jewish men, women and children no one should forget the names of those who approved this deal. Here are the names of the 26 Israeli Cabinet members who supported Prime Minister Netanyahu's disastrous deal with Hamas:
  • Vice Premier, Minister for Regional Development, Minister for Development of the Negev and Galilee and Minister of Regional Cooperation Silvan Shalom
  • Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Ehud Barak
  • Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Eli Yishai
  • Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Intelligence Dan Meridor
  • Agriculture Minister Shalom Simhon
  • Communication Minister Moshe Kahlon
  • Culture and Sports Minister Limor Livnat
  • Education Minister Gideon Sa'ar
  • Environmental Protection Minister Gilad Erdan
  • Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz
  • Housing and Construction Minister Ariel Atias
  • Immigrant Absorption Minister Sofa Landver
  • Industry, Trade and Labor Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer
  • Internal Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch
  • Justice Minister Prof. Yaakov Ne'eman
  • Minister of Government Services to the Public Michael Eitan
  • Minister of Public Diplomacy and the Diaspora Yuli Edelstein
  • Minister of Minority Affairs Avishay Braverman
  • Minister of Religious Affairs Yakov Margi
  • Science and Technology Minister Daniel Hershkowitz
  • Social Affairs Minister Isaac Herzog
  • Tourism Minister Stas Misezhnikov
  • Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz
  • Minister of Social Affairs and Israel’s Heritage Meshulam Nahari
  • Minister Benny Begin
  • Minister Yossi Peled

It is particularly sad and disgraceful that Begin and Edelstein did not dissent. Begin, the son of former Prime Minister Menachem Begin, has long been a beacon of reason who was not afraid to criticize suicidal Israeli governmental policies; Edelstein is a former refusenik who should know from personal experience that no good can come from dealing with bloodthirsty extremists. These 26 Israeli Cabinet Ministers have signed death warrants for countless innocent Jewish men, women and children--and when the Hamas murderers execute those death warrants Benjamin Netanyahu and these 26 Ministers should be held accountable for setting terrorists free.

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