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Friday, June 08, 2012

The NJ-9 Democratic primary and the Ulpana neighborhoods: Two different displays of Alinskyism

Caroline Glick discusses the Democratic primary in New Jersey's 9th Congressional district, along with the decision to destroy the Ulpana neighborhood in Beit El. Caroline reports that they are both displays of Alinskyism.
Saul Alinsky, the godfather of subversive radical political action, had a very clear strategy for undermining and destroying his enemies: Infiltrate, divide and destroy.

Since his disciple Barack Obama was elected US president in 2008, Alinsky's impact on Obama has received a fair amount of attention.

Less noticed has been the adoption of Alinsky's methods by radical leftist Jews in the US and Israel for the purpose of undermining the American Jewish community on the one hand, and Israel's nationalist camp on the other. This week we saw the impact of both campaigns.


SO IF Netanyahu doesn't oppose the communities of Judea and Samaria, why is he supporting the destruction of Givat Haulpana? The answer is that he and his angry constituents were set up by the radicals who run the state prosecution.

True, the leftist-dominated Supreme Court ordered the government to destroy the neighborhood. But the state prosecution gave the court's justices no other choice.

The case regarding Givat Haulpana exposes several of the pathologies of Israel's legal system. But by far the most glaring pathology it reveals is the politicization of the state prosecution by the radical leftists who run it.
Read the whole thing.

While the prosecution did leave the Supreme Court with no choice, the Knesset and Netanyahu did have a choice. Unlike the US, where all three branches of government are equal, under Israel's governmental system, the Knesset is supposed to be the sovereign. The Knesset has the right - indeed the duty - to overrule the Supreme Court when it believes that the court is wrong. Unfortunately, the Knesset has fled from that power every time there has been a critical issue for the last several years (e.g. the 'security fence' route).

In addition to Caroline's prescription, the Knesset needs to stand up and reclaim its own birthright. Perhaps if Knesset members were held accountable to the voters rather than to their parties, they would be more willing to stand up and be counted.

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