I was recently challenged by a polite academic who claimed to be dumbfounded by the fact that I rejected as absurd his use of the term “Apartheid Wall” to refer to Israel’s security barrier fence. He demanded to know why I objected to the term, and what I thought was a more appropriate name for it.
I responded that the more appropriate and correct name for Israel’s security fence is the “Leftists are Idiots Fence.” Indeed, I would urge everyone to adopt that name for it and insist that no other be used in polite company.
Steven Plaut is a native Philadelphian who teaches business finance and economics at the University of Haifa in Israel. He holds a PhD in economics from Princeton. He is author of the David Horowitz Freedom Center booklets about the Hamas and Jewish Enablers of the War against Israel.
The security barrier should be dubbed the “Leftists are Idiots Fence” because the very need for its construction was as a countermeasure to the countless acts of murder and other violence triggered by the imposition upon Israel of the Left’s political agenda with regard to making “peace” with the “Palestinians.” The building of the “Leftists are Idiots Fence” became necessary because of the “recognition” of the PLO by Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres and all the fruits of that poisonous tree that followed. The consequential series of agreements to allow the PLO to import its army of assassins and terrorists into the West Bank and Gaza (never mind that the Hamas later evicted the PLO from Gaza) produced so many massacres of Israelis that the only way to reduce the level of violence was with large fences and barriers that prevented “Palestinians” from getting close enough to Jews to murder them.
The “Leftists are Idiots Fence” was only the latest bi-product of the long-time theology of the Left concerning how to make peace with Arabs. The Left believes that Israel can appease its way to peace by making endless concessions to the Arabs. The fact that every single round of appeasements and concessions to date has produced escalation of terror never persuades the Left that something is flawed with its approach to peace or in its political theology. The universal explanation by the Left for the utter and complete failure of its “ideas” has always been to insist in totalitarian unison that they fail because Israel does not make enough appeasements and concessions.
The Israeli Left has been wrong about absolutely everything for at least 20 years, and it would be very difficult to uncover anything about which it was not wrong going back even 60 years. The Israeli Left of the 1950s believed in Soviet-style economic central planning. Under David Ben Gurion, it built and then preserved a command-and-control economic mechanism that resembled that of Soviet regimes in many ways. It was designed to place near totalitarian control of the economy in the hands of the MAPAI socialist party (later renamed the Labor Party). Israel was essentially a one-party state until 1978, and that single ruling party was MAPAI.
Thanks to that command-and-control structure, Israel remained an impoverished, underdeveloped Third World country until well into the 1980s, complete with Third World levels of corruption, primitive technology, and tax rates sometimes exceeding 100% of earnings. By the late 1980s, the command-and-control regime was largely although not completely dismantled, this thanks to a complex set of causes, and Israel quickly morphed into a developed wealthy First World country, to the chagrin of its socialists. The Far Left yearns to restore the semi-bolshevik planning and control structure, and has now managed to co-opt much of the “Social Justice” protests in Israel and recruit those protesters behind this goal.
But in the long term, the more harmful segment of leftist ideology was the belief that the bulk of Arabs are good and decent people who truly want peace and co-existence. That belief happens to be false. The vast majority of Arabs want a genocidal resolution to the “problem” of the existence of Israel and its Jewish population.
But the Left is so passionately wedded to this part of its political theology that it has dominated everything the Left has done or said for decades. And since the Left has been in office in Israel more often than it has not been (while the Likud has itself often behaved in many ways like a party of the Israeli Left), most of the most destructive decisions and errors Israel has made stem directly from this theology.
The Israeli Left believes that most Arabs are peaceful people and that they can best be won over by implementing a nice form of socialism (one that unfortunately does not work anywhere and cannot possibly “work”).
When Israel became independent in 1948-49, the new state under the leadership of David Ben Gurion went to great efforts to prevent the emigration of the Arab population of what became Israel. (Never mind that the anti-Semites later invented a pseudo-history in which Israel carried out “ethnic cleansing.” The entire War of Independence was an attempt by the Arab world to conduct a genocidal ethnic cleansing of Jews!) This is because the Israeli government believed that most Arabs are peaceful people and that they can best be won over by implementing a nice form of socialism.
The early Israeli governments of the 1950s and 1960s, all led by the MAPAI party, allowed many tens of thousands of Arab “refugees” quietly to return to the territory of Israel. This is because the government believed that most Arabs are peaceful people and that they can best be won over by implementing a nice form of socialism.
The Israeli government of 1967 went out of its way to prevent the emigration of the Arab populations of the West Bank and Gaza Strip during and after the Six Day War. This is because the government believed that most Arabs are peaceful people and that they can best be won over by implementing a nice form of socialism.
The Israeli government has never responded to pogroms and mob violence by Israeli Arabs or West Bank and Gaza Arabs with serious retribution. This is because the government believes that most Arabs are peaceful people and that they can best be won over by implementing a nice form of socialism.
The Israeli government of Yitzhak Rabin, again a Labor Party government, signed the Oslo Accords. It converted Gaza and most of the West Bank into large terrorist bases and launching pads for mortars and rockets. It did so because the government believed that most Arabs are peaceful people and that they can best be won over by implementing a nice form of socialism.
When it became clear that the only reason “Palestinians” even wanted “independence” from Israel was so they could launch terrorist aggression, nothing changed. This is because the government believed that most Arabs are peaceful people and that they can best be won over by implementing a nice form of socialism.
Israel has been bludgeoned into agreeing to the creation of a “Palestinian” state in the West Bank and Gaza. This would be the 23rd Arab state. The Arabs already have more states than any other ethnic group on earth and control territory nearly twice that of the United States (including Alaska). Those who imagine that such a “Palestinian” state would pursue peace and stability are captives of the political theology of the Left. They believe that most “Palestinian” Arabs are peaceful people who can best be won over by implementing a nice form of appeasement and socialism.
And over the past year the “social justice” protest movement in Israel was largely co-opted by the Israeli communist party and other groups within the radical Left, effectively making further appeasements and concessions to the “Palestinians” the central plank of their agenda of “social justice.” This is because they believe that most Arabs are peaceful people and that they can best be won over by implementing a nice form of socialism.
Now since every single round of concessions and appeasements by Israel has produced escalated Arab violence, the security fence was proposed, originally as an innovation conceived by and endorsed by the Left. But the Left quickly recovered from its momentary transient common sense, after realizing that the security fence was a departure from its decades-old agenda of achieving peace via appeasement. And within weeks of the commencement of the construction, the Left was denouncing the fence as Israel’s “Apartheid Wall.” It also denounces as “apartheid roads” any parallel pairs of roads, one for “Palestinians” and the other for Israelis, made necessary so that Palestinians would not get close enough to Israelis to murder them.
The irony is that no other country on earth would have responded to the atrocities and murders coming from a hostile population located at the fringes of its cities by building such a wall or such parallel pairs of roads. Every other country on earth would have bombed the attackers into the Stone Age and then driven them out en masse. Consider what happened to the ethnic German minorities of Eastern Europe.
But sauce for the Euro-goose is never sauce for the Jewish gander. So, instead, Israel retaliated against the genocidal mass murderers of its civilians by constructing a fence that makes it more difficult for them to carry out their atrocities.
And that is why the correct name for what the anti-Semites have been calling Israel’s “Apartheid Fence” should in fact be the “Leftists are Idiots Fence.”