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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, OCTOBER 23, 2009 PAGE 23A G astrong constitution and legal Israel and Israeli aircraft and going back to the Middle East the NATO exercise, saying it He was referring to Turkey's aza obstacles, thus regain the moral ground because it has been pushed out was cancelled in consultation effort to serve as a mediator From page 1A "The only place where they in internal politics," she said. of Europe." with other participants and betweenHamasandIsrael,just could play with free hands and "This government wantedWith the Europeans giving that nothing further should be as it had served as a mediator ing that the new foreign policy voice an Islamicagendawas in to come to an agreementTurkey the "cold shoulder," read into it. between Syria and Israel. But course he steered for Turkey foreign policy," she said. with Armenia for financial Susser said,"Turkey is becom- "Therefore, it is not correct Israel refused this summer collided with that of Israel. Israeli opposition leader reasons--because of oil and ing more Islamist in political to impose political meanings to allow Davutoglu to enter "Israel did not want to allow TzipiLivniappearedonTurkish gas and a lot of money...It is identity. The Iraq problem next to Turkey's decision to cancel Gaza from Israel for talks with Turkey to position itself as the television Monday, Oct. 14 to easiertoappeasetheopposition doorandthe relativeweakness the international, part" of the Hamas officials, and then regional broker the mature urge that there not be a crisis [parties] by having aggressive of Arab states gives Turkey a exercise," it said, adding that return for talks in Jerusalem parent in the neighborhood," betweenthetwocountriesover rhetorictowardsIsrael.'Butthe sense it must play a greater Israeliofficials"shouldactwith with Israeli officials. Lapidot-Firilla explained. Israel's actions in Gaza. reaction of NATO in canceling Middle Eastern role, and in so common sense in their state- Turkish officialswere visibly Nevertheless, she said,"Tur- "I am saying to the people the exercise took Turkey by doing it is shifting its relation- ments and attitudes." steamed by Israel's decision. key has a very interesting, very of Turkey and their leaders: surprise, ship with Israel. The secular Israeli Defense Minister Asked if she believed the aggressiveforeignpolicy, avery Supportingthewaronterroris "I don't think they realized country that had a common Ehud Barak issued an Oct. 14 friction between Turkey and active foreign policy that aims notananti-Palestinianact;itis what the reaction would be," cause with Israel is not the statement in which he spoke Israel would soon ease and if toregainsomekindofstrategic ananti-terrorismact,"shesaid. Lapidot-Firillasaid. Turkey we have today." of Turkey's importance in the the NATO maneuvers might cardsinaveryproblematicarea "Hamas does not represent AsherSusser, a senior fellow He said Israel's relation- region and added that there be rescheduled, Lapidot- that since 2003 has the United the national aspirations of the at the Moshe Dayan Center for ship with Turkey is "critically is "no reason to be dragged Firilla said that had a lot to States as a regional player Palestinians. It is not acting Middle East Affairs at Tel Aviv important for Israel--perhaps into words of harsh criticism do with American pressure. since the occupation of Iraq," on their behalf or promoting University, said he believes morethanitisforTurkey--and against it." "I'm pretty sure that with a she said. them." Turkey's action against Israel Israel has every reason to not AndDeputyForeignMinister lot of pressure it will be only "It's positioning itself as a It is no coincidence that the is emblematic of a "shift tak- let this [tension] escalate. It Danny Ayalon made similar a postponement and nothing state that is a moral leader row with Israel occurred just ing place in Turkey's foreign doesn't have many friends in comments, saying:"Our inter- else," she said. "It's apolitical of the Muslim world and the Turkey and its longtimepolicy that has far-reaching the region and will try to keep estisnottoreachapointoffric- gameandthey'recheckingthe region," Lapidot-Firilla added, nemesis Armenia signed an ramifications." things on an even keel.tion or crisis with Turkey. We boundariesandonceinawhile pointing out that the current agreement establishing diplo- "Turkey is undergoing an "Turkey too is trying tocalm consider Turkey an important they discover they have made administration is "quite se- maticrelations, Lapidot-Firilla historic change since the 2002 things down because the U. strategicpartnerofIsraersand the wrong move. So if Israel cure" after three elections and observed, election and is taking more of S. is siding with Israel. It has an anchor of stability." were to do something politi- a majority of the parliament. "It was more important to an Islamic identity and policy," no interest in taking this any SussernotedthatTurkeyhas cally correct in their eyes, it Internal politics has proven a signtheagreementwithArme- he said. "All of this has to do further. It's difficult to say how "shown ameasureofsympathy would be a good excuse to lot more difficult than foreign nia, butbecause of the reaction with the rise of an Islamic this will play out." with Hamas, which has caused restore the exercise." affairs, however, and some from inside the country--to party [in Turkey], the fact that The Turkish Foreign Minis- a crisis with Israel in the past. Reprinted with permission reforms that were promised block the opposition--it was Turkey has not been admitted try released a statement Oct. There is still a residue of that from the New York Jewish were never fulfilled because of easier to voice opposition to intothe European Union and is 14 that sought to play down crisis in the relationship." Week, Jerusalem From page 4A 10-22.PoemsmaybeinEnglish ereign lers of any state, or nitaries---includingthen-Sen. Affairs to Ramallah, which is Thus, the American Em- or Arabic" Hebrew poetry evi- state in waiting, are Israel's. Barack Obama in 2008--visit where the Palestinianpolitical bassy would be moved from site defines the consulate as dently need not be submitted. Israel's President's House is Palestinlan leaders, they do so leadership works, and'for the Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and "anindependentU.S. mission Black History Month brings in Jerusalem. Israel's Foreign in Ramallah. moment, leave the embassy serve all residents of Israel, that is the official diplomatic American musicians to share Ministry is in Jerusalem. Its Perhaps President Barack in Tel Aviv. and the consulate serving all representation of the United ' uesandjazzwithPalestinian Parliament, the Knesset, is in Obama, so famous for dismiss- That, however, still would PalestinianArabsandafuture States in Jerusalem, the West audiences" What about Jews Jerusalem. And its heart--his- ing"childish"disputesrootedin not be a solution forged in the Palestinian entity would be Bank and Gaza." who themselves are black and torically, spiritually, politically historic squabbles, couldbring spirit of mutual respect. To do shifted to Ramallah. Nothing To give a few glaring ex- whowereborninAfrica?Never and culturaUy JerusalercL some realism to the situation, that, President Obama would would be more realistic, and amples of the consulate's mind because they are Jewish. Meanwhile, Palestinian At- He could give a speechhave to recognize that the nothing would be more sym- Palestinian-Arab orientation: This is not merely a matter abs have leaders based in pledging to a new approach seat of government for Israel bolic of a policy of pursuing The "2009 Programs and of symbolism. The American Ramallah and Gaza City, re- based in realism and the "mu- is in Jerusalem, and the seat of mutual interests in the spirit Events" space informs that a Consulate treats the city as spectively. Ramallah is the seat tualinterests, mutualrespect" governnwzRforthePalestinians of mutual respect. poetry contest devoted to pro- Palestinian, and as the capital of the Palestinian Authority. theme that guides so much of is in Ramallah, and anmamc lHa/pern was an ap- environmental themes is open ofPalestiniantife, eventhough It ishome to Palestinian cen. hisforeignpolicy.Hecouldan- that he is placing American pobltee of former Pres/dents only to "residents of Gaza, the both assumptions are fantasy, ters of science, culture and nounce that he is moving the diplomats at offices in both GeorgeH.W.Bush, BtTlCtinton West Bankand Jerusalem ages In Jerusalem, the only soy- education. When visiting dig- U.S. Consulate for Palestinian thosecitiesandonlythosecities and George W. Bush. Critics From page 5A abroad that liberals wish to left about Bush and Cheney. badly it isn't merely protesters successful counter-terrorism very real distinction between silence. Liberals pretend that there is losingperspectivebutthethin tactics against A1 Qaeda and extremists and mainstream the brush of extremism, if not But if most Jewish groups, something particularly dan- edge of a new wave of racism other Islamists to that of Hit- dissent.Today, theleftistrying anti-Semitism. Obama asked which are. contrary to the gerous about right-wingers and anti-Semitism (the irony ler's Gestapo. to playthesame game in deal- sympathetic rabbis to speak myths propagated by the anti- who get up at town hall meet- that the demonization of the We are currently livinging with Obama-bashers. But up for his health care plans in Israelleft, mostlypopulatedby ingsandrantaboutexpanding State of Israel is primarily a through one of the most par- this is not a pastime in which their High Holiday sermons, mainstream liberals and not government power. But what left-wing phenomenon is lost tisan moments in American those who claim to represent Some not only complied on conservatives, are reluctant exactly is the difference be- on those who make such ac- history.StartingwithBillClin- American Jewry should play that score but also weighed in to join in this fray, they have tween such persons andmany cusations). When left-wingers ton and proceeding through a part. by characterizing opponents good reason, anti-war protesters who often take to the streets, liberals say the presidencies of first Bush While Jewish groups have an aspartofanextremistmindset The most obvious reason is used intemperate and insult- itisdemocracyinaction, when and now Obama, we have had obligation to hold those who thatthreatensAmericanJews, thatalthoughthegeneralout- ingrhetoricaboutBushaswell right-wingers do the same; chief executiveswho have in- employ Holocaust analogies The goal of such a stand isn't rage heard from liberals about asbeingjustascontemptuous tiley invoke the shade of the duced what is rightly termed accountable, they would do just to pass a bill they like but the nature of the criticism of about the right of others to Klan and Father Coughlin. derangementamongtheircrit- well to stay out of the sort of tointimidateallthosewhotake Obama treats the use of Nazi free speech? Keating is right when heics. Both sides of the political partisan crossfire into which the name of Obama in vain, analogies as something new, Liberals chose not to notice says"injectingHitleranalogies divide are guilty at times of Obama's foot soldiers would not just people who foolishly it isn't. For the entire eight the excesses of Code Pink into subjects like Medicare hypocritically judging their like to fling them. circulate goofy e-mails about years of the administration of provocateurs or the nonsense reimbursement rates renders opponents more harshly than Jonathan S. Tobin is ex- his place of birth or religion. George W. Bush, such invec- spouted by the - the Holocaust mundane, as their allies. Not very long ago ecutive editor of Commentary It is opposition to Obama- tive was commonplace. There crowd when they were por- though Nazis simply sup-some on the right were happy magazine where he blogs at care and those who worry is virtually nothing nasty that traying Bush and Cheney as portedbiggovernment, rather to brand Bush-bashers as www.commentarymagazine. about Obama's predilection hasbeenputaboutbythe nuts totalitariansextinguishingthe than genocide." But that was un-American or unpatriotic, com. He can be reached via forgovernmentpowerathome onthe rightabout Obamathat flame of American liberty. But just as truewhen liberalswere a stance that liberals found e-mail at: jtobin@commen- and appeasement of tyranny wasn't already spewed by the when right-wingers behave trying to compare Bush'sintolerable since it blurredthe Film From page 15A refugee camps in a narrative Yvonne Kozlovsky-Golan,though all three films were Jews should refrain from David Silber, the producer drawn from the repressed an academic who researches made on relatively limited confrontation and not be in- of"Beaufort" and "Lebanon," charactersattheCrusader-era memories of filmmaker Ari the theme ofwarand filmand budgets, they had the support volved in war-like situations," said the films on the Lebanon fortress of the same name on Folmanandhisfellowsoldiers. teaches at Sapir College in of European co-producers. Kozlovsky-Golan said. "And War serve a sociat function. the eve of Israel's withdrawal In "Lebanon," the war is southern Israel, says it's not Some have described theeven though these filmmakers "They help people under- from Lebanon in 2000. The viewed from the perspective surprising that it has taken films as anti-war treatises aresecularJewishIsraelis, Isee stand the misery of war, the audience sees no more than of four soldiers manning a awhile for films to be made and one ofthe reasons liberal thatthistraditionisalsomoted need to explain again and the characters do from their tankthathasbeendispatched about the war. Europeanfunders--andaudi- inthem, thisfeelingthatsome- again that it's a terrible thing hilltop perch, to search a hostile town only "Post-trauma usually takes ences--found them palpable, howwar is not a Jewish thing." and should only be chosen "Waltz with Bashir," an to become lost amid Syrian about 10 years to come out, But Kozlovsky-Golan sees MeirSchnitzer, afilmcritic as a last resort," Silber said. animated documentary that forces. The film shows little not only in film but literature them differently, for Israel's daily Ma'ariv, said "I don't know if we are still made the Academy Awards more than what the soldiers too," she said. "It may be fashionable to the films promote the image paying a price specifically for finals in the Best Foreign themselves see: alimited line Lebanon War-related films call them anti-war movies, Israelis would like to see of the Lebanon War, but the far Film category last year-- of vision to fighting outside are coming out now because butintheveryoriginsofthese themselves, bigger issue is that we have "Beaufort" had reached that the tank and the dynamic of of financial reasons, too. In films is a theme of the Jew- "The films are a continua- been at war for the past 100 milestonethepreviousyear-- terror inside the tank, as four recentyears, asIsrael'sfilmin- ish value of being a pursuer tion of the feeling that Israel years here. explores what the Israeli role young men try to navigate dustryhasgrownandreceived of peace, a 'rodef shalom,' " is the victim in the Middle "On one level we are a may have been during the their vehicle--not just a ma- more recognition, Israeli pro- she said. East conflict," he said. "They post-traumatic society," he massacre of Palestinians at chine of war but a potential ductions have drawn greater "In the Talmud, a debate act as a salve against charges said, "and these films give Lebanon's Sabra and Shatila death trap--back to safety, investmentfromabroad.Even emerged that concluded that that we are war criminals." expression to that."