J.J. Goldberg

Bibi Gets a Rude Lesson in France's 'Jewish Problem'

By J.J. Goldberg

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The endemic antisemitism of the French has been a staple of modern Jewish public discourse and sober analysis for nearly as long as there has been modern Jewish public discourse. It’s commonly viewed as a continuum stretching back at least to the Dreyfus Affair, more than a century ago, and continuing right on up to the present day — straight through the reigns of such notorious prime ministers as Leon Blum, Rene Mayer, Pierre Mendes-France, Michel Debre and Laurent Fabius (*). Things have gotten so bad that in July 2004 Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon openly called on French Jews to move to Israel, where they could be safe from anti-Jewish violence. This caused an international uproar

Well, the latest to navigate those treacherous narrows is Israel’s current prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. He visited Paris right after leaving Washington last week for a meeting with his new BFF, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, only to get an earful about Israel’s “vanished” desire for peace from French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner (pronounced KUSH-ner). Netanyahu took this as a personal slight, which it probably was, and before you could say Avigdor Lieberman, Israeli national security adviser Uzi Arad phoned up his French counterpart Jean-David Levitte and asked him to intervene with Sarkozy to clean up Kouchner’s mess. Not surprisingly for a European leftist, Kouchner has a reputation on Israel-related matters. Still, the dust-up had to be handled delicately: Kouchner is an internationally renowned human rights activist who famously attributes his commitment to the fact that his paternal grandparents were killed in Auschwitz, and Netanyahu, like any smart politician, wants to avoid offending Jewish sensibilities over the Holocaust.

But the bitter taste must linger. After all, imagine the humiliation suffered by Jean-David Levitte. Since time immemorial, it’s always been the Levite who gets called in to clean up the mess left by some Jew who outranks him. Why is it, Levitte must be thinking, that whenever Jews get together, my tribe is called up second? How gauling.

(*) The only country that has elected more Jewish prime ministers than France (did you count the same five I did?) is Israel, now at 12.



Comments
Arthur Fell Sun. Nov 22, 2009

How can you count Debre and Fabius as "Jewish"? Neither one considered or considers himself as such, if only because there were Jewish branches in the family tree. Fabius keeps as distant from the issues as possible and does not identify himself as Jewish. On the other hand, the emphasis on Jewish anti-semitism in France is overdone. It exists, of course, but incidents track events in and around Israel so neatly that one must admit they are closely related. Thus, the antisemitic aspect is not quite so clear as might seem.

Miriam Chartier Sat. Dec 5, 2009

Arthur Fell, my friend If you look at something for the 100th time, yoou are in danger of seeing it for the first time. Perhaps, that is why G-D sent so many to say in short.....PAY ATTENTION. We pay attention when sonething captures our hearts. G-D has mine, who has yours?

That is why people in love say, " I only have eyes for you". The way we see things reveal, not the way things are, but the way we are. A person with a clean heart will see peace around them. A pwrson whose heart is clouded by suspicion and mistrust will see nothing but betrayal and deception.

The roots of our eyes are in the heart.

G-D warned the prophet Samuel who was examing the candidates for the kinship of Israel---- "Do not judge by his lools or by his stature."

G-D does not judge as mankind judges, for mankind like you my friend see with their eyes. Your G-D sees with his heart.

Let me leave you and the French something to think about and see with the eyes of their hearts.

Jeremiah 31....Behold, the day--ssss come, saith the LORD, that I will sow the house of Israel and the house of Judah with the seed of man, and with the seed of beast. There it is! The end of anti-Jewish and the Jew thinking you are alone. Embrace, your brothers and sisters, my friend, we are of One House and One G-D, the world just does not see yet. G-D will take care of those that have not seen. For it is written....Jeremiah 31....But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the hoouse of Israel; After those day-ssss, said the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their G-D, and they shall be my people. These are those who do not see as G-D, or have the desire of G-D in their hearts. See the sons of G-D ----who have chosen to give up the perfect gift from above given us----our free-will. A son of G-D makes a free -will offering every day and nignt to do the will of G-D in all they do and say. For it is written...Ps. 51...Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom. Purge me with hyssop,and i shall be clean; wash me and I shall be whiter than snow. Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou has broken many rejoice. Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.

Now how do you see---the man that has just a few Jews in his family tree. Open the eyes of your heart and others can see our G-D through you.

We are to say let us go up to the mountain of the LORD.

We have been given a road map. for it is written Psalm 118...The Stone the builders rejected has become the capstone; the LORD has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes. The Rock, the hidden part in Ps. 51, for it is written...Psalm 18 the LORD lives! Praise be to my Rock! Exalted be G-D my SAVIOR!

For it is written... Psalm 111... He provided redemption for His people; He ordained His covenant forever holy and awesome is His name. Our inward parts are the two sided stones that were rejected by every generation of people, G-D wites the law on both sides above and below, G-D With Us----G-D lives!

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