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Earlier this year, there were worldwide (and totally orchestrated) protests against Israel's "destruction" of the al-Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest site in Islam—which does not appear once in the Qu'ran—even though Israeli excavations were being performed to preserve archaeological evidence before official Palestinian construction destroyed it. The press, in its endless exuberance for anything anti-Western, presented these protests as fact, not once attempting to understand the Israeli side of the issue.

Palestinian children hold placards during a demonstration against the Israeli government's construction works outside the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound of Jerusalem in the Ein el-Hilweh refugee camp, southern Lebanon Friday, Feb. 9, 2007. Palestinian leaders have harshly condemned the work but Israel says the project is needed to replace a centuries-old earthen ramp that partially collapsed in a snowstorm three years ago. It has promised the work would cause no harm to the Islamic holy site; but those assurances have not calmed Muslim passions over the project. (AP Photo/Mohammed Zaatari)


Fast-forward to yesterday, where Israeli citizens were protesting their own government's plan to give the Temple Mount—which incidentally is the single-most holiest site in Judaism, mentioned in the Torah and Talmud hundreds of times—are tarred and smeared as "right-wing" extremists.

Right-wing Israelis demonstrate against any Israeli territorial concession outside Jerusalem's Saban Forum where US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert held talks 04 November 2007. On her eighth visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories this year, pressing diplomatic efforts to revive full-blown peace talks after seven years of deadlock, Rice was in the occupied West Bank for top-level talks.(AFP/Menahem Kahana)


There's that good old-fashioned fairness and balance for you: "Curse those dastardly right-wingers."

Full coverage of yesterday's Radical Right Wing Israeli Protest can be found beyond the fold.

Update: Wow, here are some genuine words of "wisdom" from Ehud "The Dunce" Olmert:

Israeli PM Olmert slams right-wing extremists over 'flood of hatred'

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert launched a vitriolic attack on extreme right-wingers on Monday, amid a campaign to release a political assassin and incitement against talks with the Palestinians.

Olmert, who on Sunday said he may be able to conclude a peace deal with the Palestinians by the end of next year, vowed that such behaviour would not dissuade him from persevering with negotiations.

"We are prepared to make compromises because security is based on peace and peace requires painful compromises," he said in a speech to a managers' conference in Israel's commercial capital Tel Aviv.


Okay, here's a "flood of hatred" for you, Eddy Boy:—if you're so set against the Jewish people that you do not wish to hear what the Jewish people have to say about the future of Israel—the ancestral home of said Jewish people—then why in the devil do you allow yourself to remain as President? If genuine Judaism disgusts you so much, why not just pack up and move over to your best buddy's little tinpot regime?

After all, if your "counterparts" at the peace conference deny your right to exist, as the savages have done on every occasion they've been given, why do you suppose that "peace" somehow depends on giving them more land, you traitorous coward?!

Is Israel really so self-destructive now that they allow scum like this to remain in power?

Soccer Dad writes to remind me that Olmert used to be one of we dreaded "right-wingers", back before political expediency necessitated the abandonment of his core beliefs. How times change!

I dream of the day in which spinelessness will no longer be a requirement for public office in the West.

Update: The Elder has more thoughts on extremism.

See-also:

Israel Matzav
Update: It would seem that, in a perfect convergence of BRAINLESS leftist harmony, nobody is happy with this latest bout of "peacemaking." Would someone in the know please clue in "Condoleeza's Travelling Clown Show (and sometimes State Department)" to this fact? I mean, if she's not going to even consider Israeli rejection of this latest land-for-peace swindle, maybe she'll take her heroes' word for it?

A Palestinian, wearing a mask of U.S Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, holds a placard and a Palestinian flag as she participate a demonstration against the visit of Rice to the region, outside the West Bank village of Beit Horon near Jerusalem, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2007. At the start of U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's latest peacekeeping mission to the region, Israel's top negotiator acknowledged on Sunday that there were 'problems' trying to frame a blueprint for a peace deal with the Palestinians. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)


I am posting the full text of every caption here. I know it bugs a couple of you, but I'm hoping to illustrate the fact that not one single photo from this protest went across the wires, without the protesters being smeared as "right-wingers."

Also notice that the estimates of attendance at this event ranges from "a few hundred" to five hundred, even though the size of the group looks on the surface to be much larger. I'd love to hear from the rest of the JBlogosphere on what the actual attendance is.

A man covers himself with a box bearing right-wing stickers during a demonstration of some five hundred right-wing Israelis against any Israeli territorial concession outside Jerusalem's Saban Forum where US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert held talks. Olmert said he may be able to make peace with the Palestinians by the end of 2008 as the United States vowed to defend Israel's security during the difficult process.(AFP/Menahem Kahana)


Israeli right-wing demonstrators carry torches during a protest against U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's visit, outside the U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem November 4, 2007. U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Sunday she was not yet ready to set a date for a conference on Palestinian statehood as Israel cited problems in the talks and cast doubt on implementing any deal. REUTERS/Ammar Awad (JERUSALEM)


Israeli right-wing demonstrators carry torches and wave flags during a protest against U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's visit, outside the U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem November 4, 2007. U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Sunday she was not yet ready to set a date for a conference on Palestinian statehood as Israel cited problems in the talks and cast doubt on implementing any deal. REUTERS/Ammar Awad (JERUSALEM)


Israeli right-wing demonstrators carry torches and wave flags during a protest against U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's visit, outside the U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem November 4, 2007. U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Sunday she was not yet ready to set a date for a conference on Palestinian statehood as Israel cited problems in the talks and cast doubt on implementing any deal. REUTERS/Ammar Awad (JERUSALEM)


Israeli right-wing demonstrators carry torches during a protest against U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's visit, outside the U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem November 4, 2007. U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Sunday she was not yet ready to set a date for a conference on Palestinian statehood as Israel cited problems in the talks and cast doubt on implementing any deal. REUTERS/Ammar Awad (JERUSALEM)


Right-wing Israeli protesters hold torches as they shout slogans during a protest against US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's visit outside the United States Consulate in Jerusalem, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2007. A few hundred right-wing Israelis demonstrated against an upcoming meeting between Israeli and Palestinian leaders scheduled for Annapolis, Maryland and any negotiations by Israel over the status of the city of Jerusalem. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer)


[Ed.:—Notice that the name Judea is what the "West Bank" is historically known as. Pop quiz: What do you suppose the "Jud" in "Judea" means?] A right-wing Israeli protester holds a sign as he marches with others during a protest against US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's visit outside the United States Consulate in Jerusalem, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2007. A few hundred right-wing Israelis demonstrated against an upcoming meeting between Israeli and Palestinian leaders scheduled for Annapolis, Maryland and any negotiations by Israel over the status of the city of Jerusalem. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer)


Right-wing Israeli protesters carry torches during a protest against US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's visit outside the United States Consulate in Jerusalem, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2007. A few hundred right-wing Israelis demonstrated against an upcoming meeting between Israeli and Palestinian leaders scheduled for Annapolis, Maryland and any negotiations by Israel over the status of the city of Jerusalem. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer)


Right-wing Israeli protesters hold torches and carry flags during a protest against US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's visit outside the United States Consulate in Jerusalem, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2007. A few hundred right-wing Israelis demonstrated against an upcoming meeting between Israeli and Palestinian leaders scheduled for Annapolis, Maryland and any negotiations by Israel over the status of the city of Jerusalem. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer)


Right-wing Israeli protesters hold torches as they march during a protest against US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's visit outside the United States Consulate in Jerusalem, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2007. A few hundred right-wing Israelis demonstrated against an upcoming meeting between Israeli and Palestinian leaders scheduled for Annapolis, Maryland and any negotiations by Israel over the status of the city of Jerusalem. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer)

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Comments:

#1 captainfish 06-Nov-2007
Recall how Ariel Sharon got into office. By touting Israeli control over the temple mount when he visited the site. He had a history of being heavy-handed. But, when he got into office, he also turned cold toward Israel.

I believe that no matter who you put into the office, they will turn their backs on Israel. It is the plan. Things have to really turn bad for Israel so that they turn from their ways and seek GOD.

Start looking for greater harsh rhetoric from Russia toward Israel with an increase in threats should Israel do something against Russia friends in Syria and Iran.
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