23 thoughts on “Bibi’s Father’s Answer to the ‘Arab Problem”: Hang’ Em in the Town Square – Tikun Olam תיקון עולם إصلاح العالم
Comments are published at the sole discretion of the owner.

  1. Thank you for saving me from reading the entire article; I think I’ve read all I need:
    “There are no two people here. There is a Jewish people and an Arab population… there is no Palestinian people, so you don’t create a state for an imaginary nation… they only call themselves a people in order to fight the Jews.”

    I am hoping, really counting on Emanuel being an American Firster. Bad news, if not.

  2. Ninety nine years old, eh? I don’t know if that is a blessing or a curse. But for someone so filled with hate, could be a curse.

  3. I absolutely agree with your analysis, and that’s the reason I posted the interview (I just added some more excerpts, BTW). One should also remember that the father’s ideas are rooted in the world of the 30’s and the 40’s. He was actually one of the first Zionists to alert the US Jews about the Holocaust. His views are extremely ugly, but they are clear and consistent with his life experiences.

    With Bibi – and the partners he chose for his government – all that remains is vulgar racism and a blind rejection of any sort of compromise.

  4. I have just finished 1967 by the excellent Tom Segev and feel sick to my stomach. All the years Israel has conned the world with the connivance of the US, all the crimes against the Palestinians with the help of the US.

    One thing was interesting. In 1938 Australia refused jewish refugees from Germany on the grounds “we don’t have a racial problem, we are not desirous of importing one”.

    In 1947 we only accepted Palestinians and not jews from Palestine, in 1967 we would only accept jews and not Palestinians.

    After WW11 we invited 700 nazis because they look just like us.

    Now we have a government that claims Israel was formed “from diplomatic efforts by Australia”.

    But back to 1967, Eshkol, Ben Gurion, Dayan, Rabin. Not a decent and genuine person among the lot of them, just a bunch of criminal lying bastards ready in anyway possible to get the arabs out of their own land.

  5. The hairs on my neck rose after I read this…what a sinister, dark, evil man the father is, his hate is suffocating. I have no further words……..

  6. Part II is published on Promised Land and the professor is certainly not becoming more tolerant.

    What me disturbs with this widespread Israeli thinking, which the professor represents in his “elegant” way, “Arabs understand only force and can be ruled only by force” is that doesn’t it mean that the same rule also fits with Jews. Hardly no other conclusion can be made. Can professor Netanyahu and others like him give any convincing moral “reason” why Jews outside Israel should not be ruled using the same strategy and means as Israeli Jews rule in Israel?

    Well anyway it is good that Israel finally is showing its real “face” in form of Lieberman and professor Netanyahu. Both gentlemen say what has not before been said so directly but what in reality has been the core policy of Israel for a long time. The time of advertising “we are the victims” is over.

    1. The racist views of Bibi Netanyahu are the same as his professor father’s, when one considers that he also is opposed to a contiguous Palestinian state and that he believes that Israel is entitled to uproot Palestinians and build settlements wherever it wants. The views of Netanyahu’s father are also the views of Olmert, Livini, Peres, Barak et al, by their actions. For political reasons, Bibi Netanyahu and the others just can’t express themselves the way Bibi’s father does.

  7. Thank you very much for this opinion piece.

    The father is affected with evil, he exemplifies the “banality of evil.”

    I am active on Facebook and, as such, I will post a link to this commentary on my Fb wall.

    Free Palestine! Justice Now!

    Best —

    P.S. Thanks to Emman Chehade Randazzo for the link (via her Fb Facebook Wall).

  8. I recall seeing Netanyahu on the “Today” program in the early 80s. He was asked if there was any chance of reaching an agreement with the Palestinians. He said no because Arabs were incapable of fulfilling any agreement they entered into.

  9. I believe that at the time of the “Today” program appearance referred to above, Netanyahu had just been made Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations.

  10. Dickerson, I have also very heard the view,recently in Israel, yet in a discussion with more liberally minded, that Arabs are incapable of fulfilling any agreement they enter into. By now I suspect it’s a belief (a stubborn idea or truism) more widely held.

    As well, Simohurrta makes the other point, about the belief that the only thing they understand is force.

    I believe both sides feel the same about the other, maybe more strongly than ever now. The deterioration over the years of this conflict has penetrated deeply into both peoples. It’s depressing.

    The very use of force and the resulting separation cements these feelings. I see it as a sickness.


    Why would this interview be of such interest if not to visit the sins of the father upon the son which, despite Richard’s disclaimer/ aside, is what is happening here. Not that it should not be done; not that perhaps it’s only an example of such extreme thinking more broadly embraced and buried in the closet.

    After all, here is a man of 99 years, calcified, stuck in a hell of sorts (of hate). But I do believe you would also find these feelings, still alive and well nurtured in far too many of much fewer years. The results of this recent election in Israel indicate that is so.

  11. FROM “MONDOWEISS”: “…I must say that living in Haifa for half a year before this and seeing how the Israelis treated my Palestinian friends there made me really hate the Israeli treatment of Palestinians. I would go to restaurants and bars with my friends and I would walk through the door first and be welcomed, but when the hostess saw my friends she would say that the place was full, even though many empty tables were in plain view…”

    ENTIRE POST – http://www.philipweiss.org/mondoweiss/2009/04/i-cant-say-that-it-reminds-me-of-any-book-or-movie-because-nothingcan-capture-the-feeling-of-living-in-a-giant-open-air-pris.html#more

  12. Marilyn – As I understand it from ‘critical race theory,’ the perception that there was no race problem originated from the ubiquity of prejudice in favor of the white population at the time, a system in which the status of Jews varied as did that of other ethnic groups.

    emman chehade randazzo, once you have become somewhat sensitized to the prejudice expressed, reread Noam’s comment above. Bibi’s father survived the second world war and afterward became a partisan in Israel.

    A comparable view of the US might be present in Andersonville by Kenneth Roberts. I haven’t reread it in many years but having read it in my teens, it remains for me a template of man’s inhumanity to man.

    This comment string has so much content. I’ll have to return later.


    To break this cycle of violence we need more engagement between all peoples. We then can see we are all human beings wishing for a life of love and peace.

    Let us work towards this in our own unique positive creative ways.

  14. Richard – I’ve been doing a lot of skipping around. I come back here for a bit of rest and sanity. Yours is a site where people can come without concern that they will encounter hatred directed toward another commenter.

    It’s a lovely bunch you’ve got here. Thank you!

    Thank you, Benny Zable:

    To break this cycle of violence we need more engagement between all peoples. We then can see we are all human beings wishing for a life of love and peace.

    Let us work towards this in our own unique positive creative ways.

  15. Bibi father’s interview is scary, yet informative. Two quick comments:
    – It is interesting to note the real “enemy” from Bibi father’s viewpoint’s is Arabs — not Muslims. This has been a political conflict, not a religious one. Only in the late 1990s have Hamas gained proeminence. Something to keep in mind when some Bushists, Sharonists and other neocons depict the State of Israel’s colonial policy as a fight againt “terror”. Palestinians just want a state of their own. Palestinians just want independence, freedom, and the right to live with dignity. Exactly like the US did in 1776.
    – Before so much hate toward Arabs (I’m humbly one of those non-human beings or Untermenschen — even worse I’m one of those Muslims), I can only have compassion and pity for the hater. What a DARK soul… I wouldn’t like to be in Bibi father’s place on the Day of Judgment when God asks him what good and bad deeds he did in his life. Be God merciful to him. Pity and mercy before so much hate is the only reasonable response.

  16. I am curious why the New York Times won’t publish the Benzion interview Benzion Netanyahu is evil, vile and wicked. It’s embarrassing that Cornell welcomed him as a professor He spews the racism of all of most of Israel’s Prime Minister. The only one who had any compassion was Rabin. It’s interesting that the hateful remarks of Ahmandinejad are published in almost every major newspaper.

  17. Thankyou for publishing this, I think it is very very important and a topic which should be explored.

    Maybe someone can dig up the open letter that Netanyahu senior published in the New York Times in 1947, in which he rejected the UN partition plan as a betrayal of the Jewish people?

    Some people in Israel have privately expressed to me the view “Bibi will sign a peace agreement after his father passes away”.

    But he got one thing right, he famously opined back in the 70s that his second son was a future foreign minister, but not prime ministerial material.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Share via
Copy link