Just yesterday I wrote a post in which I called the police interrogation of Rabbi Dov Lior for incitement a “charade,” since the authorities cannot nor will not do anything meaningful to address the savagery and violence of his views against Palestinians and Israeli democracy. He supports the murder of Palestinian children and yesterday Yisrael HaYom quoted him as calling Israeli democracy, the “idol worship of our time.” The article quoted a supporter attacking the “Bolshevik government” which “kidnapped” the holy rabbi for questioning.
Now comes news (h/t to Dena Shunra) that the Hebron settler council will honor Lior (Hebrew) with the “Beloved of the Settlements” award. That’s certainly nothing unusual. But who will be guests of honor at this glorious simcha? None other than deputy prime minister and former chief of staff Bogie Yaalon, Interior minister and Shas party leader Eli Yishai, and the current IDF commander for the West Bank. Not only will they appear, but they will speak in the rabbi’s honor.
This is either a country in the midst of a schizoid identity crisis or else it’s a country that’s only fooling itself when it says it embraces liberal western values of democracy and human rights. These are mere words. By their actions, the power loci of the Israeli elites show what they really “cherish” and value.
Though Bibi may use his most grave voice when proclaiming that “no Israeli is above the law” in claiming to support such police questioning, who does Israel think it’s fooling? This moral munchkin and spiritual mentor of the Jewish terror underground, is an exemplar of not just the Israeli rabbinate or the settler movement, but he figuratively dances at the weddings of the Israeli élite. He is their darling.