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May 7, 2010

With Israel, with reason: a response to JCall

Dear friends,

in recent days, a group of French Jewish intellectuals have launched a call (JCall – “Appeal to Reason”), Which is basically a call for Israel to surrender.

JCall’s appeal is part of the great wave of de-legitimization of Israel
and his policy.

We responded with the strength of the real reasons, the reasons for Israel, and we want that the number and quality of our signatories demonstrate that there is a great movement opinion that defends Israel, Europe and worldwide.

The following is our appeal “with Israel, with reason”, that you please
to sign and spread as much as possible through your contacts (the text is in Italian, English and French). For Driving instructions as soon as our goal.


The attack against Israel by the Jcall document is inspired by a short-sighted view of the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict. In fact, the signatories of this appeal do not have the clear perception of the global physical and moral threat to which Israel is currently exposed. It is indeed incredible that intelligent and cultivated people like Alain Finkelkraut and Bernard-Henri Levy – instead of dealing with Iran that will soon keep the whole world under the threat of the range of its atomic bomb – play with the idea that Benjamin Netanyahu is the true hindrance to peace, that the essential obstacle to a resolution of the conflict is a reproachable attitude of Israel. The intellectuals who have signed the French document ignore history and don’t care about the help that it will give and is already giving to the unprecedented
delegitimization threatening the life of Israel.

Pushing Israel to concessions without rewards, simply means to surrender the enemy without any guarantee: the unilateral withdrawal from Gaza has produced disastrous consequences, the land Gush Katif inhabitants has been kicked out from is since then a launching pad for missiles and terrorists; Ehud Barak’s concessions in Camp David,
designed to give Arafat practically everything he was asking for, led to the horror of the second Intifada, with its two-thousand people killed by suicide attacks; the evacuation of Southern Lebanon in 2000 strengthened the Hezbollah, supplied them with 40,000 missiles and led to the 2006 war.

Finkelkraut, Henri Levy and their fellow signatories claim that they are concerned about the future and the security of Israel. But they actually ignore the basic element that has prevented success of any peace process, namely the Arab and Palestinian refusal to recognize the very existence of the State of Israel as a permanent nation-state
in the Middle East. This all-encompassing rejection of Israel’s right to exist is reflected day by day in the Palestinian and pan-Arab media.
The attack against Netanyahu aims at breaking up his right wing coalition. But it actually never mattered whether an Israeli government was right or left: anyhow the Palestinians refused any proposal of peace.

Israeli land concessions like the ones the French intellectuals advocate will never bring peace. Only a cultural revolution in the Arab world can achieve it, but nobody asks for that, not even Obama, who devotes US great strength to pressure only Israel.

This is the current fashion.

Peace will not come because Israel becomes smaller. What will bring us closer to peace is if Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas stops naming public squares after mass-murderers like Hamas bombmaker Yehiya Ayash; if the Palestinians stop passing out candies when Jewish families are murdered by suicide bombers in restaurants;
and when the Arab world accepts Netanyahu’s modest request to recognize the State of Israel as the State of the Jewish people.

This reality is ignored as well by the Israeli intellectuals who have signed a document against the Nobel Peace Prize laureate Elie Wiesel, who wrote a very noble letter to support Jerusalem spiritual core and historical homeland of the Jewish people.

This sadly politically correct epidemic is probably designed to give some oxygen to the defeated pacifist movements that is actually able only to crash against the rock of the Islamist hatred culture and to defame Israel. But in this approach there is no contribution to any better future for the Middle East: the world must find the courage to face the new Islamist frenzy that springs from Iran, Syria, Hezbollah
and Hamas and points to the destruction of Israel. Iran and its allies are of course arming themselves with lethal weapons, not with vain words, like those who signed “The Call for Reason”. But even words can kill and destroy.

The signatories of the J-Call manifesto show a blatant ignorance of the extended hand policy adopted by Netanyahu since his Bar Ilan speech in June 2009, the ten-months settlements freeze, the lifting of many check points and the adoption of important measures to ease the Palestinian economy. And you can clearly see that the “Finkelkraut
document” has an Obama flavour, a prissy and respectable trendy attitude intellectuals are often unable to say no. This makes possible nowadays to the increasing number of Israel’s enemies to delegitimize the Jewish State rejoicing “even the Jews are with us”. If this was the signatories aim, they have indeed achieved it.


Date Thursday, May 6, 2010
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Cynthia, Milan
Published Thursday, May 6, 2010 at 21:50:15
I signed the appeal, Flame dear, I hope many accessions, for the sake of Israel and Peace, the real Daniel Coppin, Naples
Published Thursday, May 6, 2010 at 13:58:25
An important initiative that I joined with conviction. Thanks for having taken.
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Fiamma Nirenstein (giornalista e deputato),
Giuliano Ferrara (direttore de Il Foglio),
Paolo Mieli (presidente Rcs Libri, ex direttore del Corriere della Sera), Angelo Pezzana (giornalista, e Libero),
Ugo Volli (semiologo, Università di Torino),
Shmuel Trigano (professore, Universités à Paris X-Nanterre),
Giorgio Israel (Università La Sapienza),
Giulio Meotti (giornalista, Il Foglio),
Raffaele La Capria (scrittore),
Evgeny Kissin (pianist),
Gianni Vernetti (deputato, ex Sottosegretario agli Esteri),
Susanna Nirenstein (giornalista),
Peppino Caldarola (giornalista),
Alain Elkann (scrittore, consigliere Ministero Beni Culturali),
Carlo Panella (giornalista, Il Foglio),
Emanuele Ottolenghi (Senior Fellow, Foundation for the Defense of Democracies),
Daniele Scalise (giornalista),
Giancarlo Loquenzi (Direttore, l’Occidentale),
Edoardo Tabasso (professore, Università di Firenze),
Leonardo Tirabassi (presidente Circolo dei Liberi Firenze,
Fondazione Magna Carta),
Angelo Moscati (Presidente Benè Berith Giovani Italia),
Johanna Arbib (World Chairman Board of Trustees Keren Hayesod),
Giacomo Kahn (Direttore mensile Shalom),
Magdi Allam (parlamentare europeo),
Luigi Compagna (senatore),
David Cassuto (ex vicesindaco di Gerusalemme),
Riccardo Pacifici (presidente Comunità Ebraica di Roma),
Anita Friedman (Associazione Appuntamento a Gerusalemme),
Cecilia Nizza (Consigliere Comunità Ebraica Italiana, Gerusalemme),
Leone Paserman (presidente della fondazione Museo della Shoah di Roma),
Massimo Polledri (deputato),
Enrico Pianetta (deputato, Presidente Associazione parlamentare di amicizia Italia-Israele),
Alessandro Pagano (deputato),
Renato Farina (deputato),
Marco Zacchera (deputato),
Gennaro Malgieri (deputato),
Dore Gold (President, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, former Ambassador of Israel to the UN),
Norman Podhoretz (Writer, Editor-at-Large, Commentary Magazine), Michael Ledeen (Freedom Scholar, Foundation for Defense of Democracies),
Barbara Ledeen (senior advisor, The Israel Project),
Phyllis Chesler (Emerita Professor of Psychology and Women’s Studies, City University of New York),
Nina Rosenwald (Editor-in-Chief,,
Harold Rhode (esperto di Medioriente, ex Pentagono),
Caroline Glick (editorialista, Jerusalem Post),
Rafael Bardaji (Foreign Policy director, FAES Foundation),
Raffaele Sassun (Presidente Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael Italia),
Max Singer (a founder and Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute),
George and Annabelle Weidenfeld (President, Institute for Strategic Dialogue),
Anna Borioni, (associazione Appuntamento a Gerusalemme),
Efraim Inbar (Director, Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies),
Zvi Mazel (former Ambassador of Israel to Egypt and Sweden),
George Jochnowitz (Professor emeritus of Linguistics, College of Staten Island)

When I ask myself

May 2, 2010

When I ask myself “Who am I”?
I’m a little Sphardi, a little Ashkenazi
A little Israeli, a tiny drop of galuti (exile),
maybe I’m religious, maybe secular
But to myself,
I am a Jew and that’ special.
Not better than another, not worse,
Simply a Jew.

Sometimes a soldier, sometimes a student,
I have a lot of past and see future.
Sometimes a Mitnaged, and sometimes a Chasid,
Maybe materialistic, maybe spiritual, but always, always
I am a Jew and that is special.
Not worse, not better, a bit different,
Simple a Jew Jewish.

Suddenly I came back from afar, so we can be here together.
I will be secure, I’ll return to laugh,
live comfortably without fear.
I am a Jew and that is special.
Not worse, not better, a bit different,
Just a Jew.

Nothing will break me my brother,
My soul is a part of Eternal Light Above.
To repair the world – that’s my motto,
I was born this way. I am a Jew.

Basically, Jews, just like other religions,
have festivals, Shabbatot, customs and Mitzvot.
Even though everyone says that He is right
In the end we are all Jews before the Heavenly Throne.

I am very afraid of baseless hatred,
Love my land and love my nation.
I was here and there all over the world,
I have two opinions on what to ask and a third opinion,
Because I am a Jew and that is unique.
Not worse, not better, a bit different,

Simply a Jew