Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Livni the terrorist

Eitan Livni


1. "WE SHOULD always be charitable to the dead, but Eitan Livni was not a leader of a militant Jewish independence movement. The Irgun Zwai Leumi was a terrorist oganization, and a particularly nasty one.

"Even its defenders, who argued that the end could justify the means at decisive moments in history, were horrified by the massacre at Deir Yassin and the hanging of the British sergeants."

-Louis Heren, The Times, February 11, 1992.


2. The following is taken from Media Lens
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The New York Times

February 5, 2006

Israel's Top Envoy

By STEVEN ERLANGER

Tzipi Livni, 47, is the first woman to serve as Israel's foreign minister since Golda Meir did so half a century ago. Some think she may be the first since Ms. Meir to be prime minister...

She is also a deeply Israeli figure, the daughter of Zionist guerrillas - terrorists in some eyes -who met in the Irgun, the underground organization that fought the British and the Arabs, and that blew up the British headquarters in the King David Hotel in 1946, killing 91 people.

Her father, Eitan, was the Irgun's head of operations, and on his gravestone is the map of greater Israel, extending over both sides of the Jordan River...

Ms. Livni made her first visit as foreign minister to Cairo this week, when at a joint news conference the Egyptian foreign minister, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, compared Hamas to Likud, the right-wing party she left along with Ariel Sharon to form Kadima...

She served in the army, becoming a lieutenant, and at the age of 22 began working for the Mossad, the intelligence service, where she stayed for four years.


3. The Times Obituary, February 5, 1992

Eitan Livni Eitan Livni, a leader of the Irgun, the militant Jewish independence movement in British mandated Palestine, has died in Israel aged 72.

He was born Yerucham Bzozowitch in Gerodna, Poland, in 1919.

ON THE night of April 2, 1944, a few dozen Jewish insurgents sabotaged railway stations and bridges along 25 miles of line in Palestine.

They belonged to the Irgun group, headed by Menachem Begin, which had begun a campaign of violence against the British administration in Palestine at the beginning of that year...

Livni... in August 1947 was dispatched by Begin to organise Irgun's military activities against British targets in Europe...

Following independence Livni became chairman of the Irgun veterans organisation but in the 1970s, as a result of pressure from Begin who was by this time the leader of the parliamentary opposition, he was elected a member of the Israeli Knesset.

He remained there for three terms and helped to bring about the rightwing Likud coalition which gained power in 1977...

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WE SHOULD always be charitable to the dead, but Eitan Livni (obituary, February 5) was not a leader of a militant Jewish independence movement. The Irgun Zwai Leumi was a terrorist oganization, and a particularly nasty one.

Even its defenders, who argued that the end could justify the means at decisive moments in history, were horrified by the massacre at Deir Yassin and the hanging of the British sergeants.





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1 comment:

John said...

With friends like these who were murdering British troops even before the Operation Overlord landings put paid to the Nazis who needs enemies? If Livni's daughter is ever to be taken seriously she must renounce her father and all he stood for.

 
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