Saturday, April 15, 2006

Cleanser rather than cleansee

Isn’t it funny how Jews in Russia were upset at the antics of extreme nationalist Russian political parties who advocated the ethnic cleansing of the Jewish people from Russia, decided to escape the anti-Semitism by moving to Israel, and then set up an extreme nationalist Israeli political party which advocates the ethnic cleansing of Arabs from Israel?  In other words, it wasn’t the concept of ethnic cleansing that bothered them.  They just wanted to be sure that they were the cleanser and not the cleansee.  Due to the faulty Israeli electoral system, this party, Yisrael Beiteinu, will probably end up holding a vastly disproportionate amount of power, with no doubt disastrous consequences.  Avigdor Lieberman, the leader of the party, has some striking similarities to Ariel Sharon.