Treason: The betrayal of one's own country by waging war against it or by consciously or purposely acting to aid its enemies. Legal Dictionary
If U.S. representatives to Congress had joyfully endorsed the Islamists attacks on 9-11 (2001), would that be treason?
If U.S. representatives to Congress had joyfully endorsed Japan's attack on Hawaii on December 7, 1941, would that have been treason?
U.S. representatives to Congress had joyfully endorsed the Communists' victories in Vietnam, would that have been treason?
According to the Legal Dictionary (ibid.),
- Under Article III, Section 3, of the Constitution, any person who levies war against the United States or adheres to its enemies by giving them Aid and Comfort has committed treason within the meaning of the Constitution. The term aid and comfort refers to any act that manifests a betrayal of allegiance to the United States, such as furnishing enemies with arms, troops, transportation, shelter, or classified information. If a subversive act has any tendency to weaken the power of the United States to attack or resist its enemies, aid and comfort has been given. (Emphasis mine.)
The three examples above would clearly fall under the definition of "treason" and Americans would demand that those convicted of treason be severely punished.
Now, look at Israel.
Arutz Sheva reports that Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman is calling for the incarceration of several members of the Israeli knesset (MKs) who took part in a "victory rally" for the terrorist group Hamas last Friday in northern Israel to be jailed as traitors .
The Arutz Sheva article went continued
- "Those who took part last FridayNB...need to 'celebrate' an extended period behind lock and key on charges of treachery and support of terror," wrote Liberman on his Facebook page.
The foreign minister noted that those joining the rally "didn't protest out of a humanitarian identification with the residents of Gaza; instead they expressed open support for an enemy that fought for two months against the state of Israel."
"Therefore they should be treated as traitors and supporters of a terrorist organization; stand them on trial and give them the 'right' to stand for a moment of silence - as they did at the rally - in jail cells," added Liberman.
It's hard to understand how such people who hate Israel so much can be elected by people who claim, if not to "love" Israel, at least to prefer it to any Moslem government. Does anyone see a mass, or even mini exodus of Muslims from Israel to ANY Muslim-controlled area? The PA, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, or Egypt? Perhaps the ballot boxes are being "stuffed" to elect these treasonous people, stuffed by voters who are paid or coerced to vote for a one of several "Arab" (read "Muslim") political parties.
The fact that there ARE Muslim parties - and Muslim MKs - belies the suggestion that Israel is an "apartheid" country, a "Jews-only" country where non-Jews are, at best, only tolerated. (Tell that to the Druze colonel who commands one of Israel's most decorated military units or to the other Druze and Arab Christians serving in the Israel Defense Forces [IDF]. Jews are drafted; Druze and Arabs are exempt from the draft; they volunteer.)
- Unfortunately, Israel does NOT have "representative government" as in the U.S. where an elected official must live in the area he/she is supposed to represent. In Israel, voters vote party, not person (one reason I returned to the U.S.).
Would the U.S. have tolerated a member of Congress joining a flotilla to break the blockade Cuba when Cuba was fully in the pocket of the USSR? Would it have allowed a member of Congress to have unauthorized meetings with Mao? There would have been a call to punish the rogue politician as well as a ground swell to remove (impeach) the politician by the electorate.
Not so in Israel.
Israel's tolerance of treason - not just dissent, but actual treason - is beyond any reasonable person's concept of "democracy." It is closer to anarchy and not to be tolerated.
Only in Israel.
MKs joining the "Gaza Victory: This is Our Holiday" march: Hanin Zoabi, Basel Ghattas, and Jamal Zahalka (Balad), Sheikh Raed Salah (Islamic Movement in Israel) and Ibrahim Tzartzur and Masoud Ganayem (Raam-Taal)