Thursday, March 7, 2013

Yosef Burg: "It's not important what the Goyim say"

Continuing our series on the cabinet's response to Sabra and Shatila, we've reached the meetings of February 8, 9 and 10 of 1983. The Kahan Commission had finished its work and submitted its findings and recommendations.

On the evening of the 8th of February 1983, Moshe Nissim, the Minister of Justice, presented his understanding of the commission's report. There was then a discussion, in which most of the ministers felt there would be no choice but to accept the recommendations. The position of Dr. Josef Burg is representative of the general atmosphere. He was saddened by the findings, and unmoved by much of the public hullabaloo, but saw no alternative to accepting them in their entirety:
I suggest we focus on the essentials and not on minor matters, such as the finding that Yitzchak Shamir didn't pay attention when Mordechai Zippori called to tell him what he had heard was happening, since Shamir and Zipoori didn't get on well. The big problem is that something happened which no-one foresaw. In this world, with problems in Ghana and Nigeria, Bangladesh and Congo and Cyprus, if there hadn't been any noise no-one would have noticed. So it happened. Some of our youth are shocked, and the anti-semites are having a field day. That's the reality we live in. [...]
To the question if we should accept the findings or not, I think we should accept, otherwise we'll look stupid. First we appoint the commission and then we reject its findings? [...] I wish to warn us. If we reject the findings, it's not important what the Goyim say, but what the Jews abroad will say. They've already been fed a large dose of poison by the opposition, and they're confused. They've already received the poison, and if we reject the commission's findings what will they say? Sadly, we have no choice but to accept the findings and recommendations.

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