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Wife of Vice PM: Demolish Gaza if shooting continues

A few comments on the recent flare-up in the south expose the blind, knee-jerk public support the government and IDF get for their actions against Palestinians.

Judy Nir Moses Shalom, the wife of senior Vice Prime Minister Silvan Shalom, is known to pretty much say whatever she wants, whenever she wants. Calling her outspoken is an understatement. Besides being married to one of Israel’s most senior ministers (Shalom has also served as foreign minister and finance minister), she belongs to one of the most powerful families in Israel, who own what used to be the largest daily, Yedioth Ahronoth, before Sheldon Adelson’s Israel Hayom came along and took first place.

Moses has said controversial things in the past, but yesterday, as things were getting tense, she tweeted something that could be seen by some as a call for a massacre, if not an outright genocide:









The first tweet says: “Have a good week, I hope that today they decide to destroy Gaza if they don’t stop shooting. Let them suffer as well.”

The second tweet says: “I pity those who hate themselves and respond against my tweet to attack Gaza. Keep on sunbathing. Maybe if the Gazans had their homes hit they would finally do something against the murderers.”






Her latest tweet, from early this morning, says: “It’s not fair that we are sleeping here quietly and a million people in the south are living under fire! We have to bomb Gaza. We’d be happy if the children are evacuated. It’s time to stop the abuse.”


Remember Tanya Rosenblit, the woman who refused to sit in the back of the bus despite the demands of Haredi men sitting next to her? I wrote about Tanya’s amazing stand against discrimination with awe.

Here’s what she wrote on her Facebook wall yesterday:














Twisted minds indeed. “Brainwashed” might be a better term to describe the Israeli public discourse over this recent flare-up.

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    1. daniel

      How lovely, not one coherent/reasonable argument, only “brainwashed” as an answer. Isn’t it fun to be a blogger?

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    2. actually daniel, yes! I love it!

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    3. Vickie

      I suspect that was the original purpose of OCL…and they’re itching to finish it off. So much so that they instigated yet another fiasco.

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    4. Matthew

      Moral blindness and infinite reservoirs of self-pity seem to the common threads in Zionist thinking.

      How do you make an Israeli look bad? Quote him/her accurately.

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    5. Bill Pearlman

      I’m interested, serious question. If you were in charge how would you handle the situation in the south.

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    6. Steve

      Sometimes, enemies need to be crushed. War isn’t pretty.

      Maybe Gaza should permanently quit launching rockets into the Israeli civilian population? And maybe Hamas should declare peace with Israel forever?

      Maybe Israel is sick of dealing with jihad fundamentalist crazies.

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    7. ohadb

      what ever you say , targeting civilians is an war crime , both of Israelis and Palestinians

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    8. sHMUEL

      “Let them suffer as well.” this is so funny. this little woman thinks that the people the people of gaza, i.e. the people that were kicked out from their houses in ashdod, ashkelon…for this enlighted woman the people that suffer are the one in tel aviv! genious!

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    9. sh

      ” “Brainwashed” might be a better term to describe the Israeli public discourse over this recent flare-up.”
      Hardly surprising the Israeli public is brainwashed. Isn’t our Judy one of the 1% even without the extra income from her ubiquity on national radio and TV? We read, hear, see and probably eat and sleep too,… er, how to put it?… fiction.

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    10. Piotr Berman

      Out of the blue IDF makes a preposterous claim, kills two people and “asymmetric” exchange follows. This will last until some symmetry will enter the picture. E.g. it is not fun anymore to send assassins to Lebanon, because there is more symmetry in that direction.

      Why Israeli tend to believe their government so much is a puzzle. Russians do not. Americans do not. Poles do not. One should analyze the content of hair care products in Israel. Judging from the avatar, Mrs. Shalom is a heavy user.

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    11. Jogortha

      Had this statement been made about Israel by the wife of any high ranking Arab government two things would have happened:

      -MEMRI would have translated it & it would make headlines in the US
      -It would have been used to prove “how barbaric, inhumane & hateful” Arabs are as opposed to the nice and “humane” israelis.

      To illustrate my point, till the writing of this comment, no major US publication wrote a word about Mrs Shalom’s tweets. In other words, here’s the double standard that is always tilting in Israel’s official narrative.

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    12. Noam W

      The attacks on Gaza are deplorable.
      The attacks on Israel’s south are deplorable.
      Neither justifies the other.
      It was stupid of the Israeli army to ignite the fuse.
      It is stupid of the Gazan militias to take the bate and respond with fire. It is illegal of the Palestinians to do so by aiming their fire at civilians.
      It is stupid and illegal of the Israeli army to retaliate by further attacks.

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    13. Danny

      Judy Nir Moses Shalom Ahab’la thinks that Israel should destroy Gaza? Someone should tell this woman that Israel has been destroying Gaza on and off for the last 40 years or so (since back in the days she was still called simply Yehudit Moses). Stupid woman.

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    14. Jazzy

      Noam W: If you were serious about placing moral opprobrium on Hamas, why do you publish articles here, where ultimate blame is only ever placed on Israel? Don’t you see that +972’s reaction to this kind of violence is knee jerk, superficial, and unthinking? Take Ami’s recent piece for example – no substance at all, just a sentence about “brainwashing.”

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    15. @Jazzy – this isn’t an op-ed. The tweet speaks for itself. You want me to analyze this woman? You actually want to read 2,000 words of in-depth analysis on how dumb she is? You need someone to eloquently spell it out for you? Is that how clueless you are?
      Analyze this: if you have no substance to your comments other than ad hominem attacks or comments just for the sake of bashing, get off my channel. Strike one. (Hint: I usually don’t go to strike 3) 🙂

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    16. jess

      it’s wrong to kill! the authority should dare to look for the roots of the conflict,[not so difficult, if one dare to admit some obvious truth.]

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    17. @Jazzy – what I also love about your comment, Jazzy, is that you have nothing to say about the tweets. You either support it, or don’t. But that would be putting too much substance in your comment. I wouldn’t expect that from you. Being an anonymous commentator is so fun and easy, isn’t it “Jazzy”?

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    18. Ami, as you know I’m not with you on Tanya Rosenblit’s tweet. Judy is a raging scandal on a totally different plane, with her disgusting glee of calling for their destruction. But a regular citizen living in the south doesn’t need to have her life destroyed even if she stood up to haredim, any more than the average pal shd have his/her life destroyed, unless you buy the collective punishment theory. So she expressed anger at terrorists and fear for her life – I’d say that’s a pretty human instinct, and your dismissal hurts.

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    19. @dahlia – a “regular” person standing up to haredim is someone who is aware of the importance of civil liberties. I am not – and did not – say that the people in the south are not suffering, I did not dismiss that. Please don’t put words in my mouth. What I AM dismissing is the usual, normal, total ignorance of Palestinian suffering Tanya has shown. She would not have been suffering if it weren’t for her government going out on a useless operation that ignited everything.

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    20. Piotr Berman

      Dahiya doctrine says that if you cannot get to culprits who caused you harm you can destroy all civilians who support them. This doctrine is not invented in Gaza, and it is not morally better if executed with most modern weapons.

      Wars make people insane. The soldiers who committed massacre in Afghanistan is war-insane. IDF command is war-insane. Israeli warship state which is war-insane. State makes no mistakes. Our actions are good. Enemy bad. Me good. Enemy bad. Me good. Read the Purim story. Kill 75,000 enemies. Rejoice.

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    21. Stop controlling, imprisoning and periodically attacking Gazans, obey international law, reverse your land-grabbing, end your apartheid, and in brief become a law-abiding, non-occupying, non-militarized, non-thuggish and ethical democracy, and then you might justly complain about rockets hurled at you by your victims.

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