For the past three days the Israeli Army has sealed off parts of the Old City to prevent radical Jewish settlers from breaking into the Al-Aqsa Mosque to act out their messianic fantasies. The settlers intend to “redeem” the Temple Mount and construct the Third Temple, inciting a religious war in the process.
Incidentally, spent an hour tonight watching Talkline with Zev Brenner on Jewish Life TV, or JLTV. It is channel 120 on New York City’s Time Warner. This show is created by fanatical settlers for the national religious camp’s supporters in the US. It features a guest roster of far-right figures, including a few I’ve seen around Jerusalem and the West Bank. The show is devoted to promoting a Jewish takeover of Al-Aqsa to bring about the “Third Temple” . A look at JLTV’s programming shows a non-stop parade of pro-settler TV. Arutz Sheva, the official news network of the settlement movement, is among the sponsors of a show called, “Tuesday Night Live.”
“We need to invest all of our efforts into the Temple Mount and rebuilding the Third Temple,” Zev Brenner proclaims during his show.
Another speaker appears beside Brenner and declares, “Israel is divided into two camps: the whiners and the heroes.” The heroes, he explains, are the people “who lace up their boots, put on their uniforms, and go out and fight for the Israeli Army…They don’t whine about the politicians, they go out and do what’s asked of them.”
He goes on: “God brings a war because he needs to bring the best out of us. When we shine a light, it’s brightest when we come together [in war].”
Jason Alexander promotes JLTV at the 2009 Friends of the IDF Fundraising Gala
The program goes straight into footage of the IDF tanks going into Gaza during the early 2009 assault. An IDF officer assures the “residents of the South” that he will protect them. Then soldiers are seen praying with tefilin before entering Gaza. Shimon Peres enters the prayer tent to pump up the soldiers and prays with them. The footage highlights the role religious fervor played in elevating the soldiers’ morale as they prepared to attack Gaza.
“The leader of Iran says he has two sons: Hezbollah and Hamas,” Peres declares. “Now he will have two crippled sons!” The soldiers break into song: “Am Yisrael Chai! Am Yisrael Chai!”
Footage of destroyed Palestinian homes and civilian buildings is shown. “Massive force was used immediately upon entry in order to protect the lives of the Israeli soldiers,” a narrator says. Then Israeli soldiers appear at leisure in Palestinian homes they have seized from their owners.
The role of religious Zionist soldiers from the settlements is highlighted throughout the segment. Tviki Bar-Chai, the father of soldier Dvir, recalled how his family was evacuated from the radical Jewish settlement Gush Katif in the Gaza Strip in 2005. He reveals his son’s intention to place an orange flag on the ruins of the former settlement after the Gazans were sufficiently pacified by the assault. “He wanted to make a statement that way, to say, we made a mistake [by evacuating Gush Katif],” the father says of his son’s plan.
A cellphone video is shown depicting dozens of Israeli soldiers just before entering the Gaza Strip. This video was given to Dvir Bar-Chai to cheer him up after being injured and hospitalized. The soldiers are seen dancing together and singing a religious Zionist song about getting revenge “just this once” against “the Philistines.”
Finally, Jason Alexander of TV’s Seinfeld appears in a plug for JLTV. JDate is identified as a main sponsor of Talkline with Zev Brenner.