Archive for February 4th, 2009
There are even more articles than are here on Israel in this issue of LeMonde:
The long march of folly that began in 1967
Gaza war changes Middle East equation at Israel’s expense
“They’re still living in the War of Independence 1948 and the Sinai campaign 1956. With them, it’s all about tanks, about controlling territories or controlled territories, holding this or that hill. But these things are worthless. (…) The Lebanon war ( 2006 ) will go down in history as the first war in which the military leadership understood that classical warfare has become obsolete”.
This view, expressed in September 2008, comes not from an Israeli pacifist but the country’s prime minister, Ehud Olmert. –more–
Imagined affinities, imagined enmities
The strange tale of Iran and Israel
“We had very deep relations with Iran, cutting deep into the fabric of the two peoples,” said a high-ranking official at the Israeli foreign ministry just after the Iranian Revolution in 1979. Israeli (and US) officials then saw it as madness to view Iran as anything other than a natural interlocutor. Thirty years later, western policy-makers, and particularly Israelis, see Iran as a growing threat. Could this fear be based on a misreading of Iran’s revolution? –more–
A people abandoned
Twenty years ago, the Jewish state took the precaution of encouraging the rise of Hamas against the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO). Hamas was a dream adversary, with a medieval charter, doubtful military potential and no inclination to “communicate” with western public opinion. Having no “partner for peace” is a perfect excuse to bomb and colonise ad lib. But even now, there are still newspaper editors in Europe complaining that Israel one day lose the moral high ground”. –more–
Israelis patriotism and nationalism is second to none. It is their purpose of being. Maybe the crusaders had a similar drive, the British when they were conquering and perhaps many nations who are under invasion. Becoming so-called insurgents.
The point of this post is: ‘are they doing their country any good?’. When every action is pivoted on how does it help Israel or the Jews. It really is an extreme position.
In such a system promotion goes to those displaying the most nationalism. So whatever they donate too or work towards is Jewish, for Jews and Judaism. Hence the insular and non assimilationist nature. No money goes to Jews and Arabs living together. Nor to Jews cohabiting with other races. It is simply separateness and domination.
Why the apartheid ‘word’? Who is perpetuating it? Does it cause hubris? Will it lead to Israel losing a war?
There’s no talking to these people. And it seems they are so intoxicated with their pride that they simply have no idea what their enemies are doing. Not a good recipe except for suffering, first others and then the blowback.
Meanwhile jobs are available selling weapons, undermining Muslims and financing tribal politics. And that’s it.