The End of Israel

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by Gilad Atzmon

The lesson to be drawn from the current Israeli political stalemate is that Israel is imploding, breaking into the elements it has never managed to integrate into one. The schism is no longer the more quotidian dichotomy of Ashkenazi vs. Arab Jews (aka Sephardim); this divide is ideological, religious, spiritual, political, ethnic and cultural. Nor does it break down to Left and Right, Jewish Israelis are politically with the right even when they pretend to be ‘Left.’ Although some of the most astute critical voices of Israeli politics and Jewish fundamentalism are Israelis (such as Gideon Levi, Shlomo Sand, Israel Shamir and others), there is no political Israeli Left. Israeli politics break down into a lot of extreme right voters and many ordinary hawks. The Arab Joint List Party is practically the only Left party in the Israeli Knesset. This should not be surprising any more. Jewish Left, as I have been arguing for many years, is an oxymoron; Jewishness is a form of tribal identification and Left is universal. The ‘tribal’ and the ‘universal’ are like oil and water, they do not mix very well.

What is peculiar about the Israeli political divide is that the Israelis are more united than ever in their nationalist beliefs and in the primacy of their Jewish symptoms. Why is it, if the Israelis are so unified, that no one can form a government in their so-called ‘Jewish State’?

 Avigdor Lieberman, formerly an enthusiastic Netanyahu ally and himself a radical Jewish nationalist, delved into the Israeli political deadlock yesterday. He maintained that the elections had already been decided: “The ultra-Orthodox and Messianic bloc reaches 62-61 seats.” The leader of the rabid nationalist Yisrael Beiteinu said, “If there is no voting rate of at least 70% in Gush Dan and Sharon, the Halacha government will be established.”

Basically, Lieberman said that unless secular Israelis in Tel Aviv go to the polls, they should expect to live in a Halacha State under an ultra right wing Netanyahu government.  Lieberman appears to hold the key to Israel’s political stability. Although he and Netanyahu are ideological twins regarding Israeli security and nationalist matters, the two are bitter rivals who fight aggressively against each other. Netanyahu has known for a few years that, absent a strong ultra right wing government, he can expect to spend some time behind bars, an adventure that has become common for Israel’s prime political figures.  Netanyahu’s natural partners are the ultra right parties and the orthodox parties. Ideologically, Lieberman should also feel comfortable within such a political coalition but Lieberman has made a crucial political decision, essential for his political survival. A while back he grasped that his political home base, Jewish immigrants from the former Soviet Union, many of them barely Jewish and subjected to constant rabbinical terror, regard the Jewish Orthodox parties as their ultimate foes. Many of these Russian and Ukrainian Jews hold ultra right wing political positions but also see the Rabbis as an imminent threat to their survival.

Theoretically, Lieberman could broker a huge unity coalition with Netanyahu at the top, joined by Blue and White (Kachol Lavan) and its three right wing field marshals, Lieberman’s own party and probably the Labour party. Such a coalition would hold around 80 Knesset seats, more than enough to sustain a strong government but this coalition would refuse to guarantee Netanyahu’s immunity.

 Netanyahu gambles instead on a weak ultra right wing religious government, a government that may not hold for very long but would buy more time for its PM to stay out of jail.

 This conflict at the heart of Israeli politics is a window into the Jewish state and its fears. Israel is rapidly becoming an Orthodox Jewish state. Israel’s Orthodox Jews are the fastest growing group in the country. They are also the country’s poorest population, 45 percent live below the poverty line in segregated communities. Ordinarily, one would expect the poor to support the left, but Israeli Torah Jews are rabid nationalists and openly lend their support to Benjamin Netanyahu and his party.

Prof. Dan Ben-David of Tel Aviv University warned recently that Israel could cease to exist in a couple of generations. He pointed to the astonishingly high birth rate among ultra Orthodox Jews and predicted that, based on current trends, they will comprise 49% of Israel’s population by 2065. The ultra Orthodox parties are destined to dominate the Knesset within a generation or less. Ben David  predicts that their dependence on Israel’s welfare system will lead to a rapid decline is Israel’s economy. This is economically damaging enough and is made worse by the refusal of most rabbinical schools to incorporate standard Western subjects such as mathematics, science and English into their core curriculum. Consequently, Israel is educating a growing percentage of its population in a fashion that fails to equip them to contribute to the needs of a hi-tech society that is immersed in a conflict for survival.

 The picture that comes across is peculiar. As Israel becomes increasingly Jewish and fundamentalist in its nationalist and religious ethos, it has also become more divided on everything else. The Russian immigrants find it impossible to live alongside the ultra Orthodox and vice versa. The secular enclave in Tel Aviv is committed to seeing their metropolis as an extension of NY. The Israeli Left has morphed into an LGBT hasbara unit. It has practically removed itself from the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. Jewish settlers adhere to the concept of a ‘Two Jewish States Solution.’ They want to see the West Bank become a Jewish land. Orthodox Jews are barely concerned with any of these political issues. They well know that the future of the Jewish state belongs to them. All they need to do is sustain a productive secular Jewish minority to serve as their milk cow.  On top of all of that we face Bibi’s survival wars that threaten to escalate any minute into a world conflict.

In light of all of this, the Palestinians are in relatively good shape.. They simply need to survive. Israel seems to be Israel’s fiercest enemy.

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Ashkenazi Jews Calling for Death to Arabs: Who are the REAL Anti-Semites

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Photo posted recently on an Israeli Facebook page. The words read, “The nation of Israel demands vengeance! Death to the whole Arab nation!”

 

By Richard Edmondson

The Anti-Defamation League recently released a “landmark” study entitled “ADL Global 100: An Index of Anti-Semitism,” purporting to show percentages of people who hold anti-Semitic attitudes in more than 100 countries around the world.

The survey, available here, subdivides the world into 7 geographic regions, offering data collected from countries within each, the results of which endeavor to show such things as numbers of people who harbor “anti-Semitic stereotypes.”

For instance, in the region referred to as “Middle East-North Africa,” the study gathers data from 17 different countries and two territories (Gaza and the West Bank). It is in this part of the world that researchers reportedly found the highest rates of anti-Semitism. The MENA countries included in the survey are shown in the graphic below. You’ll note, however, that conspicuously absent from the list–is Israel.

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In an article about the study, published May 13 in the Huffington Post, ADL Director Abe Foxman writes the following:

Our basic findings were sobering: More than one-quarter of the people surveyed (26 percent) harbor anti-Semitic attitudes. The stereotypes receiving the most support worldwide were those that generate dangerous political anti-Semitism, those questioning the loyalty of Jews and those asserting excessive Jewish power and influence. And, despite decades of efforts to promote Holocaust awareness, only 33 percent of those surveyed are aware of the Holocaust and believe that it is accurately described by historians.

Foxman goes on to describe the ADL Global 100 as a “landmark” study, referring to it as “the broadest public opinion survey of attitudes toward Jews around the world ever conducted.”

“Broadest”–except that it doesn’t include anti-Semitic attitudes held by Jews in Israel toward their Arab neighbors.

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Posted on “The People of Israel Demand Vengeance” Facebook page. The sign reads: “Hating Arabs is not racism; it’s morality!”

One thing I have noticed about Israelis is that they seem to enjoy flaunting their racism, both on the streets and on social media websites. In the wake of the national angst over the kidnapped teens, a page entitled “The People of Israel Demand Vengeance” was put up on Facebook. I wrote about it in an article posted July 4 entitled Israeli Facebook Depravity Climbs to New Highs, and which included the two photos you see above along with several others. The Facebook site in question was removed after two days, but in that time it garnered 36,000 likes, according to Ma’an News, and a sizable collection of material from it, some thirty or so photos, has been archived here.  I encourage you to go and peruse the collection. Much of it was posted by Israeli soldiers, and clearly murder of Palestinians is very much on their minds.

A couple of other Israeli Facebook pages have also been quite open in their advocacy of violence. One of these calls for the murder of a Palestinian every hour while the other   features an article posted by an Israeli Knesset member calling for the genocide of Palestinians. Both of these are still up, and you can also go here and watch a video of a crowd of Israelis marching through Jerusalem shouting “Death to Arabs.”

Arabs, of course, are Semites. Ashkenazi Jews, on the other hand, are not Semites, despite claims to the contrary; Ashkenazi Jews are descended from the Khazars of southern Russia, or what is present-day Ukraine. The Khazars were not a Semitic people. They were a combination of Bulgars, Magyars, Slavs and others.

While certainly not every single Israeli is a racist, and some, such as Miko Peled and Ilan Pappe, have genuinely sought peace and reconciliation with Palestinians, the widespread calls for “death to Arabs” emanating from large segments of the Israeli population, along with thousands of “likes” garnered by Facebook pages such as those mentioned above, point to a rather inescapable conclusion: that Israel is one of the most, if not the most, overtly anti-Semitic nations on the face of the earth. Yet for some reason, the ADL failed to mention this or even, as I say, to include Israel on its “Global 100″ list of anti-Semitic countries.

We must wonder why, as per the conclusions of the study, the people of the Middle East-North Africa region might have the highest rates of anti-Semitism worldwide. Here is what Foxman says about that particular study finding in his Huffington Post article: “The high numbers of those who harbor anti-Semitic attitudes in the Middle East and North Africa are a challenge to the region — and the international community — going forward.”

In other words, the “challenge,” as Foxman sees it, is posed by problematic attitudes held by all the other peoples in the regionnot by Israelis. It is a decidedly one-sided view of the situation and calls into question the validity of the entire study.

Could it possibly be–is it conceivable–that for the people of Lebanon, Syria and other countries that have been hit by Israeli missiles, Jewish behavior might have something to do with their negative attitudes toward Jews? Ah, but the notion that “people hate Jews because of the way Jews behave” is one of the “anti-Semitic stereotypes” the study grumbles about, the unspoken implications of such a position being that anti-Semitism is top to bottom thoroughly and wholly irrational and Jewish behavior can never be seen as other than exemplary.

Undertaken in order to “research attitudes and opinions toward Jews in more than 100 countries around the world,” the Global 100 study is the result of 53,100 interviews conducted between July 2013 and February 2014, and Foxman seems to regard it as the ADL’s magnum opus. He calls it “one of the most important efforts we have undertaken in our history as an organization.” Yet one wonders if maybe it wasn’t embarked upon with certain predetermined conclusions in mind.

Another question that begs to be asked is this: how many other ethnic groups in the world  have ever commissioned such  how-many-people-hate-us?-studies of this sort upon themselves? I suspect the answer is few to none.

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Are you an anti-Semite?

Well here it is–the list of “anti-Semitic stereotypes” (11 of them in all) used as criteria by conductors of the study to determine whether individual respondents held “anti-Semitic attitudes.” So how do you stack up? If you answer “probably true” to six or more of the following, then YOU are an anti-Semite, in the view of the ADL.

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Anti-Defamation League’s Global 100 listed “stereotypes”

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