Why do liberal Zionists have all the fun? I don’t know, but they do! Bernard Avishai has the run of Harper’s and the New York Times, Gershom Gorenberg all over the Times. I couldn’t get arrested on 7th Avenue!
Here’s Gorenberg’s latest, in the Op-Ed section. It’s good. At the end Gorenberg seems to acknowledge quietly that the two state solution of blessed memory may not take place, settlers won’t ever leave the West Bank. And meantime the occupation has eaten Israel; extremists are Judaizing Palestinian areas of Israel. It’s the “other occupation.” Congrats to the Times for highlighting this issue. (Though yes, hasn’t Jewish supremacy always been at the heart of Zionism?)
For several years, extremist West Bank settlers have conducted a campaign of low-level violence against their Palestinian neighbors — destroying property, vandalizing mosques and occasionally injuring people. Such “price tag” attacks, intended to intimidate Palestinians and make Israeli leaders pay a price for enforcing the law against settlers, have become part of the routine of conflict in occupied territory.
Now that conflict is coming home. The words “price tag” spray-painted in Hebrew on the wall of a burned mosque inside Israel’s pre-1967 borders transformed Israel’s Arab citizens into targets and tore at the all-too-delicate fabric of a shared democracy.
Indeed, the mosque burning represented the violent, visible edge of a larger change: the ethnic conflict in the West Bank is metastasizing into Israel, threatening its democracy and unraveling its society.
The agents of this change include veterans of West Bank settlements seeking to establish a presence in shared Jewish-Arab cities in Israel and politicians backing a wave of legislation intended to reduce the rights of Arab citizens.