Exile and the Prophetic: Jewish warrior culture and Israel’s unraveling

This post is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page.

Historically speaking, the thought that the Jewish community’s life is now bound up with war is a mind blower. There’s very little precedent for this outside the Bible and, unlike today, we know that most of the stories in the Bible are mythologized.

In contemporary Jewish life, the warrior isn’t talked about much. There are few, if any, coffee table books featuring Jewish warriors.

The exception was right after the 1967 war. Jews did celebrate Israeli military prowess then. As I remember, though, the featured photos muted the military aspect. The physical backdrop, usually Jerusalem or another ancient site was predominant. Those sights and the moral backdrop, the Holocaust, was the message.

Sure there was Moshe Dayan, the eye-patch wearing Israeli military leader and mischievous thief of antiquities. His ubiquitous picture became a staple of the glory day’s right after the 1967 war. But, then, Dayan didn’t look like a warrior. He looked like a man who had something up his sleeve.

Do you remember the ‘purity of arms’ describing the ethics of the Israeli army? Meaning: Israel’s army wasn’t really an army at all. Jews could celebrate Israel’s 1967 victory precisely because, in their eyes, it wasn’t a military victory at all. Israel won because history and ethics was on its side.

Non-Jews could celebrate Israel’s ‘moral’ victory, too. For Christians in the West, Israel’s victory became a victory for the West over the forces of Arab darkness. It also became part of the Christian redemption narrative after the Holocaust.

By surviving and winning, Jews had outlasted the sin of Christian anti-Semitism. Christians celebrated that victory, too, because it meant their repentance had been earned. The credibility of Christianity had been restored

Those days ended quickly. By the mid-1970s the glorification of the Israeli ‘moral’ military was over. The ‘purity of arms’ talk diminished. Today we hear only of Israel’s power to punish.

For much of Jewish history, Jews have been caught up in wars. We lacked the means to conduct war. Many Jews took the high ground. We thought that only foolish and ignorant cultures – ‘them,’ and in the West, read ‘Christian’ – would make warriors heroes.

In ancient times our heroes came from the Bible and the Rabbis. More recently they come from philosophy and science. Even today, with Israel conducting ‘defensive’ war after ‘defensive’ war, for the most part the Jewish warrior is hidden. Among American Jews, name the equivalent Jewish warrior for any American warrior. There aren’t many to be found or, better, acknowledged.

So a Jewish warrior culture without warriors? Not easy to construct.

That doesn’t mean there aren’t Jewish bullies. Listen to these statements, as quoted in the New York Times yesterday:

‘We recommend that no Hamas operatives, whether low level or senior leaders, show their faces in the days ahead,’ the Israel Defense Forces said in a Twitter message. Brig. Gen. Yoav Mordechai, the military spokesman, said ‘If I were a senior Hamas activist, I would look for a place to hide.’

Tough – bully – talk. Warrior talk? I don’t think so.

Years ago, I was walking toward the arrival baggage claim at the old Ben-Gurion airport when sirens sounded. Tourists like me stood around confused. Israelis coming home shrieked and fled in horror. It was a bomb threat. They were afraid for their lives.

‘Sabra,’ like the ‘purity of arms,’ is another theme rarely sounded anymore. In the airport running for cover, sabras were nowhere in evidence. If the fleeing Israelis were soft on the inside, they weren’t hard on the outside. They were frightened. If the bomb was real, they had lost the upper hand. They were defenseless.

If I had known it might be a bomb, I would have been frightened, too. But, then, I don’t carry myself with military bravado. When it came to Vietnam, my parents were ready to ship me to Canada.

American Jews haven’t seen the military as the place for their sons and daughters to reach heroic status.

My son, the soldier?

Israel was a military game-changer in Jewish history. But the warrior still doesn’t command center stage. In Israel, the army is too mixed up with the overt state politics. The army is a way-station for other advancements.

In the end, perhaps all warriors are bullies. What we’re seeing in the Gaza threats – and strikes – is bullying on parade. The Palestinians in Gaza and elsewhere are totally defenseless. They are at the mercy of Israel’s ‘moral’ military.

In Jewish culture, the bully cannot be disguised. Despite war after war, Jewish warriors aren’t being produced or accorded accolades.

This is part of Israel’s unraveling.

To be consistent and powerful warriors you need a culture and a religion to support what in normal life would be designated as wasteful and destructive.

For Jews that hasn’t happened. This means Jewish support for Israel’s war, real support not rote emotions and statements, and is bound to wane.

The great distance from the victory celebrations after the 1967 war and the ‘punish them’ rhetoric of today should alarm the leaders of Israel and the Jewish establishment in America.

About Marc H. Ellis

Marc H. Ellis is retired Director and Professor of Jewish Studies at Baylor University and author of Future of the Prophetic: Israel's Ancient Wisdom Re-Presented.
Posted in American Jewish Community, Gaza, Israel/Palestine

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  1. pabelmont says:

    Marc, Maybe Israel is unraveling morally. I think that is beyond doubt, not at all recent, though recently magnified, and the meaning or consequence of the Israeli dismissal of “Jewish” (or non-Israeli-Jewish) softness, morality, law-abidingness, fear of non-Jewish-neighbors, etc.

    However, there is no sign that I can read of Israel unraveling physically, politically-internationally (though it sure should!), economically, etc. The USA’s little brother! Perhaps: the nasty USA’s nasty little brother! But powerful as all get out.

    The Choice: If I had to choose a world with only one of Israel and Palestine, I’d choose Palestine. It would be at peace with its neighbors. But I don’t have to make that choice, no-one does.

    But Israel would (and does) unnecessarily decide that it must make that choice, makes that choice the opposite way, understandably, and eagerly chooses war-without-end and the blackening of the Jewish name into the bargain.

  2. seafoid says:

    What’s really noticeable about the last 2 days is the hasbara.

    They have given up on saying “if the Palestinians do x there will be peace”.

    Now it’s down to “it is not as bad as Somalia” and “the Americans kill more civilians in Afghanistan”

    Of course the rot goes right to the top

    link to youtube.com

    and hypocrisy is at the heart of it

    link to nybooks.com

    (Shimon Peres) assured the president of Cameroon that “a Jew who accepts apartheid ceases to be a Jew. A Jew and racism do not go together

  3. Chu says:

    “name the equivalent Jewish warrior for any American warrior”

    How about Sheldon Adleson. His weapon is capitol and he it one of the top warriors defending the Jewish State in the United States.
    But similar to Moshe Dayan he didn’t look like a warrior – he looked like a man who had something up his sleeve.

  4. seafoid says:

    I despise the appropriation of religious images for the purpose of justifying war

    link to 4.bp.blogspot.com

  5. Kathleen says:

    Just folks in the U.S. becoming more aware that Israel is out of control and that our MSM has not and does not report accurately about anything when it comes to Israel

    • seafoid says:

      The rocket that hit the Efrat settlement came from Sinai according to Ha’aretz.

      9:13 P.M. Rockets fired from direction of Egypt toward Eshkol Regional Council (Haaretz) (Link below)

      This changes everything. Thursday was Israel’s “Bin Laden” moment. An easy assassination, a poll jump. This is existential. Their “deterrerence” is in bits.

      Now Ha’aretz says

      link to haaretz.com

      11:07 P.M.The Israeli cabinet approved the request of Defense Minister Ehud Barak to call-up 75,000 additional reservists.

      They are going to attack the Sinai.This is the Arab Spring in Erez Israel.

      • lysias says:

        If you can hit Efrat from this Sinai position, presumably you can also hit Dimona.

        • seafoid says:

          It looks like long range “pin the tail on the donkey”.

          But it could also be interpreted as the moment from “the boy who cried wolf” when the wolf appears.

          If Bibi tells his people that some jihadi thugs in Egypt are not afraid of the IDF who will vote for him?

      • piotr says:

        I think attacking Sinai would be insane, so I doubt it. The case for war based on unconfirmed report of few rockets? It would be sufficiently preposterous to induce even the ever-cautious Gulf states to re-enact some type of oil embargo.

        USA and NATO would either approve and suffer consequences (in Afghanistan USA/NATO position is quite wobbly) or disapprove and Israel would suffer consequences. However, there is some insane dynamic involved. The perfect solution of Israeli government would be to be fully in the process of eradicating Hamas, only to be stopped by USA with laud protestations on their side. This way they exhibit admirable toughness to the electorate while having no guilt for not producing results.

        But this heaps political price on Obama, who may thus adopt Bush posture of infinite patience. So we would have a repetition of Cast Lead which not only involved major carnage and huge destruction (not too much to worry about from the point of view of Israeli Cabinet) but also an electoral defeat (this has to be disturbing). I think that both outcomes had structural reason rather than ineptness of malevolence.

        In a nutshell, can we put the brakes on this train?

        • seafoid says:

          Piotr

          It would be insane but they have form. In the 70s they invaded Lebanon because of PLO attacks

          link to en.wikipedia.org

          The 1978 South Lebanon conflict (code-named Operation Litani by Israel) was an invasion of Lebanon up to the Litani River, carried out by the Israel Defense Forces in 1978 in response to the Coastal Road Massacre. The conflict resulted in the deaths of 1,100–2,000 Lebanese and Palestinians, 20 Israelis, the internal displacement of 100,000 to 250,000 people in Lebanon, and the PLO forces retreating north of the Litani River.

          There is a comprehensive list here
          link to en.wikipedia.org

          The cult of IDF militarism is built around purity of arms, righteousness, no soldier left behind and deterrence. If they feel their deterrence has been degraded they go apeshit.

          The thing about the Sinai is that is probably isn’t Palestinians. But deterrence wise that hardly matters to the bots.

  6. I am feeling so darn good about having voted for Jill Stein of the Green Party rather than “O’bomber” who obviously authorized Israel’s current “Pillar of Cloud” assault on Gaza. I guess I should thank my lucky stars that I don’t live in a “swing state” where I might have felt compelled to vote for Obama/O’bomber as the (not very) “lesser evil”!
    Israel is the “little Sadist”, but the United States is the “Big (Global) Sadist” ! ! !

    Jill Stein - link to jillstein.org

    The Green Party of the United States (GPUS) - link to gp.org

  7. • RE: “In contemporary Jewish life, the warrior isn’t talked about much. There are few, if any, coffee table books featuring Jewish warriors. The exception was right after the 1967 war. Jews did celebrate Israeli military prowess then.” ~ Marc Ellis

    • ONE (THERE ARE A NUMBER OF OTHERS) OF THE REASONS I BECAME INTERESTED IN THE ISRAEL/PALESTINE ISSUE:
    I remember one particular Six Day War joke that was told by a classmate of mine (not one of my friends, who were much less chauvinistic) during my senior year of high school here in Atlanta (the year following the Six Day War). Actually, to be more accurate, I only remember the gist of the joke at this point.
    As I recall it, there was a busload of Egyptian children somewhere in the Sinai. The punchline of the joke was that the mighty Israeli military virtually vaporized the entire bus full of Egyptian children. [Riotous laughter here, excepting me.] There wasn’t a single survivor! [Ha, ha, ha!]

    • P.S. Another reason I began studying the Israel/Palestine issue was that Israel’s actions/behavior seemed so very much unlike the actions/behavior of my Jewish friends. Consequently, I have spent decades trying to understand the incongruity.

  8. Avi_G. says:

    Do you remember the ‘purity of arms’ describing the ethics of the Israeli army? Meaning: Israel’s army wasn’t really an army at all. Jews could celebrate Israel’s 1967 victory precisely because, in their eyes, it wasn’t a military victory at all. Israel won because history and ethics was on its side.

    The same non-military victory in which Israeli forces executed more than 200 bound and handcuffed Egyptian POWs in the Sinai desert.

    The U.S.S. Liberty

    Purity of Arms.

    Yeah.

  9. Antidote says:

    The Mountain Jews of Daghestanm, among other Jewish warriors, are turning in their graves. Here’s their song:

    And we, the Tats
    We, Samson warriors,
    Bar Kochba’s heirs…
    we went into battles
    and bitterly, heroically
    struggled for our freedom

    More info:

    link to en.wikipedia.org

    Is it worthwhile, for the purpose of deflecting the stain of Zionism and Israel, to resort to old anti-semitic stereotypes and dual loyalty charges such as: Jews are migrants who try to avoid frontline military and defending their country of because they can always move on, to Canada or wherever?

    German Jews who fought and died in WW I were outraged at such fantasies, and rightfully so.

    link to en.wikipedia.org

  10. seafoid says:

    The most noteworthy thing about this Jewish martial cult is that no opponent is allowed the same weaponry.

    The IDF is a force sans pareil in the Gaza turkey shoots. But we don’t know how good Israeli pilots or soldiers really are. Mount Herzl is full of soldiers who died in colonial incidents.

  11. Avi_G. says:

    Kipa reports that:

    בתי הספר בחמ”ד יתפללו להצלחת מבצע “עמוד ענן”

    link to kipa.co.il

    Religious government (public) schools in Israel have instructed students to pray for the success of the Israeli military operation Pillar of Cloud (Hebrew: Amud Anan)

    א כסליו תשע”ג, 15/11/2012 13:37

    כל בתי הספר של החמ”ד הונחו לקרוא פרקי תהילים להצלחת פעולת צה”ל במבצע “עמוד ענן”: ראש המנהל לחינוך דתי, אברהם ליפשיץ, קרא היום (ה’) לכלל מנהלי מוסדות החינוך לצרף לכל תפילה את פרקי התהילים ב’, ג’, פ”ג, ק”ל.

    Translation:

    All the religious public schools in Israel have been instructed to read passages from the Book of Psalms in praying for the success of Tzahal [IDF] in their Pillar of Cloud operation.

    The head of religious education, Avraham Lipshitz, called today, Thursday, on all principals of educational institutions to append to every prayer passages from Psalms …”

    • lysias says:

      The principal of my Jesuit high school instructed all of us students, over the school’s public address system, to pray for the success of the Bay of Pigs invasion. I was a freshman then, so I have a vivid memory of it.

      • Mooser says:

        “The principal of my Jesuit high school instructed all of us students, over the school’s public address system, to pray for the success of the Bay of Pigs invasion.”

        As you can probably imagine, that didn’t happen at Jewish high schools, for obvious reasons. And if NASA ever sends a spacecraft to the Crab Nebula, they shouldn’t expect any help, either.

    • Mooser says:

      I’d like to say this is stunning, but I bet this isn’t the first time this has happened. No doubt the Head Rabbis know that it’s very hard for God to resist the prayers of cute little Jewish kids.

      AviG, is this a regular occurence? Were kids asked ordered to pray for the soldiers in Cast Lead?

      Compulsory prayers for the success of soldiers in battle. Sounds like something the Czar or King would order in the 17th or 18th centuries.

    • seafoid says:

      Ha’aretz had an article last week about Haredi jobseekers. The average Israeli Haredi 20 year old has the same level of education as an uneducated secular Jew, equivalent to the knowledge gained after 4 years of schooling.

      link to haaretz.com

      “Another Central Bureau of Statistics survey asked what subjects were taught in the various educational streams – secular Jewish, state religious, Arab and Haredi. Without even addressing the quality of teaching, the study found that 83% of Haredi elementary schools taught math (versus 100% in all the other streams), with the rate falling to 41% in post-elementary education.

      The same kind of statistics occur in other core subjects, leading to absurdities such as Hebrew being taught in more Israeli-Arab high schools (66.8%) than in Haredi equivalents (42.3%).

      Worse still, these subjects are probably being taught poorly in the Haredi schools. A Haaretz analysis published last week of the nationwide Meitzav examination of school achievement found that 54% of Haredi elementary school students tested in the bottom two deciles. Admittedly, only a small percentage of schools gave the test at all, but given the absence of teaching to begin with it is hard to imagine that the other schools as a group would perform any better.

      But our jobseeker doesn’t know any of this. After all, almost no one else he knows has ever applied for a job and he never got a taste of the bottom rungs of the labor market by working as a waiter or call service drone while a student. He goes from employer to employer with a CV highlighting his lack of experience and education, fails a battery of job tests, refuses to shake hands with his female interviewer and looks at her curiously when she makes a passing reference to some bit of popular culture.

      So our job seeker fails, which would not surprise him if he had seen and understood the statistics.

      The unemployment rate among Haredi men is similar to the rest of the uneducated population. A study by the Taub Center for Social Policy Studies tracked a steady decline in employment rates for men between 35 and 54, with four years of education or less, from 1979 to 2011. The line shows a steady descent for them and Haredi males to less than 50%. The reason, of course, is that neither group has the qualifications to work in a modern economy. Whereas three or four decades ago, you could learn your skills on the job, working today requires a skill set that takes years of preparation in and out of school. The uneducated simply don’t obtain it.”

      Lipschitz can probably tell them anything .

    • Mooser says:

      Seems to me this information and translation from AviG is worth a post of it’s own. I wonder how many people are aware of this kind of religious regimentation in Israel?

  12. seafoid says:

    There are few, if any, coffee table books featuring Jewish warriors.

    link to abebooks.com

    link to amazon.com

    • Mooser says:

      Seafoid, both those books are about Israeli warriors. I think Ellis is making a distinction between Jewish values (or as we used to say diaspora Jewish values) and culture and Israeli values and culture. As we know well, the IDF warrior is loudly lauded in Israel. But as he said Jewish culture generally (meaning, I think, outside of Israel) does not really have warrior heroes, beyond the highly mythologised Bible guys.
      But I’ve only read it once, so….No, not the Bible, Ellis’s article.

      • seafoid says:

        Mooser

        Doesn’t the IDF provide vicarious martial sensation services to people like the Dersh and many more who live over there ?

        • Mooser says:

          “Doesn’t the IDF provide vicarious martial sensation services to people like the Dersh and many more who live over there ?”

          Maybe, but you can’t get a vicarious martial sensation to stand in front of bullets.

      • LeaNder says:

        Mooser, I have been studying the Trayvon Martin – George Zimmerman case for a while now. On this issue I suddenly discovered from my limited perspective as outsider looking in, it too seemed to connect to the larger US atmosphere I have been watching post 911.

        I was puzzled to what extend the US citizen were manipulated into a huge exception of the Iraq war. Now of course that also means homeland security. Or the good fighting the evil on the home front.

        To cut things short. The web community most ardently active in painting Trayvon Martin as a criminal, drug user, and thug and George Zimmerman as their good and rightful national hero, is also ardently supporting Israel since fights started. I doubt they are all Jewish.

        Here they are: The conservative Treehouse, used to prominently exhibit the American flag, as Zimmerman did on his money collecting blog, look at the changed designs and their urgent rhetorical fight on Israel’s side now. Israel right or wrong. The US warrior mindset.

        Now interestingly “the left”, for which we have the term PEP here, also acts as a huge Zimmerman supporter in the person of lawyer, Jeralyn Merrit, on Talk Left, strictly following Alan Dershowitz’ early comment. There was never probable cause to prosecute Zimmerman.

        Without the super power America Israel could not be the same type of warrior it is.

        Tell me how one should not get cynical once one starts to ponder the fact, that this new operation may well have to do with the elections again. Crushing the vermin: Exploding Islamists. Reminiscences of Nazi language for me.

        Over here on TV we are told that Hamas staged a coup, and took over power in Gaza. How many people remember what really happened, or ever realized?David Rose, The Gaza Bombshell has never made it into the larger public perception.

        • Mooser says:

          “Tell me how one should not get cynical…”

          Wasn’t it the wonderful Molly Ivins who said: “No matter how cynical I get, I still can’t keep up”?

      • Antidote says:

        How are “Christian values” compatible with a “warrior culture”? Was the 30 year campaign of Charlemagne against the obstinate Saxons to save their pagan souls/ unify Europe anything but genocide? Were the Christian warriors of this beatified figure in Christian/European history any gentler than the Romans before them? Did later Holy Roman emperors and the warrior popes of the Renaissance skip the Sermon on the Mount, or something? As Obama noted (only to be slammed as anti-Christian, a Muslim etc): The Sermon is central to Christian ethics and perfectly compatible with the concept of gay marriage but not the US Department of Defense. The Christian Right, of course, hates abortion, gay and extramarital sex — but loves war!

        It doesn’t matter what Petraeus did in open or covert CIA warfare. But adultery? UNACCEPTABLE

        To Christ? See pericope de adultera

        • Mooser says:

          “It doesn’t matter what Petraeus did in open or covert CIA warfare. But adultery? UNACCEPTABLE. To Christ? See pericope de adultera”

          Petraeus, as an Army officer, willingly made a contract to adhere to certain moral/marital standards, and a lowered level of personal privacy. He understood the necessity for this. But your point about Christ and adultery is well taken. You’re right, if Petraeus wanted to indulge in extra-marital affairs, he should have joined the ministry.

        • Antidote says:

          mooser – I appreciate the point you make about – how shall I say – ‘honeytraps’? But I would doubt that the Christian Right I was targeting is getting THAT point, or would refer him to a career in the ministry

  13. dbroncos says:

    Mr. Ellis seems surprised that the Jewish State actually plies into service its collossal military machine, the fourth most powerful in the world. This shouldn’t be surprising. Societies that create such elaborate killing machines do so with the intent to kill. That goes for the US and for the Israel. Ethics, Jewish or otherwise, are easilily dispensed with in the search for enemies and new proving grounds for the latest, greatest weapons. Appalling.

    • Talkback says:

      dbroncos says: “Societies that create such elaborate killing machines do so with the intent to kill. That goes for the US and for the Israel.”

      This might go for the US which isn’t threatened by hostile armies. But in the case of Israel I would rather argue that the intent is to become as military indistructable and deterrent as possible.

    • seafoid says:

      When it all falls apart they will understand that the 4th largest army in the world was what allowed them to use their power so unwisely.

      A mediocre level of power would have been far more sustainable.

      I wonder if Foxman or the Dersh have ever been to the Taj Mahal and thought about the life cycle of empires.

      • Mooser says:

        “I wonder if Foxman or the Dersh have ever been to the Taj Mahal and thought about the life cycle of empires.”

        To gaze upon Taj Mahal by moonlight is to know that behind every over-priced money-pit of a custom designed home which breaks the owner before it’s even finished, there’s a woman.

  14. ● RE: “By the mid-1970s the glorification of the Israeli ‘moral’ military was over. The ‘purity of arms’ talk diminished. Today we hear only of Israel’s power to punish.” ~ Marc Ellis

    ● THE WORDS OF A FORMER ISRAELI BACK DURING ISRAEL’S ATTACK ON GAZA IN 2009 DURING “OPERATION CAST LEAD”: “The only thing that could unite people [in Israel] and temporarily brought out more kindness and a sense of cooperation was a feeling of being under collective threat, and in particular a ‘good wholesome war’ . . .” ~ Avigail Abarbanel

    ● SEE: “Israel’s Trauma Psychology and the Attack on Gaza”, By Avigail Abarbanel, Sunday 4th January 2009

    [EXCERPT] One of the things that is not being discussed much in the media is how much talk there is in Israel about attacking Iran. Word on the (Israeli) street is that an air attack on Iran’s nuclear reactors is imminent. Israel has been itching for a ‘good war’ for a while now. The botched attack on Lebanon in 2006 was a psychological disappointment that did not fulfil its purpose, and only led to a deepening chasm between the political and military arms in Israel. An Israeli friend told me in disgust the other day, that there is an atmosphere of ‘national orgasm’ in Israel about the prospect of attacking Iran. While people are being bombed in Gaza, all Israelis can talk about is the coming attack on Iran. But there is a link between the two.
    Israel’s social problems have grown exponentially over the past 15 years. It’s a very different Israel now than the one I grew up in. There is more violent and organised crime than ever before, and more domestic violence and abuse of children than ever. There are more drugs and drug use, and they have drink-driving, something I have never encountered while I was still living there. This is reflected in official reports as well as in the daily newspapers. My brother who lives in Israel described to me how soldiers who spend their military service in the Occupied Palestinian territories implementing Israel’s brutal occupation, come home on weekends only to get involved in drunken armed brawls and murders. This was unheard of in my time.
    Israelis have never been particularly kind to each other. It’s one of the reasons I left actually. In my late twenties I started to grow weary of the unkind, harsh and unforgiving atmosphere around me. It was a tough place to live in not because of our ‘enemies’ but because of how people treated one another. You would believe that we were all enemies rather than people who have some kind of a shared heritage. The only thing that could unite people and temporarily brought out more kindness and a sense of cooperation was a feeling of being under collective threat, and in particular a ‘good wholesome war’ . . .

    SOURCE – link to avigailabarbanel.me.uk

    AVIGAIL ABARBANEL’S SITE - link to avigailabarbanel.me.uk

  15. clubroma says:

    dbroncos is right. Isreal is basically a military state. The President is ‘army’ and a war criminal from his days in Lebanon, the Prime Minister is ‘army’, and most levels of executive power in Isreal are filled with ‘army’ people.
    All these guys suffer from what could be termed as ‘scs ‘, ie. small cock syndrom. They have too prove how masculine they are. Because Obama got elected, they can’t attack Iran so what’s the next best option. Let’s start a ‘turkey shoot’ in Gaza too prove how big and courageous we are. We’re real warriors. Its really quite pathetic, but it is the jewish narrative, with the complete support of the jewish colony, sometimes referred to as the United States of America, where ‘scs’ is also prvelant.

  16. yourstruly says:

    only the slave can free us all

    until the last chain is broken
    none of us will be free
    but once that chain’s broken
    everyone is free

  17. ● RE: “By the mid-1970s the glorification of the Israeli ‘moral’ military was over. The ‘purity of arms’ talk diminished. Today we hear only of Israel’s power to punish.” ~ Marc Ellis

    ● FROM URI AVNERY: “At the price of great suffering on both sides of the border, the government’s aim has been accomplished: the social issues, which threatened to assume prominence in these elections, have been pushed aside and removed from the agenda of the elections campaign.”

    ● SEE: “Gaza-Israel Violence: The Fuller Story”, By Rabbi Arthur Waskow, OpEd News, 11/16/12

    [EXCERPT] . . . Netanyahu and Barak have decided to deliberately violate a cease-fire which had just been stabilized. At the price of great and ongoing suffering on both sides of the border, the government’s aim had been accomplished: social issues will be removed from the public agenda and the election campaign.

    “Binyamin Netanyahu and Ehud Barak have decided — for the second time in a row the State of Israel will conduct general elections under the shadow of war in the Gaza Strip. The cease-fire which already started to stabilize has been broken deliberately and shattered to pieces. The inhabitants of the communities of southern Israel, who just started to breathe freely, are sent right back to air raid alarms and to running to shelters” said former Knesset Member Uri Avnery of Gush Shalom.
    “At the price of great suffering on both sides of the border, the government’s aim has been accomplished: the social issues, which threatened to assume prominence in these elections, have been pushed aside and removed from the agenda of the elections campaign. Forgotten, too, is the brave attempt of Mahmoud Abbas to address the Israeli public opinion. In the coming weeks, the headlines will be filled with constant war and death, destruction and bloodshed. When it ends at last, it will be revealed that no goal has been achieved and that the problems remain the same, or perhaps exacerbated.” . . .

    ENTIRE ARTICLE – link to opednews.com