In Israel, the mask is finally off

Israel/Palestine
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Finally the mask is off. Boldly defying the U.S., the international community, and the Palestinian people, Netanyahu said in the clearest terms possible, “If I am elected there will be no Palestinian state.” Of course Netanyahu’s actions throughout his entire political career have done everything possible to thwart the emergence of a viable and sovereign Palestinian state. So this is nothing new except that now he said it clearly and publicly and he will have to carry out his promise since he will be beholden to the factions even further to his right that he is bringing in to form his new governing coalition. Netanyahu’s dog whistles about Palestinian citizens “coming out in droves to the polls” reveal the depth of his ugly racism and regrettably that racism played well in Israel.

There is, however, a deeper sense in which the mask is off. The reality is that what Netanyahu stated publicly is what has been true of all of Israel’s prime ministers, whether from the left, the center, or the right. For the past 22 years, all have been lying and misleading the world, pretending to seek peace with the Palestinians while pursuing policies to ensure there will never be peace and never be a Palestinian state. The irony is that the greatest of all these liars is the one who finally told the truth and we should thank him for it.

The truth is that under both Likud and Labor governments, negotiations with the Palestinians have been a charade since Israel continued to swallow up more Palestinian land and build more settlements even as it proceeded with the negotiations. And under both governments, Israel has maintained a brutal occupation and initiated wars against the Palestinian people to ensure there would never be a Palestinian state. The government of Israel has never been an honest partner in its negotiations with the Palestinians. Had the Zionist Union under Isaac Herzog and Tzipi Livni won, nothing good would have benefitted the Palestinians. They simply would have attempted to restart the same moribund negotiations that have served as a cover for Israel to talk peace while destroying its prospects by building more settlements and usurping more land. Twenty-two years of negotiations have netted the Palestinians absolutely nothing but false hope and despair.

The Oslo Accords signed on the White House lawn in 1993, which to some seemed a hopeful outcome, resulted in three significant steps: the Palestine Liberation Organization recognized the state of Israel; Israel recognized the PLO as the representative of the Palestinian people; and both sides agreed to resolve their differences and grievances through peaceful means.

The logic of the Accord was grounded in a belief that a final agreement could be achieved through gradual steps. All the major elements in the dispute, the so called “permanent status” issues, were relegated to negotiations that were to take place after a five year transition period. The text itself did not address the crucial elements to the conflict: the right of return of 1948 Palestinian refugees, the status of Jerusalem, the status of the Jewish settlements (colonies) built on occupied Palestinian land, and the issue of borders.

The text of the Accord did not promise or even mention an independent Palestinian state to be constituted at the end of the transition period. Nonetheless the Palestinians rightly believed that in return for recognizing the state of Israel on 78% of historic Palestine, they would achieve a sovereign state on the remaining 22%. However, due to a combination of Israel’s bad faith and their naiveté, this never came to pass.

I contend that the logic of Zionism doomed those negotiations from the very beginning and that is how we got to where we are today. The ultimate goal of all the major Zionist factions has been an ethnically pure Jewish state on all of historic Palestine. As a settler-colonial society, the ultimate aim of Zionism was the displacement of the indigenous Palestinian people and their replacement with the Zionist settlers. Whatever understandable nostalgia many Jews have for the origins of the Zionist movement as a reaction to centuries of Jewish discrimination and persecution, we must face up to the kind of state Zionism has created. Israel today is not a democracy but rather a racist, militaristic, ethnocracy that privileges the rights of its Jewish citizens over those of its Palestinian citizens.

Further evidence of Israel’s refusal to seek peace with the Palestinians and its Arab neighbors can be found in its outright dismissal of the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative signed by all members of the Arab League and reiterated in 2007. The initiative offered Israel a peace agreement and normalization of relations with all the Arab states in exchange for Israeli withdrawal back to the June 4, 1967 line, which entailed withdrawal from the occupied Arab territories, including the Syrian Golan Heights and the territories still occupied in southern Lebanon; a just resolution to the problem of the Palestinian refugees in accordance with UN General Assembly Resolution 194; and acceptance of an independent and sovereign Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip with East Jerusalem as its capital.

Israel is a state armed with nuclear weapons and in the grip of a siege mentality due to the collective trauma of the Jewish people that has never been healed. What makes this siege mentality dangerous and pathological is that it prevents Israel from recognizing how its own actions have contributed to the despair, rage, and continuing resistance of the Palestinian people and to its own growing Isolation in the world. There is a sickness rampant in Israeli society whereby most Israelis see themselves as the ultimate victim, an innocent victim in a world that hates them and wants to annihilate them. This then leads to a sense of pathological entitlement whereby because they believe they have been perpetually wronged and abused, they may act with impunity to do whatever they want to secure their own safety, regardless of how it harms or wrongs others.

As a psychotherapist, I understand that when a person is in a kind of paranoid state, applying pressure only heightens their suspicions and fortifies their siege mentality. But the truth is that Israel has been treated with kid gloves by the West since its inception. Because of the traumatic past of the Jewish people and Western guilt over the Holocaust, Israel is granted a kind of exceptionalism that has sadly only fed this entitlement. According to the Congressional Research Service, Israel is the largest cumulative recipient of U.S. foreign aid since World War II, having received $121 billion. Currently, the U.S. gives Israel $3.2 billion annually in financial aid, provides it with advanced weapons including fighter jets and sophisticated attack helicopters, has extensive military and intelligence arrangements with Israel, and uses its Security Council veto to provide Israel with complete diplomatic protection at the UN. And through the power of AIPAC and the Christian Zionists, Israel has a virtual lock on the Congress which has resulted in years of unanimous bi-partisan support. Yet despite the ongoing support of the world’s only super power, Israel’s siege mentality persists. Therefore another approach is necessary to address Israeli intransigence and violations of international law.

There is an old adage that friends do not let friends drive drunk. Israel today is drunk with power and blind with this siege mentality for which the Palestinians have paid a terrible price. For those concerned with the plight of the Palestinians, it is now more than ever time to redouble our efforts. Only outside pressure on Israel will make a difference. The change that is needed will not come from within Israel since the courageous Left in Israel is weak and marginalized. The non-violent BDS movement is an essential component of the strategy of this outside pressure. Jews who are concerned with both the plight of the Palestinians and the growth of the racism and xenophobia in Israel must now realize that to be pro-Israel one must advocate putting serious pressure on Israel to end the occupation and thwart its rush toward perpetual oppression of the Palestinian people. Without this concerted pressure there is little hope for Palestinian freedom. And without this outside pressure it is a sure bet that Israel will eventually be destroyed from within by the manner in which this siege mentality is insinuated into Israeli consciousness by the culture of its educational system and its system of military indoctrination. One thing is becoming increasingly clear. Neither Judaism nor Palestinians fare well at the hands of Zionism which today is also destroying Israel from within.

About David Glick

David Glick is a psychotherapist and member of Jewish Voice for Peace. His writings have been published in the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs and on the Tikkun blog.  His poetry and various articles about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict can also be found at the Lysistrata Project.

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  1. oldgeezer
    March 25, 2015, 1:03 pm

    “Israel is granted a kind of exceptionalism that has sadly only fed this entitlement. ”

    I agree totally with your article. Well said. I highlight the above sentence not only because I believe it to be true but because it will be an ever increasing sense of entitled that is generated and that is dangerous for all of us including Israeli’s. And Jewish people quite frankly. That should not be the case as the two are not equal but I do believe it will be.

    It has always amazed me that any attempts to level the playing field or reduce the exceptionalism is met with huge cries from people who see it as picking on Israel or Jewish people. Understandably no one gives up privilege easily but I think many are sincere in not understanding that they enjoy a heightened level of privilege to begin with.

  2. Taxi
    March 25, 2015, 2:03 pm

    Great diagnosis – thank you David Glick.

    But how do you cure a nuclear-armed entity that’s gripped by a “siege mentality”?

    What kinda rehabilitation do you think would work?

    • Maximus Decimus Meridius
      March 25, 2015, 2:45 pm

      That is the question.

      Israel is an extraordinarily dangerous place. The combination of nuclear weapons, an enduring, illogical sense of victimhood, a ‘fuck you’ attitude to the rest of the world and a captive population of racially despised underlings is explosive, to put it very mildly.

      So what to do? No easy solution presents itself, but one thing is certain, the world cannot go on holding Israel’s hand and pandering to its every whim and tantrum. When you’ve got a psychopath with a gun, you don’t fret over his ‘feelings’. You take the gun off him. Then you can deal with his ‘trauma’. But not before.

      • seafoid
        March 25, 2015, 3:56 pm

        Israel is a very sick place. BDS will help it re enter reality.

      • Abierno
        March 25, 2015, 5:05 pm

        This is an important article, expressing opinions I’ve not seen elsewhere. I would concur with MDM that “Israel is an extraordinarily dangerous place” and has become more so with this regime. The self proposed Defense and Foreign ministers both advocated carpet bombing of Gaza, expulsion of all non Jews from the West Bank, and resettlement of non Israeli Arabs,
        Gazans and West Bank Palestinians in Sinai (the rumor of offers by al Sisi that keep resurfacing).

        With the mask lifted, there is no need to pretend tto concur with even the flimsiest peace efforts. With the rest of the world being “a little thing,” of no importance, there is no need to restrict racist and discriminatory legislation, or to adhere to even minimal standards as regards reining in violence, demolition and torture as it pertains to Palestinians – be they child, adolescent, adult, elderly or disabled. Any sadistic, murderous act no matter how horrendous (have Abu Kheider’s murderers been sentenced yet?) can be committed with the full knowledge that there will not only be no consequences. Many will side with the actors, not the victims. Such people were once considered extremists, but they now represent a majority of the population of Israel and, unfortunately, our Congress. Finally, with the US Republican party openly allying themselves with Likud and parties of the right, , they are positively sanctioning, funding and enabling all of the above. Their leaders are not Boehner and McConnell, they are Netanyahu, Bennett, Yalom and Lieberman.

  3. just
    March 25, 2015, 2:22 pm

    Thanks for this, David. It’s lovely to hear from a truly sane and gifted person… especially one who does honor to the surname of ‘Glick’ and a member of JVP!

    This is an article that should be passed around to many of those still sitting on the fence.

    Your analysis dovetails beautifully with Avigail Abarbanel’s assessment:

    http://mondoweiss.net/2015/03/netanyahu-won-what

    (I believe that you have a typo here: “But the truth is that Israel has been treated with kid clothes by the West since its inception.”)

  4. truth2power
    March 25, 2015, 2:22 pm

    I am neither Jewish nor a Zionist (liberal or otherwise). I am not an Arab, a Palestinian nor a Muslim. I have I no personal interest in that part of the world known as the Holy Land but like most of the world, I am interested in just, peaceful co-existence between neighbouring countries.

    Try as I might, I simply cannot understand how or why any Jewish person, whatever their political beliefs, country of residence or personal wishes can silently let the politicians of Israel, for as long as I can remember (and I am the same age as Israel),
    1. occupy land that is not Israel
    2. build settlements on that land
    3. deprive the rightful, lawful owners of every form of freedom and economic independence
    and when those neighbours, the Palestinians – so provoked by the actions of the Government and Defence Force of Israel – resist in the only way they have (pathetic random rockets), Israel summons the mighty force of their ferocious army and commits further wrongs by
    1. slaughtering thousands of children and women and men
    2. flattening their homes, their schools, their hospitals – indeed whole towns
    and still there is no apparent shame, horror or unease it is being done in the Jewish name. Indeed, we see more and more Jewish people willing to personally break international law by settling in a land that is not part of Israel.

    Israel was born out of international guilt for the immense wrongs done to the Jews more than 70 years ago. All Jews are aware of the sufferings their parents, grandparents, great-grandparents and siblings experienced. I have to say that watching this tragedy unfold, I feel shocked and disgusted at what I am witnessing. I feel frustrated because any criticism of the actions of Israel from outside is met with accusations of anti-Semitism when I know I would complain just as strongly whoever was doing this to another race. Israel is destroying itself from within literally and by reputation. I was 12 when the film ‘Exodus’ came out – Israel was given to my generation as Camelot! Tragedy! Idealism now reduced to ashes!

    The time has come for true Jews throughout the world to stand up for their race, their religion and their homeland. Mr Netayahu, from his own lips, has now declared what has been the intention of his brand of Zionism in the Holy Land all along. If there really are any Liberal people in the Zionist movement, the time has come to do more than speak out because that clearly is achieving nothing. Put your money where your mouth is! Join the Arab List – stand together with the good Arabs to make a just peace for the benefit of both countries – for there surely are two countries and the rest of the world wants there to be two. Then we will see there is some moral honesty in Israel and not just forms of rhetoric from both sides of Zionism.

    Israel will never, never be safe until it learns to live with and respect its history and its neighbour’s. So the one-state aspiration is now an impossibility. It might once have been achievable by a different course of action, but Israel’s decades of abuse has destroyed world trust and that dream. As Gaza must be repaired – so Israel must repair its reputation on the international stage and with itself.

    • Mooser
      March 25, 2015, 3:46 pm

      “The time has come for true Jews throughout the world to stand up for their race, their religion and their homeland.”

      Hey, none out of three ain’t bad!

    • just
      March 25, 2015, 4:22 pm

      Thanks, truth2power.

  5. Mooser
    March 25, 2015, 3:44 pm

    ” it is a sure bet that Israel will eventually be destroyed from within by the manner in which this siege mentality is insinuated into Israeli consciousness by the culture of its educational system and its system of military indoctrination.”

    Oh gosh, that would be awful!

    • truth2power
      March 25, 2015, 3:57 pm

      Yes – it would!

      Oh! And I forgot to include on the list of crimes:
      1. building humongous walls on occupied land to keep the people of Palestine out of Israel
      2. stopping Palestinian women from getting to Palestinian hospitals at night so they can have their babies safely
      3. having a good road in the occupied lands for Israelis to use, but banning Palestinians from using same road and no road for Palestinians
      4. forcing Palestinians to spend hours daily, waiting to go through a checkpoint in their own country, to get to work
      Who does that to others but tries to say they are a civilised country? Who is going to believe any of that is excusable in the name of security?

      Israel does not want Iran to have a nuclear bomb which is reasonable in some ways (because most people don’t want ANYONE to have a nuclear bomb) but Israel has not addressed the question of why Iran wants/needs a bomb – might just be because Israel has THE bomb and Iran (& the rest of the ME) isn’t very happy about the aggression Israel shows to its neighbours. I’m British – I’d feel likewise if France was doing what Israel is doing and I’d want THE bomb for my own safety.

      The time has come for Israel to take a long, hard, honest and concentrated look at itself and address what it wants for the future of its people. My advice – bin the bullies and learn to share!

      • bintbiba
        March 26, 2015, 5:05 am

        Thank you for all you said, truth2power !

      • mikedobson
        March 26, 2015, 9:30 am

        Exactly. Imagine a nuclear armed Germany in 1939 and the US telling UK/France etc they couldn’t have nuclear capability. Sheesh, I wish I were clever enough to work out what Germany might have done.

    • Pixel
      March 25, 2015, 5:47 pm

      lol

  6. seafoid
    March 25, 2015, 4:03 pm

    Gaza saw Israel without the mask from day 1. Cruel heartless bastards wearing Stars of David.

    • just
      March 25, 2015, 4:20 pm

      Those Sneetches sure are relevant.

      “Now, the Star-Bell Sneetches had bellies with stars.
      The Plain-Belly Sneetches had none upon thars.
      Those stars weren’t so big. They were really so small.
      You might think such a thing wouldn’t matter at all.
      But, because they had stars, all the Star-Belly Sneetches
      Would brag, “We’re the best kind of Sneetch on the beaches.”
      With their snoots in the air, they would sniff and they’d snort
      “We’ll have nothing to do with the Plain-Belly sort!”
      And, whenever they met some, when they were out walking,
      They’d hike right on past them without even talking…….”

      I hope that one day it’s no longer such an apt metaphor for Israel/ the 95% of Israelis/ Zionists anywhere.

      • seafoid
        March 25, 2015, 4:26 pm

        Seuss saw racism in Korea or somewhere after ww2 and wrote the book. He wouldn’t have been a Zionist.

  7. seafoid
    March 25, 2015, 4:24 pm

    Is Israel about a mask or is it something else ?

    Handsome liberal democratic gay friendly eternally sexy Dorian Israel has a dark secret. He swapped reality for eternal hasbara. Every vile deed of moral degradation leaves its mark on a picture hanging in Gaza which shows a very different Dorian.

    • just
      March 25, 2015, 4:44 pm

      Perfect.

    • lysias
      March 25, 2015, 5:19 pm

      Angela Lansbury was actually in that movie. And now, at the age of 89, she is on the stage again here in D.C., in a Noel Coward comedy.

      Her career is approaching the length of Danielle Darrieux’s. Her first movie was in 1931, at the age of 14. She played the female lead in the memorable 1936 movie Mayerling. Her most recent movie was in 2007. And she is still alive, at the age of 97.

      • just
        March 25, 2015, 5:36 pm

        Dame Angela Brigid Lansbury is an astonishing and beautiful actress, indeed. She’s one of my very favorites. I read a review of the play the other day and it is highly acclaimed~ no surprise!

        Have you been lucky enough to see it?

        Danielle Darrieux is of the same greatness and grace, of course.

  8. Bornajoo
    March 25, 2015, 5:29 pm

    Great article David Glick. Thank you.

    In the space of a week we’ve had two superb articles on MW focusing on the psychological aspect of the Israeli mentality, as Just points out above.

    But as Taxi and MDM state, surely these dangerous people need to be stopped. We can treat them later. But instead of stopping them they are being encouraged, funded and supported by the great superpower/empire. So these sick people will continue to act with impunity and the evil and sadistic crimes inflicted on the Palestinian people will just get worse and worse. You only have to read through Kate’s compilations every few days to see that.

    It’s extremely obvious that Israel is too far gone to stop committing these shocking crimes and abuse. If left unchecked it can only get worse and worse. Mentally damaged kids get to 18 and they get guns and are let loose on a completely vulnerable people. It’s all incredibly sick

    And all of this is enabled, promoted, encouraged, supported, funded and ‘legitimised’ by the American empire which is just as responsible for each and every crime committed. They are complicit partners in these crimes. And this misery and suffering could end almost overnight if the USA withheld their support which would force israel to negotiate because they would finally have something to lose.

    So unless Obama surprises us, it unfortunately looks like the longer road of bds and political isolation which has no doubt been given a great boost by Netanyahu’s bare faced lies, racism and reelection

    • Citizen
      March 26, 2015, 6:00 am

      Despite the kurtuffle with Bibi, Obama has done nothing really but openly declare there’s a difference in policy but none the less, the US bond with Israel and top priority security remains as strong as ever and, he said too, aid to Israel will not be cut. I guess he wants to make sure his legacy Iran Deal goes through, and so too, his post-POTUS library funding and book & speaker career. Don’t look to Obama for root change in US foreign policy regarding Israel, though he might snip a tad around the edge of reform as he did domestically with his post-bailout bank regulations–he never resurrected the chinese wall between commercial and investment banking, which is why we are due for a replay in that arena too.

  9. seafoid
    March 25, 2015, 5:32 pm

    I met a Tamil refugee today. From Jaffna. Left 5 years ago after the Government killed up to 70,000 Tamils in the final battle against the Tigers. She said it was hell. I was thinking about American middle class Jews in universities whining about their sense of victimhood.

    • just
      March 25, 2015, 6:04 pm

      point taken…

      “I was thinking about American middle class Jews in universities whining about their sense of victimhood”

      The Princes/Princesses of Eternal Victimhood.

      • catalan
        March 26, 2015, 1:35 pm

        Just,
        No exceptionalism at all. The Hindus have done just as well if not better in the US. It’s all about education. Their culture is deeper. They don’t whine endlessly like the locals.
        Also, why the meanness? The stories about waiting in line were from the workers’ paradise of Bulgaria during the socialist era. I did alright in the US, even though it has been a journey. Not sure what my perceived offense is that you are so personal in your retorts.

    • DaBakr
      March 25, 2015, 8:50 pm

      @sf

      stop whining about the Tamils and stick to the premise of the crimes of Israel which are far greater then the mere murder of 70k. Its sheer whataboutery. In fact- the millions killed by Brits, Germans, Russians Chinese, Turks, and dozens others only obscure the fact that the Zionist entity has far more impact on the world then any of the puny (by comparison, and far less evil) acts of war and/or conquest committed by other peoples and other nations. The Palestinians have suffered far greater then any other people on earth since the end of ww2-especially the ‘eternally’ victimized Jews.

      • seafoid
        March 26, 2015, 8:22 am

        PFO

        Cruelty in the name of land is the same everywhere
        Jews whining about how they are treated in the US
        as a comfortable minority is a joke.

      • eljay
        March 26, 2015, 9:24 am

        || DaBakreee @ March 25, 2015, 8:50 pm ||

        The Zio-supremacist defence: “Murderers exist, so it’s OK to rape.”

        Zio-supremacists either have no conception of justice and morality (which is, for lack of a better word, unfortunate) or they do but they just don’t care (which is, precisely, evil).

    • Kay24
      March 26, 2015, 2:29 am

      What she failed to tell you was the involvement of Israel and Mossad in that conflict.
      Israel was training Sri Lankan troops at the same time they were training the LTTE.
      No side is blameless. The Tigers were a ruthless and violent group, and seemed to have lost the plot. Busloads were bomb blasted, and people were afraid to travel in buses and trains, because of suicide bombers. The Government troops were also ruthless, and the Tamil civilians up North paid a heavy price, used as human shields, and killed, by both sides. At the very end of the war, thousands of civilians were supposed to have been killed, but the Rajapaksa government has denied that (must have been advised from the masters of denial, Israel) and refused investigations.

      “Mossad has caused Sri Lanka’s fighting to become some of the bloodiest in human history. Entire villages are routinely wiped out. Massacres happen almost daily. Over 70,000 people have been killed.

      The purpose of this post is to give an overview of Mossad’s involvement. Also involved are MI6, plus India’s equivalent to MI6 (or the Pakistani ISI), known as the “Research and Analysis Wing” (RAW).

      In Sri Lanka, Mossad trains, arms, and equips both sides — through its Cambodian Zim Shipping empire, and through its holdings in South Africa — and perpetrates false flags whenever there is talk of peace. Mossad’s goal is to maintain the lucrative arms market, plus the local drug trade that helps pay for those arms.

      When the Tamils started fighting the Singhalese for independence in 1983, the Singhalese President Junius Jayawardene brought in 50 Mossad officers to train his security forces at a place called Maduru-Oya. This was not secret. It was in all the newspapers.

      From that point on, Mossad armed, trained, and equipped both sides. (Since the Tamil forces are smaller than the Sri Lankan army, the zio-media calls the Tamils “terrorists.”)

      In 1991 Victor Ostrovsky, author of By Way of Deception, told Indian Abroad news service that Mossad brought many Tamils to Israel for training in 1984 and 1985. “These groups kept coming and going. When I was in Mossad, it was part of our routine job to take them to training camps and make sure they got training worth what they paid for, no more and no less. The Singhalese paid in cash.”

      Ostrovsky said the arrangement for training was made by the Mossad liaison in India, who lived there under a British passport.”

      The racist attitude of these zionists were obvious, they called the Sri Lankans “monkeys” that should be fed peanuts. Reminds me of the nazis who thought they were a superior race.

      Whenever there are problems, you can bet Israel is always involved in the most insidious ways.

      • seafoid
        March 26, 2015, 8:20 am

        She didn’t go into that. I just saw the sadness in her eyes.

        Reminded me of gol na mban san ár, the crying of the women after the slaughter, composed in Ireland in the late 1500s after another English massacre

        You have to keep going but it’s very hard

      • just
        March 26, 2015, 4:28 pm

        It is haunting and simply beautiful, seafoid. Just as bintbiba says.

        “That is continuity. The music is part of that. There is so much knowledge in the music. Palestinians have the continuity too. Israelis do not. One reason they are so vulnerable to demagogues and Biblical horseshit.”

        Well said.

      • Kay24
        March 27, 2015, 8:53 am

        Nice peaceful music seafoid. Thanks for that. It sounds lovely.

    • catalan
      March 26, 2015, 9:37 am

      @seafoid it was a lot more than 70k Tamils killed. American Jews prosper because they study for decades and learn how to design houses and create new medicines and fix teeth. Less glorious but more effective than endless whining about the Fed and the one percent. Don’t be so envious, come to this country instead and you can be “comfortable” as well.

      • amigo
        March 26, 2015, 12:01 pm

        “Don’t be so envious, come to this country instead and you can be “comfortable” as well.” catalan.

        Envious of what??.

        A law breaking, war mongering, land stealing oppressive compulsive self serving pariah state sans borders on it,s way out.

        I suggest you seek help catalan.And do it soon.And dare I say , Seafoid is hardly likely to be comfortable in such a poisonous environment and that you are says it all .I would afford you the emotion of pity if you deserved it.Au contraire, you only deserve disdain and disgust.

        As to your remarks about Jews studying for decades , that is pure racism.Jews, (not all ) are destroying houses.Is that what takes decades of learning.

      • catalan
        March 26, 2015, 12:14 pm

        Amigo,
        I live in the USA. Seafoid always talks how American Jews have it so good and I extended an invitation. The Irish here are managing quite well as well.

      • seafoid
        March 26, 2015, 12:59 pm

        The Fed and the one percent are driving the US over the cliff. I don’t think it’s advisable, myself. Certainly not in a democracy.

        Janet is hopeless.

        Watch as Wall St’s fantasy about Main St wage inflation crashes and burns this summer. Equities are trading at 27 times average earnings over the last 10 years.
        Credit is priced with zero risk margin.

        too far
        too high
        too soon

        Also, catalan, it’s very hard to maintain the façade of neutrality as a bot, innit

      • just
        March 26, 2015, 1:16 pm

        “American Jews prosper because they study for decades and learn how to design houses and create new medicines and fix teeth.”

        rotflmao!!!!! ziocaine- induced exceptionalism at its best!

        “Don’t be so envious, come to this country instead and you can be “comfortable” as well.”

        And here I was remembering that you always suffer:

        “I have always been squeezed and lived among the squeezed. I am living the affluence here in the States but inside I will aways be a 7 year old boy with boogers waiting in line in the cold for the once a year oranges.” – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/profile/catalan#sthash.kWFF0Mnf.dpuf

        seafoid really does not appear to need your advice on where to travel..

      • catalan
        March 26, 2015, 1:23 pm

        @seafoid it’s not a facade and I am not a ‘bot”. Just trying to bring some nuance. Social media and complexity are not like horse and carriage.

      • bintbiba
        March 26, 2015, 2:14 pm

        ‘seafoid’ …..

        Many thanks for that beautiful , haunting , sad music !

      • seafoid
        March 26, 2015, 4:05 pm

        Bintbiba

        I read recently about the Battle of Aughrim in Ireland , 1690 . The Irish lost. The soldiers were stripped of all valuables and left to rot on the battlefield. A commentator noticed how pale their skin was , a whiteness on the land.

        And if you look at Irish people today we are so pale.
        http://www.gaa.ie/content/images/news/miscellaneous/UlstervLeinster2014.jpg

        That is continuity. The music is part of that. There is so much knowledge in the music. Palestinians have the continuity too. Israelis do not. One reason they are so vulnerable to demagogues and Biblical horseshit.

      • seafoid
        March 27, 2015, 12:34 am

        Catalan
        There is no nuance to zionism, it is as subtle as racism.
        Whataboutery and indifference to israeli cruelty are the hallmarks of the bot in my book.

      • oldgeezer
        March 27, 2015, 2:05 am

        @catalan

        “Amigo,
        I live in the USA. Seafoid always talks how American Jews have it so good and I extended an invitation. The Irish here are managing quite well as well.”

        So you made an insincere invitation which you aren’t authorized to make. And no, don’t quibble over it being insincere unless you wish to argue you didn’t realize you can’t just invite someone in.

        And by that you want to paint yourself as some sort of decent caring person and not another arrogant ignorant a##%(*^>

        Good luck!

        Your lack of sympathy and empathy for impressed people only compounds that offense a few times over.

  10. Pixel
    March 25, 2015, 5:34 pm

    The “Intervention” didn’t work.

    Time for Tough Love.

    • Pixel
      March 25, 2015, 5:39 pm

      [Harry M Tiebout MD – The Ego Factors in Surrender in Alcoholism (Hazelden Educational Materials)].

      King Baby :: Characteristics

      ‘King Baby’ is a title sometimes conferred on us, especially in early recovery, and refers to the characteristic infantile ego possessed by those who need to grow up. King Babies are driven by self-will, banging with all their might on their high chair trays. Recovery is a process of maturing emotionally and spiritually. Maybe that’s why Bill W. referred to AA as a ‘Spiritual Kindergarten’.

      What is a King Baby (or if you prefer, Queen Baby)? This is someone who needs to control others. It is someone who has an inability to accept frustrations. It is someone who wants it our way, right away.

      What are some other characteristics of King Baby? None of us have all these traits, but we will probably find many that describe us. Here is a list roughly adapted from a Hazelden Recovery Pamphlet of the same name:

      1. Often becomes angry or afraid of authority figures and attempts to manipulate them to get thier own way.
      2. Seeks approval to the extent that the lose their own identity in the process
      3. Makes a good 1st impression, but are unable to follow through.
      4. Have difficulty accepting criticism and becomes threatened and angry when criticized.
      5. Have addictive personalities and are driven to extremes
      6. Are self-rejecting or self-alienated.
      7. Are often immobilized by anger and frustration, and are rarely satisfied
      8. Are usually lonely even when surrounded by people.
      9. Are chronic complainers who blame others for what is wrong with their lives.
      10. Feel unappreciated and think they don’t fit in.
      11. Sees the world as a jungle filled with selfish people who aren’t there for them.
      12. Sees everything as a catastrophe, a life and death situation.
      13. Judge life in absolutes, black-and-white, right or wrong.
      14.Live in the past while fearful of the future
      15. Have strong feelings of dependence and exaggerated fears of abandonment
      16. Fear failure and rejection and won’t try new things that they might not do well
      17. Are obsessed with money and material things
      18.Dream big plans and schemes and have little ability to make things happen.
      19. Cannot tolerate illness in themselves or others.
      20. Prefer to charm superiors and intimidate subordinates
      21. Believes that rules are and laws are for others, not for themselves
      22. Often become addicted to excitement, life in the fast lane.
      23. Hold emotional pain within and lose touch with their feelings.

      • michelle
        March 29, 2015, 3:09 am

        .
        you’ve met my husband
        .
        G-d Bless
        .

      • just
        March 29, 2015, 8:31 am

        Oh, michelle. I hope that was meant in some kind of dark humor, but if it wasn’t there is help available…

        ;-((

  11. yonah fredman
    March 25, 2015, 7:19 pm

    Israel did not face up to what peace with the Palestinians might entail until Camp David 2000. The negotiations after the Clinton parameters from december 2000 until January 20. 2001 was serious but short lived because Clinton left office and Ehud Barak was voted out of office. There was much propaganda involved in blaming Arafat for the failure of Camp David, but Barak was serious until time was up.

    The olmert abbas negotiations were serious as well. actually more serious. but again olmert’s time was limited.

    These efforts were shortlived and sporadic. But they did exist and not acknowledging them turns this piece by David Glick into a piece of propaganda rather than historical analysis.

    • Kris
      March 25, 2015, 11:32 pm

      yonah, instead of worrying about “historical analysis,” maybe you should consider what is happening, in your name, and with your support, at this very moment!

      For example, here are some videos of brave Israeli soldiers, wearing masks, terrorizing innocent Palestinian families in the middle of the night in Hebron:

      http://www.btselem.org/hebron/20150324_night_search_in_hebron

    • Teapot
      March 26, 2015, 9:01 am

      Yonah, do you have any evidence for your claim that Olmert and Barak were serious about the peace process? Because I just don’t see it.

      Also, if the problem was that they didn’t have enough time in office, then that puts the blame firmly on the majority of the Israeli people. They obviously have no interest in peace and would rather elect warmongering leaders like Netanyahu.

    • Donald
      March 26, 2015, 3:22 pm

      “There was much propaganda involved in blaming Arafat for the failure of Camp David, but Barak was serious until time was up.”

      Much of that propaganda came from Clinton and Barak and that detracts from whatever seriousness they had about peace. When the chips were down they both agreed to make it seem like it was all Arafat’s fault and as Teapot points out, the responsibility of the Israeli electorate for choosing Sharon goes unmentioned.

      This matters because even if one accepted a 2SS as the best achievable result, it’s clear that most of its advocates in the US and Israel were and are more interested in upholding Israel’s reputation than in putting any real pressure on Israel to accept it. So we had a decade where we constantly heard that the Palestinians were offered peace and Arafat rejected it–full stop. That was an excuse for continued settlement building. Then the somewhat hazy Olmert- Abbas talks took place and nothing came of them, except another legend about how the Palestinians had a “generous offer” on hand and rejected it.

      I suspect you agree with much or most of this, Yonah, so I’m not criticizing you. But I think you’re overly hard on David Glick. Even if Barak and/or Olmert were partly sincere, it doesn’t matter much. If Barak and Clinton genuinely put peace ahead of their own reputations, they wouldn’t have spent the following decade putting all the blame on Arafat.

    • seafoid
      March 26, 2015, 6:01 pm

      Yonah

      The Foreign Minister at the time- what was his name? He was quite decent. Israel never had a FM like him afterwards. The moment passed and Israel went rightwards and became more cruel.

      • PeaceThroughJustice
        March 26, 2015, 6:47 pm

        You’re thinking of Ben-Ami.

        He no longer even lives in the Jewish state.

    • Mayhem
      March 26, 2015, 11:15 pm

      @yonah, you’re bang on – Glick is just about propaganda.
      Netanyahu hasn’t done anything “to thwart the emergence of a viable and sovereign Palestinian state” because such an emergence is impossible in the current political circumstances. As Netanyahu rightfully said:
      “I think that anyone who goes about establishing a Palestinian state today and vacating territory is giving attack territory to extremist Islam to be used against the state of Israel. That is the real reality that has been created here in recent years. Whoever ignores this is putting his head in the sand.”

      And Arafat could be believed? And Abbas has the confidence and support of the Palestinians to carry through with any kind of deal? Plainly NO.

      And of course the following statement is true

      logic of Zionism doomed those negotiations from the very beginning

       

      not because of Zionism per se but because of the inability of the Palestinians, ever since Zionism established a foothold in Palestine, to accept any kind of  governing Zionist entity i.e. Israel in any part of Palestine.

      So what about the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative with a supposed promise of recognition by the Muslim world? Israel could never trust such a ploy, as peace offered by the Arabs would only be a manouevre to eventually get rid of Israel when the opportunity would present itself. In 2013 defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon dismissed the Arab initiative as “a spin” and “a dictation” that would force Israel to make great concessions before being able to present its own demands.
      Israel could never go back to indefensible borders. Israel got a peace agreement with Egypt and where did that get Israel – hardly the kind of situation that would make Israelis feel confident that conflict with Egypt has been totally eliminated.
      International Relations and Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz in the last Likud government, who principally accepts the idea of a (demilitarized) Palestinian state, justifiably has been less than enthusiastic about the Arab Peace Initiative.

      “Every peace initiative is welcome but no peace initiative can replace bilateral negotiations between us and the Palestinians. We need to worry about genuine peace with genuine security — these items are not included in the Arab  Peace Initiative.”

      Steinitz was unwilling to even consider the proposal as a framework for peace talks. “Negotiations are supposed to be bilateral, between Israelis and Palestinians”, he said. “There are bilateral issues and it would not be right to discuss them with the entire Arab world, such as demilitarization and security arrangements that are essential for us.”

      The Arab League may have endorsed the eponymous peace initiative but, beyond that, has never played a significant role in the Israeli-Palestinian peace track. The Arab League has not been able to make peace in the Arab world — between Algeria and Morocco, between Libya and Sudan, Iraq and Kuwait, and so on and so forth. Why should anyone trust the Arab League with peacemaking?

      Peace can only be made with countries with which one is in a territorial conflict, a veteran diplomatic official concurred. “Peace is a worthwhile objective, yet all promises of regional peace are futile and groundless,” he said. “Negotiations and agreements occur when two parties sit down and try to resolve their conflict”, he asserted. “It is true that every time the Palestinians entered negotiations with Israel they did so with the encouragement of Arab states such as Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and at some point also Morocco”, he allowed. “But while those countries were able to make a difference in the past, the Arab League as an umbrella organization has never done so.”

      And with the widespread dissension across the Arab/Muslim world today one can safely extrapolate the last statement much further to state that it never will in the foreseeable future.

  12. JLewisDickerson
    March 25, 2015, 9:43 pm

    RE: “And without this outside pressure it is a sure bet that Israel will eventually be destroyed from within by the manner in which this siege mentality is insinuated into Israeli consciousness by the culture of its educational system and its system of military indoctrination. “ ~ David Glick

    MY COMMENT: In some ways, the situation seems a bit like that of a cult.

    URI AVNERY ON HOW THE ISRAELIS HAVE BEEN “BRAINWASHED”:
    “Israel’s Weird Elections”, by Uri Avnery, Counterpunch, 1/04/13:

    [EXCERPTS] . . . The Israeli media are already to a large extent neutralized, a creeping process not unsimilar to what the Germans used to call Gleichschaltung. [SEE: Gleichschaltung @ Wikipedia – J.L.D. ]
    All three TV channels are more or less bankrupt and dependent on government handouts. Their editors are practically government appointees. The printed press is also teetering on the brink of bankruptcy, except the largest “news” paper, which belongs to Sheldon Adelson and is a Netanyahu propaganda sheet, distributed gratis.
    [Naftali] Bennett repeats the ridiculous assertion that almost all journalists are left-wingers (meaning traitors.) He promises to put an end to this intolerable situation. . .
    . . . In the coming four years, the official annexation of the West Bank to Israel may become a fact. . .
    . . . If the government continues on its present course, this will lead to certain disaster – the entire country between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River will become one unit under Israeli rule. This Greater Israel will contain an Arab majority and a shrinking Jewish minority, turning it inevitably into an apartheid state, plagued by a permanent civil war and shunned by the world.
    If pressure from without and within eventually compels the government to grant civil rights to the Arab majority, the country will turn into an Arab state. 134 years of Zionist endeavor will come to naught, a repetition of the Crusaders’ kingdom.
    This is so obvious, so inevitable, that one needs an iron will not to think about it. It seems that all major parties in these elections have this will. Speaking about peace, they believe, is poison. Giving back the West Bank and East Jerusalem for peace? God forbid even thinking about it.
    The weird fact is that this week two respected polls – independent of each other – came to the same conclusion: the great majority of Israeli voters favors the “two-state solution”
    , the creation of a Palestinian state along the 1967 borders and the partition of Jerusalem. This majority includes the majority of Likud voters, and even about half of Bennett’s adherents.
    How come? The explanation lies in the next question: How many voters believe that this solution is possible? The answer: almost nobody. Over dozens of years, Israelis have been brainwashed into believing that “the Arabs” don’t want peace. If they say they do, they are lying.
    If peace is impossible, why think about it? Why even mention it in the election campaign? Why not go back 44 years to Golda Meir’s days and pretend that the Palestinians don’t exist? (“There is no such thing as a Palestinian people…It is not as though there was a Palestinian people and we came and threw them out and took their country away. They did not exist.” – Golda Meir, June 13, 1969) . . .

    ENTIRE COMMENTARY – http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/01/04/israels-weird-elections/

    • JLewisDickerson
      March 25, 2015, 9:58 pm

      P.S. FROM WIKIPEDIA (Mind control):

      [EXCERPT] . . . In 2009 historian Daniel Romanovsky wrote about what he called “Nazi brainwashing” of the people of Belarus by the occupying Germans during the Second World War, which took place through both mass propaganda and intense re-education especially in schools. He notes that very soon most people had adopted the Nazi view of the Jews, that they were an inferior race and were closely tied to the Soviet government; views that had not been at all common before the occupation.[78] . . .

      78. Nazi Europe and the Final Solution, David Bankier, Israel Gutman, Berghahn Books, 2009, page 282-285

      P.P.S. Nazi Europe and the Final Solutionhttp://www.amazon.com/Europe-Final-Solution-David-Bankier/dp/1845454103

    • just
      March 25, 2015, 10:42 pm

      John~ wrt a cult, Avigail and seafoid had a fascinating ‘conversation’ just the other day about the issue. Here’s what Avigail had to say:

      “To understand the concept of Jewishness you have to understand the social-psychology of cults. Cults are insualr, inward looking and fearful. They tend to be obssessed with their own survival in what they perceive is a very hostile world out there. They thrive on a mentality of specialness and differentness and on ‘us vs them’. Since Jews were persecuted, this makes Jewish people feel justified in their cultish belief system. All cults believe that they have only themselves to rely on and that no one outside their group can be trusted.

      To review and critique Judism and Jewishness and change them, would mean that they will transform and no longer be identifable as what they are. To those on the inside this is the very definition of annihilation. Being Jewish and surviving means passing on the principles and belief system of the group to subsequent generations. Many Jews, religious or not, feel a strong sense of tribalism and feel that it is belonging to the group that defines their identity. It makes them feel safe as well as real as people. In cults it is not the individual that is the centre of the group but the group itself. The individual is only valuable in as much as he or she is an organ of the whole collective.

      Survival as a Jewish people (religious or not and whatever that even means) is the most important principle in Judaism and by extension in Jewishness (which is a sense of identificantion with the group that is not based on religion as such). This is a really big deal.

      Israel is a state that was created by, and belongs to a cult. As such, anything truly democratic, universal, any openness to others, to the outside world, is by definition in conflict with the very essence of the cult. In Jewishness and in some sections of Jewish religion, everything and anything is permissible for the purpose of the survival of the group, including inflicting harm on others.

      In Israel, where I grew up, empathy to the ‘other’, the ‘outsider’ (Palestinians included) is actively discouraged and suppressed. The outsider is never to be trusted and represents an existential danger to the group. Only empathy, the recognition of our shared humanity, can mitigate fanatical tribalism in any group and any individual. It is much harder to hurt another even to save ourselves if we can feel empathy.

      If you can get the majority of Israeli Jews to wake up and feel empathy to the Palestinians, everything will change. But I am not holding my breath for all the reasons I explained above.
      Indeed therapy on a national scale is needed but once again I am not holding my breath…

      – See more at: link to mondoweiss.net”

      – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2015/03/netanyahu-won-what/comment-page-1#comment-755199

      The entire article and thread is interesting.

      • JLewisDickerson
        March 26, 2015, 3:49 pm

        Muchas gracias! ! ! I had not seen this discussion. – http://mondoweiss.net/2015/03/netanyahu-won-what#comment-755196
        Unfortunately, I just don’t have enough time (and sometimes not enough inclination) to read all the comments.

        P.S. RE: “Indeed therapy on a national scale is needed but once again I am not holding my breath…”

        MY COMMENT: You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him/her undergo psychotherapy!
        It is possible that inevitable result will be Masada II (i.e., Masada Part Deaux).

      • Mooser
        March 27, 2015, 11:53 am

        You can lead a bore to culture, but you can’t make him think. Anyway, I’d rather be unfunny than sexist.

      • Mooser
        March 27, 2015, 11:57 am

        “To understand the concept of Jewishness you have to understand the social-psychology of cults. “

        I suppose I’d rather have somebody wondering if I was a cult than wondering if I was a fascist and racist.

        “They are sick,
        They are sick, sick, sick
        I say that psychologically, they’re sick!”

      • JLewisDickerson
        March 28, 2015, 2:30 am

        COME TO THINK OF IT:
        Netanyahu does remind me of Jim Jones*, and Likudnik Israel reminds me of the Peoples Temple** and the Jonestown mass suicide***!
        *Jim Jones – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Jones
        **Peoples Temple – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peoples_Temple
        ***Jonestown – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonestown

  13. sawah
    March 26, 2015, 1:00 am

    Thank you David,

    Just like your poetry,…..your grace and wisdom shine in this article.

    • just
      March 26, 2015, 10:06 am

      Well said, sawah. His poetry and essays are treasures.

      The Lysistrata Project is such a wonderful place to meet new ideas and people.

      “The Lysistrata Project is a portal of educational resources dedicated to the transformation of consciousness necessary to sustain Peace.”

      http://www.lysistrataproject.org/aboutus.htm

  14. Citizen
    March 26, 2015, 5:23 am

    Yes, the mask is finally off: The roots of Netanyahu’s electoral victory: Colonial Expansion & Fascist Ideology:
    http://mycatbirdseat.com/2015/03/90784the-roots-of-netanyahus-electoral-victory-colonial-expansion-and-fascist-ideology/

  15. pabelmont
    March 26, 2015, 9:05 am

    I like the psychological gloss on Israeli leadership. But my “take” is that the craziness/fear/neediness is on the part of many of the Israeli people and the Israeli leadership, like politicians everywhere (the American South, for instance), use and manipulate (and increase!) the craziness/fear/neediness of the people to mislead them (or to lead them toward the leaders’ ends rather than for the people’s own good.

    Right now, Israel seems like some teens in a stolen car driving towards a wall and screaming “Let’s see how fast this baby can go!”
    There is no plan for the future and they don’t care how many people the car kills before it finally crashes and burns.

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