Netanyahu’s craziness is calculated, to drive out Palestinians

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Although Uri Avnery has been a long-standing critic of Israel and has been one of the first to promote dialogue with the Palestinians, he is still a Zionist. Because of that I have a lot of reservations about the things he writes. His piece from the 30th of October, ‘Is the Israeli Prime Minister Insane? Adolf, Amin and Bibi’ is a good example of why I feel this way. It is a perfect illustration of how someone who can be such a clear thinker in some ways, is also so blinkered by his innate and almost unconscious support of Zionism. This tendency to be so blinkered and so unconsciously so, serves to support the smokescreen that surrounds Zionism and its real purpose. It indirectly helps Israel and Zionism by distancing us from the real conversation we are supposed to have about Israel and Palestine, namely a conversation about settler-colonialism and its effects on the colonised. 

Of course Netanyahu has a personality disorder (as a psychotherapist I can see all the signs of it), but insane in the way that Avnery means, he is not! Netanyahu’s policies have been 100% consistent with Israel’s goal of taking all the land without the people. To complete the Zionist project of creating an exclusively Jewish safe haven for all Jews in the land of Palestine, Jews will need to be an absolute majority in Israel-Palestine. A few Palestinians can probably be allowed to remain but with all the spirit of resistance knocked out of them, so they are no longer a ‘problem’ for Israel. Israel has good role models of ’successful’ settler-colonial projects in the US and Australia, countries that are also staunch and fanatic supporters of Israel. Netanyahu can see that it worked there. They got away with it, so why not in Israel?

Everything Netanyahu has ever done has been designed to advance Israel towards this ultimate goal. Notice that Netanyahu’s statement about how the Mufti of Jerusalem gave Hitler the idea for the extermination of the Jews came a short time after relaxing the gun laws in Israel. I do not think that these two facts are unconnected. Frankly I am amazed by how effective the smokescreen is. So effective, that no one sees what he is doing, and in the meantime the project is reaching a slow and horrific crescendo right under everyone’s noses, and with full complicity of the world’s community. 

Netanyahu has been watching Israeli state policies fail at driving out the majority of the Palestinians. So he is now busying himself recruiting an informal army in Israel to assist the official military, law-enforcement and security forces, an army made out of lynching mobs. He gives ordinary people the firearms and then the ideology that says that the Palestinians are responsible for the extermination of the Jews. Now, his logic goes, it is justified to do the same to them. Even non-psychopaths can be recruited to kill under this kind of ideology simply because the Holocaust is such a sensitive issue in Israel, and since every Jewish citizen is thoroughly, profoundly and emotively indoctrinated on Holocaust history.

People have been emphasizing the criticism from within Israel of Netanyahu’s comment, but the right kind of people on the streets of Israel and the colonies in the Occupied West Bank will believe what he said. This is all they need in order to go completely wild. It’s when governments condone extremism and mob mentality, and when they provide fuel to already escalating extremist fire, that we really need to start worrying.

It’s been happening in the colonies anyway, where colonists have for a very long time been getting away with doing whatever they wish to the Palestinians, under military protection and immunity from prosecution. Now Netanyahu is attempting to widen the extremism we see in the colonies into Israeli cities, right into the heart of Tel Aviv. This is his attempt to unite a country that has been a bit split between the cities, where ‘ordinary’ Israelis are often seen as ‘latte-sipping, apathetic, non-patriotic Lefties’ who are critical of the colonies, and those in the colonies in the Occupied West Bank. Netanyahu knows that if Israel is to complete its project, all Israelis have to be on board, or at least that the chasm between the colonies and the cities has to be somehow closed.

Netanyahu is in the process of mobilising and radicalising the entire society in Israel to escalate the murder of the Palestinians in order to push the Palestinians to leave once and for all. You don’t need everyone to go berserk, only enough to instil such fear that will lead to masses of people fleeing. Where they will go, Israel does not care. They didn’t care in 1948 or 1967, and they don’t care now. They just want them out. We are witnessing a repetition of the policies of 1948 and 1967 where Palestinians were driven out by every means possible calculated to spread panic.

There is no reason for the latest escalation we see, except Israel’s impatience that the Palestinians are still there and are still resisting. Israel was hoping a war with Iran would create a smokescreen for the final solution to the ‘Palestinian problem’. If this isn’t going to happen, they will do it anyway. The world has already proven repeatedly that Israel can get away with anything, and Israel is counting on it. By the time everyone wakes up from their stupor, it’ll be too late. Just as it was in 1948 and then in 1967. But who will care about the Palestinians then? They will just become another ‘refugee problem’, numbers, a burden, a problem that requires ‘border protection’, as the poor refugees from Syria are now finding out. 

Why people don’t see this and prefer to just dismiss Netanyahu as ‘insane’ is beyond me. These are very dangerous times, and he is laughing all the way to ‘all the land without the people’. He thinks everyone else is stupid, and frankly, it appears we are.

Yes, this is insane of course. Settler-colonialism is fundamentally insane and psychopathic. Only compassion and cooperation between people are truly sane. But settler-colonialism is what Israel is about, and Netanyahu is a great facilitator of that. He will preside over the completion of this project unless someone stops Israel before it’s too late.

About Avigail Abarbanel

Avigail Abarbanel was born and raised in Israel. She moved to Australia in 1991 and now lives in the north of Scotland. She works as a psychotherapist and clinical supervisor in private practice and is an activist for Palestinian rights. She is the editor of Beyond Tribal Loyalties: Personal Stories of Jewish Peace Activists (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012).

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  1. JLewisDickerson
    November 5, 2015, 12:59 pm

    RE: “Netanyahu has been watching Israeli state policies fail at driving out the majority of the Palestinians. So he is now busying himself recruiting an informal army in Israel to assist the official military, law-enforcement and security forces, an army made out of lynching mobs. He gives ordinary people the firearms and then the ideology that says that the Palestinians are responsible for the extermination of the Jews.” ~ Avigail Abarbanel

    MY COMMENT: Netanyahu’s Blackshirts (i.e., squadristi)! ! !

    • JLewisDickerson
      November 5, 2015, 1:42 pm

      P.S. AS TO THE FASCIST ORIGINS OF REVISIONIST ZIONISM, SEE:

      ■ FROM WIKIPEDIA AS OF 1/25/14 [Betar]:

      (EXCERPT) The Betar Movement (בית”ר, also spelled Beitar) is a Revisionist Zionist youth movement founded in 1923 in Riga, Latvia, by Vladimir (Ze’ev) Jabotinsky. Betar has been traditionally linked to the original Herut and then Likud political parties of Israel, and was closely affiliated with the pre-Israel Revisionist Zionist splinter group Irgun Zevai Leumi. It was one of many right-wing movements and youth groups arising at that time out of a worldwide emergence of fascism.[1] Some of the most prominent politicians of Israel were Betarim in their youth, most notably Prime Ministers Yitzhak Shamir and Menachem Begin, the latter of whom idolized Jabotinsky.[2]. . .

      . . . The group initially praised Mussolini for his anti-communism and fascist principles, leading it to adopt the black uniform shirt of Italian fascism for a short period. Mussolini’s invasion of Abyssinia, however, was seen as “cowardly” by Betar and led them to break with him shortly after.[12] . . .

      SOURCE – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betar

      ■ FROM “The Hidden History of Zionism”, Chapter 6, by Ralph Schoenman

      [EXCERPT] . . . Mussolini set up squadrons of the Revisionist Zionist youth movement, Betar, in black shirts in emulation of his own Fascist bands.
      When Menachem Begin became chief of Betar, he preferred the brown shirts of the Hitler gangs, a uniform Begin and Betar members wore to all meetings and rallies – at which they greeted each other and opened and closed meetings with the fascist salute. . .

      SOURCE – http://www.marxists.de/middleast/schoenman/ch06.htm

  2. amigo
    November 5, 2015, 1:44 pm

    To some of us , this is not a revelation.I have been saying , that every attack on homes, olive trees, protests meetings , and the long list of extra judicial killings is part and parcel of the same plan to get Palestinians to resist , either violently (the preferred outcome) or non violently , so Israel can maintain the myth of eternal victim hood , under which they can build more illegal , “Jews only ” squats and continue the crimes mentioned above as the juggernaut of ethnic cleansing rolls on.

    That has been , is and will continue to be the zionist plan until someone steps in and forces Israel to end it,s decades long criminal actions.

    Will EU officials tire of being given the finger by people like Michael Oren who has the audacity to tell Israelis to boycott EU products while mouthing accusations of antisemitism against anyone who supports labeling illegal products from the occupied territories that make their way to the shelves of EU shops .

    Will they have the courage to tell Israel that enough is enough and cut off trade agreements with Israel and tell EU importers to cut their ties with Israel.e.Will they show Israel that they need the EU (450 million people) far more than the EU needs a market of 7.5 million .

    That Netanyahu thinks he can achieve his fascist goals tells me he is disconnected from reality. Will he be judged as crazy in the long run.Who knows.Maybe we will see the addition of a new word/term to the English language .

    • oldgeezer
      November 5, 2015, 2:47 pm

      @amigo

      Well said and spot on.

    • eljay
      November 5, 2015, 3:09 pm

      || amigo: … That Netanyahu thinks he can achieve his fascist goals tells me he is disconnected from reality. … ||

      And yet…who’s going to stop him? Not the Americans, who can’t prostrate themselves fast enough in front of the donkey to gobble up his goodness (and money).

      It’s bad enough that people exist who commit evil. What really blows my mind is just how desperate others are to help them.

  3. JLewisDickerson
    November 5, 2015, 1:52 pm

    RE: “Of course Netanyahu has a personality disorder (as a psychotherapist I can see all the signs of it)” ~ Avigail Abarbanel

    SEE: “A Boy Called Bibi ~ Netanyahu on the Couch”, by Uri Avnery, CounterPunch.org, May 1-3, 2015

    [EXCERPTS] . . . If it is true that the character of a person is shaped by his early childhood, we must examine the background of Netanyahu in order to understand him.

    He grew up in the shadow of a strong father. Benzion Millikowsky, who changed his foreign name to the Hebrew Netanyahu, was a very dominant and very unhappy person. Born in Warsaw, then a provincial town in the Russian Empire, he immigrated to Palestine as a young man, studied history at the new Hebrew University in Jerusalem and expected to become a professor there. He was not accepted.

    Benzion was the son of an early adherent of Vladimir (Ze’ev) Jabotinsky, the extreme rightist Zionist leader. He inherited from his father a very extremist outlook, and passed it on to his three sons. . .

    . . . Benzion’s rejection by the prestigious young Hebrew University turned him into a bitter man, a bitterness that lasted until his death in 2012, at age 102. He was sure that this rejection had nothing to do with his academic qualification, and everything with his ultra-nationalist opinions.

    His extreme Zionism did not stop him leaving Palestine and seeking his academic luck in the United States, where a second-rate university gave him a professorship. His life’s work as a historian concerned the fate of the Jews in medieval Christian Spain – the expulsion and inquisition. It engendered in him a very dark world view: the conviction that Jews will always be persecuted, that all Goyim (non-Jews) hate the Jews, that a straight line connects the auto-da-fé of the Spanish inquisition with the Nazi Holocaust. . .

    . . . Benzion Netanyahu was not only a very bitter person, who accused the Zionist and Israeli academic establishment of failing to recognize his academic stature. He was also a very autocratic family man.

    The three Netanyahu boys lived in constant awe of Father. They were not allowed to make any noise at home while the Great Man worked in his closed study. They were not allowed to bring other boys home. Their mother was completely devoted to her husband and served him in every way, sacrificing her own personality. . .

    . . . So who is this Netanyahu? Contrary to popular opinion, he is a man of very strong beliefs – the beliefs of his far-right father. The entire world is out to kill us at all times, we need a powerful state to defend ourselves, all of the land between the Mediterranean and the Jordan has been given us by God (whether he exists or not). Everything else is lies, subterfuges, tactics.

    When, in a famous speech at Bar-Ilan university near Tel Aviv, Netanyahu embraced the principle of “Two States for Two Peoples”, those who knew him could only smile. It was as if he had recommended the eating of pork on Yom Kippur.

    He dangled this statement before the eyes of the naive Americans and let his Justice Minister, Tzipi Livni, lead endless negotiations with the Palestinians, whom he despises. Whenever it seemed that the negotiations were nearing some goal, he quickly put up another condition, such us the ridiculous demand that the Palestinians recognize Israel as the Nation State of the Jewish People. He would not dream, of course, of recognizing the Palestinian territories as the Nation State of the Palestinian People – a people he does not really believe exists at all.

    On the eve of the last election, just now, Netanyahu announced that there would not be a Palestinian state as long as he was in power. When the Americans remonstrated, he repudiated himself. Why not? As his Likud predecessor, Yitzhak Shamir, famously said, “It is permitted to lie for the Fatherland.”

    Netanyahu will lie, cheat, repudiate himself, raise false flags – all for the purpose of achieving his one and only real goal, the Rock of our Existence (as he loves to say), the heritage of his father – the Jewish State from the sea to the river. . .

    ENTIRE COMMENTARY – http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/05/01/netanyahu-on-the-couch/

    • JLewisDickerson
      November 5, 2015, 4:13 pm

      P.S. ALSO SEE – “Claim: Israelis tried to blackmail Bill Clinton with Lewinsky tapes to force spy release”, by Benjamin Weingarten, 21 July 2014

      [EXCERPT] In October 1998 in a bid to gain the release of Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard, an Israeli team led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatened to blackmail President Bill Clinton with tapes of Clinton and then-intern Monica Lewinsky. When Clinton brought Israel’s request for Pollard’s release to CIA Director George Tenet, Tenet threatened to resign on the spot should Clinton cave and release Pollard. Clinton ultimately declined the Israeli request, though he would consider it once again before the end of his term. . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE – http://www.theblaze.com/blog/2014/07/21/claim-israelis-tried-to-blackmail-bill-clinton-with-lewinsky-tapes-for-release-of-spy/

      P.P.S. AND SEE: “Prime minister’s wife accused in court of abusing staff” | By Lisa Goldman | 972mag.com | September 21, 2015

      [EXCERPT] Sara Netanyahu, the wife of the prime minister, is an alcoholic who drinks champagne from morning to night, terrorizes her employees with verbal and physical abuse and has her husband, the prime minister, so terrified of her rages that he does not dare utter a word that might appear to contradict her. This is according to testimony heard on Sunday in a Jerusalem court from former employees at the prime minister’s residence. Guy Eliahu, a former maintenance man at the official residence, is suing the Netanyahus for what he says is Sara’s abusive, inappropriate and inhumane treatment.
      According to a report published by Ynet, the Israeli digital media site, on Sunday a former cook, Etti Haim, who took the witness stand reluctantly after she was subpoenaed, described several shocking incidents.

      In one case, testified Haim, Sara Netanyahu went ballistic upon discovering that the patio awning had been rolled up after the al fresco dinner table had been fully set for dinner, including an array of prepared salads. Just before Sara Netanyahu appeared for the meal, the prime minister had asked Guy Eliahu, the maintenance man, to roll up the awning over the table. Upon seeing this Mrs. Netanyahu berated Eliahu, insisting the dinner table was now contaminated by dust. Haim said the prime minister did not intervene but sat silently on a bench near the table, avoiding eye contact with Eliahu. Mrs. Netanyahu ordered that the table be entirely cleared of dishes and food and re-set. When her son Avner said that his food was fine and should not be cleared away, Sara Netanyahu angrily accused him of taking the side of the servants. The prime minister’s wife then trashed the dinner table. . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE – http://972mag.com/prime-ministers-wife-accused-in-court-of-abusing-staff/111888/

  4. ahadhaadam
    November 5, 2015, 2:15 pm

    It is of course the grand Zionist plan to get rid of Palestians while leaving a small fraction, as long as they do not jeopardize the Jewish demographic state.

    The question is why isn’t Israel executing the Final Solutioin and instead preferring the slow strangulation method? After all, the Arabs and Palestinians are weaker than ever, divided. Egypt is ruled by a collaborator who will not say a word, the last vestiges of Arab resistance have been eliminated, Congress is owned lock stock and barrel and will send their blessings and armaments, and the right political climate exists inside Israel.

    Of course, there are several reasons for that, and you are free to speculate. I’ll just mention a few: Jordan being a US client state; lack of a catalyst; and media coverage that did not exist 70 years ago, and of course Palestinian Sumud, which cannot be underestimated – they will not run away this time and will leave Israel the only choice of committing genocide to achieve its goals. So for the time being, strangulation it is.

  5. Bumblebye
    November 5, 2015, 3:07 pm

    Netanyahu is escalating the hatred, step by step, and almost certainly hoping that it will reach the right pitch to complete the takeover of Palestine – with a final expulsion, accompanied by more massacres – for the Balfour centenary in 2017. The ’67 6 day “war” marked the year of the 50th anniversary. What more could a psychopathic megalomaniac wish for?

  6. Ossinev
    November 5, 2015, 3:37 pm

    I think Nitay @ co do daydream about a “Final Solution” to the problem of the Palestinians and would love to have a quick clean sweep expulsion to other Arab countries. I don`t think even they think that they can get away with any form of piecemeal genocide and certainly not what one would describe as a” normal” genocide. The problem is that mentally the Zionists rely so completely and continue to rely so completely on the Jewish narrative of Nazi forced mass transportation and mass killings as the fundamental historical and political justification for the creation of Israel. On top of that this narrative is like a baby`s dummy (comforter) to them – they have to suck on it regularly to give them a meaning in life. If they were to become seen by the world ( yes even the Americans ) as the ones visiting the forced mass transportation and genocide on another people they would I think psycholigically implode. BDS is already making them squirm and is most definitely the way forward.

    BOYCOTT APARTHEID ISRAEL

    • lysias
      November 5, 2015, 3:52 pm

      They would just say that a forced expulsion is completely different from mass murder.

      Look at how they claim the Jewish Holocaust was somehow different from and qualitatively worse than other genocides.

      Quite how the fact that the Armenian genocide was accomplished largely through forced marches of the Armenians through wild country where they were attacked by murderous Kurds makes it somehow better than the Holocaust is something I have never understood.

      • italian ex-pat
        November 5, 2015, 7:02 pm

        @ lysias

        There has been constant resistance by the Israeli government to use the word ‘genocide ‘in connection with the massacre of one and a half million Armenians in the early 1900s, mostly through forced marches under inhuman conditions. They prefer to call it a tragedy.

        The reason for this refusal has been attributed to the need to maintain good political and economic ties with Turkey and Azerbijian (who hate Armenia) – although many Jewish organizations have come out and condemned the hypocrisy of that rationale.
        My gut feeling has always been – and I may be totally off the mark here – that refusal to use the term ‘genocide’ is due to a concern that it would somehow diminish the magnitude of the Jewish Holocaust in the eyes of the world. As if it’s sacrilegious to equate the horrors inflicted on the Jews to those suffered by any other people. I imagine I would be called an anti-semite for even suggesting such a thing. And correct me if I’m wrong, but aren’t the US also avoiding the ‘G’ word?

  7. HarryLaw
    November 5, 2015, 3:56 pm

    “Why don’t people see this?” is a good question, and it is possible a fair number of people not familiar with the Zionist project might be taken in by the false words of Netanyahu when he said he wants a two state solution and negotiations toward that aim without preconditions. The US/EU cynically go along with this reasoning knowing it to be false, but afraid to take the logical measures necessary to stop it. To my mind the PA know what Zionism is all about, that fact has been beaten into them since 1948, It beggars belief that they cannot see, especially since Oslo, that the Israelis only goal is a greater Israel with as few Palestinians as possible. Oslo gave them the time to increase the settler population, when in fact the first settlement to be built in the West Bank [a war crime in itself] after the signing of the Accord should have been the occasion to say, If Israel builds another settlement, the Oslo accords were null and void. Because that didn’t happen the PA should not be surprised there are now more than half a million settlers in their land. The PA should seriously consider using the PA security forces to defend Palestinians, instead of a force to facilitate the protection and expansion of the illegal settlements.

    • ahadhaadam
      November 5, 2015, 4:07 pm

      “The PA should seriously consider using the PA security forces to defend Palestinians” – you must be kidding. That will just give them the pretext they need for mass killings with helicopter gunships and tanks. Palestinians security forces are armed with AK47’s and M16’s – that’s it.

      In fact, the fact that Palestinians are totally disarmed is where their strength lies since they cannot confront Israel on the battlefield, hardly even through guerrilla warfare. So Israel is left with a choice: to commit genocide to maintain Jewish supremacy or give equal rights. At the time being, it’s apartheid and creeping strangulation.

      • Avigail Abarbanel
        November 8, 2015, 1:41 pm

        Sadly, this is a very fair analysis of the situation…

    • a blah chick
      November 5, 2015, 4:24 pm

      “The US/EU cynically go along with this reasoning knowing it to be false, but afraid to take the logical measures necessary to stop it.”

      And that’s the question that I have been asking myself. Why in the face of increasing Israeli aggression do the Western powers INCREASE their support of Israel? France passes a repressive anti-BDS law; the US send even more aid and weapons; the EU is reluctant to take on the issue of settlements. Why? Is it because Israel has been incorporated into the West’s axis of power in the Middle East and as such must be preserved? I don’t get it.

      • MHughes976
        November 5, 2015, 6:27 pm

        I would certainly think it’s part of our axis of power – suitably Mussolini type word. Also the old familiar things – the shame of being called an anti-Semite, the need to compensate for past anti-Semitism at the expense of others, the belief that the East has no real nations or real borders, above all the Bible as currently interpreted through pseudo-science.
        However, I think that the process of slow strangulation is meant to say ‘If you ever want to breathe again, you must seek different air and we will help you find it’. I am sure that there is a very strong preference for a grand finale featuring a degree of compensation and proclaimed consent. The West would have to pay. There would be ceremonial handshakes. The tiny Palestinian remnant would be slightly pampered. RoHa has mentioned folk-dancing groups, for which subsidies would be available readily.

    • Avigail Abarbanel
      November 6, 2015, 9:12 am

      I suspect HarryLaw that the Palestinians know very well what Israel is up to. BThey have been doing their best without any international support and while watching everyone pander to the settler-coloniser that is bent on expelling/destroying them and taking all of their land. All the cards are on the Israeli side and without international intervention in the form of strong economic and cultural boycotts and sanctions and military intervention (or UN peacekeeping forces) on the ground, the Palestinians might not survive Zionism.

      My piece above is meant as a warning, not to those who already know this of course, but in the hope against hope that someone in a position of power might read and pay attention. I don’t trust the power brokers of the world and not sure what we should do as we face this rapid descent into an inevitable repetition of 1948 and 196.

      I even fear that the power brokers do know what is about to happen and that what I have to say isn’t news to them at all, but that to them the Palestinians are nothing more than ‘collateral damage’, expendable pawns in a cynical, sick international chess game. Just see how refugees are treated everywhere, the poor, those who are sacrificed regularly for whatever big ‘important’ games these politicians are playing… all those people who don’t matter to anyone.

      What if our ‘great leaders’ know perfectly well what’s coming and what if we still expect decency from those who are fundamentally incapable of it? The track record of these big international players is very bad indeed and I am pessimistic. I also hope that I am very wrong.

      • eljay
        November 6, 2015, 9:38 am

        || Avigail Abarbanel: … What if our ‘great leaders’ know perfectly well what’s coming and what if we still expect decency from those who are fundamentally incapable of it? … ||

        I hope for decency – for justice, accountability and equality – but I don’t expect it. Not from any of the hateful and immoral hypocrites in power in countries around the world who, day in and day out, babble about freedom and democracy and human rights even as they fervently express undying solidarity with and support for Jewish supremacism in/and a supremacist “Jewish State” in as much as possible of Palestine.

      • Avigail Abarbanel
        November 6, 2015, 1:25 pm

        Thanks Eljay. It is hard to stay optimistic… I oscillate…

      • eljay
        November 6, 2015, 1:54 pm

        || Avigail Abarbanel … Thanks Eljay. … ||

        My thanks to you for all your writings.

        || … It is hard to stay optimistic… I oscillate… ||

        Can’t say that I don’t blame you, especially when the values of justice, human rights and international law are being betrayed and undermined by the very people who should be working to uphold them.

      • Avigail Abarbanel
        November 6, 2015, 3:39 pm

        Hmmm… Yes Eljay, thank you! I wonder what we can do about that, each one of us I mean…

      • eljay
        November 6, 2015, 4:07 pm

        || eljay: Can’t say that I don’t blame you … ||

        Correction: Can’t say that I blame you …

  8. Kay24
    November 5, 2015, 5:34 pm

    History shows that Hitler was unhinged and his behavior erratic to say the least, and he was able to get rid of the Jewish people in the most heinous, inhumane ways.

    Thankfully, Nutty is not that bad, but that does not absolve him from the terrible crimes inflicted on the Palestinians in what some call a slow genocide. It is also a possibility his erratic behavior is calculated, to justify the colonization, occupation, and collective punishment.

    It should make all Americans wonder why we are so supportive of a nut job, and why a Presidential candidate like Hillary wants to break bread with him almost immediately maybe be if she is elected.

    • Eva Smagacz
      November 5, 2015, 8:20 pm

      “History shows that Hitler was unhinged and his behavior erratic to say the least, and he was able to get rid of the Jewish people in the most heinous, inhumane ways.

      Thankfully, Nutty is not that bad…..”

      We don’t know is Netanyahu is not that bad. The history has not yet unfolded itself fully.

      • Kay24
        November 5, 2015, 10:36 pm

        I would guess Nutty will not dare to follow in Hitler’s footsteps, although his government has shown similar tendencies towards helpless people. Time will tell.

      • Avigail Abarbanel
        November 6, 2015, 5:30 am

        Agreed Eva, I think he is that bad and you are right that we haven’t seen the end of it yet because things have not finished unfolding. I brace myself.

      • echinococcus
        November 7, 2015, 8:37 am

        Kay,

        Do you have any facts that may suggest that the Yahoo (or the Zionists in general) “is not that bad”? Just hopeful thinking?
        It’s no longer 1948 and there is no buffer zone where to push the survivors. Other borders are sealed as they were not in those times. The Yahoo (or even Labor and Co., if they were to get to power and take over the program management) have only one option if we keep being ineffective in curbing the US, and that is the German one.

    • inbound39
      November 6, 2015, 7:20 am

      Saddest thing I read today was on the Guardian where Obama has totally capitulated and ruled out a peace deal between Israel and Palestine during the last months of his Presidency. He states it is too difficult unless their is a major shift. That is a blatant cop out. Everyone knows America could shift Israel easily by with holding AID. With no weapons or Ammunition forthcoming or cash to prop up the settlements Israel would quickly make the relevant deal of a Palestinian State on 67 Borders with NO land swaps. To say it is too difficult is to say he sold out….plain and simple. Blood of Palestinians will soak American Politicians hands. I don’t know how they can sleep at night.

      • Kay24
        November 6, 2015, 8:35 am

        They have no conscience, hallmarks of a politician. It is always what is best for THEM and their backers. Palestinian blood is of no consequences, but a drop from the land of zionists, oy vey!

      • Boomer
        November 6, 2015, 8:39 am

        re: “Saddest thing I read today was on the Guardian where Obama has totally capitulated and ruled out a peace deal between Israel and Palestine during the last months of his Presidency. He states it is too difficult unless their is a major shift. . . . Everyone knows America could shift Israel easily by with holding AID. To say it is too difficult is to say he sold out….plain and simple. Blood of Palestinians will soak American Politicians hands. I don’t know how they can sleep at night.”

        Yes, it is sad for Americans as well as for Palestinians, though most Americans don’t really know the truth. Congress imposes some limits on what Obama could do, but he has ample power to act, if he wanted to do so. Simply refraining from the use or threat of the veto in the Security Council would be powerful. Telling Americans the truth, clearly and plainly, would be powerful as well.

      • Kay24
        November 6, 2015, 8:48 am

        Here is a follow up..

        “Obama Will Call on Netanyahu to Take Steps Against Slipping Toward One-state Solution
        At press briefing, top White House advisers refuse to say whether steps include settlement construction freeze, but stress continued expansion isn’t consistent with two-state solution.
        read more: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.684544

        What a joke, as if this creature of the dark, Netanyahu/Israel, will do anything the WH or the US tell him to (despite being the recipient of our charity), until the territories are rid of Arabs, the lands all stolen, the precious water theirs, the nazis of our time will do what IT wants, kill who they want, lie to the world, and make sure their master plan is finalized. In fact it is almost
        predictable, this disgusting man, who insulted the President, sabotaged his efforts to have a nuclear agreement with Iran, and disrespects him quite frequently, will walk away with EVEN MORE goodies from the US.

    • rosross
      November 7, 2015, 10:11 pm

      Hitler is irrelevant in regard to the Palestinian suffering. The Jewish experience of holocaust is also irrelevant to the Israeli subjugation of the Palestinians.

      The only issue is not what happened 70 years ago but what is happening now. The Second World War is ancient history and has never had relevance to the Palestinians and their subjugation by European Zionists. The fact that Israel claims to act in the name of some who suffered in the Second World War does not make it real or relevant.

      History is written by the victors and we have no idea how unhinged Nuttyahoo is – yet!

    • Kay24
      November 8, 2015, 9:08 am

      Echinococcus, I am not giving Nutty a free pass, he is the most despicable leader coming from a so called “democracy”in my lifetime.

      “Thankfully, Nutty is not that bad, but that does not absolve him from the terrible crimes inflicted on the Palestinians in what some call a slow genocide”, might indicate my point. Signs are he is unhinged, and the horrible war crimes against Palestinians might be worse, if Nutty did not want the support of other nations to exist, and the aid to keep flowing. The crimes we see on a daily basis is vicious, and Palestinians are paying a huge price. Despite calls for concentration camps, and Gaza being bombed to the stone age (a true snapshot of some mindset in Israel), Netanyahu dare not emulate those who perpetrated such crimes to that extent. I have said that the zionists are the nazis of my time, and Nutty leads the pack.

  9. pabelmont
    November 5, 2015, 6:49 pm

    Why should Israel not engineer another expulsion, now or later? That would merely create a bunch or Arab refugees at a time when the world is beginning to be awash in refugees. There are all the refugees from Syria now, and likely to be refugees from Iraq and from the Kurdish regions as Turkey heats up its destruction of Kurds.

    Global warming is marching steadily along and promises to bring many environmental, famine, drouth, and war refugees. I’d guess many will be in the M/E, though not in the near term perhaps

    All Israel need do is wait. Of course, waiting for global warming to mature is not like going to heaven, even for Israel.

  10. Palikari
    November 5, 2015, 7:29 pm

    Bibi is not insane! He’s a statesman.

    • Mooser
      November 5, 2015, 8:08 pm

      “Bibi is not insane! He’s a statesman.”

      Dude! You ought to be a political consultant!
      You’ve just hit on the perfect slogan for his next election campaign! “Netanyahoo: He’s not insane! ” Can’t miss.

    • talknic
      November 5, 2015, 8:40 pm
    • eljay
      November 5, 2015, 9:12 pm

      || Palikari: Bibi is not insane! … ||

      It’s so sweet of you to defend your King.

      || … He’s a statesman. ||

      If by “statesman” you mean “hateful and immoral war-mongering Zio-supremacist”, I agree that he’s a statesman.

    • Kay24
      November 5, 2015, 10:37 pm

      Yeah a nutty statesman.

    • Qualtrough
      November 6, 2015, 12:29 am

      @Palikari – Bibi is not insane! He’s a statesman.

      Thank you so much for the good news! It is a relief to learn that he cannot use the insanity defense when he is called to account, even if posthumously.

  11. casaananda
    November 5, 2015, 7:58 pm

    And you, Palikari? I would submit that you are a moron to suggest N is anything but racist Zionist.

  12. talknic
    November 5, 2015, 8:39 pm

    You’d have to be insane to think Netanyahu is not insane, even if his policies do have the foul reek of ZioLogic

  13. Sibiriak
    November 6, 2015, 3:44 am

    “Although Uri Avnery has been a long-standing critic of Israel and has been one of the first to promote dialogue with the Palestinians, he is still a Zionist.”
    —————

    Is he? Avigail Abarbanel must have an extremely broad definition of Zionism. Consider Avnery’s rejection of the Israeli “demographic state”:
    ——————–

    Critics of Israel accuse it of practicing “Apartheid”, the South African racist doctrine. This analogy may be partly misleading. Unlike Apartheid, Zionism is not based on race, but on a mixture of ghetto mentality and 19th century European nationalism.

    Ghetto mentality is the spirit of a persecuted, isolated community, which saw the whole world as divided between Jews and Goyim (gentiles). European nationalism strove for a homogeneous national-ethnic state. The Jewish demographic state has absorbed both these elements: a homogeneous Jewish national-ethnic state, with as few non-Jews as possible.

    In Europe, where classical nationalism was born, it is giving way to the modern American outlook, which considers that every holder of a US passport belongs to the American nation, irrespective of race and ethnic origin. This has helped it becoming the most powerful state in the world, culturally, economically, and militarily. European nation-states are gradually ceding sovereignty to the European Union, and their citizenship is accorded to foreign immigrants, too, who contribute to their economy and safeguard their social welfare system. In Germany, children of immigrants born in the country receive citizenship, Britain and France are even more liberal.

    Israel is faced with a historical choice: to go back to being a Jewish ghetto, with demographic anxieties and state trappings, or to go forwards towards a new national outlook, on the American-European model.

    Zionism was the last European national movement. Israeli colonialism, too, has come 200 years too late. So it is perhaps natural that the challenge of adopting a new national outlook comes rather late.

    But in the end, I hope, the Jewish Demographic State will be replaced by the Israeli Democratic Republic, for the welfare and security of its citizens. [emphasis added]

    ————————-

    Replacing a Jewish ethnocratic state with a Western-style democratic state, a state for all its citizens, a state with no concern about maintaining a Jewish majority–what brand of Zionism is that?

    Or is Avnery a Zionist simply because he supports the idea of two democratic states in Palestine? Avigail A. doesn’t believe in Palestinian national self-determination within a separate state.

    […]Avigail Abarbanel believes “Israel cannot be reasoned with”, that it “is a traumatised society and it is therefore very dangerous.” Applying family therapy models, she compares Israel to the abusive husband, the Palestinians to the abused wife and the United States to the enabling neighbor;.

    She advocates for a one-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict but warns that the coexistence of two traumatized people will require a great deal of imagination and intelligence.

    http://mondoweiss.net/2015/06/traumatized-society-dangerous

    Avnery doesn’t believe in the “family therapy model.” He doesn’t believe the “abused wife” should be expected to live out her days with the “abusive husband”. He believes the abuser should forced into separate long-term rehabilitation while the ex- abused is freed to go off on her own path to a new life.

    Alright, that may be a misguided view, but does it make him a Zionist?

    • Avigail Abarbanel
      November 6, 2015, 9:31 am

      Sibiriak, thank you for your interesting comment. I think what you challenge me on is this: Avnery is a supporter of the two-state solution and you suggest that this does not make him a Zionist. Is that correct? I base my views that he is still a Zionist on things that he wrote that I have been reading over the years. I have never read anything he wrote where he directly challenges Israeli settler-colonialism or even uses these terms. But it is quite possible that I am missing this in his writings and I am happy to be wrong. My point wasn’t to be in conflict with Avnery but to offer a warning about the way that Israel is going. I just thought that labelling Netanyahu as insane was not helpful and that it misses the point about his determination to see through the Zionist project of achieving all the land without the people.

      As for my family therapy model, it’s important that you read what I have said correctly. In a few places I explained very clearly that where we have violence in relationships we always separate the parties and protect the victims first. This is a priority. We never expect an abused individual to live out their days with the abuser, and I’m almost taking offence as a professional and a human being that you would take my analogy in that direction.

      All analogies have their limits. The fact is that the two-state solution is impossible now because of Israel and it is also profoundly unjust given what the Zionist movement did. Why should the Palestinians have a fragmented state between Gaza and the West Bank on 20% of historic Palestine? What kind of a state is it going to be and what about all the Palestinian land and property stolen by Israel? The Palestinians have a right to return to their ancestral lands and to live anywhere in Palestine they wish to live in.

      The Palestinians who support the two-state solution have compromised because they were forced into a compromise. The Palestinians have not had any formal support from anyone in a position of power out there. The support has been almost entirely on the Israeli side.

      The fact is that Israel does not have a right to exist as an exclusively Jewish state on stolen land and that the only thing that would come remotely close to some semblance of justice is a one state for all its citizens and a full right of return. Those who don’t want to live there, Jews or Palestinians can move somewhere else if that is what they wish. But let me be absolutely clear that when it comes to domestic abuse, this isn’t what I support. Like I said, analogies are only useful up to a point. In domestic abuse the priority is to separate the parties and protect the victims.

      • bintbiba
        November 7, 2015, 4:30 am

        Abigail,
        Words cannot express my (our) thanks for your timely and supremely important article back here on Mondoweiss !

      • Avigail Abarbanel
        November 7, 2015, 5:44 am

        Thanks Bintbiba! So nice to connect with you again. :)

    • rosross
      November 6, 2015, 8:01 pm

      Two states are impossible and always were. The only way two states could function is with contiguous borders and exactly the same rights to defend themselves and to manage and control their air, land and sea borders and with East Jerusalem as the Palestinian capital.

      But it is too late for such upheaval and really in a modern world, ridiculous to consider. If every other coloniser can create one state with equal rights for all so can Israel.

      Why should Israel have the right to deny justice and freedom in the name of religious bigotry which has no place in a modern world? It has no right.

      One state where coloniser and colonised share the land is the only outcome, the only final solution.

      Even if Israel tried to kill enough Palestinians to keep them a minority there are 8million Palestinians in the diaspora so maintaining a religious majority for Jews, in the name of bigotry, is impossible anyway.

      • Avigail Abarbanel
        November 7, 2015, 5:45 am

        I really hope you’re right. I want more than anything to be wrong!

      • Bornajoo
        November 7, 2015, 8:50 am

        Unfortunately I don’t believe you are wrong Avigail. The evil psychopaths do not need to kill millions of Palestinians. It will be a repeat of 47-48. Indiscriminate massacres forcing the majority to flee for their lives, mostly into Jordan, and never allowed to return. Why change a winning formula?

        I thought that once Nutty-psycho got back in, the world would realise the true face of Zionism and it would be the beginning of the end of this disgusting project. But even after his speech in Congress, even after his racist comments during the election, even after stating that there would never be a Palestinian state, even after blaming the holocaust on the Palestinians, even after not arresting the killers of the Dawabshe family even though he knows who they are, even after his incitement at Al Aqsa, even after the appointments of some of the most right wing zealots into powerful positions, even after relaxing the gun laws, even after approving of cabinet ministers to carry guns and encouraging as many Israeli civilians as possible to do the same and the list goes on… Even after all of this absolutely nothing happens. He has proven that he can do whatever he wants and this is the message being passed down to the IOF and the increasingly right wing population. Whatever they do, their enabler, the USA will never actually sanction them in any meaningful way and once Obama is out of the way they will proceed to the next stage, probably with the full blessing of Hillary “psycho” Clinton and her zionist backers

        There is one chance only for the Palestinians. The PA needs to disband and hand the keys and the full responsibility of the occupation back to Israel. That is the real and only nuclear option. The PA are nothing short of Palestinian Kapos and are allowing and enabling israel to carry out their rotten agenda to its final conclusion

        Quote from my cousin in israel (48, lives in Haifa, highly paid management job, considers himself a centrist and voted for Herzog in the last election) “If I had the chance I would kill every single Arab EXCEPT the ones that can cook because I admit that they know how to cook better than us”. He said that during Cast Lead. And he considers himself a moderate

        People draw parallels between the Israelis and the Nazis, I wonder why.

      • bintbiba
        November 7, 2015, 3:19 pm

        So sorry , Avigail,

        My computer spellchecker keeps changing the v in your name to a b ..and if I don’t pay attention and argue back , it stays with a b .

        Please remember to contact us if and when you come to London and have an afternoon to spare! We’d be so honoured !

      • Avigail Abarbanel
        November 8, 2015, 5:54 am

        Thank you Bintbiba for being so considerate! I know this problem with the predictive text/spellchecker. It drives me up the wall sometimes… I know you know my name though so no offence taken, I promise… :)

      • Mooser
        November 7, 2015, 4:23 pm

        “My computer spellchecker keeps changing the v in your name to a b”

        “bintbiba”, look for an “Add to dictionary” tab on your Spel-Chek, and add “Avigail” as a correct spelling.

      • bryan
        November 8, 2015, 5:19 am

        @mooser – all I can say is “physician heal thyself”!!!

        (you seem to be afflicted with precisely the same malady when it comes to Mr Grover / Grober)

    • echinococcus
      November 11, 2015, 3:23 am

      Sibiriak,

      Anyone who defends the presence of a “nation” of Jews and its claim to somebody else’s land and sovereignty (in any form) is of course a Zionist. Two states is the maximum of Zionism, by ensuring the survival of an ethnic-supremacist bastard state on other people’s land.

  14. Danaa
    November 6, 2015, 4:33 am

    I hope people pay serious attention to what Avigail has to say here. Not because the sanity/insanity of netanyahu is so much the issue but because netanyahu’s policies represent what most israelis want, crazy or not. And what they want is to get the palestinians out, one way or another, hopefully relatively “humanely” (ie by causing a flight), but if that cannot be arranged soon enough, the “humane” part is dispensable. Unfortunately, based on all i read and see coming from israel, a majority of israelis it is, be it 60% or 80%, doesn’t matter.

    Worse yet, the majority of the jewish establishment in the US and other Anglo neighborhoods, are as keen as ever to cover up what is really going on, though their representatives might deny they know what there is to know. IOW they plead “selective ignorance”.

    What can we, who care about the fate of the palestinians do? that is the ultimate question. BDS is nice, but it is a slow process, one that is and will be fought aggressively by the PTB.

    AS others here have seen before, I do have some very simple ideas for what can be done. Simple as ideas but perhaps too aggressive in execution for some. One of the simplest ideas is, what I call, “personal BDS”. WE don’t need to wait till this or that corporate entity is on board. OR the EU finally deigns to label settlement products for what they are. WE can, each of us, as individuals a even if quite annonymopusly, if need be, pledge to practice a “form of maximal BDS”. That means we minimize our dealings with israelis, even if they happen to be friends, family or colleagues. Doing the minimum means not going there for a visit, and if unavoidable, trying to stay at an Arab israeli village (and they have some great B&B’s these days) rather than stay with family or hotel in Israel proper. For some of us, this means we stopped speaking Hebrew to Israelis ex or otherwise – and perhaps, instead of excuses, telling the truth. I think arguments with Israelis are pointless as many of us found out. There is no changing the minds of those who are enmeshed in a cult through the force of fact or logic. Personally I found it effective to just let people know why I do what I do and avoid what I avoid. Let them know in a way that closes the door on argument. I let people I know professionally know where I stand, as gently as I can, because some I actually like as people. IT seems to have an effect, even if it comes across as an insult.

    There are situations, I think, where friendships do not take precedence over justice.

    For those who don’t know many israelis and have no plan of visiting or dealing with them, there are other avenues to bring the message home. More later.

    • Boomer
      November 6, 2015, 8:48 am

      re: “Worse yet, the majority of the jewish establishment in the US and other Anglo neighborhoods, are as keen as ever to cover up what is really going on, though their representatives might deny they know what there is to know. IOW they plead “selective ignorance”.”

      Not just the Jewish establishment in the US, but simply “the establishment.” I don’t know of any prominent political figure here (with the possible exception of Jimmie Carter) who tells the truth about what has happened and what continues to happen clearly and plainly.

    • Avigail Abarbanel
      November 6, 2015, 9:34 am

      Hi again Danaa and thank you for your comment. As always, you take the words right out of my head and mouth and I agree with you 100%. My personal BDS is perfectly aligned with what you suggested. Nice to hear from you again!

      • Mooser
        November 6, 2015, 4:37 pm

        Hiya, Avigail! Always good to see you here. Take care, and we all send our best wishes best to you.

    • bintbiba
      November 9, 2015, 3:41 am

      Thanks , Mooser for your help.

  15. Bornajoo
    November 6, 2015, 6:56 am

    Many thanks for another spot on article Avigail. Couldn’t agree more.

    I left a comment on another mondoweiss thread a few weeks ago which I’ll just copy here

    “The police all carry guns. All soldiers carry guns and rifles. Most of the sadistic illegal settlers carry guns. All security guards carry guns. The mayor of Jerusalem and Bennett are carrying guns. Record numbers of Israeli civilians are carrying guns and the rules have been relaxed for many more to acquire guns too.

    And here is nutty yahoo telling the world that it was the “father of the Palestinian nation” who planted the idea in Hitler’s mind to exterminate European Jewry. So the Palestinians were really responsible for the holocaust. Well the Nazis are all dead, they’ve already squeezed the maximum out of the Germans so no more mileage there. Time to use the holocaust in another creative way: now blame it on the Palestinians!

    Another reason – not that they needed one – to gun down even more Palestinians. And now they can add the holocaust to their list of curses as their victims lay dying on the ground

    I have to admit that he’s an even sicker puppy than I thought he was. But this only proves that he can do and say whatever he wants with total impunity. He’s untouchable and fully protected and he knows it. Only an Israeli leader could get away with this as they know that they are immune from any authority and any international law.

    After all nothing is actually going to change”

    • Avigail Abarbanel
      November 6, 2015, 9:51 am

      Thank you bornajoo! Another great comment as always.

    • Kris
      November 6, 2015, 2:38 pm

      @Bornajoo: “Well the Nazis are all dead,…”

      I think the Nazi hunters are still out in full force, hoping to find at least one more pathetic, sick old man they can prosecute for crimes he can’t even remember any more.

      The up side of this is that the Palestinians will be able to exercise similar vengeance in years to come, if they choose to.

      • Chu
        November 6, 2015, 2:59 pm

        The Demjanjuk case was pure show. It didn’t make sense that he was identified by 11 holocaust survivors who could identify Demjanjuk, and the forged Nazi ID card, etc.

        And In a couple of decades when Israel collapses, all the IDF warriors will be saying:

        ‘we were only following the orders’

      • Avigail Abarbanel
        November 6, 2015, 3:33 pm

        Kris, I have been thinking the same thing myself for a while now…

      • Mooser
        November 7, 2015, 2:25 am

        “The up side of this is that the Palestinians will be able to exercise similar vengeance in years to come, if they choose to.”

        I don’t think so. I have not seen a single person in either a one-state or two-state plan, suggest than any investigation, indictment and prosecution against either individuals or the Israel government is necessary. I think it’s essential. For the protection of those on the Israeli side who might want to co-operate with the (one- or two-state) solution, and make it work, if nothing else.

  16. Ossinev
    November 6, 2015, 7:56 am

    IMO Nitay is simply power drunk and occasionally power crazed. As has been said he,the Zionists,Israel have been getting away with blue murder 100% because America is the property of the Jewish lobby and America still calls the tunes when it comes to any credible European initiatives to change the situation.He thinks that he is impregnable but then his role model Adolf felt the same. Adolf was able to take the next step of mass expulsion and genocide because it was 1940. It is 2015 and poor old crazy Nitay and his equally unhinged cohorts realise that even with all that Jewish power and influence in America they simply cannot get away with anything remotely approaching the Nazi solution. So they continue blindly down the Apartheid cul de sac with no u turn possible.

    BDS is starting to bite. Perhaps it is time to point out also to Europeans as part of the boycott movement that Israel in its current form is an existential threat to their existence as in Israeli nuclear warheads aimed at European capitals ?

  17. bintbiba
    November 6, 2015, 1:32 pm

    Well said, Bornajoo !

    .”……Well the Nazis are all dead, they’ve already squeezed the maximum out of the Germans so no more mileage there. Time to use the holocaust in another creative way: now blame it on the Palestinians ! …… ”

    Brilliant comment !

  18. lysias
    November 6, 2015, 5:29 pm

    Rally and Protest 5-8PM, Nov. 9, outside National Building Museum, 600 block of 401 F St., NW, Washington DC.

  19. rosross
    November 6, 2015, 7:45 pm

    But if he thinks this behaviour will drive out Palestinians he is truly insane. This behaviour will simply create more and more resistance and since it is utterly impossible for Israel to drive out the nearly six million Palestinians it holds in Occupied Palestine, it will just put pressure on world opinion to end the occupation and the apartheid.

    There is no way the Palestinians will leave. There is no way Israel can make them leave. If it tried, or worse, if it tried to kill them, world outrage would be so great a one-state solution would be imposed in a week and the US would have no choice but to support it.

    Nuttyahoo’s behaviour just fuels BDS and world support for the Palestinians. Crazy and calculated are oxymoronic.

  20. Avigail Abarbanel
    November 7, 2015, 5:48 am

    @mooser- thanks!! And plenty of good wishes to you as well. :)

    • Mooser
      November 7, 2015, 11:54 am

      Avigail, my (admittedly subjective, so get a second opinion) diagnosis is that your practice of sticking with your article, responding to comments (possibly writing more in the comment thread than in the article!) is much appreciated, deeply, by the commenters and readers at Mondo.

      • Avigail Abarbanel
        November 8, 2015, 5:59 am

        Thank you Mooser! That’s so lovely of you to say.

  21. lysias
    November 7, 2015, 5:54 pm

    I am just now reading a biography of Bernhard von Bülow, the Chancellor of Germany from 1900 to 1909, Peter Winzen’s Reichskanzler Bernhard von Bülow. Mit Weltmachtphantasien in den Ersten Weltkrieg. Turns out Bülow was heavily influenced in his nationalistic policies by none other than Max Nordau, the Zionist publicist and theorist.

  22. German Lefty
    November 9, 2015, 5:25 pm

    To the German speakers here:
    There’s a new German film titled “Herbe Mischung”. You can watch it in full on YouTube. It’s about an Israeli Jew, Benni, who lives in Germany. His German girlfriend, Zahra, has an Arab father. The couple travels to Israel and Zahra meets Benni’s racist family. At first, the family members like Zahra because they assume that she is Jewish. When they find out that she isn’t Jewish, they start hating her for being German. When they finally find out that she is an Arab, they say that an Arab girlfriend is even more terrible than a German girlfriend. At some point, Zahra calls Benni’s father a “Jewish fascist”. Benni is upset and replies, “You can’t compare my father with a Nazi!” (1:08:20) Benni’s mother believes that Zahra is pregnant. That’s why she wants Zahra to convert to Judaism before giving birth. Benni’s aunt tries to make the couple split up because she wants Benni to marry a Jewish woman. All in all, it’s a “liberal Zionist” movie.

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