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Today everyone is talking about one piece, an essay in the New York Times attacking Israel’s settlement program and intolerant political culture as threats to its existence, and to Jews worldwide, written by a stalwart of the Israel lobby, Ronald Lauder, head of the World Jewish Congress. Titled “Israel’s Self-Inflicted Wounds,” the article says nothing anyone hasn’t said before. The news is that a rightwing establishmentarian is voicing criticisms that we know are being voiced behind closed doors by Israel lobby execs.

Stating them so publicly is a call to action inside the Israel lobby, and a gauntlet to Israeli politicians. It is a real sign that the tide of opinion is turning against Israel in the US Jewish community.

It surely anticipates a push by American Jewish organizations on the late, great two-state solution. Why even AIPAC was calling for the two-state solution at its recent conference. Though surely the two-state solution is now a dead letter, due in large part to those same groups’ blind support for Israeli policies over 50 years of occupation.

Lauder, 74, repeatedly describes Israel as the “nation I love,” but says its “very existence” is threatened by two things: the destruction of the two-state solution by the settlement project, and the alienation of American Jews by Israel’s “capitulation” to its religious right.

Here is Lauder’s desperate plea for the two-state solution:

I am conservative and a Republican, and I have supported the Likud party since the 1980s. But the reality is that 13 million people live between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea. And almost half of them are Palestinian.

If current trends continue, Israel will face a stark choice: Grant Palestinians full rights and cease being a Jewish state or rescind their rights and cease being a democracy.

To avoid these unacceptable outcomes, the only path forward is the two-state solution…

(His claim that Israel will “rescind” Palestinian rights is absurd. Palestinians have no rights in the occupation to begin with).

He describes the occupation and rightwingers’ annexation plans as “destructive.”

Such blinkered Israeli policies are creating an irreversible one-state reality.

I.e., not a word about boycott, or BDS. Chuck Schumer and Benjamin Netanyahu’s tune of existential threat.

Lauder is equally concerned about the ways that Israeli intolerance and religiosity are alienating world Jewry.

An increasing number of Jewish millennials — particularly in the United States — are distancing themselves from Israel because its policies contradict their values. The results are unsurprising: assimilation, alienation and a severe erosion of the global Jewish community’s affinity for the Jewish homeland.

So Lauder blames assimilation on Israel’s growing intolerance. American Jews are marrying out because of Israel. I guess his logic is that Israel is the main source of Jewish identity today, so now that the brand is tanking, young Jews want out. The Zionist captivity…

Here Lauder says what other Jewish leaders have murmured about. Our community is today being turned off by Israel.

Over the last decade I have visited Jewish communities in over 40 countries. Members in every one of them expressed to me their concern and anxiety about Israel’s future and its relationship to diaspora Jewry.

Many non-Orthodox Jews, myself included, feel that the spread of state-enforced religiosity in Israel is turning a modern, liberal nation into a semi-theocratic one.

The article repeatedly links the health of Israel to the health of Jews worldwide. And offers the usual Zionist claim that Israeli soldiers are manning checkpoints to make American Jews safe…

I’m also keenly aware that Israelis are on the front lines, making sacrifices and risking their own lives every day so that Jews worldwide will survive and thrive. I count myself forever in their debt.

But Judaism itself is on the line.

The choices that Israel makes in the coming years will determine the destiny of our one and only Jewish state — and the continued unity of our cherished people.

Is membership in a cherished people worth holding the bag for apartheid? Many young Jews would say, No thank you. Which underlines Lauder’s point about assimilation.

Again, this piece is huge because of who is saying it. It fulfills my scenario, that we will come to a point before long that an Israeli leader reverses course and says, World, we hear you. And tries to get right with world opinion. It will all be too late for the two-state solution. There are 650,000 settlers across the Green Line. The actual challenge to western liberal Jews is to follow the realistic path of Henry Siegman, and recognize that it is one state now, and the only way forward is a struggle for equal rights.

Thanks to Priscilla Read and Scott Roth. 

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  1. pabelmont
    March 19, 2018, 4:01 pm

    Yup, the brave blue-and-white line is broken.

    Lauder’s love for Israel seems real, his arguments for it (if that’s what he’s making) are lousy, and he’s missed (or is hiding from the NYT’s readers) a lot of facts — such as existence and importance of BDS and need for international pressure on Israel to achieve any sort of progress for Palestinians. Maybe NYT is stauncher in Likud’s camp than Lauder is and wouldn’t publish a more severe essay. If Israeli imperialism is “needed” by the USA imperialists, and NYT backs that up, as it seems to, then no argument for a solution to I/P is going to grace NYT’s pages.

  2. just
    March 19, 2018, 4:34 pm

    Thanks, Phil.

    Here’s Naftali:

    “Bennett Rebuts Lauder: ‘Assimilation in America Is Not a Result of Israel’s Policy’
    At anti-Semitism conference, education minister says he doesn’t believe settlement building is morally equivalent to Palestinian incitement …”

    https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/bennett-jewish-assimilation-in-u-s-not-a-result-of-israel-s-policies-1.5918012

    (according to Noa Landau, Friedman stood up and applauded…)

    https://twitter.com/noa_landau/status/975828283102294016

    And then there was this from Haaretz::

    “Abbas Assails U.S. Ambassador David Friedman: ‘Son of a Dog, Settler’

    U.S. ambassador to Israel suggests Abbas’ remarks against him were anti-Semitic …

    Abbas made his comments after statements by American officials, including Freidman, that the settlements were a part of Israel. He also attacked the plan to move the American Embassy to Jerusalem and the decision to stop funding the United Nations’ Palestinian refugee agency.

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also responded to Abbas’ remarks. “Abu Mazen’s assault on the U.S. ambassador, David Friedman, says everything,” Netanyahu said using Abbas’ nickname. “For the first time in dozens of years the American administration has stopped pampering the Palestinian leaders… Apparently the shock from the truth made them lose their heads.” …”

    https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/palestinians/abbas-assails-u-s-ambassador-david-friedman-son-of-a-bitch-settler-1.5917897

  3. LHunter
    March 19, 2018, 4:51 pm

    In order to avoid true democracy in historic Palestine, the push for two states will become the next big thing for Zionists. Palestinian leadership along with Zionist realists like Lauder will do their best to make this happen but the street i think has a different design in mind – one state with equal rights.

    There may be some real tension there between the elites and the street. I used to think that the Palestinians were so desparate that they would take anything that remotely resembled a state but im not so sure now. The young Palestinians want what they see most of the world has and nothing less – not anymore.

    Two states but what about the rights of Jews in Palestine and Palestinians in Israel? Will each group be granted equal rights within the others country? It’s all a joke if not.

    • genesto
      March 20, 2018, 1:16 pm

      The joke is that the two-state solution is an absurd idea and has been for decades! As stated in the article, there are about 650,000 settlers (or, at least 300,000 to 400,000 with land swaps factored in) that will have to be moved to create this mythical state, or be integrated into the new Palestinian state (which is the height of absurdity to think that would ever happen). How do you move them (without civil war breaking out)? Where do you put them? Who pays the enormous cost to do this? See the problem?

      Those that call for a Palestinian state at this point are liberal Zionists in self denial who don’t want to examine the full implications of such a drastic move. They simply want to get rid of the problem, i.e. the Palestinians. The realists either accept Israel as an apartheid state or seek to make it a true, single state democracy, with equal rights (at least de jure if not de facto) for all in Israel proper and what’s currently the Occupied Territories. Jewish supremacists support the first solution. Principled people who value human rights for all support the second.

      • LHunter
        March 21, 2018, 12:09 am

        I completely agree with you.

  4. broadside
    March 19, 2018, 5:11 pm

    ‘American Jews are marrying out because of Israel.’

    American Jews are marrying out to leave their Jewishness behind; because more and more Jews loathe raising their children as victims, loathe, frankly, being a Jew.

    ‘Is membership in a cherished people …”

    Here he goes again; cherished by whom? Everyone? Cherished as in chosen? I think you’re confusing Stephen Sondheim w Sheldon Adelson. And Ronald Lauder.

    That you’re so ecstatic over Lauder’s nothing piece no longer surprises me; it is the reaction of someone who sees the world only through a Jewish lens. But your “It fulfills my scenario, that we will come to a point before long that an Israeli leader reverses course and says, World, we hear you” is the same old delusional you. It’s never happening; there will never be an Israeli prime minister to say that. How can you not at this point know that??

    • genesto
      March 20, 2018, 1:24 pm

      Jews, like my wife, are marrying out more and more simply because they are being exposed to the outside world and seeing, first off, that relationships with non Jews don’t necessarily threaten their Jewish heritage. They see that they are free to choose whomever they want as their mate based on all the reasons a free people have available to them to do so.

      • broadside
        March 20, 2018, 4:14 pm

        Genesto, I worded that very poorly, my apologies.

      • genesto
        March 20, 2018, 5:42 pm

        Broadside, no need to apologize. My wife, Jan, and I share your views as well.

      • Citizen
        March 21, 2018, 4:25 am

        Same here.

  5. peacenotapartheid
    March 19, 2018, 6:48 pm

    Interesting that the “NYT Picks” comments don’t include any strongly zionist or anti-BDS comments. Maybe this gives the NYT official approval to move in the anti-zionist direction?

  6. Bumblebye
    March 19, 2018, 7:18 pm

    Cambridge Analytica sting op by Channel 4 News
    (Posted to youtube today)
    the three *top* UK personnel drop themselves in the do-do.
    This is an outfit funded by the far right Mercers, Bannon was one of its founders. They have been manipulating elections worldwide. And – at the tail end of the video – credit their *israeli* intelligence personnel with helping to win the right wing european elections. The ones Bibi and top israeli pols went off to visit.

  7. Ismail
    March 19, 2018, 10:56 pm

    I see Lauder’s comments as less encouraging than Phil does. When folks like him talk about a 2SS, they mean a demilitarized Palestine without real sovereignty (i.e., no control over borders, airspace, etc) with the IDF deployed in the Jordan Valley indefinitely, Israel retaining all the colonies that “everybody knows will remain in Israeli hands after peace talks” – that is, the ones with the finest agricultural land, the ones sitting atop the aquifers – and on and on. Disconnected Palestinian Bantustans. And Israeli colonies with sufficient breathing room to expand.

    By promoting a 2SS without these specifics, Lauder can pose as a reasonable man who has seen the light and is throwing in the towel – offering serious compromise (not) in the name of peace.

    If this sort of 2SS is ratified, you will have an immiserated and isolated Palestinian non-state, penned in by its historical oppressor. Nothing that Israel can’t live with. Some breakthrough.

    And as far as heaping the blame on the maniac religious settlers, this has always been a favorite ploy of “liberal” Zionists, as though the settlement project was not begun and expanded under Labor governments, as though the brutality of Zionism were not structural, Yair Lapid and Naftali Bennett having more in common than not.

    • Annie Robbins
      March 20, 2018, 12:01 am

      I see Lauder’s comments as less encouraging than Phil does. When folks like him talk about a 2SS, they mean a demilitarized Palestine without real sovereignty (i.e., no control over borders, airspace, etc) with the IDF deployed in the Jordan Valley indefinitely, Israel retaining all the colonies that “everybody knows will remain in Israeli hands after peace talks”

      ismail, could you cite what you mean by this so called “encouraging” wrt 2SS. phil called 2 state “dead” and “too late”. yes, he called the article “huge”, but not for the reasons you’re suggesting. again, it would be helpful if you could cite what it is you’re referencing. thanks.

      And as far as heaping the blame on the maniac religious settlers, this has always been a favorite ploy of “liberal” Zionists..

      yep, Lauder, is a zionist (not sure if he self identifies as the liberal variety) so that’s to be expected.

      • Ismail
        March 21, 2018, 7:17 am

        Annie, I can’t be alone in thinking that Phil was encouraged by Lauder’s comments. After all,
        he says:

        The news is that a rightwing establishmentarian is voicing criticisms that we know are being voiced behind closed doors by Israel lobby execs.

        Stating them so publicly is a call to action inside the Israel lobby, and a gauntlet to Israeli politicians. It is a real sign that the tide of opinion is turning against Israel in the US Jewish community.

        It surely anticipates a push by American Jewish organizations on the late, great two-state solution. Why even AIPAC was calling for the two-state solution at its recent conference.

        I was not suggesting that Phil endorses a 2SS, but it seems to me that he feels encouraged by Lauder’s endorsement of same, as though Lauder’s anodyne and specifics-free shout out to the 2SS is a sort of breakthrough.

        Guys like Lauder push for their version of a 2SS precisely b/c it sets in stone Israeli hegemony in the region, for the reasons I suggested in my original comment. I don’t see this as “huge” or an instance of some turning point in the views of the the Zionist mandarin class, as Phil seems to.

      • Annie Robbins
        March 21, 2018, 10:43 am

        thanks for your clarification ismail, i understand now more about what you meant. as far as “shout out to the 2SS is a sort of breakthrough” i guess i didn’t read it that way because in the 1st paragraph phil wrote “the article says nothing anyone hasn’t said before” and i understood “breakthrough” more as who said it, president of World Jewish Congress as well as “criticisms that we know are being voiced behind closed doors by Israel lobby execs.” as for the rest, please see my recent response to eljay downthread. thanks again.

        (edit, one more thing. the article is popular, iow, this topic does interest many readers. one could argue phil’s got his finger on the pulse.)

    • eljay
      March 20, 2018, 8:03 am

      || Ismail: I see Lauder’s comments as less encouraging than Phil does. … ||

      Same here. The way he expresses it may be fresh, but Lauder’s deep concern for the survival of “Jewish State” – and his hypocritical disinterest in justice, accountability and equality – is about as stale as it gets.

      • Annie Robbins
        March 20, 2018, 10:19 pm

        eljay, i sort of relish zionist handwringing over their youth. it reminds of the piped piper story. and none of that handwringing will bring those kids back into the zionist fold. once you see it, the apartheid, the injustice, there’s no turning back.

      • eljay
        March 21, 2018, 8:33 am

        || Annie Robbins: eljay, i sort of relish zionist handwringing over their youth. it reminds of the piped piper story. and none of that handwringing will bring those kids back into the zionist fold. once you see it, the apartheid, the injustice, there’s no turning back. ||

        I agree with your comment.

        But I also with Ismail that Lauder’s comments…
        – are not about pressuring Israel to do the (just and moral) right thing in order to end “Jewish State” supremacism; but, rather,
        – are about pressuring Israel to do the (Zionist) “right thing” in order to preserve “Jewish State” supremacism,
        …and I don’t understand Phil’s excitement over that.

      • Annie Robbins
        March 21, 2018, 10:17 am

        eljay, not about pressuring Israel to do the (just and moral) right thing

        this reminds me of hophmi’s comment downthread, the empty List of self-critical Palestinian leaders:, as if lauder’s handwringing is “self” criticism, which it is not.

        wrt to your (and possibly others) perception of “excitement”, i can only speak for myself. and for me it’s more akin to a sense of schadenfreude. unlike me, phil (and many others i presume) doesn’t think anything will change until the jewish community changes. he could be right, maybe it’s here nor there. when i first read lauder’s nyt op ed it raised my eyebrows primarily because he was the president of the World Jewish Congress. but i didn’t think what he said was particularly extraordinary to the extent that i didn’t even send the link off to phil (albeit i did quote from it in another thread to make some point). i had already read numerous other handwringing testimonials by figures i hold no sympathy for. there’s been a string of them and they’ve been coming in for years now although there’s a real uptick. but lauder is not calling for an end to US taxpayer dollars and probably doesn’t even mention occupation. he is not offering any suggestions for any meaningful actions (“the late, great two-state solution” is not meaningful action, as phil pointed out it’s already dead).

        from memory (because i only get 10 free nyt articles a month and don’t care to waste one on reading it again) i think he likely repeats and bemoans the situation of the rabbis not recognizing the jewishness of reform, conservative jews which apparently massively impacts the american jewish community. and this phenomena, repeated endlessly by all the handwringers, seems to personally bother, or upset, more than the fact of the occupation/apartheid. so there have been reports from inside the jewish community of “we have to get the kids back” and so now they’re all standing in line to get their op eds published demonstrating their personal efforts.

        so i sense we’re watching this all play out in slowmo over the course of the decade or whenever it was beinart first wrote his earth shattering “crises” article, which was what many of us considered practical, ordinary, and quite predictable common sense. now maybe this “earth shattering” news of jewish youth, as well as the rest of the youth, turning their collective backs on zionism/israel, bores some people. maybe it’s perceived as just not that important in the scale of things. maybe it seems somewhat self indulgent to track every single sign and pew poll. some fret, others bemoan, other relish it, others think it’s a waste of bandwidth, some think it represents support for zionism or the perpetuation of it, some feel hope, the list is endless. and phil writes about it. it’s part of what mondoweiss covers. i don’t know if it “excites” phil, i can’t speak for him. but whatever he feels it doesn’t bother me in the least and i for one appreciate him documenting the gradual demise.

      • eljay
        March 21, 2018, 10:38 am

        || Annie Robbins: eljay, not about pressuring Israel to do the (just and moral) right thing

        this reminds me of hophmi’s comment downthread, the empty List of self-critical Palestinian leaders:, as if lauder’s handwringing is “self” criticism, which it is not. … ||

        hophmi’s comment is typical Zionist whataboutism. Everything about Zionism hinges on it being not as bad as something worse.

        || … wrt to your (and possibly others) perception of “excitement”, i can only speak for myself. and for me it’s more akin to a sense of schadenfreude. unlike me, phil (and many others i presume) doesn’t think anything will change until the jewish community changes. he could be right, maybe it’s here nor there. … i don’t know if it “excites” phil, i can’t speak for him. but whatever he feels it doesn’t bother me in the least and i for one appreciate him documenting the gradual demise. ||

        Fair enough.

      • Mooser
        March 21, 2018, 11:44 am

        “so i sense we’re watching this all play out in slowmo”

        Or in Shlomo.

  8. JLewisDickerson
    March 20, 2018, 7:06 am

    RE: “Today everyone is talking about one piece, an essay in the New York Times attacking Israel’s settlement program and intolerant political culture as threats to its existence, and to Jews worldwide, written by a stalwart of the Israel lobby, Ronald Lauder, head of the World Jewish Congress.” ~ Weiss

    Opinion: “Lauder’s J’Accuse Against Netanyahu’s Israel Is Also a Mea Culpa”
    • The alarm sounded by the Jewish leader and media magnate in the New York Times is too little and probably too late
    By Chemi Shalev | Haaretz.com | Mar 19, 2018 | 6:39 PM

    [EXCERPT] . . . Lauder’s article is an expression of the severity of the developing schism between Netanyahu’s Israel and American Jews. The longstanding gaps on the two-state solution turned into a breach when Netanyahu reneged on the Kotel deal in the summer of 2016, and since then the rift has widened in the wake of Netanyahu’s fawning embrace of an American President who makes the overwhelming majority of American Jews nauseous. Lauder may view his friend Trump as “a man of intelligence,” as he recently said, but the millennials that he is worried about view Netanyahu and Trump’s mutual admiration society as final proof that the policies of the Jewish State, as Lauder puts it, “contradict their values.”

    But if Lauder is hoping to shock Netanyahu, his coalition or Israeli public opinion into taking stock of the situation and reassessing its destructive policies, he is being hopelessly naive. His message is too little, and possibly comes too late. Nothing on the horizon can lead one to believe that settlements will stop, the ultra-Orthodox will see the light or Netanyahu will change his ways. Israeli Jews have never been too concerned with the feelings and sentiments of American Jews anyway. In recent years, in the wake of Jewish liberal support for his nemesis Barack Obama, Netanyahu has actively persuaded Israelis that they shouldn’t care less about American Jews.

    Lauder himself played a not insignificant role in pushing Israel into the dead end he now foresees; his article should be read not only as an indictment of Netanyahu’s Israel, but as a personal mea culpa as well. For many years, Lauder was Netanyahu’s enabler, spokesperson and close confidante, his partner to all sorts of back room media shenanigans. He served as Netanyahu’s emissary in peace talks and as his discreet diplomat in distant capitals. Lauder and the World Jewish Congress devote time and money to defending Netanyahu, endorsing his policies and tactics and crying out against outside pressure that seeks to get Israel to change its ways. Lauder, lest we forget, introduced Netanyahu to the late Arthur Finkelstein, who successfully ran Netanyahu’s prime ministerial campaign in 1996 and who introduced him to the dark political arts of division and incitement with which he rules today. . .

    ENTIRE COMMENTARY – https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-lauder-s-j-accuse-against-netanyahu-s-israel-is-also-a-mea-culpa-1.5917716

    • JLewisDickerson
      March 20, 2018, 8:35 am

      RE: “. . . Netanyahu’s fawning embrace of an American President who makes the overwhelming majority of American Jews nauseous.” ~ Chemi Shalev

      MY COMMENT: I would give anything if Trump made me nauseous instead of incontinent.

      ■ GRAPHIC

    • Misterioso
      March 20, 2018, 10:42 am

      https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/the-new-israeli-is-frankenstein-s-monster-1.5765414

      Haaretz, Jan. 25, 2018

      “The New Israeli Is Frankenstein’s Monster” by Yossi Klein

      “We have created a new creature. We are the creature that pushed aside Frankenstein, smashed the gate and left the laboratory to wreak havoc in the neighborhood.”

      EXCERPT:
      “We’ve forgotten how to be Jewish. We are Israeli first and only slightly Jewish. Our Israeliness is arrogant, impatient and violent, a blend of the fanaticism of MK Bezalel Smotrich and the aggressiveness of Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman. Our Judaism is not that of pre-Holocaust Europe or pre-state North Africa. As Jews we wrote, studied and taught; as Israelis we conquered, expelled and abused. I’m proud of Judaism and ashamed of Israeliness. Why are we like this? “

      • MHughes976
        March 20, 2018, 12:14 pm

        Yossi Klein seems to share the view that the Z version of Judaism is inauthentic.

      • JLewisDickerson
        March 20, 2018, 3:02 pm

        An Evening with Reza Aslan at Indian Summer Festival

      • JLewisDickerson
        March 20, 2018, 3:58 pm

        RE: “The New Israeli Is Frankenstein’s Monster”

        Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus ~ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frankenstein

        Prometheus
        From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia ~ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prometheus

        🗿 SCULPTURE: Prometheus depicted in a sculpture by Nicolas-Sébastien Adam, 1762 (Louvre)

        [EXCERPT] In Greek mythology, Prometheus (/prəˈmiːθiːəs/; Greek: Προμηθεύς, pronounced [promɛːtʰeús], meaning “forethought”)[1] is a Titan, culture hero, and trickster figure who is credited with the creation of man from clay, and who defies the gods by stealing fire and giving it to humanity, an act that enabled progress and civilization. Prometheus is known for his intelligence and as a champion of mankind.[2]

        The punishment of Prometheus as a consequence of the theft is a major theme of his mythology, and is a popular subject of both ancient and modern art. Zeus, king of the Olympian gods, sentenced the Titan to eternal torment for his transgression. The immortal Prometheus was bound to a rock, where each day an eagle, the emblem of Zeus, was sent to feed on his liver, which would then grow back overnight to be eaten again the next day. (In ancient Greece, the liver was thought to be the seat of human emotions.)[3] In some stories, Prometheus is freed at last by the hero Heracles (Hercules).

        In another of his myths, Prometheus establishes the form of animal sacrifice practiced in ancient Greek religion. Evidence of a cult to Prometheus himself is not widespread. He was a focus of religious activity mainly at Athens, where he was linked to Athena and Hephaestus, other Greek deities of creative skills and technology.[4]

        In the Western classical tradition, Prometheus became a figure who represented human striving, particularly the quest for scientific knowledge, and the risk of overreaching or unintended consequences. In particular, he was regarded in the Romantic era as embodying the lone genius whose efforts to improve human existence could also result in tragedy: Mary Shelley, for instance, gave The Modern Prometheus as the subtitle to her novel Frankenstein (1818). . .

      • JLewisDickerson
        March 20, 2018, 4:31 pm

        Prometheus – Guy Pearce Weyland Viral Video (HD)

        Prometheus (Alien) 2012 The Engineer Speaks Deleted and Alternate Scene 119

      • RoHa
        March 20, 2018, 9:26 pm

        Frankenstein’s monster was not, at least at the start, evil. He was simply deemed to be bad because of his appearance. (Jessica Rabbit and Dick Deadeye had the same problem.)

        Israel, on the other hand, was evil from the start. Perhaps the same can be said about the new Israeli.

        (The sub-title The New Prometheus is interesting. Mary cooked up the story while on holiday with Percy Shelley and Byron. Byron was very fond of Prometheus Bound, and Percy later wrote his own Prometheus Unbound*. The idea of Prometheus as the champion of mankind was clearly on their minds.

        Mary was the daughter of William Godwin and Mary Wollstonecraft, so she had a background of radical thought. Percy was a political radical in his own right, and Byron was an all round cynic and shit-stirrer.)

        (*Includes the neat line “…and tomes
        of reasoned wrong, glozed on by ignorance..”)

      • gamal
        March 20, 2018, 10:58 pm

        “glozed on by ignorance..”

        oh, God is dead, killed by a pig…Keats is not god though I know my shit…

        quench within their burning bed…

        “Thy fiery tears and let thy loud heart keep

        Like his a mute and uncomplaining sleep

        For he is gone where all things wise and fair

        Descend oh dream not that the amorous deep

        Will yet restore him to the vital air

        Death feeds on his mute voice and laughs at our despair

        Most musical of mourners weep again”

      • Mooser
        March 21, 2018, 12:17 am

        “Why are we like this? “

        Because we embarked on a colonial project. Okay, next question.

    • JLewisDickerson
      March 21, 2018, 10:46 am

      SOMETIMES A PHOTOSHOPPED IMAGE IS WORTH FAR MORE THAN A THOUSAND WORDS!

      🗿 AIPAC Returns to Washington for their annual “policy conference” – https://photos.app.goo.gl/RUNoW3xyWorvwyFD3

  9. biggerjake
    March 20, 2018, 9:50 am

    This calls for a visit by Israel Man:

    http://www.elivalley.com/comics/israel-man-and-diaspora-boy/

    • RoHa
      March 20, 2018, 9:31 pm

      It is alleged that the diaspora Jew was a feeble and degenerate creature. If that is so, should we not suspect that the intellectual products of diaspora Jews would reflect that degeneracy? Zionism is one of those products.

      • Mooser
        March 20, 2018, 11:01 pm

        “It is alleged that the diaspora Jew was a feeble and degenerate creature”

        Whoa, “RoHa”! Once a Jew gets in touch with his Zionism, he is a new man! The nexxus of man and homeland (Heimat) creates a new effervescence. Remember, it is the land of milk and cookies, this is the land of sun and thong and this is the world of good and plenty. Melts in your mouth, but not in your hand.

      • biggerjake
        March 21, 2018, 9:19 am

        Roha:

        “…should we not suspect that the intellectual products of diaspora Jews would reflect that degeneracy?”

        Hmmm…. Yes… I would say that makes perfect sense… at least based on Israel Man…

        And Zionism is certainly a degenerate enterprise….

  10. iResistDe4iAm
    March 20, 2018, 11:20 am

    “If current trends continue, Israel will face a stark choice: Grant Palestinians full rights and cease being a Jewish state or rescind their rights and cease being a democracy”.

    How can the most occupied, internally displaced, stateless, defenceless, besieged, ghettoized, segregated, walled-in, checkpointed, roadblocked, evicted, monitored, curfewed, and collectively-punished people on earth have RIGHTS to rescind?

  11. Maghlawatan
    March 20, 2018, 2:54 pm

    Good stuff from Lauder who is arch Establishment but it is too late. The settler Golem is unstoppable.

  12. Maghlawatan
    March 20, 2018, 4:49 pm

    I came across a great Nazi era quote by Dietrich Boenhoffer that applies now to Judaism.

    Dietrich Bonhoeffer: “Christianity has adjusted itself much too easily to the worship of power. It should give much more offence, more shock to the world, than it is doing.”

    It was too late for Christianity. It is too late for Judaism.

  13. James Canning
    March 20, 2018, 7:02 pm

    There seems no doubting the fact Israel is undermining its own democracy by its endless occupation of the West Bank. Those who promote the illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank help to subvert Israel’s own true best interests.

    • echinococcus
      March 21, 2018, 4:18 am

      Canning,

      What are “Israel’s own true best interests”? They have been clearly set officially by whoever calls itself “Israel”, i.e. the State of, i.e. the Zio leadership. This is an entity started without a population, systematically created and then populated top-down by social engineering, not a normal nation with an existing population that receives (or in the best case chooses) a leadership. Here, the leadership decides and gathers together the population.
      Now, that leadership has clearly announced its “own true best interests”:
      All of Palestine without any Palestinians.
      [and a lot more land around Palestine in addition to that (as per Ben Gurion, 1937 Congress of PZ)]

      How on earth or anywhere else is that against the interests of “Israel”, as if that abomination was something separate from Zionism?

  14. shaun patrick
    March 20, 2018, 7:32 pm

    Thanks Phil a great piece. I still fail to understand Israel’s logic in not wanting a two state solution. The only explanation that makes sense to me is that the Israeli public lead by the right wing is so full of of hubris,arrogance and completely devoid of realty that it thinks that it is above the Torah and basic the decency of humanity and that the world will welcome their apartheid culture and encourage their enterprise.

    • echinococcus
      March 21, 2018, 3:54 am

      . I still fail to understand Israel’s logic in not wanting a two state solution

      It’s so logical, Two And Two Make Four has nothing on it.

      It goes like this:
      1. We want that land for our tribe
      2. To get the land we have to evict the owners
      3. We want all of it
      Period.

      This has nothing to do with “the Israeli public le[a]d by the right wing”. It was all decided, published and widely publicized by official, authoritative thinkers and organizations of Zionists, some “right-wing”, some “left-wing” but all Zionist (1 in 1897, 2 around 1924, 3 in 1937.)

      so full of of hubris,arrogance and completely devoid of realty that it thinks that it is above the Torah

      The Old Testament has got zilch to do with this, or rather it contains a lot of stuff encouraging colonization and genocide as long as performed by the right people. Also, calling it “Torah” as required by the new Z fashion does not change its nature.

      and basic the decency of humanity and that the world will welcome their apartheid culture and encourage their enterprise

      The world, does, did and continues to do just that.

  15. jsinton
    March 20, 2018, 8:40 pm

    I’m flabbergasted. This is exactly what I’ve been saying all along. Zionism one day will be seen itself as anti-Semitic simply because it gives Jews a bad name. BDS is just a tool to implement pressure to induce Israel to human rights. The actual instrument of the demise is Zionist policy itself. One can only shoot oneself in the foot while placing firmly in the mouth so many times before it gets to be a problem. Maybe they will wake up, but I won’t hold my breath.

  16. hophmi
    March 20, 2018, 10:13 pm

    List of self-critical Palestinian leaders:

  17. CigarGod
    March 21, 2018, 10:09 am

    More nonsense.
    The two-state solution they advocate looks like a block of swiss cheese.

  18. Nevada Ned
    March 21, 2018, 10:20 pm

    What Ron Lauder said is not noteworthy. Lots of other people have said the same.
    What is very important is WHO Lauder is. He personifies the Israel Lobby. A lotta clout.
    The campaign by the Palestinians is having an effect, even on people like Lauder.

    An encouraging sign!

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