When will we ever see this kind of argument in the American press? Not for a while, because the lobby is still holding the line within the discourse. Haim Saban cares more about the LA Times than Haaretz. Here is the great Amira Hass, explaining to Israeli readers that the occupation has corrupted the Israeli establishment, that it’s not just houses in East Jerusalem we’re talking about, but the bureaucracy and elites, that have been entrapped by the philosophy of Jewish expansion. (And what does this blinded nationalism remind you of?). Hass:
[The order] prohibits Palestinians from building toilets, digging reservoirs to collect rainwater or connecting to the electricity grid in more than half of the occupied territory.
The soldiers have internalized the philosophy, and they take it home with them, to Israel. Meanwhile, in the West Bank, the prohibition against hooking up to electricity sabotages Palestinian children’s ability to learn. Neither the cessation of construction in the settlements nor the proximity talks, starting today, will prevent this act of sabotage against children’s education that the Israeli apparatus carries out as a matter of course.
Actually, not an apparatus, but a gigantic factory. Not one assembly line but many.
Behind one such assembly line are the planners. They are architectural geniuses, graduates of the best schools in Israel, who invented mazes like the dual, separate road networks for Palestinians and Israelis (particularly Jews), or the separation fence/wall that excels at disconnecting crowded neighborhoods from their lands, their past and their future…
Graduates of Israeli law schools, in the reserves or the career army, are conscripted in order to make it clear to the natives that resistance is painful; they send them to prison and levy heavy fines. Then, they export the philosophy of oppression to civil courts and college classrooms in Tel Aviv.
Behind the assembly lines are representatives of the entire people of Zion, hundreds of thousands of civilians and soldiers. Each of them has a personal interest in the continuation of the apparatus, even if that interest is wrapped in national or security cellophane. Netanyahu is not the only one responsible. He alone cannot stop the huge pilotless plane.