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Israeli Consul General of New York Ido Aharoni addressing a crowd at the CORE Club in Manhattan. (Photo: Ilir Bajraktari / The Tower)

Israeli Consul General of New York Ido Aharoni addressing a crowd at the CORE Club in Manhattan. (Photo: Ilir Bajraktari / The Tower)

Israel’s name is being tarnished in the media and its reputation is threatened by delegitimization, the Israeli Consul General of New York told a Manhattan crowd last week.

The “progressive elite” and intellectuals who want to dismantle the State of Israel are of great concern, added Ido Aharoni, a veteran diplomat who worked on “branding” Israel in 2007 in Jerusalem.

Aharoni’s comments, which reflected a deepening unease about Israel’s image in the West, were made to a crowd of about 50 who ate his remarks up at the CORE Club, an elite Manhattan space where the rich gather to eat, relax and attend events on politics and culture. The occasion for Aharoni’s short speech was an event meant to showcase The Tower, a magazine and website published by The Israel Project, an organization that pushes Israel’s side of the story to journalists. Aharoni added that he hoped for The Tower to be an incubator for a real, fact-based discussion of Israeli policy.

The Israeli Consul General delivered a broadside against media outlets that focus on the Israel/Palestine conflict instead of other domestic Israeli issues.

“Our Minister of Finance, Yair Lapid, who was elected on a strictly domestic agenda–social justice brought him to power–he’s in charge of dividing the Israeli budget and distributing it. Yet when he’s approached by the American media, the only thing they ask him about is the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” said Aharoni. “The New York Times ran a story that they were somehow disappointed that [the Israeli social justice movement in 2011] were not marching because of the conflict. I’m telling you all of this because, you should know, Israel is like any other country. We have issues. We have problems. We have car accidents, we have friction between various groups.”

The address by Aharoni came a day after similar themes, albeit in more hysterical terms, were aired at Yeshiva University’s panel titled, “Will Jews Exist?” There, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach repeatedly brought up Israel’s negative image, particularly on college campuses. While overall poll numbers don’t bear out Boteach’s and Aharoni’s concerns, there is comparably less support for Israel among young Jews. But the lament that Israel’s image is nosediving also feeds the notion, pushed by the Israeli government, that Israel is an underdog surrounded by implacable enemies.

Aharoni also touched on other themes, saying that the Arab uprisings have boosted “political Islam” and have proved that the “linkage” argument is bunk. (He mischaracterized the “linkage” argument as one that posited that the root of all problems in the Middle East is because of Israel/Palestine.)

The panel discussion that followed Aharoni’s address veered all over the place, touching on women’s rights and the geopolitical situation Israel finds itself. The discussion, moderated by Tower editor David Hazony, featured Slate writer Dahlia Lithwick, Israel Project CEO Josh Block and Gabriel Scheinmann, a PhD candidate at Georgetown University and a fellow at the hawkish Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs.

Slate writer and author Dahlia Lithwick. (Photo: altopower/Flickr)

Slate writer and author Dahlia Lithwick. (Photo: altopower/Flickr)

The panel featured some interesting conversation and surprising nuance for a talk convened by a pro-Israel group. In response to a question about what the U.S. role in the Middle East should be, Scheinmann suggested that the U.S. should ally with Russia because of a shared fear of radical Islam and also ally with Iran–though not the regime itself–because of that same fear of radical Sunni Islam.

But the conversation circled back to Israel’s image in the U.S. One questioner in the audience fretted about the “demonization” of the state on college campuses. The panelists agreed it was a problem.

Block, a former spokesperson for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, answered the question by deriding “Arabists” in the State Department, where he used to work.

Josh Block, the head of the Israel Project. (Photo: TIP/CC)

Josh Block, the head of the Israel Project. (Photo: TIP/CC)

“There’s 22 members of the Arab League, and each of them has a desk at the State Department. That desk is staffed by foreign service officers who make a career of representing their clients,” Block explained. “So you’ve got an inbred kind-of industry in the foreign policy establishment and in dialogue fomenting a perspective that is not sympathetic to Israel.”

Block said that it’s not enough to talk about Israel beyond the conflict. He explained that it’s important to confront arguments against Israel with the facts, instead of skirting the conflict with the Palestinians, and suggested that efforts to do so would fail. “Afrikaaners loved Mozart and wine too. In South Africa, there were terrible things going on, but they were cultured and smart people,” he said.

In response to the questioner who mentioned Israel’s image on campus, Slate’s Lithwick, said, “I feel the same way. I’m terrified to send my kids to college.”

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  1. MRW
    MRW
    October 30, 2013, 9:34 am

    Good report, Alex. As to the content: oh lord, jeezuss, these people are tedious.

  2. eljay
    eljay
    October 30, 2013, 9:42 am

    >> Israel’s name is being tarnished in the media and its reputation is threatened by delegitimization, the Israeli Consul General of New York told a Manhattan crowd last week.

    Israel’s name is being tarnished because Israel:
    – insists on being a supremacist “Jewish State” rather than a secular, democratic and egalitarian Israeli state of and for all of its citizens, equally;
    – refuses to halt its 60+ years, ON-GOING and offensive (i.e., not defensive) campaign of aggression, oppression, theft, colonization, destruction, torture and murder;
    – refuses to withdraw to within its / Partition borders;
    – refuses to honour its obligations under international law;
    – refuses to be held accountable for its past and ON-GOING (war) crimes; and
    – refuses to enter into sincere negotiations for a just and mutually-beneficial peace.

    >> … One questioner in the audience fretted about the “demonization” of the state on college campuses. The panelists agreed it was a problem. … Slate’s Lithwick, affirming Block and the questioner, said, “I feel the same way. I’m terrified to send my kids to college.”

    Ah, the victimhood of it all. An American woman of the Jewish faith is afraid to send her kids to college in America where the oppressive, colonialist, expansionist and supremacist “Jewish State” is being “demonized” for being an oppressive, colonialist, expansionist and supremacist state. Hevven forbid her children should be exposed to the truth. :-(

  3. Woody Tanaka
    Woody Tanaka
    October 30, 2013, 9:44 am

    “Slate’s Lithwick, affirming Block and the questioner, said, ‘I feel the same way. I’m terrified to send my kids to college.'”

    Oh, yes, Gods forbid that they’re exposed to truth and not the zio lies they’re being peddled in their fifth-columnist homes.

    • piotr
      piotr
      October 30, 2013, 7:36 pm

      I must congratulate Ms. Lithwick on looking so youthful that I did not expect her to have such problems. That said, where does that woman live? Why is she not aware of the options that folks like her have!

      Number one, home schooling. But piotr! you may ask, wouldn’t they also need some kind of diploma? It may be required even if you get a job through family connections! But don’t they advertise on-line degrees on TV, with very, very attractive prices? You will save more than 100k on tuition and the kids will stay where you watch them and they will be exposed to influences that you choose for them.

      Number two, even in those times, which yes, are horrible, there are good colleges not marred by any liberal faculty members or leftist student organizations trying to poison the mind of your adorable children. Just to mention a few, Oral Roberts University, Liberty University, and is Yeshiva University that bad?

      But if the kids HAVE to go to Princeton, and there, as all cool Jewish kids the HAVE to join a liberal eating club, etc. then I say, blame yourself, Ms. Lithwick.

  4. Reds
    Reds
    October 30, 2013, 9:48 am

    Oh the irony.
    Much like when a Hasbara bot drones on about how the PLO doesn’t recognize an Jewish state of Israel (even know the recognized the state of Israel in 1993) and when you point out that Likud doesn’t even recognized that the palistinians exist they say it’s their (irony not intended) liberal democratic right.

    Always found it ironic that some of the same people who fought against racism, segregation, against minorities in the U S defend it so blindly when Israel engages in it . Like Montana where a group of Aryan’s are trying to
    Create a white only town . They point to Jewish only settlements I’m Israel. Imagine if it was found non-profits and U.S. Government official were to be found funding this? Outcry? Outrage? You bet. Yet Jewish only(not Israeli only) and not only funded but advocated by non-profits in the U.S. And government officals on both the republican and democratic side.

  5. flyod
    flyod
    October 30, 2013, 9:48 am

    it always amazes how much effort and resources goes into trying to sell a pos product rather than making it right. israel is the (exploding) ford pinto of nation states
    http://content.time.com/time/specials/2007/article/0,28804,1658545_1658498_1657866,00.html

  6. Scott
    Scott
    October 30, 2013, 9:54 am

    Block pointed out that while people want to talk about Israel beyond the conflict, it’s important to confront arguments against Israel with the facts, instead of skirting the conflict. “Afrikaaners loved Mozart and wine too. In South Africa, there were terrible things going on, but they were cultured and smart people,” he said.

    This is one of the more self-aware things I’ve ever heard an I lobbyist say. I think he will find however the facts don’t especially favor his side; that’s the reason the lobby talks about gay bars in Tel Aviv, etc.

    • justicewillprevail
      justicewillprevail
      October 30, 2013, 10:12 am

      Yes, that remark leapt out for its unintended revealing insight. The mentality appears to be, yes we are like the Afrikaaners who might have practised apartheid, but they had (what he thinks are) western cultural values. So they must be ok. Such a blinkered, old fashioned culturally illiterate, ultimately racist argument. And he doesn’t even get it. Enough of this kind of hyperbolic ventilating. Of course people will focus on the rampant injustice of the occupation and delegitimisation (if you have to use that manufactured concept) of Palestine, and the horrifying inhumanity of it. Like 19th Century colonialists they want us to ignore the suffering of the continuing ethnic cleansing and talk about their wine and car accidents. Lol. If you want talk about culture, let’s talk about the dignity of Palestinian art and culture, under the stress of Israeli attempts to deny it even exists.

    • K Renner
      K Renner
      October 30, 2013, 10:57 am

      If they want to quantify people’s worth by that sort of thing, then there are as many Arabs from all over the place who are as cultured in the exact same way.

      Of course, that’s not part of the lying Zionist narrative, but that thing can have holes poked in it pretty easily.

    • Krauss
      Krauss
      October 30, 2013, 11:19 am

      But is he really that much smarter than most of his predecessors? His basic world view is essentially the same: Israel suffers from an image problem.

      And his prescription? More of the same. More PR.
      Perhaps smarter PR, but still PR.
      Nothing substantative needs to change in his view – like, er, the occupation maybe?
      So as long as that is the dominant world view, then he will get similar results.
      Maybe they should read Einstein’s famous maxim about the definition of insanity?

      In fact, not skirting the issue just make it worse for them, because there’s no way in hell that you can win on ‘facts’. The facts are pretty clear. And they’re growing worse by the day for Israel.

      Also, Lithwick’s saying that she is “terrified” of sending her kids to college is hilarious. Survey after survey, including ones done by the Israel Project, have shown that Jewish students at U.S. campuses feel enormously safe and comfortable.

      I guess she’s terrified because a college campus, at least a decent one, is not a controlled experiment upon which you can brainwash your kids to disconnect all their liberal values as soon as you’re talking about a country with a majority Jewish population, and give it such low standards as to virutally put the bar on the floor.

      Maybe she’s terrified that her kids will hold their liberalism equally to Israel as they hold it to America, unlike her.

    • bilal a
      bilal a
      October 30, 2013, 12:08 pm

      There was an understanding, escape clause, for those Mozart wine sipping Afrikaners:

      “South Africa’s Jews were permitted to collect huge sums of money to be sent on as official aid to Israel, in spite of strict exchange-control regulations. Per capita, South African Jews were reputedly the most financially supportive Zionists abroad.[14] During the 1980s Harry Schwarz, a prominent Jewish anti-Apartheid politician engaged in private meetings with Israeli Prime Minister’s Shimon Peres and Yitzhak Shamir and was assured by them that Jews in South Africa would not become isolated and links between the Jewish community and Israel would be maintained.”
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_Jews_in_South_Africa

      • piotr
        piotr
        October 30, 2013, 7:44 pm

        Didn’t they have a report on a settler leader whose favorite pre-occupations were collecting wines and art?

      • Bumblebye
        Bumblebye
        October 30, 2013, 8:58 pm

        piotr
        yep. Same fellow (then leader of Yesha Council?) now leader of Jewish Home Party, part of Nutty’s governing coalition.

  7. amigo
    amigo
    October 30, 2013, 10:12 am

    “Aharoni I’m telling you all of this because, you should know, Israel is like any other country. We have issues. We have problems. We have car accidents, we have friction between various groups.”

    Israel is quite unlike any other Country.Let,s look at it,s Haves and have not,s.

    You do not have Democracy.
    You do not have Equal rights.
    You do not have Justice for all your citizens.
    You do not have Borders.
    You do not obey International Laws.
    You do not obey your own Supreme Court.
    Etc etc.

    Now the have ,s.

    You do have dozens of discriminatory Laws.
    You do have Jews only roads.
    You do have Jews only Parking lots.
    You do have war criminals as leaders.
    You do have dozens of UN Resolutions condemning your Human Rights record.
    You do have Jews only Illegal settlements.

    I could go on but you get the point.

    You are not at all like any other Country that claims to be a democracy and fields the most moral Army blah blah.

    • piotr
      piotr
      October 30, 2013, 8:00 pm

      Typical distortion! Yes, there was a story that the municipality of Jerusalem changed the rules for giving parking permits in such a way that Armenians were not getting permits in a parking lot created in Armenian quarter of Jerusalem on the land confiscated from Armenian Patriarchate. This is a typical half-truth, a fact provided to the gullible without the proper context.

      For a proper context… [piotr thinks furiously, and adapts a real life story, changing the ethnicity of the subjects] … how about travails of a young Jewish couple teaching in a community college in Alaska where the parking lot was infested with moose? Moose are kind of docile and herbivore, but they are HUGE! It is really cold, you have difficulties starting your car, and the moose looks down at you SARCASTICALLY. “Walking too good for you, puny human?” And ambles away with ridiculously long strides.

    • seafoid
      seafoid
      November 1, 2013, 5:33 am

      Israel is very sick and self medicating on hatred while moaning that everyone hates it. Judaism is worse than useless in dealing with the problem. 15000 east jerusalem palestinians have their homes destroyed and Mr Soon Yi talks about antisemitism in Gotham.

  8. amigo
    amigo
    October 30, 2013, 10:19 am

    “So you’ve got an inbred kind-of industry in the foreign policy establishment and in dialogue fomenting a perspective that is not sympathetic to Israel.”block-head.

    So the A-Yrabs have unseated AIPAC.

    Howd they do that.

    Tear inducing humor.

  9. Shmuel
    Shmuel
    October 30, 2013, 10:29 am

    The occasion for Aharoni’s short speech was an event meant to showcase The Tower, a magazine and website published by The Israel Project, an organization that pushes Israel’s side of the story to journalists. Aharoni added that he hoped for The Tower to be an incubator for a real, fact-based discussion of Israeli policy.

    Just like The Watchtower is an incubator for real, fact-based discussion of religion.

    • Walid
      Walid
      October 30, 2013, 11:29 am

      “Just like The Watchtower is an incubator for real, fact-based discussion of religion.”

      Cute one, Shmuel. There was also another incubator, the sister publication “Awake”. Actually I would often ask them in and offer them coffee or tea and a good hearty discussion; only they weren’t there to discuss but to proselytize and after outlining my house rules for the discussion, they never came back, until new pioneers were assigned to my neighbourhood and we’d repeat the same charade.

  10. Susie Kneedler
    Susie Kneedler
    October 30, 2013, 10:49 am

    The BBC Newshour (radio) just announced that the Israeli government has authorized new colonies in Occupied East Jerusalem as a sop to the Jewish Home party in Netanyahu’s coalition. An Israeli-government spokesperson interviewed by Razia Iqbal claimed that Netanyahu could not release Palestinians from prison–a gesture of good faith for the “peace” negotiations–without placating the [extremist] right-wing of his government–[by betraying any hopes for peace by stealing more land (that is, war)]. When I tuned in, the Israeli rep. was promoting this new Israeli-government aggression as part of a clandestine deal with the Palestinian leadership, asserting that Palestinian representatives understand that Netanyahu cannot concede anything for peace without taking something [more than it “gives,” or without renewed ethnic cleansing]. I did not hear Iqbal challenge the Israeli official with facts: that such larceny is illegal under International Law and is actually an act of war. We in the US would certainly see such conquest as an attack upon us, if Canada–or Israel–booted any of us from our homes, purged us from our neighborhoods, and confiscated our land.

    • amigo
      amigo
      October 30, 2013, 11:24 am

      http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/.premium-1.555232

      Check out Barak Ravid at Haaretz claiming these are recycled construction plans being used to placate the Right.

    • Walid
      Walid
      October 30, 2013, 11:41 am

      “We in the US would certainly see such conquest as an attack upon us, if Canada–or Israel–booted any of us from our homes, purged us from our neighborhoods, and confiscated our land.”

      Even if off-thread, it should be said that Canada would never do such a despicable thing to its American neighbours, but as to Israel, you can be sure it would. If it can spy on American industries and on its military, it could easily boot Americans from their own homes. Now I have to go chase what the Iqbal story is about.

  11. K Renner
    K Renner
    October 30, 2013, 11:02 am

    > > Aharoni also touched on other themes, saying that the Arab uprisings have boosted “political Islam” and have proved that the “linkage” argument is bunk. (He mischaracterized the “linkage” argument as one that posited that the root of all problems in the Middle East is because of Israel/Palestine.)

    Actually, “political Islam” is most likely going to be on the decline at this point, considering the dismal failure of the Muslim Brotherhood to achieve a pluralistic system of rule, and the failure of the leading moderate Islamists in coalition in Tunisia to crack down on Salafi Jihadism.

    I also “like” (not really) how he’s trying to say that the Palestinian issue isn’t a hot button issue when it so obviously is. Granted, people in his camp go the other way and lie about people in the MENA being fanatically and single-mindedly obsessed with in, and for false reasons– which also has no basis in reality.

  12. Krauss
    Krauss
    October 30, 2013, 11:26 am

    A small sidenote:

    This obsession with the ‘Arabists’ that these Israeli lobbyists have is amusing to say the least. If the State dept had so much power as they seem to suggest, then U.S. policy would have been radically different, and a long time ago, too.

    The State dept. can only issue reports and suggestions but it’s up to Congress and the WH to actually make policy and the Israel lobby have an iron grip on both when it comes to matters Israel and more broadly the Middle East, although less so post-Iraq(a temporary lull or permanent shift?).

  13. RudyM
    RudyM
    October 30, 2013, 11:59 am

    “I feel the same way. I’m terrified to send my kids to college.”

    Sounds like a right-wing Evangelical Christian!

    • Rusty Pipes
      Rusty Pipes
      October 30, 2013, 7:10 pm

      Many Christian Zionists who are terrified to send their kids to college send them to conservative Christian colleges where their brains won’t be troubled by data which challenges their childhood indoctrination. Terrified Jewish Zionist parents could try this strategy — however, the critical thinking skills fostered by a Liberal Arts institution are helpful for getting into graduate and professional schools. Sheltered children might have more difficulty competing for MDs, JDs and PhDs.

  14. Nevada Ned
    Nevada Ned
    October 30, 2013, 1:12 pm

    Eight steps that Israel could do immediately to improve its image:
    (1) Stop torturing Palestinian prisoners. Issue an apology and compensation.
    (2) Release the thousands of Palestinian political prisoners, some of whom have been jailed for years or decades. Issue an apology and compensation.
    (3) Abide by the dozens of UN resolutions that Israel is violating.
    (4) Stop agitating for a war of aggression against Iran.
    (5) Sign the nuclear non-proliferation treaty, and agree to make the Middle East an area of zero nuclear weapons.
    (6) Pass a basic law that Palestinians have the same rights as Jews. Repeal the dozens of laws that discriminate against non-Jews.
    (7) Declare that Israel’s borders are those before the 1967 war. Abandon all Jews-only settlements in the illegally occupied territories.
    (8) Stop the siege of Gaza.

    Of course, Israel is not going to do any of these things, without a lot of external pressure, and the internal pressure from Israeli peace activists doesn’t amount to much.

    All of which shows that the Israeli ruling class would rather keep their oppressive policies and be an international pariah. For a couple of decades, Israel has been treating this as a PR problem, and has hired consultants, PR experts, hasbara experts, publicists, and propagandists by the planeload. Nothing has worked.

    • seafoid
      seafoid
      October 30, 2013, 5:35 pm

      Israel can’t do any of those things.
      Addictions are hard to kick.
      And they rarely end well without treatment

  15. seafoid
    seafoid
    October 30, 2013, 1:13 pm

    “he hoped for The Tower to be an incubator for a real, fact-based discussion of Israeli policy.”

    Zionism doesn’t do facts. Just narratives. And for the Zionists there are no facts. Just opposing narratives. And when the elites turn against Israel the narrative is to blame. The facts stay the same. And the facts are horrible.

    “Afrikaaners loved Mozart and wine too. In South Africa, there were terrible things going on, but they were cultured and smart people,” he said.”

    And the Nazis loved Wagner. Kagame loves Petrus. Stalin loved caviar. Pol Pot loved the Beatles. But it’s a dumb argument in defence of Israel.

  16. Kathleen
    Kathleen
    October 30, 2013, 2:51 pm

    While many of us have been getting the facts about the conflict out there via letters to the editors of local papers, putting on panel discussions, calling into national radio and Washington Journal (got a call in this morning about Dennis Ross’s piece pushing for a military confrontation with Iran) and even right wing radio programs, meeting with our Reps, putting together petitions to our Reps about the I/P issue for decades. Young Jewish and Proud demonstrated how Israel has been delegitimizing Israel for a very long time.
    Classic
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CjCyJo9GMFY

  17. seafoid
    seafoid
    October 30, 2013, 5:40 pm

    “The “progressive elite” and intellectuals who want to dismantle the State of Israel are of great concern”

    And rightly so

  18. DICKERSON3870
    DICKERSON3870
    October 30, 2013, 7:15 pm

    RE: The ‘progressive elite’ and intellectuals who want to dismantle the State of Israel are of great concern, added Ido Aharoni, a veteran diplomat who worked on ‘branding’ Israel in 2007 in Jerusalem.” ~ Kane

    MY COMMENT: Sarah Palin couldn’t have said it any better! ! !

    SEE: “Elitist ridicule fuels Palin’s faithful base”, By Amy Sullivan, USA Today, 4/10/11

    [EXCERPT] It’s not easy being Sarah Palin. Just ask her. On any given day, the former Alaska governor is busy punching back at liberal elites, media elites, Hollywood elites, Republican Party elites, and conservative intellectual elites for attacks real and imagined.
    Not since Richard Nixon and Spiro Agnew— who sneered at “the effete corps of impudent snobs” who criticized their administration — has a major American politician been so fueled by resentments. Palin’s fans love her feistiness and embrace her persona of embattled heroine. (One admiring conservative journalist titled his 2009 book, “The Persecution of Sarah Palin: How the Elite Media Tried to Bring Down a Rising Star”.)
    But for the conservative evangelicals who make up her base, Palin’s brand of politics holds a special appeal. They, too, have felt mocked and derided by mainstream elites and culture. And the roots of their resentments go back nearly 100 years to a court case that captivated the nation. . .

    SOURCE – http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/opinion/forum/2011-04-11-column11_ST_N.htm

    P.S.
    Liberal Elitism Will Make Sarah Palin President – Huffington Post – http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mike-elk/liberal-elistism-will-mak_b_355249.html

    Liberal Elite Hijack Massacre to Take Revenge On Sarah Palin – http://www.maddentips.com/forums/showthread.php?149686-Liberal-Elite-Hijack-Massacre-to-Take-Revenge-On-Sarah-Palin

    • Sarah Palin Attacked By Hollywood Liberal Elitisthttp://anexerciseinfutility.blogspot.com/2010/02/sarah-palin-attacked-by-hollywood.html

    • “What Sarah Palin’s supporters get wrong about the “liberal elite”http://blogs.philadelphiaweekly.com/politics/2009/12/04/what-sarah-palins-supporters-get-wrong-about-the-liberal-elite/

    • The Persecution of Sarah Palin: How the Elite Media Tried to Bring Down a Rising Star – http://www.amazon.com/The-Persecution-Sarah-Palin-Rising/dp/B003A02R7G

    • Sarah Palin as Homer Simpson — the Liberal Elites’ Worst Nightmare – http://www.politicsdaily.com/2010/11/22/palin-derangement-syndrome-sufferers-become-cartoonish/

    • Sarah Palin – Greatest Hits from the Liberal Elite [VIDEO, 01:49] – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIsyMiO5oKo

  19. DICKERSON3870
    DICKERSON3870
    October 30, 2013, 7:29 pm

    RE: “But the lament that Israel’s image is nosediving also feeds the notion, pushed by the Israeli government, that Israel is an underdog surrounded by implacable enemies.” ~ Kane

    AN ISRAELI SCHOLAR: “Israel needs an existential threat.”*

    * SEE: “Israel’s Defense Chief OK’s Hundreds of Israeli Deaths”, By Ira Chernus, CommonDreams.org, 11/11/11

    [EXCERPT] . . . An essential motive of Zionism from its beginning was a fierce desire to end the centuries of Jewish weakness, to show the world that Jews would no longer be pushed around, that they’d fight back and prove themselves tougher than their enemies. There was more to Zionism than that. But the “pride through strength” piece came to dominate the whole project. Hence the massive Israeli military machine with its nuclear arsenal.
    But you can’t prove that you’re stronger than your enemies unless you’ve also got enemies — or at least believe you’ve got enemies — to fight against. So there has to be a myth of Israel’s insecurity, fueled by an image of vicious anti-semites lurking somewhere out there, for Zionism to work. Since the 1979 Iranian revolution, Iran has gradually risen to the top of Israel oh-so-necessary enemies list. Iranophobia is rampant in Israel, as one Israeli scholar writes, because “Israel needs an existential threat.”
    Anyone who has grown up in Israel, or in the U.S. Jewish community (as I did), and paid attention knows all this. . .

    ENTIRE COMMENTARY – http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/11/11-2

    P.S. ALSO SEE – “Iranophobia: The Panic of the Hegemons”, by Ira Chernus, Tikkun Magazine, November/December 2010
    LINK – http://www.tikkun.org/nextgen/iranophobia-the-panic-of-the-hegemons-3

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