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The recent Israeli elections, the third within a year, have predictably failed to produce a straightforward Zionist majority, neither for the right-wing nor for the center-left. But, the math could work out for a “minority government” by the center-left, if the Joint List, representing mostly Palestinian citizens of Israel were to offer its outside support. The Joint List got 15 seats this time, a record. If that number is added to Blue White’s 33, Labor-Gesher-Meretz’s 7, and Avigdor Liberman’s Yisrael Beitenu’s 7, it adds up to 62 votes in favor of the government, which is a majority in the 120-seat parliament. The point of this would be to garner more recommendations for Benny Gantz as Prime Minister than the right-wing bloc can garner for Netanyahu (which is 58).

But such a government would be a “minority” government. The Joint List would not actually be in the government. No Palestinian ministers. The actual parties forming the government would only hold a minority of Knesset seats. But the point would be to establish a Zionist government of 47 seats, and pass laws that limit Netanyahu’s ability to be Prime Minister. According to Liberman’s Yisrael Beitenu:

“The first law [will] limit the tenure of a prime minister to two terms. The second law [will] prevent an MK facing indictment from forming a government.”

This political exigency of preventing Netanyahu makes these people swallow a lot of pills.

Liberman has called the Joint List “terrorists” and proposed to decapitate disloyal Palestinians with an axe; Blue-White leaders have said that the Joint List is not to be relied upon even as a supporting party. Both Benny Gantz as well as Yair Lapid have stressed the importance of a “Jewish majority”. Yair Lapid later regretted using the term, he said it “didn’t come out well” and said that he really meant a Zionist majority.

But let’s look at that “Jewish majority”, because the term is not what it appears to be. If one looks at the numbers, even the presence of the Joint List, God forbid, in government, would not really endanger either a Jewish majority or a Zionist one. They only have 15 seats – so what’s the danger? The logic is that the mere presence of non-Jews (or non-Zionists) is in itself diluting the purity of the majority: it becomes not purely Jewish. Whether one says Jewish or Zionist, that formulation is racist as hell, and is actually essentially Zionist. The logic of this is perhaps more precisely articulated by Netanyahu’s Justice Minister Amir Ohana:

“The Arab voice is equal to a Jew’s when it comes to the Knesset elections, but not the government.”

In other words, it’s that make-believe democracy , known as “Jewish and democratic”, which really means that it’s a democracy for Jews, and that Palestinians can help the Zionists form their government, but they can’t actually get in it.

When Netanyahu counted the election bloc results, he didn’t even count the Joint List in. “The nation’s decision is clear”, he said. “58 mandates to the Zionist-right camp and 47 mandates to the Zionist-leftist camp”.

With all its racist ugliness, that statement is basically reflecting the racism of the mainstream Zionist perception of the place of Palestinians in the elections and in the government. They don’t really exist, and if they do, it’s only to help the Zionists form their government, in which they are not welcome.

The prospect of even just relying upon Palestinians for external support was also a big pill to swallow for Blue-White and even those on its left; and Orly Levy-Abekasis, who had joined Labor and Meretz from the right, couldn’t swallow it. Levy said yesterday that a Joint List-backed minority government “violates basic norms and values,” and that she no longer sees herself committed to the partnership with Meretz.

Levy was formerly a Yisrael Beitenu member, then ran independent in 2017, and in 2019 was brought in by Labor leader Amir Peretz in an apparent attempt to appeal rightwards, getting seat number 2 on that list. That bet seemed to have failed, and even the merging with Meretz on the left failed to produce more than 7 seats for what has become the remnants of the Zionist left. Now, Levy shows her true rightist colors. The “norms and values” she speaks of are of course those puritan Zionist ones, and she places herself ideologically even to the right of Blue-White Leader Moshe Yaalon (nr. 3 on list), who has agreed to swallow the Arab pill – the same Yaalon who in the past compared Palestinians to “cancer” and said he was applying “chemotherapy”.

And there is also more dissent on the right flank of Blue-White. Two members, Yoaz Hendel and Zvi Hauser, are former Netanyahu aides, and they object to a government that is brought about by support from the Joint List. The two have in the past boycotted the Blue-White orientalist “rally for democracy” when they heard that Joint List chairman Ayman Odeh was booked to speak.

Moshe Ya’alon has reportedly shouted at the two in a closed meeting, in attempt to get them to accept the fate of having to rely on those Arabs. For their part, they appear to be pushing a “unity” government, of the two largest parties, Blue-White and Likud. But it appears easier for most of Blue-White to swallow the Arab pill than the Netanyahu one. “Just not Netanyahu” is, after all, their ethos, and perhaps the only thing that really distinguishes them from Likud.

Hendel and Hauser have so far denied any intention of defecting and going over to Likud– keeping Netanyahu premier– but we shall see.

These are the dramas of this week in the Jewish Democracy. A drama in which Palestinian citizens only get to play a ‘support’ role, and where they are basically treated as if they have the Coronavirus.

 

 

Jonathan Ofir

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  1. Misterioso on March 11, 2020, 7:55 pm

    “The logic is that the mere presence of non-Jews (or non-Zionists) is in itself diluting the purity of the majority: it becomes not purely Jewish.”

    “In the name of occupation, generation after generation of Palestinians have been treated as property. They can be moved at will, shackled at will, tortured at will, have their families separated at will. They can be denied the right to vote, to own property, to meet or speak to family and friends. They can be hounded or even shot dead by their masters, who claim their position by biblical right, and also use them to build and work on the plantations the toilers cannot themselves ever hope to own. The masters dehumanize them, call them by the names of beasts.” (Bradley Burston, Haaretz, Feb. 26/13)

    Rabbi Perin, in an eulogy for mass murderer, Baruch Goldstein, in 1994: ‘One million Arabs are not worth a Jewish fingernail.’ (New York Times, Feb. 28, 1994)

    In April, 2001, during his Passover sermon, Rabbi Ovadia Yossef, the spiritual leader of the Shas party and former Israeli Chief Rabbi, described the Arabs as ‘serpents’ and in his Passover sermon, he stated that ‘the Lord shall waste their seed, devastate them and vanish them from this world. It is forbidden to be merciful to them. You must send missiles to them and annihilate them. They are evil and damnable.’

    Regarding Palestinians residing in the occupied West Bank, Raphael Eitan, then Israel’s Chief of Staff, declared: ‘When we have settled the land, all the Arabs will be able to do about it will be to scurry around like drugged cockroaches in a bottle….(New York Times, 14 April 1983)

    Prime Minister Ehud Barak: ‘The Palestinians are like crocodiles, the more you give them meat, they want more…’ (Jerusalem Post, Aug. 30, 2002)

    “Former Foreign Ministry director-general invokes South Africa comparisons. ‘Joint Israel-West Bank’ reality is an apartheid state”
    EXCERPT: “Similarities between the ‘original apartheid’ as it was practiced in South Africa and the situation in Israel and the West Bank today ‘scream to the heavens,’ added [Alon] Liel, who was Israel’s ambassador in Pretoria from 1992 to 1994. There can be little doubt that the suffering of Palestinians is not less intense than that of blacks during apartheid-era South Africa, he asserted.” (Times of Israel, February 21, 2013)

    “The Racist Entity That Is Taking Over Israel Must Be Toppled”
    Haaretz, Feb 27, 2011 by Sefi Rachlevsky
    “…Israel has built a world where the Jews are citizens and the Arabs are not, both in the occupied territories and in Jerusalem; where a Jewish man is a citizen and his Arab neighbor is not. Most Jewish first-graders attend ultra-Orthodox and religious schools. The majority of them are educated along the lines of ‘The King’s Torah.’ A Jew is human. A non-Jew is non-human. ‘Thou shalt not kill’ does not apply to non-Jews. And this is not delivered in the form of incitement, but as a simple statement of a fact. As simple as calling a chair a chair.”

  2. Elizabeth Block on March 12, 2020, 11:28 am

    Treated as property? I don’t think so. Property is valued.

  3. jw500 on March 12, 2020, 11:34 am

    The problem is not Arabs serving as members of other parties including Labor or Likud. The problem is a political party that is disloyal to the state and wants to destroy the state. Imagine if the United States had a party called the Black People’s Party and its platform was to create a black state in the USA. Some (maybe all) of the Joint List Parties are in fact opposed to the existence of Israel (i.e., Zionism). Not only should no other party serve with such a party, but such a party should really not be allowed and would not in most countries. For example, Germany does not allow a Nazi party, not even a purported non-violent one. True, America allows all parties, but as a practical matter it does not matter because of our two-party system.

    • eljay on March 12, 2020, 2:33 pm

      || jw500: … Some (maybe all) of the Joint List Parties are in fact opposed to the existence of Israel (i.e., Zionism). … ||

      Opposition to Zionism (Jewish / “Jewish State” supremacism) does not necessarily mean opposition to the existence of a secular and democratic State of Israel of and for all of its citizens, immigrants, expats and refugees, equally.

      I agree that all Israeli parties should support Israel and no Israeli party should support Zionism (Jewish / “Jewish State” supremacism), just as all American parties should support America and none of them should support any form of supremacism within America. Do you agree?

      • jw500 on March 12, 2020, 6:11 pm

        The problem eljay is there are no Muslim Arab “secular democratic” states, are there? So if Muslims came to dominate Israel, they would quickly eliminate any “secular democratic” aspect to the state and replace it with the typical corrupt Arab Muslim state.

        Zionism means a Jewish State of Israel. It is not compatible with Muslim rule of Israel. Jews did not fare well in Arab Muslims states and most if not all Arab Muslim states are now Jew-free.

        America is a nation founded by different immigrants including White Europeans who intermixed with local populations and Black slaves and some free Blacks. American was never in history the homeland of the White European people. Israel is the homeland of the Jewish people. Ireland is the homeland of the Irish people. Arabia is the homeland of the Arab people. etc.

        You are not being realistic. You want Jews to risk everything and completely ignore the realities of Arab Muslim societies. If you are against Zionism then you in favor of Islamic domination. It’s one or the other. Just be honest and admit you want Islamic domination of 100% of the Middle East and not just 99%. Just be honest and admit further that your claim to Islamic supremacy is based on military conquest and forced assimilation.

      • echinococcus on March 12, 2020, 7:19 pm

        More bullshit from Eljay:
        “Opposition to Zionism (Jewish / “Jewish State” supremacism) does not necessarily mean opposition to the existence of a secular and democratic State of Israel of and for all of its citizens, immigrants, expats and refugees, equally.”

        So Zionism , according to Eljay, does not involve the invasion and theft of Palestine!
        Some good Jewish boy in America decides that “secular and democratic”, whatever that means precisely in the smoky reaches of his brain* is enough to tam the theft and spoliation down the throat of the Palestinian people and force them to be happy with an “Israel”, where the illegitimate invaders, now “immigrants and expats” are “equal citizens” by the magic of invasion.

        This continuous hammering is the most toxic type of Zionist propaganda. Where the gun and the whip stop, use liberal smarminess.

        *I bet something close to the Clinton, Obama or Pompeo definition

      • eljay on March 12, 2020, 9:14 pm

        || jw500: The problem eljay is there are no Muslim Arab “secular democratic” states, are there? … ||

        Zionism 101: Whataboutism. Let’s stick to discussing Israel.

        || … So if Muslims came to dominate Israel, they would quickly eliminate any “secular democratic” aspect to the state and replace it with the typical corrupt Arab Muslim state. … ||

        Maybe they would and maybe they wouldn’t. The only thing we know for certain is that Israel currently exists as a religion-supremacist “Jewish State”.

        || … Zionism means a Jewish State of Israel. … ||

        Right: It’s a supremacist state and that’s the problem. (Actually, it one of many problems, but we’ll set the others aside for the moment.)

        || … Israel is the homeland of the Jewish people. Ireland is the homeland of the Irish people. Arabia is the homeland of the Arab people. etc. … ||

        You Zionists get it wrong every time: Ireland is the homeland of Irish non-Jews and Jews. Germany is the homeland of German non-Jews and Jews. Iran is the homeland of Iranian non-Jews and Jews. Canada is the homeland of Canadian non-Jews and Jews. Israel is the homeland of Israeli non-Jews and Jews.

        “Jewish State” is nothing more than a religion-supremacist construct.

        || … If you are against Zionism then you in favor of Islamic domination. It’s one or the other. … ||

        I oppose supremacism, and Zionism is just another flavour like Islamism or White Supremacism.

        The fact that when it comes to I-P you Zionists equate justice, accountability and equality with “Islamic domination” or “neo-Nazism” or any other form of injustice underscores the fact that you truly are nuts.

      • catalan on March 13, 2020, 9:24 am

        “It’s a supremacist state and that’s the problem.”
        It’s is your problem; and the problem of the Palestinians. It’s not any kind of problem for Israel as they have a flourishing healthy society. Your proposed solution to this problem of yours is BDS. I am told it worked miracles on South Africa so shortly you will have a solution to this people of yours.

      • eljay on March 13, 2020, 11:14 am

        || catalan: “It’s a supremacist state and that’s the problem.”
        It’s is your problem; and the problem of the Palestinians. It’s not any kind of problem for Israel as they have a flourishing healthy society. … ||

        I can’t for the life of me understand why Zionists insist on promoting the idea that anti-Semitism is “not any kind of problem” as long as it occurs in a “flourishing healthy society”. Why do you Zionists insist on hating Jews so much?!

        || … Your proposed solution to this problem of yours is BDS. … ||

        My proposed solution to I-P is justice, accountability and equality. Zionists hypocritically loathe these three things when they impinge upon the Zionist “right” of people who have chosen to be Jewish:
        – to be supremacists;
        – to have as large as possible a supremacist state; and
        – to do “necessary evil” unto others.

      • Mooser on March 13, 2020, 12:27 pm

        “This continuous hammering …”

        …which we once thought was the sound of women being violated in the basement, turned out to be just the hot-water pipes.

        Or like they said on a Monty python skit: ‘Nobody expects the Spanish Holocaust.’

      • catalan on March 13, 2020, 1:15 pm

        “I can’t for the life of me understand why Zionists insist on promoting the idea that anti-Semitism is “not any kind of problem””
        I can’t speak for others but for me, antisemitism really is not a problem. I have lived in Europe and in the states and the only kind of antisemitism I very rarely encounter is of the mundane variety (my husband is such a Jew he didn’t buy me a present, so as so is such a Jew, he never pays for anything). Antisemitism really is not that big of a deal. I mean this blog has regular rants about Jews running the world, banks, and media, or your own rants about “choosing to be Jewish” but for me these things are mental health issues on the part of the bloggers.
        As to me supposedly hating Jews I don’t even know what to say. I am pretty sure I love my kiddo to death and he is Jewish…

      • eljay on March 13, 2020, 1:35 pm

        || catalan: “I can’t for the life of me understand why Zionists insist on promoting the idea that anti-Semitism is “not any kind of problem””

        I can’t speak for others but for me, antisemitism really is not a problem. … ||

        Maybe that’s why you seem to be able to promote the idea so effortlessly. Huh.

        || … As to me supposedly hating Jews I don’t even know what to say. … ||

        No worries – you’ve said plenty already.

      • eljay on March 13, 2020, 2:15 pm

        || catalan: … your own rants about “choosing to be Jewish” … ||

        A rant? It’s a simple statement of an obvious fact. You Zionists seem unhealthily sensitive to the idea that you are nothing more special than ordinary human beings like the rest of us.

        || … but for me these things are mental health issues on the part of the bloggers. … ||

        …says the Zionist. You’re a funny man, catalan!   :-)

      • catalan on March 13, 2020, 5:37 pm

        “Zionists seem unhealthily sensitive to the idea that you are nothing more special than ordinary human beings like the rest of us.”
        Actually I don’t think I am that special at all. Most “Zionists” don’t either – 80 percent intermarriage rate among American Jews says that they very much like to mingle. Actually, Jews(“Zionists” in your parlance) seem much better integrated than say, Arabs. Israelis can travel almost anywhere without a visa. So can Americans. Arabs, not so much. It seems that Jews get along with others just fine.
        The unhealthy obsession with Jewish identity – defining it, distorting it – is your mental health issue. But no matter – If you think your posts help the Palestinians – please continue. They sure need help ;).

      • eljay on March 13, 2020, 6:02 pm

        || catalan: “Zionists seem unhealthily sensitive to the idea that you are nothing more special than ordinary human beings like the rest of us.”
        Actually I don’t think I am that special at all. Most “Zionists” don’t either … ||

        And yet you all do. Imagine that.

        || … Actually, Jews(“Zionists” in your parlance) … ||

        Nope, I don’t anti-Semitically conflate Zionism, Zionists or Israel with all Jews – that’s something you Zionists specialize in.

        || … The unhealthy obsession with Jewish identity – defining it, distorting it … ||

        It’s interesting – but not at all surprising – that you deliberately refer to a statement of fact as “distortion” and to the statement of that fact as “unhealthy obsession”…but you give Jewish / “Jewish State” supremacism and (war) crimes a free pass.

        || … If you think your posts help the Palestinians – please continue. They sure need help ;). ||

        And there you go again, taking pleasure in the suffering your fellow Zionists inflict upon the Palestinians. Truly disturbing.

      • catalan on March 14, 2020, 1:12 pm

        “Nope, I don’t anti-Semitically conflate Zionism, Zionists or Israel with all Jews – that’s something you Zionists specialize in.”
        First, I don’t “conflate” anything – some Jews are Zionists, others such as the managers of this website are anti Zionists. To deny that would be madness. But if someone was mad enough to claim that all Jews are Zionists (and all Zionists are Jews), why would that be motivated my antisemitism? More likely, it would be pride. As to your claim that Jews are not a people; here is the Wikipedia definition:
        Jews (Hebrew: יְהוּדִים ISO 259-2 Yehudim, Israeli pronunciation [jehuˈdim]) or Jewish people are an ethnoreligious group[10] and a nation,[11][12][13] originating from the Israelites[14][15][16] and Hebrews[17][18] of historical Israel and Judah. Jewish ethnicity, nationhood, and religion are strongly interrelated,[19][20] as Judaism is the ethnic religion of the Jewish people, while its observance varies from strict observance to complete nonobservance.

      • eljay on March 14, 2020, 1:58 pm

        || catalan: “Nope, I don’t anti-Semitically conflate Zionism, Zionists or Israel with all Jews – that’s something you Zionists specialize in.”
        First, I don’t “conflate” anything … ||

        You Zionists routinely, deliberately and anti-Semitically conflate Israel and Zionism with all Jews and all Jews with Israel and Zionism. Primarily it seems a way of both justifying and “human shielding” against criticism of Israel’s past and on-going colonialism, (war) crimes and religion-based supremacism.

        || … As to your claim that Jews are not a people … ||

        People all over the world – citizens of homelands throughout the world – have every right to choose to embrace the religion-based identity of Jewish. If the people who choose to be Jewish wish to describe themselves as a people, have at it. Contrary to the insanity-tinged beliefs of Zionists, neither the right to choose to be Jewish nor the self-identification as a “people” comprises a right to be a supremacist, to have as large as possible a supremacist state or to do “necessary evil” unto others.

      • eljay on March 14, 2020, 3:42 pm

        || catalan: I don’t think all Jews are Zionists. … ||

        I didn’t say you did.

        || … If all Zionists are antisemites then most Jews are antisemites … ||

        And that’s pretty depressing, IMO.

        || … As to the definition of the Jewish people – why reinvent the wheel? Wikipedia, encyclopedia britannica, the Encyclopedia Americana, and virtually everyone (with the exception of you) agrees that Jews are a people with their own ethnicity, history and religion. Even the Islamic world agrees with that as the Jewish tribes in Medina were considered part of the Jewish people. You are the sole person who denies Jewish peoplehood. ||

        If the people who choose to be Jewish choose also to self-identify as a people, I have no issue with that. But you Zionists have an issue with the fact that the self-definition does not comprise a “right” to be supremacists, to have a supremacist state or to do “necessary evil” unto others.

      • catalan on March 14, 2020, 4:35 pm

        “If the people who choose to be Jewish choose also to self-identify as a people, I have no issue with that.”
        They don’t only self identity as people. Others – all world encyclopedias, virtually all textbooks, friend and foe, everyone identifies the Jews as a people and so does Hamas and the Iranians and the Saudis. You keep talking about it like this is some weird idea in the head of the Jews. Rather, that Jews are a people is not more debated than the peoplehood of the Navajo or the French. You denying it is grotesque racism but also full blown denial. You are not arguing with me – you will have to rewrite every encyclopedia and dictionary and history to conform with you. Every survey of ethnicities in Europe prior to WW1 listed Jews as an ethnicity. Indeed, the interwar Polish government spoke of a multiethnic Poland.

      • eljay on March 14, 2020, 5:40 pm

        || catalan on March 14, 2020, 4:35 pm ||

        Dude, if Gawd Themself came down and told me that the people who choose to embrace the religion-based identity of Jewish are a “people”, I’d tell Them that that “peoplehood” does not comprise a right to be supremacists, to have a supremacist state or to do “necessary evil” unto others. No “peoplehood” does.

        I don’t know how Them would respond, but the fact that you and other Zionists…
        – refuse to comprehend and accept it;
        – advocate, defend and even seem to take pleasure in the acts of evil being done unto the non-Jews of geographic Palestine; and
        – hypocritically despise and are repulsed by the idea of applying justice, accountability and equality to I-P,
        …is beyond grotesque.

      • Mooser on March 14, 2020, 5:53 pm

        “Others – all world encyclopedias, virtually all textbooks, friend and foe, everyone identifies the Jews as a people…” “catalan’

        Gee, if every “friend and foe” identifies “the Jews” as “a people”, and they all agree on that, what are the identifying characteristics of “the Jewish people”.
        The can be character, physical, religious, but what are they?
        You seem to know what they are, you say everybody knows what they are. Okay, what are they? Tell me how to calibrate my Jewdar, so I can tell a lantsmann from a yotzmann.

      • catalan on March 14, 2020, 7:18 pm

        “The can be character, physical, religious, but what are they?” Mooser
        The beauty of the Jewish people is, it’s pretty hard to get in – I hear an Orthodox conversion takes quite a few years- but it is really easy to get out. If you don’t feel that you are a member of the Jewish people but simply a Litvak who goes to synagogue on occasion then great- nobody is holding you back.
        But as to the characteristics – well it’s pretty obvious. Language (e.g. Yiddish and in my case Ladino); religion; music; long history of scholarly work (e.g. Maimonides and Mendelson). Just if you read about the life of Jewish villages in Poland, Russia, it was distinct. The life of my grandparents generation, they were a people (Sofia was a city of three cities – Bulgarians, Muslims, and Jews). Thessaloniki was referred as the Jewish republic. In a sense, it is all moot. The Jewish people was literally annihilated in one swoop. So, the whole thing is academic. I can sort of see that outside of Israel, there is no Jewish people. I might be in it but my kid for sure won’t be. Modern nationalism and nation states just are not favorable to the existence of things like Jewish people.

      • Mooser on March 14, 2020, 7:46 pm

        ” Modern nationalism and nation states just are not favorable to the existence of things like Jewish people.”

        So true. “And this is the greatest taboo of rabbinical Judaism: Marrying the foreigner. Rabbinical Judaism has a pretty sound fear of merging with other populations. History teaches it that it has precious little to offer; wherever and whenever Jews were given a choice, they left rabbinical Judaism behind. Most Jews over the centuries left Judaism, mostly on their own volition. In order to prevent such merging, you need fences; the gentiles were good enough to create such fences over the years – and once they were removed, most Jews escaped. Therefore, we must create our own fences.” (Yossi Gurvitz)

    • echinococcus on March 12, 2020, 7:36 pm

      500
      “Some (maybe all) of the Joint List Parties are in fact opposed to the existence of Israel (i.e., Zionism). Not only should no other party serve with such a party, but such a party should really not be allowed and would not in most countries.”

      So your Zionist definition of democracy is that the owners of the land whom you invaded, robbed and deprived of their livelihood have no right to tell you to get lost, and should be banned for saying it.

      But we already knew that your Zionist definition would be that.

    • catalan on March 14, 2020, 3:20 pm

      “You Zionists routinely, deliberately and anti-Semitically conflate Israel and Zionism with all Jews and all Jews with Israel and Zionism. “
      I don’t think all Jews are Zionists. The accusation of antisemitism against me makes no sense. If all Zionists are antisemites then most Jews are antisemites which just seems logically incoherent.
      As to the definition of the Jewish people – why reinvent the wheel? Wikipedia, encyclopedia britannica, the Encyclopedia Americana, and virtually everyone (with the exception of you) agrees that Jews are a people with their own ethnicity, history and religion. Even the Islamic world agrees with that as the Jewish tribes in Medina were considered part of the Jewish people. You are the sole person who denies Jewish peoplehood.

  4. Nathan on March 13, 2020, 6:56 am

    Jonathan Ofir – Surely you could have added a half of a sentence in your article in which you could have brought to the attention of the readers that the Joint List has absolutely no intention or aspiration to be part of any coalition. In other words, the MK’s of the Joint List are considering (or perhaps were considering) supporting a Gantz government, but from THEIR point of view it will be a minority government. They are willing to help in ending Netanyahu’s rule by voting confidence in Gantz, but they will not join any government in Israel.

    I understand that revealing the entire story might ruin the propaganda angle of your article. Telling us that the Joint List won’t join any government in Israel would lessen the impact of your article. However, there is value in honesty, even in a slanted publication. The option of a minority government is promoted also by Arab MK’s. I think that the readership of Mondoweiss could handle this simple truth.

  5. Ossinev on March 13, 2020, 8:23 am

    @jw500
    “Ireland is the homeland of the Irish people”

    Ah you mean like the current Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar back in his historical homeland via Bombay India. Presumably his ancient Gaelic ancestors were driven out by those nasty Danes you know just like those Semitic followers of the cult of Judaism were driven out by those nasty Romans (sob,snore).

    • jw500 on March 15, 2020, 1:44 am

      Just because a prime minister of a country is not of that country’s ethnic origin does not defeat my argument. You are confusing with Irish as an ethnicity with Irish as a nationality. An Indian who happens to be born in Ireland of two Indian parents is an Irish citizen (nationality) but still Indian (ethnicity).

      • eljay on March 15, 2020, 1:15 pm

        ||jw500: … An Indian who happens to be born in Ireland of two Indian parents is an Irish citizen (nationality) but still Indian (ethnicity). ||

        It makes sense that a Chinese person, a Mayan person, a Tuareg person and a Samoan person are of Chinese, Mayan, Tuareg and Samoan ethnicities.

        But according to Zionist “logic” the act of undergoing a religious conversion to Judaism transforms their ethnicities – and the ethnicities of their descendants – from Chinese, Mayan, Tuareg and Samoan into Jewish.

        And if that’s not magical enough, it also relocates their actual ancestral homelands from China, Central America, Africa and Samoa to geographic Palestine.

        Ta dah!!!

      • dowlass on March 21, 2020, 9:34 pm

        I think eljay nails the ethnic question perfectly – it’s something I’ve been more than a little quizzical about. It does seem a little miraculous to claim a common ethnicity when this ‘people’ are spread all over the world and largely integrated into countries by nationality, culture, language and customs. And many of this ‘people’ have actually chosen to live in these distant parts of the world, often for many centuries, in preference to Palestine (despite the Zionist inducements!), rather laying the lie to the notion of ‘ancestral homelands’. Not too surprising, because these Jews likely follow traditional Judaism and the teachings of the Torah – which expressly forbids the forced settlement of the Holy Land.

        Zionism is diametrically opposed to Judaism. It is all about the forced settlement of the Holy Land, and the creation of a new Jewish identity, ethnicity, ‘people’ and the rest of it, has been one of Zionism’s biggest challenges in bringing this about.

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