@wondering Jew— I prefer people who tell the truth, whatever it happens to be. It means that I know where I stand with them and what I need to do.
I don’t like so-called ‘liberal’ Zionists who think of themselves as good people who feel for those who suffer, but do not admit that they support Jewish Zionist settler-colonialism and what it has been doing to the indigenous people of Palestine. When it comes to the Palestinians and to Israel all that concern for their fellow human beings evaporates. They don’t admit openly their belief that everything is permissible in the name of the survival of *their own* people. Instead, they speak about Zionism in fictitious terms partly probably to try to ease their own cognitive dissonance. But when they do that it is just wicked and obscures the truth for everyone else who isn’t so well informed but is inclined to listen more to the nicer people in society. By so doing they also help Israel hide and cover up its crimes. They are a type of collaborator but one that pretends it is not.
Listen, this isn’t new to me. The education system I went through in Israel in the 1960s and 1970s was all ‘liberal’ Zionist. The country was ruled back then by Labour governments with a socialist ethos and a very modern Western agenda. I’m intimately familiar with this.
I don’t like any Zionists for the same reason I don’t like anyone with a colonial, supremacist, racist and entitled mindset. Yes, I much prefer Netanyahu and even Trump because they’re ignorant, unsophisticated, entitled idiots who don’t see anything wrong in saying and doing exactly what they want because they don’t see the problem with any of it. It’s easier to defend against this. ‘Liberal’ Zionists are the type of people who would say, ‘Keep doing what you’re doing but just don’t talk about it openly to anyone. Keep it quiet.’
We know how to defend against people Netanyahu and Trump. Even their lies are like the lies of five-year-olds and can be easily exposed. No surprises there. It’s the more sophisticated and knowingly dishonest variety of people (in any area of life) I have a much bigger problem with. It’s them that keep us further away from solving problems we need to solve. I think my article is clear and I don’t really need to repeat myself.