Israel is perhaps the most successful totalitarian state in history, in terms of mobilization of social resources for an irrational objective. Your use of the term “repellant” is repellant, as is your citation of the “reality is in your head” fallacy. Israel celebrates what England only allowed itself to get away with by assiduous inattention in its imperial policies: racial prejudice, which is a subsitution of arbitrary and capricious standards for forensic procedures of state. A Jew in Israel has a thousand times better chance to get a building permit than a non-Jew. And in the US, why is it so hard to get any discussion of what “Jewish state” means? Because it doesn’t mean anything and we’re “people who want to know”. Israel reduces “Jew” to “supporter of Israel certified by Israel”. Israel is a perpetual motion machine, something that cannot exist, and its defenders defend an absence. Where is the improved security for Jews and Jewishness? In Palestine? In the US?
To call the Israel movement a suicide cult draws a reasonable conclusion, but does not penetrate the culture of the movement. Suicide is a real-world goal, whereas the movement’s goal is to escape the real-world, by presenting a, what, Bob Dylan, perfect image of a priest, albeit in a temple of idolatry: where reality is in one’s head and God is a fool. And outside in the streets, people marvel at the priest’s anxiety. As a supporter of J Street said to me on the phone, “You don’t know how hard it is for a Jew to talk about Israel.” I should have told her, “That difficulty is painfully obvious.” But I don’t understand why it is so hard. There seems a, to note Chesterton’s analogy, tribal consciousness (“why don’t Jews wear sheets, live in tents, and ride camels?”) that, the more it is examined in empirical terms, the more it strives to turn over the tables and end the examination: something you can do as a state: which in fact defines a state: that which ends discussion when its own welfare is endangered. But what is the purpose of the Jewish state, or of Jewish identity? Is it not merely to proclaim, “I am a human, and so are you, and so are they?” What else is there to say? How can anyone pretend that that is a proprietary secret?
Credo quia absurdeum est, I believe it because it is absurd, is the credo of a sycophant. That is the national character of the Jewish state in Palestine and in the US: nothing to do with Jewish history or philosophy: everything to do with the decaying English empire.