#64 Bravo Dana! Thanks for the itruly insightful post. - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • 03.11.09 | 06:36 (IST)

    The distinct possibility that israelis - on the whole - are profoudly racist as well as xenophobic. They don`t like someone like Obama who has the kind of mixed heritage americans are so proud of. The US is built on a universalist settler philosophy, like australia and canada. israel was built on 19th century ethnic nationalist european models. Obama represents the former - the mixing pot - all too well. So Israelis who are fast descending into ultra-parochial, self-absorbed middle eastern mind frame see little commonality with the broader humanist principles that someone like Obama - and his voters - represent. Israel is based more on a sparta-like model with athens-like narrow democracy of which much of the population is excluded. What commonality would they see with Obama or the broader american electorate that chose him? It`s not the policy that bothers israelis. Been there, done that. It`s the proof that the world marches on even as israel implodes that gives them nightmares

    from the article: Why do Israelis dislike Barack Obama?
    First published 17:13 02.11.09 | Last updated 23:42 03.11.09
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