Gideon Levy’s article really resonated with me. I am an Israeli-American who lived many years in Israel, fought in the ’82 Lebanon war and in my youth considered myself a Zionist and a Socialist. To me they were inseparable. As a Zionist I wanted to build a state. As a Socialist I wanted a better world and as much social and economic justice for everyone as possible. Unfortunately America in the 80’s turned to “Regonomics”, de-regulated “free” markets, and saw the rise of politically powerful religious fundamentalists. Unfortunately Israel in the 80’s turned to “Beginomics”, de-regulated “free” markets, and saw the rise of politically powerful religious fundamentalists. Now Zionism is dead. Socialism is dead. Money, the concentration of wealth, the corrupt politicians money buys, the religious extremists, and racists have hijacked the political and social agendas of both countries. I had hoped that both America and Israel would be much different and better societies in the 21st century. I now despair that both countries have gone down the same wrongheaded path. I hope I am wrong but fear I am not. I feel that my generation has failed the one that has come after us in both countries. What will happen to the next generation?
Ya'alon okays administrative detention of Jewish extremist suspected in church arson (Haaretz)
from the article: After 115 years, it's time for Zionism to retire