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    • dana
    • 03.11.09 | 05:43 (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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