Finally an insightful article on the political romanticism of the Israeli Right. - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • 19.11.10 | 06:48 (IST)

    It is not simply that Israel is now the Goliath and the Palestinians the David in this struggle (although that too is true, psychologically) but that Israel is seen by the enlightened West as an anachronism and an immaturity, as a recrudescence of something that Europe got past only through the bitterest lessons of WWI and WWII. And Europe sees the Ashkenazi Jewish creators of this transplanted Middle Eastern brand of political romanticism as particularly unacceptable precisely because these Ashkenazi Jews--German, Polish, etc.--were so quintessentially European, in fact were the central European victims of the monstrous endpoint of this European political romanticism. No one more than European Jews should understand both the intoxication and the danger of romanticism in its political, nationalistic form. So when the Israeli Right talks of the "double standard" applied to it, it misses the point that Europe holds them to a European standard as the Europeans they (the Jews) essentially are. And reminders of the "tough neighborhood" of the Middle East do not suffice--the Balkans are a tough neighborhood too and no one gave the Serbs, those latest European political romanticists, a free pass on account of that. Herzl's Zionism was not politically romantic at its core--it was enlightened and liberal. Herzl's Zionism has been perverted. Nietzsche was in no way a Nazi or an antisemite--was in fact the opposite and explicitly disavowed antisemitism--and would have been absolutely appalled at the Nazis---but that did not stop the barbarians from idiotically misappropriating him.

    from the article: Israel must choose between Enlightenment and Romanticism
    First published 02:34 19.11.10 | Last updated 02:34 19.11.10
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