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    • Vittorio Antonio
    • 15.12.12 | 04:29 (IST)

    My sense is that like the U.S. Israel's priorities are all mixed up. The trend toward privatization is beneficial to a small segment of the population---the wheeler-dealer moneyed class who dominate the political arena. This means that the health (economic, social, educational, political etc.) of the political-territorial community as a whole is sidetracked to benefit the few. The decline of the middle class is one of the indices of privatization---so is the decline in education and the rise in poverty. No nation-state is an island---to exist a state needs to engage in commerce across borders, and must harmonize its productive capacity to compete with other states, or perhaps more importantly to complement in creative ways its productive capacity with that of other states. Israel is handicapped by its narrow ideological definition of self in relation to the rest of the world. In order to preserve this ideological identity it has to rely on being a strong military presence in the region and beyond wherein its actions have alienated the feelings and support of the majority of states in the UN. It seems to me that as in the U.S., Israeli life is polarized between a narrow self-definition characterized by a vision of exceptionalism + militarism on the one hand, and on the other hand the essence of communal life comprising healthy families in healthy communities. Without the latter a state will lose its vitality, and migration could be a symptom of such a loss..

    from the article: Bye, the beloved country - why almost 40 percent of Israelis are thinking of emigrating
    First published 01:42 15.12.12 | Last updated 01:42 15.12.12
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