Netanyahu merely exemplifies Israel's reaction to painful changes forced on it by a changing world. - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Victor
    • 22.06.10 | 18:20 (IDT)

    The quamtum shift occasioned by 9/11, the launch of the great neocon experiment, was to Israel a dream come true. Suddenly it saw the world sympathetic to its battle against terror, never had it felt more accepted, more free to act with impunity. But with the experience in Iraq and Afganistan going less favorably (to put it mildly) than desired, and with international community becoming intolerant of arrogant US leadership/neocons/warmongers and the resulting debacles, it was clear that the party was coming to an end. Israel saw this and clearly didn't like it, its spite in the face of the coming change signified by the manner in which it rushed to do Cast Lead at the 11th hour just before the fatal bell rang to announce Obama ... Change! But that wasn't enough to satiate the masses, its resentment over the coming change was expressed by turning hard right (well "harder right" actually makes more sense ) paving the way for Netanyahu. Here was someone to position the whole nation into back into a familiar defensive posture ... defiance in the face of unfair judgement, defiance in the face of unjust attacks ("They hate us because they hate Jews" - unlike Bush Israel has a ready answer to the great "Why?"), etc. In short Netanyahu simply respresents the national mood, the hangover after having partyied too hard, the return to reality, the fall back to being the eternal victim. But that also explain the international reaction, one shared by an increasing number of diaspora jews. With 9/11 Israel jumped in bed with the world, it became "one of us", and now as goes the world so also must go Israel, it can't go back to being the defiant outsider, it must now toe the line. The only question is how much trouble will this immature teen nation create before it comes around, before it reaches the maturity it has been violently resisting. It's hard to say but for certain when it gets there there'll be no more Netanyahu, no Lieberman, and for that matter no Livni at the helm.

    from the article: The world acts, Netanyahu reacts
    First published 01:53 22.06.10 | Last updated 01:53 22.06.10
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