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    • Ussishkin
    • 29.12.11 | 13:07 (IST)

    The 'foxhole mentality' is the 'Massada complex' in disguise. These are the times we're living through. We are lead by people who have nothing to offer of a vision for peace and stability for us our children and grandchildren. What we get is paranoia pumped into the air we breathe - wait and see how Mossad Chief Tamir Perdo will be branded as a Lefty for what he said about the Iranian nuclear capability - should they acquire it - not being an existential threat to us. Our leaders and their nationalist and religious partners follow a narrow philosophy of "they're all against us, they want to destroy us, no one understands how we suffer and have suffered for centuries". Hamas is like Iran - they do not pose an existential threat to us. But the killings of our people for which they have been responsible make it bloody hard for us in these times to smile and wish them 'Mabruk!' We ought to be congratulating ourselves for proving that we are strong enough to have forced them to change their methodology. After Meshal's declaration we should welcome that change and step down from Massada, for all we really have to fear is fear itself, and not the paranoia that keeps the nation frightened and Bibi and chums in power.

    from the article: Israel needs to listen to Hamas, and take notice
    First published 03:37 29.12.11 | Last updated 03:37 29.12.11
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