For years I have asked myself what could possibly be the patent encouragement of blatantly anti-Semitic posters at talkbacks, (and the daily, selective censorship of voices decrying it) and the underlying feeling of haughty immunity from your high castle on this. Now, at last, you came out, and wrote a sound and good article, which explains the Gush Emunim ideology, and how most if not all the evils of Israel, as well as the onslaught on democracy there, are interconnected. I thank you, learned a lot from your piece, and my alertness has been made more acute. However, I see a lumping together of disparate things, onto a Gog versus Magog mis-en-scène. The Iranian nuclear weapons race would be there without the Gush Emunim ideology, and so would the so-called "Arab Spring". The Israeli academia would have its snob, épatér-le-bourgeois espousers, and so would the arts. Oslo, even with Rabin at the helm, would not have per se eliminated the existential threat of an Arab and Muslim world, which still, to a large extent, doesn't recognize our right to exist as a Jewish state even within the Green Line, and would still hope by demography or delegitimization, that we somehow be "wiped-off-the face-of the-earth". Yes, there is a semblance of apartheid in Judea and Samaria. But my hunch is, you finally came out of your lofty sense of immunity because you see the danger approaching you and Haaretz, finally. And I say, the one factor you have blatantly left out of your analysis, is the growing, globalized anti-Semitism, which you yourself have decided to cater to for years from within Haaretz. Fortuna Benmayor, Cartagena de Indias, Colombia.
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from the article: The necessary elimination of Israeli democracy