'under siege and facing existential threats' - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Roo
    • 11.11.09 | 13:45 (IST)

    "In a nation under siege and facing existential threats" All the usual bugbears. It is a well worn method to imply the epithet 'traitor' in order to shut down internal opposition, especially in a time of war. Israel is of course bound by fate to be engaged in eternal war hence strident criticism from within the 'community' is always to be equated with treachery. Gentle quietly spoken complaints are of course permitted, provided they are made in the proper place and context as per approval of this author. Very recently Defense Minister Barak in a candid but paradoxical moment of carelessness, stated categorically that "Israel faced no existential threats". Most sane observers also recognise that Gaza is under siege, but also understand that Gaza is NOT Israel. The author speaks of democratic Israel. Presumably he is confusing plurality with democracy. A 'Jewish' state is not a state of all its citizens. 20% are immediately marginalised, but the marginalised still have a voice despite Liebermans best efforts. Israel has lurched to the right, clinging to its Massada mythologies and its perennial toying with the politics of fear in order to entrance the population and stigmatise its opponents into submission. 60 years of fear mongering is enough already. For 20 odd years it may have been justified. Today the only legitimate fear in the region is fear of Israel. Existential threats notwithstanding.

    from the article: Response / On 'exorcising' Israel bashers from the Jewish mainstream
    First published 09:37 10.11.09 | Last updated 08:10 11.11.09
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