Israeli policy makes Israelis unpopular
Israeli policy makes Israelis unpopular. Visitors' fond memories of
communal living on the Kibbutz are fading fast. Thanks to Israel's refusal
to admit journalists to Gaza, every cruelty
attributed to Israelis gains credibility.
Policy allows Israeli pilots to rain
white phosphorous on civilians with a sense
of impunity. Policy and its disdain for international law lets an
officer feel that repeatedly shooting
a 13 year old girl is justified.
By aggressively expanding
its territory and knocking
back progress elsewhere, Israel has rapidly drained its reservoir
of global goodwill.
Those with vested interests are quick to squash any deviation from Israel's
official narrative. But their unswerving devotion doesn't help. If smacks
of fanaticism and paranoia.
Old Israeli generals often come across like white South Africans. This
is no coincidence. During apartheid, Israel and South Africa traded all
sorts of power-related
resources, including it would seem, English conversation classes.
Years of practice have made the Israelis world leaders in defence, security,
surveillance, espionage, and population control. Israel ranks amongst
the top five defence exporters. Some 350
companies are dedicated to selling homeland security products.
With economic growth tied to fear and insecurity - what are the chances
that Peace and Love will ever make it onto Israel's policy agenda?
So, Israel's reputation for disproportionate
violence grows, along with its prison
walls and check points. The US aid keeps flowing in. Like anabolic
steroids, this pumps up Israel's military with technological advantage.
Israel, therefore, threatens its neighbours, confident of its own invincibility.
On-lookers liken the resistance in Gaza to David against Israel's Goliath.
But neither the biblical Ten Commandments nor the Sermon on the Mount
have any bearing on Israel's policy. Israel's moral compass spins just
as furiously as that of the US in Iraq or UK in Afghanistan.
Misguided policy risks pushing Israel into firing the opening offensive
salvo of WWIII. The UK/US have already stock piled cruise missiles in
Helmand. If these end up under the wings of Israeli fighter planes bound
for Iran, the result is sure to be a catastrophe that Israelis will not
easily live down.
Ends | 11 Mar 2009 | The Leg