Monday, February 9, 2009
Decadence of Israeli politics--the rise of Avigdor Lieberman
Tomorrow Israeli go to the polls [10Feb2009]. It is a no brainer to predict that the right wing will win. However the kingmaker, it seems, has become Avigdor Lieberman of the Yisroel Beitanu party [Israel, our country]. Fractious has been the fate of Israel's political life. It is the sorry tale of smaller parties, usually on the right and extreme right, who get a pound of flesh for their support. This time around it Lieberman who's going to call the shots. Lieberman it is bruited belong to Kach the outlawed racist party founded by the late Meir Kahane of Brooklyn's Borough Park. He hates Arabs, and were he king, he would expel Israeli Arabs whom he considers as fifth columnists and Jew haters. Lieberman believes in the purity of the Jewish race, although he makes exceptions for Jews from the old Soviet Union whose mothers weren't Jews. Avigdor wants an Arabrein Israel...or if Arabs do remain as servants and second class citizens, he wants them to swear allegience to all and everything Jewish. Why not call for a mass conversion? What we are witnessing in Israel's 60 year as a state is the decadence of a state which has fallen back on support of Fascist like parties. Likud, Kadmina, and Labour the 3 larger parties are bankrupt. On an eternal warfooting, Israelis see no solution but eternal war, and the gods of war are pushing Israel to the edge of the abyss and the death of the Zionist ideal which 'au fond' has its roots in 19 century Sturm und Drang and inspired by the philosophy among others of Georg Herder.