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  Vol. 1  /  2003                                A JOURNAL OF POLITICS AND THE ARTS      


Welcome to NATIV Online
The Editor

Dear Reader (and Writer),

Welcome to the first “virtual” edition of NATIV Online (in English).

Nativ, whose English meaning is “path”, is a Hebrew language, bi-monthly periodical, which was first published in 1988 and is now entering its 17th year. During that period, 95 issues of Nativ, (almost 1,200 articles) on a wide variety of topics, ranging from the fascinating phenomenon of the Jewish left wing self-hatred to the conceptual failure of the Israeli ballistic missile defense system (the Arrow), have been published.

Thus, the fundamental assumption at the base of Nativ’s purpose was to rescue the Israeli public discourse from the abstract, theological plane and to transform it into a constructive discussion based on a foundation of data and facts.

Like every journal dealing with the strategic aspects of its country (and the strategic aspect mentioned here is in the broadest context of the word), the intention is to influence the echelon of decision-makers. And indeed, prime ministers and government ministers like Yitzhak Shamir, Binyamin Netanyahu, Moshe Arens, Ariel Sharon and Uzi Landau have been members of the Nativ editorial board at various times. However, once they donned the mantle of Prime Minister or government minister they favored short-term political considerations over long-term strategic aspects. In summary, we can conclude that Nativ’s intention of influence on the decision-making echelon has been unsuccessful.

On the basis of the extensive pool of over 400 writers, including some of the most outstanding scholars from Israel and abroad, in 1998, the Ariel Center for Policy Research was established, with the assistance of the Arison Foundation, and Nativ became the Center’s journal.

The idea to initiate a periodical in English was raised again and again. However, due to the lack of financial wherewithal, we were unable to meet the challenge. Thus, the virtual edition of Nativ in English is a compromise.

I will now attempt to formulate briefly the strategic fundamental hypothesis, which we are seeking to present in this periodical. Although there are a wide variety of topics, each and every one of them serves that hypothesis.

The Jewish state is an extraordinary phenomenon in comparison to normal countries. This is because of the potential existential danger threatening it, unprecedented in modern history and almost certainly in history in general.

 The Zionist Paradox

In the introduction to his book, Der Judenstaat, Theodor Herzl writes that “immediately upon the establishment of the Jewish state, anti-Semitism will cease everywhere...” and that the Jewish state “would not need an army at all but rather a garrison and a police force to maintain public order”. These sentences, cited from the credo of the father of the Jewish state are the rationale for the national existence of the Jewish people seeking to find a safe haven from the terror of anti-Semitism. However, the diametric opposite transpired. Not only did anti-Semitism fail to cease everywhere, immediately upon its establishment, Israel was forced to fight for its survival against those seeking to destroy it, Hitler’s erstwhile allies, who resolved to complete the job, which the oppressor did not finish three years before. Ever since the War of Independence, Israel has been forced to fight for its survival in a series of wars and daily acts of bloody terrorism. Thus, the State of Israel is the most dangerous place in the world for Jews, and the number of Jews who have died there due to their desire to sustain a sovereign entity is many times greater than all of the victims of anti-Semitism throughout the world since the Holocaust. Herzl’s second mistake, regarding the army, is a direct result of the first. Israel is forced to maintain the largest per capita army in the world; if it were to do otherwise, it would not survive for even a day.

At the same time, the Zionist “failure” is accompanied by the success of the Zionist enterprise, which is most certainly beyond the dreams of the fathers of Zionism. The demographic reality that Israel is today the largest concentration of world Jewry, despite the objective difficulties unparalleled anywhere else in the world, is an exhilarating testament to the power of man’s will. The fact that the per capita product in Israel is equal to the average in Western Europe and its GNP surpasses that of 100 million Arabs in Egypt, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon combined, despite the economic boycott and five wars, is testament to the resourcefulness and talent of the Jew.

 The Dream of Peace and Its Demise – Defeatism

The existential threat accompanying daily life, the Arab terrorism, European anti-Semitism, the sense that there is no way out and that Israel will be forced to continue to live by the sword for many years, slowly generated a critical mass under the weight of which Israeli society began to collapse. The anticipated result was the creation of defense mechanisms whose equally predictable symptoms are repression of reality, creation ex nihilo of virtual worlds, deification of “peace” and the so typically Jewish phenomenon of projecting blame inward during times of distress, i.e. self-hatred. Thus, the central “strategic asset” of the Jewish state against external existential threats began to crack: National unity and the readiness for sacrifice in the face of adversity.

Israel began along the perilous path to “peace” when it fell into the strategic trap set by Sadat at Camp David. The “Editor’s Column” in this edition details the milestones in the journey of Israeli defeatism from Menahem Begin, by way of Yitzhak Shamir in Madrid, Yitzhak Rabin in the Oslo Accords through Ariel Sharon’s declaration regarding his willingness to establish a Palestinian state. If this trend continues and a Palestinian state is indeed established, it will do so, sooner or later, on “the ruins of the Jewish state”, to quote Yitzhak Rabin from his Zionist period.

The price of defeatism, as historical experience teaches, is deadly. In the virtual world, which Israel constructed, cut off from reality, what today is referred to as “PLO terrorism” is, to a great degree, an optical illusion stemming from the lack of willingness to confront the truth. The truth is that the PLO, an organization established by Egypt in 1964, in other words, with no circumstantial connection to Israel’s “conquests” in 1967, openly functions as Cairo’s agent and in full cooperation with all of the Arab countries. This is the first stage in the Arab staged process whose objective was and remains: The destruction of what they refer to as the “Zionist entity”. Thus, PLO terrorism is a stage in a low intensity war intended to cause Israel to disintegrate from within, among other ways, by means of an Arab fifth column located there anyway, to destroy its economy and to bring about Israel’s de-legitimization through the establishment of a Palestinian state.

 A Palestinian State – A Stage in the Staged Process to Liquidate Israel

It goes without saying that the “Palestinian nation” is a total fiction, which does not live up to any criterion in the classification of a nation. However, even if the Arabs of the western land of Israel were a “nation”, they have a state in every respect. The ethnic makeup of the Jordanian Arabs is identical to the ethnic composition of the Arabs of the western land of Israel, so by definition, Jordan is the Palestinian state as the late King Hussein repeatedly claimed. Thus, the Arabs want an additional Palestinian state, the condition of whose establishment is the destruction of the Jewish state, and that is the purpose of the establishment of a sovereign Arab entity west of the Jordan. To remove any doubt, it is worth noting that this is written explicitly in the PLO’s political platform – the Stages Plan.

With the establishment of the Palestinian state, Israel will be deprived of its last territorial foothold. Israel’s only international airport will be located only kilometers from the western border of Palestine and every passenger plane, taking off or landing, will be in range of a simple hand-held missile launcher. The deployment of Egyptian and Syrian armored forces on the outskirts of Greater Tel Aviv, where 70% of Israel’s Jewish population resides, will become an impetus for the strategic enforcement designed to dismantle the Jewish state with no need for a comprehensive war.

These simple hypotheses, which until recently constituted the basis of the perception of Israel’s strategic situation, and therefore were accepted by the political echelon, underwent a dramatic metamorphosis since the 1978 Camp David Agreements, and to a greater extent since the 1993 Oslo Accords.

Delegitimization of the Jewish State

In a survey taken in the European community, Europeans were asked to rank the countries which threaten world peace. Israel appeared at the top of the list. Thus, 59% of the Europeans believe that Israel is the focal point of the threat to humanity. A year ago, an edition of Newsweek was published with a torn Israeli flag and the question: “Will Israel Survive?”

The French ambassador to Great Britain characterized Israel: “The shitty little country”. The French Foreign Ministry did not see fit to offer an apology. The threat of being placed on trial for war crimes before the International Court in The Hague hangs over the head of the Israeli Prime Minister. The analogy between Israel’s actions and the actions of the Nazis is part of the European media’s agenda. One need not be a genius to notice the general trend latent in this series of examples, which is only a drop in the bucket. The trend is de-legitimization of the Jewish state and the dehumanization of the Jewish person, so that the destruction of Israel will become a “moral” act, i.e. for the good of humanity.

In reaction to these processes, the average Israeli has created a defense apparatus, including primarily repression, denying reality and constructing virtual worlds. It is hard to imagine a more extreme example of self-deception than the comparison between the Twin Towers disaster and the reality in Israel. The 1,300 victims of Arab terrorism since the Oslo Accords are the equivalent of 26 Twin Towers (adjusted for the relative size of the populations in Israel and the United States), however the United States declared war in the wake of the incident, while Israel “is in the midst of a peace process”.

One of the most dangerous manifestations of the repression apparatus is the famous Jewish capacity for self-deception. The classic example of this is, of course, the Israeli “Baron Münchausen”, Shimon Peres. However, while Münchausen, an outstanding cavalry officer in the Russian Army, only wrote his nonsense for the reader’s pleasure, Peres has harnessed an entire nation to implement his madness. The result has been 1,300 dead victims, thousands of wounded, an economic crisis and a country on the verge of political bankruptcy. However, not only was Peres not placed on trial for his crimes, nor was he denounced or banished from society, but rather he accuses Israel of not doing enough to realize his dreams of “peace” and create the “New Middle East”.

The Raison d’Être and the Return to Auschwitz

This leads to the question of the raison d’être of the State of Israel. The question is not posed in the theological sense, but in comparison to other countries. As this is being written, Syria and Egypt alone have 64 launchers equipped with 15 SCUD-B and SCUD-C ballistic missiles, which have the range to reach Greater Tel Aviv, (as previously mentioned, 70% of Israel’s Jewish residents are concentrated in this area). Approximately one-third of them are armed with warheads of mass destruction. Even if only an insubstantial part of them land in Tel Aviv, it will be the end of the State of Israel, without taking into account the ballistic deployment of other shorter-range missiles and the ballistic deployment of Libya, Saudi Arabia and Iran. The sum total of the potential threat on Israel is immeasurably greater than the aforementioned ballistic threat. However, that alone is sufficient to portray the dimensions of the threat, unprecedented in modern history and almost certainly in history in general.

The strategic balance of power between Israel and its enemies is to Israel’s detriment in every area. As opposed to the one “soft” target in Israel – Greater Tel Aviv, the Arab world and Iran have at least 50 soft targets. However, even the incongruent 50:1 ratio does not tell the whole story, as a significant strike at the single vulnerable target in Israel is tantamount to the liquidation of the Jewish state, while a critical strike against some of the vulnerable targets in the Arab world would certainly cause heavy damage, however they would not wipe any Arab country off the face of the earth.

The peak of absurdity is, specifically in this situation, that Israel is prepared to divest itself of strategic assets vital to its existence, which it acquired in accordance with international law as a result of a defensive war in June 1967, and to downsize itself through “painful concessions” into what are called the “1967 borders” and are nothing more than the 1949 armistice lines, characterized by Abba Eban as “Auschwitz borders”. Even Abba Eban, who is above suspicion of being a hawk or having a right wing Weltanschauung, understood that by doing so Israel would become the largest concentration camp in the world for Jews whose lives are in danger. Israel is prepared to take irrevocable suicidal steps for a “peace agreement” with a terrorist organization and in order to establish a terrorist Palestinian state joined to its center, whose declared intention is the destruction of the State of Israel as a Jewish state. Israel is prepared to do so by repressing reality and disregarding the clear realization that the “next painful concession”, i.e. return to the “1947 Partition Plan borders” is only a matter of time and that the Arabs will not require a war in order to bring that about.

The Price of Fear

The price, which the Jewish state pays due to the situation described above, exists on several planes simultaneously. Among them:

  1. The apparatus of repression;

  2. Creation of unique criteria for evaluating reality;

  3. Self-hatred.

 The Apparatus of Repression

The situation described above, even if the man on the street is not familiar with all of its details, exists in the back of his mind. The historical aspect exists due to the Jew’s historical memory dating back to the destruction of the First and Second Temples, through 2,000 years of exile; and it reached its apex during the Holocaust and in the apprehension from those seeking to recapitulate it in the Jewish state. It goes without saying that under these circumstances, it is impossible to sustain the course of a normal life and that an apparatus to repress reality on the one hand and the creation of virtual realities on the other is necessary. Thus an Orwellian world called “the peace process” is formed during which 1,300 Jews have been murdered over the course of the 10 years since the Oslo Accords were signed, i.e. a yearly average of 130 “sacrifices of peace” (as they were characterized by Shimon Peres), while the yearly average of those murdered from the establishment of the state through 1993 was 20; the economy has been severely damaged, a wave of anti-Semitism has inundated the world and Israel’s political situation has never been this bad. However, this is the “peace process”.

An additional fascinating aspect is the portrayal of the military balance between Israel and its enemies to be in Israel’s favor. This explains that the phrase uttered by every Prime Minister that “the IDF is the strongest army in the Middle East and it has the strength to rout any military coalition of Arab countries.” The Jaffee Center, affiliated with Tel Aviv University, which has a quasi-official status, has taken this furthest. No one asks how a minuscule country with five million residents is capable of creating military superiority over the Arab world and Iran with a 500:1 advantage in territory, 65:1 in terms of population and 10:1 in terms of military balance. Indeed, the Egyptian army alone maintains a standing army of 450,000 and another comparable number in para-military forces, against 190,000 IDF soldiers. The military balance between Syria and Egypt alone, two of Israel’s traditional enemies, and Israel is 5:1.

There is not even one instance in history where a similar military balance existed and the inferior side won the war. However throughout the Israeli public, which is being guided by means of deceit in its simplest sense, the supposition that Israel’s victory in the case of war is guaranteed has taken hold and therefore, due to its military superiority, the State of Israel can allow itself territorial concessions on the basis of “land for peace”. Thus, the tiny Jewish state, the only guarantee of whose existence is territory, is required to deliver “territories” to an enemy whose land mass is 500 times greater than Israel, while the Arabs are asked to provide the one and only thing, which they cannot deliver – peace.


Self-hatred is a phenomenon which has always accompanied the Jewish people. However it has never attained the dimensions that it has reached in the Israeli circumstance. The standard and convincing explanation for this is, at first glance, that the self-hatred is in direct proportion to the depth of the anti-Semitism and the existential distress. The Jew entrapped in his Judaism develops hatred towards his people and his Judaism because they are the cause of his personal tragedy. However, it seems that the root of the problem is much more profound. Theodore Lessing, in his famous book Das Judische Selbsthaas (Jewish Self-Hatred), discussed this matter. Lessing discussed the extraordinary phenomenon that the Jew always, and in every instance, blames himself and not any external factor for his troubles. This is the case, regardless of the facts. The peak of this phenomenon was after the Holocaust, when the ultra-Orthodox circles sought to blame the Holocaust on the Jews themselves for not affixing enough mezuzot. Lessing himself did not go back to Biblical sources. However, anyone reading the horror of the punishment, which will be administered to the Children of Israel if they do not obey their God, can not help but shudder from the burning hatred towards man and the demand to place a burden, which he cannot bear, upon his shoulders.

There are many passages indicating this, beginning with the stories of the flood, Sodom and Gomorrah and through the books of the prophets. The following are four random citations:

But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee. Cursed shalt thou be in the city, and cursed shalt thou be in the field. Cursed shall be thy basket and thy store. Cursed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy land, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep. Cursed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and cursed shalt thou be when thou goest out...until thou be destroyed, and until thou perish quickly; because of the wickedness of thy doings, whereby thou hast forsaken me... The LORD shall cause thee to be smitten before thine enemies...and thou shalt be removed into all the kingdoms of the earth...Thou shalt betroth a wife, and another man shall lie with her...Thy sons and thy daughters shall be given unto another people, and thine eyes shall look, and fail with longing for them... The stranger that is within thee shall get up above thee very high; and thou shalt come down very low... And thou shalt eat the fruit of thine own body, the flesh of thy sons and of thy the siege, and in the straitness... Also every sickness, and every plague, which is not written in the book of this law, them will the LORD bring upon thee, until thou be destroyed...and ye shall be plucked from off the land whither thou goest to possess it. And the LORD shall scatter thee among all people... And among these nations shalt thou find no ease, neither shall the sole of thy foot have rest... And thy life shall hang in doubt before thee; and thou shalt fear day and night, and shalt have none assurance of thy life (Deuteronomy 28:15-69).

But ye are they that forsake the LORD, that forget my holy mountain, that prepare a table for that troop, and that furnish the drink offering unto that number. Therefore will I number you to the sword, and ye shall all bow down to the slaughter: because when I called, ye did not answer; when I spake, ye did not hear; but did evil before mine eyes, and did choose that wherein I delighted not (Isaiah 65:11-12).

...And the carcasses of this people shall be meat for the fowls of the heaven, and for the beasts of the earth; and none shall fray them away. Then will I cause to cease from the cities of Judah, and from the streets of Jerusalem, the voice of mirth, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride: for the land shall be desolate (Jeremiah 7:33-34).

The sin of Judah is written with a pen of iron, and with the point of a diamond: it is graven upon the table of their heart, and upon the horns of your altars. Whilst their children remember their altars and their groves by the green trees upon the high hills...And thou, even thyself, shalt discontinue from thine heritage that I gave thee; and I will cause thee to serve thine enemies in the land which thou knowest not: for ye have kindled a fire in mine anger, which shall burn for ever (Jeremiah 17:1-4).

Internalization of the Hatred

Thus it seems that thousands of years of the need to explain to themselves their terrible condition in exile and the Gentiles’ hatred of them on the one hand and their inability to live up to the rigorous demands of divine morality, which they took upon themselves on the other, engineered among the Jews a process of acceptance of their lot, submission, self-hatred and self-blame unprecedented in the history of humanity. This process is at times accompanied by identification with the oppressor and understanding of his motives, to the extent of finding justification for unjustifiable intentions, statements and actions.

The Theory of Relativity

One of the aspects of the repression is the creation of unique criteria for Israel, removed from those accepted in the real world.

As this is being written, 27 IDF Air Force pilots announce that they will refuse an order to carry out assassinations against the heads of Hamas and the Islamic Jihad due to the fact that in the course of the attack, innocent civilians are liable to be hurt. The Arab practice of situating the headquarters of terrorist organizations in the midst of civilians, in schools, hospitals and populated areas is an old trick with a twofold return. The human shield generates hesitation to strike at the school or the hospital and provides the murderers with immunity; and if the concentrated population is hit, it will be utilized to portray the Israeli side as a war criminal. As the overwhelming majority of the media is anti-Israel, this maneuver becomes an all-important component in the Arab war against Israel.

The declaration of the Arab commitment to destroy Israel is unconcealed and repeated unceasingly. Thus the threat against Israel is greater than at any other point in history and Israel’s right to defend itself, including the right to strike at the innocent, is greater than any other case in history. In any case, terrorism and not Israel is responsible for the death of the innocent. (The very characterization “innocent” is questionable when applied to a populace, which overwhelmingly supports the destruction of Israel.)

More than 100,000 people were killed in the allied bombing of Dresden. As most of the men were serving at the front, the lion’s share of the victims included children, women, the sick (Dresden was one of the largest medical centers in Germany) and refugees. Two-thousand-seven-hundred tons of firebombs were dropped on Dresden in February 1945, i.e. the month when Germany’s fate was sealed. The city was totally destroyed. It is worth noting that Dresden had no heavy industry and the primary industry there was Dresden’s famous china. The city was known for its delightful treasures and its museums.

It is also worth noting that it was Great Britain, which declared war on Germany on September 3, 1939, and not the other way around. Indeed, after the war, tentative criticism was sounded regarding the action. Had that criticism been sounded in the course of the war, it would have been considered treason and the critic might have received the maximum punishment under the emergency regulations in effect. Had a pilot refused to carry out an order he would have been subject to a military trial and it is conceivable that the death penalty, established in the law for insubordination, would have been reduced to life imprisonment. The commander of the RAF (Royal Air Force) Bomber Command, Arthur Harris, was quite adamant that “all of the German cities together are not worth the bones of one British grenadier.” Harris was not declared a war criminal; on the contrary, he was promoted in 1946 and in 1952, due to Churchill’s intervention, and was granted a title of nobility. Recently, his statue was placed in the Imperial War Museum.

It goes without saying that there is no comparison between the actions of the British and the Americans during the World War, certainly during the last few months of the war, and present day Israel. The potential strategic threat to those powers, certainly not of the existential variety, never came close to approximating to the blatant threat of destruction of Israel on the part of the Arab terrorist organizations, which carry out acts of mass murder on a daily basis. Thus, the question can be raised: Did the British and the Americans perpetrate war crimes? And are those two countries, who are among the most enlightened democracies in the history of Western democracy, the earthly embodiment of Satan?

In the late 1990s, Japan proposed to Russia to end the old disagreement regarding the Kurile Islands east of Sakhlin. The Japanese, aware of Russia’s economic problems, offered to purchase the islands from them for a considerable sum. The matter was raised in the Duma and was immediately dismissed. It was characterized as treason against the homeland, as the idea that territories of the homeland could be sold for money was inconceivable. The Kurile Islands were captured by the Soviets during World War II. The area of the islands themselves is minuscule and was never part of the homeland. According to a survey conducted the day after the Duma debate, the decisive majority of the Russians knew nothing of the existence of the islands.

Judea and Samaria are the cradle of the Hebrew nation and the rationale for the existence of Zionism. The Bible was not composed in Tel Aviv, which is the land of the Philistines, but rather in Hebron, Shilo, Nokdim, Shechem, etc... The fathers of the Hebrew nation are buried in Hebron, which is the ancient capital of Israel (preceding Jerusalem); David ruled there for seven years. Rachel our matriarch is buried in Bethlehem and David is buried in Jerusalem, the City of David, Zion. Joshua is buried on Mount Efraim. King David is from Bethlehem in Judea. Jeroboam resided in Shechem (Nablus), Isaiah, the son of Amotz prophesied about Judea and Jerusalem, Jeremiah was “a man of Anatot in the Land of Binyamin”. Uziahu, Yotam, Ahaz and Hezekiah were kings of Judea and Jeroboam the son of Joash was the king of Israel – Samaria. Amos was from Nokdim in Tekoa; Micah prophesied “about Samaria and Jerusalem”, and Boaz is from Bethlehem as well as Ruth the Moabitess. Shilo, where Samuel the Prophet prophesied, the site of the Tabernacle, was the first capital of Israel. Thus we are speaking of territories of the homeland in the most profound sense of the word. However, Rabin called them “real estate”, Sharon calls them the “occupied territories”, and the most common phrase in the Hebrew press is the “West Bank”, a phrase totally baseless from a geographical perspective, coined by a clerk in the British Colonial Office.

The Cultural Paradigm

The culture of the Jew in the Diaspora drew from two sources: Judaism on the one hand and European culture on the other. After the sealing of the Bible and the Talmud, European Judaism established the comprehensive opus of Torah literature with glorious personalities like Rabbeinu Gershom, Light of the Exile; Rashi; Maimonides; and later the Hassidic masters, the Baal Shem Tov, Rabbi Nahman of Bratslav among others; and the great opponent of Hassidism – Elijah of Vilna, and others. On the other hand the Jews, ever since the Emancipation, have taken an ever-greater part in the culture of the nations. A series of intellectuals, poets, authors, musicians and artists were and continue to be among the elite of Western civilization, a fact well known. The famous triumvirate of Marx, Freud and Einstein and the fact that one quarter of the Nobel Prize laureates in the sciences are Jews, characterize Jewish excellence to the point of justifying research into the Jewish genius. Thus, the spiritual poverty of the common Israeli is unprecedented in the history of the nation. What is ironically referred to as the “intellectual elite” in Israel is largely a gang of leftists who have disposed of Judaism like some unwanted vessel and has expelled itself from the culture of nations. Israel is geographically and linguistically isolated from Western civilization and has therefore ceased to take part in that culture. The result is ever-increasing acculturation into the Levant. The generation, which was born in Europe and absorbed its culture, is gradually dying. The cultural standards, which Martin Buber, Hugo Bergman, Yaakov Talmon, Leah Goldberg, Avraham Shlonsky, Natan Alterman, Israel Eldad, to mention just a few names, have perished with the deaths of those personalities. This leaves its mark on the political level. Political leadership on the left and the right are neither “in touch” with Jewish heritage nor with European culture.

In Summary

The Israeli political leadership has never delineated for itself political objectives in any war, including the Six Day War, perhaps because it was never in touch with its Jewish-national roots but rather with concepts of European socialism and social democracy. The willingness to make painful concessions, withdrawals and territorial compromise of the “land for peace” school – a direct result of the absence of national roots – is a language not understood in a region mostly Muslim and Arabic speaking. In the (existing not the new) Middle East, it is perceived as weakness and as an invitation to extort further concessions.

The “nationalist” right is also not free of these phenomena. Within 55 years of the establishment of the State of Israel, the Likud agrees with and implements the original  credo of Jewish radicals and far left: “Two states for two nations”, conducts negotiations despite continued terrorism and allows extra-governmental organizations to conduct negotiations with hostile elements and to offer them concessions with no national mandate and no legal authority and, needless to say, absolves these extra-governmental groups of any responsibility for their actions.

The spirit of defeatism inundating the Israeli left has infected the center and right circles as well. The continuing terrorism, the difficult economic situation, the leadership’s loss of direction and its corruption contribute to the weakening of the Israeli people’s staying power and faith in the justness of their path. The tendency to grasp at “pipe dreams” of “peace now – and later we’ll see” distorts any sense of reality and obviates any sober view of the dangers and threats.

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