Skip to comments.Why Israel Is Turning Right
Posted on 01/17/2013 5:47:19 AM PST by lbryce
n the Jan. 21 New Yorker, David Remnick offers a long profile of various figures from the Israeli nationalist right, including Naftali Bennett, leader of a rising political party.
If Bennett becomes Prime Minister somedayand his ambition is as plump and glaring as a harvest moonhe intends to annex most of the West Bank and let Arab cities like Ramallah, Nablus, and Jenin be self-governing but under Israeli security.
I will do everything in my power to make sure they never get a state, he says of the Palestinians. No more negotiations, no more illusions. Let them eat crème brûlée.
That final jibe is a reference to Bennett's wife's success as a pastry chef during the couple's sojourn in New York a decade ago. It nicely conveys the dismissive tone of the whole piece.
Remnick writes of the rise of Israel's nationalist right as if it were a wholly autochthonous event, sprung from within Israel for purely internal Israel reasons. Remnick laments the overthrow of Israel's peacemaking left, but he only glancingly acknowledges the reasons for that overthrow.
There have been countless plans for division and resolutionthe U.N. partition plan in 1947; the Oslo process in the mid-nineties; Ehud Baraks offers to Yasir Arafat at Camp David and Taba, in 2000 and 2001; Ariel Sharons unilateral withdrawal from Gaza, in 2005; Ehud Olmerts offer to Mahmoud Abbas, in 2007and with what results? Wars, intifadas, terror, rocket fire, Hamas in Gaza, Hezbollah in Lebanon, hostility in the U.N. and Europe, threats of boycotts and delegitimatization.
But isn't that all precisely true? Remnick has little patience for Bennett's predictions for a West Bank Palestinian state.
If Israel were to allow the establishment of a Palestinian state, [says Bennett] what is now the West Bank would quickly become a second Gazaa Hamas-led
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How very well said.
Gee, could it be because the muzzies are on the verge of being capable (Iran’s nukes) of exterminating the Jews and wiping Israel off the map?