Inspired by some words spoken by Matti Friedman, Canadian-Israeli author of Pumpkinflowers: A Soldier’s Story (google it!) towards the end of his conversation with Phillip Adams on a rebroadcast today of a June 2, 2016, http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/latenightlive/war-without-end!/8107078 about why after the 1990s the Israeli voters swung to the right, not because they became religious or nationalist fanatics, but in fear after seeing the consequences of power vacuums in this dangerous region, like those created in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya…  

& this is something I & others on the left (those who relate more to the danger that comes from POWER; the rightists relate more to the danger that might well come from a POWER VACUUM that might well arise if Israel is not strong) don’t often relate to. We see & feel the daily danger & the daily crimes against humanity, the atrocities, the brutalities, of POWER when one nation occupies & oppresses another, but we have not learned to address the fear, which most who fear the danger of a POWER VACUUM will call simple realism, that allows them to suppress their humane feelings, their compassion, their acknowledgement of their complicity in the ongoing oppression of millions of Palestinians in & outside occupied Palestine. Something to think about…




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