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…




THE MONARCH IS NO FOOL, & HE IS SOLIDLY BACKED BY THE EMPIRE– three sentences (with numerous parentheses)


He is no fool (though many of his opponents think he is & deride him publicly accordingly), the four-times elected (presently in his third time in a row) monarch (surely the correct word, “a sole and absolute ruler of a state or nation”, which by now for all practical purposes I’d say he is) of the Zionist State (I prefer not to use the name this state has in my opinion usurped & has no real right to, because it has for millennia been the Hebrew name for all Jewry in the world, most of whom live outside & are not represented by that state), Mr Rightson Godgiven (this is a fair Englishing of his Hebrew name; look up Yahu).

In many ways, he’s a genius, & has proved himself to be a superb manipulator not only within the Zionist State (where he has securely established an administration whose functionaries do his bidding, where the taxes of citizens pay for the subsidizing of settlers in the occupied “West Bank” while the health, welfare, educational; cultural & social needs of the citizens within the State proper are ignored, where activities against his policies & practices are suppressed &/or punished, where an indoctrinated &/or terrified populace is continually conned into not feeling compassion or objecting to the continuing brutality of the continuous occupation & the continuing non-acknowledgment of the Nakba that has been ongoing for almost 70 years, & of the Zionist State’s responsibility for it, where everything that a humane observer would excoriate & rage about is allowed to continue through the power of fear &/or the Big Lie of “the nation-state of the Jewish people”, to the extent that most of the populace don’t even feel complicity in the crimes against humanity their state is continuously committing) but also in the international arena, as his latest triumph in getting Egypt to withdraw its resolution from the Security Council agenda yesterday.

Except that here (as in numerous previous ventures & interventions by him outside of & on behalf of the Zionist State) he mightn’t have succeeded had there not been powerful interests who do not want to see the Zionist State’s power in Palestine & in the Middle East weakened, not because they favor or love or even care for Zionism as such (though having more “white” Jews there might seem better to & for them than having it all inhabited by “black” Arabs), but because there is more profit & power for them if things continue as they are. As monarch of the Zionist State he has solid backing from the “Western” global neo-liberal Empire…