For thousands of years the Jews dreamed of reclaiming their country. The left had another dream.
It dreamed of a country run by bureaucrats that worked only three days a week. It dreamed of unions running monopolies that worked whenever they liked and charged whatever they wanted. It dreamed of children raised on collective farms without parents and of government as a Socialist café debate.
Most of all it dreamed of a country without conservatives. It still hasn’t gotten that wish.
Netanyahu’s victory hit hardest in Tel Aviv where, as Haaretz, the paper of the left, reports, “Leftist, secular Tel Aviv went to sleep last night cautiously optimistic only to wake up this morning in a state of utter and absolute devastation.”
Tel Aviv is ground zero for any Iranian nuclear attack. Its population density makes it an obvious target and Iran threatened it just last month. A nuclear strike on Tel Aviv would not only kill a lot of Israelis, it would also wipe out the country’s left.
Haifa and Tel Aviv are the only major cities in Israel that the left won in this election. And it was a close thing in traditionally “Red Haifa” whose union dockworkers these days are Middle Eastern Jews who vote right. The left took a quarter of the vote in Haifa to a fifth for Netanyahu’s conservative Likud party.
In Tel Aviv however, the Labor coalition and Meretz, the two major leftist parties, took nearly half of the vote. Amos Oz’s daughter told Haaretz that everyone in the left had been upbeat because everyone they knew was voting for the left. Now the leftist elite is once again forced to come to terms with the tragedy that much of the country doesn’t want to hand over land to terrorists, live on a communal farm or turn over the country to Marc Rich’s lawyer and his American backers who make Slim-Fast and KIND bars.
There are however days when they think Israel might be better off without certain parts of Tel Aviv.
The left doesn’t want a country. It wants a Berkeley food co-op. It wants a city with some ugly modernist architecture. It wants a campus with courses on media studies and gender in geography. It wants an arcade where unwashed lefties can tunelessly strum John Lennon songs on their vintage guitars. It wants cafes with Russian Futurist prints on the walls. It wants to be excited about political change.
Its only use for Israel was as a utopian theme park.
Its allegiance was not to Jewish history or democracy, but to its crackpot leftist fantasies. Now its fantasies are dead and it wants to kill Israel.
The left spitefully alienated every immigrant group from Holocaust survivors to Middle Eastern Jews to Russian Jews. It also had slurs for each of them. The Holocaust survivors were ‘Sabon’ (soap) and the Middle Eastern Jewish refugees were ‘Chakhchakhim’. That particular slur at an election rally cost Peres and Labor the 1981 election. Another slur at an election rally now hurt the left and boosted Netanyahu.
But if you ask the left why it lost, it will blame Israeli racism.
The Israeli left slurred Middle Eastern Jews as “primitives” and used them as cheap labor to maintain the Kibbutz collectivist lifestyle until they stood up for themselves and the experiment in ‘equality’ ended. It slurred Russian immigrants as “prostitutes”, Settlers in ’67 Israel as “bloodsuckers” and Ultra-Orthodox as “parasites”.
These groups are also known as the majority of the country. That’s why the left lost. Again.
The left wants its clubhouse back and it can’t get it back. Demographics and immigration turned the ideal Israeli leftist, a wealthy secular Ashkenazi urbanite from an important family, into a minority. The only reason the left still exists is because its phantom Apartheid State of media outlets, courts and academics still maintains a death grip on the system.
The other reason that the Israeli left exists is that its malicious oppression of new immigrants splintered them into warring groups, much as the Democratic Party’s Tammany Hall did in the United States. The left couldn’t own them, but it did set them against each other in order to maintain a dysfunctional political system in which the strongest form of central authority comes from an unelected judiciary.
The left hasn’t managed to conquer Israel, but it has succeeded in dividing it. Every new group of immigrants has been indoctrinated, not with allegiance to the left (that was a lost cause early on) but with resentment of each other. The Russian Jews are told that they live badly because of the Ultra-Orthodox Jews. The Middle Eastern Jews are told that they live badly because of the Russian Jews. The Ultra-Orthodox are told that they live badly because of the Settlers. There’s plenty of overlap between these groups, but the tactic still works well enough for the left to stay in the game.
The real Apartheid State in Israel is this Deep State of the left. It’s the one you see on display when former heads of the Mossad and Shabak denounce Israel and Netanyahu. It’s in the phony media polls and exit polls that were skewed in favor of the left. It’s in the candidacy of a cretin like Herzog with his high voice and his old guard last name promising to do whatever Obama and the left tell him to do.
The left tried to sell Herzog, the errand boy for international leftist criminals like Marc Rich and Octav Botnar, as the future of Israel. The public never bought it.
The left has no leadership. It has nothing to offer. It has no reason to exist except malice and spite.
Since the left lost control of Israel, it has been hell-bent on destroying it. The PLO deal was one step in a process meant to destroy Israel and return to the bi-national state that Ahdut HaAvodah, the ancestor of the Labor Party, and Ben Gurion had been flirting with in the twenties and thirties.
The Two-State Solution was always meant to end in a One-State Solution.
The Israeli left has despaired of turning the country into the utopia that it wanted. There are still plenty of bureaucrats and union monopolies, but children are raised by their parents and most of them are born to the types of Jews that they hate.
The more philosophical members of the left see the “peace process” that they illegally initiated and passed as a cleanup operation that removes the failed experiment of Israel to make way for the Muslim “decolonization/ethnic cleansing” of Israel. They usually have homes in France and tenure in the US.
And the rest of the Jewish population that doesn’t have homes in France is meant to become Sabon.
The remainder had decided that the only hope for the leftist dream is to unite with their Socialist
comrades in the PLO and build a bi-national state using Muslim demographics to counter the demographic growth of Middle Eastern and Ultra-Orthodox Jews. Israel will become Lebanon. The Jews will become the Lebanese Christian minority in this utopian experiment and it doesn’t matter if they get killed as long as some of them go on living in pricey neighborhoods and strumming guitars in Tel Aviv.
It would be nice to think that the Israeli left was transformed into this twisted thing by the loss of its utopian dreams, but it was always like this. It was never patriotic. It was forced to become patriotic by the Muslim rejection of all its efforts at co-existence. It was never Zionist. Zionism was forced on it by the anti-Semitism of its Russian Socialist colleagues. It never wanted to be Jewish. It was forced to be.
Muslim hate turned the Israeli left into the unwilling caretaker of a Jewish State. G-d kept Israel alive despite the left’s incompetence, its treasons and its slavish instinct for appeasement.
Today the left can no longer even pretend that it has a vision. All it can do is howl about peace and justice and how the Middle Eastern Jewish Schorim (blacks) and the Ultra-Orthodox Schorim (also blacks, for their hats) and the Russians destroyed ‘their’ country.
Then it can go back to its French villas and have its bi-national Muslim state there.
The left wants to HAVE HAD a country that they had a hand in destroying. So that they can feel good about their strong leftist beliefs.ReplyDelete
Daniel, this article explained many things I had wondered about for years. Only you could have put the seemingly illogical into understandable words, depressing as they may be. Progressive may challenge Islam as the world's fastest growing religion. Can that be with synonyms?ReplyDelete
Wow. That's exactly what I've been thinking for years. Of course, polite American conservative and neoconservative venues would not tolerate this sort of truth-telling about the supposedly "Zionist" Israeli left and the sainted David Ben Gurion. I'm glad at least Greenfield can say it.ReplyDelete
the left in the USA has tried to do the same thing via mass illegal immigration, poisoning the minds of children and control of the media, they are slowly loosing their grip also. we can all pray that logic and humanity can again rule the dayReplyDelete
Wow, what Daniel says is an eye opener, if true ( I am not jewish; I have no idea).ReplyDelete
Do most American Jewish folks agree with Daniel's view ?
Are Israeli leftist Jews as bigoted as Daniel states? Because that is an incredible fact, given the persecution the Jewish people have endured for millennia.
I always wondered why American Jewish voters always voted for liberal progressives, and why they LOVE the anti-Semite Obama, despite the fact that it is the progressives that are leading the hate Israel BDS pogrom, especially on the Stalinist college campuses.
Maybe some Jewish commentators can answer or comment on my questions.
Sadly, your average American Jew these days is about as jewish as a bacon cheeseburger.Delete
You are one of the most important persons whose writings I enjoy. Thank you for always shedding light on such dark forces.ReplyDelete
Daniel, I have been anxiously awaiting your post election comments, and they do not disappoint.ReplyDelete
Human nature being much the same everywhere, your description of Israel's Left is similar to Americas Left However, it seems the general population in Israel has evolved to the point of 'putting away childish things', at least some of those who fell for it in the first place. Fear of obliteration makes smart people grow up fast.
I doubt the ability of many Americans to grow up under any circumstances, and therein lies the difference between us and the Israeli people.
G-d bless Netanyahu and Israel, the light of civilization in a dark abyss.
Thanks for your brilliant insights.
Thank you for explaining that and filling in some info that seems to be missing in the usual MSM news. Unfortunately, what you describe in Israel could be said for the US.ReplyDelete
The kumbaya folks and organic kale crowd would not know what to do on a real communal kibbutz, typical (now rare) American family farm, or even an employee owned factory. Sitting in a café looking hip and cool, spouting the latest talking points, and being an activist at every Pro-PA rally does not get real work done.
The idea that somehow the government can decree working hours, pay rates, prices, and services such as healthcare and have a society that functions, is pure fantasy. You get Trabants, Yugos, aircraft carriers that can't launch planes, and five year plans producing nothing the rest of the world wants. Meanwhile, the farms underproduce and what they do produce is barely edible. The leaders of such countries go abroad for healthcare when it is more serious than a hangnail.
Now, back to the real subject. Since Bibi really did win the election by straight talk, rather than clichés and talking points, why is he back pedaling now? He certainly was painting the situation accurately.
the only real change in the left is the gays who have hijacked it....they hate all things biblical, especially the Jews and the holy land...they are the hidden hand behind this and I have studied this relentlessly for over 20 years...I have predicted this...and no matter what Israel and the Jews do it will not be enough...the Jews are being pursued by a vicious enemy...ReplyDelete
I LOVE seeing the Left lose. It does a heart good.ReplyDelete
I am a nobody from Brooklyn. I became religious but I am from a secular family. My parents have an Israeli friend who came to live in the United States. I am sure he is shocked by Bibi's win. I am not. I now know all kinds of Jews and they all have similar commitments. Bibi is a problem politician but at least he has a real base and that base had no choice but to vote for Bibi.ReplyDelete
The real dream of the Israeli Left was to have Israel loved by the Leftist world (and that was really the true Leftists of Europe and not the wannabe Leftists of America). Anyone in the way was an ignoramus. Now the Israeli Leftist no longer has the World and he is fast losing having a country. An exile of the mind from one's own heritage will always lead to a total exile of the body. It's going to get very lonely for Leftist Jews.
I still can't get over just how narcissistic Obama's goons were in this. I mean did they seriously think that the"mobilized" Arabs would hop ethnic lines over there and vote for Buji as if they were some token Democratic minority.ReplyDelete
anon 24/3/15 said something wise:ReplyDelete
"An exile of the mind from one's own heritage will always lead to a total exile of the body. "
so the question is: is there any hope of redeeming the liberal-lefty jews of israel and america? how to do that? and, at the same time, how to prevent them from causing any more harm!!
"Do most American Jewish folks agree with Daniel's view ?"
Most of the ones who worship G-d do. Those that worship the Left... worship the Left. Here, as there.
"is there any hope of redeeming the liberal-lefty jews of israel and america? how to do that? and, at the same time, how to prevent them from causing any more harm!!"
1. In America, yes. See the blueprint used by Canada's Stephen Harper to turn Canadian Jews conservative. Canada is where a respected lawyer, hall of fame goalie, and noted local hockey executive lost his seat last election - because he represented in a Jewish riding for the Liberal Party. Key? The personal safety/ leftist anti-semitism angle.
2. Keep beating them. By any means necessary. And leverage the hate of our enemies as a club to keep shrinking their numbers.
Here's an example of a brainless person posting nonsense:ReplyDelete
". That's exactly what I've been thinking for years. Of course, polite American conservative and neoconservative venues would not tolerate this sort of truth-telling about the supposedly "Zionist" Israeli left and the sainted David Ben Gurion." Notice how he FAILS completely yo notice the long list of CONSERVATIVES that HAVE quoted and read what Daniel has to say.
During their nineteen centuries in exile, Jews existed only at the sufferance of whatever nation they happened to inhabit. Whereas the strong survive by supporting their allies and crushing their enemies, the weak survive by betraying their allies and kowtowing to their enemies.ReplyDelete
Thus the vast majority of American Jews vote for the party that hates them, and many hold high positions in that party. In the USSR, the Trotskyists were the most ethnically Jewish faction, and also the most viciously anti-Semitic. It's sort of a "don't kill me, kill that other Jew behind the tree" strategy.
Now that the Jews are once again a real nation with borders and a state, it's time for them to act like one, but old habits die hard.
The core of the Left, that rotten core is simple, it hates the God of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob. It really is that simple.ReplyDelete