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Monday, February 06, 2006

The time is now

David Bernstein, The Age, February 6:

"Now is not a good moment for Israelis to be looking too deeply into their souls."

Writing about Spielberg's "Munich", Bernstein believes that Israel is "under an existential threat greater than at any time since the 1973 Yom Kippur War." His examples of the Hamas victory in the Palestinian territories and Iran's nuclear threat are both politically convenient ways for Jews and Israelis to ignore the gravest threat to the Jewish state: moral corruption. The ongoing occupation, nearly 40 years old, has left Israel - economically, spiritually and politically - in a parlous state.

There is never a "good time" to discuss the West's actions in the "war on terror", according to Bernstein. But then, he would always find an excuse to avoid the issue. Now, in fact, is the perfect time to condemn current thinking as counterproductive and find positive ways to engage with the wider world. Playing the victim, while accelerating a brutal occupation, is a sure way to engender hatred.

Hamas is no military threat to Israel and Bernstein knows it. Iran's leadership - while sprouting threatening and anti-Semitic statements - expresses a desire to wipe Israel off the map, but it is proper to regard such comments with scepticism, not least because, unlike Israel and the US, Iran is not occupying or invading other nations. Who is the real threat?


Blogger Wombat said...

Right on the money AL,

People ae confusing the fact that Iran has been referred to the UNSC as somethign based on evidence. The fact is, it was entirely based on political and diplomatic sleaze.

If there were any evidence found of Iran vilating the NPT, the referral tothe UNSC woudl be automatic, not requiring any political and diplomatic arm twisitng.

Any so called journalists making the assumtion that Iran has nukes or is pursing a nuclear weapons program is to be considered a propaghandist and a liar. Gioven the quote by Bernstein, he is probably both.

Monday, February 06, 2006 11:05:00 am  
Blogger Bernard said...

hmmm.... having only limited personal experience with killers, psychopaths, murderers, assassins and gangsters, I couldn't say whether the Avner character was plausible or not. Certainly Bana's performance is appealing. One would like to believe it is truthful.

Bernstein is the kind of crazed Zionist who does not realise that the Avner character puts Mossad, Israel and Israelis in a positive light. If he didnt exist he would have to be invented.

What sort of film does Bernstein think Spielberg should make? A kind of snuff film where a bunch of jew-psychopaths liquidate all and sundry with the emotion of robots? That'd do a lot for 'support for Israel.' Truly, the 'supporters of Israel' are in reality the 'supporters of Israel's ruination'.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006 1:58:00 pm  

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