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The news was obviously embarrassing for L’Unità [Italian left wing newspaper] that didn’t even mention it in its homepage. On the contrary the same news filled up for some time the homepages of the main Italian newspapers, before falling into the emphatic, benedictory notes of the tv reports lead by a legion of ordinary valets, then being forgotten.
Italian President Giorgio Napolitano celebrated the Remembrance Day by equating, substantially, anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism, as he stated that “anti-Zionism means negation of the inspirator source of the Jewish State, namely, of the reasons of its birth, yesterday, and of its emergency today, beyond the governments who alternated to the guide of Israel.” (Corriere della Sera, January 25, 2007)
Perhaps his speech – be it right or wrong – made the joy of those who would gain credit for the politics of the State of Israel and forget that the moral credit of the Jewish State does not rest on Israeli’s morality how much as it rests on the European past immorality.
Useless to summarize, or copy-and-past the works by a plethora of academics, journalists, politicians. Useless to remember the writings of Raul Hilberg and Hannah Arendt, Livia Rokach, Edward Said, Baruch Kimmerling and Noam Chomsky, Ilan Pappe and Tanya Reinhart, Avi Shlaim and Gideon Levy, Michael Warschawski and Norman Finkelstein, or to be astounded by Benny Morris’, Bill Clinton’s, Dennis Ross’, Shlomo Ben-Ami’s somersaults, or watch at Alan Dershowitz’s law techniques, at Moshe Sharett’s, Yossi Beilin’s rethinkings and at the surreptitious circumlocutions made by Ehud Barak. Superfluous to be indignated at Abraham Foxman’s and John Bolton’s statings, at Yasser Arafat’s market, at Bernard Lewis’ misleading precognition. And horrify at Menachem Begin’s, Yitzhak Shamir’s and Ariel Sharon’s misdeeds, as shivering at Golda Meir’s words and annotate Ben-Gurion’s eloquent gestures.
Then it is useless debating, confronting the sources, analyzing the documents, winnowing the interpretation of documents. And useless watching more at the facts than leaning to the labels. Eventually history got to the history books and over people’s skin and life. Someone, sooner or later, read the history books. But meanwhile, skin and life are lost.
Therefore, we cannot but wait (in order to avoid undue, preposterous accusations of anti-Semitism and in order to clear the birth and the premises, the aims, the tools, the goals and the limits of the Zionist movement) the comments written by those, who from the inside, never leant to that drift. “…That’s called covering your ass—because whatever an Israeli scholar says, you’re pretty safe: no one can accuse the journal of anti-Semitism, none of the usual stuff works.” (Noam Chomsky “Understanding Power” – The New Press, 2002)

“We walked outside, Ben-Gurion accompanying us. Allon repeated his question, ‘What is to be done with the Palestinian population?’ Ben-Gurion waved his hand in a gesture which said ‘Drive them out!’” (Yitzhak Rabin, July 1948, in occasion of the conquest of Lydda and Ramla)

“We’ll make a pastrami sandwich of them, … we’ll insert a strip of Jewish settlements in between the Palestinians, and then another strip of Jewish settlements right across the West Bank, so that in 25 years’ time, neither the United Nations nor the United States, nobody, will be able to tear it apart.” (Ariel Sharon, 1973, talking to W. Churchill III about Zionists’ aims)

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Written by pipistro

January 31, 2007 at 1:57 pm

Posted in Israel

Precognition

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They say precognition is “a glimpse of a possible future that is based upon present conditions” (wikipedia). Let’s see an abstract from Ha’aretz of January 24, 2007, in order to get an example of present conditions: “…Major General (Res.) Doron Almog on Tuesday presented to the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee his findings in the inquiry into the abduction of Israel Defense Forces soldiers Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser. Almog uncovered a chain of failures at all levels of command. Almog told the committee that had the soldiers been briefed on the morning before the abduction, Regev and Goldwasser would not have been kidnapped and their three fellow soldiers would not have been killed. Almog added that had the chief of staff acted responsibly and taken an active role in terms of preparing for the option of abduction, the soldiers would not have been abducted”. So someone claims now that the soldiers patrolling the border should have been prepared for the “option of abduction” before it actually happened. Why? I do not have a clue about that, but we must assume either that precognition is among IDF duties or that the abduction was likely to happen. (See below We are history and That’s just old news)

Written by pipistro

January 24, 2007 at 11:21 am

Posted in Lebanon

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