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Netanyahu’s “Us or Them” Is Nothing But Trouble


#1

Netanyahu’s “Us or Them” Is Nothing But Trouble

Michael Winship

For a long time now, American political consultants have benefited from a lucrative sideline, selling their alleged expertise to politicians in Israel. (It was Democratic strategist James Carville who, after working on a campaign for former Prime Minister Ehud Barak, joked that the key to victory in Israel was who won “that all-important Jewish vote.”)


#2

Excellent and thoughtful analysis. Mr. Winship's observation that Netanyahu is "like a genie offering multiple wishes but each with a catch" is so brilliant and apt it would be funny -- if the genie's audience didn't, as always happens in the fairy tales, fall for the trick over and over and over again. Those stories usually end disastrously for the genie's client and are warnings against greed. In this situation, greed is also at the core. Not just greed in terms of land, but greedy self-protection of the sort that will cast all "others" as demons if it's easier than seeking to understand.


#3

People will get the government they deserve. This is not just about the lying sociopathy of Netanyahu - a majority of Israelis voted in right wing and nationalist candidates. "Us or Them" is the mantra of the "existential threat" argument for the existence of the state of Israel and has become more and more dominant as the moral justification for the Jewish state has been lost as apartheid, ethnic cleansing, settlement of occupied territories, and collective punishment crimes have proliferated.

Israel is a strategic burden to the US, not an asset. Even if we were to ignore Israel's criminality, there is not Realpolitik argument for our unqualified support. Israel is a dangerous and destabilizing force in the region that gravely limits our strategic flexibility and risks dragging us into another useless, disastrous war, this time with Iran. In reality, Iran shares a greater interest in stabilizing the failed states of the region on its borders than Israel does. We actually share more common interests with Iran than we do Israel.


#5

Nothing but trouble for whom? Who is going to suffer as a result of Netanyahu's attitudes?

Will US aid to Israel decrease?

Will US military assistance to Israel slow down?

Will US weapons makers make less money?

Will any US politicians refuse to support Israel's slaughter of innocents and theft of natural resources?

Will Israel spare the Gazans another murderous assault in the next year or so?

mcp


#6

Yep! Nutenyahoo got his vote..the country is behind him, then I say ..go attack Iran but leave America the hell out of it!..if the repubs want to join in..fine!