The extreme Israeli right's alliance with lunatics
In recent years, the extreme Israeli Right has developed an alliance with heads
of the Evangelical movement, who define themselves as Christian Zionists, some
of whom believe that another Holocaust of the Jews will ensure the resurrection
– Editorial headline on Glenn Beck’s tour of Israel, Haaretz,
Glenn Beck has come and gone. His tour of the country could probably
be deemed a reasonable success, but perhaps more low-key than some expected.
Certainly it did not have an electrifying impact that reverberated through
Israeli society. No senior Israeli politician addressed Beck’s rallies, or made
widely publicized endorsements of his staunchly pro-Israel
Beck was perhaps entitled to expect greater support from the
Israeli political establishment. Indeed, as MK Einat Wilf, a self-professed
left-leaning liberal atheist pointed out with grace and eloquence, one need not
identify with all of Beck’s ideas or approve of all his pronouncements to
acknowledge his fervent support with courteous appreciation.Disturbingly
detached from reality
Generally, local press coverage ranged from muted
embarrassment to dismissive contempt to breathtaking mendacity.
As Caroline Glick ably points out, the Israeli media either grossly under-reported
or gravely mis-reported events. While not totally unexpected, this
unprofessional misconduct reflects a disturbing dereliction of duty on the part
of mainstream journalists to their reading public, once again underscoring their
willingness to subordinate professional integrity to political bias.
whether one applauds or abhors Beck, the attempt to dismiss him “marginal” or
“fringe” underscores how detached from reality the criticism of him was. Love
him or loathe him, no one can deny that Beck is a hugely influential and admired
figure in the US – a fact born out by poll after poll.
To brand him
“anti-Semitic” for his outspoken support of the Jewish state is as delusional as
it is malevolent...A dramatic eclipse of common sense
Of course in the
deluded malice department, it is difficult to outdo Haaretz
. After publishing
almost daily tirades invective against Beck during his tour, the paper decided
to sum up his visit with an editorial slur, castigating him for having the
temerity “to speak ill of US President Barack Obama and to challenge his
leadership” – a incongruous position for a newspaper that has made lambasting
its own prime minister its professional hallmark. In a journalistic sleight of
hand, its headline casts collective aspersions – unsubstantiated throughout the
rest of the piece – on all Israelis who do not dissociate themselves from Beck,
implying that this brackets them with “the extreme right,” and that Christian
Zionist allies of Israel are “lunatics.”
can hardly claim to
be the standard-bearer for mental health. Indeed, just how much the paper has
lost its grasp on reason is reflected in the editorial’s closing
In a dramatic eclipse of common sense by political
correctness, it chides Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s for allowing Beck’s
pro-Israel event to take place and for barring anti-Israel activists – the same
folk who couldn’t make it to Gaza with this year’s foiled flotilla – from
entering the country to express their “support for the Palestinians’
The reason for Haaretz
’s chagrin? Beck’s “support event in
Jerusalem was no less provocative” than the “activists’” planned anti-Israel
protests. No kidding! You couldn’t make this stuff up!
Totally oblivious to any
distinction between friend and foe, the quasi-official mouthpiece of the
self-appointed “enlightened” Left showed itself incapable of differentiating
amity from enmity. One is left to wonder whether Haaretz
would prefer Beck and
his sizable following to transfer their support to the anti-Israel camp. But
then for Haaretz
being anti-Israel is no different than being
pro-Israel.Symptoms of collective psychosis
Despite all this
mean-spirited depreciation – perhaps partially because of it – Beck’s visit
generated a hugely important by-product.
The reaction to his overtly
pro-Israel enterprise exposed in the most blatant manner the psychotic nature of
the Israeli Left as a socio-political collective, that demented segment of
society that masquerades as the nation’s “intellectual elite.”
Demented? Strong words, perhaps, but the diagnosis is both appropriate and
demonstrably verifiable. Indeed, were a private individual to exhibit the
behavioral patterns characteristic of the so-called intelligentsia of the Left,
he would undoubtedly be certified for serious mental disorder and declared a
danger to himself and his surroundings.
Consider the following widely
accepted definitions of psychiatric concepts: • Psychosis: Mental illness
involving gross disorder of perception...which causes the subject to
lose touch with external reality.• Psychotic symptom: A symptom which
causes a misinterpretation of reality, typically hallucinations; delusional
belief.• Hallucination: A perception experienced in the absence of an
external stimulus to the sense organs.• Delusion: A belief that is
firmly held despite compelling evidence to the contrary.
Little effort is
required to identify a remarkably close correlation between the collective
behavior of the Israeli Left and these symptoms. It would take a very thick tome
to document all cases, so we confine ourselves to representative
examples.A belief firmly held despite compelling evidence to the
Let’s start with “losing touch with reality.”
The Israeli Left
has been in denial for more than a decade. With their entire worldview in
shattered ruins, they still refuse to acknowledge error.
ideological flagship, the Oslo process, which set sail for a “New Middle East,”
has long-floundered on the rocks of Mideast realities. Without exception, all
the dangers its opponents warned of have materialized, but not one of the
benefits its proponents promised.
Thousands – Israelis and Palestinians –
have paid with life and limb to indulge pursuit of this dangerous delusion.
Still the Israeli Left refuses to recant, withdrawing from reality and
persisting in “a belief... firmly held despite compelling evidence to the
Indeed, contention after left-wing contention has proved
hallucinatory in the sense that they were founded on nothing other than wishful
• The wild fantasy of an EU-like “New Middle East” stretching from
Casablanca to Kuwait.
• The bizarre assessment of the preeminently
corrupt archterrorist Yasser Arafat as a credible peace partner.
preposterous perception of murderous Bashar Assad as a cultured, trustworthy
ruler who could be relied on to honor a deal on the Golan (how nutty does that
look today?) These were all pure figments of feverish left-wing imagination,
devoid of any anchor in reality. They were conceived, promoted and pursued
although they clearly flew in the face of known facts and prevailing
evidence.Rejecting love, embracing hate
Perverse people, the Israeli
Left. It would seem that they are more comfortable being hated and despised than
being loved and admired.
Thus while they fulminate against Zionist
Christians, and urge that Israelis dissociate themselves from them, hinting
darkly that “some” (but implying “all”) harbor a latent anti- Semitic agenda,
they nevertheless endorse engaging the Palestinians whose Judeophobic agenda is
overt and active.
Indeed the diatribes and the graphic imagery in
official Palestinian media are reminiscent of the Nazis’ Der Stürmer
, but leave
the Israeli Left strangely unperturbed.
While they issue dire warnings
that the Zionist Christians may secretly wish the annihilation of the Jews at
the end of days, they seem to have no problem advocating contacts with the
Islamist extremists who openly advocate the annihilation of Jews today – as
precondition for the advent of the Day of Redemption. Not only does the Hamas
Charter exhort Muslims to slaughter Jews down to the very last one, but the
allegedly “pragmatic” Fatah calls for the complete demolition of the Zionist
entity in its Constitution... It doesn’t get more anti-Semitic than that. But
the Israeli Left ignores this with unnerving equanimity.Embracing the
‘other’ – sort of
The Israeli Left prides itself on its openness and acceptance
of the “other.” However, this professed tolerance has a perverse way of
manifesting itself and seems subject to curious limitations.
finds that the Left seems more comfortable with people who endorse – or at least
condone – “honor killing,” than with people who oppose abortion.
they seem to have no problem with Judeocidal Muslims and inimical boycott,
divestment and sanctions-promoting Christians, left-wing tolerance of the
“other” abruptly evaporates when it comes to ultra-Orthodox Jews, Jewish
“settlers”... or pro-Israel Evangelical Christians.
They are demonized as
the cause of all evil – be it provoking Palestinian terror, inducing the high
cost of housing, delaying the advent of regional peace or hastening that of
Armageddon.The twin pillars of doctrinal dogma
compilation of the psychotic-like behavior patterns of the Israeli Left would
extend well beyond the limitations of a single article. Suffice to say that
society would not tolerate them in an individual. It should not tolerate them in
The Left has abused its unelected positions of power and
privilege in the legal establishment, the media and academe, leading the nation
astray and imposing on the elected polity a delusion dogma that rests on twin
doctrinal pillars: • Credo quia absurdum est – I believe it because it is
absurd.• Falastin über alles – Palestine above all else.
convinced? Imagine how Glenn Beck would have been received with open left-wing
arms – whatever his alleged views on the coming of the Messiah – had he
enthusiastically endorsed Palestinian statehood and a divided
This is a doctrine that has wrought untold harm on the nation.
The people promoting it must be challenged and driven from their positions of
dominance in the Israeli establishment; their stranglehold over the institutions
of law, the press and the universities must be pried loose.
A real reason
In this season of social awareness, this should be the real
target for public anger. The detrimental, dysfunctional and largely disloyal
role the Israel Left has played over the past two decades is a far more
appropriate target at which public outrage should be directed. It is to this end
that energies should be channeled – certainly far more than to the demand for
If the hysterical, incoherent and hypocritical reaction
to Glenn Beck’s visit helped underline this, he will have done the country a