Saturday, November 13, 2010


As my positions on Israel continue to evolve "landmarks" frequently present themselves. One such landmark, for me personally, anyway, was the Mavi Marmara incident. What most caught my attention about the flotilla-thing was that it was clearly a case in which western leftists literally, physically, and economically, joined with actual Jihadis in attacking Jews. That is what we saw. The Mavi Marmara was a Turkish vessel carrying people, as we saw on video, who wished for martyrdom in a violent confrontation with Jews and they were aided and abetted by western secular leftists. It was the first time that I really came to understand there is, in fact, a Left-Jihadi alliance at work. This is not to say that all leftists are part of that alliance, but that there is a segment of the western progressive left that supports Jihadis over Jews.

Strange, but true.

Another landmark has taken place just recently. With the current failure of the peace talks, a failure that anyone with a pulse saw coming many months ago, the left, including much of the Jewish left, blames Israel for that failure. This shows me that Jewish liberals are generally weak in their support for the Jewish state. There are things that Israel can be blamed for and things that Israel cannot be blamed for. One of the things that Israel cannot be blamed for is the failure of current negotiations. The reason that Israel cannot be blamed for the failure of negotiations is because it was not the Israelis who refused to negotiate, but the Palestinians who refused to do so.

When Netanyahu first came into office he called for negotiations without preconditions. The Palestinians refused. As a compromise in order to demonstrate good faith, Israel instituted a ten-month settlement freeze in the hopes of bringing the Palestinians to the table, but the Palestinians still refused to negotiate. Now that the settlement freeze is over they are demanding an extension of the freeze, despite the fact that they would neither negotiate throughout most of the period of the freeze, nor negotiate without the freeze. But the bottom line is that Israel called for negotiations while the Palestinians rejected negotiations.
And, yet, many Jewish "progressives" blame Israel for the failure of those negotiations. Does that make even the least little bit of sense? How can Israel be at fault when it was the Palestinians who refused to negotiate whether there was settlement-building or not?

To the extent that Jewish progressives blame Israel on this question is the extent to which those individuals suffer from what I call Jewish Stockholm Syndrome. Stockholm Syndrome, of course, means taking on the political outlooks of one's captors. Jewish Stockholm Syndrome is when Jewish people, whether supporters of Israel or not, ingest the so-called "Palestinian narrative" and view the I-P conflict, at least in some measure, through that narrative.

At the heart of the Palestinian narrative is perpetual Israeli guilt and perfect Palestinian innocence. When Jewish supporters of Israel blame the failure of negotiations on Israel they are expressing something that is not only irrational, but that fits the Palestinian narrative of never-ending Israeli guilt.

They thus suffer from Jewish Stockholm Syndrome.

As with so much else, it's obvious, but they'll never see it or acknowledge it.


  1. It should come as no surprise that some on the left would support and make common cause with Jihadists since they have always supported some of the most foul dictators and murderers that ever lived. They still wear Che t-shirts for fuck's sake. Feminists don't say a word about the horrible treatment of women in Jihadist nations. ETC ETC.

    Let's remember that the NARRATIVE was born of soviet propaganda based on the Nazis "big lie." And make no mistake that since the original Protocols of the Elders of Zion have been proven false, the left and the NARRATIVE are attempting to offer a new and better version of the same old same old by wrapping it it in some kind of acceptable ideology.

    That simple fact is what causes saner Liberals to go WTF? A certain cognitive dissonance. We've heard the tune but can't quite remember the name of it and the new cover artist seems familiar too, some of his stuff rings a bell.

  2. I said that the Protocols have been proven false and I should clarify that is that case ONLY for rational people. It is still hugely popular in Muslim countries

    "where a large number of Arab and Muslim regimes and leaders have endorsed them as authentic, including endorsements of The Protocols from Presidents Gamal Abdel Nasser and Anwar Sadat of Egypt, one of the President Arifs of Iraq, King Faisal of Saudi Arabia, and Colonel Muammar al-Gaddafi of Libya. The 1988 charter of Hamas, a Palestinian Islamist group, states that the The Protocols of the Elders of Zion embodies the plan of the Zionists.[68] Recent endorsements in the 21st century have been made by the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Sheikh Ekrima Sa'id Sabri, and the education ministry of Saudi Arabia.[69]"

    The book is also popular in Asia, Japan and South America not to mention the internet.

  3. "( – President and Mrs. Obama visited a controversial mosque in Indonesia on Wednesday, but there is no indication the president has visited a synagogue anywhere since becoming president, according to a review of the White House Web site and news reports.

    When directly asked by telephone and email whether the president had ever visited a synagogue since taking office, the White House press office did not respond. (CNS News)"

    Because that's a good place to diss Israel about settlements.

  4. "LONDON – In the second attack on Israel by Liberal Democrat politicians in the same week that the party’s leader said the party got it wrong on Israel, Jenny Tonge claimed on Friday that Israel’s treatment of Palestinians is the root cause of terrorism worldwide.

    Possibly “Holocaust guilt” allows this treatment to go unchecked, Tonge said, adding that it might also be the “power of the pro-Israel lobby” in the UK and US. The Liberal Democrat peer was speaking in the House of Lords at the Strategic Defense and Security Review, which sets out how the British government will deliver the priorities identified in its national security strategy.

    On the issue of world conflict prevention, Tonge then said: “It is a disgrace to us all that problems such as Kashmir and Palestine are still alienating Muslims all over the world. “The treatment of Palestinians by Israel is held up as an example of how the West treats Muslims,” she said, “and is at the root cause of terrorism worldwide.” “Even Tony Blair has now admitted this publicly,” she said.

    “Why do we let it continue? Is it Holocaust guilt? We should be guilty – of course we should. Is it the power of the pro-Israel lobby here and in the USA?” The peer went on say that “cynics might think” Britain is at the ready to help Israel attack Iran.


    What can I say? They are everywhere.

  5. Huh.

    That never occurred to me, Doodad.

    Obama has not visited a synagogue since becoming president?


  6. karma, I'm glad you found it interesting. I sure did. Landmarks, my man, landmarks.

  7. Here's an Arab (uspeakable)view at dKos

    "* [new] At this point, (3+ / 0-)

    Recommended by:
    esquimaux, agnostic, soysauce

    it looks like the administration isn't really interested in a real peace deal."

    The admin he is talking about is Obama's.

    After all the anti-Israel stuff this president has engaged in including dissing Israel this week in bloody Jakarta it's obvious what dKos Arabs want and it has little to do with peace or Democrats.

  8. Well, people like unspeakable are the very embodiment of the Palestinian narrative. He is entirely convinced of his own virtue. He is entirely convinced of the pure innocence of the Palestinians. And, needless to say, he is convinced that Israel is eeeeeeevil.

  9. "Catholic bishops say more exorcists are needed


    Citing a shortage of priests who can perform the rite, the nation's Roman Catholic bishops are holding a conference on how to conduct exorcisms.

    The two-day training, which ends today in Baltimore, is to outline the scriptural basis of evil, instruct clergy on evaluating whether a person is truly possessed, and review the prayers and rituals that comprise an exorcism. ...."

    RIGHT after the huge Dem loss. Just sayin......

  10. Well Ambrose I could be wrong but I haven't seen it. I'm more than open to being corrected with examples.

  11. Of course, feminists are more than partial to slapping at Israel

    "Calling all feminists…We are inviting you to participate in the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) 2010 Conference…from October 22 to 24, 2010, artists, academics, activists…and concerned individuals will converge upon Montreal for this historic conference, which aims to consolidate and push forward the global movement for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions against Israeli apartheid…”The Conference workshop ‘Israeli Apartheid as a Feminist Issue’…[will] explore ways in which feminist organizations in Quebec, Canada and beyond can contribute to the BDS movement."

  12. On the question of feminism and Israel, Phyllis Chesler is prolific and interesting.