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Pro-settler Zionist says young Jews love fundamentalism, too

This is so desperate it’s comical. Those backing Jewish colonies who live in the Zionist Diaspora want nothing more than no debate over the growing numbers of young Jews turning away from Israeli occupation policies.

American Ted Lapkin (who used to work for the Zionist lobby AIJAC and now lurks with a right-wing think-tank) once wrote regularly in the Australian media about the glories of the Iraq war, the Afghan war, war on Iran, Israeli wars on Palestine, wars on Arabs and just war in general. He seemed oblivious to the fact that such rabid views made Jews seem like war-mongers who couldn’t help kill Arabs at any opportunity. Great PR for Zionism.

He’s now back, writing on the ABC today that young Jews still love Israel and people like me simply can’t accept that Israel is a glorious place. Any mention of the West Bank occupation? Of course not. Siege on Gaza? Hardly. Rampant Israeli racism against Arabs? No chance. Any understanding that mainstream debate in the US is rapidly changing? Fat chance.

Debate about Israeli crimes is now mainstream.

Onto the delusions:

The ‘disaffected Jew’ meme also popped up last year in the pages of the Leftwing NewMatilda magazine. “The Jewish Disaspora is Turning on Israel”, proclaimed the headline of an article by Antony Loewenstein, John Docker and Ned Curthoys.

But the recent publication of two academic research surveys has cast the theory of Jewish detachment from Israel into serious intellectual disrepute. The American Jewish Committee’s (AJC) 2010 Annual Survey of Jewish Opinion found that 74 per cent of American Jews felt “fairly close” or “very close” to Israel. This figure is entirely consistent with the findings of previous surveys done over the past decade.

The more extreme version of the Jewish disaffection thesis peddled by Loewenstein, Docker and Curthoys is relatively easy to dismiss. After all, these are self-avowed enemies of Zionism who oppose a Jewish state both in concept and reality. And as we have observed, their argument flies in the face of objective polling reality.

Since the 1967 war, it is undeniable that Left-of-centre opinion has moved away from support for Israel towards empathy with mortal enemies of the Jewish state. This is most pronounced amongst radical academics and rent-a-mob protestors who march arm and arm with Hezbollah supporters in street demonstrations.

But these currents have also taken their toll within the more moderate currents of the centre-Left. And as a result, support for Israel is far less pronounced these days amongst progressives than it is amongst conservatives.

Beinart attributes that erosion to Israel’s abandonment of its original sublime ideals. He claims that it isn’t he who left Zionism, but that Zionism left him.

But the true act of defection has been on the part of Western progressives who have cast by the wayside the only full-fledged democracy in the otherwise benighted Middle East.

The greatest supporters of Israel these days are Christian fundamentalists and those who love a charming settlement in the middle of Palestinian land. That’s quite a future Zionism is building for itself.

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  • efj

    The interesting thing about Lapkin is that he’s smart enough to know the truth…all for the good of the tribe.
    And anything goes. What are principles?
    No use calling the man unprincipled (which is what he is), when his steadfast principles are rooted in lebensraum.
    A true warrior.

  • Very true about Christian fundamentalists as hardcore fans of Israel. While clearly in contradiction to so-called Christian values, someone I know who is part of the largest right-wing evangelical church in Sydney recently ended an exchange about Israel/Palestine with: "I'd just rather the Jews run the world over the Muslims. That's just a simple summary." That's how he legitimises identifying as a Zionist, wearing a Star of David around his neck, and flying Israel and American flags in his home (despite being an Australian of Lebanese background). There is hope though, another of my Christian friends has an incredible t-shirt that simply says: "When Jesus said 'love your enemies', I think he probably meant, don't kill them". Damn straight.

  • Piotr Berman

    Live by the poll, die by the poll.

    For example, "J Street", a movement widely criticized by supporters of BDS (as it opposes BDS) and by Jewish right wings (as they are deemed traitors to Zionist cause) claims that they care deeply about Israel and are alarmed by the disastrous course of the right wing governments (and centrists too). They want peace and have "empathy with mortal enemies". Of course, J Streeters deny that Palestinians are "mortal enemies" and that empathy is treason. So people who follow J Street would be in "74% close of fairly close to Israel".

  • Average American

    Sorry guys, but as a non-Jew and average American, all I see is a series of one intransigent right wing government after another in your country. The policy is simply, "Hey, we have the US to back us up, we do what we want to do." More recently it feels, especially after your PM visited, "Hey US, we told you what we will and will not be doing, suck it." Oh yeah? I'm sorry Mr Netenyahoo, see I thought you were some strong man from a third world desert welfare state? Please remind me, but you are the welfare recipients of the US, yes? And maybe that's the problem. If Israel wants to act like a criminal terrorist state, ok. But not with my money or support. Israel is on a course of self-annihilation and they can do it without my tax dollars or support!