Oh dear. A Zionist laments the fact that Israel is no longer “cool”. Lobbyists, better spend more on PR because that’s really worked so well for you:
We are no longer cool.
We always had problems around here, but up until a few years ago we were still one of the coolest states on earth. When we would meet Americans and tell them we’re from Israel, their immediate response would be “Wow.” It wasn’t always clear why they said it – because of the high-tech, the most beautiful girls in the world, the Entebbe Operation, the Six-Day War, the kibbutzim, Exodus, the Mossad, the oranges, or the fact that the feeble Jews suddenly got a tan and went to the beach.
Because we are no longer cool. Everything that used to be funny has become problematic. The kibbutznik who would walk into the opera house in Vienna wearing sandals had been replaced by a bunch of teenagers who vandalize hotels in Cyprus. That Israeli guy who arrived in New York with $10 in his pocket and became a millionaire is currently suspected of real-estate fraud and is wanted in six states. Instead of exporting irrigation systems to Africa, we sell weapons to the worst regimes on earth. Meanwhile, the best army in the world is being portrayed in the worst way possible on CNN.
And in response we complain and show anger, while referring to them as “anti-Semites,” which of course worsens the situation because there is nothing less cool than whining, but what can we do? Keep silent? Leave the stage for the bad guys?