Self-Lacerating Israeli Authors

Giulio Meotti, a journalist with Il Foglio, is the author of the book, "A New Shoah: The Untold Story of Israel's Victims of Terrorism."

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After the flotilla incident, Grossman charged that Israel behaves like “a band of pirates.” He said the blockade on Gaza was “despicable,” attacking the Israeli government “which is prepared to embitter the lives of a million innocent people in the Gaza Strip, in order to obtain the release of one imprisoned soldier.”

The so called morality of these Jewish writers is not longer in tune with Israel’s security, very existence, identity and memory. Their publications attract so much attention abroad because of the baleful influence they have on Israel’s reputation, as they promulgate the most vicious distortions about their people and state.

Like Amos Oz, who has compared Gush Emunim members to Khomeini killers, or Abraham Yehoshua, who likened the Israeli public’s “silence” about the “oppression of the Palestinians” to the silence of Germans during the Holocaust.

Israel’s secular leftist intellectual community, to which Grossman and Oz belong, developed an enmity toward anything it conceived as representing Judaism or the Jewishness of Zionism. This came to include the Bible, Jewish history, the history of the Land of Israel and the classical Hebrew literature.

They join with those who “debunked” Zionism, which is, to them, not one of the most pristine and just movements of national liberation in history, but a colonialism uglier than anything perpetrated by the British, French or Spanish.

Astonishingly, these writers express only alienation, suicidal temptations, and self-hatred to the point of automatic identification with Israel’s enemies in their writings.

When Ariel Sharon sent back the IDF into Judea and Samaria to defeat the terrorists, both Grossman and Oz went to help the Palestinians with their olive harvest.

It didn’t stop Hamas from slaughtering two Jewish girls in a nearby “settlement,” Linoy Sarussi and Hadas Turgeman.

There is much more truth and honor in one of their classmates’ eulogy than in all Grossman’s ruminations: “You had many plans and hopes for the future, but you will remain 14 for ever. We’ll go on to have families of our own, but you’ll never grow.”

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  • maria

    "It seems as though their conscience as intellectuals hasn’t been shaken by the Twin Towers’ attacks…"
    The article's author is right. It is worse even that they earn living by betraying his own people, his own children actually. It is easy to do as Israel is only democratic state in ME and freedom of speech aka "all allowed" is not punished as it is in Muslims country. For 10% less that that "writer" did denigrating Israel, in any muslims country he would be immediately killed. He is traitor, coward nobody. Unfortunately he make enormous harm to Israel and overall, Jews. Question is what should be done to deprive them to be benefited by their evil deeds? Goldstone was ostracized by Jewish community and he had to admit that he was not just to Israel in his disgraced report.

  • MichaelLumish

    A good treatment of Jewish "Stockholm Syndrome" is Kenneth Levin's "The Oslo Syndrome: Delusions Of A People Under Siege"

    Israel Thrives

  • kentatwater

    While I think there is some truth in explaining the self-destructive stand some Israeli leftists take by attributing it to a sort of siege mentality, brought about by decades of attack from all sides, I think it's mostly explained by political ideology. After all, with the exception of the Neturei Karta, the vast majority of those advocating taking the suicidal Chamberlain route are leftists. (In their case, their anti-Zionism is explicit and religiously based.)

    Generally speaking, when a leftist weighs his political ideology against other considerations, such as preservation of the Jewish people, or more generally, admitting core left wing policy positions are objective failures, political ideology wins. This is why left wingers like Alan Dershowitz are so rare and surprising.

  • maria

    That "writer"-vilain pretend that he does not know that Palestinians is concocted by KGB nation, there was never such a nation but it was just Arabs from different countries. For instant, terrorist #1 Arafat was born in Egypt and his mother was Egyption. Arabs of Palestine as the most actually Muslims are cool-blooded kids murderers.
    He does not know how those Arabs unhuman killed Fogel family? No condemnation. Now it is the same Muslim unhuman killed intentionally kids in France. At the stake our civilization existense and our children existense as Muslims are barbarians with goal to conquer the world. They gave us, all infidels, non-muslims only one choice "Convert or die". All those who support them, who blame Israel are mostly on Islamists oil money payroll. No doubt. Some are just naive, stupid and ignorant. Jews were always the first victims but than all others had the same fate. Those who perished Jews were punished by G-d.

  • Ghostwriter

    Sadly,that's nothing new. It seems that Israel has its own versions of Barbara Kingsolver,Noam Chomsky,and others like them. What's even worse is that their own countrymen LISTEN to them. Most Americans tune out Chomsky and his pals.

  • Hank Rearden

    Leftism is everywhere and always destructive. It does not, it cannot build anything. It feeds off the financial, intellectual, moral and cultural capital built up by conservative societies and groups and dissipates it, all the while imagining that it occupies a superior moral position. In the last two decades, Leftism has turned into a death wish as it refuses to confront the evil and aggression of Islamism. To give the Muslims credit, they do not conceal their objectives. For years, Yasser Arafat was invited to, and treated as if he deaired a "peace process." Offering peace to Arafat was almost an insult. He didn't want PEACE, he wanted VICTORY! This is not peculiar in history; it is the norm. Peace is dictated by the victors. These Israeli authors that attack Israel are pathetic – they do not know one of the essential elements of being a grown-up: you have to choose a side. You may be finished with war, but war is not finished with you. These people should be shunned because they do not care if your wife or your children are murdered in their homes. They weaken the national will, which is critical to survival.