Political Ambiguity in Israel

In Israel we have a problem of political ambiguity.  There is both ambiguity on the left and the right.  On the left, the ambiguity is that attempts to placate the Palestinians by agreeing to a Palestinian State or appeasing them in other ways, plays into the hands of Israel’s enemies.  The fact is that neither the Palestinians nor their main supporters, the Iranians, the Qataris and the BDS movement, want a Palestinian State alongside Israel, they only want a State replacing Israel.  Nothing else will satisfy them, and this is a problem for the left in Israel, because of course they cannot go that far, it would mean literally committing suicide, or willingly giving their necks (and those of their children and  grandchildren) to the murderers.

On the right, the issue is a bit different, because Israel must take supporters wherever it can get them, and the best supporters of Israel are not the liberal/leftist Jews in the Diaspora, who have to protect their identity as Americans or Brits, etc.  But, they are the right-wing Christian fundamentalists in America, the Christians United for Israel, and the right wing parties in Europe, that are more anti-Islamic than they are anti-Semitic.  Or at least they try to appear to be.  The question is how can a right wing party in Europe not be anti-Semitic?  It is in their blood and their culture.

There is no doubt a genuine reason why they are currently afraid of Muslim immigration changing the face of Europe, and it is already far gone.  The favorite name for boys in Denmark is Mohammed.  The City of Malmo in Sweden is controlled by the Muslims and the rape statistics in Sweden is off the charts.  We are far past Londonistan, and the Muslim population is far past what the Jews ever were (before they were all murdered), it’s now ca. 20% and 50% in some places and rising. No wonder there are parties being elected in countries like Poland and Hungary that  categorically oppose Muslim (and African) immigration.  And these parties are overtly friendly to Israel as an ally in dealing with the reality of Islamic expansionism, but domestically these parties are also anti-Semitic (although these countries contain no Jews).

One might conclude that therefore in Israel it is necessary to be a centrist, not to fall into the ambiguity of being on the left or the right.  But, centrist parties in Israel have never thrived, they fall into the gap left by left and right polarization.  The fact is that over time opinion in Israel has moved to the right, from being a purely left-wing controlled country from 1948-1977, to being back and forth in the years until the second intifada of 2000-2005, that convinced most Israelis that the Palestinians could never be dealt with, until the recent right-wing dominance of Bibi Netanyahu and Likud.  But, so far it is a center right party.

How does one tell the difference?  Likud is nominally committed to an eventual negotiated settlement with the Palestinians, that could result in a separate Palestinian State.  A far right party, perhaps like the one just being formed by Naftali Bennett, Ayelet Shaked and Caroline Glick, might simply annex the West Bank, as Judea and Samaria, legalize all settlements and outposts, impose harsh conditions on the virulently anti-Israel Arabs in Hebron and elsewhere and take a more forthright stand against Iran. Could such a party have good relations with right-wing parties in Europe, that is the ambiguity, where do you find allies?

 

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