What Is Zionism?





Dr. Grobman is a Hebrew University trained historian. His is the author of a number of books, including Nations United: How The U.N. Undermines Israel and The West, Denying History: Who Says The Holocaust Never Happened and Why Do They Say It? and a forthcoming book on Israel's moral and legal right to exist as a Jewish State to be published by Balfour Books.

Zionism — the Jewish national renaissance movement — is one of the most misunderstood examples of modern nationalism. Part of the reason is that Zionism is founded on a paradox. In an attempt to transform the Jewish people into being like all other nations, Zionism sought a contemporary solution to the "Jewish problem" by returning Jews to their ancestral homeland. [1]

Although secular Zionist thinkers drew upon sacred Jewish traditions of rebirth and restoration, they discarded or recast anything not connected to restoration, especially religious rituals. Zionism is thus an endeavor to restore the Jew to his historical roots through national revival while "rebelling against Jewish history”; an effort to re-establish Jewish tradition while redefining Jewish practice and ritual; an attempt to enable Jews to live in their own land like every other nation, while stressing the distinctive elements in their history, culture, and society. [2]

Those who initially immigrated to the Yishuv (Jewish settlement in Palestine) were motivated by a desire for self-determination, liberation, and identity within the context of the liberalism, secularism, modernism, and nationalism unleashed by the French Revolution and the Declaration of the Human Rights of Man. [3]

The Enlightenment, an intellectual utopian movement of the 18th century, posited that were logic and reason to reign in society, they would overcome superstition and hatred. This would free the Jews from their old ways and enable them to acquire roots in their adopted lands.

The idea that the Enlightenment would usher in an era where bigotry and prejudice would be replaced with tolerance and moderation turned out to be a fantasy. For Jews, it was an especial failure because in the 18th century Jews still lived behind ghetto walls, essentially cutting them off from society at large. Their dress, religious practice, and ways of thinking made them appear peculiar and parochial, and set them apart. Even after the ghetto walls no longer existed, masses of European Jews maintained their Jewish traditions instead of assimilating. [4]

Though Jews had pined for the land of Zion for millennia, Zionism itself did not develop before the 19th and 20th centuries because it was much more than just a response to antisemitism. It was an attempt to create a new Jew based on Enlightenment ideas, [5] but a Jewish return to Zion was more than the emigration of a people to a new land. Zionist settlers did not seek to go to Palestine to dominate another people and exploit the area’s natural resources for export. They came to establish settlements and to develop their country.

The future State of Israel would have no towns or villages named New Warsaw, New Lodz, New Moscow, New Minsk, or New Pinsk — unlike the New World, where settlements were named for old cities (e.g., New London, New Orleans, New York, New England, and New Madrid).[6]

Furthermore, by rejecting Europe and by creating the modern Hebrew language, the Zionists created their own intellectual and cultural energy without imitating or transplanting the old ways. Using biblical (Hebrew) names to affirm control over their geography, they did not consider themselves outsiders or conquerors. Their settlements were tangible manifestations of the Jewish return to the homeland. [7]

Those Jews who settled in the Yishuv came to a land that was sparsely populated and economically underdeveloped, with sizable regions of desert, semi-arid wilderness, and swamps. Before the British arrived in Palestine at the end of World War I, the authorities in the Ottoman Empire had practicalions, or controls on the construction of private and public buildings. Except for a few roads and a rail line that projected the Ottoman Empire's imperial power, there were few public works projects.

Resident Arabs, traditional in outlook, had no interest in new plans for their communities either. Thus, for Herzl and other European Zionists, in addition to its being the ancestral homeland, Turkish Palestine was inviting because of its lack of government accountability, absence of local Arab initiative, and the "empty landscape."[8]

At this point in history, post-World War I, political pressure caused the international community to endorse the Jewish desire for national self-determination and accepted that the Jewish people had a justifiable claim to return to their homeland.

Significantly, in this recognition, the Balfour Declaration and the Mandate under the League of Nations make no mention of Palestinians as a separate and distinct people with their own national rights. The indigenous people were regarded as residents whose political identity was connected to the larger Arab nation. [9] For the British, the matter was quite clear: Palestine was not a state but the name of a geographical area. This had been reinforced by the indigenous Arabs themselves. When the First Congress of Muslim-Christian Associations met in Jerusalem in February 1919 to select Palestinian Arab representatives for the Paris Peace Conference, they adopted the following resolution: "We consider Palestine as part of Arab Syria, as it has never been separated from it at any time. We are connected with it by national, religious, linguistic, natural, economic, and geographical bonds."[10]

For the international community, justice for the Arabs meant guaranteeing their economic, civil, and religious rights. Awarding the Arabs any form of self-government within Palestine was precluded by British commitments to the Jews under the Balfour Declaration, which had been incorporated in the mandate of the League of Nations. [11]

1. Abraham I. Edelheit, The History of Zionism: A Handbook and Dictionary (Boulder, CO: Westview, 2000), xv.
2. Ibid.
3. Shlomo Avineri, The Making of Modern Zionism: The Intellectual Origins of the Jewish State (New York: Basic Books, Inc. Publishers, 1981), 5, 13.
4. George L. Mosse, Germans and Jews (New York: Grosset and Dunlop, 1970), 42-76. Many Jews, particularly on the left, were influenced by the ideas of the Russian revolution that all oppressed nations should unite in their fight for emancipation against a common enemy. Jacob L. Talmon, Israel Among the Nations (London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1970), 142.
5. Avineri, The Making of Modern Zionism: The Intellectual Origins of the Jewish State, op.cit. 5, 13.
6. S. Ilan Troen, Imagining Zion: Dreams, Designs, and Realities in a Century of Jewish Settlement (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2003), 7-9, 55, 142.
7. Ibid. 151-152, 158.
8. Ibid. 70, 90-91, 159.
9. Eli E. Hertz, Reply, Myths and Facts, 2005, 24. See Yehoshua Porath, The Palestinian Arab National Movement: From Riots to Rebellion, Volume 2 (London: Frank Cass and Company, 1977), 81-82.)
10. Ibid.
11. Troen, op.cit. 44; Yosef Gorny, Zionism and the Arabs: 1882-1948 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1987), p. 82; Michael J. Cohen, The Origins and Evolution of the Arab-Israeli Conflict (Berkeley, California: University of California Press, 1987), 64-65.


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Peter Kovachev - 11/18/2009

LOL! Thanks for the compliment; it's a skill I've inasvertantly honed lately out of sheer necessity. I'm editing and compiling a textbook on stone and brick masonry with technical notes and manuscripts which make Omar's cognitive pigsty seem "as clear as an un-muddied lake," to quote Alex in Kubrik's *A Clockwork Orange!*


Elliott Aron Green - 11/17/2009

Art, I'd like to point out that not all the Arabs from Judea-Samaria & Gaza hired by Israelis in 1967-1995 were working in "low-paying jobs." Quite a few had responsible and fairly well-paying jobs [by Israeli standards].
As you say, that pretty much --but not fully-- ended in the 1990s. Now, by the same token, Gaza Strip residents had the opportunity to work in the Israeli economy, as well as in some fairly good jobs with UNRWA. Hence, to this day they are more prosperous than most Egyptians, including the people in Rafiah on the Egyptian side [p


ben levy - 11/17/2009

I agree with much that Fahrettin says.

Yes, economic development can help end the problems. If the Palestinians were rational, they would see that Israel can be seen as their biggest problem... but it can be easily turned around to be their biggest asset. Acceptance and cooperation with Israel could easily result in high levels of prosperity for the West Bank and Gaza.

There are many people who do not want this. The Palestinians are who they are in large part because the rest of the Arab and Iranian leadership prefers that they fight to the death with Israel, over "rights" that the Arabs themselves never extended to the Jewish native populations of their nations. (In fact, as many Jews were expelled from the Arab nations as Palestinians from Israel). Modern, progressive society is their enemy, even though it brings a high standard of living.

They enjoy having some artificial crisis to point to, so they can ignore their own faults (does anyone really believe that Israel causes Syrian poverty?) and oppress their own people. They prefer that the Palestinians continue a long, bloody, pointless struggle rather than end it, cooperate with Israel, and prosper. They know that if this happened, inevitably, Arabs would ask, why can't we prosper here too?

So Palestinians suffer in part because Syrians and Iranians want them to. It helps keep their governments in power, and as long as Syrians and Iranians are not dying themselves, they do not care.

If I were in charge of the Palestinians, I would look to the economic miracles in Japan, Korea, and Germany over the past half century, and tell the United States, "We would like to surrender, as long as you guarantee that Israel treats us like you treated Japan."


arthur m. eckstein - 11/17/2009

Fahrettin, I agree that there are no non-rational solutions in politics. Well-said.

The problem is not with your plan--it's a good, rational plan for resolving some of the Palestinian suffering. The problem is not with whether the Israelis would fund such a project if they thought it would diffuse the terrible situation. They probably would; as you say, they are the more rational side.

The problem with your plan is on the *Egyptian* side, where the Egyptian govt has no interest in diffusing the situation or resolving any of the suffering of the Palestinians. This is because "the Conflict" can always be used as an excuse to explain govt failure and use the Israelis as scapegoats for everything. And it certainly no interest in allowing a large Palestinian population into Sinai and thence into Egypt (as we see in the Egyptians' closing of the Gaza border).

Sinai is Egyptian territory. Without the Egyptian govt, your plan cannot be done. And they would never agree. And they would be sure to blame the Jews, because Palestinian suffering (as you say) increases Arab anti-semitism and the Jews become effective scapegoats that way for the failures of the Egyptian (or any Arab) government.

That's the Middle East. Too few rational actors, Fahrettin might say.

But I wonder if the Egyptian govt isn't acting rationally from its point of view in acting in its own way. That's part of the problem too. A failed government needs a scapegoat for popular anger.

Arab nationalist govts are all profound failures: (1) they haven't brought freedom (they're dictatorships); (2) they haven't brought prosperity (in part because computers are banned or tightly controlled); and (3) they haven't destroyed Israel, as they promised their populations they would do. (Meanwhile, Israel goes from strength to strength economically, because it is a free society and a free market society.)

But for that very reason, it is "rational" for these govts to continue the conflict, and continue to use the Israelis as scapegoats for their own failures. The main concern of these govts is to remain in power, because they saw what happened to the govts that weakened in resolve to hold power, as in Eastern Europe in 1989. Assad doesn't want to end up like Ceacescu and his wife in Romania--stood up against a wall and shot.

Hence the hypocrisies. For instance: the govt of the Sudan has killed *millions* of people in the South, and *hundreds of thousands* in Darfur--and its leader is a declared international war criminal by the Hague. But the Arabs are *silent* about these millions of deaths, and the leader of the Sudan recently was greeted as a hero at a meeting of the Arab League (March 2009). But when, on the contrary Israel kills 400 civilians being used as human shields by 1000 terrorists it killed in January (a total of 1400 deaths; unfortunate, but not 400,000 deaths as in Darfur, or 2,000,000 deaths as in southern Sudan)--then the Arab screams are heard around the world.

Such behavior certainly sounds irrational, and is also obviously hypocritical, but perhaps it's not totally irrational but rather part of a cynical policy to remain in power despite governmental failure. I wish this "rational" factor didn't exist, Fahrettin, but it does.

Economic development might well lead to political democratization--which is another reason (other than socialist ideology) why Arab govts remain a stifling dead hand on the economies of these states. It's both irrational and...rational.

I wish there were a way out, a way to peace. But for there to be a way out, you need someone on the other side. I don't see them.


Fahrettin Tahir - 11/17/2009

Art

There are no non-rational solutions in politics. What I see here and endless futile discussions. The Palestinians keep suffering and that suffering is being used to increase anti semitism in the old world. Essentially it plays no role whose fault the situation is. A way out must be found.

The friends of Israel who write here insist that the Palestinians are the Arabs’ problem. That might work anywhere else but very obviously not in the Middle East. Amazingly even the Palestinians do not think they are an Arab problem.

I feel the Jews being the more rational people need to take the initiative. They can not let suicide bombers into their country but they should try to invest in the Palestinian territories. In fact the occupation years were a lost opportunity. If the Palestinians would then sabotage these investments other Palestinians would understand it is their own people who are being hurt.

In Turkey itself the growing economy is integrating the country. It is only the Kurdish south east where terrorists have bombed investments and shot engineers and teachers that there was no growth and no integration. This had indeed been the seperatist plan all along. There you have it: the Middle East! The government still tries, they have no alternative. Neither for Turkey nor for Israel.


Fahrettin Tahir - 11/17/2009

Art

There are no non-rational solutions in politics. What I see here and endless futile discussions. The Palestinians keep suffering and that suffering is being used to increase anti semitism in the old world. Essentially it plays no role whose fault the situation is. A way out must be found.

The friends of Israel who write here insist that the Palestinians are the Arabs’ problem. That might work anywhere else but very obviously not in the Middle East. Amazingly even the Palestinians do not think they are an Arab problem.

I feel the Jews being the more rational people need to take the initiative. They can not let suicide bombers into their country but they should try to invest in the Palestinian territories. In fact the occupation years were a lost opportunity. If the Palestinians would then sabotage these investments other Palestinians would understand it is their own people who are being hurt.

In Turkey itself the growing economy is integrating the country. It is only the Kurdish south east where terrorists have bombed investments and shot engineers and teachers that there was no growth and no integration. This had indeed been the seperatist plan all along. There you have it: the Middle East! The government still tries, they have no alternative. Neither for Turkey nor for Israel.


A. M. Eckstein - 11/16/2009

Dear Fahrettin,

I fear you are adopting too rational approach. In 1970-1995, many Palestinians from the West Bank and Gaza got jobs in Israel, and the Palestinian economy also boomed. But when the enormous wave of Palestinian suicide bombing started, the Israelis ended the employment of Palestinian workers inside Israel because it was way too dangerous. Can you blame them? For low-paying jobs, the Israelis now depend upon anyone but Palestinians. Whose fault is this?

As for the Israeli offer to set up a science-technology-industrial park in the Sinai for Palestinians the problem is as you said in the first paragraph: the Egyptians want the Palestinians to keep on suffering and hating their neighbors. It is in the interest of the Egyptian govt that this conflict should continue (not least because the govt can then *blame* all Egyptian economic and social failures on the conflict itself). The Egyptian govt also certainly believes that Egypt itself should not get a lot of Palestinian immigrants (there are already enough poor people in Egypt). And so for these 2 important reasons the Egyptians closed the Gaza border. Well, Sinai is Egyptian territory too. It doesn't belong to Israel. So...why should the Egyptian govt go along with your plan, even if the Israelis wished to do it?

That's the Middle East for you. They were all better off under the Ottomans!

best,

Art


Fahrettin Tahir - 11/16/2009

I think it is quite clear that Israel has accomplished a lot. The concentration of good brains on science and economy might have halped these accomplishments.

What the good brains must now see is that a large group of people see themselves as the losers of this success. They are quite succesfull in finding supporters in other countries. Everything they do makes them even worse losers of the situation without being of any help for the other side. This is probably one of the worst lose-lose situations on the planet.

The main issue for me seems to be that the Palestinians blame the Israelis for all their sufferings, although it is the other Arab countries which do not do anything to change their situation. One symptom is that Egypt keeps the Gaza border closed to prevent – so they told the press – the Palestinians from going elsewhere to look for a better life. They are kept suffering so they keepon hating their neighbors.

This creates a challenge for Israel: it must look for ways of ending the Palestinians’ suffering. It should be possible for a high tech economy to find ways of employing the less qualified Palestinians. That would give them a future. Looking at the map just south of Israel is the huge Sinai peninsula where people could be settled to work in factories producing for the world market to be sold via Israel. An offer to start with that could hardly be resisted by Egypt and could be the start of a new Middle East.

All these arguments about whose land it in reality is and how evil the other side is are getting nowhere. They are repeated in hnn in new discussions every week which leave everybody convinced his ideas were right from the beginning.

A future for the Palestinians would be the historic achievement which would assure Israel’s survival as a neighbor actually helping the Middle East ahead.
I think it is quite clear that Israel has accomplished a lot. The concentration of good brains on science and economy might have halped these accomplishments.

What the good brains must now see is that a large group of people see themselves as the losers of this success. They are quite succesfull in finding supporters in other countries. Everything they do makes them even worse losers of the situation without being of any help for the other side. This is probably one of the worst lose-lose situations on the planet.

The main issue for me seems to be that the Palestinians blame the Israelis for all their sufferings, although it is the other Arab countries which do not do anything to change their situation. One symptom is that Egypt keeps the Gaza border closed to prevent – so they told the press – the Palestinians from going elsewhere to look for a better life. They are kept suffering so they keepon hating their neighbors.

This creates a challenge for Israel: it must look for ways of ending the Palestinians’ suffering. It should be possible for a high tech economy to find ways of employing the less qualified Palestinians. That would give them a future. Looking at the map just south of Israel is the huge Sinai peninsula where people could be settled to work in factories producing for the world market to be sold via Israel. An offer to start with that could hardly be resisted by Egypt and could be the start of a new Middle East.

All these arguments about whose land it in reality is and how evil the other side is are getting nowhere. They are repeated in hnn in new discussions every week which leave everybody convinced his ideas were right from the beginning.

A future for the Palestinians would be the historic achievement which would assure Israel’s survival as a neighbor actually helping the Middle East ahead.


Elliott Aron Green - 11/15/2009

Arabs have civil rights in Israel as do other citizens. If by "political rights" Omar means national rights, should they have such rights in a usurped land?


Elliott Aron Green - 11/15/2009

Getting back to `Umar's first comment posted on this thread. Without responding to every false/silly claim of his.
The Zionist movement, in overt collusion with British then American imperialism and with the near unanimous support of world Jewry and most of the then colonialist West, managed to realize its goal of a "Jewish/Zionist nation/state" in Palestine with the establishment of Israel in 1948!

In fact, in the 1947-1949 period, during Israel's War of Independence, the British tried to thwart Jewish aspirations for an independent state and colluded with the Arabs. The most recent important study of British policy in that period is by Meir Zamir. He published two articles in HaAretz in 2008 on this matter, both available in the English edition of HaAretz on line.

Further, The Muslim world, `Umar claims, saw the rise of Israel as a Western attempt to
reChristianize the Holy Land and usurp Al Kudus Al Sharif ( noble Holy Jerusalem); the land of Al Aqsa and of the Holy , Mohammedan, ascension ( al Isra).
Now isn't that bizarre? That Israel fought for independence in order to "rechristianize the Holy Land"?? In fact, there are some Christians who oppose Israel as an attempt to reJudaize the Holy Land. But `Umar knows better, or at least, the Muslims whom he refers to know better.
By the way, `Umar, the name al-Quds is an Arab borrowing from a Jewish/Hebrew name for the city: Yerushalayim `ir haQodesh. Quds appears to derive from Qodesh, meaning holiness or holy place in Hebrew. Al-Quds is an Arabic place name but is not a word in Arabic, although it is cognate to the word muqaddas meaning holy. Another Arabic name for Jerusalem, Urshalim al-Quds, incorporates al-Quds but copies the Jewish name more closely. Many geographic names in the lands conquered by the Arab Muslims were taken into Arabic but with altered pronunciation due to Arabic phonetic/linguistic specificities [such as the Greek name NeaPolis which became Nabulus and the Latin Legio which became Lajjun; although Helhul (north of Hebron) stayed much the same as it is noted in the Book of Joshua].

Keep trying `Umar. Like a broken clock, you may be right twice a day.


Elliott Aron Green - 11/15/2009

Lisa,
without going into detail,
1) Israel was the homeland of the Jews long before the Arab conquest;
2) the Arabs/Muslims lorded it over Jews in Israel and the other conquered countries. Christians as well as Jews were dhimmis, people of inferior rights in the Arab/Muslim empires, their lives dependent on paying a yearly head tax --jizya-- for the mere privilege of staying alive another year. In this context, the Jews were at the bottom of the social barrel, looked down and sometimes harassed even by the Christian dhimmis, who may have felt the need to compensate for their own inferior state in Muslim-ruled society. See my article on hnn at link:
http://hnn.us/articles/56698.html


Elliott Aron Green - 11/15/2009

Peter K, I am flabbergasted by your superb wit in deftly slicing through Omar's acres of mud armed with only a handful of words. I, E A Green, am green with envy over how you dispatched Mr Ever Repeats Himself ibn Never Corrects His Errors to the netherworld of rightly rejected manuscripts.


Joseph Mutik - 11/14/2009

The Jewish nation has a country now! The people of Israel speak Hebrew (not Yiddish or Ladino). In Hebrew there are great poets like Nathan Alterman and great writers like Shmuel Yosef Agnon (1966 Nobel prize for Literature). There is a lot of scientific, artistic, literary etc. activity in Hebrew. The citizens of Israel speak Hebrew to each other and most of them think, read and write in Hebrew. Of course there are external influences, the nation of Israel was for about 2000 years in diaspora. The higher and high school education in India is copied from the British education system but it doesn't make the Indian achievements less important.
Your level of hate and racism, Shcherban, it's above the normal level and it's deplorable! Your hate is fueled by personal frustrations and Marxist brainwashing and you joined the hateful crowd that singles out Israel and the Jews to cover up for real crimes in our troubled world!


arthur m. eckstein - 11/14/2009

This is one of the most racist posts I have ever seen published on HNN.

I see: Israeli scientists are of European/US DESCENT, or merely DESCENDED from those of European/US DESCENT, and THAT explains their achievements, NOT the society in which they actually grew up.

Welcome to KKK, Arnold.


Arnold Shcherban - 11/14/2009

Prof,

To resolve our argument I publicly offer you the following:
I insist that MOST (surely it never can be all of them) of the people who contributed to the hi-tech and other technical innovation in Israel are either Jews of European/US descent or their descendants (exactly as I stated before) even though the latter may be born Israelis.
Secondly, I insist that their technological and scientific achievements have/had nothing to do with Zionism per se, either in the sense of their education in Israel (since the Israeli higher technical education is basically copied from the European one) or abroad, or in the sense of Zionism as a teaching, but the direct consequence of the European Jewry's cultural and educational traditions and historical gene fund.

If you Prof, can FACTUALLY/STATISTICALLY SHOW the direct connection of Zionism to the quality of school and higher technological education in Israel or, perhaps, to the inventive power of Israeli Jews beyond THE ABOVE MENTIONED REASONS, I swear to write a
check to your name and address on $1000.

Otherwise, you pay me the same money, the same way.


Fahrettin Tahir - 11/13/2009

Amazing people!


A. M. Eckstein - 11/12/2009

The last two sentences are so tragically true, Fahrettin.

Nevertheless, the achievements of the tiny population of Israel are out of the ordinary even for Jews. 25% of the workforce has college degrees. 12% of the work force as advanced degrees. The startup tech companies are enormous in number: highest per capita in the world. The number of listed patents per capita is almost the highest in the world. The number of authored scientific articles per 1000 of the population is almost the highest in the world.

The number of Jews in the U.S. is about the same as in Israel (6 million) but the American Jewish achievements, while very large, do not match the Israelis anymore (e.g., in tech startup companies).

best,

Art


A. M. Eckstein - 11/12/2009

Stop riding that hobby-horse, Omar: no one accepts your premise about "categories."

Now--you were wrong on facts: the spectacular scientists which Joseph and I listed were Israeli born; they were not Europe-imported, as you implied in yet another ignorant and fanatical effort to deligitimize Israel).

No escaping*that*, Omar. Let's see you admit you were wrong on the facts. Come on--it'll be good for you.


Fahrettin Tahir - 11/12/2009

Actually the Jews had been producing a lot of very brilliant minds long before Israel. They would have continued to do so under almost any conditions.

When the Nazis forced Jews out of public employment entire university departments simply collapsed.

It is so unformtunate that middle eastern politics is not even a zero sum game.

No matter what happens everybody loses. >


omar ibrahim baker - 11/12/2009

That means thast you developed that too!Congratulations Prof!
Is it part of your theory about how to classify the different communities of man?


arthur m. eckstein - 11/12/2009

Nope--I learned it from having to respond to you here, Omar.

I see you have no response to my specific facts and Joseph's specific facts about Israeli born (not Europe-imported, as you implied) spectacular Israeli scientists. As usual, after making a false "accusation" and then being caught out in your ignorance, you offer no apology.

Don't you see how that looks?


arthur m. eckstein - 11/12/2009

Yeah, the greenhouses is a good one: built by the Israelis, these constituted a large and profitable enterprise left totally intact to the Palestinians when the Israelis withdrew from Gaza; the greenhouses would have provide an independent cash flow, independent from charity. Instead, they were totally wrecked by a Palestinian mob. End of that.

No doubt Omar will come up with a bitterly-phrased justification for this act of vandalism (actually,self-vandalism), as he has come up with a justification for every other self-destructive Palestinian act and attitude.




omar ibrahim baker - 11/12/2009

Did you also develop that Prof or you learned from others?


Peter Kovachev - 11/12/2009

A slight corrective excursus, if I may, Arthur. Suicide bombing appears to have been the invention of Ignacy Hryniewiecki, Czar Alexander IIs assassin. Suicide bomb-belts require some skill in the making, and the craftsman who had been making them was a non-Palestinian. The only Palestinian-Arab contribution, one Omar will surely be proud of, has been in the unmanageable number of volunteers as bomb-fodder during the Second Intifada. Fatah officials were proudly announcing to the world's media that they could not handle the volunteer applications and that people were ready to hand over their toddlers and newborns.

I guess if "Palestinians" can't claim that one, they can claim the fastest conversion of high-tech greenhouses into a stripped-down pilke of junk on record?


Peter Kovachev - 11/11/2009

Omar, I'm glad you love the term "classification system" I introduced you to a few posts ago. Don't wear it out, though, or it'll lose its potency, just as your "inalianable rights" line has.

Just so you don't appropriate it as another product of the mythical Islamic Golden Age, remember that as with most innovations claimed by Islamist chauvinism and pseudo-histories, classification systems for all kinds of phenomena were used by true civilizations long before the world was enriched by the Religion of Peace and blessed by the peaceful and of course, by-invitation-only, migrations of the Arabs into at least four continents.


arthur m. eckstein - 11/11/2009

I think Joseph Mutik and I have now satisfactorily replied to the ignorance of Shcherban and Omar.


arthur m. eckstein - 11/11/2009

Most of the people discussed in my entry above are native born Israelis, such as the computer-scientists Jabob Ziv, Sheizaf Rafaeli or Gil Schwed. Your idea that they are all from Europe reveals your own ignorant prejudice, Omar.

"Duh!" means only a stupid person would make a remark such as the one I have to reply to with actual facts.


Joseph Mutik - 11/11/2009

The following Israeli Nobel prize winners in science fields are born in Israel and studied in Israel and abroad but their research was done in Israel: Aaron Ciechanover, Daniel Kahneman, Ada E. Yonath . We can add the Nobel prize for peace but this is a political prize.
As usual this Shcherban person gets out his ideological hate. By the way the Israelis above are real scientists not in their dreams.


omar ibrahim baker - 11/11/2009

Interestingly the Prof DOES NOT refer to where they were born or educated ; just to where they live.

Are we to understand Prof that had most of them NOT migrated to Israel they would have withheld the fruits of their labours and brains?
(what does "Duh" stand for Prof? Kindly elaborate....Professor Eckstein!)


omar ibrahim baker - 11/11/2009

Prof
I am eagerly waiting to read more about your classification system of human communities; do not shy away from it !
Hopefully you have not deserted it so soon after its birth.
Do elaborate Prof and spread the word.


arthur m. eckstein - 11/11/2009

Omar can't stand the scandal that compared to these enormous Israeli achievements, based on education, including humanistic education, the only "contribution" the Palestinians can offer is the suicide bomber, based on ignorance and hatred.

Nor is it the case that the Palestinians have suffered uniquely or on a uniquely large scale: we've been through that. 100,000 more Jews were expelled from Arab/Muslim lands than Palestinians involved in the Nakba, etc. The problem lies precisely not in the trauma (which many peoples have suffered) but in the Palestinian death-cult culture, led by people such as Omar, which has devastated the Palestinian people.

As Fahrettin said to you (speaking from a Turkish population 1/4 of which are refugees forced from Europe): make the deal and move on. If you can't, Omar, or won't, then it is on your head, no one else's.


arthur m. eckstein - 11/11/2009

They were all Israelis, living in Israel.

Duh.


omar ibrahim baker - 11/11/2009

Another adherent to the a building Eckstein human classification system ?
Neither surprising nor bothersome; true to form ; if anything at all!


Arnold Shcherban - 11/11/2009

Nonsense, professor.
Those are achievements not of Zionism, but of Western and Eastern European-educated and cultured
Jewry, the Jews and their descendants who were the one of the primary force behind the US and European technological and cultural developments, as well; the developments that had and still have NOTHING WHATSOVER to do with the semi-religious, semi-nationalistic Zionism.
Stop making a joke of yourself, professor.


Peter Kovachev - 11/11/2009

Ok, folks, enough's enough's; you've rendered Omar speechless, so in the spirit of equal opportunity (or a Fairness Doctrine, if you will), I will have to rebut with a complilation of some of the more entertaining, but quite genuine "Palestinian" narratives on his behalf.

All these scientific, medical, technological and environmental advances were either first thought of by Muslim scientists during Islam's Golden Age, to be looted by the Crusaders, or were cravenly stolen from the Palestinian people and their mosque-based laboratories and technical institutes which the Zionists took over as their own. Palestine was in fact not only overgrown with orange orchards and literally lousy with scientists, but every southern Syrian landless labourer (i.e., "Palestian" since '67) had a house, nay, a mansion, as the proliferation of skeleton keys and property deeds offered in the Jerusalem suks for a few shekels will prove.

But all this talk about technology is shallow, when the real contribution of the "Palestinians" is in the loftier fields of ethics. Unlike the selfish, self-centred poltroons in the rest of the world who dote over their spoiled brats, the unique "Palestinians" shine above others in being willing to use their very own children as guided bombs against other children merely upon a suggestion by their brave military leaders, whose courage is evidenced by their willingness to shield themselves only by women's skirts, ambulances, mosque basements and children, rather than silly bunkers.


omar ibrahim baker - 11/11/2009


Once again a certain gentleman chooses to interpret what I believe; in this case Mr Friedman interpreting, extrapolating and pontificating: " Omar may - in fact, does - complain that all of this is unfair. "
For one think I do not believe I ever "complained" nor do I resort to the decidedly subjective criterion of "fair" and "unfair" in an existential conflict .

Re the whole grand issue it is a clear cut case of outright racism driven colonialism of Palestine by the Zionist movement.

Re Eckstein's post and my response to it (A NEW PRINCIPLE! (#137989)) my point is that his post is no more and no less than an attempt by the Professor to develop and formulate a new racist/discriminatory criterion by which he classifies the different communities of human kind according to their technical/technological prowess.
His a developing criterion stands side by side to the “Aryan” and “White” criteria of the declared “racist “ dogmas of Nazism and White Supremacy.
I note, Mr. Friedman, that with the additional supporting data and input you brought to the Professor’s vision and a building theory you seem to adopt his criterion and possibly his theory; good for you two.
That neither bothers me nor surprises me!

Last but not least as long as you deem the Palestinians’ non acquiescence to the Zionist/Israeli refusal to recognize Palestinian struggle for full rights IN THEIR OWN HOMELAND being “ the reason the dispute does not settle. “ which only contravenes the truth and is its very opposite since this very Zionist /Israeli rejection and denial is the major cause for “ the dispute does not settle”, as long as you hold that perverted view and support Israel’s human rights rejectionist stand you, as much as AIPAC &Co, would partake in the responsibility for this stalemate.

Israel is seeking total Palestinian submission and total Palestinian abandonment and renunciation of their inalienable rights in their HOMELAND ; that , I promise you, will never be!




N. Friedman - 11/11/2009

Art,

I would add the following, which places your noted achievements in some context:

In under 25 years—starting from those first modest tax reforms of the mid-1980s—Israel has accomplished the most overwhelming transformation in the history of economics, from a nondescript laggard in the industrial world to a luminous first. Today, on a per-capita basis, Israel far leads the world in research and technological creativity. Between 1991 and 2000, even before the big reform of 2005, Israel’s annual venture-capital outlays, nearly all private, rose nearly 60-fold, from $58 million to $3.3 billion; companies launched by Israeli venture funds rose from 100 to 800; and Israel’s information-technology revenues rose from $1.6 billion to $12.5 billion. By 1999, Israel ranked second only to the United States in invested private-equity capital as a share of GDP. And it led the world in the share of its growth attributable to high-tech ventures: 70 percent.

Even a year or two later—while the rest of the world slumped after the millennial telecom and dot-com crash and Israel suffered an acute recession—its venture capitalists strengthened its lead in technological enterprise. During the first five years of the twenty-first century, venture-capital outlays in Israel rivaled venture-capital outlays in all of the United States outside California, long the world’s paramount source of entrepreneurial activity in high technology.

Today, Israel’s tech supremacy is even greater. A 2008 survey of the world’s venture capitalists by Deloitte & Touche showed that in six key fields—telecom, microchips, software, biopharmaceuticals, medical devices, and clean energy—Israel ranked second only to the United States in technological innovation. Germany, ten times larger, roughly tied Israel. In 2008, Israel produced 483 venture-backed companies with just over $2 billion invested; Germany produces approximately 100 venture-backed companies annually. The rankings registered absolute performance, but adjusted for its population, Israel comes in far ahead of all other countries, including the United States.


Source: Silicon Israel, by George Gilder, City Journal, Summer 2009.

Omar may - in fact, does - complain that all of this is unfair. It is not unfair. What is unfair is that Palestinian Arabs refuse to live in the world and resolve the dispute they have with the Israelis. And, Omar's attitude is the reason the dispute does not settle.


arthur m. eckstein - 11/10/2009



Omar sees Israel as some evil zionist state, especially because Israelis wish to defend themselves from genocidal Muslims (how dare they??).

Browse this list of achievments, though, Omar. And blush.


New Israeli treatment improves blood flow. Israeli doctors performed the first operation of its kind, injecting genes which stimulated the growth of new blood vessels into a cardiac patient, said a spokesman for Rabin Medical Center in Tel Aviv. This experiment marks a major breakthrough in the field of genetics and catheterization.

Mutant Protein Holds Promise For Cell Growth Control. A unique technique for neutralizing the action of the leptin protein in humans and animals – thereby providing a means for controlling and better understanding of leptin function, including its role in unwanted cell growth -- has been developed by researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Leptin was discovered ten years ago and has attracted attention first because of its involvement in control of appetite and later by its effect on growth, puberty, digestion and immunological processes. Leptin can also have negative consequences, such as, for example, enhancing the spread of tumorous growths.

Israelis invent hydrogen car that uses just a tank of water. Scientists at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel, have devised a scheme that gets round the problem of dangerous and expensive hydrogen infrastructure, and makes possible 100% green cars that emit only water from their tailpipe. By reacting water with the element boron, their system produces hydrogen that can be burnt in an internal combustion engine or fed to a fuel cell to generate electricity. The only by-product is boron oxide, which can be removed from the car, turned back into boron, and used again. What's more, they plan to do this in a solar-powered plant that is completely emission-free.

Israeli invention gives paralyzed a chance to walk. An Israeli-developed and manufactured wireless, computer-controlled device that enables safe walking for people with a foot paralyzed due to stroke, brain injury, cerebral palsy, spinal cord injury or multiple sclerosis has received approval from the US Food and Drug Administration.


The Middle East has been growing date palms for centuries. The average tree is about 18-20 feet tall and yields about 38 pounds of dates a year. Israeli trees are now yielding 400 pounds/year and are short enough to be harvested from the ground or a short ladder.

Israel, the 100th smallest country, with less than 1/1000th of the world's population, can lay claim to the following:

# The cell phone was developed in Israel by Israelis working in the Israeli branch of Motorola, which has its largest development center in Israel. Most of the Windows NT and XP operating systems were developed by Microsoft-Israel.

# The Pentium MMX Chip technology was designed in Israel at Intel. Both the Pentium-4 microprocessor and the Centrino processor were entirely designed, developed and produced in Israel.

# The Pentium microprocessor in your computer was most likely made in Israel.

# Voice mail technology was developed in Israel.

# The technology for the AOL Instant Messenger ICQ was developed in 1996 by four young Israelis.

# Israel's $100 billion economy is larger than all of its immediate neighbors combined. Israel has the highest percentage in the world of home computers per capita.

# Israel has the highest ratio of university degrees to the population in the world.

# Israel produces more scientific papers per capita than any other nation by a large margin - 109 per 10,000 people -- as well as one of the highest per capita rates of patents filed.

# In proportion to its population, Israel has the largest number of startup companies in the world. In absolute terms, Israel has the largest number of startup companies than any other country in the world, except the U. S. (3,500 companies mostly in hi-tech).

# With more than 3,000 high-tech companies and startups, Israel has the highest concentration of hi-tech companies in the world -- apart from the Silicon Valley, U. S.

# Israel is ranked #2 in the world for venture capital funds right behind the U. S.

# Outside the United States and Canada, Israel has the largest number of NASDAQ listed companies.

# Twenty-four per cent of Israel's workforce holds university degrees -- ranking third in the industrialized world, after the United States and Holland - and 12 per cent hold advanced degrees.

# Israel has the third highest rate of entrepreneurship -- and the highest rate among women and among people over 55 - in the world.

# Relative to its population, Israel is the largest immigrant-absorbing nation on earth. Immigrants come in search of democracy, religious freedom, and economic opportunity.

# Israel was the first nation in the world to adopt the Kimberly process, an international standard that certifies diamonds as "conflict free."

# Israel has the world's second highest per capita of new books.

# Israel is the only country in the world that entered the 21st century with a net gain in its number of trees, made more remarkable because this was achieved in an area considered mainly desert.

# Israel has more museums per capita than any other country.

# Medicine... Israeli scientists developed the first fully computerized, no-radiation, diagnostic instrumentation for breast cancer.

# An Israeli company developed a computerized system for ensuring proper administration of medications, thus removing human error from medical treatment. Every year in U. S. hospitals 7,000 patients die from treatment mistakes.

# Israel's Givun Imaging developed the first ingestible video camera, so small it fits inside a pill. Used to view the small intestine from the inside, the camera helps doctors diagnose cancer and digestive disorders.

# Researchers in Israel developed a new device that directly helps the heart pump blood, an innovation with the potential to save lives among those with heart failure. The new device is synchronized with the heart's mechanical operations through a sophisticated system of sensors.

# Israel leads the world in the number of scientists and technicians in the workforce, with 145 per 10,000, as opposed to 85 in the U. S., over 70 in Japan, and less than 60 in Germany. With over 25% of its work force employed in technical professions.

# A new acne treatment developed in Israel, the ClearLight device, produces a high-intensity, ultraviolet-light-free, narrow-band blue light that causes acne bacteria to self-destruct -- all without damaging surrounding skin or tissue.

# An Israeli company was the first to develop and install a large-scale solar-powered and fully functional electricity generating plant, in southern California's Mojave desert.

# All the above while engaged in regular wars with an implacable enemy that seeks its destruction, and an economy continuously under strain by having to spend more per capita on its own protection than any other country on earth.


A. M. Eckstein - 11/10/2009

The question was: what has Zionism achieved in a positive sense? The answer is: a great deal.

Omar can't stand it.

The Palestinians have, and have had, many opportunities to establish their own independent state, Omar. So stop lying about it. The Palestinians have refused because they want everything from the River to the Sea. To establish that goal was and is their free choice, and they have to live with the consequences, and that goes back to 1947/1948. Farhattin pointed this out to you, from his Turkish pespective, long ago.


omar ibrahim baker - 11/10/2009

The fecund mind of Professor Eckstein is developing a new system not only for human classification but also a system that will do away with the long revered ( but seemingly abhorred by some) principles of basic human equality, the right to self determination, national independence , non interference in the affairs of other nations, respect of the will of the majority,democracy etc!
It could be summed up as:

“The (national/communal?) Prerogatives and Supper Rights (uber rights?) inherent in technical/technological achievements/superiority ( of nations/communities over... ?)!”

Presumably the universal application of this “revolutionary” system will allow, say, Sweden to colonize the Senegal and, say, Japan to dominate, dislocate and dispossess then rule over the people of Cambodia or Guatemala or , which is the whole point here , for Israel to dominate over and govern the Palestinians and the Arabs and, with the USA in tow, the whole of the Moslem world.

Further elaboration by the Professor will be most interesting to follow and quite welcomed particularly if he touches on Japan, or Germany or Russia , versus Israel!


omar ibrahim baker - 11/10/2009



Dr Grobman makes two noteworthy statements in his post about Zionism .
Both are now, with de facto demise of the “Peace Process”, of particular interest.

1-“Significantly, in this recognition, the Balfour Declaration and the Mandate under the League of Nations make no mention of Palestinians as a separate and distinct people with their own national rights.”
AND:

2-“For the international community, justice for the Arabs meant guaranteeing their economic, civil, and religious rights. “

Though the term “civil rights” would imply otherwise the Zionist colons presently ruling over Palestine will, he expects , find a way around it while his own interpretation of what “the international community “ really believes about the whole issue is certainly debatable .
However the importance of this post is that it is a clear indication of what is being pondered and considered for the future with no Palestinian state in Palestine.

Evidently both statements are made to introduce, an initial step towards “popularizing” (decriminalizing) the concept, the medium/long term Zionist objective to establish officially and “legally” a new, possiblly refurbished, "made in Israel" APARTHEID system whereby Palestinians are denied any political rights in their homeland .
Interesting!


arthur m. eckstein - 11/10/2009

Zionism achieved this: tiny Israel leads both China and France in start-up tech companies.

But of course this incredible technological achievement must be a direct result of all those Palestinian peasants who've been oppressed by Jews, eh, Omar? Because it's not like the Jews couldn't build something on their own, on the basis of worship of education, and the existence of freedom of speech and thought in Israel. No, no!

Or how about this statistic: scientific papers cited worldwide per million of population:

Israel 3,330
Canada 2,890
Iran 299
Syria 16
Saudi Arabia 1

No doubt the Jews and Israel are also responsible for the grotesque anti-intellectualism of Arab life too, eh, Omar? Or is this amazing statistic just another example of the worldwide conspiracy against Arabs and Muslims?


Peter Kovachev - 11/10/2009

Gosh, Omar, how about our inalianble right to new material from you? Your old cuttings and pastings are getting all tangled up in your baffling alpha-numeric classification scheme. You've churned the archeological strata of your great observations into a mess resembling a chunky milkshake, and I can no longer tell what is classical Stalinist agitprop antisemitica, pseudo-New Left anticolonial mewling or plain old demented Wahhabist rants and threats from your imam on a bad Friday.

Ok, we get it and we stand forewarned; Israel is the curse of the universe and if we, the West, don't help you folks kill or enslave all Jews, so that a new and glorious age of Islamic "Palestinian" revival can take place (e.g., Gaza, Lebanon, etc.), very bad things will happen to all of us.




Peter Kovachev - 11/10/2009

This sweeping analysis of yours has the appearance of great depth, Ms Kazmier, what with all the sexy, but somewhat substance-devoid alusions to the Austro-Hungarian mess you glibly pretend to understand.

As someone who hails from the shattered remants of that melancholy empire, dare I ask exactly which "cultural values and biases" of which nationalities were ostensibly "incorporated" by which Zionists? Your only example, of Poles (perhaps you mean Czechs?) and Romanians being forced to learn Magyar doesn't readily pair up to any comparisons to any Zionist program.


Lisa Kazmier - 11/9/2009

Maybe this is an off-shoot of the other comment but I'm surprised there is no mention of the context of Zionism -- that is the virulent nationalism in 19th century Europe that quite often saw Jews as outsiders, hence the need to develop one own's state. History has examples of people(s) without states or states without a coherent, historic people. How interesting would history have been if Herzl's idea had been developed by creating a homeland in Argentina rather than Palestine.

At any rate, the cultural values and biases of various nationalists became incorporated into Zionism rather than reacted against in it, not unlike the Hungarians, smarting from domination from Viennese Germans, turning around and forcing Poles and Romanians to learn Magyar.

I think this is central to the problems inherent within the concept and it doesn't surprise me that outsiders to Zionism in Palestine have felt something akin to the Poles and Romanians living in the Hungarian part of Austria-Hungary.


omar ibrahim baker - 11/9/2009


The Zionist movement, in overt collusion with British then American imperialism and with the near unanimous support of world Jewry and most of the then colonialist West, managed to realize its goal of a "Jewish/Zionist nation/state" in Palestine with the establishment of Israel in 1948!

• Israel has been a fact ever since with a majority of international and major regional official recognition and an ever increasing military capability.

The establishment of a Jewish/Zionist nation/state in Arab Moslem/Christian Palestine started in the 1920s with the forced radical demographic alteration of the country. It was substantially achieved by uprooting the majority of the indigenous Palestinian Arab population (1947-1949),and supplanting them by one ethnic/confessional entity gathered from the four corners of the world .It culminated with its declaration of independence, within pre 1967 borders, in1948.

The establishment of Israel an alien, to its predominant Arab/Moslem environment, nation /state in Palestine the heartland of a hostile Arab/Moslem world, was, by any standard, an unparalleled political achievement in modern history.

It must have looked, then, and still does to some as a total victory; the absolute vindication of Zionism and the ultimate Jewish triumph!.

Was it, is it, really, with a historical perspective, the ultimate Jewish triumph?

I contend that, in view of its major success in identifying itself with world Jewry and contrary to its promise to bring them everlasting peace and security Zionism has unwittingly launched a new phase of anti Judaism that would plague and cause vast damage to Jews and Jewish life for generations to come all over the world.

I contend that the negative repercussions of this outstanding triumph on world Jewry, no matter how it evolves, will eventually outweigh any benefits derived from it.

The first direct, almost instantaneous, outcome was the generation of a unanimous reaction of total and implacable enmity of what was, historically, one of the more tolerant major communities of the world towards Jewry; the Arab /Moslem world

To the Arab nation the establishment of Israel in Palestine was, still is perceived to be, the latest success in the historical Western colonialist campaign to deArabize and dominate Palestine and thus not only supplant their fellow Arab brethren with an alien hostile nation that dislocated, dispossessed and disfranchised them in their homeland ,ARAB Palestine ,but equally to constitute a major obstacle to Arab unity by severing the only land link between al Mashreq ( Greater Syria, the Arabian Peninsula and Iraq) and al Maghreb (Egypt, Sudan Libya and North Africa)!.

To the Moslem world it was, increasingly is, the latest campaign in the never ending Crusading effort to deIslamize and reChristianize the Holy Land and usurp Al Kudus Al Sharif ( noble Holy Jerusalem); the land of Al Aqsa and of the Holy , Mohammedan, ascension ( al Isra).

This relentless enmity is steadily becoming part of the collective /communal subconscious of Arab/Moslem masses and a fundamental precept of Arab/Moslem culture; the Arab/Moslem modern equivalent of the "blood of Jesus" long standing enmity syndrome historically held against Jews by Christendom .

To the rest of the Third World this outstanding, imperialistically assisted, Zionist success was a very clear indication of the hugely destructive capability of the emerging Zionist-/Imperialist alliance. A clear fore warning of the enormous ruination it will cause when this alliance, as it is eventually bound to, turns its domineering and exploitative thrust towards them in Asia, Africa or South America!

After a short celebratory spell, partly due to the atonement complex and partly to lingering Anglo/French colonialist designs but mainly to the doubtful proposition that "Israel" would put an end to the "Jewish Question" that has plagued it for generations the West split over this unparalleled Zionist/Imperialist achievement.

Europe gradually awakened to the fact that its pro Zionist stand was, to the left, a move that led to the establishment of an aggressive RACIST/CONFESSIONAL nation/state in alliance with and at the service of American imperialism.
To the right, it suddenly dawned that Israel is the region based auxiliary of the USA that would reinforce American political and economic presence in the Middle East to the exclusion and detriment of their own similar interests!

The USA under President Truman had, by then, emerged, under the inordinate influence of the Jewish/Zionist lobby but against the council of the KING-CRANE commission and of Secretary of State George Marshall, as the main political support, and economic and military provider; the virtual lifeline of Israel.
With the growing importance of Middle East oil the USA soon perfected its plans for an exclusive American hegemony over the Middle East to be assisted by and in cooperation with its region based junior partner: Israel.
American total and unconditional support of Israel escalated, to the ceaseless
prodding, encouragement and political ascendancy of the Zionist/Neocon
lobby, into a state of open, declared enmity to the Arabs and Moslems, gradually becoming an exact parallel of Israeli policy.
This new American policy culminated in the equally deplorable 9/11, and the invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq!
At this stage an American public reassessment started, questioning first American imperialist policy in general and American pro Israel, anti Arab, policies in particular.
A polarization process began, best seen at the outset of the Iraqi conquest, in the diverging, pro and anti war, stands of main stream American Churches; with the Catholic, Prespeytirian and Episcopalian etc on one side of the widening divide and the Evangelicals in alliance with mainstream Jewish Synagogues on the other side!
The outcome from these increasingly diverging stands of major American institutions will not take long to materialize into new public perceptions, attitudes and convictions that will eventually affect American life and policies!

So what did Zionism achieve for the Jews, both Zionist and non Zionist,
with its spectacular victory in Palestine.

The outcome from this spectacular success , the establishment of the colonialist, aggressive , expansionist and racist alien nation/state of Israel in Palestine, on world Jewry could be summed up as:

a-A new deeply rooted and implacable enmity and total rejection by a major human community; the 1.6-1.8 ? Billion strong Arab/Moslem worlds; the erstwhile less hostile and more Jew accommodating and more tolerant of the major religious communities of the world.
b-The nervous, suspicious and distrustful stand of the Third World
c-A world wide fundamental hostile polarization between the Arab/Moslem world and world Jewry/Zionism
d- A parallel world wide hostile polarization between pro Palestine progressive and anti imperialist forces and movements and pro Israel imperialist , colonialist and neo con forces
e-An increasingly hostile Europe
f-An increasingly acrimonious political debate dividing the American public
And, most important and far reaching,
g- a world wide rejuvenation of old, almost dormant, prejudices and suspicions of the morals and practices of Jews, a new, seemingly more valid, substantiation of the old damaging accusations of a world wide Jewish conspiracy, covert Zionist political and economic hegemony etc!

Israeli Prospects

The way Israel was born, the existential threat that it has come to present to the Arab and, increasingly, to the Moslem world , its innate alien character in its environment, its domineering ambitions and expansionist designs and , most importantly its innate nature of aggression and racism can only lead Israel to one of two mutually exclusive future prospects;
1-An ideologically reconstructed, deZionized, nation/state that recognizes the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people in their home land, including the Right of Return, forsakes the objective of an all or predominantly Jewish state in Palestine and abandons all dreams and ambitions of regional domination with or without external powers thus de alienating itself in its environment and slowly integrating into the region
OR
2-An alien highly militarized nation/state in a state of permanent overt and/or covert war and implacable enmity with, and total rejection and isolation in and by its environment with, ultimately, a declared and self avowed racist system .
However the way things has progressed since it establishment and are presently progressing do NOT bode well and in the mean time the net out put of its colonialist conquest of Palestine will only confirm that:

Zionism has been a CATASTROPHE to the Palestinian people and a major factor of regional instability and international polarization, it will soon prove to be a huge DISSERVICE, a potential new calamity, to the JEWS and, to the world at large and to world peace in particular via the seemingly inevitable CLASH of CIVILIZATIONS and unavoidable wars by regional emerging powers for regional supremacy!!

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