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Israel Has Much In Common With Anti I&I Parties

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Submitted by Dave, Apr 4, 2018 at 22:26

Prior to Israel, when Jews had no country, they were often persecuted by established political and religious institutions. That's why they turned to universal ideologies like socialism. The advent of Communism in Russia was analogous to the French Revolution in liberating them, at least at first. Things eventually turned sour, as antisemitism reemerged in Russia. Zionism was a brand new solution to antisemitism, but as a form of nationalism, it has created much cognitive dissonance among Jews, who still prefer universalist solutions - and often try to shoe-horn them into Zionism. Hence the Israeli Left with its impractical demands like open borders, a weak military and cultural relativism.
Human nature being what it is, other nationalist movements often identify with Zionism, particularly if they are anti-I&I, and parties like the FPO and Israel now have something in common. Israel has been inducted into a new club, which is a lot like the old club that once excluded "cosmopolitan" Jews, but the worm has turned. It may seem strange and a little unsettling, but please shake hands with your new friends.

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