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How the West helps perpetuate the conflict

Reader comment on item: Israel's Partial Victory

Submitted by Dave (United States), Nov 16, 2022 at 20:57

An obvious prop for continuing the conflict is the leftist-Islamist alliance. Drawing on the Marxist-Leninist ideology, which denigrates the concept of nationalism as bourgeois chauvinism, Israel's ethnic-religious paradigm, with its strict immigration controls, contradicts the internationalist ideal of the Left. This is no trivial opponent, as Dr. Pipes describes the major role that leftist ideologies have in the West. And the influence of leftist ideology has extended well beyond the confines of academia into the mainstream. Just turn on the TV and notice how virtually every single commercial feature blacks, or how even such saccharine programs as the Hallmark Christmas series feature LGTB characters. Diversity has become a sort of absurd mania to be shoved down our throats, somewhat like the ideological zeal during the Great Leap Forward. No exceptions to it are tolerated; its consistency is the latest hobgoblin of little minds. Many Israelis could point out that they have experienced diversity in places like Germany, Spain and Russia, and it was not always so ennobling.

One consequence is that Israel is constantly being asked by western leaders to be less exclusive, to be more accommodating, to make greater concessions. Oslo and the Gaza withdrawal were greatly celebrated, but the ensuing defensive responses to the violence they brought about was not. People care much more about satisfying their own prejudices and sense of self-righteousness than they do about Israel's security.

There are two things that can help ameliorate these trends.

First, the out-of-control migrant problem is gradually leading to more conservative political parties winning elections, as in Sweden and Italy. They are much more understanding of Israel's need for national protection, responding as they have to the challenges to their own national identity. They have had enough of open borders and dreamy Marxist internationalism.

Secondly, Israel must do more to wean itself off of dependency on America, particularly financial aid. Dr. Pipes has pointed this out, and it takes on greater importance when one observes some troubling trends. These midterm elections have doubled the size of the leftist, Israel-hating "Squad". American demographics are changing to be more third-word, and younger voters are especially prone to radical ideas from their schooling. Taking harsh measures for victory requires independence from hobbling ties.

There are many reasons for Palestinian radicalism, but as long as they derive significant moral and political benefit from the West, defeating them will be much more difficult.


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Daniel Pipes replies:

"Israel must do more to wean itself off of dependency on America, particularly financial aid."

U.S. aid to Israel amounts to much less than 1 percent of Israel's GDP, so it's more symbolism than dependency.

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