Den israelske venstrefløj i krise

Venstrefløjen drømmer om en verden efter deres idealer, mens højrefløjen minder om realiternes barske væsen. Den prisbelønnede israelske forfatter Amos Oz vånder sig over det israelske valgresultat i Information.

I fraværet af to stater og i erkendelsen af, at binational sameksistens er en fantasi, truer udsigten til én arabisk stat med at slå vores zionistiske drøm i stykker.

I et forsøg på at udskyde det uafvendelige vil landet, som strækker sig fra Jordan til Middelhavet, måske i en periode blive styret af et uforsonligt jødisk og racistisk diktatur, som vil sætte sin vilje igennem, både over for det arabiske flertal og over for sine jødiske modstandere. Men som andre mindretalsdiktaturer i moderne tid vil heller ikke dette kunne overleve. International boykot udefra og blodbad indefra – eller begge dele – vil til sidst tvinge det til at give efter: En arabisk stat fra havet til floden vil da være en realitet. Og tostatsløsningen? Mange i Israel støtter visionen herom, men hævder også, at en sådan løsning på konflikten for øjeblikket ikke er i syne. For dem var Yasser Arafat for stærk og havde ondsindede bagtanker, hvorimod hans mere fornuftige efterfølger, Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) er for svag. Derfor taler de for i det mindste at holde tostatsløsningen i live igennem såkaldt ’konflikthåndtering’.

Ak, bare sidste sommer oplevede vi, hvad ’håndtering’ kan betyde. Konflikthåndtering dømmer os til nye Libanon-krige, til nye Gaza-krige og til en tredje, fjerde og femte intifada i Jerusalem og på Vestbredden, der alle vil brede sig til vores gader. Med den følgevirkning, at PA, De Palæstinensiske Selvstyremyndigheder, bryder sammen, og at Hamas eller mere ekstreme efterfølgere tager over. Det vil give store tab på begge sider. Og dette vil være den logiske konsekvens af ’konflikthåndteringen’.

Ja, det er hårdt at være venstrefløjen i Israel efter Benjamin Netanyahus valgsejr. Raymond Ibrahim fortæller spidende om venstrefløjens selvoptagede sværmerier

It dreamed of a country run by bureaucrats that worked only three days a week. It dreamed of unions running monopolies that worked whenever they liked and charged whatever they wanted. It dreamed of children raised on collective farms without parents and of government as a Socialist café debate.

Most of all it dreamed of a country without conservatives. It still hasn’t gotten that wish.

Netanyahu’s victory hit hardest in Tel Aviv where, as Haaretz, the paper of the left, reports, “Leftist, secular Tel Aviv went to sleep last night cautiously optimistic only to wake up this morning in a state of utter and absolute devastation.”

Tel Aviv is ground zero for any Iranian nuclear attack. Its population density makes it an obvious target and Iran threatened it just last month. A nuclear strike on Tel Aviv would not only kill a lot of Israelis, it would also wipe out the country’s left.

Haifa and Tel Aviv are the only major cities in Israel that the left won in this election. And it was a close thing in traditionally “Red Haifa” whose union dockworkers these days are Middle Eastern Jews who vote right. The left took a quarter of the vote in Haifa to a fifth for Netanyahu’s conservative Likud party.

In Tel Aviv however, the Labor coalition and Meretz, the two major leftist parties, took nearly half of the vote. Amos Oz’s daughter told Haaretz that everyone in the left had been upbeat because everyone they knew was voting for the left. Now the leftist elite is once again forced to come to terms with the tragedy that much of the country doesn’t want to hand over land to terrorists, live on a communal farm or turn over the country to Marc Rich’s lawyer and his American backers who make Slim-Fast and KIND bars.

There are however days when they think Israel might be better off without certain parts of Tel Aviv.

The left doesn’t want a country. It wants a Berkeley food co-op. It wants a city with some ugly modernist architecture. It wants a campus with courses on media studies and gender in geography. It wants an arcade where unwashed lefties can tunelessly strum John Lennon songs on their vintage guitars. It wants cafes with Russian Futurist prints on the walls. It wants to be excited about political change. Its only use for Israel was as a utopian theme park.

Its allegiance was not to Jewish history or democracy, but to its crackpot leftist fantasies. Now its fantasies are dead and it wants to kill Israel.

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