He’s only forty years late, but Amos Oz has finally gotten religion and has given extremist settlers a name they’ve deserved ever since Yeshaya Leibowitz first called them “Judeo-Nazis.” Oz’s term for them is “Hebrew neo-Nazis” as described in this Yediot story (Hebrew and in English):
“I can’t bear the term “price tag” and the prettified term “hilltop youth,” I can abide even less. It’s time we looked this monster in the eye. ”
Price tag and hilltop youth are sweet, saccharaine names, according to the author, for a monster. It’s past time to call it by its proper name. We wanted to be a nation like all the other nations. We longed for a Hebrew thief and a Hebrew whore [classical Zionist tropes]. Now there are Hebrew neo-Nazis. This is their proper name. There is nothing that the neo-Nazis do in Europe which the Hebrew neo-Nazis don’t do here.
In this news report of the speech, the newscaster quotes Oz saying that if Israel doesn’t arrive at a two state solution then it will become a binational state with a Jewish minority and that this will be a galut (exile) worse than any other. You can watch the newscast here (starting from the 50 second mark).
I don’t wish to make more out of the “neo-Nazi” statement than it’s worth. Oz is a classic liberal Zionist and supporter of two states. Despite his ability to see the poison within the Israeli body politic. He hasn’t yet been able to free himself of the shackles that chain him. Last year, he said in a speech that he supported two states–not going on a honeymoon but getting a fair divorce. The problem with the marriage-divorce metaphor is that Israel is the husband seeking a divorce after stealing all the joint assets. How can there be a “fair divorce” when the ex-husband leaves his ex-wife with nothing in the settlement? Not to mention that he refuses to move out of the house they own jointly and week by week he displaces his wife from the few rooms in the house she has left.
In his liberal Zionism, Oz joins other distinguished Israeli writers like David Grossman and A.B. Yehoshua whose blinkered vision prevents them from seeing the conflict clearly.