14 thoughts on “Israel’s Crisis of Legitimacy – Tikun Olam תיקון עולם إصلاح العالم
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  1. Thank you for these quotes from Rothkopf’s article. Netanyahu has been talking out of both sides of his mouth for years for those paying attention. He says one thing in English- and to our leaders- and the opposite to Israeli’s in Hebrew. And we and our leaders have bought this naively or knowingly. Politically we have not been able to divorce ourselves from Israel. though they have no trouble playing us about that. Biden, I fear, does not have the balls to do what we should have done years ago.
    Can you imagine police on horse and water cannon and skunk juice?
    This “democracy” was on very shaky grounds with no strong checks and balances. The Knesset could and did vote to give itself more power making the judiciary subservient at best.

  2. I am very proud how the Jewish State has behaved in the face of this controversial assault on Israel’s judiciary.
    These protests have been 99.9% peaceful, and I say that fully acknowledging the excesses of the police.

    Look what happened in France recently. Look what happened in the United States with the attempted coup.
    Look at the 2 billion dollars and twenty-two lives lost during the George Floyd protests.

    As far as Israel’s immediate future. If you ask me, “will the center hold?”
    I will say yes.

    We all need to maintain kind and loving thoughts. We must never give in to hate.

    1. @ John:

      I am very proud how the Jewish State

      If Israel is a Jewish state, it is an illegitmate state based on racism and apartheid. Nor is it in reality a “Jewish state,” since 25% of its citizens are not Jewish.

      Do not be proud. You should be ashamed. Especially if you are Jewish. If the police have engaged in wholesale violence against the protestors, the protests have not been peaceful. Taking the protestors behavior as the lone factor is a false analysis of the situation. Not to mention that (you would have known this had you actually read the post) a settler rammed a group of protestor and instead of being murdered, as a Palestinian doing the same thing would have, he was merely arrested after injuring 3 people.

      As for other countries facing civil unrest, they haven’t murdered 40,000 people living under their illegal occupation as Israel has. Not to mention the epidemic of killings in Israeli Palestinian communities, which the police have refused to deal with. So in that sense, Israel (and you) have nothing to brag about. Killing Palestinians offers a false sense of a coherent national identity which precludes intra-Jewish domestic violence.

      In addition, the US and French unrest was caused by rampant discrimination and state violence against minorities who had deep and legitimate grievances against the state. In Israel the grievance is against an extremist government by the Jewish majority. There has been a taboo (which the police are violating) in Israeli society against Jew-on-Jew political violence. There is no such taboo in France or the US.

      I will say yes.

      I will say you’re a fool.

      We all need to maintain kind and loving thoughts. We must never give in to hate.

      THis is the most violent, hateful, extremist government in the nation’s history. A government willing to engage in a civil war against the majority of the citizenry. And you dare to say “never give in to hate!” You’re a right wing fascist no better than the terrorists serving as government ministers.

      Do not post more than one comment in any post comment thread. You are done in this one.

    2. As far as Israel’s immediate future. If you ask me, “will the center hold?”
      I will say yes.
      We all need to maintain kind and loving thoughts. We must never give in to hate.

      In the Times of Israel is today a main article that now in a poll 28 percent of Israelis consider moving out of the country as “a solution to the problems”. So about 2 million Jews want to move and certainly 3 million will follow them when the country financially is destroyed by the massive human and capital flight. Finally 1 million Jews will follow them when Israel is changed to Palestine and the most violent settlers finally leave the country.

      What country will want to take those millions? Could even USA tolerate taking 6 million Jews fleeing from Israel? Center holds – indeed.

  3. I’ll paint here with the broad brush of relative ignorance of the details, but I see a similarity between the Israel-US relationship as regards the Biden administration’s timidity, and the Republican Party-MAGA relationship.
    the Republican Party has been led/driven to extremism because they cannot survive without the support of the extreme right wing, and the left wing in the US has long had the support of the jewish vote, which, though not unified in support of current Israeli government positions, still has enough support that there is some risk in alienating that bloc by withdrawing financial aid to Israel.
    hence we see the continuing descent into madness of both the MAGA-led right, and the Netanyahu administration. there will be a lot of collateral damage resulting from both problems.

    1. @ Chrome: Agreed. With one caveat. American Jews overwhelming oppose the Israeli government. Those supporting it are a minority within the overall Jewish community. That being said, you are correct in saying that this minority, by virtue of wealthy right wing Jews, wields power far beyond its numbers.

      1. Netanyahu takes advantage of the power of wealthy right wing Jews here. Biden is too fearful regarding Israel, and it seems now, Ukraine.

      2. Hi Richard,
        What is your solution for the Jewish problem concerning the long history of antisemitism, and the ability of Jews to live in a land that is “safe” for them?

        Thank you.
        Donald Yanell

  4. Courts, in their discretion, can look to foreign courts to aide in decision making.

    Perhaps the SCOTUS decision in Marbury v Madison would be a good jumping off point.

    1. @Q: so you support Marbury? Which delineated the powers of the Court and gave it the power to strike down unconstitutional laws? Meaning you oppose the judicial coup, I assume.

      1. I vehemently oppose the judicial reforms and the Right wing cabal that initiated them.

        BTW, I didn’t say Congresswomen Jayapal was a racist, I said that she’s benefited from India’s caste system, benefited, much the same way you, Richard, have benefited from your ‘White privilege’.
        A rigid, three thousand year system of oppression, that continues to oppress hundreds of millions of people, is more racist than Nazism, which only lasted 12 years.

        1. @Q: Welcome to the latest hasbara recruit to replace the 500 or so who’ve preceded you.

          You may publish one comment per thread, if you decide to comment here again.

          I didn’t say Congresswomen Jayapal was a racist

          I never claimed you said Jayapal was a racist. You made the ridiculous claim India was the most racist country in history. I notice you created a fake claim I never made, and didn’t address the ludicrous claim you did make.

          Pramila Jayapal lived most of her life in Indonesia and Singapore before coming to the US when she began college here. Everything she did here she did on her own, which includes creating a non-profit to fight for immigrant rights. It’s ludicrous to claim she benefited from the caste system.

          much the same way you, Richard, have benefited from your ‘White privilege’

          Don’t you dare. My ancestors came to this country penniless. Those who didn’t come to this country were exterminated by those same Nazis you claim “only lasted 12 years.” You disgust me.

          A rigid, three thousand year system of oppression, that continues to oppress hundreds of millions of people, is more racist than Nazism, which only lasted 12 years.

          The Nazis killed 6-million Jews. How many Jews has India killed?

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