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“If you don’t get my weekly column, it means I am dead,” wrote Israeli writer Uri Avnery to a friend. As I eagerly awaited Uri’s column each week, I feared that each new column might be his last.

And so it finally came to be. The renowned 94-year old writer and peace advocate finally succumbed to old age after a stroke and massive heart attack.

The roar of the last Lion of Judah had been silenced.

I always considered Avnery as the wisest voice in the Mideast, and Israel’s last prophet. His voice was always rich in wisdom, morality and common sense. Few Israelis and even fewer Arabs attained his level of clarity and logic.

Whenever I grew weary writing columns and felt I could no longer go on, I told myself, “if 94-year old Uri can keep writing brilliant columns each week, then you too can keep writing. Back to your keyboard!”

Uri’s story was in good part that of modern Israel. He was born Helmut Osterman to a prosperous German Jewish family near Hanover. When Hitler came to power, they migrated in 1933 to Palestine with the 11-year old Helmut – who changed his name to the Hebrew, Uri Avnery.

In 1948, the young Avnery joined the underground Jewish guerilla force Irgun, fighting British and Palestinians and, later, Arab regular soldiers. Irgun committed numerous notorious terrorist acts and massacres that played a key role in driving the Palestinian population from their ancestral homes. He was seriously wounded and nearly died.

Two years later, he and three friends started a political magazine, “One World.”

Avnery was increasingly political and sided with Israeli expansionists. But he gradually came to see that peace and cooperation was the only solution for Israel. After Israel’s smashing victories over the Arabs in the 1956 and 1967 wars, he formed a leftist pro-peace party and won a seat in Israel’s parliament, the Knesset. He helped found the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Council and the renowned Gush Shalom peace movement.

Avnery was one of the first Israelis to call for fair treatment of the Palestinians, over a million who had become refugees in 1948 and 1967. He urged Israel to sign a lasting peace accord with the Palestinians and return to them control of the West Bank, the old city of Jerusalem, Golan and Gaza – all occupied by the Israeli Army and growing waves of Jewish settlers.

Uri became the target of decades of hatred by right-wing Israelis. He was stabbed. He said things that were not said in public. He kept reminding Israelis that their Jewish ethics demanded fair and decent treatment of Palestinians, whom Israeli leaders preferred to call ‘cockroaches’ and ‘wild animals.’

Interestingly, the two men who have best explained the Muslim world to westerners, Uri Avnery and the Austrian-born Leopold Weiss, known as Muhammad Asad, who wrote the great book, “the Road to Mecca,” were both Germanic Jews.

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There would never be peace in the region, warned prophet Avnery, until Israel returned at least some land taken from Palestinians, and created a viable Palestinian state with full democratic rights and freedoms. Instead, Uri watched as Israel’s US-backed far right government arrested ever more Palestinians, grabbed more Arab lands, and prepared to create a full-fledged South African-style apartheid state.

Never one to mince words, Uri called Israel’s right, which just enacted a law making Israel an exclusively Jewish state (thus excluding its 21% Muslim and Christian population) ‘semi-fascist Jews.’ Israel’s far right now exercises decisive influence over the Trump White House and the US Congress.

Avnery became fast friends with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. The two leaders could have created a viable Jewish-Arab state or federation. Sadly, Arafat was probably murdered and Avnery politically sidelined. In fact, Israel’s entire pro-peace left has dwindled to a fringe movement, isolated by its right-wing governments and Washington. Days after Uri died, Israel’s Likud coalition announced the expropriation of more Arab land on the West Bank to build 1,000 new homes for Jewish settlers.

Like most Jewish prophets, Avnery was loved or hated. He had no equal in the Arab world. Like Gandhi, his message was too logical and too uncomfortable for nationalist fanatics. His icy skepticism and clear thinking was a godsend in the overheated emotional hothouse of the Mideast.

Israel’s last prophet is gone. Rest in peace, Uri.

(Republished from EricMargolis.com by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. I don’t know about the “prophet” Avnery, but I do know something that Mr. Margolis seems to ignore. That is that the extremes on both sides of that particular argument limit the possibilities for the future of the Arabs and the Jews.

    On the Arab/Muslim side are those like Hamas who intend to re-establish a Muslim state with hegemony over dhimmi Jews.

    On the Jewish side, one must always remember that a substantial portion of Israelis are, or are descended from, Jews who lived in the MENA under Muslim hegemony (many, if not most, communities pre-dated the Muslims), have no intention of going back to their former state, and see their best path as living in a Jewish state.

    It is always odd to me that the Jews who fled Muslim dominated parts of the MENA in 1948 are forgotten.

    There is no rational middle ground to be found between these groups. They will dominate the state of affairs. Reason will not decide, the sword will decide…

    https://www.poemhunter.com/poem/contemplation-of-the-sword/

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    '...On the Jewish side, one must always remember that a substantial portion of Israelis are, or are descended from, Jews who lived in the MENA under Muslim hegemony (many, if not most, communities pre-dated the Muslims), have no intention of going back to their former state, and see their best path as living in a Jewish state...'

    A very large proportion of them seem quite willing to emigrate to the United States.

    Moreover, while in general I am opposed to letting in any more immigrants, in the case of Israeli Jews I am prepared to make an exception.

    We bear such a large share of culpability for the moral travesty that is modern Israel that it will be an entirely fitting penance if all the Jews currently in Palestine wind up coming here.

    , @Richard Vajs
    Another Fred,
    OK, a plague on both of their houses. When I worked in Turkey, the Turks and the few Iranians that I knew all said that the Israeli Jews and the Palestinians were like peas in a pod and deserved each other. Fine, but why the Hell are we giving Israel billions of dollars every year? They are racist bastards and are quite capable of war crimes and perhaps soon, genocide of innocent civilians. I see no good reason that we should reward them, especially as we have such poverty in America.
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  2. Anonymous[128] • Disclaimer says:

    For thousands of years, no one listened to wise men. Why would they now?

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  3. ‘…Avnery was increasingly political and sided with Israeli expansionists. But he gradually came to see that peace and cooperation was the only solution for Israel…

    If he was right, good that he’s gone. Israel is an insupportable inequity, and the sooner it vanishes, the better.

    …wouldn’t want her doing anything to drag things out.

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  4. @another fred
    I don't know about the "prophet" Avnery, but I do know something that Mr. Margolis seems to ignore. That is that the extremes on both sides of that particular argument limit the possibilities for the future of the Arabs and the Jews.

    On the Arab/Muslim side are those like Hamas who intend to re-establish a Muslim state with hegemony over dhimmi Jews.

    On the Jewish side, one must always remember that a substantial portion of Israelis are, or are descended from, Jews who lived in the MENA under Muslim hegemony (many, if not most, communities pre-dated the Muslims), have no intention of going back to their former state, and see their best path as living in a Jewish state.

    It is always odd to me that the Jews who fled Muslim dominated parts of the MENA in 1948 are forgotten.

    There is no rational middle ground to be found between these groups. They will dominate the state of affairs. Reason will not decide, the sword will decide...

    https://www.poemhunter.com/poem/contemplation-of-the-sword/

    ‘…On the Jewish side, one must always remember that a substantial portion of Israelis are, or are descended from, Jews who lived in the MENA under Muslim hegemony (many, if not most, communities pre-dated the Muslims), have no intention of going back to their former state, and see their best path as living in a Jewish state…’

    A very large proportion of them seem quite willing to emigrate to the United States.

    Moreover, while in general I am opposed to letting in any more immigrants, in the case of Israeli Jews I am prepared to make an exception.

    We bear such a large share of culpability for the moral travesty that is modern Israel that it will be an entirely fitting penance if all the Jews currently in Palestine wind up coming here.

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    A very large proportion of them seem quite willing to emigrate to the United States.
     
    Do you have any sources for that data? I'd like to see the kinds of poll questions asked and the responses.
    , @another fred
    We seem to be miscommunicating.

    Your article has little detail, but does seem to corroborate the fact that sentiments differ through different segments of the population.

    I am aware that some Israelis are unhappy with the situation there, but my point was that there is a significant portion of the population that takes a pretty hard stand. That portion of the population is heavily biased towards those who had experienced (or whose ancestors had experienced) life in a Muslim dominated society.

    From what I had read the segment that is disillusioned is heavily biased towards those of European extraction, especially from the left - those with an "internationalist" bias. Perhaps like Mr. Avnery himself.

    My previous point was that I do not think those of Mr. Avnery's disposition will move the tide of affairs and I think that point still stands.

    , @John212
    It's ridiculous to sacrifice yourself for a tribe that isn't yours. To do so is insanity. There are other solutions.

    The reality, however, is that Israel isn't going anywhere until well after Iran is deposed if not ethnically cleansed. That's its sole purpose, after all. There's no going back now.
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  5. Another ‘expert’ analysis that doesn’t even reach the Wikipedia-level:

    ‘Two years later, he and three friends started a political magazine, “One World.”’

    No, the political magazine ‘Ha’Olam Ha’Zeh’, which means ‘This World’ not ‘One World’ already existed when he and others bought, not started the magazine.

    ‘In 1948, the young Avnery joined the underground Jewish guerilla force Irgun, fighting British and Palestinians and, later, Arab regular soldiers.’

    It would’ve been very strange to join the Irgun in 1948 and not the IDF. Avnery himself claimed to have joined the Irgun in 1938.

    This is what passes for ‘analysis’ at Unz.com

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    So if I understand you correctly, he was one of the first individuals, along with his fellow Irgun associates, to introduce terrorism into the modern Middle East. What a horrendous legacy!
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  6. @Colin Wright
    '...On the Jewish side, one must always remember that a substantial portion of Israelis are, or are descended from, Jews who lived in the MENA under Muslim hegemony (many, if not most, communities pre-dated the Muslims), have no intention of going back to their former state, and see their best path as living in a Jewish state...'

    A very large proportion of them seem quite willing to emigrate to the United States.

    Moreover, while in general I am opposed to letting in any more immigrants, in the case of Israeli Jews I am prepared to make an exception.

    We bear such a large share of culpability for the moral travesty that is modern Israel that it will be an entirely fitting penance if all the Jews currently in Palestine wind up coming here.

    A very large proportion of them seem quite willing to emigrate to the United States.

    Do you have any sources for that data? I’d like to see the kinds of poll questions asked and the responses.

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    'Do you have any sources for that data? I’d like to see the kinds of poll questions asked and the responses.'


    https://forward.com/fast-forward/366561/why-do-a-third-of-israelis-want-to-leave-the-country/
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  7. @anony-mouse
    Another 'expert' analysis that doesn't even reach the Wikipedia-level:

    'Two years later, he and three friends started a political magazine, “One World.”'

    No, the political magazine 'Ha'Olam Ha'Zeh', which means 'This World' not 'One World' already existed when he and others bought, not started the magazine.

    'In 1948, the young Avnery joined the underground Jewish guerilla force Irgun, fighting British and Palestinians and, later, Arab regular soldiers.'

    It would've been very strange to join the Irgun in 1948 and not the IDF. Avnery himself claimed to have joined the Irgun in 1938.

    This is what passes for 'analysis' at Unz.com

    So if I understand you correctly, he was one of the first individuals, along with his fellow Irgun associates, to introduce terrorism into the modern Middle East. What a horrendous legacy!

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    Er, no https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1929_Hebron_massacre
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  8. @another fred

    A very large proportion of them seem quite willing to emigrate to the United States.
     
    Do you have any sources for that data? I'd like to see the kinds of poll questions asked and the responses.

    ‘Do you have any sources for that data? I’d like to see the kinds of poll questions asked and the responses.’

    https://forward.com/fast-forward/366561/why-do-a-third-of-israelis-want-to-leave-the-country/

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  9. @NoseytheDuke
    So if I understand you correctly, he was one of the first individuals, along with his fellow Irgun associates, to introduce terrorism into the modern Middle East. What a horrendous legacy!
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  10. @Colin Wright
    '...On the Jewish side, one must always remember that a substantial portion of Israelis are, or are descended from, Jews who lived in the MENA under Muslim hegemony (many, if not most, communities pre-dated the Muslims), have no intention of going back to their former state, and see their best path as living in a Jewish state...'

    A very large proportion of them seem quite willing to emigrate to the United States.

    Moreover, while in general I am opposed to letting in any more immigrants, in the case of Israeli Jews I am prepared to make an exception.

    We bear such a large share of culpability for the moral travesty that is modern Israel that it will be an entirely fitting penance if all the Jews currently in Palestine wind up coming here.

    We seem to be miscommunicating.

    Your article has little detail, but does seem to corroborate the fact that sentiments differ through different segments of the population.

    I am aware that some Israelis are unhappy with the situation there, but my point was that there is a significant portion of the population that takes a pretty hard stand. That portion of the population is heavily biased towards those who had experienced (or whose ancestors had experienced) life in a Muslim dominated society.

    From what I had read the segment that is disillusioned is heavily biased towards those of European extraction, especially from the left – those with an “internationalist” bias. Perhaps like Mr. Avnery himself.

    My previous point was that I do not think those of Mr. Avnery’s disposition will move the tide of affairs and I think that point still stands.

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    Further to my point is this article by Nassim Nicholas Taleb.

    There are hard-line minorities on both sides of the conflict. It seems to me that one should expect them to dominate the affair in the manner that Taleb illustrates.

    https://medium.com/incerto/the-most-intolerant-wins-the-dictatorship-of-the-small-minority-3f1f83ce4e15
    , @Colin Wright
    'We seem to be miscommunicating.

    Your article has little detail, but does seem to corroborate the fact that sentiments differ through different segments of the population...'

    I think that if more than a third of a population says they would leave their country if only they could, it's significant. Imagine what proportion of Americans would answer 'yes' to that question. A twentieth?

    Practically, the point is that if we do pull the plug on Israel, the slide should be prompt. That third will begin exiting, and as they do, the proportion of working Jews in the country will plummet. The rest will then begin realizing it would behoove them to move to the New Land in New Jersey, and it'll all swiftly be over.

    Many problems are all but insoluble. Israel is eminently soluble. No one's going to stay except the people who belong there -- to wit, the Palestinians.

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  11. @another fred
    We seem to be miscommunicating.

    Your article has little detail, but does seem to corroborate the fact that sentiments differ through different segments of the population.

    I am aware that some Israelis are unhappy with the situation there, but my point was that there is a significant portion of the population that takes a pretty hard stand. That portion of the population is heavily biased towards those who had experienced (or whose ancestors had experienced) life in a Muslim dominated society.

    From what I had read the segment that is disillusioned is heavily biased towards those of European extraction, especially from the left - those with an "internationalist" bias. Perhaps like Mr. Avnery himself.

    My previous point was that I do not think those of Mr. Avnery's disposition will move the tide of affairs and I think that point still stands.

    Further to my point is this article by Nassim Nicholas Taleb.

    There are hard-line minorities on both sides of the conflict. It seems to me that one should expect them to dominate the affair in the manner that Taleb illustrates.

    https://medium.com/incerto/the-most-intolerant-wins-the-dictatorship-of-the-small-minority-3f1f83ce4e15

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  12. Somewhat off topic, but it’s important.

    Can someone demonstrate this is false news?

    ‘…The Israeli government submitted legal materials to the Israeli Supreme Court declaring that “the Knesset (Israeli parliament) is permitted to legislate laws everywhere in the world and it is authorized to violate the sovereignty of foreign countries via legislation that would be applied to events occurring in their territories.”

    This statement was declared on August 7th in a written response, which the Israeli government had submitted to the Israeli Supreme Court, regarding to the petition against the Settlement Regularization Law filed by Adalah and Al Mezan Center for Human Rights in Gaza on behalf of 17 local Palestinian authorities in the West Bank…’

    https://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=780766

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  13. @another fred
    We seem to be miscommunicating.

    Your article has little detail, but does seem to corroborate the fact that sentiments differ through different segments of the population.

    I am aware that some Israelis are unhappy with the situation there, but my point was that there is a significant portion of the population that takes a pretty hard stand. That portion of the population is heavily biased towards those who had experienced (or whose ancestors had experienced) life in a Muslim dominated society.

    From what I had read the segment that is disillusioned is heavily biased towards those of European extraction, especially from the left - those with an "internationalist" bias. Perhaps like Mr. Avnery himself.

    My previous point was that I do not think those of Mr. Avnery's disposition will move the tide of affairs and I think that point still stands.

    ‘We seem to be miscommunicating.

    Your article has little detail, but does seem to corroborate the fact that sentiments differ through different segments of the population…’

    I think that if more than a third of a population says they would leave their country if only they could, it’s significant. Imagine what proportion of Americans would answer ‘yes’ to that question. A twentieth?

    Practically, the point is that if we do pull the plug on Israel, the slide should be prompt. That third will begin exiting, and as they do, the proportion of working Jews in the country will plummet. The rest will then begin realizing it would behoove them to move to the New Land in New Jersey, and it’ll all swiftly be over.

    Many problems are all but insoluble. Israel is eminently soluble. No one’s going to stay except the people who belong there — to wit, the Palestinians.

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    Many problems are all but insoluble. Israel is eminently soluble. No one’s going to stay except the people who belong there — to wit, the Palestinians.
     
    That is exactly correct, and is the most likely long run outcome. Ethnocultural baggage (and/or belief in a Bronze Age fantasy) are simply not strong enough drivers in the absence of massive transfers of wealth from foreign governments (particularly the US). The money spigot doesn't even have to stop; all it has to do is slow its rate of expansion, since it costs progressively more over time to run a parasitic invader-state.

    Once the money taps slow, there will be an Exodus that might actually hit the fictional numbers detailed in the original primitive drivel in the book (i.e., the 2 million that supposedly left Egypt). And the Exodees will be those with the largest opportunity set - the most productive, the brightest, and the rich. Kind of the opposite to how the Zionist project got started (with the most ignorant of [Eastern] European Jewry - the ones who had no alternative destination).

    I've said this for ages: Zionism is overwhelmingly an Ashkenazi phenomenon (because the Ashkenazim are theologically backward - Judaism's Wahhabi), and each successive generation of Ashkenazim in the West is more secular.

    There is no better force for undermining stupid tribal fantasies, than rising living standards. Large numbers of Ashkenazim have discovered that life is way better outside the hovels of the Caucasus, and they've had trouble getting their kids to subscribe to the old nonsense with the same fervour. Fewer minds infected with ahistorical tribal nonsense translates directly into less support for the Zionist invader-state.

    Give it a generation or so.

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  14. Grumbler says:

    “…the underground Jewish guerilla force Irgun…”

    Why do cucks for Zionists use this euphemism to describe Jewish terrorists? If a muslim blows up innocent people he is a terrorist. If Jews blow up innocent people they are “underground” fighters.

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  15. Voline says:

    Avnery was an admirable and principled individual in many ways, and a great writer whom I enjoyed reading, but we should not overlook his mistakes. We should not have any idols – Gandhi, the other ‘prophet’ mentioned in the article, was also seriously flawed, both personally and politically. Avnery too was relentlessly inflexible in his beliefs, which were essentially, I must point out, still Zionist ones, built around the idea of ‘two peoples’ and a two-state solution ‘or nothing’. What he couldn’t see was that by the end of his life, he was left literally with nothing and the option of ‘two states’ was a dead (and by then rotting) duck. It would have helped if he’d admitted his error, moved on from his rigid position and embraced the idea of a one/no state solution as most young Palestinians and Israeli progressives are increasingly realizing, identifying Israel correctly as a settler-colonial state built on apartheid and class oppression, but this did not occur.

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  16. But he gradually came to see that peace and cooperation was the only solution for Israel. After Israel’s smashing victories over the Arabs in the 1956 and 1967 wars …

    This is a little inconsistent.

    The Israelis are nationalist. The Arabs are sectarian and clannish. So far, what Israel has been doing has worked. I’m not sure what happens when Hezbollah decides to take over the Lebanese state or the Gazans have a mass mental breakdown but it looks like Israel will still be there after it.

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  17. Mr Margolis clearly hasn’t read Israel Shamir’s contradictory view of the “wise man,” published in today’s edition of the Unz Review.

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    Margolis should have read Shamir's piece before writing is own paean to a Zionist.
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  18. Moi says:
    @Tsar Nicholas
    Mr Margolis clearly hasn't read Israel Shamir's contradictory view of the "wise man," published in today's edition of the Unz Review.

    Margolis should have read Shamir’s piece before writing is own paean to a Zionist.

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  19. @another fred
    I don't know about the "prophet" Avnery, but I do know something that Mr. Margolis seems to ignore. That is that the extremes on both sides of that particular argument limit the possibilities for the future of the Arabs and the Jews.

    On the Arab/Muslim side are those like Hamas who intend to re-establish a Muslim state with hegemony over dhimmi Jews.

    On the Jewish side, one must always remember that a substantial portion of Israelis are, or are descended from, Jews who lived in the MENA under Muslim hegemony (many, if not most, communities pre-dated the Muslims), have no intention of going back to their former state, and see their best path as living in a Jewish state.

    It is always odd to me that the Jews who fled Muslim dominated parts of the MENA in 1948 are forgotten.

    There is no rational middle ground to be found between these groups. They will dominate the state of affairs. Reason will not decide, the sword will decide...

    https://www.poemhunter.com/poem/contemplation-of-the-sword/

    Another Fred,
    OK, a plague on both of their houses. When I worked in Turkey, the Turks and the few Iranians that I knew all said that the Israeli Jews and the Palestinians were like peas in a pod and deserved each other. Fine, but why the Hell are we giving Israel billions of dollars every year? They are racist bastards and are quite capable of war crimes and perhaps soon, genocide of innocent civilians. I see no good reason that we should reward them, especially as we have such poverty in America.

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  20. @Colin Wright
    'We seem to be miscommunicating.

    Your article has little detail, but does seem to corroborate the fact that sentiments differ through different segments of the population...'

    I think that if more than a third of a population says they would leave their country if only they could, it's significant. Imagine what proportion of Americans would answer 'yes' to that question. A twentieth?

    Practically, the point is that if we do pull the plug on Israel, the slide should be prompt. That third will begin exiting, and as they do, the proportion of working Jews in the country will plummet. The rest will then begin realizing it would behoove them to move to the New Land in New Jersey, and it'll all swiftly be over.

    Many problems are all but insoluble. Israel is eminently soluble. No one's going to stay except the people who belong there -- to wit, the Palestinians.

    Many problems are all but insoluble. Israel is eminently soluble. No one’s going to stay except the people who belong there — to wit, the Palestinians.

    That is exactly correct, and is the most likely long run outcome. Ethnocultural baggage (and/or belief in a Bronze Age fantasy) are simply not strong enough drivers in the absence of massive transfers of wealth from foreign governments (particularly the US). The money spigot doesn’t even have to stop; all it has to do is slow its rate of expansion, since it costs progressively more over time to run a parasitic invader-state.

    Once the money taps slow, there will be an Exodus that might actually hit the fictional numbers detailed in the original primitive drivel in the book (i.e., the 2 million that supposedly left Egypt). And the Exodees will be those with the largest opportunity set – the most productive, the brightest, and the rich. Kind of the opposite to how the Zionist project got started (with the most ignorant of [Eastern] European Jewry – the ones who had no alternative destination).

    I’ve said this for ages: Zionism is overwhelmingly an Ashkenazi phenomenon (because the Ashkenazim are theologically backward – Judaism’s Wahhabi), and each successive generation of Ashkenazim in the West is more secular.

    There is no better force for undermining stupid tribal fantasies, than rising living standards. Large numbers of Ashkenazim have discovered that life is way better outside the hovels of the Caucasus, and they’ve had trouble getting their kids to subscribe to the old nonsense with the same fervour. Fewer minds infected with ahistorical tribal nonsense translates directly into less support for the Zionist invader-state.

    Give it a generation or so.

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  21. John212 says:
    @Colin Wright
    '...On the Jewish side, one must always remember that a substantial portion of Israelis are, or are descended from, Jews who lived in the MENA under Muslim hegemony (many, if not most, communities pre-dated the Muslims), have no intention of going back to their former state, and see their best path as living in a Jewish state...'

    A very large proportion of them seem quite willing to emigrate to the United States.

    Moreover, while in general I am opposed to letting in any more immigrants, in the case of Israeli Jews I am prepared to make an exception.

    We bear such a large share of culpability for the moral travesty that is modern Israel that it will be an entirely fitting penance if all the Jews currently in Palestine wind up coming here.

    It’s ridiculous to sacrifice yourself for a tribe that isn’t yours. To do so is insanity. There are other solutions.

    The reality, however, is that Israel isn’t going anywhere until well after Iran is deposed if not ethnically cleansed. That’s its sole purpose, after all. There’s no going back now.

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  22. 1. The US must stop funding Israel, forcing it to choose between its lavish welfare state and military aggression. If it doesn’t want a popular uprising, it will choose the former.
    2. Create a Palestinian state in Gaza and the pre-1967 West Bank (Except East Jerusalem, of course. Sorry, Muslims, Mohammed’s alleged visit doesn’t give you the right to occupy half the Jewish holy city.)
    3. Build a giant impenetrable wall between Palestine and Israel. Their brother Muslims in Egypt and Jordan can build the Pals a highway and/or rail line through their territory connecting the two pieces. There’s not much down there in the Sinai anyway.
    4. Jewish settlers can stay in Palestine and become Palestinian citizens if they dare, LOL. Otherwise, they can skedaddle back to Israel proper. The same goes for Israeli Arabs. Any of them who decide to relocate must be compensated for the full value of their property.
    5. Station UN troops on both sides of the wall to make sure neither country shoots rockets at or bombs the other.

    Problem solved!

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