Thursday, August 09, 2012
Haaretz Reports that Israelis Detest the Left
when Haaretz, the Palestinian newspaper printed in Hebrew, reports
that Israelis by and large despise the Left.
Which of course does not stop the Haaretz spin that fills the
paper. The banner headline at the top of page 1 of today's Hebrew
Haaretz reads, "The majority of the public holds leftist points of
view but detests the Left." You can see the watered down English
version here: http://www.haaretz.com/news/national/think-tank-reviving-israeli-left-a-ten-year-project.premium-1.456919#
The story is based on a public opinion survey conducted by a
Far-Leftist propaganda group, which Haaretz calls a think tank. The
propaganda group is called Molad - The Center for Renewal of
Democracy. It was run until recently by arch anti-Zionist Avraham
Burg. Burg is a vile scumbag who compares Israel with Nazi Germany
(see http://stevenplaut.blogspot.co.il/2009_02_01_archive.html ).
Involved in shady business "deals" in Israel, he moved to France years
ago, but continues to try to undermine Israel from a nice safe
This Molad hired one Jim Gerstein to run a public opinion survey
for it and Haaretz describes him as a leading pollster from America.
In Haaretz' words, he is "a leading American pollster who worked for
Ehud Barak during the then-Labor politician's campaign for prime
minister." Well, knowing a thing or three about American public
opinion surveying, I had never heard of Comrade Gerstein. It turns
out he is a "pollster" for Tablet, the hippy leftist Jewish magazine
best described as Tikkun-Lite. He spends the rest of his time working
for "J Street," whose "J" we all know stands for "jihad." (See
Well, Gerstein is about as serious a pollster as I am a
ballerina. But the story is still noteworthy because even his "poll"
finds that Israelis hate the Left. He claims to find that 63% of
Israelis have a solidly negative opinion of the Left (it is not clear
if Gerstein included Arabs in his survey). Left bashing is even
stronger among young Israelis.
And what about the Haaretz headline, claiming that most Israelis
actually hold leftist opinions? Well, you can comb the entire article
and you will not find anything that backs this headline "inference" by
the newspaper of the thinking jihadist. The poll does find that most
Israelis think the current government does not have solutions for the
country's socioeconomic problems, and that the parties of the Right
tend to promote their own interests over national interests. But that
hardly means that Israelis are leftists. Hell, I agree with THOSE
statements, and I have been accused of making Attila the Hun look like
The Haaretz "news" story is accompanied by a long whine by Yossi
"Call me Ishmael" Sarid, printed as a news story, here:
As you see, Sarid complains that the Left has had trouble "marketing
the truth," which of course shows that he still thinks that the Left
tells the truth about things. He concludes that it is not the Left's
fault that it is hated. Whose fault is it? The dingo who et his
2. The Anti-Semitic Left
Wistrich on 'the Left, the Jews and Israel'
By ISI LEIBLER
Candidly Speaking: Wistrich's analysis of the linkage of these
revolutionaries with the Left's contemporary abandonment of Israel is
a major intellectual and scholastic achievement.
Robert Wistrich, Hebrew University professor of European and Jewish
History and director of the Vidal Sassoon International Center for the
Study of anti-Semitism, has just published his 29th book titled From
Ambivalence to Betrayal: The Left, the Jews and Israel.
It is an impressive tome of over 600 pages and follows his monumental
seminal work A Lethal Obsession: Anti-Semitism from Antiquity to the
Global Jihad, published in 2010 and now recognized as the definitive
work on the world's oldest hatred, and an indispensable text for
In a fascinating preface to his new book, Wistrich provides a brief
autobiographical sketch. His father had originally been a supporter of
the illegal Polish Communist Party in pre-war Krakow but became
alienated from Stalinist communism after being arrested by the NKVD.
He and his wife, who had experienced bitter Polish anti-Semitism,
survived the Holocaust by fleeing to Kazakhstan, where Wistrich was
He was educated in England, and to use his words, was "radicalized" in
grammar school and later at Stanford University. He first visited
Israel in 1961, returning in 1969 when he was appointed editor of the
left-wing Israeli journal, New Outlook. However his passion for the
Jewish state led to a parting of the ways with the Israeli far left.
Robert became increasingly engaged in academic scholarship related to
anti- Semitism, received a senior appointment at the Hebrew
University, and is now recognized as the world's foremost scholar in
From Ambivalence to Betrayal is a historic review and analysis of the
abandonment of the Jewish people by the left from the early 19th
century until the present. It also relates to the extraordinarily
disproportionate number of socialist thinkers and leaders who were of
Jewish origin and seeks to explain what motivated so many of them, in
the course of their utopian and futile efforts to "repair the world,"
to abandon their people and their heritage and frenetically seek to
deny their kinsmen the right to self-determination.
The introductory essay is a brilliant overview of the contemporary
Jewish political arena viewed in the context of the concurrent rise of
Zionism, Communism, anti-Semitism and Nazism. It focuses strongly on
the hypocrisy of the existing left, which has become obsessed with
demonization and delegitimization of the Jewish state.
Wistrich demonstrates the extent to which today's radical anti-
Zionists, despite purporting to represent the left, often share the
identical obsessions and delusions concerning the alleged malignant
influence of the Jews in the modern world as classical fascist
Wistrich provides fascinating and innovative insights on left-wing
He skillfully relates the connection of "the prefigured 19th century
sea-bed of anti-Semitic socialism found in Marx, Fourier and Proudhon,
extending through to the orthodox Communists and 'non-conformist'
Trotskyites to the Islamo-leftist hybrids of today who systematically
vilify the so called racist essence of the Jewish State."
His analysis of the linkage of these revolutionaries with the left's
contemporary abandonment of Israel is a major intellectual and
scholastic achievement and provides an intriguing insight into the
sources of the far left's current application of double standards and
anti- Israel venom.
WISTRICH REVIEWS in depth the attitude towards the Jews adopted by
many of the great socialist revolutionaries of Jewish origin like Karl
Marx, Bernard Lazare, Moses Hess, Ferdinand LaSalle, Karl Kautsky,
Victor Adler, Rosa Luxemburg, Leon Trotsky, Bruno Kreisky, Isaac
Deutscher and others.
His chapter on Leon Trotsky, entitled "A Bolshevik's Tragedy," is a
masterful essay which breaks new ground on this extraordinary,
charismatic Jewish revolutionary who desperately sought to repudiate
his Jewish origins. Yet, despite achieving the reputation of being
"the most intransigent of revolutionary Bolsheviks," Trotsky was
ultimately forced by Stalin into assuming the traditional Jewish role
in society and became reviled as the scapegoat for the failures of the
Wistrich highlights the fact that many of today's anti-Jewish Jews
inherited the mantle of the 19th and early 20th century anti-Semitic
Jewish radical revolutionaries. Yet he stresses that these renegade
Jews have vastly exceeded the anti-Semitic tirades of their
predecessors and even to the extent of allying themselves with
reactionary clerical zealots and jihadists, who represent the
antithesis of their purported world outlook.
He points to their public support and endorsement of terrorists and
religious fanatics, noting that even the most extreme early
anti-Jewish revolutionaries like Marx, Engels, Kautsky, Rosa Luxemburg
or Trotsky "would never have remained silent about Shari'a law,
censorship, female genital mutilation, honor killings, suicide
bombings, or making the world safe for Allah's rule," and rarely
resorted to outright racist outbursts like their current successors.
Nor would they have gone to the extreme of allying themselves with
those explicitly committed to our physical destruction.
Wistrich asserts that Holocaust inversion, now a major component of
the Left's effort to besmirch Israel, while initially introduced by
British historian Arnold Toynbee who referred to Zionists as
"disciples of the Nazis," was in fact institutionalized as the
"Zionist- Nazi" nexus at the Prague Trials orchestrated from Moscow.
He reminds us that it was post-war Jewish Marxists who encouraged the
left's current paranoia and "anti-racist" racism against Israel. As an
example he quotes the Polish-born Jewish biographer of Trotsky, Isaac
Deutscher, who already in 1967 described Israel as the "Prussia of the
Middle East" and a bastion of "racial Talmudic exclusiveness and
It was the Soviets who, in 1975, succeeded in passing a UN resolution
bracketing Zionism and racism. While this was ultimately rescinded in
December 1991, it remains today the central plank in the Arab-leftist
efforts to criminalize Israel and brand it as a state engaging in war
The concluding chapters review the anti-Zionist myths, many of which
seem to have been directly replicated from Nazi propaganda and are
today enthusiastically promoted by the Marxist Islamist alliance who
regard Israel as the "Jew of the nations" fulfilling a dark
preordained fate as an eternal scapegoat.
Wistrich relates to the quasi-religious belief of these groups that
"the world will only be 'liberated' by the downfall of America and the
defeat of the Jews.
This chiliastic fantasy has today emerged as a notable point of fusion
between the radical anti-Zionist left in the West and the global
jihad. Revolutionary anti-Semitism has become an increasingly
important factor in cementing the anti-capitalist populism, much as it
was during the birth pangs of modern socialism over 150 years ago."
This is a magisterial work, providing a comprehensive understanding of
the origins of the most pernicious challenges currently facing the
Jewish people – especially those originating from the enemy within.
It will be especially valuable to those directly engaged in the
struggle to neutralize the evil efforts against Israel by the
left-Islamic alliance and its acolytes of Jewish origin.
3. Semantic perversion:
4. Environmental terror:
5. Syria is not the only place with beleaguered Alawites. It is not
well known but there is a village of Alawites on Israel's border with
Lebanon, in Israel's liberated Golan Heights. It is called Ghajar or
Rajar. It has been the focus of some political conflict - Lebanon
claims the village belongs to Lebanon, Israel - says not. The village
has been split since the dark days of Ehud NeBARAKnezzer Barak, with
half officially in Israel. Villagers from both halves have Israeli
citizenship, although some also have Lebanese passports. The locals
want to remain in Israel, what with all the nice meals and jobs and
all that they enjoy as Israelis.
Problem is that some of the villagers are demonstrating their
solidarity with the Asads and the Syrian Alawite junta by engaging in
terrorism and espionage. See this:
So how about we in Israel help out the suffering Syrian population
by sending them some nice Alawites to help clean up the rubble?