Netanyahu’s Deceptive Discourse Forces Israelis To Ask: What Do We Want?

The choice of a messianic, racist, Jewish society is not yet accepted by most Israelis – so Netanyahu has made the tactical decision to conceal present his actions as a prolonged reprisal action.

Benjamin Netanyahu at the United Nations General Assembly on September 29, 2014.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the UNGA, September 29, 2014. | Photo by AP

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s response to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ address at the United Nations is an important part of his movement toward an upheaval in Israel. It’s a continuation of the identity putsch in his “Jewish state” campaign.”

At its core, Zionism was an attempt to wrest Jewish identity from the hands of hostile non-Jews and take possession of it. Netanyahu’s move does just the opposite. His use of fear tactics is not “solely,” or even mainly, aimed at returning the Jews to the ghetto defined by non-Jewish racism. Through his all-consuming focus on “exposing” the intentions of others, Netanyahu is dismantling independent Israeli identity and Israeli choice. The question of “What do we want?” was disposed of, almost the same way that Yitzhak Rabin, one of the symbols of the world of this question, was disposed of, together with the decision to adopt his order of priorities.

There is a symbolic aspect to Netanyahu’s focus on the UN and the fact that he does so in English. Gone is the talk of universal Jewish ideas about the family of nations, the Hebrew Ben-Gurionism of “oom shmoom” to dismiss the UN or “It doesn’t matter what the goyim say, but what the Jews do.” Instead, we have the exact opposite: an identity that is dictated by others and presented as an endless reprisal action to the primary move of exposing gentile racism.

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