How close are we really? A brief analysis of the current political climate in Israel

Is there an answer to resolve the Israeli/Arab conflict? Not in the near future...

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The war for the tiny sliver of land we call Israel has lasted for thousands of years.  Between Israeli/Jewish displacement in the native Jewish lands, i.e. the Kingdoms of Israel and of Judea & Samaria, the diaspora lands where Jews were met with ample pogroms, blood libels, exiles, and the Holocaust, both the internal and external struggles related to Israel’s existence, remain deep in violent controversy.

Is there a remedy? Is there an answer to finally resolve the pandemonium that occurs surmounting the State of Israel?

Inside the State

Domestically, Israel faces massive demonstrations on a daily basis from the far-left and Arab populations, ranging on issues from the ongoing conflict, to criticism of the Israeli government’s new Nation-State Law.  Interestingly, under Israeli sovereignty, we can trace instances of Arab members of the Israeli Knesset (Parliament) demonstrating a clear insubordination in Parliament, and/or reinforcing sympathy for the Palestinian Authority and their terrorist thugs that they keep on their pay-to-slay payroll.  

Outside conflicts

Some of Israel’s greatest external threats, most unfortunately, come from the Arab world, and emanate mainly from Israel’s neighbours. These include the Palestinians, who have for months non-stop, continued to throw rockets and condom-fire-bombs indiscriminately at innocent Israelis, maiming them, as well as destroying acres upon acres of good hard-working farmers’ land, and much of the targeted areas’ wildlife.   

Most notably, since Israel reclaimed the land, Iran and its proxy armies in Lebanon and especially Syria, are in constant war games for the Golan Heights, which strategically places Israel in an incredibly powerful and advantageous position militarily.  

Israel’s external battles are received in similar vein by leftist diaspora Jewry, such as the American politician, attorney and professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz who recently commented on his difficulty to defend Israel on Her recently passed Nation State Law.

 In terms of balance, Alan Dershowitz, while Democrat and left-leaning, can be seen as someone demonstrably centrist and mostly fair, but this is certainly not the case for many of the far-left diaspora Jewry guided by the Bernie Sanders ethos.  

This faction frequently criticizes Israeli sovereignty, particularly of the nation’s historical, political, biblical, and religious capital Jerusalem. They also share a platform of radically anti-Israel and American values, shepherd by the influence of heroes of the modern-left like Sanders, Linda Sarsour, progressive far-left fringe Jewish organizations like If Not Now, and the anti-Semitic reverend Farrakhan.

The future from here

Grassroots Zionist groups have always held their own in Israel’s political realm.  Today, organizations like Im Tirtzu represent many of the right’s grievances in the public sphere by exposing the hypocrisy of far left-wing fringe Jewish groups, such as B’Tselem, and outright questioning civil rights attorneys who defend terrorists who have murdered innocent Israelis, which you can see for yourself here.

Despite Israeli Knesset Members lashing out at Im Tirtzu for what the left considers unfair coverage, the competition for ideological leadership of the State by the biggest political parties such as Labour, the Likud and Beit Yehudi, as well as by left- or right-wing organizations, is something that can only be acknowledged and tolerated in the prospering liberal democracy that is Israel.

As the United Nations and Egyptians continue to try and broker a substantial long-term peace deal, and ceasefire between the Palestinian Authority and the Israeli government, the political climate in Israel feels as hot as it has for thousands of years, and at the current rate, it likely will not be changed in the near future.  


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Jonathan Wasserlauf
Jonathan is interested in the intersection between politics, pop culture, the media, and their audiences.
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