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Yuval Noah Harari: Israel is facing a historic defeat, the bitter fruit of years of disastrous policies. If the country now prioritizes vengeance over its own best interests, it will put itself and the entire region in grave danger.



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In the coming days Israel will have to make historic policy decisions, ones that could shape its fate and the fate of the entire region for generations to come. Unfortunately, Benjamin Netanyahu and his political partners have repeatedly proven that they are unfit to make such decisions. The policies they pursued for many years have brought Israel to the brink of destruction. So far, they have shown no regret for their past mistakes, and no inclination to change direction. If they continue to shape policy, they will lead us and the whole Middle East to perdition. Instead of rushing into a new war with Iran, we should first learn the lessons of Israel's failures over the past six months of war.

#1 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2024-04-20 09:33 PM | Reply

"Israel is facing a historic defeat"

Killing Palestinian civilians is the only part to victory.

#2 | Posted by snoofy at 2024-04-20 09:36 PM | Reply

Two excerpts;

The humanitarian catastrophe in Gaza and the worsening situation in the West Bank are inflaming regional chaos, weakening our alliances with Western democracies, and making it harder for countries like Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia to cooperate with us. Most Israelis have now focused their attention on Tehran, but even prior to the Iranian attack we preferred to turn a blind eye to what was happening in Gaza and the West Bank. Yet if we don't change our behavior toward the Palestinians, our hubris and vengefulness will inflict a historic calamity on us.

And this, on what the author calls "The Samson Syndrome" ...
Israelis know their Bible well, and love its stories. How is it that after October 7, we forgot Samson? His is the tale of a Jewish hero kidnapped to Gaza, where he was held in dark captivity by the Philistines, and severely tortured. Why didn't Samson become a symbol following October 7? Why don't we see his image everywhere, on stickers, graffiti and internet memes?

The answer is that Samson's message is too scary. "May I take vengeance," said Samson, "and let my soul perish with the Philistines." Since October 7, we have become so similar to Samson in so many ways " the hubris, the blindness, the vengeance, the suicide " that it is just too terrifying to remember the vainglorious hero who let his own soul perish just to get even with the Philistines.

#3 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2024-04-21 07:24 AM | Reply

Yuval Noah Harari, the author, is an Israeli professor of history. He wrote Sapiens and ---- Deus.

#4 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2024-04-21 02:39 PM | Reply

From the article: If an all-out war breaks out with Iran and its proxies, to what extent can Israel count on the United States, the Western democracies and moderate Arab states to risk themselves for us, and provide us with vital military and diplomatic assistance? Even if such war is averted, how long can Israel survive as a pariah state? We don't have Russia's ample resources. Without commercial, scientific and cultural ties with the rest of the world, and without American arms and money, the most optimistic scenario for Israel is to become the North Korea of the Middle East.

#5 | Posted by qcp at 2024-04-22 06:29 PM | Reply

Great read, Gal, thanks for posting it.

#6 | Posted by qcp at 2024-04-22 06:42 PM | Reply

Harari is a sick little bastard. If you've ever listened to him at length, you'd understand.

#7 | Posted by lfthndthrds at 2024-04-22 11:56 PM | Reply

He may bark at the moon when it's full, but he sure unleashed a quiver-full of sanity in this essay.

#8 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2024-04-23 05:32 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Israel is too sick to survive.

They will pray for strength, grow their hair long, and pull down the temple on themselves and their enemies.

Sampson was a warning, not a prophecy.

Netanyahu doesn't understand that.

He's blind, like Sampson himself was.

#9 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2024-04-23 03:42 PM | Reply

Israel is too sick to survive.

#9 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2024-04-23 03:42 PM | Reply

Baloney, every Western country with a military will rush to their defense. They would have been vaporized a vary long time ago if it weren't for the West.

#10 | Posted by lfthndthrds at 2024-04-23 10:24 PM | Reply

Israel is too sick to survive.
#9 | Posted by Effeteposer

It's possible, but at least itsca democracy and protects it's border, or at least doesn't allow newcomers without paperwork.

#11 | Posted by oneironaut at 2024-04-23 10:34 PM | Reply

and protects it's border

Well, unless they come on dirt bikes.

#12 | Posted by REDIAL at 2024-04-23 10:42 PM | Reply

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