Self-Lacerating Israeli Authors (FrontPageMagazine.com) by Giulio Meott 03/21/12)
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In a long article published by the UK anti-Israel newspaper The
Guardian, David Grossman writes that the Jewish State must be saved
not from Iran’s nuclear rockets, but from its own paranoia.
“It is Israel’s fears, not a nuclear Iran, that we must tame,” states
Grossman in his new shrill self-condemnation. According to Israel’s
literary icon, a strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities “would be a wild
bet, likely to disfigure our future in ways I dare not even imagine.
No, I can imagine it, but my hand refuses to write it.”
One should begin to suspect that the international success of
Grossman and other Israeli self-lacerating writers has more to do
with their talent for Israel bashing than their literary gifts. The
sycophancy, abasement, and degradation of these writers’ exercise in
moral equivalence are not only a repugnant insult to the truth, but
an affront to all Israelis.
There is a growing chasm between the pretension of the “good
conscience” of Israel’s writers, as shapers of popular opinion, and
the realism of Jewish history. A psychological sickness is driving
the Israeli writers to toe the line with the worst emotions of global
public opinion (it’s now the turn of Iran).
These writers are victims of a “Stockholm Syndrome” in which hostages
come to identify with their captors.
As the Guardian’s article shows, the gap between these authors and
the guillotine threatening Israel grows larger every day. They have
adopted self-disgust as a passport to world recognition and
The late Professor Yeshayahu Leibowitz, the left’s guru, referred to
Israelis as Judeo-Nazis. This promptly made him a widely quoted
celebrity throughout the world.
The desire to curry favor with the gentile world is not a new
phenomenon in Jewish life. Through many centuries of exile it was an
integral part of the Jews’ survival technique.
But it is a humiliating trait which life in a sovereign Israel was
supposed to eradicate.
Amos Oz got in touch with Marwan Barghouti, the Palestinian terrorist
leader convicted of murdering five Israelis and planning several
terrorist attacks. The Israel Prize recipient sent the murderous,
unrepentant terrorist one of his books with a personal inscription
wishing him a speedy release from prison: “This story is our story. I
hope you read it and understand us better, as we attempt to
understand you. Hoping to meet soon in peace and freedom.”
The sanctimonious Oz and Grossman, whose son Uri, sadly, was killed
in the Second Lebanon War, have been able to create a kind of
paradigm: Israel must end its role of “occupier,” “striker,”
and “oppressor” if the siege is to end.
It seems as though their conscience as intellectuals hasn’t been
shaken by the Twin Towers’ attacks, by the 1,800 Israeli civilians
slaughtered in terror attacks, by a decade of rockets on southern
Israeli cities, by Iran’s atomic death cult and its apocalyptic anti-
Shortly after the IDF Gaza operation, Grossman called for an
independent inquiry into the conduct of the IDF, paving the way for
the biased Goldstone’s report. He then urged dialogue with Hamas.
After the flotilla incident, Grossman charged that Israel behaves
like “a band of pirates.” He said the blockade on Gaza
was “despicable,” attacking the Israeli government “which is prepared
to embitter the lives of a million innocent people in the Gaza Strip,
in order to obtain the release of one imprisoned soldier.”
The so called morality of these Jewish writers is not longer in tune
with Israel’s security, very existence, identity and memory. Their
publications attract so much attention abroad because of the baleful
influence they have on Israel’s reputation, as they promulgate the
most vicious distortions about their people and state.
Like Amos Oz, who has compared Gush Emunim members to Khomeini
killers, or Abraham Yehoshua, who likened the Israeli
public’s “silence” about the “oppression of the Palestinians” to the
silence of Germans during the Holocaust.
Israel’s secular leftist intellectual community, to which Grossman
and Oz belong, developed an enmity toward anything it conceived as
representing Judaism or the Jewishness of Zionism. This came to
include the Bible, Jewish history, the history of the Land of Israel
and the classical Hebrew literature.
They join with those who “debunked” Zionism, which is, to them, not
one of the most pristine and just movements of national liberation in
history, but a colonialism uglier than anything perpetrated by the
British, French or Spanish.
Astonishingly, these writers express only alienation, suicidal
temptations, and self-hatred to the point of automatic identification
with Israel’s enemies in their writings.
When Ariel Sharon sent back the IDF into Judea and Samaria to defeat
the terrorists, both Grossman and Oz went to help the Palestinians
with their olive harvest.
It didn’t stop Hamas from slaughtering two Jewish girls in a
nearby “settlement,” Linoy Sarussi and Hadas Turgeman.
There is much more truth and honor in one of their classmates’ eulogy
than in all Grossman’s ruminations: “You had many plans and hopes for
the future, but you will remain 14 for ever. We’ll go on to have
families of our own, but you’ll never grow.” (Copyright © 2012
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