Better than a nice latte at Tony’s in the morning is reading Gideon Levy in Haaretz
The scribe-prophet of Israel, when most of the religious Israelis save Naturei Karta and Avraham Burg has seen their Judaism turned inside out and trampled on, there is always the secular prophet carrying the holy message of liberation.And when Mr. Levy comes to Toronto, no rabbis appear to hear him.
Maybe the prophetic was always entertained like this.
A minority opinion until it became the received wisdom.
So, I trundle off to mass, whistling a happy tune, the prophetic is still alive.
Here Levy eviscerates “the self-righteous Israelis” and their hoary canard that there is no partner for peace.
Harretz Sunday October 16
They so dearly want two states and are so against the occupation, say many self-righteous Israelis — and then comes the heartrending sigh, carrying all the sorrow of the Jewish fate — but there’s no partner. If only there were. If only. He is desperate for peace, but there’s no one to make it with. And so he must, he is forced against his will, miserable victim that he is, to continue the occupation. In recent years this shtick has become a central trick of the propaganda of Zion.
With the exception of the extreme right, which says openly that it wants apartheid forever because the Jewish nation is superior, everybody uses it. The truth is that there is no partner for continuing the occupation. There is no partner for Israel’s interminable delaying and rejection tactics. There is no partner for Israel’s ridiculous talk about demanding recognition as a Jewish state, just as there is no partner for Israel’s other empty demands. There is no partner for the unbelievable chutzpah of Israel’s demand for negotiations “without preconditions,” while the mother of all preconditions, the settlement enterprise, thrives unabated..
.In fact, it’s not necessary. To establish justice, no partner is needed. Israel is not in a position to demand a partner in order to end the occupation. It must end the occupation. It has no right to make demands before doing so. In the fog of Israeli propaganda, these fundamental truths have been obscured and forgotten. The simple fact that the real victim is the Palestinian people has been forgotten. They are in existential danger and they live in inhuman conditions, which must be changed before anything else. Conditions cannot be set for returning part of a people’s land, its liberty and its dignity