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US Foreign Policy (Dr. El-Najjar's Articles)
Israel, a Thorn in
the World's Side
By Sever Plocker
November 21, 2009
Note by Gilad Atzmon:
The Following is an opportunity to learn about the
Israelis and their self-image. The article was written by Sever Plocker,
Ynet’s leading commentator.
Plocker is a devoted right wing Zionist. I do not agree with his
interpretation of the current events but I am rather cheered by his
pessimistic and grave concerns.
He doesn’t see much hope for his little Jewish state. "We are in the
midst of a freefall," he says.
Israel in midst of freefall on global front, yet we’re
preoccupied with nonsense
I’ve been invited
to deliver a lecture about
Israel’s economy and society at Oxford University. As it is a short
lecture, and a respectable forum, I gladly accepted the offer. The
invitation was extended about six months ago. Yet now, as my trip
approaches, I feel concern. I’m hesitating.
My acquaintances are
warning me: Don’t go. Hostile elements will cause disturbances, protest,
shout and interfere. The atmosphere at British universities is anti-Israel
to an extent unseen in the past. Israel is perceived as a thorn in the
civilized world’s side.
An Israeli professor who quietly left a
prestigious British university told me: “My academic and social life there
was intolerable. Colleagues stayed away from me as if I was a leper. I was
not invited to meetings, which were shifted from university buildings to
private residences in order to keep me out. The fact I openly expressed
leftist views was to no avail. My objection to the occupation and
endorsement of a return to the 1967 borders made no difference. In
practice, I became ostracized.”
“Today you are a welcome guest in
the British and European academic world only if you reject the very
existence of the colonialist and imperialistic creature that methodically
commits war crimes, known as Israel,” he said. “Today it isn’t enough to
condemn Bibi and Barak; in order to be accepted by academia outside of
Israel one must condemn the Balfour Declaration.”
academia’s radicalism highlights the accelerated deterioration in Israel’s
status and image. We are in the midst of a freefall on the foreign affairs
front. The cold peace with three Muslim states –
Jordan, and Turkey – has turned into a cold war. Israelis are
unwelcome guests in these and many other states, where in the past we were
Meanwhile, Israel failed in its efforts to isolate
Ahmadinejad’s Iran and disqualify it as a member of the family of nations.
Ahmadinejad is having a grand time.
Bibi doesn’t see the change
The intimate dialogue that in the past characterized the relationship
between the US president and Israel’s prime minister is paralyzed. The
pipeline of dialogue is clogged. India and China, the two emerging powers,
voted in favor of adopting the Goldstone Report at the UN’s human rights
commission. Ever since then, it has been etched on Israel’s forehead as a
Sign of Cain.
Friendly governments, such as France and Britain,
are turning their backs on us while currying favor with local sentiments.
Israel’s membership in OECD, which was largely a done deal in the past, is
distancing again – because of the growing negativity vis-ŕ-vis Israel and
not because any technical dispute. By coincidence, or not, large foreign
investors are pulling out of Israel.
Does everyone hate us?
Possibly so, yet the fact is that up until six months ago Israel enjoyed
an extraordinary boom on the foreign affairs front, both in terms of its
foreign ties as well as in global public opinion. This fact points to one
source for the deterioration we’re seeing: The new government in
Indeed, this is a government elected by the people and
it reflects the preferences of voters, who wanted a coalition comprising
Yisrael Beiteinu. As such,
Lieberman foreign minister, did not agree to a government rotation
Kadima, was unable to arrange a work meeting with the Palestinian
Authority president, and conveyed a message of indifference towards the
Yet worse than this, the 2009 Netanyahu does not
understand the world, and he mostly fails to grasp the change taking place
within conservative parties, which are close to his political positions.
Today they are the source of harsh criticism against the Israeli
government; Netanyahu’s government.
The current anti-Israel wave is
particularly dangerous especially because it is not limited to the media
and to leftist groups that traditionally were classified as “Israel
haters.” This wave is rising, expending, drawing young people, and
painting the perceptions of the well-established middle class and
Israel’s image has hit a nadir; it is
isolated, unwanted, and perceived as bad. The world is telling us that
should we continue along the same contemptible path, we will lose our
Yet we’re preoccupied with nonsense.