Saturday, 5 August 2006

The deterioration in Israel's legitimacy accelerates

On 23 May 2012, Ahmed Moor said this on the Mondoweiss web site:

"It was only three-and-a-half years ago that THE ISRAELI ARMY KILLED 1,400 PALESTINIANS IN GAZA - ALMOST A THIRD OF WHOM WERE CHILDREN. At the time the Israeli public barely reacted. The country's media covered the massacre in a way that either reflected or enabled A 94% APPROVAL RATING FOR WHAT WAS HAPPENING - within sight - in the name of the whole nation.

It wasn't until Judge Richard Goldstone recommended that Israel and Hamas both investigate potential war crimes (14 Israelis were killed; four of them by friendly fire) that some people began to worry. But just a little. And not enough to prevent THE KILLING OF 9 UNARMED TURKISH HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVISTS IN INTERNATIONAL WATERS.

The ‘elite’ Israeli commandos commandeered the flotilla and returned home. THEY WERE SALUTED AND LIONIZED IN THE PRESS - BUT ONLY IN ISRAEl. Elsewhere, Zionists struggled to explain the Israeli line to skeptical publics. Justifying an invasion in international waters proved impossible. The till-then-unnoticed, unrecognized, or unacknowledged deterioration in Israel's legitimacy suddenly accelerated. And not just in Europe.

Today, the conversation about Zionism in America is dramatically different from what it was only a few years ago. Few credible people are willing to insist that the Palestinians and Israelis engage in ‘negotiations.’ THE FICTION that underpinned the call for a ‘peace process’ - that the two parties are mutual antagonists to a symmetrical dispute - has been unraveled."

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