In Essence, Israel Is A 'Crusader State' And That Is Why It Is Doomed
..give the recent events in Egypt I felt it timely to repost this as such is the key sub-text of said events...
~What is meant by that title is the historical context of The Levant, to use the most neutral name for that highly contested strip of land. Any Jew, Christian, Muslim or student of religion knows that those three religions all lay, what is fundamentally for each of them, an 'exclusive claim' to the territory in question, and said claims are Validated by God. The only real argument for that type of claim is to kill off the other claimants.
Ten centuries ago Christendom tried that method. After two and half centuries spending substantial amounts of Blood and Treasure, those efforts failed. The Crusader States were 'alien entities' and simply not sustainable. In all too many ways, Israel is a repeat of that paradigm.
All the hand wringing and breast beating in the world cannot hide the basic fact that Israel is, at its core, a European nation. Yes, it has evolved into something that is 'other', but that other is still largely European e.g. Western in outlook and attitude. And because of that, no matter how much good intention went into its founding, it is a European Colonial State, albeit a unique one in that the colonizer and the colony are one.
And at the core of all of this is a single key question: “Are the Jews a race or a religion?” My own personal opinion is that at this point in history, the Jews are really just a religion. A DNA analysis of most Jews in America and Israel would likely show them to be almost exclusively of European genetic heritage, aka Ashkenazim.
That then would make the claim of Israel as 'an ancestral homeland' suspect. Of course this whole line of thinking will be screamed at as antisemitism. But if I don't believe the Jews to be a race, how can I have a racial hatred toward them? The whole notion of antisemitism is based upon that concept and I think it false. In that model, if a Jew decides to stop being a Jew, they're simply not.
But much the Jewish paradigm depends upon the very concept that is used to oppress and murder them. And, as I have pointed out elsewhere, the Jews themselves have provided the ideological underpinnings; First Samuel 15: 1-8. To wit...“Samuel also said unto Saul, The LORD sent me to anoint thee king over his people, over Israel: now therefore hearken thou unto the voice of the words of the LORD/ Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I remember which Amalek did to Israel, how he laid for him in the way, when he came up from Egypt./ Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass. / And Saul gathered the people together, and numbered them in Telaim, two hundred thousand footmen, and ten thousand men of Judah. / And Saul came to a city of Amalek, and laid wait in the valley. /And Saul said unto the Kenites, Go, depart, get you down from among the Amalekites, lest I destroy you with them: for ye shewed kindness to all the children of Israel, when they came up out of Egypt. So the Kenites departed from among the Amalekites. / And Saul smote the Amalekites from Havilah thou comest to Shur, that over against Egypt. /And he took Agag the king of the Amalekites alive, and utterly destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword.”
This is the Biblical Admonition for Genocide and one can find the seeds of The Shoah in that passage. And it is out of The Shoah that modern Israel is born, a nation that has become all too similar to its former persecutors.
I suppose that is to be expected. The Old Hebrews were a warrior people and those who would take their place, figuratively and literally, would likely emulate them. And, as with so many victims, they also emulate their late victimizers. The Israelis do have more of that 'blood' than any other after all.
And now each side has hardened beyond any real compromise. The 'reasonable' in all camps have either been frozen out of the process or simply murdered. All claims are Validated by God and the only real argument for that type of claim is to kill off the other claimants. Theocracies with nukes is the future of The Middle East and Central Asia and a Plagueis upon all their houses.