“The era of Mapai was no golden era of liberalism and human rights. It was the face of Israel’s founders, people who grew up in eastern European dictatorships. Israel was a copy of late 1930s Poland or Lithuania. It was anything but liberal. Ironically, it was the fall of Mapai/Labor in 1977 which brought a truly liberal party to power; it was only then that Israel enjoyed a brief spring of liberalism and commitment to human rights – with the silent elephant in the middle of the room, the occupation.
So why is the Times so enamored of early Israeli history? I think they draw their information mainly from liberal and leftist Zionists. This group was so shocked by the rise of the right, particularly the religious right, and by the occupation, they began idolizing the era of “small Israel.” They began doing so as early as the 1970s. But there was nothing liberal or admirable in the old Israel; it is safe to say that for the vast majority of Israelis, Palestinian citizens included, the situation today is still vastly preferable to the dark days of the regime under the poisonous Ben Gurion.”
Yossi Gurvitz ”The NYTimes has it wrong: Israel’s roots are not liberal” +972 Mag *[I don’t agree with such flat characterization - in the last sentence.]
Never sufficient reflection. Because ‘history’ is always just a butt of ideological clash - which also Israeli society really doesn’t complete discursively. (Temper is too strong, decisions and positions are there without argument.)
It’s an interesting sight - to see how Zionism started and moved around, and then what actually took place in Israel and how all that have been changing. Rapidly. And always without much awareness or consciousness about it.
There is certainly something more than ‘being liberal’ or non-liberal.
But everyone on this planet today is more trapped in the narrower ‘current’ political debate frame. In which real history doesn’t exist.
We are all trapped in political/sectarian debate world - which doesn’t allow us to attempt on intelligible approaches - made towards ‘history’.
Thus we remain uncultivated. And everyone confused, keep repeating ‘debate’ skills - as our main subjective faculty.
July 24, 2012, 7:32pm 0 notes