T. Belman. I took the trouble to read Yoram Hazony’s essay and was well rewarded for my efforts. Its brilliant There can be no understanding of Israel’s present predicament without a full understanding of what Hazony has to say. Boiled down, he says that the Liberal who grew up in nation states has decided that they lead to Auschwitz. Thus the Liberal abandons the paradigm of a world made up of nation states and relinguishes his countries statehood for a higher moral order namely, world government. Just as an individual in a nation state submits to the power of the state, a nation state must submit to the power of a World Government.
According to this paradigm, Israel is nationalist Germany heading for Auschwitz. So Israel’s defense of her nation state is not acceptable. She must abandon her nation state. Therefore Zionism is the enemy of the new world order and it is the enemy of Zionism and Israel. The facts are irrelevant. Only the new paradigm matters.
[A 4-Part Series]
by Ben Cohen, THE PROPOGANDIST
What are the philosophical motivations behind international delegitimization mpaigns against the state of Israel? And does philosophy provide alternative paradigms to help defend the legitimacy of the Jewish State? How does resurgent antisemitism corrupt discussion in political and activist circles? Ben Cohen’s four-part series examines these questions. His starting point is a sympathetic critique of Israeli scholar Yoram Hazony’s essay, Israel Through European Eyes.
- Part 1. Israel Through (Genuinely) Liberal Eyes
- Part 2. Israel Through (Genuinely) Liberal Eyes
- Part 3. Israel Through (Genuinely) Liberal Eyes
- Part 4. Israel Through (Genuinely) Liberal Eyes
Hazony’s explanation of the intellectual origins of Israel’s current, woeful predicament robustly counters the typical platitudes one encounters in discussions of how Israel should respond.
“Change your policy,” insists the left. “Engage in better PR,” advises the right.
There is some superficial truth in both of these observations, but neither deals with either the cause of delegitimization nor its terrifying persistence.