Understanding The Israeli Psyche

Yaakov Amidror

BU regulars are aware of the robust debate which religious blogs attract. Underlying many of the arguments is the pro-Israel view led by Zoe always it seems at the expense of the Arab perspective. BU’s position remains firm, the situation in the ME will never* improve to the point where there is sustain peace in that region. Too many factional interest at play, too much distrust caused by repeated betrayal, too much greed all stoked by an agenda of geopolitical expediency.

To prove the point, the following quote is taken from the Haaretz.com, the online version of Israel’s oldest newspaper credited to Gen. (res. ) Yaakov Amidror  in 2009: “anyone who hinders him in executing the mission. Even a 5-year-old child? He should go to jail – Maj. Gen. (res.) Yaakov Amidror told a 2009 conference that soldiers should kill anyone who gets in the way of completing their mission.”

The article makes for sobering reading by delivering a backside view of how prominent individuals in the Israeli leadership think. When we discuss real world issues especially as it relates to the ME, we do an injustice if we apply a simplistic perspective coloured by dogma.

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  1. ……..’ When we discuss real world issues especially as it relates to the ME, we do an injustice if we apply a simplistic perspective coloured by dogma….’

    I wish you luck discussing “God’s Chosen People” without the related dogma!!!

  2. David Ben Gurion (the first Israeli Prime Minister): “If I were an Arab leader, I would never sign an agreement with Israel. It is normal; we have taken their country. It is true God promised it to us, but how could that interest them? Our God is not theirs. There has been Anti – Semitism, the Nazis, Hitler, Auschwitz, but was that their fault ? They see but one thing: we have come and we have stolen their country. Why would they accept that?” Quoted by Nahum Goldmann in Le Paraddoxe Juif (The Jewish Paradox), pp121.


  3. @David…….
    With their denial and accusations of turnspeak, anti semetism and strawmen rhetoric!!…..what else do you expect?!?

    Then the usual biblical jargon to “try’ to distract from the FACTS. This, along with about a dozen bible verses and some cut and paste from pro Jewish articles for good measure.
    Before it is done, add a few more fire and brimstone sermons with a sprinkle of biblical insults, then end it off with the usual light and darkness banter and the new ‘bilge’ analogy.

    PS…..also, look out for the often used excuse…..’ Israel only acts in self defense to terrorist acts against her.’

    This from a country they say has the power to destroy any country within range, not to mention they have God on their side.

  4. if the the israelis were living in an arab palestine, (reversal of roles) would there be another holocaust similar in brutality to rwanda. i personally think so. both of my parents were in auschwitz (death camp)

  5. @bdysfrf

    And?…. Did the Palestinians cause Auschwitz? My fore parents were brought to the Caribbean on Jewish slave boats and enslaved for 300 plus years…. do I or others in the so-called new world blame you or your parents for this?

  6. Israel is a disgrace to, and a betrayal of, the Jewish victims of the Nazi genocide. They have treated the Palestinians in as racist a manner as Hitler treated the Jews. In reality Israel is an anti-Semitic entity, in that it’s very existence denigrates Jews…

  7. I am putting this post here, because it relates to the Middle East and in a way, follows the theme of ‘how to deal with the military conflicts there, which are not clear cut’.

    Iran has criticised the other Arab nations, stating that ‘foreign’ forces on Bahrain soil is unacceptable, foreign being soldiers of the other Aran states foing to assist the Bahrain regime agaainst civil conflict (against militants).

    Interesting that in this scenario it is supposedly civilians protesting, where in most countries they are labelled militants.

    The international nations should heed Iran’s call and stay the hell out of Libya, no no-fly xones, nothing.

    There is an attempt to remove Gaddafi, that is an internal matter for the Libyans. After all, who is behind it. Contrary to
    popular belief, it is not just civilians, the whole Middle East ‘uprising’ is engineered, very cleverly.

    With Iran berating the other Arab nations on Bahrain, why should the international nations assist vs the Gaddafi regime?

    Because it suits Iran and the Shia majority in these countries???

    People need to remove the blonkers and get real, if the international nations assist in removing Gaddafi, a whole new set of issues arise.

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