Thursday, April 23, 2009

Connect The Dots # 10: Cognitive Dissonance

1. A report that 75% of Jewish Israelis, and 40% of Arab Israelis, wish Israel to be a member of the European Union.

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2. A report of an economic rescue plan, the major pillar of which is "increasing exports."

3. A report by the Israel Export Institute that 10% of 400 polled exporters received order cancellation notices this year, because of Israel's assault on Gaza. (About half of Israel's exports are "high-tech" and about a third go to Europe; most Israeli agricultural produce go to Europe; Israel plays in European sports leagues--need I go on?)

4. A report that the EU refuses to upgrade its ties to Israel, so long as the Netanyahu government will impede a two-state solution.

5. Reports that Netanyahu is telling Obama he will not proceed with any peace process until Iran renounces its nuclear program and recognizes Israel as a "Jewish" state.

Question: Explain the term "Economic Implosion."
Extra Credit: Define "Paper Tiger."

5 comments:

Potter said...

I'll take this as an excellent reply to my preceding despairing comment though it may not have been intended. There has to be a lot more to this than Obama himself for a perfect storm. Okay, I'll hope.

Y. Ben-David said...

Again, we are being regaled with the views that "everything is determined by economics". If that is so, then why do the Palestinians have a majority in that poll (whose accuracy is unclear to me) that does NOT want to join the EU. You have been telling us over and over here that "really", that Israeli Arabs want to become economically prosperous "Hebrews" and that the the Palestinians accept the terms that YOU view as "reasonable" for peace with Israel so they can all become like prosperous entrepeneurs like your friend Sam Bahour (who in reality, at the site of your TPMCafe friends unloads the usual anti-Israel and anti-American diatribes we have come to expect from Palestinian spokesmen, instead of giving the readers there real ideas on how to actually make the Palestinians more receptive to a real peace with Israel which he supposedly actually wants).

You point out that exports from Israel dropped after the recent Gaza War. Your wrote "because of" but in reality it was simply "after" the war. Maybe it is really due to the economic slowdown that is occurring at the same time.
Sure, violence against the Arabs by Israel stirs things up. The last TWO wars, which occurred within THREE years was conducted by the previous gov't headed by none other than your friend Ehud Omert who told you with tears in his eyes how much he wanted peace and how he would be the one to get rid of the settlements and sign a peace of paper with Abbas. Did he do any of this? NO. I hope and pray that this new government, not being a prisoner of the post-Zionist delustions that Kadima and Labor governments have been propagating since the Oslo fiasco in 1993 will, by making clear to the Arab side that Israel will not give up its vital interests, will NOT give up its Jewish/Zionist identity and will not become the pathetic punching bag that has been crying for years "peace, peace, but there is no peace" which has brought about only Arab intransigence and extremism. An Israeli gov't that tells the truth which is that the Arab side will never agree to peace with Israel on the terms that you and the "progressives" want (the "solution everyone knows the terms of"-myth) will be understood by intelligent people (presumably including Obama) around the world, and this will lead to a DECREASE in tension on the ground with the Palestinians and continued Israeli economic progress in the world market. I am optimistic that your prognoses are wrong.

Here is an article from Aluf Benn in Ha'aretz explaining why there will NOT be a confrontation between Netanyahu and Obama:


http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1080670.html

littlehorn said...

I hope and pray that this new government, not being a prisoner of the post-Zionist delustions that Kadima and Labor governments have been propagating since the Oslo fiasco in 1993 will, by making clear to the Arab side that Israel will not give up its vital interests, will NOT give up its Jewish/Zionist identity and will not become the pathetic punching bag that has been crying for years "peace, peace, but there is no peace" which has brought about only Arab intransigence and extremism.Are you from Pluto ? Cause it sounds like you just came off your space ship, after a 30 year trip there.

It might surprise you to hear this, but on the planet Earth, words don't matter as much as actions. So you see, while some Israelis talked about peace, the government always practiced expansion of settlements, and occupation.

But then again, the reality on the ground does not matter. It's the words that come out of your mouth ! They are so weak !!

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