Samson and the Second Nakba

A Short Study of the Jewish Hercules

by Gilad Atzmon / March 27th, 2010

much as many of us enjoyed watching the humiliation of Israel and PM
Netanyahu in Washington this week, I am reluctant to suggest that the
emerging crisis between America and Israel may also be a red light
warning for all of us. The current crisis may lead to some devastating
consequences as far as Palestine, Iran and the Middle East are

“Netanyahu and Obama are at a point of no return” claims Haaretz
writer Akiva Eldar. “As far as President Barack Obama and his senior
advisers are concerned, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is to blame
for nothing less than damaging the standing of the U.S. in the Middle
East and the Muslim world.”

It may be possible that the Americans have started to gather that
there is no partner for peace in Israel. America clearly has had to
shun its ‘kosher ally’. The American military and political elite already admitted
this week that Israel is a strategic burden on the U.S. Seemingly, the
only people who genuinely believe in the American Israel strategic bond
are AIPAC and its list of obedient ‘Sabbath Congressmen Goyim’. But
unfortunately, this is just one side of the story.

A deeper reading of recent events would suggest that the latest
American Israeli rift is actually led by Netanyahu’s political
partners. Interestingly enough, as much as America reveals growing
disapproval of Israeli policy, the anti American attitude, demonstrated
by Netanyahu’s allies at home, is overwhelming. It doesn’t take a
genius to grasp that some of Netanyahu’s cabinet members are doing
everything in their power to fire up a storm between Israel and its
‘closest ally’.

Interior Minister Eli Yishai, the man behind decisions that sparked the recent diplomatic crisis, said
this week ‘Israelis voted for this government’s path, according to
which, there will be no compromises on (the) Jerusalem issue’. He also
used the opportunity to thank his creator for giving him “the right to
be the minister who approves the construction of thousands of housing
units in Jerusalem”. Along with his latest disastrous visit to
Washington, PM Netanyahu found time to consult with his Foreign
Minister Avigdor Lieberman. According to Ynet, Lieberman advised his PM “not to capitulate in face of American pressure”.

I guess that most political analysts fail to understand the depth of
the Israeli right wing expansionist and racist conviction. Unlike
Sharon, Peres, Livni, Rabin, Olmert, Barak and even Netanyahu himself,
who along the years, paid a limited respect to the West and the US in
particular, Netanyahu’s cabinet is dominated by right wing Zionist
hawks. They follow David Ben Gurion’s old mantra: “It doesn’t matter
what the Goyim (Gentiles) say, the only thing that matters is
what the Jews do”. Netanyahu’s political partners are not willing to
compromise or acquiesce to American conditions.

Netanyahu’s political allies are convinced that at least momentarily
they will do better without Uncle Sam. They realise that the days of
the ‘Jew-only state’ are numbered unless some radical moves are put
into action. They grasp that unless the Jewish state implements
measures that would push the entire Palestinian population out of
Israel, the Zionist dream will come to its end and pretty soon.

Those hawks also realise that once Iran gets a hold of a nuclear
capacity, Israel’s ability to maintain its status as a ‘regional
terror-inflicting power’, would disappear overnight. Netanyahu’s
cabinet members grasp that if Israel wants to survive as a Jewish
ethnocracy and a regional super power, Israel must confront Iran soon
and ethnically cleanse Palestine of its indigenous population, in an
act that will complete the objectives of the 1948 Nakba.
Israeli hawks who currently dominate Netanyahu’s government and Israeli
politics realise that a bond with America can only restrict and even
jeopardize their sinister plans for the region.

It is obviously hard to predict Israel’s next move. However it is
crucial to remember that at the heart of the Zionist collective
narrative we find Biblical stories like that of Samson, a tale of a
suicidal genocidal character. Samson is the Jewish Hercules. He was
granted some tremendous strength by God to combat the Jew’s enemies and
to perform some ‘heroic’ feats unachievable by ordinary humans. He
wrestles a lion, he slays an entire army with only a donkey’s jawbone
and eventually when the time is ripe, he commits mass murder.
Single-handedly he crushes a Philistine temple killing thousands,
including the elderly, women, children and himself.

I do not know whether Lieberman regards himself to be the new
Samson. Looking at his recent picture, he is probably not fit enough to
fight a lion. However, the genocidal tendency together with suicidal
inclination is absolutely there.

Gilad Atzmon was born in Israel and served in the Israeli military. He lives in London and is the author of two novels: A Guide to the Perplexed and the recently released My One and Only Love. Atzmon is also one of the most accomplished jazz saxophonists in Europe. He can be reached at: Read other articles by Gilad.

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