Dan Ehrlich

Israel: Learning to Deal with an Inverse Universe

It’s ironic the only land literally given to Israel as a gift became the seedbed and scene of its costliest, longest and most controversial war.

At first Jewish settlers were welcomed to this promising new beachfront community. That all changed 26 years later when those same Jewish settlers were told to pack up and leave the Gaza Strip. It was being earmarked as part of a Palestinian Arab state, brokered as part of the Oslo deal.

It should have been a warning sign for Israel when Egypt washed its hands of Gaza. Did it know the Strip would be an endless source of tsouris?

Now those troubles are being showcased at university campuses all over America in large and boisterous pro-Palestinian demonstrations.

It’s all part of the inverse universe in which we now live, one that has liberal students and professors acting as champions for ultra conservative Arabs, while condemning liberal Israelis as oppressors.

Present generations of Americans have no memories of World War 2 and even Vietnam. To these young people Gaza is their Vietnam, even though it doesn’t concern America. Their actions aren’t based on the facts of the Hamas War, but on what they see on TV and hear from Muslim agitators.

Yet Israelis and Jews everywhere better get used to a shock awakening that the Shoah has less and less meaning in today’s inverse universe, where history’s most persecuted people are now viewed as an oppressors and colonizers of their own homeland.

For anti-Zionists and antt-Semites, Israel’s pummelling of Gaza is a useful release of any sympathies they may have had for Jews over the Shoah.

Facts and history mean nothing to a generation of youths who make-up their own favored narrative of the world in which they live. And this is largely based on two whopping hypocrisies that have no equal.

Every week hundreds of mainly Muslim men sail across from France to the UK claiming political asylum. Single men from Syria to Afghanistan have been pouring into the UK this way for years. Of course, this has also been happening all over Europe and even North America. These people somehow feel they have a right to live in the West, lands in which they have no history.

Yet, these same people had been trying to keep Jews from settling in their ancestral homeland for 100 years. Zionism, the resurrection of the Jewish state, was, and still is reviled throughout much of Islamic world as a racist movement designed to push Arabs of their lands…Pax Arabia.

And as absurd as this claim is, it has gained considerable traction in the US via the efforts of prominent Muslim politicians, who were also immigrants to America.

But, an even greater hypocrisy comes from the Left, which uses its considerable clout among young college students and old Trots, to champion and bankroll the Palestinian Arab cause, despite the fact just about every social and religious norm Arabs practice is repulsive to the Left. What does that matter as long as they’re a repressed underdog? The Left always needs an underdog to champion.

Israel, in its Labor Government days, used to be one of the Left’s chosen underdogs. Yet, things became sour after Israel kept winning its wars and then did the unthinkable…turned Right. To the Left, Israel had become an unacceptable entity.

The fact that Israel offers lifesaving sanctuary to people who would receive death sentences in the Muslim world (the LGBTQ mob) doesn’t fit into the Left’s game plan. As does the fact that Israeli Arabs have far more opportunities than most other Arabs in the Middle East.

None of this matters in the inverse universe, where existentialism rules and people only draw snippets of knowledge from what they see on TV or the Internet. This was be amusingly stated in the prophetic 1976 film Network with Anchor Howard Beale saying: “You’re never going to get any truth from us. We’ll tell you anything you want to hear; we lie like hell.

But you people sit there, day after day, night after night, all ages, colors, creeds… We’re all you know. You’re beginning to believe the illusions we’re spinning here.

You’re beginning to think that the tube is reality, and that your own lives are unreal. You do whatever the tube tells you! You dress like the tube, you eat like the tube, you raise your children like the tube, you even *think* like the tube!”

And, nothing sums up the absurdity of this universe better than a demo protest banner “Queers for Palestine.”

About the Author
A London based American journalist with a long wide ranging career spanning print, radio TV and online news.