Gideon Levy is a journalist of the Israeli left wing newspaper Ha’aretz. Strong critic of the Israeli occupation, he writes for such newspaper a weekly report on violations against Palestinians under the title of “Twilight Zone”. Over the years, he has become a symbol of the “pro Palestinian left wing” for the Israeli right wing and an alibi for the rest. “How could we not be a democracy? We let Gideon Levy write!”, says the Minister of Defense Shaul Moffaz.
Without treading into the Iran nuclear debate, Gideon Levy lashes out against the Israeli Prime Minister’s rhetoric before AIPAC. For decades, every one of Benjamin Netanyahu’s speeches has basically boiled down to instilling fear against an imaginary future holocaust. This time was no exception...much to the delight of his audience and at the expense of reason and peace.
In war as in war: Israel is sinking into a strident, nationalistic atmosphere and darkness is beginning to cover everything. The brakes we still had are eroding, the insensitivity and blindness that characterized Israeli society in recent years is intensifying. The home front is cut in half: the north suffers and the center is serene. But both have been taken over by tones of jingoism, ruthlessness and vengeance, and the voices of extremism that previously characterized the camp’s margins are now expressing its heart. The left has once again lost its way, wrapped in silence or "admitting mistakes." Israel is exposing a unified, nationalistic face.
A concept has been created: “Sharon’s inheritance”, a concept that succeeds “Rabin’s inheritance” and equally isolated from the real person. Such a concept makes out of Sharon a singer for peace and withdrawal. Sharon is probably the most influential leader since Ben Gurión, but he has also been the cause for a lot of security and political problems that Israel has to face. The new Sharon, who has won the admiration of part of the Israeli population and the world in the twilight of his life, only (...)
Three powerful bombs –not to mention the right and Shimon Peres- are expected to damage Amir Peretz’ accession to the post of Prime Minister: two of them were placed by the two most powerful opinion groups of the country and also by a scary genius. If Peretz finds a way to deactivate them, he’ll succeed. If he doesn’t, he’ll fail.
The first bomb, of course, was placed by the upper class. It’s not necessary to go into details about this community and its interest in preventing the accession to (...)