Israel -The Day After

 …by  Gilad Atzmon


Last week, an interesting article by Daniel Gordis appeared on Gordis, a committed Zionist intellectual, is concerned about the inevitable collapse of the Jewish state and its impact on world Jewry in general and American Jews in particular.

Although it’s reassuring that Zionist scholars are now realising that that the Jewish State is on its way out, even more importantly, Gordis’ article gives us a glimpse into contemporary Jewish identity politics, Jewish culture and Zionist collective psychosis.

And interestingly, Gordis reaffirms each and every critical argument I myself raise in my latest book The Wandering Who.

Gordis is tormented by polls that suggest that the centrality of Israel within Jewish American life is declining. Apparently, a recent survey suggests that 50 percent of young Jewish Americans (35 years old and younger) would not see the destruction of Israel as a ‘personal tragedy’.

In his attempt to explain such a dramatic change in Jewish Diaspora Jewish attitude, Gordis refers to Peter Beinart’s take on the subject: that young American Jews feel safe, and unlike their parents, do not fear anti-Semitism. Beinart is correct. Western Jews are no longer anxious.

On the contrary, contemporary Jewish political arrogance knows no limits. AIPAC and similar Western Jewish lobbies have been openly pushing for interventionist wars for more than a decade and some influential Jews have been open in exploring different forms and aspects of Judeocentric domination of the media, banking, culture and politics.

In fact it seems that many Jews are not troubled at all by a possible rise of anti Semitism and are unconcerned with any possible consequences of their own actions.

To a certain extent this sense of Jewish omnipotence may be seen as a direct continuum of Israeli strength.

When young American Jews witness their American elected politicians dancing shamelessly to AIPAC’s Klezmatic noise, naturally they are filled with a sense of invincible might and it is this that is the essence of contemporary Jewish collective power – a power that can only be realised in connection with Israeli strength.

Pre Traumatic Stress Again

Gordis is there to shake Jewish Diaspora confidence by reintroducing the old tribal collective fear. He writes:

“Theodor Herzl did what he did and wrote what he wrote because Jewish life in the Diaspora had become, to use Hobbes’ phrase, ‘poor, nasty, brutish, and short.’” According to Gordis, contemporary Jews are too self-possessed and feel far too safe. “What happened back then, they assert, could not happen today.”  

But Gordis believes they are deluded. “American Jews’ confidence resembles that of the Jews of Cordoba—who were forcibly converted, burned alive at the stake, and summarily expelled in the Spanish Inquisition.”

Similarly, he asserts that, “the Jews of Berlin in 1930 also believed they had found the ultimate enlightened home, that the dark days of Europe would never return. And in the space of but a few years, German Jewry was erased.”  Here, Gordis conveys a clear message – in the light of a new potential Shoa “American Jewish life as it now exists would not survive the loss of Israel.”


In The Wandering Who I explore the impact of Pre-Traumatic Stress Disorder (Pre-TSD) and I refer in particular to that uniquely Jewish collective tendency to be culturally, spiritually and politically shaped by some phantasmic, imaginary, future, disastrous event. Jewish politics is always formed by future trauma.

Accordingly, Gordis message to his fellow Jews is clear. It isn’t the Shoa of the past that should unite us, it is actually, the Shoa ahead that should reawaken our Zionist bond.

Gordis message to American Jews is clear. A strong Israel together with AIPAC’s control of American foreign policy is good for the Jews and any alternative is a recipe for disaster.

“When some 400 mostly Orthodox rabbis marched on Washington in the October 1943, President Roosevelt simply refused to meet them and departed the White House via a rear door. There were no mass protests, no caravans of buses to Washington to demand help for their European kin.”  

Nowadays, the situation has changed dramatically. The presidency of the USA is a democratically elected position reserved for that candidate who has bought the trust of the Jewish Lobby.

“Jews today no longer think of themselves as a tiptoeing people,” says Gordis. And why should they? Thanks to Israel and its powerful lobby, they regard themselves as the most influential and powerful ethnic group on the planet.

In America, AIPAC dominates  foreign policy, in Britain 80% of leading party MPs are members of the powerful CFI (Conservative Friends of Israel) and in France CRIF runs the show. Take it from Gordis a Zionist official mouthpiece;

“Israel has changed the existential condition of Jews everywhere, even in America. Without the State of Israel, the self-confidence and sense of belonging that American Jews now take for granted would quickly disappear.”

In short, Jews can run the show – but only as long as Israel is unbeatable.

And he’s not wrong. Like so many Zionists, Gordis is both honest and consistent – a quality I rarely find within the Jewish anti-Zionist discourse. Gordis openly admits that we are dealing here with a clear paradox. The sense of belonging and security that leads many American Jews to believe that they do not need the state of Israel is itself a product of that very same state of Israel.

That lethal arrogance that led Zionists such as Bernard Henri Levi, or Jewish Chronicle writer David Aaronovitch to advocate interventionist global wars should be seen as the outcome of a strong Jewish State – a state that quite literally gets away with murder.

Symbolic Identifier

I suggest that Israel operates as a key Jewish symbolic identifier so that Jews construct their identity in reference to their Jewish state. This is not only true for Zionist Jews but is also the case for those so-called ‘anti Zionist Jews’ whose identity is inherently tied to their opposition to Zionism and Israel.  The disappearance of Israel would leave their political identity stark naked.

Gordis detects a similar pattern amongst American liberal Jews.

“Though many American Jews, especially the younger among them, now believe the loss of Israel would not be tragic, Israel continues to energize them in ways that no other issue does.” Gordis continues “Israel is not just a homeland to Israelis. It is also a ‘state unto the Diaspora’; the state that, even from afar, secures the life and instils the passions of Jews all over the world.”

This is true not only for Zionists, but also to those very few Jewish anti-Zionists who, by means of negation, ‘passionately’ cling to Israel.

Apocalypse Soon

Gordis seems to realise that, for Israel, the game is over, but he realises that this may also entail a collapse of Jewish power.

“The loss of Israel would fundamentally alter American Jewry. It would arrest the revival of Jewish life now unfolding in parts of Europe. And Israeli Jewry would be no more. The end of Israel would, in short, end the Jewish people as we know it.”

The current ‘Jewish golden epoch’ is coming to its inevitable end. Yet, the question that remains is whether our Zionist and Israeli leaders would let our planet survive the collapse of their latest Jewish empire?

Following Netanyahu, Barak and AIPAC’s relentless push for Armageddon, and bearing in mind that collective suicidal narratives such as Samson and Masada are so precious within the Zionist and Israeli discourses, we should stay on high alert.  Sadly, turning our planet into dust is fully consistent with the Israeli and Zionist mission.

It is down to world leaders to dismantle Israel and its powerful Jewish lobbies wisely and carefully, accepting all the time that we are dealing with a very lethal entity. But it’s also down to each one of us to be fully attentive to Gordis’s exchange with his fellow Diaspora Jews.

It’s down to us to oppose any form or symptom of Jewish power: Zionist, ‘anti’ Zionist and Sabbath Goyim alike. It is down to us to save ourselves and our universe, but also to save the Jews who are, unfortunately,  once again, about to bring yet another disaster on themselves and on us all.

The Wandering Who? A Study Of Jewish Identity Politics, Jewish political interest, Jewish Lobby and beyond..

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10 Responses to "Israel -The Day After"

  1. James Robertson  September 13, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    Good points well made, Chris.

  2. Worker Bee  September 13, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    Remember how all the (mostly Jewish) screaming head neo-con pundits were going on about how US Muslims should be more vocal in condemning Muslim extremists? Wonder how they will like their own standard applied to the vast majority of US Jews who have been silent on Zionist and Jewish supremacist crimes? By default, they have let AIPAC, ADL, and even the JDL speak for them.

  3. DaveE  September 13, 2012 at 8:16 am

    Here’s a story that I think illustrates your point. I was working in a bar a couple years ago and made a wisecrack to a friend, in a Jewish accent to illustrate my point. While my friend thought it amusing, the guy she was with thought that my wisecrack meant that I TOO was Jewish, which I’m not and wanted to basically, “kick my ass.” Took some explaining that growing up in the suburbs of Jew York left its mark.

    People are angry. As in, REALLY angry. The Jews, on the other hand, think they’re so smart they can outwit their own karma. The reality is not going to be pretty, mob justice is usually not equitable.

    People have witnessed Jews in the media, government, banking the judiciary who have worked feverishly for many years to cover up 9/11 and to brand any dissenters to the zionist “Al Qaeda” psy-op as “anti-Semites.” It ain’t just a couple of Sheldon Adelsons or Charles Krauthammers and people know it.

    I think you’re smart, Gilad, making your anti-zionist views known publicly. It might just save your butt in the very near future. Likewise, people are onto the “oh, it wasn’t ME” last-minute turnaround that will be heard from Jews everywhere, after working feverishly supporting the zioinists for years. That ain’t gonna fly, anymore. People are onto the game.

    THAT is, however, the nature of karma.

  4. Chris  September 12, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    One of my favorite clips. O’Keefe schools a couple of hacks on 9/11

  5. Chris  September 12, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    One does not have to be a researcher to confront the truth about 9/11, or speak even some limited truths about it. It IS the litmus test, you are right about that. Only 9/11 truth will set us free. It may be too late now though because too many have remained silent. We(9/11 activists) could use all the help we can get and every voice we can get. His work, as good as it is, would only be strengthened if he were to speak plainly and honestly about that most horrific of all lies, the lie that keeps on giving to the warmongers.

    I used O’Keefe as an example because while hes not a full time 9/11 activist or researcher, and he often talks about the same issues that Gilad does, he includes in his analysis and comments his views on 9/11 when the subject is connected to 9/11. The guy has no fear. Would it be easier for him to just let others speak the truth about 9/11 and simply ignore it himself? Of course it would. But it would be wrong in my humble opinion.

  6. ricohands  September 12, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    40% of American jews under the age of 40 or 35, depending on the poll, said that if Israel were to disappear it would not for them be a personal tragedy.- Norman Finkelstein on RT 05/16/2012

  7. James Robertson  September 12, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    I was listening to Gilad’s interview with Kevin Barrett (American Freedom Radio- Truth Jihad Archive 20/9/11) and towards the end of the interview Gilad specifically refers to his friendship with and admiration for Ken O Keefe, 911 is THE issue, the litmus test etc, but to expect every writer to be a 911 researcher is a little reductive. Gilad has a different subject area, also important. It’s not just Zionism, the whole identity politics model is total bullshit and his work represents an important step towards it’s destruction.

  8. nofolalo  September 12, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    “but also to save the Jews who are, unfortunately, once again, about to bring yet another disaster on themselves and on us all”
    The true colors of Gilad shining through. NO Gilad, no more “sympathy for the devil”!

  9. Chris  September 12, 2012 at 6:07 am

    I really respect Gilads work, let me preface by saying that. That said, correct me if I’m wrong, but Gilad has never confronted the elephant in the room that is Israeli and American guilt in the 9/11 false flag has he? Please Gilad, speak to Ken O’Keefe about this!

  10. etominusipi  September 12, 2012 at 5:19 am

    interesting analysis, Gilad.

    911 remains the main rotten tooth that must be pulled. that stupendous heist was a ‘bridge too far’. however, by boasting of their control of the US government, zionists are setting themselves up.

    once it is generally acknowledged that 911 was an inside job, it will seem an almost irresistible inference that those who control the US government were the chief architects of The New Pearl Harbour. for the longer-term geopolitical future the chief beneficiary of 911 is China.

    the Chinese already have the economic clout to discomfort the US if they chose to do so. if they should choose to invest substantial funds into publicising the awful truth of 911, they will have another very powerful weapon. perhaps there already exists a Tarpleian prototype for these devices.

    the vainglorious always over-reach themselves, as in the old saying: pride comes before a fall.

    however, as you correctly point out, the dismantling will be a dangerous exercise, and may not be completed before the world has sustained appalling casualties and environmental damage. i would advise preliminary practice cutting piano strings at full tension. in both cases one must beware of a serious whiplash.

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