One Democratic Secular State for all its citizens in Israel and Palestine


Posted August 19, 2010 at 5:47 pm

59% of Israelis want a second passport

 Yossi Alpher is bitterly opposed to the One State solution. He once headed a Mossad institution and far from having seen the light since (he considers himself a left Zionist), he is just another  relic of the old Labour regime that set up Mossad in the first place.

His attitude was explained by Akiva Eldar, who’s a decent human being instead of a left Zionist: “According to Alpher, the Palestinians have no right to raise alternatives, if and when the two-state solution seems in a deadlock, because, for the Israelis, it is the only way out of the Israeli-Palestinian dispute, and raising alternatives will provoke (sic) a rightwing turn in the Israeli peace camp. The fact that 15 years after Oslo, the Israeli occupation is continuing and colonization is developing as never before should have no effect on the Palestinian community; they must be patient and wait until the Israelis will understand that a Palestinian state is also their interest.”

In Alpher’s view, living together with Arabs was so abhorrent and threatening that Israeli Jews “would prefer renewed dispersion and Diaspora to life in a bi-national Arab-Jewish (essentially Muslim-Jewish) state … that would almost certainly quickly relegate Jews to the status of a persecuted minority.”

Leaving aside the practical question of how a large and well armed, trained and organised Jewish community might get persecuted even if every last Palestinian returned and they all voted in a bloc to persecute the Jews, there’s one thing he was right about.

Within a few weeks of these words in September 08 Alpher was writing in Forward magazine ” A recent survey by the Jerusalem-based Menachem Begin Heritage Center found that 59% of Israelis had approached or intended to approach a foreign embassy to ask for citizenship and a passport  … The 41% of Israelis not lining up for a second passport presumably either cannot prove sufficient parental roots in a new Eastern European member state of the EU like Romania or Hungary, or find this to be an unpatriotic or tainted act…”

The purpose of Alpher’s article was not to question what is so precious about a Jewish state, most of whose population want to hedge their bets with an exit strategy. His purpose was to make light of the figure with little practical points, jokes and sociology.

* First, there’s “easy come, easy go”: even after two or three generations, Israelis are recent immigrants without real roots. This is “an altogether natural phenomenon”.

* Then, having dual nationality is maybe something Israelis have learned from recent immigrants who were allowed to keep their old passports.  ”More veteran Israelis may just be interested in catching up.”

* And there’s globalisation, so another passport can be useful if you are a jet-set commuter or do business in an Arab country, or want to study and work in the EU for a few years.

* In the EU, “European identity” is starting to supercede national identity. So why not for Israelis (if Israel is not in the EU).

* Then there’s the bogeyman Ahmadinejad: “can we blame Israeli parents for wanting their children to have another option, an insurance policy…?” But no, this too is not to be taken seriously. “Come to think of it” he remarks, casually as if it’s no big deal, in an age of existential dangers “no place in the world is safe anymore”.

* Israel, with its “global Jewish links”, has always been liberal about dual nationality.

* Finally, it’s really not all that serious: he even knows people “trying to collect a third and fourth nationality  -  just for the sport of it.” It’s just a national game. “Does all this rush for passports diminish our identity as Israelis? Is there something sleazy about it …? I doubt it. On the contrary, one could probably just call it another national characteristic.”

So this man, who has blood on his hands from decades of upholding a state that will go to any lengths of cruelty and vileness to maintain its Jewish ascendancy, admits that for Israeli Jews the world is their oyster and that “Israelis, for all their Zionist ethos, have been unable to detach themselves from the Diaspora”. Isn’t that just exactly what the Zionist ethos was supposed to be about?

To prove the point that the Zionist ideal is well and truly dead, the last Comment posted  says with no sense of irony:  ”we live in a more Global world. Jews are Jews and it is not that important what passport we have. What is important is that we take the responsibility to secure the best possible options for ourselves and our kids. I am very happy with my Blue, Red and Green passports.”




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