The media vomits concern over Islamic fundamentalism, and more particularly with the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and its avatars in country’s going through the ‘Arab spring’.
Slipping under the radar is the rise and triumph of Israeli fundamentalism. However, the disgraced ‘New York Times’ reporter Judith Miller did 15 years ago. In her well received book ‘God has ninety-nine names’ [Simon & Schuster, 1996] did! After a ‘tour de horizon’ of the Arab world as the ‘NYT’ woman in Cairo, she ended with a chapter on the rise of and similarity of Israeli ethno religious fundamentals with its Arab and Muslim counterparts.
Since then the fundamentalists control the Likud led government and proliferate like rabbits on illegal settlements on Palestine’s West Bank. It does not take a rocket scientist to connect the dots of why Israel has dragged its feet on negotiations with the Palestinian Authority on a two state solution. For Netenyahu and his more far right wing nationalists like foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman, the 1993 Olso Accords have died an early debt; they have pushed the envelope by illegally seizing Palestinian land in Arab East Jerusalem and the West Bank and settling ultra Orthodox settlers, armed to the teeth, on stolen lands.
No one in the mainstream, western media dare talk about Israeli fundamentlism which has taken hold in the levers of power in the Zionist state. If they do, they run the risk of Israel and its supporters at home and abroad wracking vengence with a capital V through mendacious propaganda, denying funding in elections, and much more.
And Israel pro consul protector the US has allowed Israel to act as a law unto itself by showing utter contempt for international conventions, treaties, and laws; by engaging in piracy on the high seas, especially in the Mediterranean, and sending hit squads to murder opponents here and there and everywhere in the world.
Now that the Palestinian Authority has applied for full member at the UN as the state of Palestine, do we find a mention of Israeli fundamentalism in the last sentence of a piece by the Israeli American correspondant of the ‘Times’ living in Israel.
Were more proof of the programme of Israeli fundamentalism needed, consider premine minister Netenyahu’s address to a joint session of the US Congress in May 2011. Loudly cheered by American elected officicals, he dashed any hope of a two state solution by referring to Arab East Jerusalem as the capital of [Jewish] Israel and the West Bank as ‘Sumaria and Judea’. If ethno religious Zionist fundamentalism is lacking in example, Netenyahu’s words should clear any doubts, excuses, or evasions on the true aims of Israeli fundamentalism: a ‘Great Israel’ from the Mediterranean to the Jordan River with South African apartheid like ‘bantustans’ to house the Palestinians who have not fled but stayed in their own homeland.