The Unz Review:ㅤIsrael, the Hermit Kingdom, by Ted Rall

The Unz Review:ㅤIsrael, the Hermit Kingdom, by Ted Rall

22-03-24 04:00:00,

“The world is kind of deserting Israel right now,” Rep. Tim Burchett (R-Tenn.) remarked after meeting with members of the pro-Israel lobby American Israel Public Affairs Committee. “So they’re worried about that.”

Their concern is warranted. Less than six months after Hamas attacked on Oct. 7, killing 1,200 people with brutality that sparked widespread sympathy as well as material support for the Jewish state, polls show popular opinion in the U.S. and internationally has turned against Israel at unprecedented levels. The United Nations secretary-general is angry, the International Court of Justice is giving serious consideration to the charge that Israel is committing genocide against the Palestinians in Gaza, and even President Joe Biden — a self-described Zionist who has repeatedly visited Israel and rushed to send it weapons after Oct. 7 — has warned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that continuing his ground offensive into Rafah, the last relatively intact city left in Gaza, would cross his “red line.”

Israelis and their supporters are confused. Why is Israel rapidly sliding into pariah status now?

Netanyahu has forgotten that Israel is a U.S. vassal state. They don’t call the shots. We do. Bibi nonetheless has insolently rejected Biden’s ultimatum.

Israelis’ cluelessness is understandable. They’ve been oppressing the Palestinians for decades. They’ve ignored U.N. resolutions requiring that they stop occupying Arab territory, they’ve sent nearly a million religious fanatics to colonize the West Bank, and they’ve run the only apartheid state in the world following the end of that system in South Africa — yet nothing bad has ever happened to them.

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