“Losing an illusion makes you wiser than finding a truth.” – Ludwig Börne (1786-1837)
One of the wittier and more brilliant satirists ever to have come out of Germany, Börne identified with characteristic precision that indispensable preliminary step in Everyman’s quest for solutions to whatever plagues us. “If you seek wisdom,” he advised, “seek the destruction of the illusions you hold as true more than you seek new truths.”
This is counsel that should be heeded here and now by our inveterate hawkers of mega-delusion – Israel’s very own proponents of the two-state solution. Unflaggingly they peddle tattered, intrinsically disorienting delirium. Incredibly they never seem to tire of pulling the wool over their own and our eyes. They present themselves as possessors of singular insight, as harbingers of a greater truth and as wise beyond our plebeian grasp.
They won’t let go of the grand delusion that underlies their self-professed wisdom and purported truth. Their two-state delusion was certainly sweet – simplistically and seductively so. It claimed that all conflicts can be amicably and fairly settled by just dividing up whatever is contested. It touted idealistic goodwill and seemed compellingly rational. But it was from the start delusionary.
By all empirical yardsticks, that delusion has finally and undeniably crumbled into grimy dust. The illusion of a reasonable accommodation with genocidal foes – which without fail anyhow failed the test of coolheaded analysis – ignobly disintegrated when Ramallah’s Fatah and Gaza’s Hamas banded back together, at least pro forma, for the sake of expediency.
Whatever their motives and whatever the long-range plans of the old-new partners, their joint venture should persuade even the most diehard of our peaceniks that the time has come to finally wise up and lose the illusion.
The prevalent illusion thus far was that we face two dissimilar Palestinian entities – negotiation- espousing Ramallah and Gaza, whose unaltered goal is Israel’s annihilation. Now that the pair has retied the knot, their deception has been exposed. That should mean that the illusion has been shattered irrefutably once and for all.
In reality the only distinction between the two always was tactical. Ramallah excels at propaganda warfare, while Gaza fires rockets. Ramallah is funded by the Quartet, while Gaza is underpinned by Damascus and Tehran. Both wish to obliterate Israel, but Ramallah is more cunning and Gaza more candidly confrontational.
Neither Ramallah nor Gaza was ever a reliable or viable peace partner. Only our indomitable wishful thinking and obsessive illusion kept conjuring up interlocutors on whom we could unload slices of homeland, directly atop the soft underbelly of our densest population centers.
Gaza’s Hamas thumbs its nose at us and glorifies the Islamo-Nazism of infamous Second World War-criminal Haj Amin al-Husseini, who from his Berlin residence avidly abetted Hitler’s Final Solution, recruited Muslims to the SS and actively foiled the rescue even of several thousand Jewish children.
Conversely, in his Moscow Friendship University PhD treatise, Fatah figurehead Mahmoud Abbas attempted to dwarf the Holocaust’s proportions drastically, while simultaneously accusing Zionists of colluding in Holocaust perpetration – i.e., it didn’t happen, but Israel is guilty. This history-warping dissertation is compulsory study material in his fiefdom’s schools.
Abbas’s Fatahland is nothing but a more outwardly decorous version of Hamastan. All the rest is desperate illusion.
Moreover, our self-imposed hallucination arises from deep desires for something that far transcends Israel’s well-intentioned, if strategically misguided, yen for compromise. Our irredeemable devotion to delusion is inherently Jewish. Perhaps it’s the defensive adaptation of the weak.
Most members of the dysfunctional family of nations indeed advocate the two-state solution, but we alone are delusional. All the others are stimulated by cynical vested interests, which impair our self-preservation prospects. In other words, other states don’t push us into the two-state abyss for our own good. Quite the contrary.
Nevertheless, too many of our headliners and opinion-molders voluntarily embrace that detrimental external pressure. They avidly engage in scare-mongering. If we don’t succumb to what’s dictated from abroad, they hector, we’ll be left alone, ostracized, vulnerable and on the verge of extinction.
But are these demoralizers weakening our resolve for altruistic ends? Or, perhaps, are they identifying with foreigners whom they regard as sources of clout and influence? Are they obsequiously out to win coveted international credentials of enlightenment, that would differentiate them from all those bothersome insular, intransigent and politically incorrect Israelis?
A cooperatively toadying disposition could secure Israel’s peaceniks the acceptance they crave, allow them to bask in the limelight of those who really scorn Israel, win accolades in places Israelis should naturally shun, and earn approval from the most disapproving sorts.
The illusion is that serving the purposes of powers whose greedy, shortsighted interests negate one’s own interests will help promote personal or factional aggrandizement. This isn’t a recently evolved illusion. It has been with us for at least two millennia, perhaps the manifestation of a persistent, pesky mutation in the Jewish genome that keeps popping up exasperatingly in all manner of circumstances, no matter how superficially different.
Somehow Jews appear to crave acceptance, to seek to bask in the limelight of those who really revile them, to win accolades in places they should naturally shun, to yearn for approval from the most inimically disapproving sorts. Ingratiating ourselves with our enemies – and friends-of-enemies – seems preprogrammed into too many of us.
The Jews of Germany, who historically comprised one of the most successful of Diaspora communities, were mind-bogglingly susceptible to the aberration. The list of famous Germans who were born Jewish yet strove not to stay Jewish is unbelievably long. For those cursed with Jewish parentage, talent and brains were never enough to make it in intensely Judeophobic surroundings.
Too many Jews with both talent and brains deluded themselves that Christian credentials would secure them the acceptance they craved, allow them to bask in the limelight of those who really reviled them, win accolades in places they should naturally have shunned, and earn approval from the most disapproving sorts.
Razor-sharp Börne was disturbingly typical. He was born in Frankfurt as Leib Baruch, and that critically was a colossal fly in his ointment. He couldn’t even keep a bureaucratic public-sector job because of his Jewishness. His illusion was to ditch said Jewishness by becoming a Lutheran convert with a suitably Teutonic name.
Gallingly, though, even that failed to erase the original sin of Baruch’s extraction. Eventually he ended up in Paris banding with other frustrated Jews to fix up the world.
Börne-Baruch’s illusion of ingratiating himself didn’t pan out. He didn’t succeed in currying the favor of non-Jews. To them Börne remained who he was born. Perhaps it was this life experience that led him to conclude that the prelude to any progress is losing one’s illusions.
Illusions won’t lead any of us anywhere – not to peace with Ramallah or with Gaza, and certainly not with both. Before we rummage around for yet more appeasement-expediting supplementary sacrifices, we must rid ourselves of specious illusion. First things first.
‘Their two-state delusion was certainly sweet – simplistically and seductively so.
‘Our irredeemable devotion to delusion is inherently Jewish’
Are you saying that the gods of Washington and their Road Map which Israel so devotedly,so religiously served and obeyed have been false gods of lies and delusion ?
Neither Netantyahu, Barak nor Peres have learned what you know and put into words so well.
They are under a spell ,being drugged by Foggy Bottom or they fear men more than they fear God ?
Israel was too wise in their own eyes, too advanced, progressive and tolerant to
listen to these old ‘superstitious’ words spoken by the Inventor,the Maker.
They were so easily seduced by a powerful studly ally and his land for peace
Even after the 2005 Gaza failure the secular Jews continued to make their
religious pilgrimage’s to Washington.
You are so right about our masochistic mentality, Sarah.
Who would know better than a Holocaust survivor born 1928,
The Oslo Syndrome:Delusions of a People Under Siege continues apace,even after thousands of dead and maimed Jews litter the landscape.
While it is true that besieged mentalities accounts for much of said delusional thinking, it is not the whole tragic tale.Specifically there is a subset of Jewish leftists who desire the same outcome as our genocidal foes. It is a bitter pill to swallow for many, but the truth shall set us free.
Regardless, it behooves those of us who still operate with reality thinking still intact to shout from the rooftops-ENOUGH!Moreover, the fact that our leaders-be they from the left, center or right-persist in dragging us off the peace cliff urgently underscores our peril.
In a very real sense Israel’s leaders have long ago abrogated their sacred duties.A leadership which exposes its people to provable existential dangers(allowing thousands of rockets/missiles to target ! their civilians, all the while they babble about ‘two states for two people’, actually upon the corpse of theirs) ceases to be legitimate.They are derelict in the extreme.
“The best lack all conviction while the worst / Are full of passionate intensity.” (W.B.Yeats). The ideologues are passionate about their delusions, while those opposing them are too passive, incapable of creating new media that will tell people the truth. Such media, morally forceful and not to be bought, is our civilization’s only hope.
Tomorrow, May 15 2010, Israel’s Arabs along with other “Palestinians” will celebrate what they call the Yawm an-Nakbah, meaning “Day of the Catastrophe”. As a matter of fact, the celebration has already started, sparking confrontations with Israel’s security forces. What kind of two-state anything (I avoid, on purpose, the term “solution” for its connotations) can exist under these circumstances?
I am distressed to agree with Mr. Hiller’s assertion about our masochistic mentatility.
But masochistic does not imply suicidal.
I wish to thank Ms. Honig for her acute analysis. Her weekly tacks, both in form and in substance, are a source of inspiration.
Thank you for the W.B. Yeats quote. It perfectly captures the dilemma I’ve been wrestling with for some time but have yet to crack. I would be most interested in hearing your idea’s on this topic. I’m considering initiating a think group on this, specifically with regards to Israel but i believe it has broader applications. Would you be interested?
Sarah – great article
You certainly tell it like it is. I never cease to be amazed by the multitudes who have succumbed to the “peace in our time” mantra of almost all Israeli Zionist political parties and media. Living the illusion that we now reside in the era of peace, as our children have been taught through the Israeli state education system since the Oslo accords, completely and utterly ignores the reality of what has happened since those accords. Kids are literally astonished to find out from other sources that our adversaries desire nothing less than to exterminate the Israeli (and Jewish) people. Our elected representatives continually fall into the same trap of blatant escapism into make believe. They say what they are expected to say, and fear the label of political incorrectness. They are all apparently programmed to “see” things as they are logically supposed to be (Jewish and western logic?), without ever considering the possibility that our foes base their logic on a totally different belief system. Are people viewing the world through rose colored glasses, or do they simply fear what they actually see, and suppress it, because it does not quite fit into their way of seeing things. As for expressing opinions just to please those whose favor we wish to curry, I agree that this could be a Jewish trait that has evolved through millennia of bitter exile. Please continue to tell it like it is. I very much hope that you succeed in waking up those who have been beaten into submission and who accept the illusion of peace in our time, whatever the cost.
informed rational freedom loving people have all the reasons in the world to fear islam…
the twin fogs of political correctness & ignorance must be dispersed before western society better understands this menace. even a brief review of islamic theology & history quickly exposes the deadly roots of this evil ideology.
Mohamhead was a 7th century murdering warlord who rose to power on a river of blood surrounded by thugs and gangsters using intimidation, violence, deception and trickery to expand their criminal empire while mercilessly suppressing and killing their opponents and enriching themselves on stolen booty.
The evil koran is a collection of sayings and speeches by this diabolical madman claiming divine guidance from some mythical sky-god which has inspired generations of crazed fanatics to abhorrent behavior resulting in historys worst ever crimes against humanity starting 1400 years ago and still continuing even today.
Islam is just another fascist totalitarian ideology used by power hungry fanatics on yet another quest for worldwide domination and includes all the usual human rights abuses & suppression of freedoms.
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