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(RNS) — I have coined a new phrase: “P.R. Masada.”
As in: Masada, the iconic site in the Judean wilderness, where Jewish Zealots killed their families, and then themselves, in an act of futile defiance of a Roman siege. This was simply the final act of a fruitless battle against the Romans.
Years - Israelis - Observers - Term - Masada
For years, Israelis and other observers have used the term “Masada complex” to refer Israel’s useless and foolhardy actions that do little to advance peace, and which only emanate from the “**** you” vision of Israeli policy. In other words: we gather ourselves on the mountain; we circle the wagons; and we act in our own worst interests.
This week, Israel first permitted U.S. Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib to visit the country, then barred them from entry after President Trump essentially teased/humiliated/bullied Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu into rejecting them. In the third act of this drama, Israel relented, allowing Tlaib to visit her grandmother on the West Bank, at which point Tlaib refused to go after all.
Event - Olympics - Women - Anyone
If there were an event in the Olympics for “Who disagrees with these women more?” I could compete with anyone.
Nevertheless, this whole affair is a public relations Masada for Israel. The Netanyahu government could not have given a better early Christmas (and, yes, Hanukah) gift to anti-Israel activists.
One - Women - Israel - Meaning - Zionism
But here is what no one has yet said: denying these women entry to Israel violates the true meaning of Zionism.
The critics of that visit (and the supporters of Bibi’s actions) are screaming: These women hate Israel! They weren’t coming to Israel! They were only coming to visit Palestine (which is more of a state of mind than a state of borders, but never mind)! They were only coming to criticize Israel and the occupation! They support BDS! “They want to destroy Israel,” as one Facebook...
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