In Israel everyone is fascist. That’s the impression you get when you hear the outbursts of anger on the left against the right, and vice versa. This can be heard in the media, but even more so in conversations with friends or colleagues. Everyone attacks their neighbor as a fascist just because they disagree, while no one truly listens to one another. There is right-wing fascism that fights liberals in the country, but there is also liberal fascism that despises Jews and Christians for honoring and following God’s Word. Whether right-wing or liberal, if there is no true love in us, then there are fascist elements in all people.
During the weekly protests against the judicial reforms of the national-religious government, the speakers accuse the government of Benjamin Netanyahu of fascism. “Those who voted for the right-wing regime voted for a fascist regime,” proclaimed those taking the stage in Tel Aviv. In Haifa, thousands of demonstrators were told: “Israel is developing into a fascist state of the lowest kind”. Former Deputy Chief of Staff and left-liberal Meretz Knesset member Yair Golan warned that Israel’s far right is unequivocally fascist and growing in strength. Israel’s left-wing voters see a fascist regime in the current government in Jerusalem, which they believe has no legitimacy. Although the majority of the Israeli population voted for the right-wing coalition about six months ago.
One thing you have to accept in Israel is that the majority of the country’s Jewish population is fundamentally right-wing. That is a fact, and liberals have to come to terms with it. According to a survey (late 2021) by the Israel Democracy Institute, 62% of Jews in Israel identify themselves as right-wing. It can be assumed that this number has increased slightly since then, if only because of the spate of Palestinian terrorist attacks inside Israel and the operations in the Gaza Strip. As soon as Jewish blood flows, the people turn to the right. In comparison, only 11% of Jews in Israel defined themselves as leftists in the same survey.
“When there are fascist signs in Israel, they appear on the left,” right-wing commentator Amnon Lord wrote in a recent column. “The intellectuals of the Israeli left admired fascist leaders as long as they came from the correct side. For some reason they tend to forget this, blaming the right and the settlers for trials and dark times.” The right blames their left-wing brethren for the same fascism that the left blames them for. Right-wing Likud voters, not extremists, recognize a “white elite” in Israel. This elite also includes the legal system, military leadership and a monopolized economy – a fascist regime that runs behind the scenes in the country. The so-called “white elite” refers to the Ashkenazi Jews from Europe who founded the socialist State of Israel in the pioneering years and have embedded their values deeply in the DNA of the Israeli state system. Even if right-wing governments rule in the country, a left-wing ideology determines the flow of life in the Jewish state of Israel. While this is partially true, many people are fully convinced of it.
Not only that, but abroad, Jews support political leaders despite the fact that they are said to support fascism, such as Italian Prime Minister Georgia Meloni. “Why do many Italian Jews admire a Mussolini fan like Georgia Meloni?” asked Amos Guetta, one of the leaders of Rome’s Jewish community, in speaking to Radio 103. “The Jewish community actually voted for Meloni, despite all their frustration with fascism and what Jews went through during the Holocaust. A right-wing party, which on the one hand is a continuation of Mussolini, but on the other hand, Meloni appointed a Jewess from our community as number 2 in her party. Italy now supports Israel.”
Israel’s former President Reuben Rivlin spoke differently in relation to fascism and antisemitism in an interview with CNN: “Neo-fascism is completely at odds with the spirit, principles and values on which the Jewish state of Israel was founded.” Rivlin related how he addressed prime ministers and leaders in Europe who formed coalitions with partners linked to neo-fascist movements that outwardly support Israel. “You can’t do that, gentlemen. You cannot support the State of Israel and want to have relations with it when neo-fascists are around.”
Netanyahu himself has long been accused of having relations with right-wing and even fascist governments in Europe. And this is being played off against Bibi by liberal fascism here at home. On the other hand, Israel’s right-wing criticizes the radical left-wing movements in the country, which are financially supported from the West and are wearing down the State of Israel from within – this is liberal fascism. Incidentally, the coalition wanted to change the way left-wing organizations are funded, but under pressure from foreign governments the draft law was removed from the agenda.
We see something similar in the recent spectacle of Roger Waters and his concerts in Germany. On the one hand, he is accused of fascism and antisemitism (quite rightly), but on the other hand he accuses Western governments of the same thing for wanting to legally ban his antisemitic concerts.
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