Israel’s Template for the Globe’s Future:Satya Sagar

 Guest Post by Satya Sagar

For all those who think that Israel is run by the most despicable, racist and repressive regime in the world here is some very bad news indeed.

Not only are the Israeli state and its ruthless methods here to stay they could also be, very frighteningly, a prototype of our collective global future.

 Watching the unbelievable destruction wrought by the Israelis in Gaza a simple question very high on many minds must be “How in hell does this artificially concocted child of European guilt and American ambition get away with all this again and again and again?”’

The answer is that instead of being a strange historical aberration Israel may well be a model state that global elites want to establish to control the world in the days to come.

A world where the ruling classes live off the stolen resources and labour of those they contemptuously deem as lesser human beings in a system of institutionalized apartheid.

A world where the forces of the militarized State can routinely shoot anybody, even entire populations and call them ‘terrorists’with complete impunity.

A world where the process of nation building automatically involves smashing the sovereignty of every other nation reducing their people to a faceless, nameless, helpless mass.

The question of why Israel’s brazen crimes against humanity have been tolerated by the so called international community is not new at all, being one asked from the very day this nation was violently forged nearly seven decades ago. The legacy of Zionist terrorism, the numerous pogroms against the Palestinians, the systematic usurpation of their land, the routine bombing of civilians, the murder of peace activists— any other fledgling nation even contemplating crimes on this scale would have been ostracized out of existence by now.

Many have attempted to answer this conundrum in many different ways. Israel is the bulldog of the US in the Middle-East – there to keep an eye on the region’s oil wealth, promote the sales of Western arms and intimidate Arab regimes into meek submission. And in all its actions Israel merely imitates its mentors in the United States , whose own list of crimes against humanity make that of its protégé pale into nothing.

For some others it is Israel, run by Jewish supremacists, that is manipulating the West for its own devious purposes. They are abetted in all this by Christian fundamentalists in theUS who believe in some complicated bull about the role of Zionists in bringing about rapture, the return of Jesus Christ and Armageddon. (An end of the world hastened and brought about by these strange bed fellows themselves)

In yet another version the formation of Israel , aided and encouraged by Western powers, was a historical fobbing off of Europe’s abused Jewish masses onto the heads of the hapless Palestinian people- fulfilling the Nazi dream of getting Europe rid of the Jews. A cynical pitting of the victims of European racism against the victims of their colonialism.

There is no doubt of course that the history of Europe and post-Second World War geopolitics of the United States have a lot to do with the creation of Israel .

In many ways the State of Israel carries over into our era all the baggage of Europe from the turn of the 19th century with its simplistic understanding of race and biology, the crude equation of national interest with conquest of territory, the brutal trappings of the colonial state and worst of all the tryst with fascism that deeply shaped the worldview of Zionism. In the past seven decades Israel’s behaviour, within its own region, has also mirrored the relentless American need for control over the world’s natural resources.

But all this focus on historical trends obscures the fact that in contemporary Israel today has become the template of a terrible global future. Here is where the accumulated burdens of the past, stoked to the right temperatures in the crucible of the present, are shaping the contours of a world yet to come.

Already, the aggressive Israeli ‘whatever the cost pursuit of self-interest’ – unfettered by any principles of civilized behaviour and contemptuous of all international law- has become the role model for governments in many other parts of the world. Every indicator points to this sordid trend. The way the leaders of the world have openly acquiesced in the Israeli assault on the Palestinians in recent days is testimony to the fact that elites everywhere find this violence a useful exercise, not just in the context of the Middle-East itself but on their own home turf too.

Just take your eyes off for a minute from Israel and look around the globe and you can see what I mean. Look at the mini-Israels that governments everywhere are operating within their own national boundaries against the poor, the ethnic minorities, the historically marginalized or any population that can be enslaved at low cost. For the votaries of the hard state and the preservers of privilege everywhere Israel is the pioneering trendsetter in newer and more brazen ways of exercising illegitimate power.

That is why even as many governments condemn Israel in public, they are also slyly figuring out how best to incorporate elements of similar repression within the apparatus of their own states.

At one level is the exhortation to emulate Israel internationally. In India, after every mysterious bomb blast or terrorist attack there is a clamour  to ‘do it like the Israelis’ and bomb whoever is responsible for the blasts wherever. Imitating Israel , in anything it does, is a recipe for perpetual World War- something that suits the designs of some countries and their rulers perhaps but not of a majority of this planet’s residents.

At another level, governments around the globe are using the excuse of the Israeli example to terrorise their own populations. While Israel certainly did not invent the concept of kidnapping, torture and assassination of its opponents it has done more than any other regime in the world to legitimize such behaviour internationally. (This has been possible of course because of its special hold over Western governments- particularly the US who define what is legitimate and what is not.)

Given the discontent produced by the forces of globalization throughout the world and the need of the elites for controlling the ‘rebellious masses’’Israel’s approach to law and order are a valuable’ contribution towards maintenance of the unjust status quo everywhere. All you need to do is to close your eyes, shut your conscience out, pretend to be the Israeli government and imagine all your opponents – workers, farmers, students anyone- as Palestinians.

In that sense it is not just nation states but also corporations- which are the main shareholders of the Empire – that seek guidance from Israel for ideas on how to put down dissent and continue ruling the world. After all at the core of global capitalism lies a fierce authoritarian urge that seeks to monopolise everything that exists but is unable to do so because the little people of the world have fought and established, over the centuries, some basic norms and laws of human and social behaviour. If Israel keeps demolishing these barriersand advances the forces of barbarism – it makes complete world domination by the moneyed that much easier.

What emerges then is that, given the importance of Israel to global elites, a solution to the Palestinian question can never really be achieved through a struggle that focuses exclusively on the politics of the Israel and Palestine alone.  Contrary to what Benjamin Netanyahu believes a lasting resolution of the issue will not come from eliminating the Hamas, nor can the latter get what they want with their primitive rockets against some of the world’s most advanced technologies of war.

Instead a just peace is possible only by promoting more organizations everywhere that are willing to take on the various vested interests on their own hometurf that are bent on making the entire globe look like one large State of Israel.

 

Satya Sagar is a writer and public health activist based nowhere. He can however be reached at sagarnama@gmail.com

 

14 thoughts on “Israel’s Template for the Globe’s Future:Satya Sagar”

  1. Muslims are butchering other muslims and non muslims everywhere in the world. Finally in Israel the world has a country that is willing to hit back as hard as the muslims hit it, that will not just roll over and take the punishment inflicted by the sword of islam. Why are you people against Israel? It is the quintessential little guy standing up to the big bad bully, the oppressive horde of Islam.

    1. Big bad bully? Hahahaha you must be kidding man. No Muslim country in the big wide world is a military power to reckon with. Most nations are such that can be easily invaded in a matter of weeks if not months. And hence the west which is ever so eager to intervene in the islamic world. Be it sending troops for missions or maintaining permanent military presence. By the way that also contributes immensely to the Jihadist factories. Be it Iraq or Afghanistan or wherever.

    2. Though your comment don’t even deserve a reply but it seems there is no end to the supply of idiocy.

  2. Dear Satya,

    As always, your piece has exposed the Zionist danger. Perhaps, the Modi sarkar would be too happy to emulate it at home and also in Afghanistan. These are dangerous times, indeed.

    Immanuel Acharya

  3. Brilliant Article! What depth and insight I’ve become a fan of the Author!

    Any more articles from this writer?

  4. This is certainly a bold attempt at an analysis by the author…suggesting that there is a mimetic effect among the “global elite” to admire/emulate Israel…and hence a tacit silence…but I guess, before we go to the amorphous global elite…we must also look at the Arab countries which have been party to that silence…surely they (the ruling class) could be included in the global elite, but I doubt they all secretly admire Israel and its terror tactics…it certainly is worth noting as the author points out that almost all states’ have blood on their hands from their own internal affairs so they will not really oppose Israel’s atrocities in earnest ever…but suggestions such as “a just peace is possible only by promoting more organizations everywhere that are willing to take on the various vested interests on their own hometurf…” are too vague and idealistic and imprecise.

    The Israel-Palestinian issue does need thought, resistance, organization and political will. South African apartheid was not fought by necessarily demolishing discrimination on hometurf…it was a targeted campaign which developed organically on an international scale…the debate on thenation.com regarding the BDS strategy around Noam Chomsky’s recent article is worth a look, esp. for comparisons of the Israel-Palestine struggle and the South African one…

    1. [replying to my own post]
      A nice capsule on the complexities within the Arab nations (esp. vis-a-vis Hamas) is this Jul 14 al-jazeera report –
      http://america.aljazeera.com/watch/shows/live-news/2014/7/support-for-hamasmaybewaning.html

      and of course this –
      Arab League urges ‘all parties’ to back Egypt’s Gaza truce plan
      http://www.arabnews.com/news/602176

      But it is also interesting how this is once again reframed as an Israel-Hamas conflict, in a subtle attempt to shift the focus from the general and unceasing designs of Israel to dominate and squelch the Palestine aspirations.

    2. The idea of everyone challenging the mini-Israel’s on their hometurf is indeed an idealistic solution but one that is meant to be a counter-template to the one that Israel is foisting on the entire world as a model.

      As far as the issue of Israel versus Palestine is concerned, since the problem historically started in Europe with the genocide against the Jews, who then got used by the US as its bulldog in the Middle East a potential solution could be as follows: Give both Israel and Palestine membership of the European Union, allowing free movement of people from both countries across Europe and do away with all borders between the two. It is not an impossible idea and not too difficult to implement in this day and age. And who will foot the bill for all this? Uncle Sam, of course for getting the Israelis to do all their dirty work against the Arabs. If this plan works out neither Jews nor Palestinians will have to die fighting each other anymore and for the first time ever it will be the Gentiles who will pay a price for the crimes they have committed. No real solution, except a ‘final solution’, is possible within the current boundaries of the Israeli/Palestinian territories or current understanding of the modern nation-state concept.

  5. In many ways some of the context, actions and thinking within and about Israel reminds me of the sociology and psychology of our own NCR residents and their entitlements.

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