Samson and the Second Nakba

A Short Study of the Jewish Hercules

As much as many of us enjoyed watching the humiliation of Israel and PM Netanyahu in Washington this week, I am reluctant to suggest that the emerging crisis between America and Israel may also be a red light warning for all of us. The current crisis may lead to some devastating consequences as far as Palestine, Iran and the Middle East are concerned.

“Netanyahu and Obama are at a point of no return” claims Haaretz writer Akiva Eldar. “As far as President Barack Obama and his senior advisers are concerned, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is to blame for nothing less than damaging the standing of the U.S. in the Middle East and the Muslim world.”

It may be possible that the Americans have started to gather that there is no partner for peace in Israel. America clearly has had to shun its ‘kosher ally’. The American military and political elite already admitted this week that Israel is a strategic burden on the U.S. Seemingly, the only people who genuinely believe in the American Israel strategic bond are AIPAC and its list of obedient ‘Sabbath Congressmen Goyim’. But unfortunately, this is just one side of the story.

A deeper reading of recent events would suggest that the latest American Israeli rift is actually led by Netanyahu’s political partners. Interestingly enough, as much as America reveals growing disapproval of Israeli policy, the anti American attitude, demonstrated by Netanyahu’s allies at home, is overwhelming. It doesn’t take a genius to grasp that some of Netanyahu’s cabinet members are doing everything in their power to fire up a storm between Israel and its ‘closest ally’.

Interior Minister Eli Yishai, the man behind decisions that sparked the recent diplomatic crisis, said this week ‘Israelis voted for this government’s path, according to which, there will be no compromises on (the) Jerusalem issue’. He also used the opportunity to thank his creator for giving him “the right to be the minister who approves the construction of thousands of housing units in Jerusalem”. Along with his latest disastrous visit to Washington, PM Netanyahu found time to consult with his Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman. According to Ynet, Lieberman advised his PM “not to capitulate in face of American pressure”.

I guess that most political analysts fail to understand the depth of the Israeli right wing expansionist and racist conviction. Unlike Sharon, Peres, Livni, Rabin, Olmert, Barak and even Netanyahu himself, who along the years, paid a limited respect to the West and the US in particular, Netanyahu’s cabinet is dominated by right wing Zionist hawks. They follow David Ben Gurion’s old mantra: “It doesn’t matter what the Goyim (Gentiles) say, the only thing that matters is what the Jews do”. Netanyahu’s political partners are not willing to compromise or acquiesce to American conditions.

Netanyahu’s political allies are convinced that at least momentarily they will do better without Uncle Sam. They realise that the days of the ‘Jew-only state’ are numbered unless some radical moves are put into action. They grasp that unless the Jewish state implements measures that would push the entire Palestinian population out of Israel, the Zionist dream will come to its end and pretty soon.

Those hawks also realise that once Iran gets a hold of a nuclear capacity, Israel’s ability to maintain its status as a ‘regional terror-inflicting power’, would disappear overnight. Netanyahu’s cabinet members grasp that if Israel wants to survive as a Jewish ethnocracy and a regional super power, Israel must confront Iran soon and ethnically cleanse Palestine of its indigenous population, in an act that will complete the objectives of the 1948 Nakba. Israeli hawks who currently dominate Netanyahu’s government and Israeli politics realise that a bond with America can only restrict and even jeopardize their sinister plans for the region.

It is obviously hard to predict Israel’s next move. However it is crucial to remember that at the heart of the Zionist collective narrative we find Biblical stories like that of Samson, a tale of a suicidal genocidal character. Samson is the Jewish Hercules. He was granted some tremendous strength by God to combat the Jew’s enemies and to perform some ‘heroic’ feats unachievable by ordinary humans. He wrestles a lion, he slays an entire army with only a donkey’s jawbone and eventually when the time is ripe, he commits mass murder. Single-handedly he crushes a Philistine temple killing thousands, including the elderly, women, children and himself.

I do not know whether Lieberman regards himself to be the new Samson. Looking at his recent picture, he is probably not fit enough to fight a lion. However, the genocidal tendency together with suicidal inclination is absolutely there.

Gilad Atzmon, now living in London, was born in Israel and served in the Israeli military. He is the author of The Wandering Who and Being in Time and is one of the most accomplished jazz saxophonists in Europe. He can be reached via his website. Read other articles by Gilad, or visit Gilad's website.

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  1. beverly said on March 27th, 2010 at 9:54am #

    The current “dust-up” in US/Israel relations is just more political theater. From day one, ObamaCo pledged allegiance to Israel – just like his predecessors. One week Obama, Joe, and Hillary utter words like troubling and disturbing (but never the correct word: illegal) in regards to Israel’ s continued settlement building. The next week, they’re at the AIPAC gathering doing the usual ass kissing. 300 Congressnistas just signed a letter affirming their support for all things Israel. The administration is saturated with Zionist sympathizers/devils. Head devil Rahm Emmanuel weilds more clout than the president (check out his evildoings on the healthcare mess: “Rahm’s Secret War on House Black Caucus,” Public sentiment against Israel is showing a slight increase (see what happens when the people are informed of the facts) but the govt rarely gives a hoot about what the masses think. So just what makes anyone think the status quo of Israeli carte blanche won’t go on?

  2. bozh said on March 27th, 2010 at 4:18pm #

    These facts shld be noted and studied for whatever they signify or portend:
    There is no israel nor a ‘jewish’ state yet. Also more land is being stolen.

    Assuming that most or all israelis want to have either an israel or a state for ‘jews’ only, begs the question why they don’t have it by now?
    Who or what forces is stopping them for getting what they want more than anything else?
    Probably US or US-nato is preventing a set up of any israel! They need unrest and mossad is useful in obtaining unrest in parts of asia which nato-US wants to obtain by war[s].
    Let’s note we are in renewed indian wars and US wants new indian guides.
    But there must be a bait for the stratocracy?? What is it? A tacit or explicit promise to allow setup of state for ‘jews’ only as soon as iran, syria, and ‘stans are taken care of?

    The planet is awful poor now. Worse yet, getting poorer. Add to that effects of warming and one can read a rich person’s mind easily.
    S/he fears loss of prestige, power, sybaritic way of life, etc.
    And s/he’ll use anybody to maintain-augment power-glory of being s’mone! tnx

  3. Rehmat said on March 27th, 2010 at 6:12pm #

    Another excellent analysis from Gilad Atzmon. As he knows from ‘peacepalestine’ I hate to indulge in Gilad Atzmon’s views on Jewish religion, however, I do agree with him on Zionazi activities of the Zionist regime.

    Nakba or Palestinian Holocaust is being carried out in front of our eyes – and doesn’t need any government’s protection like the Zionist narration of Jewish Holocaust, which is losing its appeal except blackmailing the western politicians.

    Israel as a “Pesky little nation” is being exposed on daily basis and soon, like the Crusaders in Palestine – it will be part of history.

    The “pesky little nation”

  4. Mulga Mumblebrain said on March 28th, 2010 at 2:52am #

    I’m with beverley. Obama is playing a dissembling game,just as he did when running for President.In fact I think that Obama and his Zionist controllers are ‘pushing’ Israel into a corner simply to give Israel an excuse to attack Iran,on the old lie of the ‘existential threat’ that any nation that does not bow down before God’s Chosen People represents to demented supremacists driven by genocidal hatred of the ‘non-Chosen’. Then the US can join in with Clinton’s slavering call for ‘obliteration’ uppermost in the psychopaths’ minds.
    I must concur with Mr Atzmon in the rest of his observations.The world is reaping the whirlwind of allowing Israel to get away with murder,over and over again.Like every other serial killer Israel has to commit more and more depraved crimes to get the psychic rewards it craves. With Israel’s total control of Western politics, the media and finance, a situation unprecedented as far as I am aware in history, there is nothing to stop the descent into greater and greater fanaticism and viler and viler and crimes. Just in the last two days I have heard two exquisite examples of Zionist arrogance, which has now long passed the level of psychopathy and entered a realm which I find hard to accurately describe. One was the Chief Rabbi of the UK, rabbiting on about Passover being a symbol of people’s liberation, freedom etc. Apparently not for the likes of Gazans, of course, and the unfortunate fact of the genocide of the first-born in Egypt (even the animals with that touching concern for the natural world we find in so many other descriptions of genocide in the Torah) simply expunged from memory. Rather like Hamas’ victory in the Palestinian elections, now utterly written out of every media report. The other example was the Mayor of Jerusalem, interviewed on BBC, a so-called ‘secular’ Jew, but possessed of that blood-curdling arrogance and contempt for the opinions of others (in this case the entire world community, international law etc) that has not equal in my experience.
    As we can see quite plainly, Israel is evolving into a full-blown, religio-fascist state, dominated by Jewish Nazis in religious raiments. The situation of decent Israelis and decent, by which I mean non-supremacist, non-racist Jews who put their humanity before delusions of quasi-divinity, is becoming more fraught as well, because the Judeofascists despise them as much as they despise non-Jews, as traitors to the Holy Cause. Seeing as the unstoppable force of religiously inspired Zionazism is meeting the immovable object of Arab and Islamic resistance, led by Iran, Hezbollah and Hamas a cataclysm is ensured. I fully expect Israel to use its nukes some time soon, if only to demonstrate their contempt for the rest of humanity.Needless to say, the wholly owned Sabbat Goy collective known,laughably, as the political ruling class of the United States, and subsidiary collections of Zionist property like the ‘governments’ of the UK,Canada and Australia, will fall into line,ululating in ecstasy their undying devotion to their Zionist masters. Eventually, as more and more fanatic regimes emerge in Israel, as the religious fascists drive out the saner members of Israeli society, the mass expulsion,or transfer,of the Palestinians will commence, or, perhaps, in obedience to clear Biblical injunction, their extermination. Even that, I surmise, would bring no action from the West to discipline Israel. After all, if Israel then decides to obliterate, say Palermo, or Seville, or some off-shore island, to demonstrate that it is they who call the shots (a variant of the ‘Samson Option’ revealed by Seymour Hersh)who will stop them?

  5. Don Hawkins said on March 28th, 2010 at 4:37am #

    If you read this note that’s one billion people.

  6. mjosef said on March 28th, 2010 at 4:42am #

    Mulga and Beverly speak the truth, in a heated-high kind of way, as does Norman Finkelstein – what a set that dude possesses. The speeches and crowd reactions at the AIPAC “convention” are the storm-trooper rallies of our times, yet the Democrats just fall in line, issuing blood-curdling fascist calls for holy war in those comfortable hotels that offend my delicate ears. What a racket.

  7. Don Hawkins said on March 28th, 2010 at 4:43am #

    Then the old middle East and the last time I checked located on planet Earth.

  8. Don Hawkins said on March 28th, 2010 at 4:57am #

    The authorities have blamed changing weather patterns that have curtailed the rainy season. According to Chen Zhenlin, the spokesman for China’s meteorological administration, the average daily temperature in Yunnan over the past six months has been two degrees higher than normal, while the province has had only half the rainfall of an ordinary year. Both are at levels not experienced since the 1950s. Guardian

    Changing weather patterns not in just China and the old middle East but the Northern Hemisphere get’s to feel it first in a large way. We will know more after this summer. Again take a look.

  9. Melissa said on March 28th, 2010 at 10:06am #

    It is always a pleasure to read posts of mulga. If words on a screen could be anything besides visual, mulga demonstrates that. Thank you for your command of language and for pushing rich vocabulary all within a tight message, that wish others could find.

    I had to look up ululatory. That just tickles me to no end.


  10. William James Martin said on March 28th, 2010 at 11:32am #

    I think there is a flaw, or logical gap, in the argument. Israel does not have to flaunt its contempt for the US efforts to constrain settlement growth in order to break the supposed shackles of the US. That serves no purpose, even supposing the Israeli government, or some inside the Israeli government, want to end the US-Israeli alliance. Whether or not it is done will be independent of such antics.

  11. mary said on March 29th, 2010 at 7:49am #