A pioneering research study dealing with Israeli Jews' memory of the conflict with the Arabs, from its inception to the present, came into the world together with the war in Gaza. The sweeping support for Operation Cast Lead confirmed the main diagnosis that arises from the study, conducted by Daniel Bar-Tal, one of the world's leading political psychologists, and Rafi Nets-Zehngut, a doctoral student: Israeli Jews' consciousness is characterized by a sense of victimization, a siege mentality, blind patriotism, belligerence, self-righteousness, dehumanization of the Palestinians and insensitivity to their suffering. The fighting in Gaza dashed the little hope Bar-Tal had left - that this public would exchange the drums of war for the cooing of doves.
Wait till Bibi takes over in Israel in about a month. Reading Zippo then is going to be more fun than is legal in most parts.
I think that Israel can be understood if you view the state as you would an abused child who grows up to abuse. A sense of entitlement fuels the outward directed rage, in their mind what ever they have done to the palistinains is not even close to what was done to them in the holocaust, so they don't want to hear or think about Palestinian pain. The Jews need to realize that what ever may have happened to them earlier in life done not justify their bad behaviour now. The only way they realize this is if everyone else keeps in their face about their bad behaviour. America does the opposite, we facilitate the Jews warped perception, in the end we do them a disservice.
They're also liars-
A standard history studies textbook used in Canadian secondary
schools, Canada: The Twentieth Century, told students that the Germans
"boiled" the corpses of their Jewish victims "to make soap." The
Anatomy of Nazism, a booklet published and distributed by the Zionist
"Anti-Defamation League" of B'nai B'rith, stated: "The process of
brutalization did not end with the mass murders themselves. Large
quantities of soap were manufactured from the corpses of those
During World War II it was widely believed that soap was being produced on an industrial scale from the bodies of Jewish concentration camp victims. In reality, while some Nazi scientists experimented with soap made from human corpses, and even engaged in small-scale production, soap from human fat was never produced industrially. The Yad Vashem Memorial has also officially stated that the Nazis did not make soap from Jewish corpses, saying that such rumors were used by the Nazis to frighten camp inmates
I believe Israel's self-perception is based on an identity that oddly goes back around 1,500 years before Christ walked the Earth. I do not think the U.S.A. was around at that time.
The only non-Jewish people that I would give some credence to understanding Israel's self-identity are our U.S.A. Evangelicals. In my opinion, many other Gentiles approach the topic from a postition of secular logic. That automatically puts them on a different mindset from Israel.
By the way, Sarah Palin had an Israeli flag in her governor's office, in addition to an American flag. She would understand Israel. It might be a shame she is not the VP.