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09 January 2009
Why are the apologists for Israel so worked up?
I never knew that "it was strictly forbidden to have a notebook in Belsen," or that Daniel Finkelstein, a Murdoch scab and mate of Gimlet Kamm, has an Auntie Ruth who broke that rule when she was there. I certainly didn't know that Auntie Ruth knew Anne Frank and that the two met up in that hellhole. Funnily enough I had an Uncle Frank who was part of the army that liberated Belsen, so there you go - it's a small world, isn't it?

Finkelstein wrote about the atrocities that befell Europe's Jews because he wanted to use them as a justification for the existence of the creole state that is Israel. The problem with this argument is that it involves accepting that the Arabs of Palestine have to pay for Germany's crimes.

The simple truth is that Israel is the bastard creation of the west. It's establishment involved the killing and ethnic cleansing of countless thousands of Palestinian Arabs, a people whose only crime was to be living on the land of their fathers when a gang of European gangsters arrived.

However, the continued existence of this nasty little shithole depends upon western goodwill in the form of aid and soft loans. Therefore, says your cynical old Exile, it is highly likely that the reason why we are being treated to such Finkelsteinian quantities of old wank is that the squat faced little fuckers who write this shit realise that the political tide has turned and that demands will continue to grow for the financial plug to be pulled on this particular shithole once and for all.

Anybody want to bet that I am wrong?

The usual factual errors in your post, too many to correct here.

But just one point: US loans to Israel (and the are just that: loans to be repayed) amount to just $3 billion per year. Israel could easily do without them and hardly notice, especially as its defence spending has declined dramatically in recent years, as a proportion of GDP.

So why you imagine that Israel's existence is dependant on them, is anyone's guess. Sheer ignorance of the facts on your part, would be my best guess.

9 January 2009 at 22:06  

This particular creole shithole gets more than half the USA's annual aid, Anonymong. (Not such an anonymong - you're the Chicago based cold caller)

Tell you what - let's just watch as the world disinvests just as it did with South Africa, then we can see who is right.

9 January 2009 at 22:53  

I have to agree with Anonymous here, not one of your more insightful posts Mr Exile, its not about money in the sense you argue, its regional control and a spearhead in the volatile oil producing region of the world... Hamas are just a proxy for others.

Guido is a load of shit on this subject as is most of the blogosphere, there are no simple answers or moral high grounds to be found..Al Jazeera seem to be REPORTING events everyone else is on talking points for their respective sides.

10 January 2009 at 01:48  

Whatever the rights and wrongs of the foundation of Israel - and I agree it was a difficult situation, heavily influenced by what had gone before, and it might have been done better (although no-one knows what the consequences of any alternative solution might have been) - it's there now, and can't be shifted without another Holocaust (and it won't come to that, because they'll use the nukes before it gets that far). I support Israel because you can get a drink and a shag there, and that's about as far as it goes.

11 January 2009 at 20:44  

This particular creole shithole gets more than half the USA's annual aid

Wrong, Ken. Under the terms of Camp David, both Israel and Egypt receive $3 billion/year.

Given that US gives aid to other countries besides Egypt and Israel, that means it's LESS than half.

It has to be said, Ken, that you've put up some sloppy posts recently that are factually challenged. However, I realise that you've less time to devote to blogging so I understand why your usually higher standards might have slipped a bit. I hope things work out well for you and you are back on track soon, mate.

13 January 2009 at 16:40  

OK, almost half the annual budget. The point still stands that the place cannot survive without that aid and the soft loans that arrive as well.

I get the little things wrong, but the big ones right...

13 January 2009 at 18:12  

The point still stands that the place cannot survive without that aid and the soft loans that arrive as well.

Israel will either do without the loans, or get them on the commercial market somewhere else.

The Israeli economy and its domestic abilities are easily capable of making up any financial or technical shortfall.

Wasn't it the case -- I might be wrong here -- that Israel's key ally up until 1968, France, cut off aid following the Six Day War? Didn't the Israelis overcome this by simply building their own military hardware, copied from the French (eg. the Mirage fighters) -- and making new alliances?

I think what you have to accept is that after their terrible history, the Jews are not going anywhere. Before they are overcome by the surrounding sea of hostile Arabs (and Europeans), they might well "push the button" and take as many of the bastards with them as they can.

Quite right too.

13 January 2009 at 19:06  

Yes, they are going somewhere and that somewhere is out of fucking Arabia.

Israel survives with aid - it is unique in that aspect in that the standard of living of its people and the power of its armed forces rely on foreign money.

That is not the main reason why it will vanish down the toilet. It will vanish because all the nuclear toys in the world cannot protect it against the enemy within: the fast breeding Arab population within its own borders.

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14 January 2009 at 09:18  

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15 January 2009 at 02:07  

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