A warning from Israel…..
It always amuses me highly to hear Western leaders praise Israel as a shining example of democracy in an area where democracy is a scarce commodity. Our ‘democratic ally’ apparently suffers for this unswerving [sic] devotion to democracy as the forces of ‘terror’ try to pull it down. Of course, nobody would dispute the vile nature of the likes of Hamas’s intent however this narrative ignores the fact that Israel is as far from the ‘shining light of democracy’ its possible to be.
The Washington Post reports;
Israel is arresting a growing number of prominent opponents to its policies toward the Palestinians, say critics who are accusing the government of trying to crush legitimate dissent.
In the most high-profile case yet, Jerusalem police detained the head of a leading Israeli human rights group during a vigil against the eviction of Palestinian families whose homes were taken by Jewish settlers.
The state of deluded paranoia which grips leading levels of the Israeli state; strong enough to encourage it to incarcerate its own citizens for protesting is clearly shown in the comments of the Military Intelligence Chief, Yamos Adin as reported in Haaretz. Adin claims that Israel’s ‘success’ against ‘terror’ has turned the international community ‘against it’. A kind of Millwall-esque football fan mentality grips the Israeli governments psyche; everybody hates us and we dont care.
Meanwhile, Israel and Iran continue to circle each like weary tigers waiting to pounce. Iran has accused Israel and the US of being behind a bomb attack which killed a nuclear physicist and it has threatened Israel explicitly. The Jerusalem Post accuses Iran of being behind an attempt on the lives of Israeli diplomats and tries to link Iran to Al-Quaeda;
The attack itself was apparently carried out by local al-Qaida supporters who received money and explosives from Iran, the sources said.
It will attempt to enlist Western support but Israel is more than willing to act independently against Iran. This is what makes Israel a ticking time-bomb of a country and unconditional support for it even more dangerous. However, there is also another lesson to be learned and that is the willingness of the state to use the struggle against terrorism to repress *any* critics of the states actions using the justification of ‘anti-terrorism’; this above all other reasons is why the vast majority of the current anti-terror legislation should be removed from the statute book.