Wednesday, August 1, 2007
The Magnes Zionist Visits The City of Herzl
All right, it is also the city of Mozart, Strauss, Freud, Mahler, Franz Joseph, Wienerschnitzel, Sacher Tort, and sehr viel antisemitismus. In a few hours, I am off to Vienna for a week of research and relaxation. Posts will continue but will be somewhat erratic. I am hoping to feature selections from Avrum Burg's new Hebrew book. I also hope to begin a new series called, "Give Justice a Chance; Give Peace a Rest" in which you will see how I have broken with the so-called Peace camp in Israel after Camp David II and Intifada II. No, I did not join the ranks of the so-called "disappointed left" (i.e., the disappointed nationalists who because of the twisted terminology in this country considered themselves left but who really belong to what Haim Baram calls the "chavinistic center" (ha-merkaz ha-leumani)). In the meantime, I leave you with Amira Hass's opinion piece today in Haaretz. She, like I, am very nervous about what appears to be the "Groundhog's Day" eternal return in this country -- violence, peace process, violence, peace process, etc., etc., in which the West keeps backing a Fatah government that does not seem to have learned anything from its corrupt past.