Wrong Lizard

And now for the good news from Israel: General Ehud Barak, the Murderer of Gaza, the Assassin of Beirut, got properly thrashed in the parliamentary elections. One almost feels sorry for the man who diligently massacred hundreds of children and their parents and received no reward from the ungrateful citizens. Before the war, the surveys predicted he would get about 12 seats and that’s all got after the war, despite all his trouble.

He went down, and his party, Labour, went down with him. Good riddance! Labour ruled Israel from its inception till 1977 non-stop. They perpetrated the Nakba, turned the native Palestinians into refugees, developed nuclear weaponry and terrorized the Middle East. After a longish break, they came back to power under Rabin and Barak. It is an open verdict who was worse. Rabin was the father of apartheid. He initiated checkpoints, locked the Palestinians in their villages and towns and ordered the army to break the bones of their children. Barak kicked off the second intifada (together with Sharon), rained death on Lebanon and now has waded in the blood-rivers of Gaza.

More good news: the most hypocrite party of Israel, the oh-so-progressive-and-left-wing Meretz, got beaten to a pulp and obtained just three seats. They supported the war in Lebanon and called for the war in Gaza. In both cases, they got cold feet halfway. Zehava Gal’on, Meretz’s leader, expressed her concern on the air: we are all for bombing, but we are against the army’s entry into Gaza, for one of our Jewish soldiers may get hurt inadvertently. Better to cease fire rather than endanger a single Jewish soldier. The idea that Gazans are also human did not even enter her head.

As for compassion and welfare, they had none. Meretz was against child allowances and other welfare devices. The reason: their wealthy electorate has few kids and many gays. They did not care for undeserving Arabs and observant Jews who are blessed with children. A letter of a Meretz supporter in Haaretz was revealing: Meretz should admit to its self-interest, to neo-liberalism.

With the electoral defeat of these two parties, Jewish National-Socialism turned its place to Jewish National (neo) Liberalism. The power in Israel is firmly in the hands of Likud which is presently divided into two parties, one under Bibi Netanyahu and one under Zipi Livni. There is absolutely no reason to prefer Party A to Party B. Livni was even more pro-war than Bibi, while she is surrounded by Head of Secret Police, generals, ex-Chief of Staff and other famous humanists and leftists.

The electoral success of Lieberman should worry us even less: Lieberman is this pathetic figure of the wrong lizard we are being offered as incentive to vote for the right lizard. Douglas Adams explained why the people of some distant planet hate lizards and still vote for lizards: “Because if they did not vote for a lizard, the wrong lizard might get in.” The Jewish political system has to churn out worse and worse lizards in order to convince people to support the monsters in power. As a reward, eventually the wrong lizard will be whitewashed to become a right lizard, and a new wrong lizard will be offered.

The queue of wrong lizards is long. Menachem Begin was a wrong lizard, and the father of Nakba David Ben Gurion used to warn people that if he did not get their votes, Menachem Begin would. Eventually Begin became a prime minister, not better, neither worse. Ariel Sharon of Sabra and Shatila was a wrong lizard, until he was whitewashed by the New York Times and brought in. Now it is Lieberman’s turn.

Lieberman is rather a comic figure. His stunt of demanding that Palestinians swear loyalty to the Jewish state was lifted wholesale from Joseph Heller’s <>Catch-22<> http://www.sheilaomalley.com/archives/008958.html<>. “All the enlisted men and officers on combat duty had to sign a loyalty oath to get their map cases from the intelligence tent, a second loyalty oath to receive their flak suits and parachutes from the parachute tent, a third loyalty oath for the motor vehicle officer, to be allowed to ride from the squadron to the airfield in one of the trucks. Every time they turned around there was another loyalty oath to be signed. They signed a loyalty oath to get their pay from the finance officer, to obtain their PX supplies, to have their hair cut by the Italian barbers.”

The wrong lizard had to be whitewashed because – despite attempts to scare them – people would vote for him. They would vote for him – not because they like him, but because they justifiably hate the ruling beasts. It is a protest vote. If a guy is hated by these snotty bastards Barak and Gal’on, he can’t be all that bad, or so Israeli hoi polloi mistakenly think. And actually this wrong lizard while at power would be neither better nor worse than any right lizard. Let us face it: all Zionist politicians are beasts.

In dealing with Israel, instead of watching for the results of our hopeless elections, the world might better adopt the adage of David Ben Gurion, mutatis mutandis: “It is of no importance what the Jews say; it is important what we do”. Enough talk, it’s time for action.

Stop Israeli piracy.

Israeli Navy stops civilian boats en route Gaza in the high seas. This is piracy. Let Europe and Russia send its navies to open Gaza for international shipping.

Put Israeli leaders on trial.

The International Criminal Court should deal with the Jews before it deals with the Blacks. If they dared to indict Sudan president, let us see them doing something about Barak and Livni.

Enforce sanctions until apartheid is undone and equality before law for Jews and non-Jews established in the whole of Palestine.

This demand for sanctions is supported by many Israelis who understand that we need external support to stop our sliding for even worse lizard with each election.

Israel Shamir

Israel Shamir is a critically acclaimed and respected Russian Israeli writer. He has written extensively and translated Joyce and Homer into Russian. He lives in Jaffa, is a Christian, and an outspoken critic of Israel and Zionism.