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On August 3, Haaretz headlined "As Netanyahu pushes Israel closer to war with Iran, Israelis cannot keep silent," saying:
"Why aren't ministers and defense officials standing up right now, when it is still possible, and saying: We will not be a party to this megalomaniacal vision, to this messianic-catastrophic worldview?"
As important is why militarism, belligerence, and denigration of Muslims define Israeli policies. Why is war institutionalized?
Why does a nation treat one-fifth of its people like fifth column threats? Why are non-Jews persecuted? Why do decades of occupation repression continue?
Why do only elitist Jews matter at the expense of all others? Why does a tiny state threaten other regional nations? Why do world leaders permit it? How can any responsible official contemplate catastrophic war if launched?
Haaretz suggests "Netanyahu has a historical mindset (and) outlook under which....Israel is 'the eternal nation' and the United States" is just one among many.
In other words, "(w)e are everlasting, we are an eternal people, and they, despite all their strength and power, are merely temporary and ephemeral."
Megalomania and delusions of grandeur define this type thinking. Past leaders governing this way perished by the same sword they lived by. It always turned out that way.
Tiny Israel is a dot in an ocean of justifiable resentment. One step too far may bite back harder than what Netanyahu and others around him imagine.
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