The Jaded Prole

A Progressive Worker's Perspective on the political and cultural events of our time.

Monday, March 19, 2007

Existence and Nonexistence

Despite progress made in forming a unity government in Palestine, Israel remains obstinate in refusing to recognize it, stating that it is "refusing to renounce violence and recognise Israel's right to exist." Though the Palestinians refuse to renounce their right to defend themselves, the question of recognition is another story. Palestinians have agreed in principle to "recognize Israel" within the 1967 borders but that has never been satisfactory. What is demanded is recognition of Israel's existence as a dominant power based on racist exceptionalism and acceptance of Palestinian powerlessness, and complete dispossession. Nothing less will satisfy the ideology of Zionism.

As for us, we need to understand how and why Zionism fits into American interests and what role it plays. Those who fail to understand this mistakenly place the center of power in Israel and are bound to make political errors based on that misunderstanding.

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