Exactly seven years ago I wrote an article about Moshe “Bogie” Ya’alon and his references to the army applying “chemotherapy” to the Palestinian “cancer” in the West Bank and Gaza. As I noted then, the language he used is the language of fascism. Along with Lieberman (who also shows all signs of being a fascist) Ya’alon is now one of six key ministers in the current Israeli government. In his most recent post , Uri Avnery reaches a similar conclusion:
…Moshe (“Bogie”) Ya’alon [recently participated] in a gathering of the Jewish Leadership Faction. “Peace Now is a virus,” he said there. And not only they. “All the media” are also a virus. They influence the public discourse “in a distorted manner, a lying manner”. The virus also includes “the elite” in general. In addition, the “politicians” are to blame. “Every time the politicians bring in the dove of peace, we, the army, have to clean up after it.”
His summing up: “The Jews have a right to settle in any place throughout Eretz Israel.” And if this upsets the Americans, Ya’alon has a ready answer: “I am not afraid of the Americans!”
These tones come together in a frightening melody, a tune we know all too well. It is anthem of fascism.
By the way, I would not hestitate to apply the term “fascist” to the US right wing in its current manifestation. The ties between them and Israeli fascists is no coincidence. Avnery makes the connection:
ONE SHOULD also pay attention to Ya’alon’s declaration that “I am not afraid of the Americans”. The Americans demand the freezing of the settlements? To hell with them! Who do they think they are? What, these Goyim are ordering us around? Barack Obama wants to tell us where we can settle and where we can’t?
That is another feature of the emerging Israeli fascism: the readiness to engage in an open confrontation with the United States, and especially with President Obama. Already an Israeli campaign against “Barack Saddam Hussein”, the New Hitler, is in full swing. The American Right and the Israeli Right easily find a common language. An Israeli woman in the US is heading the well publicized effort to prove that Obama was not born in the US, that his father never was a US citizen, and that he should therefore be driven out of the White House.