Delusions of a People Under Siege

Title taken from the subtitle of Dr. Kenneth Levine’s Book, The Oslo Syndrome: Delusions of a People Under Siege.

Watch the below video. In 2005, Israel decided to unilaterally disengage from the Gaza strip and be the first state in the history of the world to ethnically cleanse its lands of its own citizens, about 8,000 Jews, from gush katif and northern Samaria (aka west bank). The arguments that primarily the left provided in support of the action are the same arguments many from the left still use to induce confidence in a unilateral disengagement from the west bank or giving a state to the PA less than twenty miles from Tel Aviv. The arguments consist of a lot of pepper and flavor in the form of fear: if we don’t leave Gaza, terror will come to Sderot and Ashkelon. For nearly 9 years since disengagement, Sderot has been terrorized anyway; because for the majority of Palestinians, Sderot is just as illegitimate as gush katif.

There is no sign of extemporaneousness, however, in what they said. They truly believed these things, and thought about them. They still believe these things.. This disengagement has failed in both its pragmatic goal, there is no peace, and its psychological one, Palestinians still hate Jews. These are the delusions inculcated in a people under siege, to borrow a book title.

I am happy to see that many of these people who made these idiotic suggestions have distanced themselves from their imbecility and admitted that they were wrong. But I am afraid that the analogous nature of the gaza and west bank experiences will not be so clear to them. Or it will be clear to them, but they will hand over land for no peace in an attempt to assuage the diplomats and the protesters and the screaming lunatics on street corners in every western city who run this game of attrition so well. It’s disgusting.


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