"Let Netanyahu win"--An Arab writer agrees
This morning AlQuds alArabi op-ed writer Subhi Hadidi quotes from a piece in Haaretz yesterday by Gideon Levy. Levy wrote:
Benjamin Netanyahu will apparently be Israel's next prime minister. There is, however, something encouraging about that fact. Netanyahu's election will free Israel from the burden of deception: If he can establish a right-wing government, the veil will be lifted and the nation's true face revealed to its citizens and the rest of the world, including Arab countries. Together with the world, we will see which direction we are facing and who we really are. The masquerade that has gone on for several years will finally come to an end.The election of either Livni or Barak would mean continuation of this fraudulent process, but by contrast:
Netanyahu's election is likely to bring the curtain down on the great fraud - the best show in town - the lie of "negotiations" and the injustice of the "peace process." Israel consistently claimed these acts proved the nation was focused on peace and the end of the occupation. All the while, it did everything it could to further entrench the occupation and distance any chance of a potential agreement.
Netanyahu would offer something else. First, he is a faithful representative of an authentic "Israeli" view - an almost complete distrust of Arabs and the chance of reaching peace with them, mixed with condescension and dehumanization. Second, he will finally arouse the world's rage towards us, including that of the new U.S. administration. Sadly, this may be the only chance for the kind of dramatic change that is needed.Hadidi quotes that passage, then recounts some of the history of Netanyahu's political career. But only to make the point that the "authentic Israeli view" that Gideon Levy talks about hasn't changed over the course of recent Israeli history, in fact all that can be expected is more of that characteristic "mix of terror and savagery".