RADICAL AND EXTREMIST ISRAELIS = EVEN MORE RADICAL IN MANY WAYS THAN SAUDI-WAHABISM ISIS(L)

RADICAL AND EXTREMIST ISRAELIS = EVEN MORE RADICAL IN MANY WAYS THAN SAUDI-WAHABISM ISIS(L)

“From Jerusalem, Yet Another Great Leap Backwards” by Andrew Levine Nov 21-23, 2014 — Now EXTREMIST JEWS Want a Bloody Temple Mount for Primitive Sacrifices on the third Most Sacred Muslim Site — Holly Mount in Jerusalem

Click for Source Article by Andrew Levin on CounterPunch

Many Israeli fundamentalists, are working diligently to bring the violence of a third intifada on for political goals but using unabashedly religious reasons — These extremists argue for Israel to take over the Al Aqsa mosque compound (3rd holiest Muslim site) — The Temple Mount – destroy the Dome on the Rock, and build a Third Temple there arguing the sit was the Second Temple, destroyed by the Romans in the year 70 CE. — Likely a deliberate provocation.

Yehuda Glick, the Israeli-American rabbi shot outside the Menachem Begin Heritage Center was believed to have these ideas in mind with his Joint Committee of Temple Organizations that was designed to push Palestinians’ and the Muslim buttons around the world. Glick’s ravings include restoring the priestly cult and ritual practices — animal sacrifices and all — that became defunct in Ancient Israel nearly two thousand years ago. He got himself shot for his troubles, but wanted to inaugurate a major escalation of violence or new Intifada like many right-wing Israelis want to establish a Pure Jewish state, ethnically cleansed of Palestinians, across all of Palestine.

What Yehuda Glick’s Temple cultists like Glick want is even more preposterous than the official Caliphate goals of the Islamic State — a reconfigured religious state — Their thinking is a good half millennium more advanced that Yehuda Glick’s. Glick and his militant co-thinkers want to regress more than two thousand years — to resurrect a bloody ritual cult that went extinct two thousand years ago believing in a zealous, murderous, fervor of a different moral and intellectual universe from the one that humanity has forged for itself in the years since 70 CE. Rabbinical Judaism never quite renounced the Temple cult in its entirety. So now, in a great leap backwards, fundamentalists like Glick and his co-thinkers have gone beyond even ISIS(L). Idiocies the human race overcame millennia ago are back on the Glick agenda.

Israeli Fundamentalists remain retrograde and completely irrational! — Perhaps caused by outright deceit and insufficient information and outright misinformation and inadequate reflection may be the cause — But they have had years and instead developed this retro-insanity — Perhaps an impairment by some pathological conditions caused this extremist group think. In the modern era, the beliefs fundamentalists express seem humanly impossible and likewise impossible to understand — So apparently backward, primitive, and ancient.

WAR = Relic of a less civilized past = Considered Obsolete = Wars inspired by religious fervor were thought to have faded into the deep recesses of historical memory = For Europe 100 years between the Napoleonic wars and WW I was a source of pride – Exceptions were 1853-1856 and 1870-1871. Devastating Religious wars endless cascade of horrors were over.

USA had THE BLOODY CIVIL WAR (1861-1865)!

But Catholic theologians = Rationalized Just Wars that were morally acceptable — wars fought for limited purposes only, never directly involve non-combatants civilians, that violence should be proportional to the ends they are used to achieve, and that intentional efforts to terrorize civilian populations are morally unacceptable.

But European Colonial wars were the exception in conquests of the Americas and Australasia, including the slave trade used by all major capitalist states hell bent on establishing or expanding overseas empires = Europe + USA white dominions over “sub-human natives” of the lands they subjugated so that moral constraints did not apply.

FACT: 20th Century = By far, bloodiest and most devastating in human history PERHAPS THE WORLD WAS SAVED BY THE FEAR OF NUCLEAR ANNIHILATION.

After WW II the Cold War and the demise of the USSR in 1991 and Era of Western and USA triumphalism and arrogance took hold of our leaders SICK MINDS see a new Cold War with Russia-China. Remarkably, the media (GOV) push the passions that once fueled wars of religion hundreds of years ago — Irrational calls for patriotic barbarism.

WW II and the Cold War were sold as fighting Nazis and Communists but was more about economic, diplomatic, and military advantage and extracting tax money for the wealthy who promote and finance the wars = hypocritical as the West said they were about freedom for all.

But Regions dominated by colonial powers had nationalist sentiments and even fervor previously unknown outside religious contexts. = Nationalism became a kind of religion in Parts of Eastern Europe (former USSR) when Communism fell, the repressed returned with a vengeance.

Most nationalism today has no rationally defensible worldview — More idolatry of Nation over God = Extreme Conservative Fanaticism, intolerance and barbarism that, humankind was supposed to have long ago outgrown.

FACT: The most fanatical nationalists are downright reasonable compared to the God-fearing “fundamentalists”.

Fundamentalism took root and grew out of nationalism adding passions associated religious wars from hundreds of years ago = irrational retrogressives.

Zionists in Israel reflect this extreme fundamentalism as they try endlessly to seize Palestinian land, but Palestinians have resisted during the First (1987-1991) and Second (2000-2005) Intifadas, the level of resistance was especially intense — Thanks to the provocations of settlers in the Occupied Territories and the expansionist and racist policies of Israeli governments — Doubled down on for the worse since Netanyahu became PM — His party and policies have set the stage for a Third Intifada with Israel’s murderous and overwhelming assaults on Gaza every couple years — each one more inflammatory.

Abbas to secure his own survival is desperate to prevent the eruption of a Third Intafada.

Most Israelis believe a Third Intifada would be bad for Israelis and for Israel.

BUT Many Israeli fundamentalists, are working diligently to bring the violence on for political goals but using unabashedly religious reasons — These extremists argue for Israel to take over the Al Aqsa mosque compound (3rd holiest Muslim site) — The Temple Mount – destroy the Dome on the Rock, and build a Third Temple there arguing the sit was the Second Temple, destroyed by the Romans in the year 70 CE. — Likely a deliberate provocation.

Yehuda Glick, the Israeli-American rabbi shot outside the aptly named Menachem Begin Heritage Center was believed to have these ideas in mind with his Joint Committee of Temple Organizations that was designed to push Palestinians’ and the Muslim buttons around the world. Glick’s ravings include restoring the priestly cult and ritual practices — animal sacrifices and all — that became defunct in Ancient Israel nearly two thousand years ago. He got himself shot for his troubles, but wanted to inaugurate a major escalation of violence or new Intifada like many right-wing Israelis want to establish a Pure Jewish state, ethnically cleansed of Palestinians, across all of Palestine.

This Jewish Extremism is a counterpart to the Extremism of Saudi-Wahabism that ISIS(L) practices to terrorize Muslims in Iraq and Syria into accepting their authority — Both are Barbaric and primitive.

Of course, Zionism’s founders must be turning summersaults in their graves as these ideas are completely counter to the Zionism proposed by liberal intellectuals in the West who simply wanted to save European Jewry from extinction. Its program accorded with Western racism and colonialism too. UK welcomed the Zionist project as a colonizing enterprise in the Middle East — But most of the Jews who immigrated to Palestine came from Eastern Europe filled with Eastern European nationalism — to the dismay to Zionism’s liberal (and socialist) founders — Amazed at 1948 and 1967 atrocities as Israeli society drifted far away from Zionism’s liberal and secular origins.

FACT: ZIONISM since its founding has drifted towards illiberal attitudes and intolerant regimes that Eastern European Jews in the pre-War period came to Palestine to escape — Likely due to being an ethnocratic settler colonial state that was built on racism and therefore brutal and extensive ethnic cleansing.

ISRAELIS EXTREMISM ODDITY = Few would have foreseen a 21st century fundamentalist state in Israel similar to Saudi Arabia and the other Big Oil Monarchs that use overwhelming force and murder to Dominate their populations.

Some of Christianity has experienced extreme fundamentalism and racism today in its identity politics — Many of them don’t really believe what they say they do (Jesus and the New Testament) or are simply deceiving themselves — Their beliefs are proxies for GREED and simple HATE of the other — Patently irrational beliefs are often attributed to ignorance, but that is unlikely since all remote areas have received basic educations.

What Yehuda Glick’s Temple cultists like Glick want is even more preposterous than the official Caliphate goals of the Islamic State — a reconfigured religious state — Their thinking is a good half millennium more advanced that Yehuda Glick’s. Glick and his militant co-thinkers want to regress more than two thousand years — to resurrect a bloody ritual cult that went extinct two thousand years ago believing in a zealous, murderous, fervor of a different moral and intellectual universe from the one that humanity has forged for itself in the years since 70 CE. Rabbinical Judaism never quite renounced the Temple cult in its entirety. So now, in a great leap backwards, fundamentalists like Glick and his co-thinkers have gone beyond even ISIS(L). Idiocies the human race overcame millennia ago are back on the Glick agenda.

Israeli Fundamentalists remain retrograde and completely irrational! — Perhaps caused by outright deceit and insufficient information and outright misinformation and inadequate reflection may be the cause — But they have had years and instead developed this retro-insanity — Perhaps an impairment by some pathological conditions caused this extremist group think. In the modern era, the beliefs fundamentalists express seem humanly impossible and likewise impossible to understand — So apparently backward, primitive, and ancient.

Needless to say, rabbinical Judaism is not exactly a beacon of Reason, but over the past two thousand years thinkers and scholars reinterpreted its archaic rules and practices beyond recognition.

GOAL FOR SANITY: Make the world safe for Facts and Reason to build moral, political and social advances for next thousand years.

ANDREW LEVINE is a Senior Scholar and author at the Institute for Policy Studies, his most recent book is “THE AMERICAN IDEOLOGY” (Routledge).

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