Robert Fisk: The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Uri Avnery is without doubt the most intellectual, philosophical, prescient leftist Israeli seer I have ever met. Like T.S. Eliot, he has a habit of using the fewest words to tell the greatest truth. Every essay that he writes, this reader always says the same thing: exactly! Yet, for the first time in 40 years, I disagree with the great man.

He has just suggested that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s agreement to address the US Congress at the invitation of Republicans – two weeks before an Israeli general election – and US President Barack Obama’s decision not to see the old rogue, has destroyed Israel’s bipartisan support in America. For the first time, says Uri, Democratic politicians are allowed to criticise Israel. Absolute tosh.

Congressmen of both parties have grovelled and fainted and shrieked their support for Bibi (Netanyahu) and his predecessors with more enthusiasm than the Roman hordes in the Colosseum.

Last time Bibi turned up in the Congress, he received literally dozens of standing ovations from the sheep-like representatives of the American people, whose uncritical adoration of the Israeli state – and their abject fear of uttering the most faint-hearted criticism lest they be called anti-Semites – suggest that Bibi would be a far more popular US president than Barack. And Bibi’s impeccable American accent doesn’t hurt…

(Reprinted in the Pakistani newspaper Dawn.)

  • Hard Little Machine

    Leftists live in a delusional bubble. All they ever talk to is each other and all they ever talk about is how much they hate the Jews.

    • Clausewitz

      …………. and America.

      • David

        and old white conservative males.

        • WalterBannon

          and those nasty humans infesting Gaia

          • Xavier

            and the unborn.

      • Surele Surele

        And don’t forget capitalism.

    • Exile1981

      An reality, they seem to have a real problem with reality.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    We are all Jews, or filthy Americans… or something in Fisk’s mind.
    If Bibi’s Isralie election doesn’t go as planned, he could probibly gain the GOP nomination in 2016. He’d have to cough-up a birth certificate… but that doesn’t seem to be as hard as once imadgined.
    Even then, I doubt the Republicans would get more than 40% of the Jewish vote.

    • Xavier

      I can make him a birth certificate better than Obama’s.

      • Exile1981

        comment of the day Xazier.

    • Blacksmith

      That sounds like a plan I can live with.

    • Maggat

      Is it past noon?

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        It’s always noon somewhere!

  • Minicapt

    It would appear that the head of Fisk is still hurting.


    • Drunk_by_Noon

      I remember that.
      Actually I remember laughing like hyena when I first read that.

    • Xavier

      Anyone can be ignorant but only the truly stupid can’t learn from their own mistakes. Hence this article.

  • wooted

    Fisk is dead wrong as usual. USA used to be a leader of the free world. Israel still is.