In 1993, I made firm plans to go live and work for at least two years at a kibbutz in Israel that harvested lavender.
Idyllic is the word you are looking for. I still long for that romantic idea and those halcyon days when I lived in the Mission District in San Francisco.
I ended up not going to Israel that year, and in hindsight I see it was because of a distinct shift in the political situation. Now both the dream and Israel's kibbutzim movement have become nearly extinct.
Since the mid-1990s, globalization has changed Israel with only a few dozen kibbutzim still functioning today under the traditional models. Still, in the early 1990s, we were all quite hopeful for the nation state of Israel and naive about the realities of it.
Between 1993 and 1995, Israeli Prime Minister Rabin had developed a vision for a permanent status agreement that is still espoused by many veterans of the Israeli security establishment. There was an unprecedented campaign against him. He was targeted by the right wing.
Rabin abandoned the use of force in favor of negotiations to achieve peace with the Palestinians. Rabin was for peace. The right wing was for war. Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated by them.
Rabin’s assassination marked the end of the two-state solution. The situation in the Middle East has been bleak since the Oslo Accords signed by Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat in 1993.
Modern Israel was rooted in the ideology of Zionism, the movement for Jewish sovereign national self-determination. Zionism is a nationalist movement. But Zionism changed with globalism.
In a way, Jews were the early agents of globalization. Like today’s web strategists and technologists, Jews were keen on building networks across national borders. And like today’s high-tech entrepreneurs, the global Jewish diaspora managed to utilize this network for their benefit.
Silicon Valley — and high-tech centers all over the United States — have been magnets for technical and entrepreneurial talent from China, Russia, India and Ireland, to name just a few countries. Not surprisingly, Israeli firms have been especially skillful in the high-tech game, even though Israel accounts for only 0.25% of world GDP. In fact, over 69 Israel-based companies are listed on the NASDAQ market in the United States, with a combined market capitalization of over $28 billion.
Many Russian Jews brought along their top-notch technical education — ironically, often acquired in the Soviet military-industrial complex. With the collapse of communism, they were no longer barred from leaving Russia. Besides, they suddenly found themselves without jobs when the Soviet economy slumped.
Israel’s traditionally close ties with the United States — and a large number of Israelis working in the U.S. high-tech industry — also allowed Israeli companies to leverage their Russian talents in the U.S. market. The global emergence of the Israeli high-tech industry coincided with the arrival of a huge new wave of Russian Jews in the 1990s.
And of course, Israel has a rather mighty military-industrial complex of its own, with a traditionally strong focus on developing new military electronic capabilities in every conceivable manner.
All of this is why in a very real sense, today’s high-tech Israel is the heir to the Jews who linked the remote parts of the world at the early stages of capitalism.
The origins of Zionism are non-Jewish: Puritan England, the English-Dutch commercial wars, and Napoleon’s attempt to estrange the Jews from their European and Ottoman rulers in his plans to destroy England and Russia and dominate Europe.
The British articulated a set of imperialist imperatives and religious motives designed as a purely geopolitical strategy to counter Russia, of course, with the successive partitions of Poland and the 1917 Revolution, constituting a British Zionist interference in Eastern Europe. The Soviet Jew was born!
Poland is the key to the secret history. By the mid-16th century, 80% of the world’s Jews lived in Poland —religious life thrived there. Before WWII, more than 3.3 million Jews lived in Poland, the largest Jewish population of Europe. Barely 11% of Poland's Jews survived it. They became the vital core of Soviet Jews everywhere.
Soviet Jews changed the internet. They use algorithms, like the Nazis did, to identify and marginalize bad consumers, employing shameless and underhanded methods in order to sell you stuff/policies but also to potentially censor and intimidate you if you publicly air opinions that don’t fit within their agenda.
Over the loud speaker: “Mark Zuckerberg with Facebook and Sergei Brin with Google, please pick up a house courtesy telephone.”
Globalist intellectuals, historians, academics, pundits are corporate “agents.” They’re like Hollywood. Never ever expect to get the truth in film and TV, but know that you are getting the story that will bring them the most money and help their sponsors sell the most stuff.
There is a quasi-religious aspect to it, a cult appeal. They are radicalized —the Zionists and Christian Zionists. Zionism is not Judaism. Zionism is an ideology to conquer land and was based originally on socialist principles (kibbutz), but turned into political right-wing Zionism over the years and brought the Middle East to the brink of destruction. Now the same strategy has played out over the internet —divide and rule.
Across the great divide, most of our contact with other people is mediated by screens and by social-media algorithms designed to make us angry. At this point, most every subject, no matter how banal it once seemed, is now charged with political tension, including health data, the postal service, and school calendars.
I encounter this exact same divide within my own family. It is a treacherous one. If you have not ventured to sort it out within your family, you need to rearrange your priorities. It is a big issue.
Decades ago, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn referred to it as a kind of “fashionable censorship.” Today, we are encountering that enhanced with technology. It is simply exhausting.
You see, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s father was Jewish. And from my youth I had a strong connection to him. And fathers are the guardians of faith and love, after all.
Most people think that at least your mother must be Jewish to be Jewish yourself, but apparently this Jewish law is subject to opinion. Lots of opinion. Some say that Judaism used to be a patrilineal religion in the beginning, and then changed to being matrilineal. Others disagree.
Originally, there were over 600 Jewish laws. Today, there are ten of them, and many appear to be negotiable. Thus, there is a great divide leading to spiritual schism. And schism is the beginning of heresy. Laws are intended to prevent formal divide —a bulwark against heresies and schismatics that threaten religious unity. The laws are simple and uncomplicated. There is no room for negotiation nor debate.
Those of us born Jewish of our fathers, by patrilineal descent of Jewish identity, are the Jokers in a deck of playing cards. The Joker in French-suited card decks. The Joker can be an extremely beneficial, or an extremely harmful, card.
You see, I understand the secret history. It is a house of cards.
NB: I have poached heavily from the article: How Israel Connects the World.
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