Friday, November 18, 2016

Trump and the age of uncertainty

That's the title of the latest missive from the keyboard of Uri Avnery.

Avnery is a Jewish Israeli (as opposed to that 20% of the Israeli population who are not), now enjoying his tenth decade on God's good earth, who has been whinging about Palestinian rights almost from the day the modern state of Israel was invented.

Avnery was in fact a freedom fighter who helped shape the modern Jewish state. You know how it goes; one man's freedom fighter is another man's terrorist, and all that stuff...

I don't agree with Avnery on every position he takes, but I have the utmost respect for him. He foresaw issues fifty years ago that threaten to derail Israel's democracy today, if they haven't already.

He is once again right on the money in describing the rise of Trump as a new age of uncertainty for Israel.

Then again, when has Israel ever been about "certainty?"

The faux certainty of America's unquestioning support may be in question under Trump.


It's time that Israel stood on her own feet, that 20% non-Jewish population included, and carved out a future that is not in thrall to the whims of the latest US presidential candidate.

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