Latest update: April 23rd, 2012
Here’s Avnery in all his dementia:
It was all rather disgusting.There they were, the members of the highest legislative bodies of the world’s only superpower, flying up and down like so many yo-yos, applauding wildly, every few minutes or seconds, the most outrageous lies and distortions of Benjamin Netanyahu.It was worse than Stalin’s Supreme Soviet, when showing less than sufficient respect could have meant death. What the American senators and congressmen feared was a fate worse than death. Anyone remaining seated or not applauding wildly enough could have been caught on camera – and that amounts to political suicide. It was enough for one single congressman to rise and applaud, and all the others had to follow suit. Who would dare not to?
The sight of these hundreds of parliamentarians jumping up and clapping their hands, again and again and again and again, with the leader graciously acknowledging with a movement of his hand, was reminiscent of other regimes. Only this time it was not the local dictator who compelled this adulation, but a foreign one.
But as Aryeh Tepper noted on the website Jewish Ideas Daily in a review of a political biography of Avnery (published in Israel and available only in Hebrew): “Years before there were any ‘occupied territories,’ [Avnery] incessantly compared Israel with Nazi Germany, demonizing the Jewish state in language that would later become commonplace in the United Nations and on the ‘progressive’ Left everywhere.”
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About the Author: Jason Maoz is the Senior Editor of The Jewish Press. He can be contacted at email@example.com.
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