Ariana Melamed, the Teacher
Yisrael MedadI am a resident of Shiloh, with my wife and children, and now grandchildren,...
is teaching us a lesson in post-Zionism.
I used 'teaching' since Ariana Melamed's family name means 'teacher' in Hebrew (and by extension, in Yiddish, pronounced with the emphasis on the 'la'). I used to read her in Maariv but, I guess, when that newspaper changed owners, Yedioth Ahronot picked her up (which says a lot about that daily).
What does she teach that is post-Zionist?
In the past, in a discussion over the behavior of IDF soldiers charged with preventing illegal entry of Eritreans, she called the soldeirs Judeo-Nazis.
In her latest translated op-ed, she writes:
Hamas is not a terror organization, but a state in the making: Whether we like it or not, Hamas is slowly but surely establishing itself with a disciplined army of paid soldiers, an education system saturated with incitement, and state institutions. And it has an unequivocal ideology that refuses to go away, just like the Jewish settlement of 1947.
The post-Zionism is not in her wrong description, or insufficiently intellectuyally honest description. It's in the "just like" phrase. That's the hint.
Post-Zionists seek to downdump Zionism, Jewish nationalism, Jewish moral and ethical principles so that they can say and write 'we're no better than the worst out there' and then follow it up with 'and therefore, those out there are just as good as we are'. That tautology is intended at one at the same time to deny Jewish uniqueness and to award extremely evil forms of human naction a veneer of respect by linking it, wrongly, to we Jews.
In no way is Hamas, in its ideology and practice, "just like the Jewish settlement of 1947" (and the Hebrew term, yishuv, is not "settlement" but rather "community", another trick). And it is not that she is blind to the reality:-
we failed to understand the deep despair that is the very basis of Islamic fundamentalism, or the ideology that sanctifies a bloody dream over human life, the willingness to suffer lengthy periods of shortage and a hard siege for faith, and the choice of the promised future in paradise over the future you could build with your own two hands in this world.
but she simply wants to see another reality so that Israel should yield and surrender to it enemies:-
Hamas is not a terror organization. It is a well-disciplined army of paid soldiers. It's an education system saturated with incitement. It is hospitals and police, creches and manufacturing, tunnels and parks, prisons and government. It has a military wing and a political wing and they're incredibly coordinated. No targeted assassination so far has been able to put a dent in Hamas' determination or in its ability to hurt us as it sees fit. Whether we like it or not, it is a state coming into being, or at least a part of one,
What she ignores is what this portends:
it has an unequivocal ideology that refuses to go away
She assumes that it indeed will go away if we give in, and negotiate with Hamas, reconize it and ignore that it wants, desires and acts toward the goal of we Jews going away.
Terror or not, it is an organization that wants to kill Jews.
And Melamed's post-Zionism won't help. Iindeed, it is not at all helpful and, in truth, will harm us .