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Eureka: Hasbara: notes on Israeli foreign policy Eureka: Hasbara: notes on Israeli foreign policy
by Akli Hadid
2017-11-27 13:14:01
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Tendencies I've noted around the world include mild hostility toward the Jewish state around Europe and the Americas for two main reasons: the perceived occupation of the territories and the perceived Jewish hand in the 2008 global recession. In the Arab world, the main challenge is the rapport de force between radical and moderate forces in the Islamic world. In Asia and sub-Saharian Africa Israel tends to be perceived for what it is: a small nation with innovation potential. Note that China and South Korea has immigrant populations that tend to compete with Jewish populations, mainly in the areas of textile and wholesales, and technological innovation in general, and in South Korea specifically the spirit of competition can occasionally take vindictive forms.

isral1_400So let's break these areas down, one by one. Regarding the 2008 financial meltdown, and the consequent stagnation, stagflation and high unemployment, especially youth unemployment, let's explain how the crisis hit. Several European and American Central banks lowered interest rates, because consumer debt, corporate debt and budget deficits were high. That is people, companies and governments were overspending, and many of the governments, consumers and corporations who overspent had nothing to do with Judaism. Banks had to lower interest rates to give those in debt sort of a relief so they could reimburse their heavy debts. But, when the Central bank lowers interest rates, that also means you can borrow with lower interest rates. So more people borrowed, more people went into debt, and the system virtually collapsed. This was due to multiple factors, including new technologies that enabled people to be tempted of going into debt, and more information on going into debt, and was the indirect consequence of the bank deregulation of the 1980s around Europe and North America.

 

You see in the 1970s if you wanted to open a bank account or get a loan, in a lot of European countries women needed either their father or their spouse's authorization, you had to be about 21 or older to open a bank account and you had to have a certain level of income to open a bank account. Basically only the middle class and upper class could open bank accounts. Banks could only open branches in certain areas, meaning isolated places had no banks and you had to queue sometimes for hours to withdraw cash. Technological advances made all of this obsolete. And there were no guarantees if the banks collapsed. Bank collapses, your money's gone. 

 

With deregulation banks could loan money easily for perhaps the first time in history. Lack of experience and philosophy around all this means loans were made here and there, banks, investment banks and other financial institutions ended up caught between two traps. Some Jews were scapegoated in the meltdown, but, if you read what I just wrote carefully, pretty much everyone was responsible.

 

Now to the perceived occupation of the territories. What do you do if a neighboring countries is constantly throwing rockets at you, constantly infiltrating the country and committing terrorist attacks in your country. You could, a, nuke the country, b, invade the country, c, use a little bit of tactics and philosophy with the country. First tactic the State of Israel uses is to never attack first. Second tactic the State of Israel uses is defense, but causing as little harm as possible. So the idea is, if you attack Israel, first, the home of the terrorist will be destroyed. But before it is destroyed, several notices will be sent to the occupants of the apartment or the building so they can have time to evacuate. If terrorist attacks are multiple, you just invade that area that has been responsible for housing terrorist bases or attacking. The territories could be returned, I say could be, in responsible negotiations. The settlement would be that a Palestinian state would be created if it is demilitarized, disarms completely, and recognizes the State of Israel. Borders would then be discussed.

 

Since 1979, there has been a rapport de force between radical Islamic and moderate Islamic members of Islamic societies. Moderate Islamic groups want laws that reflect humanist and modernist philosophies, while radical Islamic groups want laws that exclusively reflect Sharia law, and do not reflect humanist or modernist views. Iran has consistently funded any group that would fight groups who promote humanism and modernism, and who would promote Sharia law. Under strict application of the Sharia law, Sunni states have gradually realized that pretty much everyone would be in prison or would suffer other forms of cruel and unusual punishment. Iran has an eye on the Muslim world and wants to keep proselytizing until Sharia is applied, if possible around the world. Unfortunately, for geographic reasons, Israel is geographically the nearest country to Iran. So the question is, is Iran going to focus on normal relations with the region, or is it going to focus on arming and financing groups who want humanism and modernism out of the legal frames of any state.

 

Latin America, Asia and Sub-Saharian Africa see Israel as a nation with no particularly privileged nor tainted relations. Europe has seen the rise of some members of government or parliament who need clear explanations on how the different facets of the recession, which affected all people, including Jews and Israelis. Other Europeans see a problem in that there seems to be a strong and powerful presence of Jews in entertainment and journalism, perhaps because entertainment and journalism has 3,000 plus years of history in Judaism, and has been continuous. Not to mention that in this day and age virtually all ethnic groups have had representations in entertainment and journalism, be it visible or invisible.


        
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