David is a regular reader of this site, and yes, he is Jewish. His site is called The Kvetcher. I think he had it up on another site before, but it was in conjunction with a bunch of other writers. David seems to be a progressive Jew who couldn’t care less about Zionism or Israel. I think, like some of my other Jewish commenters, he just wants nothing to do with either one. They’re not exactly anti-Zionists; they’re just sitting it out. They’re happy in the US, they’re never going to Israel, they seem dubious about the whole project, and they have little or no connection with the place. I’m not Jewish so it’s hard for me to say what I would do if I were a Jew. But as my Jewish former gf never failed to remind me, screeching, “Admit Bob!! You want to be a Jew! You’ve always wanted to be a Jew!” I sadly had to admit it was true. Just another sorry goy longing to don the kippah. Nevertheless, I’m not Jewish, so it’s kind of dicky of me to say Jews should do this or that. Still, the position taken by Dave and others seems to be laudable: as far as Zionism goes, the less said the better, I don’t want to talk about it, and if you’re selling aliyah, thank you very much, but I’m not buying. Dave and the other Jews on the site are also reasonably (not shrilly and insanely like so many Jews) opposed to anti-Semitism, which makes sense if you are a Jew. Keep in mind that not all Jews oppose anti-Semitism. I’ve always held that Zionists love anti-Semites as long as they are not too deadly. This was confirmed for me in correspondence with a hard rightwing Israeli, former high-ranking member of Israeli society, who runs a site which I can’t name since I’m reporting his email comments. He told me in private conversation that he and others like him on the Israeli Right actually like anti-Semites, since they prevent the assimilation of the Jews. And hasten aliya, I might add. As you can see, there are folks on both sides who have a Machiavellian stake in keeping these fires burning away. Dave’s a great writer and a really smart guy. I don’t know why, but I actually agree with him a lot.
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