Another great post by Francis Miville. Great unique perspective.
Israel is the theater of Western culture’s ultimate defeat, though only as a theater scene.
All Zionist Jews living in Israel don’t live on the disputed (occupied) land of Israel-Palestine. They live in a TV serial entitled “Israel” and have concerns typical of B-series actors and stunt performers. As soon as they can, after their day job, they take refuge from the local geology, climate, and political narrative in air-conditioned shopping malls to better their careers.
Greater Tel Aviv covers more than half of the country (Negev desert excepted) with a suburbia absolutely identical to Toronto’s (most of its recent architects are indeed Jewish-Canadian); that is to say, one of the worst land-squandering urbanisms of the world.
The semi-desert Palestine of Ottoman rule did once bloom not so much thanks to the kibbutzniks but rather to the British entrepreneurs in industrial horticulture of Mediterranean fruits from 1850 onwards after the technologies of deep rock drilling into far aquifers had entered into general practice. Most of their manpower was composed of Arab-speaking people from overpopulated regions such as the Nile Delta or the coast of Lebanon.
Jews were also appreciated by these British farmers but only as second fiddles in that economic modernization scheme, and also to help the de facto British colonists (they were to become official ones only after Balfour) practice their customary divide-and-rule way of colonial nation-building.
Israel was already at its peak greening when independence was proclaimed thanks to British entrepreneurship and Arab manpower imported from neighboring regions. Thereafter the development of Tel Aviv reestablished the desert, this time in its urban “stroad” form you know all to well in So Cal around San Diego and Venice. In my opinion it is one of the most spiritually-empty places of the world.
Jerusalem is to Tel Aviv what Hollywood is to the greater LA conurbation : there is no longer any countryside between Tel Aviv Beach and Old Jerusalem apart from the British-planned and -planted green belt in the exact fashion of Canberra or Ottawa, and if you want to get an idea of what kind of spirituality you can breathe in Jerusalem, picture yourself something between Canberra, Ottawa, and Christchurch with a hint of Kingston, Jamaica.
All the agriculture Israel remains so proud of having developed with propaganda reminiscent of Soviet posters was already all developed under the British mandate. Now now it is in relative decline quite like California’s Grand Valley due to stroad suburbanization and also to the soil having retained too many toxic chemicals from too much input accumulation and lack of drenching rainwater to flush them out, a problem typical in many irrigated deserts. All of his makes the produce more and more sub-standard on the world market.
Whenever a typical Israeli has done his day job as an actor or stunt performer on the TV serial that passes as world news, he takes refuge in a Torontonian-style shopping mall to meet his friends and family and enjoy conditioned air that is too expensive for his own flat.
Israel’s sustainability as a state is very limited in time due to the failure of its Jewish population to inhabit and love the local ground for real. Instead, they all see themselves as a cheaper version of what the same Jews have created in So Cal. A country composed of B-series actors is the biggest danger to world peace you can imagine. A TV serial can sell only through perpetual suspense, and Israel sells suspense by appealing to the darkest recesses of the West’s collective unconscious.
But the big mistake to make when discussing the situation in Israel-Palestine is to analyze it in religious or eschatological terms, as Netanyahu himself tries to do without believing a single word of it.
When that subject is in or on the air, it is better to be an atheist, preferably of the Marxist kind. When people of any party ask you to pray for Jerusalem, just answer, “The day when there is no one to make a single prayer in Jerusalem will Jerusalem’s greatest day.” You wouldn’t pray for Canberra nor go there as a pilgrim, would you?
What remains of Old Jerusalem is a kind of theme park enshrined in a far wider and luxurious marble-covered area of mall galleries like Manila but where you can enjoy lox on a bagel for twice the Manhattan price. The only difference with America is that the Palestinian zones are modeled not so much as Afro-American ghettoes as in-city Amerindian reserves micromanaged through state-selected organized crime bands like their New World counterparts.