What is most remarkable about this short satirical piece is how realistic it is. It can be considered satire, but it unfortunately reflects far too common thoughts that have infected Israeli critical thinking capacities. Like conservatives who can’t tell that Stephen Colbert is mocking them, I suspect a number of right-wing Israeli hacks will self-identify with this video. Maybe they’ll even try to redesign early childhood education around these innovative ideas.
How many times have we heard these same arguments, not only from Im Tirzu (the right-wing Israeli NGO), FM Evet Lieberman and his proto-fascist allies, PM Netanyahu, but from “left-wing” Labor leaders like Barak, “centrist” leaders like Tzipi Livni, my beloved family members, “liberal” and otherwise? It seems all of Israeli hasbara has been distilled into a set of preposterous soundbites so that each Israeli can argue against the commonsense application of international law to their 43 year brutal military occupation and ethnic cleansing project. In fact, this is not-too-distant in concept or motivation from Israel’s effort to turn its citizens into global hasbarists on its behalf.