by Zafar Bangash (Editorials, Crescent International Vol. 41, No. 12, Rabi' al-Awwal, 1434)
Afflicted by widespread racism and inner contradictions, the Zionist state may not last until 2020.
Zionist apologists often pose the question: Do you recognize Israel’s right to exist? The simple answer is: “No; Israel has no right to exist.” The question itself is nonsensical. No country can demand the right to exist; this concept does not exist in international law. A country either exists or it does not and recognition is granted by other states if they so wish. It cannot be coerced yet this is precisely what the Zionists are doing. It is easy to understand why. Zionist Israel was thrust upon the land stolen from the indigenous Palestinian population. The creation of the Zionist state of Israel was a colonial enterprise in which the Palestinians were to be displaced through a policy of terror and ethnic cleansing to make room for alien invaders from Europe and North America. Physically, this policy has been a huge success, thanks to massive weaponry supplied to the Zionist colonial settlers, and the cowardly Arabian regimes created around Palestine to facilitate the establishment of the Zionist entity. Israel could not have been created or survived all these years without the benefit of stealthy support from these regimes.
The ground realities, however, are changing. First, internally Israel is a deeply divided society because of the inherent racism of European and North American immigrant Jews. They not only discriminate against the Palestinians but also against Sephardic Jews, who are considered to be the native Jews of the Muslim East. Ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians has become mainstream in the Zionist statelet. Additionally, many Israelis hold dual nationality. This is a clear indication that they do not have much faith in the Zionist utopia and if things get tough, they would quickly flee to North America or Europe abandoning the fiction that God promised them the Holy Land.
Second, Zionism no longer holds the attraction it once did for many American Jews, considered the most ardent supporters of the Zionist State. The tribal notion of Jewish nationalism, based on ethnicity, is falling apart. This is not to suggest that groups like the America-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) have lost their clout in American politics. The fact is it can no longer snap its fingers to command attention. Barack Obama won re-election despite the opposition of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu whose anti-Obama line was vigorously pursued by AIPAC. This development has profound implications for the future of the Zionist State.
The most important developments, however, have occurred around Occupied Palestine in the last two years. The Islamic awakenings sweeping the region have knocked out an important pillar of defence of the Zionist State: Hosni Mubarak of Egypt. David Ben Gurion had declared the Arabian regimes as the first line of defence for Israel. While Israel has cultivated close links with Saudi Arabia, as per Netanyahu’s own admission, this will not be enough to defend the Zionist entity. Further, Jordan, another artificial entity carved out of Palestine like Zionist Israel, is also teetering on the brink and could easily undergo a change similar to that in Egypt, despite the fact that the Jordanian Ikhwan will not gain power like their counterparts in Egypt. They have been too timid in challenging the regime. Instead, Palestinians that constitute more than 50% of Jordan’s population have been gaining steadily. Jordan can no longer act as the Zionists’ defence line.
Equally important has been the successive military defeats the Zionists have suffered since 2006. With the rise of groups like Hizbullah, Hamas and Islamic Jihad, the ground realities have been altered radically. Israel cannot play the bully by threatening or carrying out military strikes against those who challenge its racist policies.
Taken together, the tide of history is turning against the Zionist State and its racist ideology. Zionists have a simple choice: either live as equal citizens under the law or face the inevitable reality of being overwhelmed by the Palestinians demographically and physically. The other option is to flee the Holy Land. Either way, Zionism faces a bleak future in Palestine. There may not be a Zionist state by 2020.
Zafar Bangash is Director of the Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought