Jewish Anti-Zionists Confront the Realities of Terror

For those Jews who pride themselves on their rejection of the state of Israel, or in their commitment to condemning its supposed sins, the events of October 7 came as a brutal shock—despite the fact that Hamas has been telegraphing, and acting on, its intentions since its formation. Jewish anti-Zionists were also taken aback by the willingness of so many radical leftists to cheer on the massacre. Shany Mor takes a closer look at the responses of those he terms “Oedipal Jews.”

For all their furrowed brows and trendy glasses, this group never had a serious grasp on the situation in the Middle East. . . . What they did have were two things that were the foundation of their entire con. First, an unquenchable need to be liked by the cool kids of the radical left, and second a distended feeling of superiority toward the Jewish community they came from.

The disappointment they felt could have been an opportunity to face the difficult questions of how they got it all so wrong. But true to form, their agonizing [social-media] threads about the left “losing its values” or just not being able to “handle” the discussion focused only on their own feelings and not on the events that happened, the ideologies that motivated them, or how people who fashion themselves as pinnacles of sophistication could be so blindsided by reality in both southern Israel and Williamsburg.

Certainly absent from any of the indulgent online self-help was a reckoning with their own role in the intellectual ecosystem that produced the voices they came to be so shocked by. . . . A politics that begins from the no-doubt-harrowing experience of being lied to at summer camp doesn’t merit being taken seriously anymore—and probably never did.

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More about: American Jewry, Anti-Zionism, Gaza War 2023, Hamas

Israel Just Sent Iran a Clear Message

Early Friday morning, Israel attacked military installations near the Iranian cities of Isfahan and nearby Natanz, the latter being one of the hubs of the country’s nuclear program. Jerusalem is not taking credit for the attack, and none of the details are too certain, but it seems that the attack involved multiple drones, likely launched from within Iran, as well as one or more missiles fired from Syrian or Iraqi airspace. Strikes on Syrian radar systems shortly beforehand probably helped make the attack possible, and there were reportedly strikes on Iraq as well.

Iran itself is downplaying the attack, but the S-300 air-defense batteries in Isfahan appear to have been destroyed or damaged. This is a sophisticated Russian-made system positioned to protect the Natanz nuclear installation. In other words, Israel has demonstrated that Iran’s best technology can’t protect the country’s skies from the IDF. As Yossi Kuperwasser puts it, the attack, combined with the response to the assault on April 13,

clarified to the Iranians that whereas we [Israelis] are not as vulnerable as they thought, they are more vulnerable than they thought. They have difficulty hitting us, but we have no difficulty hitting them.

Nobody knows exactly how the operation was carried out. . . . It is good that a question mark hovers over . . . what exactly Israel did. Let’s keep them wondering. It is good for deniability and good for keeping the enemy uncertain.

The fact that we chose targets that were in the vicinity of a major nuclear facility but were linked to the Iranian missile and air forces was a good message. It communicated that we can reach other targets as well but, as we don’t want escalation, we chose targets nearby that were involved in the attack against Israel. I think it sends the message that if we want to, we can send a stronger message. Israel is not seeking escalation at the moment.

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More about: Iran, Israeli Security