Integrity's Demise; The Israeli March To Shiflut
By Meir Stieglitz
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There is no proper understanding of Israel today without
appreciating the meaning of "Shiflut" (שפלות). In my
interpretation, this unique Hebrew word represents a moral
abysmal point – the anti-thesis of Integrity. Shiflut is the
essence of the Israeli Spirit and its historical driving force.
Throughout history there appear synergy events between People
and Ideas which sporadically constitute the nexus and provide
the inertia -- usually activated by prophets, leaders and
scientists -- for progress (or regress) in humanity's evolution.
In historical praxis, a specified group of people are endowed
with energy and spirit which enable them to function as an
Some examples: Sumer-Babylon fertilized Urbanization; Assyria
organized armies initiated the Military; Ancient Egypt worshiped
Deified Rulers. Prophetic Judaism endowed humanity with the
spirit of Transcendentalism; Hellenic Greece taught humanity the
Love of Wisdom ; Rome greatness was in Empire Governance;
Apostolic Christianity spreads the seeds of Humanism; The
Mongols excelled in the Destruction of Civilizations ; Core
Buddhism explored the ways of Harmony seeking; Post-Medieval
Europe enlighten Science and Technology; Great Britain perfected
Global Projection of Power; Modern Russia and France were the
breeders of World Revolutions; German Nazism the executioner of
Ultimate Global Evil; Modern China still is the largest manager
of (controlled) Collectivism; The United States still is the
dominant manifestation of (managed) Individualism, and so on.
On that Moral-Historical catalog, Israel place is as the epitome
and breeder of Shiflut – namely, national life saturated with
phenomenally flexible and, at the same time, utterly replaceable
ethical spine. At its less threatening mode the Israeli public
field (from Left to Right through the Center) is a sizzling
incubator of nation-wide varied modes of opportunism; at its
worst, the Israeli spirit is national victimhood gone berserk --
on the global arena.
In parallel, The Israeli relations with the truth are like those
of a businesslike pimp to his prize prostitute: he sings her
praise, makes the most of her as long as it is profitable and
guards her so that no one else will have his way with her
without pay. But whenever the cost of truth weighs more than
pimping it, then, without hesitation, the designated Israeli
leader throws truth to the gutter while wailing how much it did
cost him to keep with it at all.
In the current Historical-Political context, we observe some key
manifestations of Israeli Shiflut. Israel is the only place on
the face of the earth where on all levels of society these
neo-con lore fabrications are held self-evident: First, and most
important, Gorbachev was a weakling and the Soviet Union
economically feeble, thus the Evil Empire succumbed to the
victorious Reagan and the triumphant American Capitalism.
Second, the "Peace Process" is just another word for utilizing
Israel's hold on America's internal politics and the
Palestinians' sub-realistic (to put it mildly) chosen course of
historical actions in order to secure and strengthen Israel's
right to regional domination.
Third, the neo-cons' prophet Cheney and his freedom crusader G.W.
Bush, saved Israel and the West, in that order, from Saddam's
W.M.Ds. No matter whether they existed or not and what dark
dangers and grave miseries the invasion of Iraq and the
preceding sanctions brought upon the world. Fourth, Netanyahu's
people believe that the Israeli 'existential' national interest
is to launch a Western, to be exact American, attack upon Iran.
And once this fabricated and manipulated existential nuclear
threat is launched as a national survival project, there, all,
but all, means are Kosher (legitimate and necessary).
True, the fundamental element of Israel's geopolitical situation
is an ever looming "Survival Predicament". The concept of
survival predicament is at the heart of the Realist tradition in
thinking about World Order. It is derived from the application
of State-of-Nature premises to the praxis of global politics.
That said, in the current state of geostrategic structural
affairs, the survival predicament (brought, in part, by Israel's
own polices) is regulated to Israel's Meta-Historical status;
However, in actual strategic terms, Israel hold the capability
to project a clear an immediate survival danger to the limits of
the region and beyond. Israel is exceptionally successful in
utilizing its near super-power standing as the engineer of
national reality and the architect of regional and global
future, while at the same time defending, enhancing, spreading
and exploiting its manifested destiny as a nation on the brink
The fundamental representation of Israeli Shiflut is embodied in
its revolting Moral-Historical mission: the continuous and
diverse ways in which the memory of the Holocaust horrors is
manipulated and exploited in order to assert and legitimize
Israel's claim on an unalienable right to act in ways which put
it as a potential enemy of humanity. Moreover, Israel demands
not only to be exempt from all modes of culpability but actually
to be financially supported (relatively, like no other nation
ever) and strategically enhanced (relatively, like no other
nation ever) on its march to eradicate the Universalist Idea and
make the world safe for nuclear weapons in the service of
hegemonic ambitions. The rest is being written and will be
written on the protocols of the (all) Jerusalem- (partially)
Washington axis of global evil.
Dr. Meir Stieglitz received his PhD in International
Relations from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, an M.A in
Political Science from U.C. Berkeley and a BA in Economics from
the Hebrew University. Dr. Stieglitz did his Post-Doctoral in
Nuclear Strategy at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. He
is a Philosopher and an independent lecturer currently employed
as a consultant to International Investments Groups on global
Geo-Political, Strategic and Macro-Economic issues.
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