Flag Fetishism

For a while now I’ve been wondering about Naftali Bennett, head of the Jewish Home party and Economy Minister. He is obviously an intelligent person with solid credentials and a “can do” attitude. And yet his views about the politics of the Israeli-Arab conflict in general, and the Palestinian Question in particular, leave me perplexed about who Bennett really is and what he really thinks.

There are two possibilities. One is that Bennett knows what’s right and wrong and has a realistic view of the world, so his proclaimed views about the conflict (and how to “manage” it) are nothing but political posturing to gain him the votes of the right, secular and religious. The other, scarier, possibility is that Bennett truly believes the stuff that comes out of his mouth. I was willing to entertain the notion of the the first possibility being the real one, but as of late I’m beginning to think that it is the latter that really defines Bennett. In other words, the guy truly is a raving right-wing fascist.

Bennett’s latest post on his Facebook page, from this morning, seems to strengthen this conclusion:

Flag Fetish


Translation: “Good morning, Israel flag! Every morning, when I bring David (the King!) to the kindergarten, he kisses the Israeli flag. Why? Because when there is something as loved and dear as a Jewish State, you kiss it”.

Oh dear. Never mind the joke (?) of likening his son to King David. Flag fetishism is wrong on so many levels – religious, national, ethical. It is one thing to love your country. It is quite another to sanctify its flag and turn it into an item of adoration. Educating your child to kiss the flag is a disturbing facet of someone who, one day, might occupy the seat of Prime Minister. It bodes badly for all of us.


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