A recent article in Ynet proclaims that according to a recent survey, it was found that the left in Israel hates the settlers - those of us who live in Judea, Samaria, and, until last August, Gush Katif - more than they hate the Palestinians. To most of us this is inexplicable, but unfortunately not surprising. Why do those on the Israeli left hate their fellow Jews more than people who continually try to kill them in suicide bombings?
Greater minds than mine have pondered this subject. Dr. Kenneth Levin, clinical instructor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and author of The Oslo Syndrome: Delusions of a People Under Siege, was interviewed by Frontpagemag, and explains some of his theories. He discusses Israelis and Jews in general, and their move to the left both historically and in modern times.
Another explanation of the seemingly irrational thought processes of the left is provided by neo-neocon, in an answer to a comment on her blog. She discusses the left in America, and their irrational hatred of President Bush, but many of her points can be applied to the left in this country.
What is most frightening, though, is the fact that this irrational mindset is so predominant here in Israel. The media is almost completely left-wing. Americans complain that the MSM there is also left-wing, but they do not realize how much worse it is here. Imagine an America where everyone reads the New York Times, and there is no Fox News to counter the left wing agenda on television!
Thank G-d for blogs. Perhaps we can fight this hatred, one internet surfer at a time.