By Shmuel Trigano
Sunday, December 8, 2013
The Geneva deal - the scapegoat ceremony
By Shmuel Trigano
( an improved Google translation from the French)
The scene of the signing of the Geneva Deal will remain in the annals of history. Kisses exchanged to celebrate a collective resignation of a consortium of superpowers facing a medium-sized power has something fascinating in it. In a few years we will see in this dizzying show the sign of the decline of the West as an international policy concept. In their fear of confrontation and their moral inability to name the enemy that threatens them, these powers have yielded to the blackmail of the clerical regime whose apocalyptic convictions have proven to be stronger than their faith in human rights, so celebrated by the West. What remains unclear in the announcement is what will Israel do now that the treason by its American ally has become obvious. The word is harsh but the evil and cunning of Obama’s policies is now clear to all. Israel's existence is at stake from the lethal threat of both the Shi’a (whose anti -Semitism is stronger than the Sunni) and from the risk of being quarantined by the Western camp. It is this latter aspect that shines with clarity today.
This is one of the most astounding and significant aspects of this event. One of the main rationale for the sanctions against Iran was supposed to have been the public threat of Iran against Israel. But it is now Israel which if found isolated and on the margins, threatened by international condemnation. If Israel decides to act against Iran it will be labeled as the global threat to peace and unanimously condemned. If Israel fights this collective lie of this global alliance it will end up in a position Iran had been before the Geneva deal. The EU demands on Israel ‘s borders and the threat of ostracism it would face if it does not submit ( see conditions of agreements signed between him and the EU ) shows the credibility of the spirit of banishment that threatens Europe.
This potential turnaround is quite characteristic of the scapegoat crisis. The goat is indeed an ambivalent symbol crystallizing the unfairness and guilt, on the one side, and the purchase and redemption of the other. He who takes upon himself the impurity of all is the one who will purify everyone. This is why the "role" that Israel plays in this gathering of hypocrites is volatile and can turn against him, as can be predicted today. The unity against Iran, built for years in the international arena, is transformed into a unity against the one whom Iran threatened. Iran and Western powers, former enemies, renew their relationship in hugs and expel the supposed object of their conflict. This is the exact meaning of the shameful spectacle of Geneva. The celebrated result of the abandonment of Israel is “Peace”. The dividends of this group surrender are the juicy benefits in the form of Iranian economic markets that open to Westerners who are already competing with each other.
However, at the base of this transaction is a collective lie because if Israel is directly targeted in the Shiite scenario ( the coming of the Mahdi ), so is not only the whole Middle East i.e. the Sunni enemies of the Shi'a but also Europe and everything that bears an American flag . It is a lie to believe that it is (once more!) only Israel who is concerned and has a dog in the fight and to believe that it is the American Jewish lobby pushing for war that profits Israel alone. In the logic of the scapegoat the choice of the scapegoat does not have a rational basis. The immense hostility against Israel in the Muslim world coupled with the history of Western anti-Semitism (the Holocaust) makes Israel a perfect scapegoat. It crystallizes the anxiety of the entire world against Israel.
The lessons of this story (the confidence of the allies in treaties, international resolutions) are very numerous and it is hoped that Israeli leaders will be strong enough to do what they have to do. More than ever, the words of the Tradition " Abraham on one side and the rest of the world on the other " are true. That is the reason to trust the destiny of an eternal Israel.
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