You know that famous Biggie quote after the first Tupac shooting, when he’s like, That’s how real it is. I think somebody’s trying to kill me. I be waking up paranoid. I be really scared…? According to Ha’aretz, that’s a familiar sentiment to Benjamin Netanyahu, except his version involves making allegience to his agenda the criterion for tribal solidarity:

Two months after his visit to Washington, he is still finding it difficult to communication normally with the White House. To appreciate the depth of his paranoia, it is enough to hear how he refers to Rahm Emanuel and David Axelrod, Obama’s senior aides: as "self-hating Jews."

I love this shit. Something like three-quarters of American Jewish voters in November cast their ballots for Obama. Are we self-hating Jews too, asshole? What would your explanation be for how so many of us are in the throes of a false consciousness? Seeing major American Jewish "leaders" push this kind of ethnic-anxiety bullshit is disgraceful enough. Watching the Prime Minister of Israel do it is an order of magnitude beyond. Bibi, we’re not self-hating; we just hate you.

Spencer Ackerman

Spencer Ackerman

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