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Could this religious extremist be Israel’s future prime minister?

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Recently, I conducted a long interview with former Mayor of London Ken Livingstone for an upcoming project. He told me a number of interesting things.

Right-wing commentator Charles Moore once described Livingstone as: “The only truly successful left-wing British politician of modern times.” He certainly lives up to that reputation in person.

Still sharp and insightful, Livingstone was at the top of his game, and was generous with his analysis of how and why Boris Johnson has failed to get a grip on the coronavirus crisis. In a nutshell, the prime minister has no long-term plan. Instead, he focuses on telling people what he thinks they want to hear, and on responding to events as they occur.

Margaret Thatcher, on the other hand, had a long-term plan, Livingstone argued. That plan, of course, was to destroy the unions, emasculate the state and sell off its assets to private corporations. In this, she largely succeeded. Why? Because she had a vision, along with the will and the means to carry it out.

Israeli politicians could also be rightfully accused of blundering from crisis to crisis while responding to events. But the relative success of Israel in carrying out its settler-colonial project has relied over the decades on having a cohesive vision and ideology.

That ideology is Zionism – the idea that Jews should abandon their native countries to found a Jewish colonial state in Palestine.

The World Zionist Organisation was established late in the 19th century, founded by Theodor Herzl.

Within half a century, thanks in large part to the British Empire, the Zionist movement had achieved its goal of founding a Jewish state. They did this through extreme violence: the mass expulsion of 800,000 of the indigenous people.

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