The whole truth about Israel in one sentence

It was written by Gideon Levy, the conscience of Israeli journalism, in an article for Ha’aretz, and here it is.


The two-state solution is dead (it was never born); the Palestinian state will not arise; international law does not apply to Israel; the occupation will continue to crawl quickly to annexation, annexation will continue to crawl quickly toward an apartheid state; “Jewish” supersedes “democracy”, nationalism and racism will get the stamp of government approval, but they’re already here and have been for a long time.


The somewhat satirical headline over Gideon’s article was Stop whining, Long live Israel’s new and honest government. He set the scene for his one sentence statement of the truth with these words.


The 34th government will deserve Israel; Israel will deserve the 34th government. This is an authentic and representative government, the true manifestation of the spirit of the times and the deepest feelings of most Israelis. It will be a true government, without pretence, without makeup and without self-justification. What we’ll see is what we’ll get. Welcome to the fourth Benjamin Netanyahu government.

They won’t talk haughtily and they won’t spout hollow slogans. Not about peace and not about human rights; not about two states and not about negotiations; not about international law, justice or equality. The truth will be thrust in the faces of Israelis and the world.


Born in Tel Aviv in 1953 to Czech parents who fled from the Nazi holocaust, Gideon started life as a normal Israeli – brainwashed by Zionist propaganda. He has described his political views as a teenager as typically mainstream. “I was a full member of the nationalistic religious orgy. We all were under the feeling that the whole project (of Israel) is in an existentialistic danger. We all felt that another holocaust is around the corner.”

Today Gideon describes himself as a “patriotic Israeli” and the target he constantly fires at is what he sees as Israel’s “moral failure”.

In 2007 he wrote that the plight of the of the Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip made him “ashamed to be an Israeli”.

And after Israel’s last war on it he wrote this. “The conclusion is that Israel is a violent and dangerous country, devoid of all restraints and blatantly ignoring the resolutions of the United Nations Security Council, while not giving a hoot about international law.”

Gideon describes his “modest mission” as being “to prevent a situation in which many Israelis will be able to say ‘We didn’t know.’”

In my view that’s not a modest mission. It’s awesome and perhaps a mission impossible. Why? Another part of the truth which Gideon didn’t mention is not only that most Israelis don’t know what is being done to the Palestinians in their name – they don’t want to know.

To say that Gideon Levy is courageous is an understatement. His truth-telling provoked a call for him to be put on trial for treason and he frequently receives death threats. I will not be surprised if one morning I wake up to the news that he has been assassinated.

The question arising from his one sentence statement of the truth is something like this. Is there any real sign of an end to what Ilan Pappe has described as “the continued apathy and indifference of the Western political elite and media to the plight of the Palestinians”?

The answer is “No” and that makes the Western political elite and media complicit, partly by design in the past but mainly by default today, in Israel’s crimes.





7 comments on this post.
  1. Rehmat:

    I’m afraid, Gideon Levi has a lot of dirty laundry to hide when it comes to Israeli war on Iran.

    In 2010, in an Op-Ed in Ha’aretz, he came up with a sinister plan to bring a pro-Israel regime change in Tehran.

    Levi suggested that the Zionist regime should stop pushing Washington to bomb Iran for Israel’s sake – and instead co-operate in the establishment a Palestinian state under Fatah and negotiate peace with Syria (by withdrawing from the Golan Heights). This will isolate Iran from Palestinians, Syrian and bring Turkey back to Israeli lap. Thus, Islamic Republic will be left only with Hizbullah, Hamas and Islamic Jihad as is allies in the region (as all the Arab puppet regimes are afraid of Islamists).

    Gideon Levy also warned that the hawkish Jewish plan to bomb Iran would be disastrous for the Zionist entity.

    “Iran is dangerous; an Iran that is bombed will be even more dangerous. The regime in Iran is stable; the regime after a bombing will be even more stable. Anyone who wants to strengthen it is invited to bomb. Anyone who wants to unite the Iranian people even more behind its leadership is invited to threaten and attack. Anyone who wants to spur on Iran even more to get a nuclear bomb is invited to intimidate it. Even the last of the ayatollahs knows the truth: If Afghanistan or Iraq had an atomic bomb, the United States would not have dared to invade them, and their regimes would have been spared,” wrote Gideon Levi.

  2. Sami:

    I applaud Rehmat for his comment.

    ALSO, I am afraid I don’t buy the holocaust, never did, never will, to justify the theft of Palestine or anyone justifying his or her existence at the expense of other people. Besides, the design on Palestine preceded the claim of the horrors of WWII by several decades. Only the truth will set mankind free, and the truth is being gradually seeping through. For example, see the unprecedented German TV Panorama programme that was aired recently at:

    As for the Israelis themselves, their only hope for survival in the heart of the Arab world is to make peace with the indigenous people of the region on the latter’s terms, i.e. not through the barrel of a gun or committal of the most gruesome inhuman war crimes in the hope of subjugation through fear.

  3. Sean Mulligan:

    re Sami

    Neither Alan Hart or Gideon Levy tried to use the Holocaust to justify the existence of Israel in the above article, so I’m not sure what you are referring to.

  4. confoundmeonce:

    We Know that the World is Tired of Hearing About the Holocaust ..And For One f. reason. Because it has been used For almost a century As An excuse for The jewish people to DO What Is being done To the Palestinians..( Who Do they Think They are Fooling ? An that is Just Not Flying. How can THEY Commit the same kinds of atrocities They are guilty of doing To the People in Gaza ( Where they have imprisoned them ?)>>When It is So Clear Who is the Aggressor and The Instigator there ? This is the Kind of Action Coming from this Place they have Taken over and now dare call israel..( By Murders And Confiscations Of A Land That Can Not, and Never will belong to These Zionist jews Who have moved in and Taken physical possession of this land. It can only end badly for All of these usurpers. Best they Stop Pushing..And Move on . Gideon Levy sees The Truth As it IS..And It is Time That the Jewish People woke up and Saw this madness For Exactly what It is, As well… It is So WRONG. If not, it Can only End Disastrously For All of Them. May God Bless you, Gideon Levy. You are On the Side of Right !

  5. Graham Griffiths:

    We on this site are all appalled by Israel’s past and continued treatment of of the Palestinians, and I think Europe’s shame at the Holocaust did have a lot to do with the Zionists’ original support. But I’m a little confused and disturbed by some of my co-readers’ comments, which seem close to me to downright Holocaust denial.

    Have I misunderstood the comments and Sami’s Panorama link?

  6. Ken Kelso:

    More of Assad that Gideon Levy supports.
    Inside Bashar Assad’s torture chambers
    By Michael Isikoff
    Oct 13, 20

  7. David King:

    Alan, why did you say:

    “Another part of the truth which Gideon didn’t mention is not only that most Israelis don’t know what is being done to the Palestinians in their name – they don’t want to know.”

    How is it possible that they do not know? We have seen many many israeli news articles talking about it; seen the results of a poll where 94% of israelis wanted the Palestinian people wiped out entirely in the last incursion.

    I am afraid that this is a point that I cannot agree with you on. I believe there is too much information showing otherwise.

    On Gideon Levy’s quote:

    “Gideon describes his “modest mission” as being “to prevent a situation in which many Israelis will be able to say ‘We didn’t know.”

    This is straight to the heart of what I have been been doing as well. I ask all people to support this point.

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