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The Return of Militarism

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16.01.2019

Idol worship is here once again: Militarism has returned. Not that it ever left us, but following the 1973 Yom Kippur War, there were a few good years of modesty, humility, even shame. And now it’s back, big time.

A poster of the new chief of staff arrived Wednesday, courtesy of the daily Yedioth Ahronoth and the World Jewish Congress – what a moving combination. What exactly are we to do with this nonsense? Hang it in the living room or on the balcony? And Channel 10 News excitedly presented the “chief of staff cake,” a grotesquerie made in the shape of his shirt.

The induction of a new chief of staff has become a religious rite, a moment of national transcendence, with live broadcasts and banner headlines – “The commander” and “Good luck, bro” – spread across entire pages. A wild militaristic orgy is now at its height, as it was back then, following the 1967 Six-Day War.

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Those were the best of times. Outside Eli Ronen’s steakhouse, in the Tel Aviv square then called Kings of Israel (which today is Rabin Square), the generals’ staff cars parked on the sidewalks. Steak in pita was sold at a discount........

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