The Global Promised Land

global-promised-landby Johnny Punish


In the new book by Ari Shavit called “My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel” the flawed foundations that Zionists have built their vision of a Jewish state on shows massive cracks and supports the real truth that Israel has no where forward to go under its current paradigm.

Frankly, it has no real vision for our 21st century and its 20th century ideas are turning into dust under the weight of reality.

First, to be clear, not since Thomas L. Friedman’s book From Beirut to Jerusalem
has a book captured the essence and the beating heart of the Middle East as keenly and dynamically as My Promised Land. Ari makes a compelling heart felt presentation.

However, facing unprecedented internal and external pressures, Israel today is at a moment of existential crisis.

Ari Shavit draws on interviews, historical documents, private diaries, and letters, as well as his own family’s story, illuminating the pivotal moments of the Zionist century to tell a riveting narrative that is larger than the sum of its parts: both personal and national, both deeply human and of profound historical dimension.

In this book we meet Shavit’s great-grandfather, a British Zionist who in 1897 visited the Holy Land on a Thomas Cook tour and understood that it was the way of the future for his people;

  • the idealist young farmer who bought land from his Arab neighbor in the 1920s to grow the Jaffa oranges that would create Palestine’s booming economy;
  • the visionary youth group leader who, in the 1940s, transformed Masada from the neglected ruins of an extremist sect into a powerful symbol for Zionism;
  • the Palestinian who as a young man in 1948 was driven with his family from his home during the expulsion from Lydda;
  • the immigrant orphans of Europe’s Holocaust, who took on menial work and focused on raising their children to become the leaders of the new state;
  • the pragmatic engineer who was instrumental in developing Israel’s nuclear program in the 1960s, in the only interview he ever gave;
  • the zealous religious Zionists who started the settler movement in the 1970s;
  • the dot-com entrepreneurs and young men and women behind Tel-Aviv’s booming club scene; and today’s architects of Israel’s foreign policy with Iran, which, as they claim, the nuclear threat looms large over their state.

As it examines the complexities and contradictions of the Israeli condition, My Promised Land asks difficult but important questions:

  • Why did Israel come to be?
  • How did it come to be?
  • Can Israel survive?

It ends and culminates with an analysis of the issues and threats that Israel believes it is currently facing. My Promised Land uses the defining events of the past to shed new light on the present.

The result is a landmark portrait of a small, lost country living on the edge, whose identity and presence still play a crucial role in today’s global political landscape but face an uncertain future because it lacks the foundations to build something real for everyone!

my-promised-landABOUT THE MY PROMISED LAND AUTHOR: Ari Shavit is a leading Israeli columnist and writer. Born in Rehovot, Israel, Shavit served as a paratrooper in the IDF and studied philosophy at the Hebrew University in Jersualem.

In the 1980s he wrote for the progressive weekly Koteret Rashit, in the early 1990s he was chairperson of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, and in 1995 he joined Haaretz, where he serves on the editorial board.

Shavit is also a leading commentator on Israeli public television. He is married, has a daughter and two sons, and lives in Kfar Shmariahu

In short, Israel cannot survive the 21st century in its current form. No exclusionary state will be able to survive a connected future because such visions are no longer viable. They don’t meet the challenges of our global world.

In his book, we read about the contradictions and are reminded that the fundamental blocks that this 20th century state were built on actually ends up excluding real human beings from the equation thus always putting itself in an Us vs.Them disposition guaranteeing ultimate failure.

The cracking is everywhere as the weight of a connected world crumbles their Theodore Herzl vision of the world. The only real choice is to replace with a new 21st century vision that includes all of us, not just some of us; a Global Promised Land

So while I admire Ari’s progressive presentations, in the end, the Herzl Zionist game plan stinks! Period! It had its time but, in the end, it was faulty game plan that was always going to end badly because it excludes. Exclusion in our new coming world simply has no where to go!

Today, we are sitting here dealing with a faulty vision that no longer works in the 21st century yet we have some leaders still trying to shove it down our throats. And that really lacks in so many ways!


Flawed 19th century game planner Austrian Theodor Herzl created idea of Jewish State in 1890s so that Jews could avoid having to deal with a non-Jewish world. We can do better!

Now, we can choose to continue to push this go-nowhere-vision or we can collectively come up with a 21st century vision that deals in reality as it is and not using some outdated antiquated fiction as the basis to build a real connected world where we are all human beings; where we pledge allegiance to the earth and all the humans on it as a cornerstone to build a new world and dump the failed visions of the 19th and 20th centuries that simply have no relevance for all of our children.

In short, do we invest the buggy whips of the past or invest into something more evolved, more developed, and more relevant for our new world.

I think its time to rethink the whole darn thing and come up with we a new Promised Land. Something called the GLOBAL PROMISED LAND; not just for Jews or Austrian Atheists but for all of us!

FINAL NOTE:  For 2014, I will be developing a new peoples think tank and inviting the global best and brightest young minds to join hands with me to promote good energy humane ideas for a new 21st century that will build an amazing new Middle East and add value our ever connected  global human tribe called the Middle East Union Congress.

So if this interests you and you want to get involved, let me know and I will gladly share the vision with you.  Send me an email (see bio page link at top right of this page for contact info)

I invite your comments

ABOUT AUTHOR: Johnny Punish is a global citizen, visionary, musician, artist, entertainer, businessman, investor, life coach, and syndicated columnist. He is also the founder and President of the Middle East Union Congress; a non-profit global think tank dedicated to building a new Middle East for the 21st century.

Educated at University of Nevada Las Vegas and California State University Fullerton, his articles appear in Veterans Today, Money News Now and his Johnny Punish Blog. His art music is promoted by Peapolz Media Records and played on net radio at and more.

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  1. Good article pushing for the idea of a Global Promised Land, Johnny. This indeed was a Messianic prophetic idea in ancient Judaism, but it was and is not understand that it is so.

    What I mean is that in the ancient writings we see things like “All Nations Will Be Blessed _in_ Abraham” and that he will be the “Father of Many Nations” in Genesis. This is basically a vision that often is misunderstood. Then we see that Abraham was Promised a Land. Now how does that work out if all mankind is blessed in him, and he is the father of the many nations?

    The misunderstanding is that this prophecy was just talking about one land and one biological group of physical descendants. But prophecy is really a vision, and a dream of signs. That is why the real meaning of this is that all mankind becomes a son of Abraham. Everyone in the world traces their heritage to him like an adoptive father.

    That is how what God promises is a land of the whole world for everybody who becomes a people of God. And this happens when the world is freed from its enmities and comes to take on that legacy. This is why it is the work of the liberator, who frees people from the enmities and mutual hatred. And this is where the idea is that God will achieve this with a descendant of Abraham comes from. He will make it reality that everyone really does become a son of Abraham. And has there been such a person in history that brought the world to trace their religious heritage to Abraham?

    • With great respect, like the father of the modern state of Israel Theordor Herzl, I too do NOT subscribe to the 5000 year old mythIcal stories told by anonymous writers. I only deal in 21st century reality. And for the 21st century, I subscribe to the new reality that we’re all human beings; not just some of us. In lieu, I believe one’s personal religion should be personal and NOT forced upon others. Period!

      The children of the world are bored with the 20th century rhetoric that has gotten us nothing but grief. It’s a complete failure. And so I think it’s best to drop the 5000 year old non-sense and bring our new reality of our times. To me, that’s the responsible thing to do for all of our children

      • Politically, you are correct. One need not base a political global idea on direct religious justifications.

        If a Global Promised Land refers to how God promised a land, then one can look for times when that promise was made to have a global meaning. The main idea people think of is Genesis but actually it is a promise about love, faith, and all mankind owning the world.

        So either way you can find good guideposts on your quest, Johnny.

        Take care, and may your journey prosper.

  2. The people of the Middle East survived quite well whilst governing themselves for millennia until they were overcome by Zionist/imperial conspirators wanting to steal their land and resources. The best thing you can do for us now is go away, mind your own business, clean up your own mess and stop burning our babies alive with your ‘technology’. We don’t want your Greater Israel regardless of what veiled name it comes by. The intrigue of your ‘think tanks’ has brought nothing but death and misery to people all around the globe who have never done you any harm.

    • Israel, in its current form, has NO FUTURE because it’s based on a model that does NOT fit for the 21st century. Israel either becomes a multi-cultural inclusive state or it faces extinction in this century.

      The new Middle East Union Congress ( is proposing a union of states; much like the United States of America whereby states rights are respected but they follow a federal government that guarantees freedom, liberty, and justice for all. Check it out

      • Franklin Ryckaert

        Israel is already for 20% “multicultural” because of its Arab citizens. Its Jewish citizens are also highly variated with their Ashkenazi, Sephardi, Mizrachi, Ethiopian and Russian communities. It is not the inner composition of a nation that is the problem with its neighbors, it is its outward relations with them. Japan’s nearly 100% ethnic homogeneity is no problem for anyone in the world, neither should that be the case of the Jewish state even if it were also nearly 100% homogeneous. Johnny Punish’ “solution” to the Israeli problem is a stealth attempt at destroying the identity of that nation. Whether he does that out of anti-semitism or out of a misguided utopian globalism, I can’t say, but solving international problems by dissolving ethnic identities is no solution at all. I don’t like Israel, I even openely state that I don’t like Jews in general but still I think they have the right to their own ethnic identity like all other peoples of the world.

        • Ignoring the reality on the ground that Middle East is NOT a success by any measure is faulty; whether it be good people getting massacred in Syria in a civil war, a Palestinian child getting beat up at the wall by an IDF solider protecting settlers, people living under an military junta in Egypt or more… Moreover, I do NOT agree with your premise that Jews need a national identity. They do NOT. They need freedom to worship like the rest of us. Plain and simple.

          Furthermore, the youth of today are NOT buying the 20th century game because it stinks! It’s a failure. The youth want a better future, all of them…and are tired of the old fights imposed on them. They are the first generation that is connected. And that connection will change the world.

          So for me, I am betting on the future and unless you have a better idea and bring it, I prefer to hold hands with ALL of my brothers no matter where they are from or their faith. We’re all human beings and it’s time we simply accept this reality and pledge allegiance to the earth and all the humans on it; not just some of them! Time to evolve!

          • The Middle East is not a success today because of Zionist/imperial intervention alone. The creation of Israel has effectively destroyed or devastated the lives of countless millions in the region.

            There is no civil war in Syria, there are US/Israeli/Saudi armed and sponsored, CIA trained foreign terrorist mercenaries cannibalising the land and its people for ‘Israel’s security’. Egypt’s military junta is designed and funded by the US for ‘Israel’s security’. The Palestinian people are treated as less than dogs while the US deliberately turns its face away for ‘Israel’s security’. Iraqi people were reduced to unspeakable poverty, then slaughtered wholesale while Americans chanted ‘USA, USA’ for ‘Israel’s security’. ‘Israel’s security’ means building ‘Greater Israel’, or ‘the Greater Middle East’, or ‘the Global Promised Land’ its all code for the same oppressive regime designed to turn the whole region into Gaza.

            Like I said, the best thing the US/West and its ‘think tanks’ can do for the ME is go away and let our people recover from your ‘think tanks’, your intrigue and your empty motherhood statements about democracy and human rights.

          • Franklin Ryckaert

            Jews do not “need” an ethnic identity they already have one. Jews are not only a religious community they are first and foremost an ethnic group (otherwise what would atheist Jews be?) and their ethnic identity is older than that of most peoples of the world. I have no problem with this ethnic group having its own ethnic state. I have a problem with the behavior of this ethnic state which thinks it can only secure its safety by destroying its neighbors. This behavior is rooted in both their arrogance and their paranoia as their attitude in the bogus “nuclear threat” of Iran clearly shows. Pressure from America can make a difference as the peace treaty with Egypt and the subsequent return of the Sinai shows. But for this to succeed the dog must really start to wag the tail.

        • Japan hasnt waged war with its neighbors nor does it accuse its neighbors of the very threats it issues on a daily basis. I dont see Japan stealing the lands and homes of the real owners or bulldozing schools to build homes. Nor is Japan a welfare state demanding more and more from its sugar daddy. Whats really pathetic is the way that they scream anti semitism when anyone points out what dispicable actions it is undertaking.There is nothing good for the People of the United states from supporting these genocidal maniacs and even less for the rest of the world. I dont care what a bunch of sick and demented land stealing zealots think or say, my hope is that the dual citizens and their masters are put down like the rabbid dogs they are before its too late. I am not against or dislike anybody for something as stupid as color of skin but their actions are another thing.
          Destroying the identity of a nation is a pretty accurate description of the groups funded by zionists that promote immigration, acceptance of deviant lifestyles, promotion of abortion, destruction of the family as a unit etc. Funny how they support this in other countries.
          Nor do I see any nation that spend as much time and effort to pass the blame or attack their neighbors while claiming just defending ourselves. All that comes from them is lie and deny what they do. Maybe I just higher standards for people I call friends,

  3. Johnny Punish

    In the main, I agree with most of your articles and find that you truly have a visionary view of the future, and thus support your project.

    I am not surprised when an article, such as the one above, receives criticism from those who have limited view due to constraints by religious dogma from one deity or another. This dogma has always been a sea anchor to scientific progress, and to man accepting man.

    Your contention that the ideals of the United States, European Union, soon to add Middle Eastern Union, Asian Union will evolve over time to a World Union, appears inevitable. It is only borders, language, understanding and deity that is slowing this process down among the majority, and crime and greed (who manipulate the former), among the minority.

    However there is another dimension to be added to the above contention, and that is the influence of technology and science on the rules we understand today. By way of example, progress in bio technology will within a few generations allow for humans to (arguably) live forever. It is impossible to understand the ramifications this will create. Additionally space travel is being harnessed to be able to find and create future colonies in a universe not yet discovered. The micro chip is evolving to be more powerful than the human brain at an exponential rate that will redefine practically everything including artificial intelligence and emotion. What impact to the world and its inhabitants? How will we fit in with this new paradigm?

    • Yes, future technology advances are truly unimaginable and the consequences unknown. We just need to keep an open mind and stay focused on humanity so that the technology advances the human experience.

  4. Johnny, I so appreciate your proposal for humanity! We can be as individualistic as we wish, but also appreciate our common human needs for peace, mutual respect, & tolerance of differences. Redundant, negative arguments or the mind/spirit-numbing status quo will not create a better future for our children & grandchildren. I’m amazed at the fairly high level of critical thinking re the world’s problems on VT, but where are the intelligent solutions…other than oft repeated mantras against the “enemies”? How about POSITIVE ACTION? My faith is in the younger generation who outsmart the matrix…I wish you every success, Johnny!

  5. Mr. Punish:
    thank you. Although it’s probably way too late for your proposal because:

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  6. The very effective Herzl created Israel idea in 1890s. It took 60 years to get it done. We, the global people, can do same but create a better world for ALL OF US. We just need a long term humane global vision that empowers and is inclusive, not exclusive.

    Clearly, it won’t happen in my lifetime but at least our children can benefit from a better 21st century game plan!

  7. the Jaffa orange was well established by Arab Palestinians 1845 – 200,000 oranges to 3.8 million in 1870 way before any Zionist stole the land in 1920 or fraudulently bought it.. You are being misinformed on some of the Arab issues. I also took exception on another article reference to, Syrian President Assad. If I am mistaken I apologize.

  8. The very effective Herzl created Israel idea in 1890s. It took 60 years to get it done. We, the global people, can do same but create a better world for ALL OF US. We just need a long term humane global vision that empowers and is inclusive, not exclusive.

    Clearly, it won’t happen in my lifetime but at least our children can benefit from a better 21st century game plan!

  9. I think its time to rethink the whole darn thing and come up with we a new Promised Land. Something called the GLOBAL PROMISED LAND; not just for Jews or Austrian Atheists but for all of us!


  10. Tyrone – have you read Moses Hess, Rome and Jerusalem 1862 as I recall Obediah gets a mention

  11. Tyron, historically I agree with you, however, in our new century and the coming future, the children of today don’t carry that baggage and live in a different connected world. And that’s precisely the point, the disconnect between the old and new is soooo bigggg now because we have children and future children that will have access to info that the previous 110 billion humans who have every lived NEVER HAD! This is transformational and I believe that we need to pay attention to this paradigm shift or we will get run over by it.

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