Uri Avnery – The Israeli Macron

Emmanuel Macron
Emmanuel Macron

by Uri Avnery,   …with Gush Shalom, Tel Aviv

Emmanuel Macron

[ Editor’s note: Uri gives us an analysis of how the young, unknown Emmanuel Macron, with a new party, came out of the blue to win the first round in the French elections. Uri is thrilled because he feels it shows the Left is not dead in France. He uses the Macron story to dream of something similar happening in Israel, but alas, the Left is definitely down for the count there.

Media is currently trying to keep the drama high concerning who will win the second round, but this is just a hustle. Almost all the other parties shudder at the thought of Le Pen winning, so their losing candidates have pledged to support Macron.

For her part, Le Pen has already maxed out her support in the geographical areas she had been strong. I cannot see her getting any conversions. For example, she got few votes in Paris. So the real battle will focus on cutting deals to get seats in the National Assembly, which is why the other parties have jumped on the Macron wagon to keep their respective parties alive. A French president cannot rule without strong allies in the Assembly to get his legislation passed.

The best part of Uri’s article at the end is his review of the political wasteland that is Israel, where party leaders are literally political war lords, deciding who runs as Knesset and local candidates, and of course deciding ALL appointments. Party leaders also tend to hog all the media time, covering their flanks from challengers rising within their party. 

This situation, mind you, has been endlessly bragged about as the only democracy in the Mideast. We print Uri’s articles because no corporate media would dare print the things he says. He is such an acknowledged, political historian on Israel that they also never attack him anymore, because they don’t want to give him more attention. May he live to 100 Jim W. Dean ]

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Uri – the old man of Israel, who saw it all

– First published  …  April 29, 2017

After fleeing the Nazis (misc file photo)

A deep sigh of relief, coming straight from the heart. When I was 10 years old, my family fled from Nazi Germany. We were fearful that the Gestapo was after us.

When we approached the French border, our fear was acute. Then, our train crossed the bridge that separated Germany from France and we heaved a deep sigh of relief.

It was almost the same sigh. France has again sent a message of freedom. Emmanuel Macron (Emmanuel is a Hebrew name, meaning “God is with us”) has won the first round, and there is a strong possibility that he will win the second round, too.


This is not just a French affair – it concerns all mankind

First of all, it has broken a spell. After the Brexit vote and the election of Donald Trump, there arose the myth that a dark, ultra right-wing, fascist or near-fascist wave is bound to submerge the democratic world. It’s a decree of fate. Force majeure.

First Marine Le Pen. Then that obnoxious Dutchman. Then Eastern European rightists. They will crush democracy everywhere. Nothing to be done about it.

And here comes somebody that nobody has ever heard of, and breaks the spell. He has shown that decent people can come together and change the course of history. That is a message significant not just for France, but for everybody. Even for us in Israel.

It is not yet finished. The second round is still before us. Looking at the map of the first round, the picture is disturbing enough. Le Pen has conquered a large part of France, the north and almost all the east. The disaster may still be looming.

Marine Le Pen

Facing this possibility, almost all the other candidates have thrown their weight behind Macron. It is the decent thing to do. Especially noble for competing candidates, who cannot be expected to like him.

The one exception is the far-left candidate, Jean-Luc Melenchon, who was supported by the Communists. For him, Le Pen and Macron are the same. For people with a memory for history, this sounds ominous.

In 1933, the German Communists attacked the Socialists more than they attacked Hitler. In some large strikes, the communist “Red Front” even cooperated with Hitler’s storm-troopers. Their theory was that both Hitler and the Socialists were capitalist stooges. Also, they were sure that the ridiculous Hitler would disappear after some months in power, freeing the way for the World Revolution.

They had ample time to repent their folly, when they sat together with the socialists in the Nazi concentration camps. The French communists of that time learned the lesson. Three years later they formed a united front with the French socialists, and the Jewish socialist Leon Blum was elected Prime Minister.

By now, this lesson seems to have been forgotten. However, at this moment, the victory of Macron seems fairly assured. Inshallah, as our Arab friends say.

The End of the Parties

The most interesting aspect of the French election, like the American one and even the British referendum, is the end of the parties.

For centuries, political parties have dominated the public arena. The political party was the essential component of political life. Likeminded people set up a political association, published a program, elected a leader and took part in elections.

Alas, no more. Television has changed all this. TV is a very powerful, but also very limited, medium. It shows people. Actually, it shows mostly heads. It is most effective when it shows a head talking to the viewer.

TV does not show parties. It can talk about parties, but not really show them. It is even worse at presenting party programs. Somebody can read them out on television, but that is boring. Few viewers really listen to them.

The practical upshot is that in modern politics, the leader becomes more and more important, and the party and its program less and less. I am not saying anything new, all this has been said many times before. But this year the process dominated the results. The Brexit result crossed party lines. The Labor party, a powerful presence for generations, seems to be breaking up.

Donald Trump officially represented the Republican Party, but did he? It seems the party loathes him, his hold on it is in practice a hostile takeover. It was Trump that was elected, not the party or a non-existent program.

These were extraordinary events. But the French elections took place in an ordinary, traditional framework. The result was that all traditional parties were destroyed, that all programs were blown away by the wind.

What emerged was a person, practically without a party and without a program, with almost no political experience. He looks good on TV, he sounds good on TV, he was a good receptacle for votes that were primarily cast to stop the fascists. That is a lesson not only for France, but for all democratic countries.

It is a lesson for Israel, too. A very important one.

We have already seen the beginning of this process. We now have a number of non-parties, with non-programs, which have gained a firm foothold in the Knesset.

For example, the party of the present Minister of Defense, Avigdor Lieberman. An immigrant from Moldova, he set up a “party” which appealed to immigrants from the Soviet Union. A party without internal elections, where all candidates are chosen by the leader and changed at (his) whim, without a real program, only a strong fascistic whiff. He is his sole spokesman on TV. He started with a strong anti-religious message, aimed at “Russian” voters, but is slowly turning around. No one among his people dares to raise questions.

Much the same situation prevails in the “party” of Ya’ir Lapid. The son of a TV personality with near-fascist views, he is a good-looking, smooth-talking fellow, totally devoid of ideas, who is now beating Netanyahu in the polls. No program, just a party that is his personal instrument. He alone appoints all candidates. He alone appears on TV. He, too, started as anti-religious and is turning around.

You cannot attain power in Israel without the religious parties, unless you are ready – God forbid – to cooperate with the Arab parties.

Moshe Kahlon, a former Likudnik of North African descent, has lately set up a personal outfit, no real party, no real program. He, too, appoints all candidates on his list. He is now Minister of Finance.

The Labor party, which was once an all-powerful force that dominated the political scene for 44 consecutive years – before the state was born and after – is now a pitiful ruin, much like its French counterpart. Its leader, Yitzhak Herzog, is interchangeable with Francois Hollande.

And then there is the supreme master of TV, Binyamin Netanyahu, intellectually hollow, with ever changing hair-color, for and against the two-state solution, for and against everything else.


À la Kardashians, “there is no publicity that is bad publicity”


What can we learn from the French?

Not to despair, when it looks as though we are on the way to disaster. To escape from fatalism and into optimism. Optimism and action.

Out of nowhere a new person can appear. On the ruins of the established parties, a new political force can arise, discarding the old language of left and right, speaking a new language of peace and social justice.

Hey you, out there! What are you waiting for? The country is waiting for you!


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  1. LOL. I have had a look at hundreds of Macron photos , and I´l be damned if I didn´t see of bit of Zarkozy in this guy.

  2. the hook-nose is an appropriately fitting signature of their apparently natural [dna?] drive to impose their “just” world view on others. martin seligman’s acronym PPP he uses to label the 3 common traits of a pessimist comes to mind for the jewish tendency to SJW, permanent, pervasive, personal. their history of sticking their [hook] noses in others’ business to straighten the others out wreaks havoc on societies. or perhaps its just that the hook-nose signifies their alpha personalities, always scrambling over others to get to the top of the collective where they can use their position of authority at the top of the heap to absolutely impose? talmidic. when will the humanoid ever learn?

    as the utterly disgusting cognitive dissonance of the zionist christians spouting “jews for jesus”. one thing the mythological jesus screamed was “do not impose on others.” “he” certainly lived was the opposite character from his genoicidal OT “father” yahweh.

  3. Uri can not put aside his jewish condition. Other nations meddling is part and parcel of Hebrew people so its the case of several or most apparent unbiased that criticize Israel behaviour but are careful to analize
    the Palestinian issue, or Masonry, or the sempiternal hostility toward Christianity or any common sense guiding of other nation’s fortitude or fortune. France, since the 1789 Revolution has always been under deletereous jewish influence, if French people feels its time to steer the course toward a different path its
    the proper overdue time to do it, unless they feel comfortable with unemploynent, aliens invasion, EU and
    every misery contrived by the zionistic Macron gang. ..

  4. What about Le Pen when she said she is going to disallow double citizenships, including French-Israeli?

  5. Typical British BS. Britain gets hailed (or Heil) for leaving EU but the rest who attempt to get votes or referendums on EU are branded as fascists? There is no country more loathsome of United Europe other than Britain. Britain is even employing lobbyists for EU enlargement while they themselves have voted out. The shittiest country in the world, a sociopathic project beyond any measurement, the Israel is baby duck compared to it. Try to remember it when the Balfour hits one hundred years and one day without apology.

  6. I got the feeling that Uri and the British Barrister went to the same troll advanced writing academy. Their articles usually must mention ancient Hitler and some bad Nazis, some own ancient sob story, but never some more time relevant heart breaker from a Palestinian. I know, who wants to waste his time writing something relevant about pigs, dogs, donkeys and goys.

    Uri, you always been off track with your articles, always wandering into some fictional gaga land, but this time you are embarrassingly lost.

    Election analysis? Uri, we all know the election is totally irrelevant, and, who the people vote for is just as irrelevant, because the winner has long been established, nominated by the lord himself, Lord Rothschild that is. End of analysis. And may you be blessed by the lord as well, Uri.

    And Uri, please spare us your lengthy analysis about the German elections in 5 months time. This is a matter for the Jewspapers to decide and they of course already know. All they need to do during the next 5 months is to shine the lord´s light above our next chancellor. One thing speaks for the German media (pronounced Jewish media) though, they are polite enough to let the Germans vote before they announce the winner.

  7. Foreign interest groups should not be allowed to provide political contributions. If I’m not mistaken, it’s illegal for Israeli politicians to accept foreign political donations. It should be the same in the West. All groups, or individuals who represent foreign countries, like the ultra-intimidating Israeli lobby, should be registered as foreign agents and banned from providing political contributions. Also, dual citizens should not be able to hold governmental-decision making positions

    • Elections provide the illusion of choice. It makes the masses believe they’re in control, but all they’re doing is giving their consent for the totalitarian hegemony to continue. Govern-ment = controlling mind. There cannot be democracy when politicians are forced to accept large donations from private sponsors and lobby groups, just to be able to compete. To be considered, one must be willing to sell out their country, because the cost of running for president, is the loss of integrity. Once you accept their millions, you belong to them. Step out of line and find yourself in a “grassy knoll” type situation.

  8. As far as I’m concerned – when a person, running for election gets tons of money from the bankers, corporations, or the rich from outside the country, then gets all the media attention from those rich corporations , while the others have to work their ass off for every vote they get — well, its like a world boxing championship where a boxer walks into the ring – kicks the other boxer in the nuts as hard as he can – knocks him out , then turns to the referee and knocks him out — and declares himself the – World Champion. – Shalom my ass !

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