On the Wrong Side of History -Uri Avnery

As somebody who was on the wrong side of history (Rhodesia) I have to recommend this article by Uri Avnery published by Counterpunch

Of all the beautiful phrases in Barack Obama’s inauguration speech, these are the words that stuck in my mind: “You are on the wrong side of history.”

He was talking about the tyrannical regimes of the world. But we, too, should ponder these words

In the last few days I have heard a lot of declarations from Ehud Barak, Tzipi Livni, Binyamin Netanyahu and Ehud Olmert. And every time, these eight words came back to haunt me: “You are on the wrong side of history!”

Uri goes on to point out how President Obama is different to his predecessors and how his words are different –

The first signs are small. In his inaugural speech, Obama proclaimed that “We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus – and nonbelievers.” Since when? Since when do the Muslims precede the Jews? What has happened to the “Judeo-Christian Heritage”?

Uri then points out how war is changing the politics of Israel, moving it to the right and identified the true political winner of the Gaza disaster.

Avigdor Lieberman

Avigdor Lieberman

The real victor of the war is a man who had no part in it at all: Avigdor Liberman. His party, which in any normal country would be called fascist, is steadily rising in the polls. Why? Liberman looks and sounds like an Israeli Mussolini, he is an unbridled Arab-hater, a man of the most brutal force. Compared to him, even Netanyahu looks like a softie. A large part of the young generation, nurtured on years of occupation, killing and destruction, after two atrocious wars, considers him a worthy leader.

Uri procedes to warn that the Israeli political leadership is getting out of synch with the people (including American jewry) of America and the rest of the world and reminds Israel that it cannot stand without the USA.

Then he ends

YES, WE ARE NOW on the wrong side of history.

Fortunately, there is also another Israel. It is not in the limelight, and its voice is heard only by those who listen out for it. This is a sane, rational Israel, with its face to the future, to progress and peace. In these coming elections, its voice will barely be heard, because all the old parties are standing with their two feet squarely in the world of yesterday.

But what has happened in the United States will have a profound influence on what happens in Israel. The huge majority of Israelis know that we cannot exist without close ties with the US. Obama is now the leader of the world, and we live in this world. When he promises to work “aggressively” for peace between us and the Palestinians, that is a marching order for us.

We want to be on the right side of history. That will take months or years, but I am sure that we shall get there. The time to start is now.

Please read the original article.

PS, Don’t shoot me. I am just quoting Uri Avnery in regard to Mr Lieberman. Google Mr Lieberman if you think Uri is being harsh and make your own judgement.


Uri Avnery on ABC National Breakfast Radio

Uri Avnery

Uri Avnery

Uri Avnery 16 Jan 2009


Moshe Halbertal

Moshe Halbertal


On the following Monday 19 Jan 2009 – Moshe Halbertal, Professor of Philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

On Tuesday 20 Jan 2009, an interview with Gaza resident journalist Yousef Al Helou. Thirteen Israeli deaths with over 1300 Palestinian deaths (over 400 children).

Now go back and listen to Uri Avnery said again.