A former correspondent with the BBC, known for his criticism of Israel, has compared Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with Anders Behring Breivik, the Norwegian man currently on trial for killing 77 people in a bomb and shooting spree last July.
Alan Hart, a longtime sharp critic of Zionism and of the State of Israel, said both men share the “the mania of victimhood.”
“The main thing they have in common stems from the fact that they both live in fantasy worlds of their own creation and talk a lot of extreme rightwing nonsense,” he wrote last week in an article entitled “What do Breivik and Netanyahu have in common?” in which he compares the mass murderer with the Israeli prime minister.
“The nonsense Anders Breivik speaks is driven in general by his fears about the consequences for Norway of immigration and multiculturalism and, in particular, by his vision of an Islamic takeover.
“The nonsense Netanyahu speaks is driven by his perception of Israel in danger of annihilation,” Hart wrote.
But what both men do not have in common, Hart stressed, is that Netanyahu “denies Zionism’s crimes,” whereas Breivik “admitted, or even boasted” his crimes.
The writer then referred to a prominent comment made by the Israeli premier in 2006 when he addressed a gathering of Jewish American organizations as the chairman of Likud and said: “It’s 1938 and Iran is Germany.”
“So what Breivik and Netanyahu have in common is, it seems to me, the mania of victimhood,” Hart said.
Israel has brandished the threat of possible military action against Iran’s nuclear sites, as it believes Tehran is working towards a nuclear weapons capability.
Tehran denies this, saying its atomic program is exclusively peaceful.
Hart then quoted Yehoshafat Harkabi, Israel’s longest serving Director of Military Intelligence, in his book “Israel’s Fateful Hour,” in which Harkabi wrote:
“It is doubtful whether the long history of the Jews, full as it is with oddities and cruel ironies, has ever known such an attempt to make a deal with rabid enemies – of course, ostensibly for reasons of higher political wisdom… Perhaps, for peace of mind, we ought to see this affair as an aberrant episode in Jewish history. Nevertheless, it should alert us to how far extremists may go in times of distress, and where their manias may lead.”
At that, Hart commented: “We know where Breivik’s mania led him. We can only speculate about where Netanyahu’s mania will lead his Israel. On present course its final destination seems to be disaster. The question is, will it be disaster only for the Zionist enterprise or disaster for the region and possibly the whole world?”
In April 2010, Hart’s his book entitled “Zionism: The Real Enemy of the Jews”, Hart wrote that “Zionism’s assertion that Israel was given its birth certificate and thus legitimacy by the U.N. General Assembly partition resolution of 29 November 1947 is pure propaganda nonsense.”
In the same book he wrote that “Israel, which came into being mainly as a consequence of Zionist terrorism and pre-planned ethnic cleansing, had no right to exist and, more to the point, could have no right to exist” without Arab consent, which they have never given.
In 2007, Hart wrote a letter to David Cameron, the then leader of the British Conservative party and today the British prime minister, in which he wrote, “The colonial enterprise that Zionism is has corrupted everything it touched, beginning with the United Nations and including the mainstream media, what passes for democracy in the Western world (America especially) and Judaism itself.”
(Written by Eman El-shenawi)