Alan Hart Isn’t a Fan of Netanyahu

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 essay continues

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.

Perhaps ‘victimhood’ should be replaced by ‘paranoia’.  Both, it’s fair to say, do seem to be driven by the mania of paranoia.

[I bet this Hart fellow has been called some pretty juicy names for his views.  Yet how is it possible, in this matter, to deny the comparison?].

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3 Responses to Alan Hart Isn’t a Fan of Netanyahu

  1. Matthew Hamilton says:

    I’m fortunate to live in a country (Australia) that is fairly safe and have little experience of what it is like to live in a country like Israel. This makes is hard for me judge Netanyahu as “paranoid” in his response to (1)numerous military attacks against Israel that began almost as soon as Israel was declared (2) numerous terrorist attacks (3) numerous suicide bomber attacks (4) numerous missile attacks.

    Fortunately for me living in safe Australia and for you Jim living in safe USA we are able to rely on the views of Alan Hart because he is a journalist, and as you have so rightly pointed out before, journalist are free from any bias and are experts in everything from theology to archaeology, so naturally they must also be experts in the security concerns of Israel and the psychology of Netanyahu

    • Jim says:

      i dont rely on harts views. i simply think that he has a point to suggest that netanyahu and breivik share the same disorder called paranoia.

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