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.
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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?].
- What do Breivik and Netanyahu have in common? (redress.cc)