Israel's Masque of the Red Death

Even with the utterly lost,
to whom life and death are equally jests,
there are matters of which no jest can be made.
Edgar Alan Poe, The Masque of the Red Death

There were four basic reactions to the plagues that devastated Europe in the middle ages. In the face of certain misery and death, some people turned to extremely pious (often self-abusive) religious practice and others became extremely licentious. Some gave up hope altogether and took their own lives, while those who could afford to do so shut themselves up inside castles, thinking that isolation would save them.

Poe's Masque of the Red Death describes the reaction of Prince Prospero who locked himself and a thousand of his elite subjects inside a castle and engaged in endless debauchery. In spite of all his precautions, the Prince and his subjects were ultimately destroyed by the Red Death.

It occurs to me that the State of Israel is behaving exactly like Prince Prospero and his subjects; building an enormously expensive wall to protect itself from the "red death" of Muslim terrorism, and retreating behind this wall to engage in every imaginable kind of debauchery.

Our Israeli Prince Prospero (the Prime Minister...not a person but a position) and the ruling elite (the oligarchy and their families) really seem to believe that their retreat from reality will save them from the Muslim "red death."

By giving holy sites and precious sacred land to our most virulent, uncompromising enemies, and sinking into pathological denial of reality, the State of Israel awaits the moment when, in spite of its frantic actions and precautions, the Muslim Red Death joins the party inside the "green line."

The State will eventually succumb to the plague that it could so easily have avoided had it only embodied the principles expressed in the words of Hatikva:

Kol od balevav p'nimah
As long as deep in the heart
Nefesh Yehudi homiyah
The soul of a Jew yearns,
Ulfa'atey mizrach kadimah
And forward to the East
Ayin l'tzion tzofiyah
To Zion, an eye looks
Od lo avdah tikvatenu,
Our hope will not be lost,
Hatikvah bat shnot alpayim
The hope of two thousand years
L'hiyot am chofshi b'artzenu
To be a free nation in our land,
Eretz Tzion v'Yerushalayim.
The land of Zion and Jerusalem.