(August 22, 2014) Gaza, Essentialism and Jewish History
Gilad Atzmon Interviewed by Alimuddin Usmani for Egalite Reconciliation
Alimuddin Usmani: As I write to you, the ceasefire has, once again, collapsed between Israel and Palestinian fighters in Gaza. In its attempt to kill Hamas armed wing leader, Mohammed Deif, the IDF failed, and instead killed his wife and infant son.
It is increasingly clear that Israel is stuck in this conflict and doesn't know how to end it. You were the first to say that Israel was "desperate for a break in the violence."
How were you able to predict this outcome when most analysts failed?
Gilad Atzmon: Unlike the Jewish progressive commentators who have dominated the Palestinian solidarity discourse for about two decades, I am a reactionary essentialist. I believe that events in history and politics become meaningful only when analyzed within an rigorous essentialist context.