The revolution in Egypt underscores the insanity of Israel’s policy of perpetual Palestinian oppression: insane for Israel, insane for the United States, and insane for Jews around the world.

It’s insane for Israel because it’s predicated on the assumption that the major pieces of the Middle East would remain forever frozen in place. For 30 years, Israel rested comfortably as the United States bought off Egypt and secured Israel’s western flank. But today, Israel is not resting so comfortably, since the collusion of Egypt can no longer be guaranteed, and the plight of the Palestinians is a popular cause among the protesters in Cairo and Alexandria.

Nor could the sight of Egypt’s air force flying F-16s over Cairo thrilled Israel’s leaders in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Washington has outfitted Egypt’s military to the gills over the last 30 years; it was the bribe for playing ball. But if a government comes to power in Egypt that is hostile to Israel over its Palestinian policy, Israel’s future no longer looks so secure.

Israel’s policy is insane for the United States, and long has been, as it has sown anti-American sentiment throughout the Arab and Muslim world. Many Egyptian protesters detest Washington not only because of its longtime support for Mubarak but also because of its support for Israel’s Palestinian policy.

And Israel’s policy is insane for Jews around the world, a fact that the crisis in Egypt has brought to the fore once again.

As a Jew, I’ve been taken aback by the anti-Mubarak signs that show him defaced with the Star of David. These posters conflate all Jews with the policy of the state of Israel, and that’s distressing, to say the least—and more like disgusting and vile.

You can read such posters, if you like, as expressions of innate anti-Semitism.

But more likely, they are anti-Semitic denunciations that flow from Mubarak’s pro-Israel position and from Israel’s crushing of Palestinian hopes.

By not granting Palestinians a just state of their own, Israel is hatching anti-Semitism.

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It's finally setting in: Trump is Trump and he’s not going to change because of winning the nomination.

The new head of the Environmental Protection has a history of suing the agency for trying to do its job.

By Wendell Berry

Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front

Love the quick profit, the annual raise,
vacation with pay. Want more 
of everything ready made. Be afraid 
to know your neighbors and to die.
And you will have a window in your head.
Not even your future will be a mystery 
any more. Your mind will be punched in a card 
and shut away in a little drawer.
When they want you to buy something 
they will call you. When they want you
to die for profit they will let you know. 
So, friends, every day do something
that won’t compute. Love the Lord. 
Love the world. Work for nothing. 
Take all that you have and be poor.
Love someone who does not deserve it. 
Denounce the government and embrace 
the flag. Hope to live in that free 
republic for which it stands. 
Give your approval to all you cannot
understand. Praise ignorance, for what man 
has not encountered he has not destroyed.
Ask the questions that have no answers. 
Invest in the millennium. Plant sequoias.
Say that your main crop is the forest
that you did not plant,
that you will not live to harvest.

Say that the leaves are harvested 
when they have rotted into the mold.
Call that profit. Prophesy such returns.
Put your faith in the two inches of humus 
that will build under the trees
every thousand years.
Listen to carrion—put your ear
close, and hear the faint chattering
of the songs that are to come. 
Expect the end of the world. Laugh. 
Laughter is immeasurable. Be joyful
though you have considered all the facts. 
So long as women do not go cheap 
for power, please women more than men.
Ask yourself: Will this satisfy 
a woman satisfied to bear a child?
Will this disturb the sleep 
of a woman near to giving birth? 
Go with your love to the fields.
Lie easy in the shade. Rest your head 
in her lap. Swear allegiance 
to what is nighest your thoughts.
As soon as the generals and the politicos 
can predict the motions of your mind, 
lose it. Leave it as a sign 
to mark the false trail, the way 
you didn’t go. Be like the fox 
who makes more tracks than necessary, 
some in the wrong direction.
Practice resurrection.

Wendell Berry is a poet, farmer, and environmentalist in Kentucky. This poem, first published in 1973, is reprinted by permission of the author and appears in his “New Collected Poems” (Counterpoint).

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