March 13, 2012
Tom Sunic interviews Israel Shamir. Topics include:
- Shamir’s background as journalist, writer and translator of classic literature;
- His youthful decision to join the Israeli military and his transformation to activist critic of Israeli policy;
- How the “masters of discourse” delimit public conversation and consciousness;
- The “sacrality” of the Holocaust and how it’s used to justify U.S. hegemony;
- The forces behind the recent protests against Putin;
- Russia’s foreign policy intentions;
- Shamir’s belief that distinct peoples can coexist in unified states.
Israel Shamir is a spiritual/political writer of Jewish descent and a convert to orthodox Christianity. He moved from Russia in 1969 to become an Israeli citizen and take up a worthy fight. Believing in the righteousness of its cause he served in their army but eventually his experiences led him to become critical of Israeli policy. His comments about this, current affairs and their deeper meaning are published on his site IsraelShamir.net and elsewhere. They are also collected in his books: The Pine and the Olive, Galilee Flowers, Cabbala of Power and recently published Masters of Discourse.