Welcome back Mahathir Mohamad, our favorite 92 year old PM of Malaysia! Malaysia was one of the centers of the great Arya civilization for thousands of years; now enriched by Confucianism, Taoism, Chinese Buddhism, Islam, and expats the world over. One of the most diverse and immigration friendly countries in the world. One of the most pro business, pro capitalist, pro globalization, pro neo-liberal, pro enlightenment values, and pro moderate Islam countries in the world. A country that fought against the full might of the Soviet Union, China and the global communist block and won. A shining city on a hill. A self assured, self confident Asian Tiger without inferiority complex. One of last great bastions resisting the global post modernist wave.
The above video (I hope it’s accessible) demonstrates the extent to which the region is shaping Israel.
Arguably Israel’s high birth rate is a function of its neighborhood. If the Arab birth rate had collapsed (as it is in the process of doing so) a decade or so earlier there wouldn’t have been the paranoia about raising Jewish birth rates.
The arrest of the young American Jew (who probably hasn’t worn a Kippah more than a few times in his life) is highlighting the stark contradiction & power of American liberalism. The West helps us forget the parochial elements of belonging to a tribe and Premier Netanyahu seems intent on Greater Israel in the Middle East rather than a more compact Meditterranean littoral.