History is what remains when everything else falls away and then it begins to make sense. Our times, the times which began at Yalta and are ending today, might be recalled for one Zen moment in June 1967, for the first live TV satellite hookup and the first live TV show performed worldwide. It was John Lennon with The Beatles singing "All You Need is Love," a song Lennon wrote for the occasion. George Martin, their producer, was holding two cables together to make the global connection, literally holding the world together while the Beatles sang their song. We were, at that moment, undoubtedly one world.
Israel has moved on from America and has been heading away for a dozen years. The death of Ariel Sharon, the 11th prime minister of Israel, marks the fateful passage of a generation, an old generation beholden to America, indeed, seeing itself as an external agent of America's post-war global victory arc. But that was then. And in substance, the Israel rising today is the Israel of Meir Kahane and Dov Ber, and America has not a say in it. I doubt either would ring a bell at J Street and on American college campuses nationwide.
Israel should boycott America as American colleges spread a viral new wave of anti-Semitism across the world in a post-global Facebook age. America and Israel were from the first incompatible. America is the most fiercely extroverted nation the world has seen since Roman times. Israel by its nature is the most deeply, spiritually introverted: The world these thousands of years spirals outward from Temple Mount, and America pushes the gyre into the universe. The world spirals inward to timelessness and God-consciousness from Temple Mount, and Israel holds the key.
“But you know who anticipated my entire psychology in the eighteenth century? The Hasidic Rabbi Baer from Meseritz, whom they called the Great Maggid. He was a most impressive man,” said pioneering depth psychologist C.G. Jung, who, as it happened, appears top row, center on the cover of the Sgt. Pepper's album.
Besides Jung, the only one I’ve ever heard make the case for Dov Ber is Bob Dylan. But to begin to understand Israel rising, start with Dov Ber and leave Lady Gaga and the despicable, nihilist pop culture mavens and the democratic friends behind. It is there perhaps that the world begins again.