Am I the only one sick of being lied to constantly, of living in a forest of myths?

Moshe Dayan, a legendary warrior, was a simple defense minister in 1967, which is largely an administrative role. Far from saving Israel, he stopped the Arabs fleeing from the West Bank and gave the Temple Mount and the Cave of the Patriarchs to our Muslim enemies. If not for him, we could have had a depopulated West Bank and full control over our holiest places.
Golda Meir, a grandmother of all Jews, is singularly responsible for thousands of Jewish deaths in the Yom Kippur War because she procrastinated and postponed the preemptive strike until after the holiday.
Yitzhak Rabin, a paragon of honesty, campaigned on promises of tough measures against Arabs. At the same time, Beilin negotiated on his behalf with the PLO in Cairo.
Arik Sharon, the king of Israel, won elections by ridiculing the leftists’ plan to disengage from Gaza—only to carry it out himself with unprecedented brutality.

Israeli founding myths

Lieberman never intended to follow through on the “No loyalty, no citizenship” slogan that won him elections. His own version was more down-to-earth: “No national service, no national insurance.” The popular slogan was invented by Birnbaum’s marketing guy. Lieberman knew that there was no way the leftist and center parties would vote to disenfranchise Arabs, their biggest constituency. Neither did he put into effect his other electoral promises. A Palestinian state, far from taboo as he promised, is being negotiated away by his own ministry.

Bill Clinton’s press secretary famously and undiplomatically described Netanyahu as a “liar and cheat,” a view shared by Bibi’s relatives. He lied on every one of his electoral promises. Oh right, we can understand that, he is under American pressure.

Israeli mythology is not limited to leaders. Take the water issue. We know from economic theory that the cost of any goods is pegged to the cost of producing the last unit. If a company spent a lot on R&D for a particular product, but faces competition from its low-cost re-engineered version, it will have to sell at the same low price. Alternatively, when the supply is finite, the relation is reversed: coal is valued at the cost of extracting it from the least feasible mines, despite the fact that there are mines with lower production costs; their owners are said to obtain rent—an unearned income. What has that to do with Israeli water? Very simply, the price of water in Israel is pegged to the cost of desalinated water, which is the most expensive water. Never mind that desalinated water is a small part of the total supply. Essentially, the Israeli government and the water company sell us water from Lake Kineret at the price of desalinated water. The higher are desalination costs, the higher are their rent profits.

The personal consumption of working adults stands between 100 to 200 liters per person per day. Arabs wash less, but let’s allow them the same generous consumption. That brings the Israeli total to less than one cubic kilometer per year, a very small amount even for a drought period. Most water is consumed by economically inefficient agriculture. There is a legend that Israeli agriculture is super-efficient, but that’s nonsense: even European agriculture, which has lower water and transportation costs, is heavily subsidized. Water, like all natural resources, belongs to human citizens, not to corporations. Farms have no claim to our water, certainly not at subsidized prices. They should pay more than individuals, rather than vice versa, as is the case now. The figure of one cubic kilometer shows the nonsense of the official figure of just fifty million cubic meters supplied to our Arab enemies. By any measure, they must be receiving from Israel four to eight times that much, both officially and through semiofficial theft.

Democracy can only survive if people are interested in truth.