Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Israel at 58

A very thought-provoking read, from Haaretz a mindboggling and dispiriting eight years ago:
In short: Israel, in the world's eyes, is a normal state, but one behaving in abnormal ways. It is in control of its fate, but the victims are someone else. It is strong, very strong, but its behavior is making everyone else vulnerable. And so, shorn of all other justifications for its behavior, Israel and its supporters today fall back with increasing shrillness upon the oldest claim of all: Israel is a Jewish state and that is why people criticize it. This - the charge that criticism of Israel is implicitly anti-Semitic - is regarded in Israel and the United States as Israel's trump card. If it has been played more insistently and aggressively in recent years, that is because it is now the only card left.
via AZspot

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2 Comments:

At 3:30 PM, August 07, 2014 Blogger Kevin Wade Johnson had this to say...

I would think Israel is behaving the way it does because it feels threatened. Why drag in anti-Semitism? Odd.

 
At 3:40 PM, August 07, 2014 Blogger The Ridger, FCD had this to say...

I think what he's saying is that, certainly in the US, it's virtually impossible to criticize Israel because when you do you are accused of being anti-Semitic ... a charge that doesn't do anyone any good. So we can't have a rational discussion about the Middle East.

 

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