The latest Israel-bashing brings some good responses

Peter Beinart’s new book The Crisis of Zionism has brought about some excellent articles of response.

These include Jonathan Rosenblum’s Peter’s navel gazing and Daniel Gordis’ Peter Beinart’s mis-identity crisis

Rosenblum’s article brings up the question about whether there is a pseudo choice between liberalism and support for Israel; that Beinart has a preference for moral absolutism.  Rosenblum makes the good point “events, not demographics, explain the current consensus”.  While it may be predominantly correct, the Russians and Jews from Arab lands may well also be more skeptical of Palestinian motivations than others.

A related issue discussed by Sultan Knish is nationalism versus universalism – where the universalists find Israel and Israeli nationalism hard to deal with.  He begins “There are two basic human responses to an assault. I will protect myself. I will make the world a better place. The first deals with the risk of an attack. The second with your feelings about the world. The first leaves you better able to cope with an attack. The second makes you feel better about the world.”

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