Who is pro-Israel

A debate can be had among those who identify themselves as pro-Israel, as to what that truly means.  It includes 2 issues of – what is the best goal for Israel,  and what is the best way to achieve it.  One can disagree on the goal, or even if one agrees on the goal, disagree on how best to achieve it… and respect the differences, or not respect the differences.

Giulio Meotti, an Italian journalist, provides an interesting opinion piece, where he is critical of American liberals such as Alan Dershowitz. It is somewhat reminiscent of the public disagreement a while back between Melanie Phillips and Alan Dershowitz.

The piece is here

It begins as follows:

“What it takes to be a “pro Israel” liberal and what will make you politically incorrect.  “I want to see the end of most of the settlements. I want to see land swaps”, declared Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz at the Project Nuremberg Lawyer’s Luncheon at Temple Beth El of Boca Raton.

 The “pro Israel” mainstream, to which Mr. Dershowitz belongs, is a useful idiot, as Lenin used to call those gullible liberals who excused totalitarian enormities in the name of goodwill. Dershowitz, a very decent person and writer who goes all over giving speeches, including some new effort that one of the “Stand With Israel” groups has to train university students, has embraced the racist project of a new freeze of the “settlers”.  Recognizing the “settlers”, Judea and Samaria’s Jewish residents, for what they really are – heroes – is the most difficult endeavor for any observer of the Middle East conflict. And Dershowitz is a total failure on that.

These “pro Israel” useful idiots, with their talents and writing skills and their impeccable credentials, are seduced by how their influence is regarded. They literally fabricate the illusion that Israel can reach “peace” and conquer the international consensus by adopting their defeatist agenda. They want to be the nice and better Jews, they angelize Israel’s history, they want to be accepted by the chattering classes. Abraham Foxman has put it in this way: “How to support Israel while being critical”. Lenin could not have said it better.

It is amazing to list all the journalists, academics and writers who rhetorically stand with Israel, but always and only inside a trite set of values.”

…. The article continues …… as on the link above.

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