Contrary to laments from the Far Left, Israel’s patriotic Left is behaving nobly and shrewdly, proving that liberal Zionism is alive and well. Hamas’s evil has united Israelis in their justified war of self-defense – even crime rates plummeted. Israeli democrats, left to right, are teaching the world how to fight totalitarian Islamists.
Last week, while visiting friends who had CNN on in the background, I half-watched for about two hours. CNN’s reporting was obsessive, speculative, hysterical, sensational, and sadly lacking in context. The news show offered an endless loop, reporting the same story over and over again. We saw the same few images, the same phrases, the same news-crumbs recycled every few minutes again and again. Viewers landed mid-story, at its most inflammatory juncture, without understanding the context. At one point, introducing a new image, the anchor admitted she had no idea what she was reporting, saying, “Whether or not that is Michael Brown we just don’t know.”
Stephen Walt’s screed claiming ”AIPAC is the Only Explanation for America’s Morally Bankrupt Israel Policy,” is one-sided, simplistic and extremist. In fact, Americans’ ability to tell right from wrong and democrat from dictator best explains America’s pro-Israel policy, which advances America’s interests while expressing liberal values. Americans are not dupes. No lobby is so powerful it could conjure up such grassroots enthusiasm nationwide, nor does AIPAC need to — most Americans realize that the Israel-US democratic alliance benefits both nations.
Dear President Rivlin,
As Israel’s president, you can also become the Jewish people’s national hero. Your reputation for modesty and honesty precedes you. We will embrace you as an upright individual, who can restore honor to public service in Israel.
How can Quebec nationalists support Hamas, rather than Israel, in this current conflict?
Zionism, meaning Jewish nationalism, demonstrates how liberal nationalism can strengthen a people and preserve their heritage. By contrast, Hamas’s piranha nationalism prefers targeting Israel to building a Palestinian state. Hamas’s nihilistic charter — and its violent, fascistic, sexist, homophobic, anti-democratic regime in Gaza — represents nationalism at its worst.
The media’s pornographic, context-free reporting of the Gaza casualty count, John Kerry’s Hamas-friendly cease-fire plan, Barack Obama’s weary impotence, and various American Jewish mea culpas, have stirred Israeli worries about losing American support. But don’t worry Israel: Americans (along with Canadians) remain our best friends.
In these pages, Daniel May’s “What Would George Orwell Say About the Gaza War?” used totalitarianism’s great enemy to criticize democratic Israel’s justified struggle against totalitarian Hamas. May’s argument, misreading Israel’s self-defense justification, and echoing Hamas’s propaganda points, peppered with clever quotations from George Orwell, was itself Orwellian.
Joseph Palermo’s recent posting on the Gaza conflict called me “an uncritical booster of Israel.” The redundancy is stylistically awkward – whoever heard of a critical booster? Palermo’s rhetorical overkill is an obvious attempt to impeach my integrity and all other Israel supporters by association. Ultimately, the caricature says more about him and his rambling attack on Israel, than about me.
Every soldier killed, each rocket fired, every tunnel uncovered, each detail of Hamas’s planned Rosh Hashanah swarming of Israeli civilians from the tunnels revealed, solidifies Israel’s anti-Hamas consensus. Most Israelis, from right to left, from ultra-orthodox to ultra-atheist, support Israel’s actions in this “ein breira” no choice war against an evil entity seeking our destruction. Give Hamas’s terrorists credit for honesty – their charter advocates exterminating Israel – and the Jews. And “Thanks” to these aspiring mass murderers, Israelis have not been so united in a long time.
Two months ago, world leaders worried about the more than 200 kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls. Since then, a more outrageous mass crime has occurred in the Middle East. The radical totalitarian group Hamas is holding nearly 700,000 Gazan children, another 900,000 adults — and much of the world — hostage, with lethal results.