I was incensed to see this article appear in the Financial Times commentary page today. I will have to leave it to the likes of Alan Dershowitz and others to fully rebutt Tony Judt’s poison pen.
I will take just one of his points. He writes:
“Israel’s long-cultivated persecution mania no longer elicits sympathy. The country’s national narrative of macho victimhood appears to many now as simply bizarre: a collective cognitive dysfunction. Israel, in the world’s eyes, is a normal state; but one behaving in abnormal ways.”
Of course, all normal states exist in violent neighbourhoods, are subjected to continuous terrorism, are vastly outnumbered by peoples who seek to annihalate them, are seeking to retreat from territories they occupied in defensive wars for the sake of peace.
What planet is Mr. Tony Judt on? Oh, yes. NYU studentland, and New York Times MSM land. But shame, Financial Times, Shame for wanting to join that bunch of kool-aid drinkers.
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