Op-Ed: 'The New War on Israel'
Tom WilsonTom Wilson is a British born writer and political commentator. He writes often on matters of politics and religion as well as making regular media appearances discussing current affairs in the US and Middle East.
Perhaps one of the most disturbing aspects of this trend, as highlighted in the book, is the way in which Jewish liberals, in both Israel and the Diaspora, have aided and abetted efforts to delegitimize the Jewish state first into submission, and then they no doubt hope, out of existence altogether.
Featured in the book is Joshua Muravchik’s excellent essay "Trashing Israel Daily", which uncompromisingly exposes how Haaretz and the Israeli Left more generally have provided so much of the fuel for the fire being stoked against Israel internationally. Muravchik details how such writers as Amira Hass and Gideon Levy, among others, have used the pages of Haaretz to run a concerted campaign of disinformation and distortion so as to shamelessly demonize their fellow Jews, and even legitimate terrorism against Israeli civilians. Most chillingly of all has been the attitude of the newspaper’s editors, who behind closed doors have even called on America to “rape” Israel. Apparently, all for its own good.
As John Podohoretz points out in his piece, however, the J Street “Liberal Zionists” who claim to care about Israel harbor some fairly unusual notions about what being pro-Israel might mean. Inevitably, these “critical friends” of Israel, the But-However crowd as Podhoretz refers to them, always condition their support for Israel on Israel pursuing the set of polices that they favor. It seems that they consider Israel to have no innate right to expect the support of Diaspora Jewry. Rather they insist that Israel is only deserving of their backing if it will submit to embodying the liberal values they advocate.
The problem, however, as also outlined in the eBook, is that the international community, and particularly the Europeans, will hold Israel accountable if and when negotiations fail. Indeed, the European Union is already drawing up a list of punishments that they intend to inflict on Israel, regardless of who it is that walks away from a peace deal.
If this disconcerting global movement to demonize and delegitimize the Jewish state is to be definitively defeated, then it is first vital that we fully understand what is driving it and how it is functioning. For the most current and informative analysis of this phenomenon, "The New War on Israel" offers one of the most comprehensive guides out there.