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Friday, June 25, 2010

Why the anti-Israel nutjobs are coming out of the woodwork

The anti-Israel nuts have been coming out of the woodwork for the last few months. Here's Jennifer Rubin to explain why (she calls them delegitimizers, but we're talking about the same people):
Israel’s enemies have been at this for some time. But the efforts to use international organizations to delegitimize and constrain Israel have accelerated under Obama for at least three reasons.

First, he’s raised the profile of international organizations, conferred on them new prestige, elevated gangs of thugs like the UN Human Rights Council, and made clear that international consensus is near and dear to him, a priority above many other foreign policy goals. This has emboldened Israel’s foes, who now enjoy more respect and more visibility. Because Obama has put such a high price on consensus in these bodies and on internationalizing decisions, he is handing a veto to the more aggressively anti-Israel members.

Second, the U.S. has done nothing to discourage or rebut the delegitimizing. We’ve sat mutely when the UN Human Rights Council has condemned Israel. We haven’t denounced or even chastised the Israel-bashers. When Jeane Kirkpatrick or John Bolton held their posts, you would at least see the Israel-haters’ arguments demolished and their representatives put in their place. No such defense is offered these days by Susan Rice.

And finally, Obama outside the confines of these bodies, has signaled that it’s fine to slap Israel around. When the American government condemns Israel, others are sure to follow. He’s announced his intention to put daylight between the U.S. and the Jewish state, which tells the Israel-haters they have a green light to take their own swings.


At 5:56 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Israel doesn't have to act like a doormat. Unfortunately, a few thousand years of fawning Jewish servility to non-Jewish overlords is a habit that won't be unlearned in a few generations of national independence.

What could go wrong indeed


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