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Monday, September 07, 2009

Real liberals should support Israel

Ryan Mauro argues that real liberals should support Israel.
There will be haters no matter what, but on the Israeli side, such hatred is not mainstream or institutionalized. In every conversation I can remember I had with an Israeli, the suffering of the Palestinians was always mentioned as part of the equation. While discussing their own suffering, they’d always turn and say something along the lines of: “You know, the Palestinians don’t deserve what they’re going through either; it’s unacceptable.”

Israel has adopted virtually every liberal cause. The Jewish state has taken in 1,700 refugees from Darfur, giving Africa the attention Hollywood has demanded. Israel does not do so for recognition, as surely they know by now they will never get any, but because it’s simply the right thing to do.

Environmentalists should be hailing Israel as a model. Twenty percent of the water used by Israel will be desalinated by 2010 and, according to Israel @ 60, “Israel treats 92 percent of its wastewater and reuses 75 percent in agriculture, the highest rate in the world.” Israel stands nearly alone as having more trees today than at the beginning of the last century and “is one of two countries in the world in which deserts are shrinking rather than expanding.”

Investing in electric cars and other forms of alternative energy, bacteria that can dissolve oil spills, and other green technology, Israel is taking a leading role in helping the environment. With the current health care debate in the U.S. raging, liberals should also take notice that Israel provides national health insurance — or, as conservatives would say, socialized health care. When we visited a hospital, our guide articulately defended the concept and criticized the American health care system in a way that would have made any Democratic Party operative proud.

Whether it’s protecting and respecting human life or preserving the rights of citizens despite the highest temptation to restrict them, Israel is a bastion of liberalism and progressivism. For liberals to not support Israel is to not support the very issues they fight for at home.
So why do so many liberals not support Israel?

Mauro doesn't deal with that issue. My sense is that it's for two reasons. First, because liberals tend to support the underdog and Israel hasn't really been the underdog in more than forty years.

Second, liberals have a worldview in which there is no exceptionalism. If you don't recognize the possibility of exceptionalism, you won't recognize that Israel is an exceptionally good country.

Read the whole thing.


At 11:17 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Liberalism has abandoned traditional morality and the truth. Without those signposts, its impossible to appreciate what a unique country Israel is. That is why the Left is reflexively hostile to the Jewish State today and that shows no signs of ending for the foreseeable future.

What could go wrong indeed


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