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The fact of the matter is that Israel is a tiny island in an ocean of relentless Arab hatred – there’s the real lack of balance – and has to push back hard when necessary in order to deter and punish aggressors. The Israel Matzav blogger challenges Kristof by asking, “Are we supposed to risk our lives because yet another pompously detached writer for the New York Times thinks it’s the right thing to do?”
But Kristof stubbornly justifies his wrong headed stance:
Whenever I write about Israel, I get accused of double standards because I don’t spill as much ink denouncing worse abuses by, say, Syria. I plead guilty. I demand more of Israel partly because my tax dollars supply arms and aid to Israel. I hold democratic allies like Israel to a higher standard — just as I do the U.S.
Got that? He expects worse abuses from Syria and Israel’s other neighbors, so he gives them a pass and wags his finger instead at Israel for asserting its security while bending over backwards to protect civilians.
Exemplifying Kristof’s perverse concept of “balance” is a former government official named Jeremy Ben-Ami, who (Kristov claims)
has been trying to change the political dynamic in Washington with a new organization — J Street — that presses Congress and the White House to show more balance. Ben-Ami has just published a book, “A New Voice for Israel,” that is a clarion call for American reasonableness in the Middle East.
And by “reasonableness,” Kristof and Ben-Ami mean we should be pressuring Israel to cave in to Palestinian unreasonableness, though this would mean the end of Israel. The George Soros-connected J Street is, as NY Rep. Gary Ackerman put it, “an organization so open-minded about what constitutes support for Israel that its brains have fallen out.”
And yet Kristof touts Ben-Ami, who “is aghast at the way the United States is enabling hard-line Israeli policies that make peace less likely,” and quotes him as saying that “If things don’t change pretty soon, chances are that the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will slip through our fingers.”
Except there will never be a two-state solution. Why not? One reason only: because the Palestinians don’t want a two-state solution and never have. Nothing less than “the liberation of Palestine from the river to the sea,” as Arafat used to say, will satisfy them. They want one state – Palestine – and they want Jews driven to the sea and Israel wiped off the map (they have already wiped it off their actual maps). “We want Palestine in its entirety,” said Hamas leader Mahmud Zahhar just last month. “If our generation is unable to achieve this, the next one will, and we are raising our children on this. Palestine means Palestine in its entirety, and Israel cannot exist in our midst.”
If Nicholas Kristof wants to lecture someone about balance, obstructionism and intransigence, perhaps he could aim his rudderless moral compass at the Palestinian leadership.
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