To Win the War of Opinions, Zionists Must Be Critical Friends of Israel

The argument that Diaspora Zionists should not publicly criticize Israel in the media is fundamentally flawed, for if it weren’t for rational critics – who at times give Israel a bad name – the Jewish state would fail to win the hearts of the ‘swinging’ public.

The well-known columnist Melanie Philips once argued that there is a basic inconsistency between claiming to be a friend of Israel while engaging in public criticism of its government. She calls it “self-destructive stupidity”. I assume that Philips will agree that Prime Minister Benjamin...