Yael Patir, Israel director of the left-leaning U.S. Jewish body, sat down with Haaretz to talk about Trump, the gap between U.S. and Israeli Jews, and the growing anger at the Israeli peace camp. Though she concedes boycott efforts by some on the left have a negative effect, she rejects calls to keep peace efforts local.01:12 01.05.16 | 4 comments
I suggest you try to attain a level of moral reflection that allows you to examine your own country critically and objectively rather than draw specious and self-serving distinctions with other countries that do not in fact hold up to critical examination. Chomsky writes that "the United States is a leading outlaw state, totally unconstrained by international law" (What We Say Goes, 2007, p. 1). He in no way lets Israel (or Britain or Turkey or Saudi Arabia) off the hook, but unlike you he has the integrity to recognize that one-sided criticism of Israel like yours has as its real function "to exonerate the United States of responsibility" (Perilous Power, 2009, p. 68).