AB Yehoshua's so-called apology is as muddled as was his original speech. In saying that he is sorry IF he offended anyone, he takes nothing back, and indeed the issue is not whether some people's feelings were hurt by his talk before the AJC but whether his invidious assessment of 'Jewishness' outside Israel had anything to support it other than Yehoshua's own personal preferences. It seems obvious, and Yehoshua himself admitted as much, that pre-Israel Jewish existence had a rich and creative core to it (one that provided much of the impetus for creating the State of Israel itself, including the immigration there of the maternal side of Yehoshua's own family); it is also obvious that living in Israel of itself guarantees nothing about sustaining 'Jewish' values, whether we think of these in religious terms or even in general moral terms. None of this seems to make a dent in Yehoshua's posturing or his indifference to the line between fiction and non-fiction.
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from the article: A.B. Yehoshua sends 'deepest apologies' for AJC remarks