"However, if Israeli policy had truly aimed at a two-state solution, it could and would have happened long ago. Nothing would have more encouraged Palestinian efforts to overcome their many shortcomings, or to oppose their rejectionist groups, than a credible Israeli commitment to such a state." From my read of Mr. Burston's columns over years, my expectation is that he is in near perfect agreement with this statement. My sense is that his objections are to the either/or tone (and then application) of much dissent. In an environment of necessarily extended dissent (not once and then done with), in order to be known as adopting "tough love" or even merely "criticism of policies" as distinct from "demonization", it is necessary to include appreciation in the midst of criticism. In the case of Israel, I find it admirable that the basic laws state in nearly equal tone that Israel is to be both Jewish AND democratic. Two simultaneous characteristics.
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Professor Marcus Klingberg, scientist and Soviet spy, has died (Haaretz)
from the article: Response / Henry Siegman on Burston and 'Israel's pathology'