Great article, Brad and everything you say is true. Above all you identify the main threat to Israel as an increasing tendency for Israelis to turn in upon themselves, only hear their own voice, and fail to see themslves through others' eyes. Reaction to Goldstone is a classic case. One of the biggest reasons for this is comprehensive misuse of the word anti-semite. There are real anti-semites out there, people who genuinely think Jews are innately worse than other people. However, the term has gradually become a way of Israelis closing their ears to criticism of Israel. It's so easy to do. Someone criticises you, you just shout anti-semite back. Instantly anything they say becomes wrong and can be ignored. It's much easier than listening to criticism and making changes because of criticism. However, it also means that Israel is walking blind into the future, unable to benefit from all the helfpul criticism that might stop it walking over a cliff one day.
Obama to meet with Jordan's King Abdullah in White House later this month (Reuters)
from the article: Fear of peace will be the death of Israel
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