Israel has a remarkable knack for shooting itself in the foot and the exclusion of the world famous academic and political commentator, Noam Chomsky is merely the latest in a series. As one diplomat told me, Israel has the least joined up government of any country he knows. I'm sure (or at least hope) that elements of the Israeli government will be very unhappy about this, for the bad PR if nothing else. However, I also hope that this incident, taken with the storm of criticism of the excellent New Israel Fund, does not point to attempts to stifle criticism of the Israeli Goverment.
Hundreds protest by Tel Aviv club where 'rape video' was filmed calling for club's closure (Haaretz)