Gideon Levy - a noble cause that goes astray - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Alterman
    • 24.03.11 | 09:39 (IST)

    A dissident? Not really. It was one thing to be a dissident in the Soviet Union, but it is another thing to belong to the far-left opposition in Israel. But it is fair to say that there are "maccarthyist" tendencies in Israel. And organisations like "Breaking the silence" and B´Tselem constitute a "badge of honour" for Israel. But then Mr. Levy goes astray: "The ever-growing initiative to boycott, excoriate and ostracize Israel was born out of the pictures of Gaza and the scenes from the Marmara". Well, not really. The most aggressive and hostile among the Israel-bashers out there started long before that. But then others have joined, and while some of them are serious people, one has to understand that the current hostility also has a lot to do with the political fashion of the day. Some of all this will abate, some of the content will stay. And the truth is that the macabre "dance of death" between Israel and it´s adversaries goes like this: an "eye for an eye" - the anti-democratic and sometimes fanatical approach of Lieberman is challenged by the fanaticism and intransigence among some of the european activists. It is not a pretty sight. Moderation, common sense and constructive reasoning is a rare commodity among journalists and intellectuals, at least when it comes to the israeli-palestinian conflict. And finally - Gideon Levy is a dissident (according to his own opinion). Dissidents save our country. Gideon Levy saves our country. Is this the syllogism of the day? Grandiose! But I would say that it is rather the ordinary israelis that saves the country. They work, they study, they care for the families and friends. A decent people in a decent state in a extreme situation.

    from the article: Israel's dissidents are saving the country
    First published 02:53 24.03.11 | Last updated 02:53 24.03.11
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