this bit : "The other reason is this. My paternal grandfather was one of 10 siblings. He and two of his siblings left before the war - all the other were killed by the Nazis. This means - I don't want to make too much of it ... but there is at least a sort of common understanding about the threats that face the Jewish people" Exactly what relevance do experiences in central europe in the 1930's have to the middle east today? Different countries, different languages, different culture, different religions. It's the classic Askenazi mistake - "I know alot about Europe and I've been to Israel six times - mainly in Tel Aviv - so I'm an expert on the middle east".
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