Who Is Allowed to Offer Condolences?

When the Arabs say things against Israel the right eagerly and happily repeat it. But if the Palestinians say something that might lead to reconciliation, the Israeli right casts doubt on the speaker’s intentions.

To judge by the anxious reaction in the Prime Minister’s Office following Mahmoud Abbas’ statement that the Holocaust was the gravest crime in modern history, it might not be long before a special commission of inquiry is formed. The commission will be tasked with investigating the chain of events that led to this terrible mishap − a Palestinian leader expressing...