Saturday, March 27, 2010

Quote of the Day

Defending Israel

"Our efforts in defense of Israel are getting noticed. Yesterday, Robert Wright, a New York Times columnist, wrote an article titled, “Against ‘Pro-Israel,’” defending the administration’s outrageous treatment of our ally. The title says it all. Much of the column was devoted to attacking supporters of Israel, and at the top of his list was yours truly.

The premise of Wright’s column was that we should be more critical of Israel so it will make more concessions to its enemies for peace. That’s like suggesting America should have been more critical of Great Britain during World War II, so as not to offend the Nazis.

Here’s a sample of Wright’s logic: “…the more settlements get built — especially in East Jerusalem — the harder it will be to find a two-state deal that leaves Palestinians with much of their dignity intact.” So, just to be clear, Wright believes that Jews living in certain Jerusalem neighborhoods offends the dignity of Palestinians. Where are the Jewish neighborhoods in Mecca?

While I appreciate Wright’s candor, the problem is that Wright does not see Palestinian anti-Semitism as an obstacle to peace. If anyone in this country suggested that blacks living in certain neighborhoods offended the dignity of whites or vice versa, he would rightly be denounced as a racist. But “tolerant” liberals, our president included, feel justified in telling Israel that Jews can’t live in certain neighborhoods of Jerusalem.

Needless to say, I couldn’t let Wright’s wrongs go unanswered. The New York Times agreed to publish my response, which you can read here."

Gary Bauer
Campaign for Working Families