While mainstream Israeli media were reporting well-deserved celebrations in Israel on its 66th birthday, The Jewish Week’s Editorial, “Israel At 66,” was equating Israel with the Palestinians, worrying about [Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud] Abbas’ legacy and calling Hamas, “a militant group.” Militant? For a moment, I thought I was reading The New York Times. But no, it was our own newspaper of record.
The Jewish Week also seemed embarrassed by debates within Israel’s robust democracy as to how to deal with hostile Palestinian leaders and is still unwilling to criticize anti-Israel Jews.
We need to join Israel in her celebrations and also to confront her delegitimizers, no matter who they are, in our uncertain world.