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Wow: Leslie Gelb at the Daily Beast says Israel was right to storm the ship in international waters. And I’m told that AIPAC is circulating Gelb’s article! He’s the Council on Foreign Relations eminence who doesn’t believe in the Israel lobby, who wrote a dispositive review on the subject for the NYTimes when Walt and Mearsheimer published their book.

His two-wrongs-make-it-right argument:

Well, where was all that international outrage and demand for explanations and retribution when the North Koreans sunk a South Korean ship? Where was it when the Gazans attacked Israel? Where, when Afghan men flogged their women for not wearing veils?

Matt Duss tweets it: Shorter Les Gelb: "Bull Connor had every right to turn the dogs and fire hoses on those ‘demonstrators.’"

Here’s a real person writing, Israeli David Grossman in the Guardian:

Above all, this insane operation shows how far Israel has declined. There is no need to overstate this claim. Anyone with eyes to see understands and feels it. Already there are those here who seek to spin the natural and justified sense of Israeli guilt into a strident assertion that the whole world is to blame. Our shame, however, will be harder to live with.

7 Responses

  1. potsherd
    June 1, 2010, 1:08 pm

    Please reply to this comment so the troll’s comment sinks to the bottom.

  2. GodsChosen
    June 1, 2010, 1:13 pm

    Not impressed with Grossman. In a not so subtle way, he castigates the flotilla organizers for their anti-Israel stance. Wake up, David. EVERY human of character is anti-Israel, especially after this latest abomination.

    Grossman wants to defend the Jewish state while condemning their occasional faux pas. Rubbish. And he says ‘of COURSE Israel didn’t DELIBERATELY kill anyone aboard the flotilla. He knows this how?

    Forget Grossman.

  3. otto
    June 1, 2010, 1:25 pm

    There’s no ‘decline’ of course. Israel has been demonstrating this sort of chauvinism for decades.

  4. jawad
    June 1, 2010, 1:55 pm

    I use Google Reader to read MondoWeiss. Today I came to the website itself. This article and a few others did not show up on the Google Reader feed. The one about Comedy Channel did not come through either. Am I missing something?

  5. jawad
    June 1, 2010, 1:59 pm

    Stratfor fires its own propaganda missiles in Israel’s defense.

    “It is vital that the Israelis succeed in portraying the flotilla as an extremist plot.” The article does not say vital for whom. Maybe for Statfor. There is a lot of talk of “enemies of Israel” but no mention of enemies of Palestinians.

    link to stratfor.com

  6. sherbrsi
    June 1, 2010, 2:00 pm

    Well, where was all that international outrage and demand for explanations and retribution when the North Koreans sunk a South Korean ship? Where was it when the Gazans attacked Israel? Where, when Afghan men flogged their women for not wearing veils?

    Insane.

    Seems like the NYT will hire any third-rate writer as long as they are willing to push Israel’s agenda.

  7. pabelmont
    June 2, 2010, 7:11 pm

    “Our shame, however, will be harder to live with.” (Grossman).

    I hope there is more than shame to live with. This is, perhaps, the enjoyment of power by someone with scruples against enjoying power.

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