The Goldbergian principle: People who hate Jews are anti-Semites, anti-Zionists are anti-Semites, thus anti-Semites who like Israel are just fine.

on 12 Comments
After the break-up the latest plot by Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) to attack the U.S. by FedExing bombs set to blow up in mid-air, Jeffrey Goldberg of the Atlantic set out to use the attempted attack as a way to disprove ‘linkage‘ – ie, the notion that solving (or even pressuring Israel to solve) the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a productive step towards helping the U.S. with its myriad problems in the Mid East, including international extremist Muslim terror.* 
Goldberg specifically offers a roundabout defense of settlements:

[T]he people… who manufactured these bomb are fundamentally annihilationist in outlook, meaning that they have as a primary goal the killing of Jews, everywhere. This shouldn’t be a controversial conclusion to make, but there are many people out there who believe that al Qaeda and its fellow travelers are angry over settlements. They are not. They are angry over the continued existence of Jews.

It’s a bit of a funny stance to take for someone who has participated in several loud attempts (despite his logic’s severe flaws) to characterize harsh criticism of Israel as anti-Semitism. Another poignant example of Goldberg’s conflation is his attempt to conflate Judaism with Zionism — cf, his attempt to label Weiss and other anti-Zionists as ‘not Jews.’  I’m in no way endorsing the logic (I’m a tireless advocate of non-violence to the point of dabbling in pacifism), but if you say that ‘all Jews are Zionists’ you no longer have the privilege of saying that those who attack Jews outside of Israel are not doing so because of Israel.

Goldberg tirelessly works to erase the very distinction he blames these terrorists for not seeing. In short, Goldberg wants to have his cake (Judea and Samaria, maybe) and eat it, too: Those who dare take on Israel do it because they hate the Jews, but those that attack the Jews don’t care a whit about Israel.

At some point, Goldberg will have to make the choice between defending all Jews everywhere (yes, Jeffery, even anti-Zionists) and defending/apologizing for Israel’s expansionist policies. Or, given his booming silence on the matter of Glenn Beck’s anti-Semitic tirade, maybe his choice is already quite clear.

* Linkage does not, as the common straw-man argument would have it, mean immediately solve these problems, mind you, but help to solve them by reducing one of the strongest recruiting points for violent Islamic radicals and one of the starkest points of contention between the U.S. and even ‘moderate’ Muslims worldwide.

About Ali Gharib

Other posts by .

Posted In:

    Leave a Reply