“Israel is the most naive and racist country in the West.” Gideon Levy, in Haaretz:
Israel is both the most racist and most naive country in the West. Racist, because in no other country can politicians make remarks about migrants as they do here and still remain in office another day; naive, because only now has Israel discovered the problem that has been facing the “first world” for years. Only in Israel can a parliamentarian from the ruling party describe the migrants as a–
Yes and if someone wrote Gideon Levy’s column in the United States, that writer would have trouble remaining in his or her office. Ask Paul Krugman.
By the way, Haaretz editors flipflopped the words racist and naive from Levy’s first sentence in the headline, trying to soften the blow. Also, is Israel in the west? It’s in Asia, and 500 miles east of Istanbul. Go figure.