Yesterday we picked up Allison Kaplan Sommer’s report for Haaretz on a debate in Israel featuring Peter Beinart and Abe Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League, among others.
Foxman did attack Beinart in a gentle and backhanded way, stating “My love and support for Israel is unconditional, it does not depend on the Israeli acceptance of my ideas. My Zionism is not in crisis because my Zionism is not conditioned on an embrace of an idealized view of what I’d like Israel to be.”
David Bromwich writes:
Imagine the head of an American civil rights organization whose job is to expose incidents of prejudice, discrimination, and flagrant abuse of power against the weak, saying at the time of the Montgomery bus boycott: “My love of my home town of Montgomery, Alabama is not conditioned on an embrace of an idealized view of what I’d like Montgomery to be.”