One of the fascinating things about Israel is that as the Jewish state produces a more and more rightwing and intolerant discourse over there– inevitably, in an embattled ethnocracy– even staunch Zionists in the U.S. are beginning to feel they’ve broken off on an ice floe. Abe Foxman complained of this to Haaretz two days ago:
“he detests the ‘ugly’ criticism leveled at him by ‘super-Jews’ on the right.”
And over the weekend Alan Dershowitz was booed at the Jerusalem Post conference in New York– and attacked by wingnut Israeli Caroline Glick– for urging a restart of the peace process (a stance for which Ehud Olmert was also booed). Note how unreserved was Caroline Glick’s upbraiding of Dershowitz, boldface mine. And she’s popular over there:
Dershowitz was booed loudly after telling audience members they are “part of the problem” for laughing at his new framework for negotiations.
“You’re proving my point,” Dershowitz hit back. “You are part of the problem, not the solution.”
Post Senior Contributing Editor Caroline Glick, who was also on the panel, told the audience that she “need[ed] to catch my breath for a second” after Dershowitz’s comments.
“It’s very nice to come in here and smack down your audience.”…
“If you want to say that people who devote their lives to defending the Jewish state are illegitimate voices, then what do I care what you have to say?” she asked Dershowitz.
Toward the end of the debate, Dershowitz alleged that those who booed him and former prime minister Ehud Olmert were not representative of American or Israeli Jewry and are “foolish.”
Beware of answered prayers. Beware of the monsters you create.