Meanwhile, in the Liberal Zionist bible:
"However, this time it’s necessary to treat the suspect with kid gloves. Trump’s peace initiative, if it is ever put on the table, is apparently the direct result of pressure by Mohammed bin Salman, who wishes to legitimize Israel before embarking on open cooperation with it. For 50 years we’ve prayed for a key Arab leader who agrees to sign a significant pact with Israel. Such a leader has finally arrived, and calls to depose him, such as those by former U.S. Ambassador Dan Shapiro in an op-ed in Haaretz (October 21) are destructive and in keeping with the best Obama tradition. "
Who cares about murder in the consulate eh? The real question is: Is it good for Israel?
I think the lobby aren't quite stupid enough to go public on this, but you can be absolutely certain that behind the scenes, they are lobbying hard in Washington to smooth over all of this unpleasantness. However, that is looking increasingly unlikely. Wonder what we will hear in Erdogan's Big Reveal tomorrow?
"While there is much that is inspirational about the idea of a “right” to national self-determination there is also much about the concept that is obscure and problematic."
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm pretty sure the 'right' to self-determination isn't neccessarily a right to 'national self-determination'. There is no 'requirment' for Basques or Kurds - or Jews - to have their own state, just the ability to 'self-determine' as a people. So you could say tha the Basques - who have significant regional autonomy, with language and cultural rights - enjoy self-determination as Basqes while also being citizens of Spain.
Regarding Jews, the question of whather they constitute a 'people' is by no means clear. They do not speak a common language, do not share a common place of origin (noone seriously buys the nonsense that they are all descended from Biblical Palestine), nor do they share any common cultural traditions, excepting those which are connected to religious practice. You might be able to make a case that Ashkenazi Jews, or Sephardic Jews, or indeed Israeli Jews, are a 'people', but Jews as a whole? Much less convincing.
In addition, as has been said, Jews' 'right' to self-determination in Palestine comes at the great expense of the indigenous people, and violates the Palestinians' right to self-determination. Therefore, it cannot be justified, unless of course you believe that some people are simply more impotant and more valuable than others. In other words, unless you are a Zionist.
Also, surely this whole 'right to self-determination' thing only works for people living in a particular territory? How can a Ukranian or American Jew from Kiev or New York have a right to 'self-determine' in a country half-way around the world?