It’s absolutely true, James Canning, that it’s in the best interest of Israel that there be criticism. There are many others who agree with you that criticism is a good phenomenon, and so a publication such as Mondoweiss is obviously dedicated to promoting the best interests of the State of Israel by pointing out her faults. Actually, although Mondoweiss claims to be a pro-Palestinian website, there is hardly ever a word of criticism directed at the Palestinians; therefore, it is really doubtful if anyone here really cares about their future.
Anyway, there is nothing to worry about (in the realm of criticism). There is simply endless criticism of Israel in the UN, in the press, on college campuses and in diplomacy. It’s really silly to claim that criticism of Israel is being “crushed in the west”, as this article would have us believe.
It’s really interesting to point out that self-criticism is even better that criticism, and self-criticism typifies Israel society. Even this above article brings to our attention two Israeli organizations (‘Ir ‘Ammim and Be-Tzelem) that are dedicated to criticizing their own society. The author of the article apparently didn’t notice the irony of it all in that he quotes the criticism of Israeli organizations while claiming that criticism is being stifled.
Israel is a very successful state because of her tendency to criticize herself. The Palestinians should take an example from Israel. They are totally incapable of analyzing their mistakes (or of even admitting that they have made mistakes).