Tuesday, May 8, 2018

This is a Revelation?

"As a reporter in Israel, I have interviewed hundreds of people in its intelligence and defense establishments and studied thousands of classified documents that revealed a hidden history, surprising even in the context of Israel's already fierce reputation. Many of the people I spoke to, in explaining why they did what they did, would simply cite the Babylonian Talmud: 'If someone comes to kill you, rise up and kill him first.' In my reporting, I found that since World War II, Israel has used assassination and targeted-killing more than any other country in the West, in many cases endangering the lives of civilians." (How Arafat eluded Israel's assassination machine, Ronen Bergman, nytimes.com, 23/1/18)

1 comment:

Grappler said...

In the Wikipedia entry on "Criticism of Israel" the Israeli Minister Natan Sharansky is quoted as saying that the test for anti-semitism is threefold - the second is:

2. Double Standards - when Israel is criticized soundly for an action or policy that any other government would be viewed as justified in doing, like protecting its citizens from terrorism.

We know - as in your post MERC - that Israel acts in ways which are well outside the norms of other "democratic" countries - let's leave aside the issue of whether Israel is a democracy for the moment - and when that it pointed out it is still antisemitic.