Richard Cohen, if I had the power to remove you from the Tribe, you would be gone this instant. Ignorant, unbelievably wrong crap like this is why:
The greatest mistake Israel could make at the moment is to forget that Israel itself is a mistake. It is an honest mistake, a well-intentioned mistake, a mistake for which no one is culpable, but the idea of creating a nation of European Jews in an area of Arab Muslims (and some Christians) has produced a century of warfare and terrorism of the sort we are seeing now. Israel fights Hezbollah in the north and Hamas in the south, but its most formidable enemy is history itself.
Ignorant man: Read your Torah. Read your history. A nation of Jews existed millennia before Islam was invented.
Ignorant man: Read your ancient history. You ignore it, and you grant legitimacy to a racist, anti-Semitic worldview by insisting that Jews have no right to live in the land of their origin—in the land which was usurped by the Arabs after the Jews were forcibly removed from it.
Ignorant man: Read your modern history. Half of all Israelis are now Sephardic Jews, refugees from Arab lands that expelled their Jews or drove them out through pogroms. Israel took them in, gave them homes and lives, and their children are now running the country.
Ignorant man: No wonder you quote Tony Judt, another Jew who thinks Israel should be destroyed. You have both turned your backs on yourselves, and on what you stand for, and on the survival of your people.
It is also true, as some critics warned, that Israel’s withdrawal from southern Lebanon was seen by its enemies — and claimed by Hezbollah — as a defeat for the mighty Jewish state. Hezbollah took credit for this, as well it should. Its persistent attacks bled Israel. In the end, Israel got out and the United Nations promised it a secure border. The Lebanese army would see to that. (And the check is in the mail.)
Ignorant man: Read your own words. Israel should simply despair, because the UN isn’t doing its job? Israel should simply turn and walk away because Lebanon isn’t doing its job? Israel should simply cease doing her job, which is to exist, and continue to exist?
Ignorant man: Read the history of your scholars, particularly the Jew who was born in Babylonia and returned to Jerusalem—because Jerusalem is where he belonged:
“If I am not for myself, then who will be for me? And if I am only for myself, then what am I? And if not now, when?”
Ladies and gentlemen, a perfect example of a self-hating, anti-Semitic Jew. To write a column like this, which justifies Arab anti-Semitism and ignores the history of the Land of Israel, and the people of Israel, is beyond reprehensible.
Next up from Richard: A whiny column complaining about all the hate mail this one engendered. Count on it.
Ignorant man: You are a defeatist, and a blind defeatist at that. Your ignorance is appalling. You shame your heritage and your name.
Israel is not the mistake. Your column is.