Thursday, January 13, 2005

A World Without Israel

Josef Joffe, A World Without Israel, Foreign Policy, Jan/Feb 2005. Excerpt:

Imagine that Israel never existed. Would the economic malaise and political repression that drive angry young men to become suicide bombers vanish? Would the Palestinians have an independent state? Would the United States, freed of its burdensome ally, suddenly find itself beloved throughout the Muslim world? Wishful thinking. Far from creating tensions, Israel actually contains more antagonisms than it causes.

BV: I saw the articulate and impressive Joffe this morning on C-Span. But I was appalled by the anti-semitic idiots who called in to abuse him. There is something I call the paradox of C-Span: The level of programming is as good as it gets in television, yet the level of callers is mediocre-to-poor.