web analytics
November 27, 2014 / 5 Kislev, 5775
At a Glance
InDepth
Sponsored Post
IDC Herzliya Campus A Day on Campus

To mark IDC Herzliya’s 20th anniversary, we spent a day following Prof. Uriel Reichman, IDC’s founder and president, and Jonathan Davis, VP for External Relations, around its delightful campus.



Do I Not Criticize Israeli Policies?

In fact, I disagree often and volubly with Israeli policies.

August 31, 2004  6:36 PM

Originally published at Daniel Pipes.

David C. Speedie, a senior fellow and director of U.S. Global Engagement Program at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, recently wrote how he follows me “quite closely” and that my work is of no value because I don’t “in any way question any aspect of Israel’s policy.”

He implied here that I am a lapdog of the Israeli government with no mind of my own, but a p.r. agent or lobbyist for whoever’s in charge in Jerusalem, so my views should have no weight. His portrayal undermines my role as an independent analyst and therefore calls for refutation.

In fact, I disagree often and volubly with Israeli policies, as the following partial list suggests:

  • The entire Oslo process, and especially the naïve notion that one can make peace with one’s enemies.
  • Unilateral withdrawals form territory (Lebanon, Gaza).
  • Nearly handing the Golan Heights to Syria in return for a piece of paper.
  • Toiling under the illusion that Mahmoud Abbas and other leaders of the Palestinian Authority want anything but the elimination of Israel.
  • Not having raised in the 1950s the issue of Jewish refugees from Arabic-speaking countries.
  • Wanting United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) monies to go to the West Bank and Gaza.
  • Freeing convicts, including murderers, and allowing them to go to the Palestinian territories.
  • Underestimating the importance of public opinion in contemporary warfare.
  • Not working to expand the 20 percent of Palestinians who accept the Jewish state into a majority.
  • The “strategic incompetence” of not fighting to win but only to reach a compromise.

In brief, I advocate an Israel that seeks victory.

My disapproval of Israeli policies is so severe that one Israeli academic took it upon himself to scold me publicly (in the Jerusalem Post) for the “patronizing and insulting” quality of my critique concerning Samir Kuntar, prompting an extended debate between him and me on this topic. The current prime minister of Israel once spent an hour dressing me down for my portrayal of his 1998 diplomacy with the Hafez al-Assad regime.

Obviously, someone who claims that I never criticize Israel does not follow me “quite closely.” Obviously too, he does not have the above list in mind. Rather, he would have me protesting checkpoints, the “occupation,” the “settlements,” the “apartheid wall,” the “Judaization of Jerusalem,” and Gaza’s being “an open air prison.” Well no, I complain from the other side. But that should no less effectively dispel the insinuation of agency. (September 29, 2013)

About the Author: Daniel Pipes is a world-renowned Middle East and Islam expert. He is President of the Middle East Forum. His articles appear in many newspapers. He received his A.B. (1971) and Ph.D. (1978) from Harvard University and has taught at Harvard, Pepperdine, the U.S. Naval War College, and the University of Chicago. He is a board member of the U.S. Institute of Peace and other institutions. His website is DanielPipes.org.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

No Responses to “Do I Not Criticize Israeli Policies?”

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
Ferguson, Missouri: rioting against racism, encouraging murder
The Foul Stench of the Ferguson Fallout
Latest Indepth Stories
Rabbi Maurice Lamm

Creativity without clarity is not sufficient for writing. I am eternally thankful to Hashem for his gift to me.

Golden presents a compelling saga of poor but determined immigrants who fled pogroms and harsh conditions in their homelands for a better life in a land of opportunity.

It seems to us that while the Jewish entitlement to the land of Israel transcends the Holocaust, the Jewish experience during that tragic time is the most solid of foundations for these “national rights.”

Too many self-styled civil rights activists seemed determined to force, by their relentless pressure, an indictment regardless of what an investigation might turn up.

Egypt’s al-Sisi is in an expansionist mood. He wants Israel’s permission to take over Judea and Samaria.

Cries of justice for Michael Brown drowned out any call for justice for Police Officer Daryl Wilson.

Cloistered captain Obama, touts his talents and has the temerity to taunt Bibi,his besieged ally

Former PM Ariel Sharon succinctly said, “the fate of Netzarim (Gush Katif) is the fate of Tel-Aviv.”

“What’s a line between friends?”

Unrest in YESHA and J’m helps Abbas and Abdullah defuse anger, gain politically and appear moderates

A “Shliach” means to do acts with complete devotion and dedication in order to help bring Moshiach.

The pogroms in Chevron took place eighty five years ago, in 1929; the Holocaust began seventy-five years ago in 1939; the joint attack of Israel’s neighbors against the Jewish State of Israel happened sixty-six years ago… yet, world history of anti-Semitism did not stop there, but continues until today. Yes, the primitive reality of Jews […]

“We don’t just care for the children; we make sure they have the best quality of life.”

“Why do people get complacent with the things they’re told?”

More Articles from Daniel Pipes
Egyptian president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, former Field Marshal and Minister of Defense

Sisi:”The religious nature of the Middle East creates challenges for the governing authorities.”

The British Library

Daniel Pipes’s websites cannot be accessed through the British Library’s system. Why? Intolerance.

Special Ops used to be about capturing or killing enemies; now it’s about shaping public opinion.

I do not want Barack Obama to pardon Pollard.

As U.S. credibility and stature diminish, the president and his secretaries of state and defense engage in eloquent denial.

BBC: Gaza militants launch missiles at Tel Aviv in 1st rocket attack on Israeli capital since 1991 Gulf War.

In general, the regions these days hosts unchanging, repetitious and dreary news.

Oman will grant Iran a strategic location on a mountain overlooking the whole gulf region.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/blogs/the-lions-den-daniel-pipes/do-i-not-criticize-israeli-policies/2013/10/02/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: