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On Israel, Obama Brings Moynihan To Mind

Those who view American-Israel relations through a dualistic “are you pro-Israel or anti-Israel” lens must be confused.

Daniel Patrick Moynihan

Daniel Patrick Moynihan

So let’s reserve the term “anti-Israel” for the fanatics who deserve it, understand that most American leaders are pro-Israel and stop echoing the delegitimizers’ all-or-nothing rhetoric about Israel.

Moreover, this enduring pattern in U.S.-Israel relations further illustrates how self-defeating the ongoing totalitarian Arab strategy of delegitimization has been. Demonizing Israel, attacking Israel’s right to existence and targeting Israeli civilians perpetuates the conflict, escalating it into a zero-sum, 1948-like existential struggle rather than a solvable post-1967 boundary dispute. It strengthens Israel’s peace-through-strength camp while demoralizing its land-for-peace camp. And it keeps reinforcing the genuine, deep but occasionally fraught U.S.-Israel friendship.

(JTA)

About the Author: Gil Troy is a professor of history at McGill University and a Shalom Hartman Engaging Israel Fellow in Jerusalem. His latest book is "Moynihan's Moment: America's Fight Against Zionism as Racism."


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8 Responses to “On Israel, Obama Brings Moynihan To Mind”

  1. Ken Hagerman says:

    A mixed up confused Administration,One that pretends it for Israel, but secretly they are raving wolfs set on the fall of Israel….some wont agree with this but just think. They think if Israel was out of the way they would have a stable Middle East…After all Obama likes Muslim Brother Hood & all the Muslim country’s.

  2. Ken Hagerman says:

    A mixed up confused Administration,One that pretends it for Israel, but secretly they are raving wolfs set on the fall of Israel….some wont agree with this but just think. They think if Israel was out of the way they would have a stable Middle East…After all Obama likes Muslim Brother Hood & all the Muslim country’s.

  3. Charlie Hall says:

    One can oppose settlements and be pro-Israel. The last nine US Presidents fit that description!

  4. Pushing the Jewish People of any generation to repudiate not just our own but future generations' ties to the one land on Earth that G'd designated for us – is probably not likely to produce tons of blessing, eh?

  5. Oh, my dad is going to LOVE this.

  6. Charlie Hall says:

    Michael, some of the greatest Orthodox rabbis of my lifetime supported Land for Peace.

  7. Yossie Bloch says:

    When did we repudiate our ties to much of Lebanon and Jordan?

  8. Charlie Hall says:

    What ties to Jordan? Reuven and Gad were criticized for not wanting to live in Eretz Yisrael, and there is a rabbinic opinion that that was the reason that they were the first to be exiled.

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