So if the Israeli navy continues the blockade, and the Turkish navy seeks to break it, and there is a naval clash, clearly Kristof will blame Israel for protecting its people from attack, the first obligation of any government.

Kristof closes with his usual disingenuous mea culpa, saying, “Some of my Israeli friends will think I’m unfair and harsh, applying double standards by focusing on Israeli shortcomings while paying less attention to those of other countries in the region. Fair enough. I plead guilty. I apply higher standards to a close American ally like Israel that is a huge recipient of American aid.”

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Does he care that the Palestinian Authority now includes Hamas, a recognized terrorist organization, and receives millions in American aid? Does he care that Egypt, which allowed the Israeli embassy to be sacked, gets $2 billion in American aid?

Frankly, I have no hesitation in calling Kristof by his rightful name: an enemy of Israel.

Ed Koch served as mayor of New York from 1978-1990.

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