An Israeli bill would ban the word "Nazi" and other Holocaust comparisons. It's wrong.
Pundits in Israel are still struggling to make sense of Defense Minister Ehud Barak’s surprise announcement yesterday that, at age 70, he is retiring from politics. The move, like Barak’s January 2011 decision to leave Labor and start his own political party, caught everyone off guard.
Having failed (and failed abysmally) to curb Iran’s nuclear vault, what’s called the “international community”—a very silly phrase, isn’t it?—is attempting to focus an accusatory spotlight on Israel’s long-held (but ritualistically shrugged off) capacity to make atomic war.
So says Ari Shavit, the wisest and most influential journalist in Israel. He is so wise and so influential that even Ha'aretz, the Hebrew daily of phantasmagoric illusions about the peaceful Palestinians, publishes him. And it published him this Friday morning, arguing that this two-man team of reasonable and experienced still middle-aged soldiers is open to peace but will not be trapped by the illusions of peace.