Saturday, March 03, 2007

Dubious right

The Osterley Times points to an excellent op-ed from a while ago and if you have ever found yourself wondering about Hamas' intransigence regarding the demand by Israeli officials that the Palestinian Authority recognize "Israel's right to exist," I highly recommend this article by John Whitbeck:
What 'Israel's right to exist' means to Palestinians
Would it were that more argumentation like this were present in the US media. Of course, it is on the "nuanced" side, something that surely doesn't play well in our sound-bite media world. Distinguishing between a de facto state of existence and the moral quandary introduced by being asked to recognise that existence as a legal "right" is obviously rather beyond the capabilities or interests of our political class and the corporate news media.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Man, you guys bend over backwards to hate Israel, eh?

In fact, in 1993, the DOP signed by Arafat recognized Israel's right to exist AND pledged to revoke articles in the Palestinian National Covenant which denied Israel's right to exist. The idea that the recognition of Israel, in any capacity, is the kiss of death for the "rights" of the Palestinians is simply a smokescreen to allow continued use of violence against innocent Israelis (not to mention the internecine violence raging in the territories right now).

For a "progressive" -snicker-, you certainly do enjoy defending murderers and terrorists!

8:35 PM  
Blogger theBhc said...

I can see the argument -- if you bothered to read it all -- passed you by with nary a twitch. I just have one question: is being an idiot like being high all the time?

11:38 AM  

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