William Pfaff is the author of The Irony of Manifest Destiny, published in June 2010 by Walker and Company (New York) -- his tenth and culminating work on international politics and the American destiny. He describes the neglected sources and unforeseen consequences of the tragedy towards which the nation's current effort to remake the world to fit America's measure is leading. His previous books and his articles in The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, and his syndicated newspaper column, featured for a quarter century in the globally read International Herald Tribune, have made him one of America's most respected and internationally influential interpreters of world affairs.   [Read more...]
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Outrage at Israel is not Anti-Semitism

Paris, February 25, 2015 — A fundamental theme of Israeli propaganda — and virtually its sole theme under the governments of Benjamin Netanyahu — has been that anti-Semitism is responsible for the growing criticism of or hostility toward Israel and its policies expressed in Europe and the United States (especially among college students and teachers, and liberal intellectuals generally).

Netanyahu has beaten this drum constantly in his campaign for his own and the Likud Party’s re-election in the parliamentary election that will take place in mid-March.

This is a fallacy. Much of what he calls anti-Semitism is merely justified outrage at Israel, and not only that of Muslims. Israel’s repression of the Palestinians whose land it occupies, and its brutal treatment of its enemies and their families, as in Gaza recently, and its unwillingness to settle the hatred its policies have engendered in its region have — certainly since the beginning of the Netanyahu era — steadily and inexorably increased enemies for his country everywhere.

Netanyahu has made dramatic statements that European Jews — in particular French, Belgian, and (because of recent terrorist incidents) Danish and other Scandinavian Jews — are in danger where they live and must flee to Israel, the true homeland and the guardian of all the world’s Jews.


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