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Wieseltier Joins the Fray

Cameron condemns, Abbas has a prize, and more flotilla reax

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The New Republic literary editor Leon Wieseltier, painted by Avigdor Arikha.(National Galleries of Scotland)

• Leon Wieseltier’s opening quip says it all: “Operation Make the World Hate Us, it might have been called.” [TNR]

• David Cameron, the new Tory British prime minister, calls for an end to the Gaza blockade. [JPost]

• Elliott Abrams accuses the Obama administration of abandoning Israel to the United Nations “lynch mob.” [Weekly Standard]

• Prime Minister Netanyahu’s full defense of the raid. [Ben Smith]

• Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas accused Israel of “state terrorism”; renamed the upcoming Palestine Investment Conference the “Conference of Freedom” (remember, it was the “Freedom Flotilla”); and gave all the flotilla activists Palestinian citizenship. [JPost]

• An essay bemoans the raid but reasserts support for the blockade. [NYT]

• Columnist Nick Kristof urges President Obama to speak out against the blockade, for the sake of both Israeli and American interests. [NYT]

• While ceding the stupidity of the raid, Michael Rubin argues that Israel’s relationship with one-time ally Turkey had already frayed, and that this was the deliberate doing of Prime Minister Erdogan. [Forward]

• I have a feeling Gideon Levy’s comparison of Netanyahu to Ben-Gurion is a wee bit sarcastic. [Haaretz]

• Former President Jimmy Carter defends the Gaza blockade and the raid. Not! [AP/Vos Iz Neias?]

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Marc, four pages of your reflections on what it means to be an American Jew would be much more interesting, much less predictable, and much more valuable than the tired ranting of a wannabe enfant terrible like Daniel Luban.

Wieseltier’s piece is really great; a model of informed thinking, seasoned by experience. I believe Luban wrote a piece condemning Wieseltier’s criticism of Andrew Sullivan. Very funny.

Hershl says:

Did you read or see on TV how Hamas bombed Israel with four Kassam rockets early Thursday? Two fell near Ashkelon and one near Sderot. One fell in Gaza.

http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/gaza-militants-fire-four-qassam-rockets-at-israel-1.294108

Of course not.

Did you read, see on TV or hear on radio how Hamas within the last 24 hours closed the offices of many NGOs in Gaza, confiscating their supplies?

http://www.jpost.com/MiddleEast/Article.aspx?id=177444

Of course not.

The world is too busy condemning Israel for protecting itself to notice anything else.

Where is the outrage when Hamas abuses its people, terrorizes Israel?

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