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Sundown: Confessions of an Ex-Columnist

Plus Israel stays course regarding Turkey, and more

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Prime Minister Netanyahu last Sunday.(Uriel Sinai - Pool/Getty images)

• Former Jerusalem Post columnist Larry Derfner explains why he wrote the blog post about Palestinian terrorism that got him fired. [Forward]

• Prime Minister Netanyahu’s government still hopes to restore ties with Turkey, but not at the expense of apologizing for the treatment of the flotilla, after a U.N. panel stopped short of suggesting one. [Haaretz]

• Not that Israel is holding its breath. “This is part of the Islamization spreading there,” said one official. “Therefore, unfortunately, we won’t be returning to the golden era of our relations with the Turks in the near future.” [Ynet]

• The first rule of doing drugs during a Birthright trip is: don’t. But there are other rules should you choose to ignore that one. [Jewlicious]

• Judith Butler on Hannah Arendt on Adolf Eichmann. Surely this is of interest to some of you. [Guardian]

• One-time NBA baller Kenny Anderson will coach the team at a Jewish day school in Florida. [JTA/Jewish Journal]

Oh my God you can be Maccabi Tel Aviv in a video game!

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jacob arnon says:

“Judith Butler on Hannah Arendt on Adolf Eichmann. Surely this is of interest to some of you.”

I am no apologist for Arendt and I read the article carefully and thought it was an unconvincing attempt to deconstruct Arendt.

Arendt wrote a book about St. Augustine and the problem of evil. She also wrote a highly revealing essay on Melville’s Billy Budd where she discusses the concept of natural depravity.

Whatever faults her book on the Eichmann Trial and there are many, believing that Arendt was trying to save philosophy from the charge that it was complicitous in the murder of European Jewry is just plain wrong.

Arendt had Augustine in mind when she formulated the wrong headed and apparently meaningless phrase “banality of evil.” Arendt kept coming back to it because she was rightly attacked for using it and was trying to justify herself (not defend philosophy).

In any case it was bizarre of Butler to bring up Herman Cohen since he wasn’t the kind of thinker Arendt would have agreed with. (Here to Butler was following Derrida who wrote a long deconstructive essay on Herman Cohen where he too attacked Kant.)

All in all an interesting but not convincing essay which I think the post-modernist will love since it attacks philosophy. Bellow in his master novel Sammler’s Planet did a much better job criticizing Hannah Arendt.

Unlike Larry Derfner I think he was fired because he is stupid. He writes: “I wrote that the occupation justifies Palestinian terror”. True, justifies. But it never crossed his mind that “occupation” might also be justified. No? Could’n? Maybe terror justifies occupation and not the opposite? To the question: what was first egg or chicken one takes a side which is closer to him and what is more important: perceived “oppression” or human life, dictatorship or democracy, religious intolerance or civil liberties, a stranger or your own family… From this list of priorities Mr. Derfner choose the first ones and therefore he was fired, since it is sign of stupidity and not of high morality.

Yemi Bamigbade says:

Bibi, you are a hard headed individual, and more or less a stubborn goat. Take it or leave it you will be the lonely wolf out if you dont come to your senses and do the right. You and others before you are just giving that country a bad name, a case in point that gullible called Ehud Barak of all people, been there done that, yet making stupid inflamatory public statements, it just seems you folks dont like peace and what you folks as leaders of the country dont realised is that any step taken by any of you is deem as Isreal’s step and if youlike y’all can take my comment as anti Isreal , that is your cup of tea , all i know is do what is best for the good of that country and its people stop being some jackass polarising knuckle heads with no mandate. Y’all can take it all leave it, the Arab spring is coming to your door steps and the world is ready to take count of how many people you sons of a gun gonna kill. Investment in military armaments etc wont cut all y’all leaders no- common sense IQ,people are tired of these bunch of do -nothing cross section of the cream of polarising figures. Do you still have Arafat to blame now? Bibi, if you can pull through with all slavonic face being rained on Isreal over the years ,then move and get out of the way, you arrogant sucker


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