Now Remnick Is Anti-Israel?

May 1 2012 @ 11:33am

The Jerusalem Post runs an op-ed calling the New Yorker editor "unabashedly anti-Israel" and, for good measure, someone whose "only previous editorial experience was at his high school newspaper." More here. It contains the usual ad hominem:

One can only surmise that Remnick is working out his own conflicted identity issues (Remnick was born of Jewish parents in Hackensack, New Jersey) on the company dime.

It trots out all the usual exhausted tropes about why anyone would ever care about Israel when there is so much worse in the world. This is the same paper that runs a columnist recently arguing for the vision of the Netanyahus for Greater Israel:

Caroline B. Glick, Post senior contributing editor, drew cheers from the crowd when she called for permanent Israeli control of Judea and Samaria, saying it was better to keep the Palestinians inside Israel rather than allow them to establish a “terror state.”

Meanwhile, the International Writers Festival in Israel is, for the first time, asking participants to provide their remarks ahead of time to prevent any criticism of the current Israeli government. This is after last year's comments by Israeli novelist Nir Baram. His outrageous offense? Saying this:

In his widely denounced comments, Israeli novelist Nir Baram wondered aloud whether it was possible to speak about literature without discussing the social and political conditions in which it was written, then added, "Under cover of the victim's cloak that history has admittedly sewn for us Jews, we are witness to the systematic violation of the rights of non-Jews in the State of Israel and the occupied territories." What Israel needs, he continued, is "a frank and pointed dialogue. Perhaps a sympathetic but critical look from abroad can illuminate the hollows hidden from our eyes."

Perhaps. But Netanyahu's government isn't going to risk it.