Headline Of The Day

Andrew Sullivan —  Aug 1 2014 @ 12:38pm

From the Times of Israel:


Money quote:

History is there to teach us lessons and the lesson here is that when your enemy swears to destroy you – you take him seriously. Hamas has stated forthrightly that it idealizes death as much as Israel celebrates life. What other way then is there to deal with an enemy of this nature other than obliterate them completely? …

I will conclude with a question for all the humanitarians out there. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu clearly stated at the outset of this incursion that his objective is to restore a sustainable quiet for the citizens of Israel. We have already established that it is the responsibility of every government to ensure the safety and security of its people. If political leaders and military experts determine that the only way to achieve its goal of sustaining quiet is through genocide is it then permissible to achieve those responsible goals?

Update: The Times has now taken down that blog post. A reader notes:

I think it’s important to mention that the paper removed Yochanan Gordon’s reprehensible piece “for breaching … editorial guidelines.” You might also want to mention that this was a blog post, not an article in the paper itself. You would know better than I how much vetting papers do of such posts, but I suspect in this case that very little (if any) review was done in advance.