and the Diaspora: a Humpty-Dumpty relationship
The Left in Israel and in the American Jewish community finds itself on the verge of at least partial realization of its dream of dismantling Jewish communities in the West Bank and Gaza. Ironically, the instigator of this dramatic policy shift is not any of the Labor Party doyen, but their bete noire, the "father" of the settlement movement, Ariel Sharon.
And yet on
the brink of triumph, they face the disturbing prospect that Israeli soldiers
may refuse to carry out the evacuation orders. In typically hypocritical
fashion, the left is in high dudgeon at the undemocratic, unpatriotic,
and destructive notion of soldiers disobeying orders. Substantively, they
are correct; however, they did not feel the same way just a year ago when
they were enthusiastically supporting "refusenik" soldiers whose
consciences told them to refuse service in the territories.
the Media's anti-Israel bias matter?
the media may play a role in shaping the views of future decision makers,
a more neglected influence is the academy. For at least two decades the
Arabs have funded anti-Israel chairs and Middle East centers that have
created a hostile campus environment and distorted teaching about Israel.
Many policymakers, journalists, and other political elites have received
their education about the Middle East from these biased sources. Students
and advocates come and go, but faculty remain for years and shape the
campus environment and the minds of students. This is the most insidious
danger to Israel's standing on the campus and beyond. full