“Now is not a good moment for Israelis to be looking too deeply into their souls.”
There is never a “good time” to discuss the West’s actions in the “war on terror”, according to Bernstein. But then, he would always find an excuse to avoid the issue. Now, in fact, is the perfect time to condemn current thinking as counterproductive and find positive ways to engage with the wider world. Playing the victim, while accelerating a brutal occupation, is a sure way to engender hatred.
Hamas is no military threat to Israel and Bernstein knows it. Iran’s leadership – while sprouting threatening and anti-Semitic statements – expresses a desire to wipe Israel off the map, but it is proper to regard such comments with scepticism, not least because, unlike Israel and the US, Iran is not occupying or invading other nations. Who is the real threat?