His latest essay in the Australian Literary Review, titled, Israel still looks good, warts and all, is yet another piece of startling inaccuracy.
How’s this for delusions?
It [Israel] is capitalist, Western, an ally of the US and uses military force when necessary to maintain its security. It rules, if temporarily, over an occupied Arab population and despite its own racial diversity is a mostly non-Arab population in a predominantly Arab region.
The occupation is temporary? That’ll be news to the Palestinians and anybody with a map and brain.
This is how it all works. When the Jewish state is under attack like never before and is found to have committed a litany of crimes, its most ardent defenders emerge to continually change the subject. To write that, “Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East”, is nothing other than a blatant lie. Neo-cons are worried that maybe, just maybe, America’s blank cheque for Israeli expansionism may be over.