Does Israel want to be respected or not?

Rami G. Khouri in Lebanon’s Daily Star writes that Israel’s unwillingness to abide by international law causes chaos in the global system:

A series of recent reports and statements critical of Israel by respected individuals and institutions reminds us of a vital challenge to coherent national development and safeguarding the rule of law in the Middle East: why should anyone respect international law and orderly relations among nations if such standards of conduct are not equally applied to all?

Is the world seriously arguing that Israel can treat the Palestinians any way it wants but, say, Jordan shouldn’t torture? Law exists for all or for nobody.

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