“Diplomacy in Action,” or Anti-Semitic Tripe?

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5 Responses

  1. Bob Miller says:

    When I was a kid, my parents would get upset at John Foster Dulles’ latest actions against Israel. Some things never change.

  2. dr. bill says:

    State department bias against Israel is a long standing problem. However to conflate it with UNESCO’s anti-semitic report is hardly appropriate. A casual reader of your comments might certainly come away with an incorrect impression of an arm of what is generally called a malchut shel chessed.

    Israel does have a legally mandated, state religion, as do, to varying degrees, other western democracies. In large measure with a distinct reform/conservative bias, the state department report covers what it views as heavy handed bias in favor of the charedi adgenda. The US state department cannot be expected to disregard the views of a vast majority of US jews, who also oppose aspects of the “religious politics” in Israel. That may be annoying/unfair/biased/ahistorical/etc. but hardly anti-semitic. I for one, find the rhetoric from both J Street and the right as less than useful.

    Bob Miller, the Rav ztl’s comment on John Foster Dulles in Kol Dodi Dofek is well worth reading. He really had something interesting to say about the basis of Dulles’s bias. I suspect compared to the 50’s, the state department has actually changed (slightly) for the better. Today, unlike then, some do perceive the basis for strategic allignment, albeit not friendship. Much of the rhetoric comes from State’s view of how to achieve some strategic advantage for the US in the current situation. and as some argue, long-term friendship between countries needs tangible, strategic alignment.

  3. Stefan says:

    Damned if we do; damned if we don’t.

  4. rtw says:

    Judging from the context of the paragraph, I would disagree with you that there’s evidence of anti-Semitism here. The paragraph starts out, “The Israeli government generally respected the right to freedom of religion within the Occupied Territories during the reporting period. However…” It’s making a qualified statement. I disagree with it too, but anti-Semitic? That’s a big charge.

  5. Charlie Hall says:

    The report is essentially accurate. Calling it anti-Semitic is way over the top. Read the reports on Iran and Saudi Arabia for comparison.

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