Sunday, 1 February 2009


Nicholas Kristof is a highly regarded pundit at the New York Times, so I'm told. Yesterday he published a column with the thesis that if only Obama puts lots of pressure on Israel to be nice, peace will flourish in the Middle East.

Now, I'm not going going to argue much with him. It's a free world, or anyway, the parts of it he and I live in are free, and there's no law against being uninformed or wrong. I've been uninformed and wrong myself more than once, even spectacularly so back in the 1990s when I held convictions similar to those Kristof still has. Lots of people died after that mistake, even though it looked real plausible at the time, or so we thought.

One small paragraph, however, does sort of stand out:

That means that Israel must lift the siege of Gaza, completely opening the crossings. If Hamas resumes its unconscionable rocket attacks on Israeli civilians, then bomb the tunnels or strike Hamas targets in a proportional way, but don’t escalate.

Umm, Nicholas?

taken from : Yaacov Lozowick's Ruminations (
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