Ibish Goes Postal About COMMENTARY

This past week, Hussein Ibish of the American Task Force on Palestine wrote an article published by Foreign Policy in which he asserted a false moral equivalence between the terrorists of Hamas and Israel’s government, and more than hinted that he believed both were interested in fomenting a new war. He also lamented the prospect that this joint sanguinary exercise might derail the Arab Spring and somehow convince those hoping that Arab tyrannies might be replaced by democracies to forget about reforming their own countries. Here at Contentions, I pointed out that his thesis was preposterous. The belief that the Arabs were so simple as to be beguiled out of hoping for freedom by yet more violence perpetrated by Islamists infantilized them. His assertion of a moral equivalence by Hamas and Israel was not only false; his attempt to blame Israel for Hamas terrorism was part of a long tradition of anti-Zionist propaganda.

0
Shares
Google+ Print

Ibish Goes Postal About COMMENTARY

Must-Reads from Magazine

Did Pro-Israel Activism Cost Melissa Landa Her Job?

A disturbing claim.

Melissa Landa was, until recently, a clinical professor of education in the University of Maryland’s College of Education. She had been there for ten years, winning awards for her teaching and research, for the latter this very year.

0
Shares
Google+ Print

Trump Tries a New Tack on the Peace Process

The definition of sanity.

President Donald Trump’s address to the UN last week received considerable attention for what he actually said. No less interesting, however, is what he didn’t say. The speech contained zero mention of the Palestinians, zero mention of their conflict with Israel, and zero mention of the peace process Trump has been trying to revive.

20
Shares
Google+ Print

Trump is Pavlov and We Are The Dogs

Podcast: Trump starts a fight, but will he win it?

The first COMMENTARY podcast of the week finds us (me, Abe Greenwald, and Noah Rothman) discussing the weekend of knee-taking and Trump-tweeting about patriotism and the NFL and blah blah blah while North Korea threatens hydrogen bomb-testing and Puerto Rico reverts to a state of nature. And we enjoy the decline and fall of Valerie Plame. Give a listen.

10
Shares
Google+ Print

Donald Trump, Cultural Wrecking Ball

What is he winning exactly?

Conservative political analysts seem so wrapped up in the matter of whether or not Donald Trump can, no one has given much thought to whether he should.

29
Shares
Google+ Print

London Is Closed to Competition

Competition is a scary thing.

Soon after last summer’s U.K. vote to leave the European Union, London Mayor Sadiq Khan launched a publicity campaign to reassure investors that his city would remain a dynamic, global hub after Brexit. “London Is Open” was the slogan, and it was supposed to “show the world that London remains entrepreneurial, international and full of creativity and possibility.”

20
Shares
Google+ Print