Sunday, May 04, 2008

Israel's 60th birthday

With the 60th anniversary of Ben-Gurion's declaration of the State of Israel approaching, here's an interesting op/ed from The Spectator, written by Melanie Phillips. It gives an (no doubt, somewhat-biased) assessment of the current state of things in and around Israel.

An early paragraph from the piece:
Israel is the only country whose creation was approved by the UN; yet it is the only country whose legitimacy is called into question. It is the only country which the world requires to compromise with its Palestinian Arab attackers and accede to their demands, even while they are firing rockets at its schools and houses and blowing up its citizens. It is the only country which continues to provide electricity and basic services to those attackers and routinely treats thousands of Palestinians in its own hospitals, even those who have Israeli blood on their hands. And yet it is the only country which, in the court of public opinion, is condemned for behaving ‘disproportionately’ when it uses targeted military means to defend itself, and is accused of causing the very ‘Nazi’ or ‘apartheid’ atrocities of which it itself is the victim.

Interesting read. Go check it out.

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