As usual, we who speak out against the ruthlessness of Israel’s army – as, of course, we do against the Arabs – are anti-Semites. Remember the Holocaust. Remember Our Guilt. But it was Rick Salutin of the Toronto Globe and Mail who got it right this week. “It seems to me,” he wrote, “that Israel’s leaders have grown mindlessly, habitually dependent on asserting their own victimisation.”
I then read Mr. Salutin’s op-ed “Who are the friends of Israel?” in which he writes about Margaret Atwood’s recent experience in Israel:
Everywhere in Israel, she sensed a shadow. “The Shadow is not the Palestinians” but “Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians.” It seems to me this is the key to what has changed and poses a new problem for Israel. The core for anyone examining the situation with a fresh eye, isn’t what “they” – Palestinians – are doing to Israelis; it’s what Israel is doing to them. “Having strayed into the Middle-eastern neighbourhood with a mind as open as it could be without being totally vacant, I’ve come out altered,” she wrote.