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I have, alas, been crazy busy and have not had enough time to adequately follow the news of late. (I also have not done any of my research yet for the primaries tomorrow—my first time voting in California, for what it's worth.) So, I do not have a good grasp on the whole Israel flotilla incident. And while I don't think it's ideal that I haven't followed the incident, I think it's OK.
So long as I don't make uninformed pronouncements of who was right and wrong and, more specifically, how Israel is without blame without knowing the story.
I am not saying Israel isn't blameless in this context—I just don't know. I'm saying that it drives me crazy when the Orthodox Jewish community goes all up in arms and calls everyone else in the world anti-Semitic for condemning Israel without knowing the facts, and I think the vast majority doesn't bother to learn the facts.
I can wholeheartedly support the state of Israel and its right to exist—and I do—without thinking every single action Israel does is correct. Or at least without assuming that.It's great to be part of the dialogue and to defend Israel if you know that Israel deserves to be defended and, of course, on the whole I support the state of Israel, but Israel should not be blindly defended just because it's the Jewish state. It's run by people, not by God.
"Now is the moment to acknowledge that the 62-year history of Israel, like the history of the Jewish people and of the human race, has been from the beginning a record of glory and fiasco, triumph and error, greatness and meanness, charity and crime," says Michael Chabon's op-ed in The Times.
(Also interesting was the fact that the info about Chabon under the article reads, "Michael Chabon is the author of 'The Yiddish Policemen's Union.' " It's true; he did write that book, which, like the article, is about Jews. But he also won a Pulitzer for another novel, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, which you'd think would also be mentioned.)
Though I found Chabon's insistence on Israel's blockheadedness and Jews' stupidity harsh, and I don't agree with everything he says at all, I think he has a point. We don't become a lesser religion if we admit we're not all geniuses and Israel doesn't become less of a country if we admit it's not flawless.